Yesterday, John Fay of the Cincinnatti Enquirer reported that Bronson Arroyo is not willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Reds. Arroyo, who can become a free agent after this season if the Reds don’t exercise his $11 million option, says: “For what I’ve done the last six years in this game,” he […]

Batting average on balls in play, or BABIP, is a tool most useful for evaluating pitchers. While batters do show some ability to consistently hit for BABIP above or below league average from year to year, we have almost no evidence that pitchers can control the results of balls put into play against them from […]

Hungry? Bronson Arroyo’s got your burger: [kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Hat tip to The Big Lead.

Here is my take on who should be the National League and American League MVPs this year. Unlike Alejandro, I am not trying to guess who will actually be named MVP. Rather, I have tried to decide who actually is the most valuable player in each league. Also, I have offered up my top five […]

  I expect the real reason baseball will eventually return to the four-man rotation will be the simplest of all: it helps win games. The five-man rotation is not on that evolutionary path; it is a digression, a dead-end alley. – Craig Wright, The Diamond Appraised, 1989 Today Bronson Arroyo is starting on three days […]

The Boston Red Sox have a long history of trading away promising young pitchers who then go on to become renowned sluggers.  First there was Babe Ruth. And now there is… Bronson Arroyo? Bronson’s hitting prowess first gained notice earlier this year when he smacked two dingers in his first two games in the National […]

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