Hitter-Pitcher and the Hall of Fame

Played in the backyard with a tennis ball and an all too heavy baseball bat, the home-made game of “Hitter-Pitcher” provided hours of after-school and summer-time enjoyment for me and my younger brother.  A mix between baseball and cricket, Hitter-Pitcher was a perfect two-person game for imaginative youngsters.

The game started with each player selecting five major league hitters and five major league pitchers to be on their team. The game itself was scored like baseball and included the classic concept of the ghost runner, where players on-base magically move around the base-paths not based on baserunning ability, but rather based on what the outcome of each subsequent at-bat.

The game’s twist was that pitchers were allowed to bounce the ball (single-bounce only) as well as throw normal pitches.  In addition, strikeouts counted as three outs, as did balls caught in the air.  Balls caught on a single-bounce were worth two outs, and balls caught off a double-bounce were worth one out.

Yup, hitter-pitcher was a fun game.  But its probably not that fun to read about.  So why did I write about it? Well, with the Hall of Fame votes about to be announced, my memory drifted to thoughts of Hitter-Pitcher. Players were selected by my brother and I for our teams based on three criteria:

1. Greatness

2. Coolness

3. An awesome batting stance or pitching motion.

Some players, such as Ken Griffey Jr. had all three.  Some, such as Hideo Nomo (an awesome pitching motion) had only one.  The selections were arbitrary, but always seemed to make sense.

Personally, as far as the Hall of Fame selection goes, I don’t really care about the stats.  I just want the selections to make sense.

I always thought of Roberto Alomar as a hall-of-famer, so if I had a vote, I would vote for him.  I don’t remember watching Bert Blyleven (I was too young), but his stats are so overwhelming, I would vote for him too.  Both selections make sense to me.

As for other candidates such as Jeff Bagwell and Barry Larkin?  Good players, but they don’t strike me as Hall of Famers.  Maybe I will change my mind someday, and I certainly won’t complain loudly if they do eventually get elected, but I just don’t care that much about their candidacies.  Even if the stats tell me I should.

***Note: for a more objective perspective on who is likely to be elected to the hall, I recommend you check out Chris Jaffe’s latest article at The Hardball Times.

Previewing the 2011 Storm: Pitching

Happy New Year. Lets hope 2011 is the year of the Friar, both in the majors and throughout the farm. In 2009 the Storm had one of the most consistent rotations in all of baseball. Pelzer, Hefner, Luebke, Kluber, and Breit each had over 100 IP. 2010 was a different story. The 2010 staff was riddled with uncertainty and short starts. Adam Bass was the ONLY Storm pitcher to log 100 innings (although Davis had 99 with the Storm and well over 100 overall). What might be even worse was that only Jeremy McBryde and Erik Davis averaged over 5 IP per start. This means that there was a LOT of middle relief. The Storm had 5 relievers appear in at least 48 G. The 2011 staff will hopefully bring about more certainty. The rotation may lack the true star power of Fort Wayne and San Antonio, but aims to be solid none the less.

