Been a slow couple of weeks for me due to hitting the disabled list for a bit, but here’s what I’ve been up to as of late…
I wrote a 2013 World Baseball Conference preview post for Camden Depot on Australia; you can check it out here. It was the first article in a series that the Depot is doing in preparation for the upcoming WBC games, showcasing and reviewing each of the participating nations.
UPDATE: The entire series (as of Feb 15) is posted over at ESPN
For Baseball Press, I wrote a couple of articles again with a WBC feel to them, looking at the effect of WBC participation on MLB performance and injury potential for Team USA. Results for pitchers are here, and you can read about the WBC effect on hitters here.
…and for the Washington Nationals fan in your life, I contributed some material to the Citizens of Natstown Washington Baseball Annual e-book, available now on Amazon. My contributions include pieces on Bill Bray, Kurt Suzuki, and Zach Duke.
Thank you for your patronage, and may you have a pleasant baseball blog reading experience.
Mike Rizzo is up to his usual
tricks illusions* again, this time doing his sleight of hand routine by scouting Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico, then *poof* turning it into a Ross Ohlendorf minor league signing.
While beset by injuries the majority of his career, Ohlendorf has shown flashes of steadfast pitching when healthy; as such, he is a minimal risk, minimal reward type of signing that will more than likely get very acquainted with the sights and sounds of Syracuse for the 2013 season. Sadly, the last time Ross was healthy was in 2009, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since then, he has wandered the lonely bullpens and mounds of both the major league and AAA teams of Boston and San Diego, with unsavory results. For the young and weak of heart in the HDIB? audience, I have removed those statistics, and provide you the stats of Ohlendorf’s career, and career season (thanks Fangraphs!):
|Total||– – –||18||32||9.87||6.36||3.45||1.31||0.303||1.48||0.3||5.1||4.86||4.71||0.9|
As we see, his best outings were with the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates.
That’s a lot of former Pirates to stockpile, Mike Rizzo.
Coincidence… or trend?
When Rizzo signs former Pirate Jeff Karstens, we will have our answer. Until then, good luck getting the 1979 Pirates battle cry out of your head.
*if you don’t know what this is in reference to, watch this