Plenty of good stuff this week. Brass tacks:
We start with money. Always with money. First up, via MLB Trade Rumors, is the introduction of Salary+, and the accompanying highest paid players of the past three decades. Salary+ is an easily calculated stat that simplifies the comparison of major league salaries using year-to-year averages as a baseline, just like OPS+. Simple is good. Speaking of simple, The Yankee Analysts give us an easy breakdown of player and owner wishlists for the upcoming collective bargaining agreement, while Beyond the Boxscore ascribes the recent labor peace in MLB to overall profits. On the flipside of profits we have the Mets. As we saw last week, they're in a bit of trouble. Here's an update. As a footnote, completely unrelated, here are the richest owners in baseball.
What we've been waiting for: a compendium of Peavy latissimus dorsi injury links. Here's the original injury video, a mechanics breakdown for the coming season, an in-depth overview of his surgery (h/t jimmyjr), and even more background. Peavy is scheduled to start tomorrow, and hopes to raise his endurance even more. Somewhat related, we've got a brief summary with extended links concerning pitching mechanics in general, and an article from Verducci about Strasburg's eventual return from Tommy John surgery.
On to the full clip:
- A call for the Reds to popularize themselves while the time is right. The Reds becoming a major force would be quite welcome; they've got a good team, capable of winning a tight NL Central, a likable player or two, and a great ballpark.
- Again with the fWAR and rWAR chatter, Tangotiger gives us a simple explanation of the differences as they relate to pitchers.
- Oh, right, this is a White Sox site. Here's a summary of the 2010-2011 offseason, contracts and all.
- Adam Dunn heat maps. Look out for low and away on a two-strike count, Adam.
- Look out! We have a Cowley on the loose, making some sense.
- Want to be a major league umpire? Here's a taste of some of the trials you will need to endure to follow your dream.
A new book, The Extra 2%, explores how the Rays have become perennial contenders. The Hardball Times reviews it here. The author, Jonah Keri, states, "There is no commodity in baseball more pointless than a high-priced, veteran closer on a bad team." You guys are gonna love it.
- A look at whiff rates from 2010 over at BtB. Cole Hamels' changeup is insane. Edwin Jackson and Will Ohman both have their sliders mentioned, while Matt Thornton has the second-highest four-seam fastball whiff rate.
- Fantasy team names are fun! The ones listed at Fake Teams are pretty good, if a bit punny. I'd love to hear more SSSer's team names in comments here, since I neglected to sign up for either league. Beh.
- Finally (finally!), a short-list of good stuff shared on SSS (and beyond [as if anything really exists outside of these thin walls]!) in the past week: tailgater introduced us to Sports Bar Nation, craigws gave us a YouTube discussion of Babe Ruth, onlysoxfaninbasel shared analysis of Thornton's new contract from Baseball Prospectus, DrEmilioLizardo lets us know that accidents happen, and Rhubarb tells us to stop winning.