Friday, March 04, 2005

Just shut up!

More news being created by everyone's favorite agent, David Sloane.

Why won't this guy let it go? He's had his 15 minutes of fame. Before all this, Delgado was one of my favorite non-Mets. Right now, he's just being annoying.

In the article, he specifically says that he was annoyed by Minaya assuming that he would have an advantage because of the Mets new Latin "flavor." I think that says a lot about Delgado as a person. Most people would see the Mets wilingness to deal with free agents in their native language and in a way that would be more comfortable for them as a courtesy, not as arrogance.

Now, onto real news:

Pedro Martinez thre 60 pitches in his Spring Training debut.

I found a nice little piece from Baseball Prospectus, talking about value of Pedro Martinez. it also talks about Rick Peterson, and how much of a "Mr. Fix-It" he really is:

Peterson’s reputation in the industry is golden, and his “pre-hab” innovation in Oakland seems like a wonderful way to keep pitchers healthy. But a quick-and-dirty look at how pitchers fared in Oakland during their first year under Peterson’s tutelage doesn’t show any overwhelming evidence that he has a special ability to "fix" players.

From 1998-2003, with Peterson as pitching coach, nine pitchers came to the A’s and improved their career RA+ (runs allowed expressed as a ratio against league average, adjusted for park and league) by double digits in their first season. Seven pitchers arrived in Oakland and regressed by double digits. The success stories of Barry Zito, Jeff Tam, Cory Lidle and others are somewhat offset by the failures of Blake Stein and Mark Mulder, who, you may recall, was walloped in his first big league season after pitching well in the minors.

Those sixteen pitchers (minimum 50 innings pitched):

Keith Foulke 2003 86.7 66
Barry Zito 2000 92.7 53
Jeff Tam 2000 85.7 53
Kenny Rogers 1998 238.7 35
Brad Rigby 1999 62.3 32
Erik Hiljus 2001 66.0 31
Cory Lidle 2001 188.0 24
Doug Jones 1999 104.0 16
Billy Koch 2002 93.7 14
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John Halama 2003 108.7 -11
Mike Oquist 1998 175.0 -12
Tom Candiotti 1998 201.0 -15
Blake Stein 1998 117.3 -18
T.J. Mathews 1998 72.7 -21
Mark Mulder 2000 154.0 -32
Kevin Appier 1999 68.7 -40

In fairness to Peterson, the gains are larger than the losses. But that, of course, is to be expected: an enormous decline might not make our dataset, because the pitcher could lose his job!
This is not gospel; sample size issues and lots of noise prevent us from drawing any conclusions. Which is exactly the point. Peterson has demonstrated intelligence, good planning, and attentiveness to pitchers’ health. He hasn’t shown that he is Mr. Fix-It. Vic Zambrano will give him a chance to.

Interesting. Although in some cases, specifically with John Halama, some of those pitchers were already aging and in decline. Rick Peterson isn't a magician, he can't reverse the aging process. Also, after Mulder's unsuccesful first season, he went on to become one of the best left handed pitchers in baseball.


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