Splash Hits: End of the Year Edition

Special Episode: GiantsPod Meets Johnny Monell | Giantspod
“In this special episode, Thomas and Danny chat with Giants minor league catcher Johnny Monell about growing up in a baseball family, an education from Pudge, playing baseball in Puerto Rico, and life in da Bronx.”

Baseball Prospectus | Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
Extensive research on the hit-and-run play, courtesy of Mike Fast.

A Graphic Look at Replacing Runs in FA: San Francisco Giants – Beyond the Box Score
A graphical look at how the 2012 Giants compare to the 2011 Giants.

When the Giants Come to Town…: Down on the Farm: Dr B’s 2012 Giants Top 50 Prospects
Down on the Farm: Dr B’s 2012 Giants Top 50 Prospects

Reaping What You Sow: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects | December
More Giants prospect rankings.

Yet more offseason bitching . . . « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
A thoughtful look at the Giants’ offseason.

Prospect mania! Is it out of control? – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
Are prospects overvalued?

Splash Hits: 12/19/11

A Catch With Pop « Baseball Prose
“I never played catch with my father.”

The Default Position of McCovey Chronicles on Barry Bonds – McCovey Chronicles
Barry Bonds is not in prison. That’s probably a good thing.

The Platoon Advantage: Plagiarists Who (might) Write Among Us
Nine baseball writers are suspected of plagiarism.

How Will the Dodgers Score Runs in 2012? | FanGraphs Baseball
In comparison to the Dodgers’ offense, the Giants don’t look so bad.

Quick Thoughts on Latos to the Reds – Beyond the Box Score
The Reds gave away a blue chip prospect, but they’ve still got Joey Votto and now add a top of the rotation starter, which they desperately needed.

Why Jeff Bagwell Should Not Make The Hall Of Fame: An In-Depth Study – Baseball Nation
His numbers are great, but Jeff Bagwell has a lot to answer for.

Splash Hits: Arbitration Deadline Edition

The 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame, Version 2.0 | Baseball: Past and Present
The 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. Will Clark and Bobby Bonds make the list.

Mike Fontenot vs. Jeff Keppinger: not a tough decision » Bay Area Sports Guy
Mike Fontenot.

Does Brandon Crawford’s bat outweigh his defense? « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
“One thing is clear: It could very well be another long season for the Giants, and their fans, at shortstop.”

Traditional Managing Index Results: 2011 NL – Beyond the Box Score
Identifying the most “traditional” managers in the NL using intentional walks and sacrifice bunts. Bruce Bochy is less traditional than average.

The Platoon Advantage: The Sophomore of the Year Award
Pablo Sandoval just barely missed the cut for 2011 Senior of the Year.

2012 San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospect Rankings
List of 2012 top prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization

Splash Hits: 12/3/11

2012 Roster Projection: San Francisco Giants – MLB Daily Dish
The San Francisco Giants are looking to bounce back in 2012, and we have a projection of their 25-man roster for next season, including a batting order, bench, rotation and bullpen.

Pablo Sandoval: Jack-Be-Nimble, Jack-Be-Quick | FanGraphs Baseball
A look at Pablo Sandoval‘s stellar defense.

The Internet Baseball Community Hates Barry Bonds | FanGraphs Baseball
By Baseball-Reference’s ELO Rater, Barry Bonds is ranked the 26th best player of all time. Which is crazy.

NL West: Three fixes for each team – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
Three fixes (or action items) for each team in the NL West. On the Giants’ list: a bat, a shortstop, a #5 starter.

Top 50 Prospects: #34 – Gary Brown | The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog | MLB, Fantasy, College & High School Baseball News
Brown comes in at #34 in the Golden Sombrero’s prospect rankings.

Crazy Crabbers | Giants Baseball Blog: Baseball America’s Giants 2012 Top 10 Prospects
Gary Brown tops the list.

Wanted: Ramon Ramirez’s Pitch Chains | Getting Blanked | Blogs | theScore.com
“Ramirez went from a common right handed reliever to the type of bullpen stalwart that any team would want to call their own.”

Splash Hits: (Belated) Thanksgiving Edition

On The Passing Of Greg Halman – Lookout Landing
Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death at the age of 24 in Rotterdam.

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting
Can I Interest You in a Juan Gonzalez Hall of Fame Brochure?

Guest Post: Why Not to Overpay Relief Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball
Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary.

Baseball Prospectus | Spinning Yarn
How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?

Lefty Malo – Many Strange Questions About Angel Villalona
Angel Villalona, now on the 40-man roster.

Scouting Primer: Power | Baseball Prospect Nation
One of several excellent primers over at a new prospects blog, Baseball Prospect Nation.

Pablo Sandoval Eyes a Bright Future (Am I Right?) | Getting Blanked | Blogs | theScore.com
Pablo Sandoval just recently underwent Lasik corrective surgery; could this mean he’ll hit better against LHPs in the future?

Splash Hits: Bumgarner, Cain, Mitchell

Is Madison Bumgarner the Next Clayton Kershaw? – Roto Hardball
Given his success at such a young age, Madison Bumgarner has incredible potential.

Upcoming Hall of Fame Candidates, by Weighted WAR – Beyond the Box Score
Now that we’ve got Weighted WAR (wWAR) as an objective Hall of Fame barometer, what does that mean for the upcoming candidates? Be sure to vote for who you actually think will get into the Hall.

Four Giants Get Cy Young Love, But Who Deserved The Most? – Baseball Nation
One of four Giants who showed up in this year’s Cy Young balloting, the perpetually unlucky Matt Cain might actually have been the ace of San Francisco’s fantastic rotation.

The Platoon Advantage: Why I hate the new postseason plan
A thought-provoking piece on MLB’s new postseason system.

