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Musings on end-of-year transactions

The final week of the year is usually pretty quiet on the baseball transaction front. But there have been some significant deals that transpired in the final days of the year.

As the hours tick by to the end of 2014, here are a few notes on the more memorable baseball transactions that occurred in the final week of the year. Happy New Year to everyone!

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Circle of Greats: Redemption Round #7 Part 2

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will be restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility.  This part two of our seventh “redemption round” (we’ve been holding such redemption rounds interspersed among the regular voting rounds every tenth voting round or so) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots. Read the rest of this entry

Circle of Greats: 1907 Part 2 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 81st round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round completes the addition (begun in last week’s round) to the ballot of those players born in 1907. Rules and lists are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Circle of Greats Round 80 Results: XX Rated Highly

Even against a couple of popular birth-year classmates, Jimmie Foxx  dominated this week’s vote to easily win induction as the 80th member of the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. More on Foxx and the voting after the jump Read the rest of this entry

Will Tulo Stay an All-Star in His Early 30s?

The Rockies still want a bonanza in return for Troy Tulowitzki. Now 30, he’s under contract for six more years at $20 million per, and he had hip surgery in August. When healthy, Tulo is a premier talent, earning his salary and then some. But he’s been hurt a lot: In eight years since becoming a regular (age 22-29), Tulo averaged 117 games, missing 28% of the schedule to injury.

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Quiz – Name these Groups (Solved)

What separates these two groups of hitters, besides their stats?

2010-14 BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ BAbip SO% WAR* oWAR* dWAR*
Group A .259 .327 .412 .739 102.7 .304 19.4% 2.30 2.27 -0.10
Group B .268 .329 .414 .743 103.9 .304 16.4% 2.66 2.58 0.19

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Circle of Greats: Redemption Round #7

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will be restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility.  This seventh “redemption round” (we’ve been holding such redemption votes interspersed among the regular voting rounds every tenth voting round or so) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots. Read the rest of this entry

Circle of Greats: 1907 Part 1 Balloting

‘Tis the season to be voting, this post being for voting and discussion in the 80th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round begins to add to the ballot those players born in 1907. Rules and lists are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

The last time the Cleveland Indians won a World Series, their shortstop, Lou Boudreau, was both the indisputable MVP of the league as well as the team’s manager. Boudreau has come very close to COG induction in the past, and this vote was in doubt until the last day of balloting. But in the end it was indeed Boudreau who earned induction as the 79th member of the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. More on Lou, and the voting, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

WAR Rates by 2014 Salary: A First Pass

Suppose we sorted by salary all the 2014 position players. What salary lines would you guess might split them in two equal groups, by (1) total plate appearances, (2) total WAR, and (3) total salary?

Those answers, and more, after the jump.

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