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Is Nolan Ryan leaving the Rangers?

Nolan_RyanEarly this week news broke that Nolan Ryan may be leaving the Texas Rangers. Randy Galloway of Galloway and Company of ESPN Dallas radio and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram heard from a few sources that Ryan may leave as early as the end of spring training.

Over the weekend an announcement was made that Jon Daniels was promoted to general manager and president of baseball operations, and Rick George was promoted to president of business operations. But these are not recent changes; these moves were actually made back in November. Before Ryan was stripped of his power, he was the president of baseball operations for the Texas Rangers. Could Daniels promotion and the changes to the front office be a sign that Ray may be moving on?

Nolan Ryan is still CEO of the Rangers but many fear the promotion of Daniels and George are steps toward Ryan’s exit. Also Randy Galloway explained that when the announcement was made it was “written as a tribute to Nolan Ryan.” Why would you contribute to someone who is still in office? Are they saying the day for him to leave is near?

There are still many questions left and can only be answered by Nolan Ryan, who still has 3 years left on his contract. Ranger nation will just have to eagerly wait and see what Nolan Ryan has to say about what his future hold.

Resources:

http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/03/understanding-the-situation-between-nolan-ryan-and-rangers-management.html/

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21806193/report-nolan-ryan-could-soon-leave-rangers

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/03/4657206/nolan-ryan-could-leave-rangers.html

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Hamilton Speaks out about Ranger Fans

Josh_Hamilton_AngelsOn Sunday Josh Hamilton was interviewed by the DFW CBS television station. In this interview Hamilton called DFW a “football town.” Hamilton said, “There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town.” This comment has caused a lot of talk in Dallas.

Many seem to be really upset with Hamilton for saying Dallas is not a baseball town. But in my opinion, the truth is it’s not. ESPN’s Ben and Skin said it best when they described Dallas as a “football town first and a winning town second.” There are way more Cowboys fans here than anything. Many will attend the Cowboys games and stick up for them even when they are losing. That is not the case for baseball, basketball, or hockey in Dallas. Cowboys have fans in football much like the Yankees have fans in baseball and the Lakers have in Basketball. That proves that this town in a football town first.

When the Rangers, Mavericks, or Stars are having a losing streak or season you will notice not many people attend the games. But that completely changes if that team is having a winning season, which proves this town is a winning town second. I feel that the handful of true baseball, basketball, or hockey fans will back this statement. Josh Hamilton was just stating his opinion that he feels to be true, and I have to say I feel the same. After the interview on Sunday, Josh Hamilton in an MLB.com report said, “It’s not saying I don’t still appreciate them, and thank you for cheering for me and all that. But reality’s reality. I think I’ve always spoken the truth in what I said and not beat around the bush. But I loved my time there.”

Hamilton will return to Arlington on April 5th for the first time wearing an Angels uniform. I am sure many will be there to boo Hamilton for these comments and for the slump he went through last year. I disagree with this action and feel that people should either sit quietly or cheer for him for all that he did do as a Texas Ranger.

Interview:

To hear Hamilton’s CBS interview click here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8418588

To hear Richard Durrett’s opinion on Hamilton’s comments click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7UM0wBgZX4

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/8959488/los-angeles-angels-josh-hamilton-says-dallas-forth-worth-not-true-baseball-town

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/02/18/hamilton-says-dallas-isnt-a-baseball-town/

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Yankees in trouble with A-Rod in a slump

The New York Yankees are not looking good in the American League Conference Series (ALCS) against the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees started the postseason as the number 1 team in the AL and played in the division series against the wild card team, Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees barely got through that series winning game 5, 3-1. The Yankees moved on into the league conference series against the Detroit Tigers. The first two games were played in New York, but still the Yankees lost both of them. The Yankees also lost game 3 that was played in Detroit. The Yankees are down 0-3 and if they loss just one more game New York will be out of the 2012 playoffs.

New York is really struggling and is in need of all their star players to be at their best, but Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be found. A-Rod has not been good this whole post season. Rodriguez is the highest paid baseball player, about 24 million a year, in the MLB and is currently in one of the worst slumps of all. Rodriguez is 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi decided to bench Rodriguez in game 5 against Baltimore. Showing that he was not happy with the decision but understood it, Rodriguez told media, “Obviously, I’m not happy and, you know, I was disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way. But I keep telling you guys, this is not a story about one person; this is about a team. We have some unfinished business. Our objective is to win one game and keep this thing moving.” In this 2012 MLB post season Rodriguez was only in the starting lineup 2 of the last 5 games.