Rotation:
1) Matt Lollis- 7-4, 2.12 ERA, 1.00 WHIP (Eugene and Fort Wayne). The biggest pleasant surprise in the 2010 season might very well have been Matt Lollis. Coming out of extended the 19 year old was overshowded by Portillo and Sampson in Eugene. Quickly, he moved past them to Fort Wayne and was named the Tin Caps pitcher of the year. Lollis is a BIG guy in both height and weight. He uses this to his advantage with a solid low-mid 90s FB. His secondary pitches are average with room to grow. For a pitcher of his size and age there is some concern with keeping his weight under control. The Padres would like to see his K numbers improve in 2011, but the bigger concern might be to just keep him healthy and conditioned during the summer months in the Cal League. There is a lot to like out of this top prospect.
2) Jose De Paula- 8-5, 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 7.28 K/9. De Paula will more than likely end up being the #3 or 4 starter, but in potential alone he should be the #2 starter. He has a solid FB sitting in the low 90’s His best pitch is his curve which is one of the best in the organization. The biggest difference between 2009 and 2010 was the improvement in his change. The better his change up becomes the more dangerous his FB and curve become. If De Paula remains healthy look for him to be a potential breakout candidate.
3) Michael Watt- 6-6, 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 7.56 K/9 (Ft Wayne) Watt was acquired from the Dodgers in the Greg Maddux deal a few years ago and has been a solid starter for the Tin Caps since. Over the past 2 years Watt has logged 246 innings with the Tin Caps. The South Paw has not lived up to the potential that the Dodgers saw when he was drafted in the 2nd round out of HS. He might only be viewed as organizational depth, but the lefty should eat some much needed innings and give the rotation a consistent starter in the middle of the rotation.
4) Jerry Sullivan- 7-4, 4.03 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.14 WHIP (Ft Wayne) Sullivan was the first college players drafted by the Padres in the 2009 draft. Sullivan might have the most refined stuff of any of the Storm pitching staff. He only allowed 2.25 BB/9 which was one of the best in the org. Sullivan can spot a low 90s FB and works both sides of the plate. At times he would find too much of the plate which resulted in a .264 BAA. He needs to work on getting quick outs which will allow him to work deeper into games. With his control and stuff he has the chance to be the “veteran” (at 23) presence in the rotation.
5) Take your pick. My guess would be Pedro Hernandez (4-3, 4.04 ERA, 100.1 IP, 122 H, 17 BB). Ideally Hernandez would spend another year in Fort Wayne where he can continue to refine his stuff. However with the multitude of candidates for the SP jobs in Fort Wayne is seems Hernandez will be bumped to Lake Elsinore. Hernandez has a plus change and a pretty good FB. Batters hit .295 off of him which means he will be eaten alive in the Cal League if he doesnt make adjustments. Daniel Sarria is another candidate. The Cuban righty attacks the strikezone and loves to throw his offspeed stuff in fastball counts. He has good location with all of his pitches and the 8.00 K/9 in Fort Wayne is a good sign, though he will probably end up starting in middle relief. Josh Spence is the final candidate that I see. Spence is a crafty lefty who had a 15.75 K/9 last year over 3 levels. Spence might not have the overall stuff to maintain a starter, and is also a good candidate for the back of the bullpen. However Spence was a starter, wants to be a starter, and will probably have a chance to start at some point this year.

Bullpen:
Closer: Jackson Quezada: Quezada should be back with the Padres in 2011. The Padres decided to add him to the 40 man roster after the 2008 season when he struck out 79 hitters in just 63 IP as the closer for Fort Wayne. Sadly Quezada missed all of the 2009 season and most of the 2010 season coming back from injury. If he is healthy Quezada is one of the most lethal relief prospects in an organization rich with great bullpen arms. If Quezada remains healthy look for him to be the closer for the Storm then get promoted to San Antonio mid season.
8th inning/closer: Mike Mikolas: The best stat for any reliever is that over 60 appearances last year he allowed more than 1 ER just 3 times! Mikolas has a good FB-curve combo and has settled in nicely in the back of the pen.
Others: Stiven Osuna, Rob Poutier, Jeff Ibarra, and Nick Schumacher (though Nick could be in SA)

BTW later in the week I will preview the Storm batting aka less hope the offense can score more runs then they give up through errors. Then sometime mid next week I will begin rolling out FriarForecast’s top prospects including the new acquisitions. Lets just hope everyone has a happy and healthy first week of 2011

Previewing the 2011 Tin Cap Offense

Last week I looked at the potential rotation and bullpen for the Tin Caps. The rotation could very well be one of the top 5 or 10 in all of minor league baseball. Last year the Tin Cap’s lineup was rated as one of the top 10 in baseball by milb.com. With top prospects such as Rincon, Galvez, Williams, Liriano, the AZL MVP Cody Decker and potentially #3 pick in the 2008 draft Donovan Tate the lineup looked like it would tear up the division. Of course we know that Tate never was healthy, Decker started in Elsinore, Liriano struggled before being sent down and Galvez, Rincon, and Williams didnt have the year all of us were hoping for. But that is a different story for a different team. This years team will come in hoping to rebound after a horrendous year in Eugene. Can they do it? Well that all might depend on health but if Jason Hagerty can go from .225/.335/.399 in Eugene to being the real MWL MVP (.302/.423/.494) why cant similar influxes happen in 2011.

The Outfield:
Everything in the lineup might all hinge on the health and numbers of Donovan Tate. If healthy he will be the outstanding defensive CF as well the focal point in their lineup. The one positive moving forward was that Tate was named the instructs MVP for the Padres, which is a very good sign. We all know he has “5 tool potential” but after battling injuries for the past 2 years it is time to see the potential start to show up in the box score.

