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May 31, 2014

STATurday: That’s a big TV!

Filed under: Baseball,Staturday — Tags: , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

This chart is a little old (it’s from last year), but most of the video boards haven’t changed between seasons.

What do you think? Does size matter?

Size of Video Charts


The original article is about installing a new screen in the still video-less Wrigley field.


May 30, 2014

Friday Fun: More Sports Gifs

Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

Because: why not?

Sneaky shot


Conger with a dainty looking slide to avoid a tag.


Little horsing around on the bases… watch out for the dick-slap!


The RedSox are doing so poorly, that even the fans at the game are bored catching foul balls.


May 26, 2014

In Ex-RedSox News

Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , , , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

Manny Being MannyManny “ManRam” Ramirez  was signed to a minor league contract to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa by The Chicago Cubs and their President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who was with Ramirez for seven years in the Boston. So now he can teach all the young new players how to just be Manny being Manny.

“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization. Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference.”

Pedro Martinez was one of the best pitchers the game have ever seen, and he takes a little time from his roll of “Special Assistant” (We all know that just means him and Kevin Millar are the Sox official party starters, and they are good at their job.) for the RedSox to discuss the art and science of pitching.

“Pitching is both [art and science] and you have to put them together. You have to study a lot. You have to study the movement of your pitches – the distance your pitches move compared to the swing paths of batters. You have to learn to read bat speed against the speed of a fastball. You can tell a slow bat or a long swing, or a short, quick swing. You counter those things. If a hitter has a slow swing, I don’t want to throw him anything soft. I want to go hard against slow. If he has a quick bat, I probably want to be soft more than I want to be hard. You have to be able to repeat your delivery and be deceiving at the same time.

And one final story, about beer and bats…

May 9, 2014

Fake Sports YouTubes

Filed under: Other Sports — Tags: , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

People are always working magic with their video editing software of choice. And sometimes they make videos that are on the edge of believability. Here’s on such video of a perpetual baseball machine:

After watching it a bit, you can spot the fakeness, but that’s not what I care about. I start wondering if there’s a game to be made using multiple pitchbacks in some crazy configuration. Maybe some kind of Double Dare or Guts type game of getting a certain number of balls off some pitchbacks into a bucket?

Or what about this video that was recently played on SportsCenter because they thought it was real:

Now I want to play some basebowling. The pins would have to be much lighter to actually topple like bowling, but it could be set up… maybe a tennis ball and some plastic kids bowling pins?

May 6, 2014

All-Star Game Rosters by rWAR

Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

Someone over at reddit compiled a set of all-star rosters based on players current WAR stat on Baseball Reference. WAR = Wins Above Replacement, and is used to compare how many wins a player contributes to the team above a generic replacement level player. Here’s the starting lineups:

Starting Lineups

For the starters, I simply selected the player with the highest WAR (according to baseball-reference, aka rWAR) at each position, including one starting pitcher. For the NL DH, I selected the player with the highest offensive WAR that wasn’t already at a different starting position.

Then there’s all the backup players:

Reserve Roster

For the reserves, I first selected the player with the second-highest WAR at each position. For pitchers, I selected the four next-highest starters and the top three relievers (you’ll notice these aren’t necessarily closers). I then accounted for any teams which didn’t already have a player represented and chose the player from their team with the highest WAR. For the remaining spots, I chose the next-highest WARs across all teams and positions, with a total of 13 pitchers on each roster.

See some notable absentees? Perhaps guys from major market teams who are going to get voted in based on popularity not how good they are this year at baseballing: David Ortiz. Derek Jeter.

May 5, 2014


Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

You know what’s great about baseball (and other sports) based commercials? They’re not all the same. Have you seen one of the 2 different car commercials? You’ve basically seen them all — they either swanky look at our luxury or sporty look at how awesome this car is – it can drive on a train. With commercials that have a sporty focus, they can head to the humor zone. And with that comes tons of potential stories and, therefore, memorable and maybe even enjoyable commercials.

Check out this ad for SportsCenter where a Pittsburgh Pirate Andrew McCutchen leads a merry band of pirate mascots on an office raid:

Another way the commercials can go, is sentimental and remember when you played the sport as a kid:

After you’re done crying, I think you’ll agree that we need to go find some auto maker ad firms and take those people outside and show them what they’re missing.

May 3, 2014

STATurday: Smart Spending

Filed under: Staturday — Tags: , , , , , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am
Glove with money

Money Ball?

Last week, Businessweek published a fun tool for calculating what they call an “efficiency index.” This is what there using to figure out how much a team spends per win and how that compares to the league average. They are taking into account playoff and championship wins as a multiplier value compared to regular season wins. That multiplier is what you can adjust. You can set it to only show a single league, say MLB, and start increasing the value of post-season wins. Watch as the Marlins plummet from the top as the Yankees begin their climb.

Check it out: Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014

May 1, 2014

New Beginnings

Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

Spring is a time of awakening. A time of new beginnings. So with that, I again renew the power of the Nerds on Sports for more nerdy, more sporty, and more nerdy and sporty things.

Do you think I can get Scott Carroll to endorse Nerds on Sports?

bryceIf your fantasy team is looking for a possible SP pickup, you should check out Mr Carroll here, who got a win in his major league debut this past week.

I’ll probably fail again, but that will be ok. Everybody fails a few times… Nerds on Sports fails more than a few times. But it’s ok — look Bryce Harper is giving me a thumbs up, and he only has 1 thumb to give!

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