Not much news today, so I thought I'd compile a link list for those who are sick of BABIP stats. (To those people, I apologize: the onslaught will continue later this week.) I suggest taking a gander at the following:
- MLB.com's look at the Brewers' catching situation, which probably will be much like the 2005 situation unless Moeller somehow puts it together and bats above the Mendoza line.
Brewers exchange arby figures with Clark and Ohka--I've said it before, I'll say it again: sign Ohka long-term! Even two years would be nice; I'd really try for three. As for Clark, he'll be a great deal for 2006, not so much after that, especially as he's headed into his age 32 season. I just noticed his WARP (as per Baseball Prospectus) was 5.7 last year--that's well over $10m in market value. Whatever he makes next year, he'll be worth it.
- Here's the complete list of 2005 arby figures, which suggest that Kyle Lohse, Rodrigo Lopez, and Gil Meche all may make within $1m of what Ohka does next year. To fans of the Twins, Orioles, and Mariners, I can only say, "neener neener neener."
Interesting article on pitch location from The Hardball Times...makes me want more, and makes me wish I had the jack to get the full stat package from Baseball Info Solutions or STATS, Inc. So...uh...click on my ads! Or...uh...send me money!
- And, for a laugh, check out two stops in my daily surfing, Overheard in New York and sister site Overheard in the Office. I'd like to start a site in April called "Overheard at the Ballpark" to capture all the stupid things we hear folks say. I think one night at Yankee Stadium could get the ball rolling, don't you?