RF: Rymer Liriano will get his 2nd shot at Fort Wayne. Another year older and hopefully another year wiser. Liriano has some of the best raw power in the organization. Combine that with his great glove, strong arm, and great speed on the base paths and you have a top prospect and a potential MLB player. Of course that doesnt really matter when you hit .231 (.288 OBP) and strikeout 119 times in only 117 games.

LF: Rico Noel could easily be the CF or RF but might be subjugated to LF when playing in the same OF as Liriano and Tate. Noel will more than likely be the teams leadoff hitter. Noel is known for his great eye at the plate, great D, and most of all his blazing speed. Noel stole 104 bases in 125 college games. Add another 14 in 32 G in Eugene. The Ems were content with his .277/.426/.357 numbers in Eugene with more BB than K and 14 SB. However, for a leadoff type hitter with little power you would hope his BA would climb closer to .300.

Others: Dan Meeley would be in the starting mix, but after hitting over .300 in the final month with Fort Wayne my guess is he would be ticketed for Elsinore (to join the OF of Williams and Fuentes). The Padres surprised many by having Luis Domoromo skip AZL and go straight to Eugene. He put up unspectacular numbers but considering he was 18 and playing his first year in America it was a huge step forward. He has a chance to make the team as a LF/RF/DH but he could probably benefit from another year in extended/Eugene. Jose Dore is a HS RF that the organization is really high on. However, he signed at the last minute, played in 4 G (though did have 6 hits), and will probably at least begin the year in extended. BTW Domoromo is all of 5 days older than Dore

Infield:
1B: Wes Cunningham- When Gyorko left there was no more consistant hitter on the Ems then Cunningham. Cunningham was the team leader in TB, OBP, and 2nd to Gyorko in SLG. He also managed to steal 7 bases and be 2nd on the team in 3B with 5. He doesnt have the power potential that we would like to see from a 1B but he is solid and should do moderately well in FW.
2B: Chris Bisson- Bisson is another prospect with blazing speed. He also has some pop in his bat that boosted him to being the Padres 4th rd selection in this past draft. However, we did not see any of that in Eugene or Peoria. He hit only .250/.333/.292 in Eugene. The worst part of that already disappointing line was only 5 SB in 9 attempts. This was a player who stole 68 basses in 93 G in college. Like so many of the 2011 Tin Caps a rebound is in order for this 21 year old 2B.
SS: Chris Tremblay- There was a chance that Tremblay was going to be the Tin Caps 2010 opening day starter, but instead Tremblay repeated Eugene as Galvez passed him up. Another year wiser Tremblay hit .308/.338/.380 in Eugene. He will be old for the league (24 when the season starts), but is fairly consistent with the glove and bat, and unfortunately the Padres do not have another option unless they feel Minyeti is ready.
3B: Daniel Garce- With Gyorko likely to start in Lake Elsinore, Garce might be the best option. Surprisingly the Padres did not sign 1 prospect whose natural position was 3B in the 2010 draft. When Gyorko left Eugene Bingham became the every day 3B (natural SS) but in 30 G he hit just .136/.212/.146. It would be hard for the Padres to make him their starting 3B. Garce has paid his dues spending 2 years in the DSL and 2 years in the AZL. Last year he hit a solid .323/.363/.438. Like almost every DSL prospect he has a problem with the strikeout and it will probably be no different next year. Whether he is ready or not there is a great chance Garce is your starting 3B. Of course there is also always a chance that Rincon repeats Ft Wayne (with Gyorko at 3B in LE) and he would then be the starting 3B.
C- Tommy Medica/Emanuel Quiles/Rocky Gale. I really have no idea who will win the battle. The Padres were very high on Medica during the draft especially for his offense, but he put up some horrendous numbers in Eugene (.176/.318/.216). Some of that might have been due to injuries, but out of an “offensive” catcher those numbers are really bad. On the other side is one of the top defensive catchers in the system in Emanuel Quiles. Quiles repeated Eugene and actually put up slightly worse numbers in 2010. Still his defense and being slightly young for the league will always help. Finally I just like the name Rocky Gale. Gale hit .292/.325/.323 in Eugene which will always help.

