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


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.


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…)

Splash Hits: NL West All Stars, Tough Luck Losses, Sergio Romo

A Post-2011 NL West All Star Team – Beyond the Box Score
The NL West All Star team. Four Giants pitchers make the list, while one Giants position player gets a nod. Guess who.

JunkStats Year In Review: 2011′s Tough Luck Losses | JunkStats
Not surprisingly, the Giants led the majors in Tough Luck Losses.

Flip Flop Fly Ball – Organizations 2011
Organizational wins and losses throughout each team’s system — an infographic.

The Platoon Advantage: On baseball reporting
On baseball reporting.

Who is playing the percentages? What are the percentages?
To remove or not to remove a rolling starter in the ninth?

THE BOOK–Playing The Percentages In Baseball
Goodbye to you, WPA for starting pitchers

It’s Here: World Series of Fashion Has Arrived – Old Time Family Baseball
Sergio Romo is a finalist (up against Ian Kinsler) in the World Series of Fashion. Go vote for him.

The Diamondbacks’ Turnaround: What Does It Mean For 2012? – AZ Snake Pit
Arizona had the biggest turnaround of any National League team since the 1999 Diamondbacks. But what can we predict for 2012 from this, and other aspects of this year’s campaign?

Nelson Cruz Could Have Been on Your Team | FanGraphs Baseball
Amidst his ascension from Quad-A player to an All-Star type player with 84 home runs over the past three seasons, it’s easy to forget that Nelson Cruz could be playing for your favorite team right now.