1. MLB's Top 20 Offensive Prospects at Defensive Positions

    A baseball player who can man a tough defensive position is always highly valued. When that player can also handle a bat with some ability, it adds significantly to his worth...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 1,460 reads 1 comments

  2. 2008 MLB All-Prospect Team

    There are many methods for finding the top prospects in baseball. Some rely on scouting reports, some on statistics, some even mix the two...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 1,681 reads 2 comments

  3. You Can't Escape: Super Bowl Hysteria in a Small-Town Diner

    Scene: Around 9pm at an IHOP in one of the “Super Tuesday” states, Young Enthusiastic Blogger (YEB) is on his fourth cup of coffee with half a stack of pancakes and a pile of papers in front of him...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 1,285 reads 0 comments

  4. Marty's Notable Twins Prospects: Position Players

    These are all players whose stats were enough to catch my eye. I have assigned them stars—1-2 is a weak notable prospect, 3-7 is a notable prospect, 8+ is a guy I'm certain will have some impact in the major leagues...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 835 reads 2 comments

  5. Marty's Notable Twins Prospects: Starting Pitchers

    These are all players whose stats were enough to catch my eye. I have assigned them stars—1-2 stars is a weak notable prospect, 3-7 is a notable prospect, 8+ is a guysI'm certain will have some impact in the major leagues...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 658 reads 0 comments

  6. Marty's Notable Twins Prospects: Relief Pitchers

    These are all players whose stats were enough to catch my eye. I have assigned them stars—1-2 stars is a weak notable prospect, 3-7 is a notable prospect, 8+ is a guysI'm certain will have some impact in the major leagues...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 644 reads 0 comments

  7. Baseball Hall of Fame: Rethinking Voting Rules

    The Baseball Writers Association of America needs to rethink its voting requirements for the Hall of Fame.In order for a baseball player to get elected to the Hall of Fame, his name has to appear on 75 percent of all ballots cast...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 7 years ago 2,342 reads 18 comments

  8. Best of 2007: Tommy Watkins Makes the Show

    Every year in sports, there are spectacular feats of athleticism. The bar is constantly being raised.The offensive season Alex Rodriguez shelled out on American League pitchers was among the greatest in a generation...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about almost 8 years ago 859 reads 2 comments

  9. MLB Fielding Analysis: An Objection

    The Twins' Adam Everett signing got me thinking about this.At the theoretical limits of fielding, runs are still scored. Even if you somehow create "the perfect" defense—one with a DER of 1...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 959 reads 3 comments

  10. MLB Analysis: Lessons Learned from the 2007 Minnesota Twins

    Every year, each MLB team offers fans numerous opportunities to learn more about the game of baseball. I’ll be focusing on the Twins, but budding analysts will find plenty of lessons wherever they look...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 1,446 reads 4 comments

  11. MLB Postseason: Dullards in the Broadcast Booth

    Young Enthusiastic Blogger (YEB) was taking a business trip. Well, it might have been a pleasure trip, but airport security always seems to treat business people just a little bit better...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 1,664 reads 4 comments

  12. Hang Joe Torre?: The Sabermetrician's Argument

    Let me first say that sabermetricians are only now beginning to understand exactly what a manager brings to his ball club. There are numerous ways to measure the impact of a manager, each with its own set problems...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 2,837 reads 9 comments

  13. MLB Award Winners: Cabrera, Ordonez Lead the Pack

    Ignoring the subjective and focusing on the objective is one of the goals of sabermetrics. It was in this spirit that I made my picks for the end-of-season MLB awards—I didn’t even ...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 2,619 reads 2 comments

  14. MLB Playoff Predictions: Red Sox Have the Edge

    Over the years, many sabermetricians have analyzed playoff stats in a fruitless effort to predict which teams will win in the postseason...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about 7 years ago 1,778 reads 4 comments

  15. "We'll See You...Tomorrow Night!"

    In 1990 the Minnesota Twins finished last in the Western Division of the American League. They garnered just 74 wins in the 162 they played...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 1,659 reads 0 comments

  16. MLB History Challenge: All-Time Twins Team

    The Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Since then, the organization has had two owners, Calvin Griffith and Carl Pohlad. Andy MacPhail, Griffith, Howard Fox, and Terry Ryan have all played primary executive roles...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 2,702 reads 9 comments

  17. MLB History Challenge: All-Time Twin Cities Team

    Bleacher Report’s Alexander Freund has challenged the BR Baseball Community to come up with all-time lineups for various Major League Baseball teams. I began to write up a lineup for the Minnesota Twins...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 1,875 reads 0 comments

  18. How Good Are the Twins' Young Starters?

    Pitching can be hard to gauge. Not only are a pitcher's stats dependent on the park he plays in and the gloves behind him, they also vary according to the teams he starts against and what his own hitters do for him...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 1,174 reads 6 comments

  19. Are Major League Umpires Racist?

    For millennia, our ancestors competed for the scarce resources of Africa and Eurasia.I swear I'll get to baseball umpires in a moment. When one tribe confronted another, it was a life or death situation...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 1,294 reads 5 comments

  20. Handicapping the 2007 MLB Playoff Race

    Making predictions always puts a pundit into a dangerous position—and I can imagine columns like this one could haunt my credibility for years to come.However, people are interested in hearing this stuff...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 2,049 reads 5 comments

  21. Sabermetric Profiles: Chris Young, Erik Bedard, Fausto Carmona, Matt Holliday, Ryan Garko

    In a previous column, I explored the role of luck in shaping a baseball player’s stats. The piece produced a lot of good discussion, and I received a number of requests to evaluate players using advanced sabermetrics...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 1,028 reads 2 comments

  22. MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

    A note on methodology: I'll be using all the sabermetric tools at my disposal, but I won't be looking at salaries or money. Remember that trades are often beneficial to both teams involved...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 370 reads 5 comments

  23. Understanding Lady Luck

    Sometimes, a player comes out of nowhere to put up incredible numbers in a single year...and then is never heard from again. Sometimes, a great player puts up numbers far better than his career averages...

    Marty Andrade Written by Marty Andrade about over 7 years ago 453 reads 13 comments

  24. Twins Notes: Tigers the Victors with Help from Magglio Ordonez

    The Twins had gone 25 innings without scoring a run against the Detroit Tigers until Justin Morneau got hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of today's game with scored a run for the Twins...

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  25. Twins Notes: Garza's Good Start Not Enough

    Twins pitcher Matt Garza had three strikouts and allowed only 3 hits in seven innings today and still earned a loss thanks to a Jason Bartlett error. Garza has yet to give up an earned run in his two starts so far this year...

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