Lineup and Bench:
Here is my best guess for the lineup
1 Noel, 2. Bisson, 3. Tate, 4. Cunningham, 5. Liriano, 6. Medica, 7. Domoromo (DH), 8. Tremblay, 9. Garce

Bench: Brian Guinn, Gale/Quilles, Slemp, Domoromo, Bingham or Powers.

There are a lot of “rebounds” needed this year for most of the lineup. However, with the pitching staff that the Tin Caps have 2-3 runs a game should be enough to get them the W

Padres hire John Abbamondi

The San Diego Padres have hired former St. Louis Cardinals assistant general manager John Abbamondi as vice president, strategy and business analysis.

According to the above linked article, Abbamondi will be transitioning from the baseball operations department to the business side of things:

“But from a professional perspective, this is a really exciting opportunity. It is a step out of baseball operations, but it’s a unique opportunity to step into like an ‘AGM’ type role, but instead of right-hand man to a GM, I’m going to [working with] a team president. And I’ll get to work with him and his staff on a lot of issues and learn a whole other side of the business. I’m really excited about that there.”

Abbamondi will work with club president Tom Garfinkel on a wide range of initiatives, including the Padres’ attempt to get a new ballpark built in Escondido, Calif., for their Triple-A affiliate. The position is a newly created one in the San Diego hierarchy.

Abbamondi took an interesting (h/t: GLB) — though more common of late — route to his baseball career, studying at MIT and then spending nine years as a Naval Flight Officer. He later got a job in MLB’s labor relations department after attending graduate school at Stanford, and in 2007 he brought in by the Cardinals.

Abbamondi profiles very much as someone we’ve come to expect in the Padres front office; a very bright person, with a wide array of knowledge about all aspects of baseball, yet from a non-traditional baseball background. Abbamondi worked on many information-based projects in St. Louis, such as developing software that enabled easier, more efficient use of scouting data in the Cards front office.

As mentioned, Abbamondi will be working in the business department with the Padres, reporting to Tom Garfinkel. In this off-season, the Padres continue the addition/subtraction trend, both on and off the field. Paul DePodesta was hired away by Sandy Alderson and the Mets, but the Padres have countered by adding Josh Byrnes and Abbamondi to an already capable front office.

Previewing the 2011 Tin Caps pitching

The 2010 Fort Wayne Tin Caps pitching can be seen primarily as a disappointment. Unlike the previous year where they had all star pitchers (Castro/Latos/Bass), and an all star closer (Brach), the 2010 team faced turmoil nearly every turn through the rotation. 14 different pitchers got the starting nod over the course of the season, and the Tin Caps never had the dominant ace pitcher that every team needs until Matt Lollis stepped in well after the ASB. While the back end of the bullpen was fairly solid with Mikolas and Schumacher the middle relief could have earned the dubious title of “gas can.” BUT 2010 is in the books and 2011 is on the horizon.

2011 promises to be a very different and very promising year for the Tin Caps. The rotation alone has a chance to boast an entire rotation of dominanting pitchers. And while the bullpen for any A ball team is a question the Tin Caps have a lot to be optimistic about.

The Rotation:

Despite only pitching in Ft Wayne for 1.5 months it seems like Lollis will begin the year in Elsinore and will not be included.
1) Keyvius Sampson- Sampson went down with an injury that prematurely ended his 2010 campaign with the Ems. Before the injury though, he was every bit the dominant ace type pitcher the Padres were hoping for when they took him in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft. If you take away his last 3 starts where he didnt look the same Sampson posted 3-0, 33.2 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 11 BB, 46 K, 1.87 ERA. Sampson will turn 20 in Jan, and provided that he is healthy should prove to be every bit the ace the Padres think he might end up being.

2) Zach Cates- Cates signed right at the deadline last year and didnt get a chance to pitch in proball in 2010. Despite not playing in either Eugene or Peoria it looks like Cates will be starting in Fort Wayne and could very well be the TIn Caps #2 starter. Like Sampson, Cates has an overpowering fastball that consistently sits in the mid 90’s topping out at 98 mph. Cates has a solid change and a breaking ball that is a work in progress. Despite being erratic at times Cates has tremendous upside and has a chance to shoot through the Padres system.