Yet Rodriguez does not seem to be worried about his slump, and at times does not seem to be focused on the game at all. During the ALCS game 1 Rodriguez was seen flirting with a fan. In the 9th inning of the playoff game he was successful in getting this fan’s phone number after signing a ball with a note and giving it to her. The fan was bikini model Kyna Treacy. Ted Leuzarder, a fan that witnessed A-Rod’s act, said, “I originally thought it was the ballboy who was trying to get the numbers, since the girls did look a little young — even for A-Rod.” Ted continued to express he was “not amused.”

A-Rod better get his head back into the game and better start focusing on how he is going to get out of this slump to help his team or the New York Yankees are going to get swept today in game 4. The New York Yankees are paying A-Rod way too much money for him to be so care free during games. A-Rod has 5 more years left on his contract and with his slump being so bad there are already talks about how New York should trade him. I don’t think A-Rod will continue his slump, but I do think the Yankees are done in this post season. I believe the Yankees will keep A-Rod this off-season and see how he does next year.

Resources:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/rod_ballgirl_red_hot_bod_xCukvkWEtKsGdycIMse1PM

http://maboot.com/alex-rodriguez-tries-to-make-time-with-aussie-bikini-model-kyna-treacy/

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8495045/alex-rodriguez-new-york-yankees-benched-amid-slump-game-5-vs-baltimore-orioles

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/joe_lemire/10/18/arod-game-4/index.html

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MLB Postseason 101

MLB postseason starts when the regular season games (162 games) are over, usually in the first week of October. October baseball, also known as the “Fall Classic”, is some of the best baseball there is. But how do you know which teams get to play in the postseason? And what is a wild card?

To fully understand which teams get to play in the postseason, you need to understand the MLB Standings. Read MLB Standings 101.

Postseason teams:

When the regular season games are over, each teams’ win-loss record will show who gets to play in the postseason. Looking at the MLB Standings, the team with the best record in each division is guaranteed a spot in the postseason. This is a total of 6 teams, 3 in each league. There are also two wild card teams chosen from each league. After the 3 guaranteed teams are taken out of the league, the next two teams with the best record in each league will be the wild card teams in the postseason.

For example this is the MLB division standings after the 2012 season:

According to the 2012 standings, the guaranteed postseason teams are the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics (As) in the American League; and the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants in the National League. The wild card teams in the American League are the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers having a record of 93-69. In the National League the wild card teams will be the Atlanta Braves with the record of 94-68, and the St. Louis Cardinals with a 88-74 record.

Tiebreakers:

If there are any tied records the teams will play a tiebreaker game to claim a spot in the postseason. If both teams will contain a postseason spot regardless and a tiebreaker game is not necessary, then a list of tiebreakers will be taken into account to determine which team contains the higher spot. The tiebreakers are:

  1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the regular season / series winner – This is the team that won the most regular season games when the two teams played each other.
  2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games – The team with the best winning percentage in their own division. In other words the team that won the most regular season games played against other teams in their own division.
  3. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games – The team with the best winning percentage in their league during the last half of the season. In other words the team that won the most regular season games played in the last half of the season against teams in the same league.
  4. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken. – The team with the highest percentage of wins in the last half of the regular season, including the last game of the first half of the season played against a team in the same league. These games do not include any games the two tied teams played against each other in the regular season. If the teams are still tied 1 intraleague game will be added to the percentage until the tie is broken. (Tiebreakers were taken from MLB.com with my explanations)

Home-Field Advantage:

The home-field advantage is given to the team with the higher record. This means the team with the higher record will get more games played on their home field than the team with the smaller record. If the two teams are tied then the list of tiebreakers will be used to determine which team will get home field advantage. But as the series progress the home-field advantage rules change. I will explain as I explain each series in the Postseason Series section.

Postseason Matchups:

First, each league will play the teams in their own league until only one team in left. Then that team will play the team of the other league in the final series of the postseason. For each league, the team with the best record will take the 1st seed, the second best record is the 2nd seed and the 3rd best record will have the 3rd seed. To start the postseason the two wild cards in each league will play one another. The winner of that game will move on to the first full round of the MLB playoffs. The wild card team will play the 1st seed, and the 2nd seed will play the 3rd.

To further understand the matchups here is a look at the 2012 bracket before the postseason started:

Postseason Series:

There are 4 series/rounds in the MLB postseason:

