Deserved Run Average and the Angels

Earlier this week, Baseball Prospectus introduced a new metric called Deserved Run Average. DRA is a new and improved version of measuring pitcher performance. The old standard of ERA has not been truly relevant since it unfairly penalizes or credits pitchers for what the fielders behind them do. From there, FIP was born, which tried to filter out all that fielding nonsense...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 04.21.15

HR Call: Jorge Bonifacio (4)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Lane Adams 3-4 R  2B  BB Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Joe Blanton 6.0 IP  4 H  0 R  2 BB 6 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 4               Memphis Redbirds 2 Behind a strong performance from Joe Blanton and a […]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leagues: Kaminsky takes the hill

The Palm Beach Cardinals have an excellent rotation which includes young lefty, Kaminsky. Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images Memphis Redbirds vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (7:05 pm CDT)Pitching Matchup LHP Tim Cooney (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 6 IP, 3 K, 1 BB) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (0-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 5 IP, 1  K, 1 BB)Redbirds Lineup TBAStorm Chasers Lineup TBASpringfield...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

A Spring Day with the Kansas City Royals

Spring Training is something every baseball fan should experience at least once in their lives. For most of the country, it can serve as a break from the cold, but for all, it is a welcoming end to the dark time of the year without baseball. I often get asked what the best ticket to get at a Spring Training game is. It is the lawn, so make sure you take in at least one game from...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – The return of Blanton and Papelbon heading to Toronto?

The Phillies made some front office moves, have a possible new trade partner to discuss Papelbon, and Amaro remains one of the worst GMs in baseball. 1. Will anybody let Joe Blanton pitch? Former Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton is looking to make a return to the mound this season. After sitting out the 20144 season without a job, Blanton plans to workout in front of any team willing...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Making Comeback

Free-agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. Blanton will hold an open workout, which includes a bullpen session, for teams interested in his services next week on February 4th, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He’s healthy...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton wants to pitch in 2015

Joe Blanton did not throw a single pitch in baseball in 2014, but he would like to pitch in 2015. The former Phillies pitcher is reportedly set to hold a public work out and throwing session in front of any interested parties next week (February 4 according to MLB Trade Rumors). The Phillies need a starting pitcher… I would not expect the Phillies being among any potential teams...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

David Montgomery returning as chairman and other front office moves

Aside from waiting to see if the Phillies will be able to move Jonathan Papelbon or if there will be any interest in the possible return of Joe Blanton (more on that one in a bit), the Phillies made some front office changes Wednesday afternoon. David Montgomery is not returning to his position as team president. Instead, Montgomery is taking over the role of chairman in the Phillies...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Comes Out of Retirement, To Hold Open Workout and Bullpen Session

View image | The former 'fifth ace' of the 2011 Phillies' rotation has decided to come out of retirement, according to MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes. Dierkes adds that the 34-year-old right hander will be holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on February 4th in the...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss


By Glen McKee and Nate Trop, -  If you love baseball and you’re as old as we are here at PCP headquarters – somewhere between 30 and 50 – then you’re probably familiar with the Peanuts comic strip and Charlie Brown’s love of baseball.  Angels fans can relate to Chuck’s eternal struggles on the mound as they mirrored the Angels for so many years.  Charlie...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

By Glen McKee, Senior Christmas Correspondent -  ‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house…there were no Angels presents for Glen, which was quite unusual. On a typical day-after-Christmas at the McKee household there are at least a few Angels-related knick-knacks amongst the rest of the Christmas loot: a drinking glass, a t-shirt, a bloated contract for...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Fall League Interviews: Ryan O’Sullivan

On Monday October 13, I had some time to kill after arriving in Scottsdale for business and wandered over to Scottsdale Stadium, just a block from my hotel, where the Arizona Fall League was taking place. As luck had it, the Scottsdale Scorpions were playing and I was able to get press credentials. I conducted a number of interviews with some of the Phillies’ players and coaches...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The worst press conference in Angels history

And then there were none. Ryan Madson? Never played. Tommy Hanson? Non-tendered. Joe Blanton? Released with a year left on his contract. Sean Burnett? Headed for his second Tommy John surgery. It goes without saying, but that press conference pictured above didn’t exactly work out very well.  Not a single one of those acquisitions paid off in even the most remote sense. Those...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Angels stuck with Santiago in the rotation?

