This Date In Royals History–September 2, 2007

2007: The Royals scored five runs in the second inning, and with Brian Bannister in command, cruised to an 8-1 win over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.Facing Twins starter Boof Bonser, who had worked around a two-out single in the first, the Royals started hitting the ball over the place. Alex Gordon led off with a home run. Shane Costa and John Buck followed with singles...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–April 27, 2009

2009: Two home runs from Jose Guillen and a three-run blast from Miguel Olivo keyed the Royals’ easy 7-1 win over Toronto at Kauffman Stadium. The Blue Jays actually grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first against Brian Bannister. Walks to Marco Scutaro and Alex Rios set the stage for Adam Lind’s RBI single with two outs. However, that was the only hit Bannister would allow in seven...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?

Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined: Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports. Is he right? It depends whose joy you're talking about. ...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Thoughts from Saber Seminar

Art Credit: John Kenyon This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Saber Seminar in Boston. This event is two days of non-stop presentations by some of the most interesting people associated with baseball covering some fantastic research and topics. Presenters included names like Dave Cameron, Keith Law, Dan Brooks, Harry Pavlidis, Brian Bannister and many more. It was truly...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Player’s View: The Best Stat to Evaluate Pitchers

I recently posed a question to 10 players. It was a question that doesn’t have an easy answer. Given the subjectivity involved, it doesn’t even have a right answer. What is the best stat to evaluate pitchers? Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order. —— Brian Bannister, former Kansas City Royals righthander: “The most […]
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen, Saber-Savvy Southpaw

Bruce Chen isn’t getting younger. The journeyman left-hander — currently with the Kansas City Royals — celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday. Since signing out of Panama, in 1993, he has made 365 big-league appearances. He has played for 10 teams. Chen has gotten smarter as he’s gotten older. He has long survived on guile, and in recent years, he’s developed an appreciation...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

BP Unfiltered: Forever Young by Sam Miller

2005: Felix Hernandez debuts, pitches 84 innings, loses rookie eligiblity. 2006: Justin Verlander wins the Rookie of the Year award. He is 38 months older than Felix Hernandez. 2007: Dustin Pedroia wins the ROY award. He is 30 months older than Felix Hernandez. (Brian Bannister finishes third. He is 61 months older.) 2008: Alexei Ramirez finishes second in ROY voting. He...
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August 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Pitching Coach Bob McClure, Kevin Youkilis Don't Rely on Numbers Too Much in Their Preparation

Baseball has evolved into a numbers game. Over the years, players and coaches have kept tabs on personal statistics -- or even data analysis in sabermetrics -- to adapt their approaches on the baseball field. But the methods aren't adopted by everyone. Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure is one guy who has never bought into the number-crunching philosophy. When McClure was the...
April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Q&A: Bob McClure on Banny, Simba & Deception

Bob McClure won’t be returning as Kansas City’s pitching coach next year, but that’s not for a lack of experience. The 59-year-old former southpaw reliever has plenty of that, having taken the mound in 707 games before joining the coaching ranks. He also doesn’t lack for good stories — nor is he shy about sharing his opinions on the strike zone or why pitchers do, and don’t...
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November 09, 2011  |  Discuss
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