  1. Wild Card – The two wild card teams in each division will play each other in 1 game, a winner-take-all game. This game will take place on the home field of the team with the higher record. The winner of that game will move on to the division series.
  2. Division Series: American League Division Series (ALDS) and National League Division Series (NLDS) – The 1st seed team will play the wild card team, and the 2nd seed will play the 3rd seed in a best-of-five series. The first team to win 3 games will advance to the league conference series. The home-field advantage is given to the team with the higher record. There are two different formats to play this series, 2-2-1 or 2-3. Usually it is the 2-2-1 format where the team with home-field advantage will host games 1, 2 and 5; and the other team will host games 3 and 4. This year, 2012, the format was changed to 2-3. The 2-3 format is when the team with home-field advantage will host games 3, 4, and 5; and the opposing team will host games 1 and 2.
  3. Conference Series: American League Conference Series (ALCS) and National League Conference Series (NLCS) – The two teams in each league will play each other in a best-of-seven series. This means the first team to win 4 games will progress to the World Series. In this series the home-field advantage is given to the team with the higher record unless a wild card team has advanced and is playing a division winning team with a lower record, in which the home-field advantage is given to the division winning team. This series is played in a 2-3-2 format. The team with home-field advantage will host games 1, 2, 6, and 7; while the opposing team hosts games 3, 4, and 5.
  4. World Series Championship – the conference series winners, or league winners, will play each other in a best-of-seven series played in the same 2-3-2 format. The first team to win 4 games will be the season champions. In this series the home-field advantage is given to the league that won the All-Star game played earlier that year. The team with home-field advantage will host games 1, 2, 6, and 7; while the opposing team hosts games 3, 4, and 5.

The winner of the World Series is the Championship team for that season. The winners are presented with the Commissioner’s Trophy after the last game is played.

Resources:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/postseasonpicture.jsp

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120907&content_id=38029316&vkey=news_mlb_nd&c_id=mlb

http://baseball.about.com/od/seasonstructur1/tp/playoffsformat.htm

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120907&content_id=38029316&vkey=news_mlb_nd&c_id=mlb

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=bal#y=2012&m=10&calendar=DEFAULT

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Beltre Hit 3 Home Runs!

Last night the Rangers played the Baltimore Orioles and won 12-3. What a great night for the Rangers and for Adrian Beltre who was the star of the game. When it came to hitting, Beltre has been in a slump for quite some time hitting .244 in his last 31 games, but has been working hard to improve. Beltre said, “I’ve been kind of struggling for a couple of weeks. I’ve been working in the cages trying to find a comfort zone with my feet and hands.” Beltre must have found that comfort zone because his slump came to an exciting end last night when he hit 3 home runs in just 3 innings.

Beltre hit his first homer as the leadoff batter in the 2nd inning that took the Rangers to a 1-0 lead. At the end of the third inning the game was tied 1-1. In the 4th inning the Rangers came to life and Beltre really brought the heat. Beltre hit two home runs in one inning, which were both two-run shots that allowed Hamilton and of course Beltre to score. With the help of a few other Rangers the score was 10-1 at the end of the 4th. Beltre was now the second Ranger to ever hit two home runs in one inning, and had a chance to become the 17th player to ever hit 4 home runs in one game if he could just hit one more. The 16th player to have a four-home-run game was Beltre’s teammate Josh Hamilton on May 8, 2012 in a game also against the Orioles. Beltre had one chance in the 6th and one in the 8th inning to get that 4th home run, but he just didn’t do it. Beltre said, “I’m trying to hit a home run. I got a pitch to hit, too, but I couldn’t do it.”

Rangers manager Ron Washington said, “It was a fantastic night. I was hoping for him to get a fourth one also, but it didn’t work.”

Even though Beltre did not get that fourth home run it was still a great night for Adrian Beltre. Beltre helped lead his team to a 12-3 win over the Orioles and had 2 RBIs. Beltre now has 22 home runs this season and has a batting average of .462 in his last three games, which means in the last three games he is hitting every 6 out of 13. Keep it up Beltre!

Resources:

http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=134181

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/8/22/3261745/adrian-beltre-three-home-runs-texas-rangers-baltimore-orioles

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/playbyplay?gameId=320822113&full=0&inning=9

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=320822113

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Dempster and Soto’s Texas Debut

Before the trade deadline this past Tuesday July 31, 2012 the Rangers acquired starting pitcher Ryan Dempster and catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs. They both made their Texas debut on Thursday August 2, 2012 for the last game of the series against the LA Angles. This season with the Cubs, Dempster pitched 16 starts, 104 innings with 83 strikeouts and 27 walks, and was 5-5 (wins-losses) with a 2.25 ERA. Rangers made a good move when they got Soto and Dempster from the same team because the catcher already has that relationship with and knowledge of the pitcher. Soto knows Dempster’s style of pitching and how to read him.

Before last night’s game people believed Dempster would have a pretty good game, but Dempster’s debut was a letdown. Dempster pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed the Angels to get 9 hits and 8 runs. At the end of the 5th inning the score was 8-7 with the Angels up by 1. Then Roy Oswalt came in to relieve Dempster. Oswalt pitched two scoreless innings and Hamilton hit a double that brought in two runs which allowed the Rangers to take the lead 12-8 at the end of the 7th. After the 7th, Nathan relieved Oswalt and was the closing pitcher for the Rangers in last night’s game. The Rangers scored 3 more runs in the 8th and the Angels were only able to score 1 more run in the 9th. The Rangers won the game 15-9 thanks to their offence.

