Friday, March 13, 2009
Those Meaningless Spring Training Numbers: Lousy, Good, And Great Angels SeasonsThe Register has a pretty good slide show on some of the best spring training numbers put up by various players, and how they did subsequently.
Bad: 2005: That Steve Finley signing looked awfully good; I wish we'd taped it. He hit .351 and was a doubles machine in spring training. He hit .222 and was an entire out factory in the regular season.
Good: 2002: Pick almost any year for Glaus, but this was his best: .341/.455/.818 in 44 at bats, with a homer in every seventh trip to the plate. In the regular season, Glaus' power actually dipped from his first two 40-homer seasons, and he never hit 40 again.
Crazy good: 1996: Jim Edmonds hit .448 with seven home runs and 13 extra-base hits in just 67 at bats. He drove in 21 runs in 22 games. He continued hitting into the regular season, setting new career highs in OBP and slugging percentage.
Kelvim Escobar's Feeling Pretty Damned GoodGood enough he's talking about an April return. I wouldn't put too much stock in it, but I'd be happy with May. He's throwing to hitters, and reports feeling very good after a 60-pitch session.
Jon Stewart And The BloggerdomeJon had a bit to say on the Jon Stewart collision with Jim Cramer; some general points:
- Glenn Greenwald is right and brilliant as ever, i.e. Cramer is not the only media star pulling this stunt, but that hardly excuses it.
- Cramer harbors a vile morality:
Not so Jim Cramer, hedge fund manager and television pundit, who declared last Friday that chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, “is being an academic!...My people have been in this game for 25 years. And they are losing their jobs and these firms are going to go out of business, and he’s nuts! They’re nuts! They know nothing! . . . The Fed is asleep.”And this was above and beyond the horrific call on Bear, Stearns.
So capitalism is for poor people and socialism is for capitalists. This view is not just offensive. It is catastrophic.
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