3) Adys Portillo- Happy birthday Adys! Portillo turned 19 on Tuesday (the 21st). That’s right….Portillo turned 19 on Tuesday! No player is as raw or has the tremendous upside that Portillo has. Big FB, big braking ball, you name it and he has got it. Portillo has progressed nicely since signing in July of 2008. His BAA dipped 80 points (to .241) and his K/9 went up from 7.52 to 9. He can be tremendously erratic (40 BB in 62 IP) but WOW will he be some prospect in the next year or two. Here is to hoping that just like Castro, Fort Wayne is the turning point for this top prospect.

4) Matt Branham- Branham was a bit old for Eugene and at 23 will be old for Fort Wayne. Despite this Branham put up great numbers in Eugene going 6-3, 2.97 ERA, 60.2 IP, 56 K. He might not have the upside of any of the previous guys, but at 6’5″ 220 lb, Branham is a big guy who should do well in Fort Wayne.

5) Josh Spence/Dexter Carter/Mark Hardy/ Pedro Martinez/James Needy/Chris Wilkes- This is an extensive list of 6 names all of which could get the nod. Needy is the top prospect but missed all of 2010 with injuries. Even if he is healthy they might keep him in extended then to Eugene. Josh Spence would be next on my list as the crafty lefty makes low ball hitters look ridiculous (42 K, 7 BB, in 24 IP in AZL/Eug/FW). He might start in Elsinore either in the pen or rotation. Wilkes was another guy with high upside but missed all of 2010 with injuries. Carter has been hammered at 2 different stints in 2010, but was a top prospect when he was with the Chi Sox and the Padres brass likes him. Mark Hardy is an interesting Canadian prospect who saw time in any and every minor league stop last year. Pedro made the jump from the DSL to Eugene where he pitched well until something happened. Not sure what but in his last 2 starts he went 2.2 IP (combined), 4 H. 8 ER, 9 BB, 3 K. Then was done for the rest of the year. Hopefully he is ok, but he might be inline to repeat Eugene next year.

The bullpen

The pen will more than likely be anchored by a lot of the guys who miss out on that #5 starting rotation but look for the closer to be the same person that opened the 2010 season as the Tin Cap’s closer… Rafael Arias. Arias pitched 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 BB, 6 K with the Tin Caps before being placed on the DL for the rest of the year. He came back with the AZL/Ems and pitched 7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 10 K. Arias has filthy stuff with a FB in the mid to upper 90s and an above average slider. But of course, like most DSL prospects he suffers from a lack of finding the strikezone. He has been working diligently with the staff on improving his control and hopefully we will see the breakthrough in 2010.

Joining Arias and the #5 leftovers will be Chase Marona, Robert Sabo, and Maurico Tabachnik. As far as the rest of the pen goes….well minor league camp will determine who stays and who goes.

The 2009 Tin Caps had a tremendous season with great starting pitching, a great pen, and an amazing offense. They were so good they had the best record in the minors and were named the top milb team of 2009. As great as that team was, at least pitching, the 2011 team will be just as good if not even better. Provided the team can stay healthy, Tin Cap fans have a lot to look forward to in 2011.

Changes in the middle infield

As I’ve already mentioned a few times, the San Diego Padres are having a pretty strange off-season. From the Cameron Maybin deal, to trading The Franchise (ya know, Adrian Gonzalez), to now patching together  pretty decent team.

Daniel covered the signing of Orlando Hudson yesterday. I agree with him; Hudson is a nice pick-up, especially on a reasonable two year, $11.5M contract. Some have argued that while Hudson may be a fine acquisition, David Eckstein put up 2 fWAR last season; how much of an improvement will Hudson offer?

1. I doubt that Eckstein was really worth 2 fWAR, because I question that he was six runs above average in the field.

2. Even if Eckstein was worth 2 wins above replacement, he doesn’t project well going forward, both due to his recent past performance and his age. Hudson should offer a pretty nice improvement over David Eckstein v2011.

The Padres also (finally) finalized the trade for SS Jason Bartlett (and a PTBNL), that will send Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, and Cole Figueroa to the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Four players is more than you’d think it’d take to land Bartlett, but none of the four are really key losses. All of them have some chance of contributing at the major league level, but none are guaranteed (or particularly likely).

Russell and Ramos, the two headliners, could turn into decent bullpen options. Gomes has dominated in AA for a couple of seasons, but he’s going to be 26. Figueroa has nice on-base skills for a second basemen, but no pop.