Josh Hamilton finished the game with 4 RBIs, while Kinsler went 3 for 5 and scored 4 runs. The Rangers increased their lead in the AL West and are now 4.5 games ahead of the Oakland A’s, and a full 5 games ahead of the LA Angels.

Way to go Rangers! When I heard of the trade I was excited. I believe that Dempster was a pretty good starting pitcher for the Rangers. Although, in my opinion, the LA Angels did better in the trades when they acquired pitcher Zack Greinke, who most will say is a better pitcher than Ryan Dempster. I was disappointed in his debut but it did not get me down because now he can only improve, I hope. I was ecstatic to see the Rangers offence doing so good. Hamilton, who has been in a slump, has had two good games in a row now, and Kinsler did great at bat as well. Great game last night Rangers, keep it up.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/texas-rangers/post/_/id/4888962/rangers-acquire-ryan-dempster

http://amarillo.com/sports/pro-sports/2012-08-02/rangers-pound-angels-dempsters-debut-dud

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=320802113

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MLB Stats 101

What are Stats?

Stats are numbers or averages that show how good a player is. In Major League Baseball each player has a set of stats. The stats include batting, fielding, and pitching. Fielders have batting and fielding stats while pitchers have pitching and batting stats.

BATTING STATS:

Each player’s batting stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • G – (Games) number of games a player has appeared in
  • AB – (At Bats) number of times a player bats
  • R – (Runs) number of times a batter safely makes it to home plate
  • H – (Hits) number of time a batter hits the ball and safely makes it to base.
  • TB – (Total Bases) the number of bases a batter safely makes it to, and or passes
  • 2B – (Doubles) number of times a batter hits a ball and safely makes it to 2nd base
  • 3B – (Triples) number of times a batter hits a ball and safely makes it to 3rd base
  • HR – (Home Runs) when a batter hits a ball and safely makes it all the way to home plate, this is always when the batter hits the ball over the fence in the back field
  • RBI – (Runners Batted In) number of runners that safely cross home plate because of balls that the batter hits.
  • BB – (Bases on Balls) number of times a batter gets to walk to 1st base, this is when the pitcher throws 4 balls before he throws 3 strikes to the batter, or when the pitcher hits the batter with the ball. Also known as “Walks”
  • IBB – (Intentional Bases on Balls) number of times a pitcher intentionally walks a batter by throwing 4 balls on purpose or hits the player with the ball on purpose
  • SO – (Strike Outs) number of times a batter strikes out, this is when the pitcher throws 3 strikes before he throws 4 balls
  • SB – (Stolen Bases) number of times a runner successfully steals a base
  • CS – (Caught Stealing) number of times a runner is caught trying to steal base and is tagged out
  • BA or AVG – (Batting Average) H divided by AB
  • OBP – (On-Base Percentage) (H+BB+HBP) divided by (AB+BB+HBP+SF)      note: HBP – hits by pitch; SF – sacrifice fly balls
  • SLG – (Slugging Percentage) TB divided by AB
  • OPS – (On-Base Plus Slugging) OBP + SLG
  • GO/AO – (Ground Outs/Air Outs Ratio) the ratio of a batters outs      note: GO- number of ground balls hit that result in an out for the batter; AO – air balls that are hit by the batter and caught by a player to get the batter out

Other batting stats:

  • 1B – (Singles) number of times a batter safely makes it to first base.
  • AB/HR – (At Bats / Home Run) at bats divided by home runs
  • BB/K – (Base on Balls or “Walks” / Strike out Ratio) – the number of base on balls divided by the number of strikeouts equals the ratio of walks-to-strike outs
  • XBH – (Extra Base Hits) –  Add number of doubles (2B) plus triples (3B) plus home runs (HR)
  • FC – (Fielder’s choice) the number of times the runner safely reaches base because the fielder tried for an out of a different runner
  • GDP or GiDP – (Grounded into Double Play) number of times the batter hits a ground ball that becomes a double plays
  • GS – (Grand Slam) number of times the batter hits a home run when the bases are loaded
  • HBP – (Hit by Pitch) the number of times the batter is hit by the pitch and gets a walk to first base
  • K -(Strikeout) number of times a batter strikes out. This is when the batter does not swing at a ball that was thrown in the strike zone, the batter swings and misses, or a foul ball is hit for a total of three times.
  • LOB – (Left On Base) the number of runners left on a base at the end of an inning
  • PA – (Plate Appearance) the number of times the batter makes it to base in any circumstance
  • SH – (Sacrifice Hit) number of time the batter bunts and is thrown out at first, but allows a runner to make it to the next base safely or score at home plate
  • TA or TPA – (Total Average) according to MLB Statistics Glossary, TA is calculated by AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH + number of times reached base on a defensive interference
  • TOB – (Times On Base) the number of times the batter makes it to base from a hit, walk, or a hit-by-pitch.

