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Morning Digest: Why I Applaud Keith Law’s Evolution

Friday, September 16th, 2011

The Moneyball film will open next Friday, but it already has caused a buzz in the baseball community. As I mentioned the other day, ESPN’s Keith Law wrote a review of the movie over at his personal website “The Dish.” It was a critical review where Law admonished the writers for the lack of a […]

Portland Sea Dogs Key to Beltran Deal?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Earlier today I talked about how I liked the Boston prospects over any other organization. Although I haven’t seen many of these kids play, I looked at their numbers and historically trust the judgment of Theo Epstein’s front office. I also think Beltran would be a nice fit in the Red Sox lineup this year […]

Mets Fans Part of the Early Woes

Friday, April 15th, 2011

None of the fans that showed up to yesterday’s doubleheader gave up a hit, made an error, or failed to drive in runners from scoring position. Joe and Jane fan won’t see a “W” or an “L” next to their name this morning. The Mets 4-9 start can’t be blamed solely on the fans, but […]

Consistency to the Plan in Jeopardy?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Sandy Alderson has continued to reiterate his plan on rebuilding the Mets the last few days. In speaking with Ed Randall, Alderson talked about his process and being systematic. He emphasized a plan to have a strong scouting and player development system. Despite spending less than $10 million dollars this offseason, he didn’t shun free […]

Vote: NYBD 2010 “Man of the Year”

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Since 1927, TIME Magazine has chosen a man, woman, or idea that “for better or worse,” has most influenced events in the preceding year. I decided to steal this idea shamelessly and announced on my radio program tonight the start the annual NYBD “Man of the Year” here in 2010. Our criteria will be the […]

Still Searching for the Happy Medium

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

What I have found amazing is some of the recent quotes by members of the baseball community when they are questioned about much of the new age ideology when it comes to statistical analysis. Let’s take a look: Mets Assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi “We never said we should get rid of scouts and just use […]

Mets Front Office a Work in Progress

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Was also told the Mets front office is still sorting things out and its kind of “chaotic” right now.less than a minute ago via webNYBaseballDigestNYBD I made that comment on Twitter last night and it seemed to cause a minor hysteria. During a conversation with an industry source, I asked them their thoughts on the […]

Ricciardi Likes Murphy/Tejada Platoon?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Yesterday was a day of a “little birdie told me” on Mike’d Up with Mike Francesa. Just minutes after the Pete Rose nugget, Mike talked about how he heard that J.P. Ricciardi likes a Daniel Murphy/Ruben Tejada platoon at second base. NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo told us the word out of the AFL was the […]

Will Mets Success Advance Sabermetrics?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Rival executives with a background in scouting are privately snickering at the Mets for their newfound tilt toward objective analysis. Statistical analysts and like-minded bloggers are publicly rejoicing over the Mets’ shift, as if numbers are the One True Way to baseball success. I’m calling B.S. on both. – Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal Since Moneyball […]

Alderson Proving to be a Master Salesman

Monday, November 8th, 2010

One of the traits of a successful general manager, in my opinion, is being able to sell stakeholders on his vision. This ranges from employees, fans, ownership, and opposing GM’s. The individual who unable to articulate even the best laid plan is doomed to fail. Just two weeks into his tenure Sandy Alderson has proved […]