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As most of you probably know, Tom Tango now exclusively consults with the Cubs. This is incredible news: Tom Tango, also knows as tangotiger, is one of the greatest baseball minds in the game today. Many of the foundational statistics that we have today come from The Book, the spiritual successor to The Hidden Game of Baseball. Mr. Tango has graciously agreed to answer some questions that I (and Berselius and dmick) had for him.
Note: I can't ask about the Cubs, specifically (there are NDAs about that sort of thing).
Obstructed View: Where do you want to be 10 years from now? Do you aspire to be a GM?
Tom: More of the same, I think. I have no desire to be a GM.
Obstructed View: How did you end up meeting MGL?
Tom: We both posted at an old baseball forum called BaseballBoards.com, which later became Fanhome. Voros, Patriot, David Smyth were also some of the posters there. (Note: How incredible would it have been to be in that environment?)
Obstructed View: I worry sometimes that...
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Bad news concerning Carlos Marmol:
According to a report in the Domincan Republic, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol is being accused of Domestic Violence.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) January 31, 2013
More on this as it develops, but if true this could be a hairy situation. I've been debating whether or not to throw a control issues joke in here, but decided against it.
I know I said I probably wasn't going to do these this year, but I am going to change the format a little bit. I won't be combining 5, 6 or 7 projections to create an average. I will just stick to two: CAIRO and ZiPS. I doubt the average between these two will be that much different than they'd be if we added in several other other projection systems so it's really ...
A woman in Carlos Marmal's native Dominican Republic has accused the Chicago Cubs' reliever of abusing her. Marmol has denied the allegations and filed a counter claim against her. Marmol has not yet been charged with a crime.
The Chicago Tribune relayed the story from ListinDiario.com. Marmol and his attorney, Nelson Pimentel say that the woman in question has...
Michael Bourn rumors have been flying around all offseason, but he is still sitting there without a job for 2013. We were told how he'd be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but perhaps those people who said that need to rethink it. Bourn has had plenty of suitors, but talks with him have not even progressed to the stages where we were hearing constant...
What is that saying about "When it rains is pours"?
Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks player Mark Grace was sentenced to 4-months in jail Thursday afternoon as part of a DUI arrest plea agreement.
It was not his first DUI.
Grace, who summarily lost his job as an analyst with the Diamondbacks broadcast team after his...
The Chicago Cubs have invited 22 non-roster players to major league spring training, which begins Tuesday, February 12 when pitchers and catchers hold their first formal workout in Mesa, Ariz. Position players are invited to report to camp Saturday, February 16 with the team’s first full squad workout Sunday, February 17.
The following 11 pitchers have been invited to major league...
Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program.
The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
Grace was arrested last August in Scottsdale - his second drunken driving...
Former Arizona Diamondbacks color commentator and Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail following his second DUI arrest in a year. Grace took a leave of absence from the Diamondbacks in August following his arrest, and the team officially dismissed him and play by play man Daron Sutton after the season.
Grace's sentence also includes...
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy.
Edwin Jackson was an interesting case for the Washington Nationals in 2012. Signed...
Recently, we pointed out how strong this Atlanta lineup has a chance to be. But how does the Braves lineup compare to that of the defending NL East Champion Washington Nationals?
Good question! Let’s have a look.
As with our most recent post, we’ll borrow Bill James’ projections. Again no one’s projections ever prove entirely accurate–or even close to it. But James’ prognostications...
Next up in our projection series is Matt Harvey. Two years after he was drafted, Harvey was in the majors, showing the best fastball for a Mets SP since they started keeping track of such things in 2002. He was shut down after 10 starts but he showed enough in that span to have fans dreaming of 30 starts from Harvey each and every year for the next 15 years.
Will Harvey be able...