FIELDING STATS:

Each player’s fielding stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • POS – (Position) the position the player plays on the field
  • G – (Games) the number of games the player has played in
  • GS – (Games Started) the number of games the player has started in
  • INN – (Innings at this Position) the number of innings the player has played this position
  • TC – (Total Chances) the number of chances the player gets to make a play with a ball that was hit
  • PO – (Putouts) the number of times the player catches a ball that puts out the batter
  • A – (Assists) the number of times the player catches the ball and throws it to a teammate to get the batter or runner out
  • E – (Errors) the number of times the defensive player, or player on the field, makes a mistake that allows the runner to get to an extra base
  • DP – (Double Plays) the number of times a player on the field gets the ball that was hit and throws it to a teammate that gets a runner out and then throws it to another teammate that gets another runner out.
  • RF – (Range Factors) the sum of (PO+A)*9 divided by INN of that particular POS
  • FP or FPCT – (Fielding Percentage) the effectiveness of a player calculated by (A+PO) divided by TC

Other fielding stats:

  • PB – (Passed Ball) for the catcher, this is when the catcher drops a ball and a runner makes it to the next base or score
  • TP – (Triple Play) the number of times a fielder participates in one play that ends with getting three runners and/or a batter out

PITCHING STATS:

Each player’s pitching stat is charted and the summary looks like this:

  • W – (Wins) the number of times the pitcher’s team gains the lead while the pitcher is pitching and goes on to win the game
  • L – (Loss) the number of times the other team took the lead while the pitcher was pitching, and the other team never lost the lead, and went on to win the game
  • ERA – (Earned Run Average) ER times Innings in a Game divided by Innings Pitched
  • G or GP – (Games Pitched) the total number of games the pitcher has pitched in
  • GS – (Games Started) the total number of games when the pitcher was the starting pitcher for his team
  • CG – (Complete Games) – the number of times the pitcher pitched the whole game
  • SHO – (Shutouts) the number of times the pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow any runs. When there are two or more pitchers in a game that do not allow any runs, it is not considered a shutout. The pitcher must be the only pitcher in the game for it to be considered a shutout.
  • SV – (Saves) the number or times the pitcher enters the game while his team is ahead and finishes the game with the lead, is not the pitcher that caused the lead or win,  and either (a) entered the game for the last innings when his team was leading with no more than three runs, (b) entered the game with a runner on base, or at bat, or on deck that could tie the game, or (c) or pitches well for at least three innings.
  • SVO – (Save Opportunities) the number of times the pitcher is given the opportunity to save a game for his team
  • IP – (Innings Pitched) the pitcher is only credited for 1/3 inning for each out he gets. So Innings pitched is the total number of out the pitcher got divided that by 3
  • H – (Hits) the number of times batters get a hit from the pitcher’s pitches
  • R – (Runs) the total number of runs scored while the pitcher is in the game, also including the runners that made it to base while the pitcher was in the game and went on to score in that same inning after the pitcher had left
  • ER – (Earned Run) the number of runs the pitcher allows. An earned run from a pitcher includes every time a runner reaches home plate due to a hit, sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, stolen base, putout, fielder’s choice, base on balls, hit batter, balk or wild pitch; and does not include the times a runner reaches home plate due to a fielder’s error
  • HR – (Home Runs) the number of times a home run was hit from one of the pitcher’s pitches
  • BB – (Base on Balls) also known as a “Walk”, the number of times a pitcher pitches 4 balls and allows the batter to walk to first base
  • IBB – (Intentional Base on Balls) the number of time the pitcher intentionally pitches 4 balls before 3 strikes and allows the batter to walk to first base
  • SO – (Strikeouts) the number of batters the pitcher gets out by pitching three strikes
  • Avg or BAA – (Batting Average Allowed) the number of hits the batter gets off the pitchers pitches by the total number of the batters at-bats equals the average number of times the batter gets a hit off the pitcher
  • WHIP – (Walks and Hits/Innings Pitched) the number of walks plus the number of hits the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched
  • GO/AO – (Ground Ball /Fly Ball Ratio) the pitcher’s GO divided the pitcher’s AO equals the pitcher’s ratio of ground balls to fly balls

Other pitching stats:

