Swing Planes and Predicting GB-FB Splits

On July 18, 2009, Willy Aybar, who had not played in 6 days, who could barely play second base and had hardly proven himself as a hitter, got the start at second against eventual the AL Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke. Aybar went 4 for 4 with a game-deciding double. Rays manager Joe Maddon told the media the choice to start Aybar had been a deliberate one, a decision based in the front...
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August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

The One Where We Discuss Maddon’s Next Deal, First Base, And Naughty Aybar

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) According to Marc Topkin, Joe Maddon’s contract talks are “progressing.” Maddon is in the final year of a contract that will pay him approximately $1.3 million in 2012. And like the Rays key players, Maddon is due for a significant raise. We have speculated previously that Maddon’s next deal will probably be similar to...
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January 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Willy Aybar Will Sit In Jail For 3 Months Awaiting Trial

Willy Aybar’s latest arrest for domestic assault has landed him in jail for (at least) the next three months. This report comes from Dominican Today that reports Aybar has been sent to jail to await his trial due to his status as a repeat scumbag offender. A National District Court Monday night sent Major League Baseball player Willy Aybar to spend three months prison to await...
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November 08, 2011  |  Discuss

The One Where We Discuss Willy Being Willy, Dan Johnson, And The Cubs Managerial Opening

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) Guess who has been charged with his beating his girlfriend and assaulting a police officer? Willy Aybar (of course). This is at least the third time Aybar has been charged in a domestic abuse situation, one of which left his wife in intensive care. According to the GM of Aybar’s Dominican team, Aybar has been working with Psychologists...
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November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

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