Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Peter Gammons: Third time around the order

On Sunday, Joe Ross, Zack Greinke, Jonathon Niese and Patrick Corbin pinch hit, Oliver Perez bunted and Shelby Miller pinch ran, then saw the game-winning hit soar over his head while playing left field. It was one of my favorite afternoons since Roger Clemens pinch hit in a 17 inning playoff game with the Braves. […]

Newberg: Ripple effect.

Sometimes the press release reverberates with a cannonball splash, like four years ago today, when Texas was awarded the exclusive rights to negotiate with Nippon Ham righthander Yu Darvish after submitting a record posting bid of $51.7 million. Other times it registers with a mild ripple, like the anticipated reunion with Colby Lewis, the free agent signing […]

Newberg: The longest winter.

The Rangers didn’t trade for Cole Hamels. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels, because before they could do that, he said yes to Houston. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, because Houston got them both, and didn’t need to trade for Oliver Perez two weeks later. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels […]

The 2015 Jesse Orosco Award

Relievers with the most appearances in which they did not allow a baserunner in 2015 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi We really never expect perfection from starting pitchers, but we demand it from relievers. And why shouldn’t we? After all, a reliever’s job is […]

Stats report: Yankees reach 15,000 HR

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday, the Yankees reached and […]

Oliver Perez: Free Agent Bargain?

Perception is a powerful thing in baseball. And for the vast portion of Oliver Perez‘s career, the perception has been that he’s an underachiever. He was a key pickup in the Brian Giles deal between the Pirates and Padres a decade ago, and for a brief moment, he looked like a future Cy Young winner. […]