  • #P/IP – (# of Pitches/# of Innings Pitched)number of pitches divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched equals the number of pitches per inning
  • #P/GS – (# of Pitches/Games Started) number of pitches divided by the number of games the pitcher started equals the number of pitches thrown per start
  • #Pit – (# of Pit Pitches) number of pitches thrown in the pit
  • 2B – (Doubles Allowed) number of doubles the pitcher allows
  • 3B – (Triples Allowed) number of triples the pitcher allows
  • AO – (Fly Outs) the number of times a fly out ball is hit from the pitcher’s throw
  • AGS – (Average Game Score) the pitcher’s average game score
  • APP – (Appearance) number of appearances
  • BABIP or BIPA – (Batting Average on Balls In Play) this is the batting average against the pitcher that results in a plate appearance, not including home runs
  • BB/9 – (Bases on Balls per 9 Innings) number of walks or bases on balls allowed by the pitcher divided by the number innings pitched and multiply that by 9
  • BF – (Batters Faced) the total number of batters the pitchers faced
  • BK – (Balk) the number of illegal pitches the pitcher throws and/or any other illegal actions while on the mound
  • BS or BlSv – (Blown Save) number of time the pitcher enters the game in a “save” situation, meaning the pitcher’s team is ahead or winning the game at that time, and the pitcher allows a run that ties the game
  • CGS – (Complete Game Losses) the number of times the pitcher pitched the whole game and his team losses that game
  • CS – (Caught Stealing) the number of time the pitcher catches a runner trying to steal base and gets that runner out
  • G – (Games Pitched) the number of games the player has pitched for
  • GF – (Games Finished) the number of games the pitcher was the final pitcher of his team
  • GIDP – (Grounded into Double Plays) the number of times the pitcher throws a pitch that is grounded and results into a double play.
  • GO – (Ground Outs) the number of times the pitcher throws a ball that is grounded by the batter and is turned into an out by a fielder(s); this does not include bunts
  • GS – (Games Start) the number of games that the player is the first pitcher of his team
  • GSH – (Grand Slams) the number of time the pitcher allows the batter to hit a home run with the bases loaded
  • H/9 – (Hits / Innings) the number of hits the pitcher gets divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitches multiplied by 9 equals the average of hits the pitcher allows per 9 innings.
  • HB – (Hit Batsman) the number of times the pitchers has hit batters with a pitch
  • HLD – (Hold) the number of times the pitcher enters a game in a save situation, gets at least one out, and leaves the game with his team still obtaining the lead
  • I/GS – (Innings/Games Started) take the total number of innings a pitcher pitches when he starts a game and divide that by the number of games the pitchers starts.
  • IR – (Inherited Runners) this is the number of runners already on base when the pitchers enters the game
  • IRA – (Inherited Runs Allowed) the number of runners that were already on base when the pitcher entered the game that made it all the way to home plate safely to score a run
  • K/9 – (Strikeouts per Nine Innings) take the total number of strikeouts the pitchers records and divide that by the total number of innings the pitcher pitches and then multiply that by 9
  • K/BB – (Strikeout/Base on Balls Ratio) take the number of strikeouts the pitcher gets and divide that by the number of walks the pitcher allows
  • LIPS – (Late Inning Pressure Situations) this is the batting average allowed by the pitcher in the 7th inning or later when the other team is leading by 1 run, tied, or has the chance to tie or lead the game with the next runner on base, at bat, or on deck
  • LOP – (Left on Base) the number of runners left on a base when the pitcher gets a batter out
  • MB/9 – (Men on Base per 9 Innings) the number of hits and bases on balls the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitches and multiply that by 9 to get the number of men on base per 9 innings
  • NP – (Number of Pitches) the number of pitches a pitcher throws
  • OBA – (On-Base Against) add all the number of hits, base on balls, and batters hit by pitches allowed by the pitcher. Then divide that number by the opposing batters’ at-bats, bases on balls, batters hit by pitches, and sacrifice fly balls
  • ORuns – (Opponents Runs) the number of times the opponent team scores a run while the pitcher is pitching.
  • PA – (Plate Appearances) the total number of times the opposing batters safely make it to a base while the pitcher is pitching. This includes all at-bats, bases on balls, batters hit by a pitch, and sacrifice flies.
  • PFR – (Power/Finesse Ratio) the number of strikeouts and walks the pitcher allows divided by the number of innings pitched
  • PIT – (Pitches Thrown) the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher, also called a Pitch Count
  • PK – (Pick-offs) the total number of times a the runner steps off of their original base and is tagged out before he can return while the pitcher is in the game.
  • P/GS – (Pitches/Games Started) the number of pitches a pitcher throws divided by the number of games the pitchers starts
  • P/IP – (Pitches/Innings Pitched) the number of pitches the pitcher throws divided by the number of innings the pitcher pitched
  • RA – (Run Average) the number of runs completed while the pitcher is in the game divided by the number of innings pitched times nine
  • RBI – (Runs Batted In Allowed) the number of runners batted in the pitcher allows
  • RW – (Relief Wins) the number of times the pitcher was not the starting pitcher of the game, and is either credited as the most effective relief pitcher by the scorer judge, or is the pitcher while his team assumes the lead and keeps it till the end of the game
  • SB – (Stolen Bases Allowed) the number of times runners have safely stolen base while the pitcher is pitching
  • SLG – (Slugging Percentage Allowed) the number of times the opposing batter make it to base  while the pitcher is pitching divided by the total number of at-bats the batter has while the pitcher is pitching equals the slugging percentage of the batter while the pitcher is pitching
  • TB – (Total Bases) the total number of times a batter safely makes it to a base while the pitcher is pitching
  • TBF – (Total Batters Faced) the total number of batters the pitcher pitches to
  • TP – (Triple Plays) the total number of triple plays that a cure from a batted ball while the pitcher is in the game
  • UR – (Unearned Run) the number of runs scored that were not earned by the runner’s team but are due to an error or interference on the field
  • WP – (Wild Pitches) the number of times the pitcher throws that pitch that is too high, low, or wide of home plate making it hard for the catcher to field, and allows one or more runners to advance to the next base or score
  • WPCT – (Winning Percentage) the number of wins the pitcher receives divided by the total number of wins and losses the pitcher has
  • XBA – (Extra Base Hits Allowed) all doubles plus triples plus home runs hit against the pitcher