Beating the Defensive Shift | FanGraphs Baseball
How good does a player need to be to justify continuously attempting to over-hit the shift?

The Flagrant Fan: Giants Lead the Way in Fewest Homers Allowed
The Giants were the only team in the majors this year to allow fewer than 100 home runs.

All True Giants Team – Beyond the Box Score
What is the best True Giants team you can make from players who stuck with the Giants for their entire career?

Third Street Kings » A Look Back: Kevin Mitchell, 1989 MVP
A look back at Kevin Mitchell’s 1989 season.

Splash Hits: 11/11/11 Edition

For your Friday night reading pleasure, links…

Top 15 Prospects: San Francisco Giants | FanGraphs Baseball
Fangraphs’ Giants prospect rankings.

Alex Rodriguez, other talents didn’t boost legacies with PEDs – SI.com – Fantasy
“Few, if any, steroid users who would garner enough votes to get in would have failed to do so had they never used PEDs.”

A Thank You to Pat Burrell – McCovey Chronicles
Pat Burrell is probably going to retire from the San Francisco Giants. Here’s a note of thanks.

MLB Free Agency: Willie Bloomquist Signs Meaningful Two-Year Deal – Baseball Nation
You asked for wall-to-wall Willie Bloomquist, and now you have it. Here’s what his two-year deal means.

Do you need a great closer to win it all? – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
Are closers really worth big contracts?

A post in which I make a meat analogy « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
Should the Giants sign Clint Barmes?

Lefty Malo – Buster, Freddy, And The Noble Quest For League Average Offense
Buster, Freddy, And The Noble Quest For League Average Offense

Angel Pagan And Andres Torres: Undervalued Then And Now – Baseball Nation
Andres Torres and Angel Pagan were both undervalued commodities who turned into highly valued assets. Looks like they’re right back where they started.

Will Melky Bring His Bat to San Francisco? – Baseball Analytics Blog – MLB Baseball Analytics
Cabrera needs to outperform his projections by proving that he can maintain his increased power/contact.

Splash Hits: Prospect Ranking Season Begins…

San Francisco Giants 2012 Top 15 Prospects
San Francisco Giants 2012 Top 15 Prospects by the Bullpen Banter staff.

2011 Beyond the Box Score Catcher Defense Ratings: Year-End Edition – Beyond the Box Score
End-of-season catcher defense ratings for 2011.

The Platoon Advantage: Arrogance and uncertainty
Margins of error and uncertainty matter.

The Flagrant Fan: Did All Three Alou Brothers Really Start the Same Game?
Did Felipe, Matty, and Jesus Alou ever start the same game?

2011 MLB Draft Values By Team – MLB Bonus Baby
2011 MLB Draft Values by team – Giants at $13.78MM

Matty Alou career highlights
A look back at the biggest moments of Matty Alou’s career.

5 Questions with San Francisco Giants’ Expert Grant Brisbee – MLB Daily Dish
MLBDD asks 5 Questions of Baseball Nation writer and McCovey Chronicles’ Manager Grant Brisbee about the Giants, Buster Posey, and the management of Brandon Belt, among other topics.

Splash Hits: 2010 World Series Game 5 Anniversary Edition

Season in review: Believe the impossible – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
Remembering an awesome, unpredictable 2011.

Lefty Malo – Happy Birthday, Coco Crisp. Sort Of.
Crisp is injury-prone, potentially expensive, and has sub-par on-base skills.

Wednesday Infographic: Things you already painfully know « Bay City Ball | Giants Baseball with a Side of STATS!
A graphic representation of the Giants’ sOPS+ at each position.

King of Little Things 2011 | FanGraphs Baseball
Aubrey Huff.

2012 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions: MLB Rumors – MLBTradeRumors.com
MLBTradeRumors’ 2012 FA rankings/predictions. They have Crisp signing with the Giants.

The Top 10 World Series Games, Including (Of Course) 2011 Game 6 – Baseball Nation
Some are calling Thursday’s Game 6 an “instant classic”. Where would you rank it among the greatest World Series games of all time?

Splash Hits: World Series Edition

Giants

The Platoon Advantage: An Interview with Ralph Branca
Bill over at TPA had a fantastic interview with the pitcher who served up Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World.

GM Potential: Minor League Free Agent Target: Mike O’Connor
Mike O’Connor could be an interesting target for the Giants this offseason.

Sergio Romo? More Like: Strikeouts Relievo | FanGraphs Baseball
I’ve raved a lot about Sergio Romo‘s remarkable season…more confirmation of his awesomeness: his 25 FIP- ranks fourth best of ALL TIME.

2011 San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospect Post Season Report
A report from Top Prospect Alert on how the Giants’ top 15 prospects fared in 2011.

When the Giants Come to Town…: Down on the Farm: BA’s Giants Draft Report Card
Highlights from Baseball America’s draft report card.

And Your Most Fashionable Major League Ballplayer is… – Old Time Family Baseball
More Sergio Romo dominance.

2012 Top 100 Prospects, #76: Gary Brown – Seedlings to Stars
A prospect profile on Gary Brown.

MLB

Critical Review: Which World Series Team Has Winning Traits? – Baseball Nation
Jeff Sullivan with a humorous take-down of an incredibly-stupid article in the New York Times.

Anatomy of a Baseball Trade – Businessweek
An inside look at how a trade goes down.

Joe Blogs: A Postseason Record
Joe Posnanski points out the problem with citing postseason numbers.

The 20 greatest World Series events | Baseball: Past and Present
The Catch comes in at #6.

Is Pujols the greatest hitter of all time? – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
The poll, at the moment, has Pujols at 22% (Barry Bonds is at 13%).

Home Runs Per Hits Over Time – Beyond the Box Score
Home Runs Per Hits Over Time (it was going up, but then…)