Yankees' Vidal Nuno takes another step toward fifth starter spot

The ball skied high over the scoreboard and palm trees in left-center field. That chest-high cutter to Tony Batista was the lone blemish on Vidal Nuno's outing Sunday against Toronto, the Yankees' left-hander said afterward. Batista "just takes hacks," Nuno said. "I'm going to have to do a better job with him next time." Nuno likely hopes the next...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

King of Little Things 2013

Although the end of regular baseball is sad for both fans who blog and those who do not, for the former it at least provides a time to look back on the season and write about certain achievements. For me, it is a nice time to whip out some silly awards based on toy stats. On Monday, we looked at 2013′s Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award winner, which compared RBI totals with linear...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award

Award season is upon us. It is a time for arguing about ERA versus FIP, pitching to the score, defensive value, and the meaning of “valuable.” Fun, right? It is also a time for me to whip out fun little toys to recognize different kinds of offensive contributions. One of these is the basis for the Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award, which annually recognizes the hitter whose RBI total...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2012 Carter-Batista Award

Award season is upon us. Perhaps this dates me (or at least my methods) as a blogger, but to me, this is a fun time to bust out a series of awards and rankings based on stats and metrics with varying degrees of usefulness. Today I will begin with the 2012 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award for the hitter whose 2012 RBI total most exaggerates his actual offensive contribution. If you came...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

This college baseball player has one of the weirdest batting stances you’ll ever see (Video)

You are looking at a video of the unorthodox batting stance for Alex Buccilli, a DH and outfielder at Coastal Carolina. We’ve seen plenty of players with extreme open stances (think Andres Galarraga or Tony Batista), and we’ve seen guys in a ridiculously low crouch (think Jeff Bagwell or Kevin Maas), but this dude incredibly combines both aspects to form one of the weirdest...
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April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Lineup Card: 11 Favourite Batting Stances by Baseball Prospectus

1. Willie Aikens For one highly forgettable Little League season, I used a righty-version of the corkscrew batting stance used by the Royals' Willie Mays Aikens. The only pictures I could find online don't do it justice. He held his hands high and his elbow even higher, sort of like Joe Morgan in that regard. However, his lower body was all coiled up, with his right...
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April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

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