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/statistics

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Baseball_statistics

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?page=stats/glossary

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/baseball_basics/abbreviations.jsp

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Josh Hamilton’s Story could be a Movie

On Friday June 22, 2012 Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, released a statement confirming that Hamilton’s story will be scripted. Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures are hoping to make Hamilton’s life story into a featured film someday. The Hamiltons will only be “an integral part of the film’s creative direction and accuracy as the project develops.” They will not be helping with the pitching process to Hollywood.

Hamilton has been through a lot in his life. Right out of high school in 1999 he was the top pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hamilton played great in Tampa’s minor leagues, but his career was put on hold after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Hamilton was kicked out of the major league. When Hamilton hit rock bottom he found the help he needed and got cleaned up. When the league heard of this, they decided to let him back into MLB. Hamilton made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. Then Hamilton was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2008. Hamilton was sober for 3 years before his first relapse with alcohol in January 2009, but took the right actions and cleaned up again. After another 3 years of being clean he relapsed again on January 30, 2012, but again took the right actions to clean himself up. To read more on Josh Hamilton’s story click here.

Currently Hamilton is in his last year of his contract with the Texas Rangers and his playing his best. So far this season, in 64 games Hamilton has a batting average of .327. Hamilton also has 63 RBIs (runs batted in), and 22 HR (home runs). Hamilton was also announced the AL player of the month in April and May, back to back months.  To read more on some of Hamilton’s success this year click here.

I am really excited to see what happens with this script. I hope that it gets made into a movie because Hamilton’s story has been a good one so far, and movie worthy. Even with his recent relapse I feel it would still be a good movie because Hamilton is working hard at staying sober, and 3 years is a big accomplishment. Also the Texas Rangers need to RE-SIGN HAMILTON soon!

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/8086043/josh-hamilton-confirms-scripting-life-story-movie

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Roy Oswalt is back in the Major League

Roy Oswalt is a right-handed pitcher for the Texas Rangers. Oswalt was born on August 29, 1977. In 1996 the Houston Astros drafted Oswalt in the 23rd round of the amateur draft. Then Oswalt signed a contract with the Astros on May 18, 1997, but did not have his major league debut until May 6, 2001. Oswalt played for the Astros for 9 1/2 years (2001-2010) before he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle of the 2010 season. From 2010-2011 Oswalt pitched for the Phillies. Then during the offseason Oswalt was never offered a contract by any teams during his free agency. This even carried over to 2 months into the season this year, but Oswalt finally found a team that wanted him when the Rangers got him on May 29, 2012. Ron Washington said, “He brings big-time experience. He’s healthy and he’s throwing the ball well. That’s why we signed him. He can help anchor our young pitching staff with Colby Lewis. We’re looking for him to come here and help us win some ballgames.”

Since then 34-years-old, Roy Oswalt has had 4 starts in the minor leagues. The Rangers and Oswalt felt it would be best to start him in the minor leagues to help build up his arm strength before joining the Rangers. Last Sunday on June 17, 2012 Roy Oswalt, pitching for Triple-A Round Rock, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits that included 5 strikeouts and 1 walk. That day Oswalt threw 100 pitches leading the team to a 4-2 win over Oklahoma City, and proved to everyone he was ready to return to the major leagues. Oswalt said, “The biggest thing down here was to build some arm strength and get back into pitching shape. You can throw a lot of bullpens and lift a lot of weights, but until you get out there and compete against hitters and get into pitching shape, you can’t duplicate it.”

