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One of the interesting things about spring training is the old statement that spring numbers do not matter. We are told to not use spring statistics as a measure of success in the regular season. I can partially buy into that statement. But, why is it that position battles are won or lost based on how each of the players perform in spring game action against lesser talent.

Sometimes the players who are competing are not locked in a competition that is an entirely equal playing field . For example, one player may be facing David Price in game action and does not get his hits off of him. Where as, another batter may face the guy who is a minor league pitcher and takes him deep. How can you compare performance between the two.

Additionally, with spring there is a small sample size. Thus, the correction factor that a batter makes over the course of the season does not come into play much in the spring. So, the guy who is hot right from the start may not be the best suited player for the position over the long season. In other words, the team who has a player who makes adjustemnts to get out of a cold streak might be better overall than the player who temporarily is experiencing success.

The astute General Manager will base his player evaluation only partially on spring data. They must also factor in if a player is dealing with an injury, or if the player is experimenting with something new that he would rarely try in regular season.

One study to take a  look at is the the work of baseball statistician John Dewan  who found that batters who post significantly better slugging percentages in spring training than their career slugging percentages perform better offensively in the upcoming regular season.

Nevertheless, do we make conclusions based on what we have seen from Andy Sonnanstine so far? What about spring numbers Sean Rodriguez put up last year?


After taking in some spring training action in the Tampa Bay area, I am finally back home.  As far as the game we took in last Sunday in Bradenton, the Rays brought mainly back up players to face the Pirates.  Casey Kotchman reminds of a Dave Magadan who in his day was a great contact hitter. Except with Kotchman, you also get great defensive play. I definitely see him securing a roster spot in 2011.

Rays Rev Radio Loboton Mania.

MLB Prospect Portal links to a Spring Training Jeremy Hellickson article.

Closer watch on Tampa  Bay

Rays hr index

Rays ownership could buy minority interest in Mets


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“Your new full-time gig will be to literally follow  baseball non-stop as you will be charged with watching every every single game of the 2011 season, blogging about your thoughts and opinions, and discussing the hottest topics in baseball.”



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Mark Topkin tells us that David Price will start the spring training opener on Saturday. James Shields will pitch on Sunday:

This quote by Andrew Friedman is his spin of saying “what about us in 2011”.

“We did lose a lot, but my goodness, we’ve got a lot here, too.” “As much physical talent in this camp,” executive vice president Andrew Friedman said, “as we’ve ever had.”

Some might say its a dig on the previous group here in Rays land who are now playing for other teams. However, as I stated previously, the Rays home grown pitching is quite impressive and “the straw that stirs the drink” .

Some Tape Measure Blasts from around the web: : “Think about it, $ 40 could get you Evan Longoria, David Price, Rays Manager Joe Maddon, plus possibly get autographs from newly signed Rays players Manny Ramirez, Dirk Hayhurst and Johnny Damon. More than worth the one time expenditure.” :”FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal will take any and all baseball questions from fans from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Ken is the senior baseball writer from He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.”

Despite the fact that the Business Insider says it could happen, Stuart Sternberg still remains absent from the list:

The growing list of names of people who might possibly buy the Mets–or were ever linked to buying the Mets…

Mark Cuban (source)
Martin Luther King III (source)
Michael Bloomberg (source)
The Dolans (source)
Ed Kranepool (source)
Peter Kalikow (source)
Mikhail Prokhorov (source)
Mike Repole (source)
Donn Clendenon Jr. (source)
Martin Silver (source)
Steve Cohen (source)
Mark Lasry (source)
Jerry Seinfeld (source)

Its as easy as:

Stuart Sternberg source .

After a career on Wall Street, it is widely known that the Tampa Bay Rays majority owner Stuart Sternberg holds seasons tickets to the Mets games.  He lives in the New York area.    The last time I checked the Mets are not up for sale, and the Wilpon family is only looking for a minority owner.   Is is possible if things escalated out of control where the Wilpons were forced to sell the team, Sternberg does fill the lineup card as a legitimate candidate.

Overall, this idea of Sternberg being a candidate to own the Mets has been widely criticized. But, its definitely something that did cross my mind with the trouble that Sternberg has experienced in the state of Florida with getting a new stadium deal. But, there are five better markets than the city of Tampa where Sternberg could move the team. Right?  But, Sternberg told us he was committed to the Tampa area. I believed him when he said this.   In reality, if Sternberg does not get a deal to his liking for an new stadium deal, he will sell within 2 years.

Occasionally at this site I will post some web gems I have I have come across lately. I call them the Tape Measure Blasts.  That’s one of the fun parts of blogging that you learn new perspectives,  and grow your knowledge base.

  1. Baseball Digest Daily on the Rays Hired Guns
  2. St. Pete Times chat including mention of the Cork Gaines article about how the  Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg Could Emerge As Candidate To Buy The Mets
  3. The Jonah Keri  podcast with Author/Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst who reveals how social media has changed the clubhouses
  4. Rays question marks going into 2011
  5. Kristi Dosh and the Super Two at 2:20 mark