Here we go again. Another year, another Angels rotation being weighed down by one particular anchor. Last year, it was Joe Blanton. This year it is Hector Santiago. And just like last year, no matter how bad that pitcher is, the Angels might not have any other choice but stick with him and hope he suddenly gets better. When the Halos made the off-season trade of Mark Trumbo, the...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Joe Blanton retires, Sean Burnett to resume throwing

The April 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Joe Blanton retires, Sean Burnett to resume throwing and much more… The Story: Joe Blanton is going to retire, probably. The Monkey Says: He hasn’t officially retired, but has left his Triple-A team. Whatever his status is, the Angels won’t get any money back, so he can do whatever he likes....
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton to Retire

After a 10 year career that included stops in Oakland, Philly, the Dodgers, and the Angels, former starting pitcher Joe Blanton will retire according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.Blanton, predominantly a ground ball pitcher throughout his career, began in Oakland in 2004. He spent 5 years in Oakland compiling a 47-46 record with a 4.25 ERA, striking out 431 over...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton retires from baseball

getty images Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. The right handed pitcher was released from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of spring training and later latched on with the Oakland Athletics. Assigned to Triple-A he has retired after two starts. Joe Blanton has retired. Had been pitching for A's AAA team. Yes, #Angels still owe him all of his contract. Since they released...
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Former 2008 World Champion Phillies Pitcher Joe Blanton Reportedly Retires

Wikipedia Commons The Phillies acquired starter Joe Blanton at the trade deadline in 2008. While many fans at the time wanted the Phillies to acquire Rich Harden instead, Blanton proved to be just what the Phillies needed to help put them over the hump and win a World Championship. According...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey Pirates, the 24th Pick of the Draft is Cursed!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 24th pick of the upcoming MLB draft in June. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the dreaded 24th pick is cursed. Over the last 20 years, only 6 players drafted 24th overall have played in a major league game. Of the lucky 6 who have made it to the show, only 2 have experienced  successful MLB careers – Chad Billingsley and Joe Blanton. Only 1 player...
Via The Sports Journal
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Cook Wild, Ineffective but Craig Gentry 2-for-4 in Rehab Action; Joe Blanton Debuts Again

On Saturday night in Visalia, Ryan Cook’s second rehab outing for the Stockton Ports didn’t go to plan. The Oakland A’s right-hander allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, and  only ended up pitching 2/3 of an inning before reaching his predetermined pitch count. On the night, the 26-year-old walked a pair, gave up three hits and also recorded two strikeouts. Cook...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: how the Angels can compete in the AL West, De La Rosa still two weeks away

The April 1st, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including how the Angels can compete in the AL West, De La Rosa still two weeks away and much more… The Story: How the Angels can compete in the AL West. The Monkey Says: Step one has been accomplished with everyone on the A’s and Rangers getting hurt, so clearly the Halos are on their way to greatness! ...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Athletics and Indians sign major league players to minor league deals

Before heading into their opening day match up versus one another, the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians each signed a former big-leaguer to minor league deals. Joe Blanton, a first round pick of the Athletics back in 2002, finds his way back into the organization after spending 6 years between the Phillies, Dodgers, and Angels. The Indians signed catcher George Kottaras...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Sign Joe Blanton to minor league deal

The Oakland Athletics have brought back a familiar face. The Sacramento River Cats provide the details, via the club’s Twitter account. The @Athletics have signed Joe Blanton to a minor league deal. He will join the River Cats starting rotation. — River Cats (@RiverCats) March 31, 2014 The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Los Angeles Angels last week after posting...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics sign Joe Blanton to minor league deal

getty images The Oakland Athletics have signed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league deal. Blanton has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento . The 33-year-old Blanton was let go by the Los Angeles Angels this spring after allowing 22 hits and 16 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings of work. It is doubtful that Blanton will become much of an option for the Athletics this season after he was...
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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