The Rangers and Oswalt felt the goal was accomplished and it is time to call him up to play with the Rangers. To make room the Rangers send Scott Feldman back to the bullpen. When asked about Oswalt’s last game in the minors Nolan Ryan said, “There wasn’t a wow factor to his game, but the ball was coming out of his hand well. I thought he went about his business the way I would expect him to. He was making pitches and doing things I anticipated seeing him do.”

Roy Oswalt is scheduled to make his debut with the Texas Rangers tonight in Arlington in a game against the Colorado Rockies. When Oswalt was asked about his debut and the Rangers team he said, “Everyone that plays this game is looking for competition. You miss that when you’re not around it, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been watching this team for the last two years and thought I’d be competing against them (in the playoffs. The Phillies) thought we had the best team in the NL and fell short. It’s just a solid team, and I’m ready to get back on the field.”

I am not expecting Roy Oswalt to pitch a great game tonight, but it will be fun to see him come back onto a major league field and pitch again. I am sure Oswalt is very excited and looking forward to tonight’s game. Let’s Go Rangers!

Resources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/veteran-rhp-roy-oswalt-will-make-1st-start-for-texas-rangers-on-friday-against-rockies/2012/06/20/gJQAbLP0qV_story.html

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/oswalro01.shtml

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/8078334/roy-oswalt-make-debut-texas-rangers-friday

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The Texas Silver Boot

The Silver Boot is a trophy rewarded to the Texas team that beats the other the most each year. The Lone Star series or Silver Boot series is an interleague matchup of rivalries, meaning one team is in the National League (Houston Astros), and the other is in the American League (Texas Rangers).

The Boot sort of got its started in 1992 before interleague games were played. The Astros and Rangers started an end-of-Spring Training game giving these two Texas teams a chance to play each other and the winning team would receive a trophy. The trophy went to the Texas Rangers the first year, but it was not as glamorous as it is today. In 1992 the trophy was just a regular leather boot painted silver. This Silver Boot trophy is referred to as Silver Boot I.

In 2001 the Texas teams matchup took to a new level when the two teams were scheduled to play each other in the regular season for the first time, interleague play was now introduced. For the new experience and change the two teams got a new trophy, Silver Boot II. This trophy was a glass cut boot outlined with silver and had a crystal ball under the toe of the boot. Since 2001 the two teams have been scheduled to play each other in 2 series (6 games) each year, and the team with the most wins would take home the Silver Boot or in the event of a tie the team that had the most runs scored would win. In 2001 the Rangers won on run differential and the manager, Jerry Narron accepted the trophy on the field after the game. This was the only time the trophy was ever presented to the winner on the field. The Astros came back and won it the next two years, 2002 and 2003. In 2004 the Lone Star series ended in a tie again but after runs were counted up the trophy went to the Rangers, but when it was received in the mail it was shattered.

In 2005 the teams got Silver Boot III, which is the one still awarded to the winner of the Silver Boot series today. Silver Boot III is a size-15 cowboy boot cast in silver with a hand-made spur attached. In 2006 the Houston Astros won the Silver Boot series to receive Silver Boot III for the first time, and possibly the only time. The Texas Rangers have won the Silver Boot series the past 5 years (2007-2011). It is also looking like the Rangers will win it again this year. The Rangers and Astros have already played 1 of the two series this year resulting in the Rangers winning 2 of the 3 games. The second and last part of the 2012 Lone Star series starts today June 15, 2012. If the Rangers win 2 of the 3 games they win the Silver Boot. If the Astros win all 3 games Houston will win the Silver Boot. If Houston wins 2 of the 3 then it will end in a tie and will refer to the run differential. But that is not the true story here.

This year could possibly be the last year for the Silver Boot III trophy and the Lone Star series. Next season the Houston Astros will relocate to the American League West, the same division as the Rangers. This means the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will play more games against each other in the regular season. But it is not the relocation of the Astros that is causing talk of getting rid of the trophy, it is more of the fact that no one seems to care anymore. The current owners of the Rangers and Astros are considering the possibility of retiring the trophy because they no longer feel that the two teams are rivals any more. Rangers general manager, Jon Daniels said, “It has to be a rivalry on the field for it to be meaningful.”

Currently no decision has been made on this matter. I hope that the owners decide to keep this tradition going. As a fan, I enjoy the Lone Star series and love traditions like these. I also find it fun to watch these series each year with my friends that are Astros fans. I do not believe it would do any harm to keep the tradition alive.

How do you feel? Do you think the Astros and Rangers should retire the trophy or would you like to see it continue?

Update:

The Texas Rangers won all 3 games agains the Houston Astros in the second series of the Lone Star series. The Rangers win the Silver Boot for the 2012 season.

Resources:

http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120516&content_id=31456234&vkey=news_tex&c_id=tex

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080516&content_id=2712533&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Star_Series

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