Bartlett improves the Padres in the short-term, plus allows Everth Cabrera to get some much needed seasoning in the minors. The kicker here is of course the PTBNL, plus the fact that Bartlett could be a type-A free agent after the season and could net the Padres a couple of draft picks.

With a couple of nice mid-level moves (the Maybin trade, the Aaron Harang signing, and these two) the Padres suddenly have a chance again. It’s been a strange off-season and it will be interesting to see how it concludes.

San Diego Padres Sign Orlando Hudson

Last year, I wrote that the San Diego Padres could have improved their off-season by signing Orlando Hudson. This year, they actually did so.  After inking Orlando Hudson to a 2-year $11.5MM contract, the Padres have finally found themselves a major league caliber second baseman.

Last season, Hudson was worth 3.1 fWAR, hitting at almost exactly a league average level, while playing quality defense at a middle infield position.

His 2010 season was not a huge deviation from his career numbers which suggest Hudson has been an average hitter and average fielder, and has thus contributed a lot of value to his teams as a second-baseman.

Prior to singing Hudson, the Padres did not have a second baseman (assuming you did not think Eric Patterson was the solution) on the roster, which makes Hudson’s contributions even more meaningful.

As for the value of the deal, Dave Cameron sums it up nicely:

With a going rate of something in the neighborhood of $5 million per win this winter, Hudson would only have to generate +1.1 WAR in 2011 to justify his salary from a market-rate perspective. For comparison, Aaron Hill‘s .291 wOBA and slightly above-average defense last year was worth +1.1 WAR as a full time second baseman. There is a lot of room for Hudson to regress from his 2010 performance and still be a relative bargain, given the prices free agents have been signing for to date.

Signing Hudson has very little downside, and a good amount of upside.  He fills a glaring need for the Padres, at a value rate.

Joaquin Benoit will receive $16.5MM over the next three seasons for the Tigers, and he is a reliever who never been worth more than 2.0 fWAR in his career.  Hudson has exceeded 2.0 fWAR in all but one season starting in 2004.  Who would you rather have?

PTBNL: Eric Patterson

The San Diego Padres announced today that Eric Patterson will be coming to the club as the player to be named later in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

Patterson, who is 27 years old has bounced around quite a bit the past few seasons.  He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2004, and reached the majors in 2007.  Patterson was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2008 as a part of the Rich Harden deal.  Oakland dealt him to Boston last season.

For his career, Patterson has displayed little power (0.353 SLG) and on-base skills (0.299 OBP).  Defensively, he has played second base, and all of the outfield positions, albeit at a below average level at every position (at least according to UZR).

As a major league player, Patterson has been pretty bad, but his minor league record is very solid.

In over 2,500 minor league plate appearances, Patterson has an 0.845 OPS.  1550 of those plate appearances have come in AAA, where Patterson has a 0.363 OBP, and a 0.487 SLG.  Patterson has also displayed good speed, stealing 178 bases in the minor leagues, including a 2009 campaign where he had 43 SB compared to only 6 CS.

In the minors, Patterson played mostly second-base, and rated above average according to total zone (which is probably surprising to Red Sox fans).

For the Padres, Patterson is a nice throw-in to the Gonzalez deal.  The team does not have a second baseman currently on the roster, and Patterson’s minor league track record indicates he might still be a useful major leaguer given the chance (he only has 471 major league plate appearances).

Patterson’s ability to play multiple positions could allow him to fill a utility role on the club, and given the team’s complete lack of depth at the middle infield positions, Patterson may very well find himself starting on the 2011 team.

Feedback wanted: A Padres E-book

I have thought for the past few days – and really, much longer – about creating a San Diego Padres E-book that would come out just before the season in March. It would be sort of a review of the past season and a preview of next season – common form for many current team annuals. It would also include comprehensive analysis of free agent transactions, trades, prospects, front office decision-making, the ownership, sabermetrics, and so on. Obviously, it would be a huge project.

I am wondering, from you guys, what do you think? Is it a good idea? Would you be interesting in purchasing it for, say, $10-15? Would others you know be interested?

I definitely don’t want to get rich off of it, but it could be an ideal opportunity to try something new, do something that I enjoy, and make a little extra money for college.

I’d love to hear any type of feedback you may have.

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