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Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, and Jeremy Bonderman will make $34.5 million in 2010. I mean, really? Wait, I can do it with hitters, too: Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, and Brandon Inge will make $37.6 million in 2010. That’s $70 million for... nothing, probably. Maybe two wins, depending on how much you let the pitchers kill you.

#24: Kansas City Royals (74-88, 739 RS, 801 RA) There's a core here, one that could be competitive....

#24: Kansas City Royals (74-88, 739 RS, 801 RA) There's a core here, one that could be competitive. In the last 18 months, that core has been joined by Jose Guillen, Mike Jacobs, Willie Bloomquist, Horacio Ramirez, and Sidney Ponson. There is no rational baseball plan extant that should include those names, and the decision yesterday to let the last two form 40 percent of the Opening Day rotation is the kind of the thing that, if run under Christina's byline, would have been dismissed as an April Fool's joke. There's a core here, but it's being supported by air. Pity. Sheehan's Royals Prediction

Spring Training Stats are Meaningless, version 2.0

A discussion of the meaninglessness of spring training stats.

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Murray Chass Was Right, or, How VORP Got the 2008 Royals Wrong, with an Open Letter to Rany

I'll admit it: the title (the first half, anyway) is meant as an attention grabber. But there is a fundamental truth contained therein: VORP, Baseball Prospectus' most well-known stat for valuing...

Nevertheless, the idea that Rice was the "most feared" hitter of his era, a notion that is both...

Nevertheless, the idea that Rice was the "most feared" hitter of his era, a notion that is both unproven and unprovable, has carried the day. Five years after he played his final game, when the idea that he was the most feared slugger of his era should have been most fresh in the minds of the electorate, Rice finished eighth in the balloting with 137 votes, just shy of 30% of the pool. He was the second-highest vote getter among corner outfielders, just behind Tony Oliva. Four years later, on an admittedly deep ballot, Rice garnered 146 votes, appearing on 29.4% of the ballots. The idea that Rice was the most feared hitter in baseball during his career, which again should have been fresh in the minds of the voters, carried little weight with more than 70% of those with ballots. Joe Sheehan

How can Dayton Moore get himself out of the regrettable Jose Guillen situation without just up an...

How can Dayton Moore get himself out of the regrettable Jose Guillen situation without just up and admitting it was a really bad idea? Joe Sheehan: Say nothing, make sure Guillen plays every day for the rest of the season, and go to Las Vegas with a league-average outfielder on a two-year, $24-million contract available for trade. Be willing to take back a little bit less on the deal and spend a couple million to be done with this.... Afterwards, make better decisions." "Tony (Royalville): Is Adam Dunn a solution to the lack of power in KC this winter? And would it be a good signing? Joe Sheehan: Good god, no. The Royals have a massive logjam on the corners as it is, and as much as they could use Dunn's offense, signing a player who adds to that is more problem than solution.... Lots of Royals questions today..."

Joe Sheehan, Baseball Prospectus Chat, August 18, 2008

This may seem strange coming from a BP guy, but the truth is pitchers are babied these days, and ...

This may seem strange coming from a BP guy, but the truth is pitchers are babied these days, and that babying has gotten out of hand." --Joe Sheehan

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7858

No, the problems with the players’ selections are the glorification of the last 90 days and their...

No, the problems with the players’ selections are the glorification of the last 90 days and their backwards emphasis on wins and saves. No Cole Hamels or Johan Santana, but Ryan Dempster and Brandon Webb. Joe Saunders over John Lackey. Brian Wilson over 25 other guys. I’ve made this point before, but I want to reiterate it as the players’ selections provide a teaching moment. It’s very important, and if it comes off as arrogant, well, I’ll live with that. The skills required to be one of the very best baseball players in the world have very little to do with the skills required to evaluate the performance and the value of baseball players. I might even argue that the ability to do the former makes you less likely to be able to do the latter. Regardless of how much playing experience is valued by people hiring within the game, by the media that covers the game, and by a lot of fans, all of the evidence we have at our disposal indicates that players by and large do not understand what drives run scoring and run prevention, and are therefore ill-suited to grading the work of their peers.

Joe Sheehan, All-Star Screw-Ups
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