Los Angeles Dodgers: Reliever Blake Hawksworth had surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs and scar tissue. Probably going to be a bit late to Spring Training.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw was named the 2011 Sportsman Of The Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. Well deserved.
Los Angeles Times: Tom Barrack‘s interest in purchasing the Dodgers confirmed.
Tom Barrack, a former USC rugby player who launched a real estate fund that has expanded into international sports and entertainment investments, is interested in pursuing the Dodgers.
Barrack heads Colony Capital, a Santa Monica firm that controls $34 billion in assets, according to Forbes. Barrack’s interest was confirmed by two people familiar with the matter but not authorized to comment.
Don’t know anything about him.
In 2003, Beverly Hills developer Alan Casden tried to buy the Dodgers from Fox. The company ultimately sold the team to Frank McCourt.
Casden now would like to buy the team from McCourt. And, with its legal hostilities against the Dodgers ceased, Fox would like to buy back part of the team.
That note about Fox wanting a minority stake in ownership frightens me.
Baseball Nation: Yeah, MLB‘s policy on baseball videos absolutely blows.
Until then — and this is the important part — how does the availability of such a game do anything but help Major League Baseball?
The existence of a grainy, straight-from-Betamax video of the 1980 Giants isn’t something that’s going to make me say, “Well, so long MLB.tv subscription! Joe Pettini videos are online!” It’s something that I’ll send to my dad with a note asking if he remembers when Pettini gave me an autograph that one time. It’s something that will make me look up Pettini’s stats on Baseball Reference. Say, did you know that the only home run in Pettini’s career came against Willie Hernandez, future Cy Young winner?
It would keep me engaged with baseball-related activities in the winter. It would allow me to share my memories of the game.
But until MLB Advanced Media realizes that a draconian zero-tolerance policy is something that only made sense in 2000 before they could figure out a better policy, I’m keeping this guy’s YouTube channel to myself. If you really want a link, wear a carnation on your lapel, and meet me in front of the library at noon. I can’t tell you which library. That would give away too much.
Just go there and wait. And wait. And wait. Any minute now, and you’ll get to enjoy completely insignificant baseball history that isn’t available anywhere else at any price. Keep waiting. Keeeeeeeep waiting …
Even if they won’t allow videos on YouTube, at least make videos embeddable. They can still run ads on those clips and everything.
FanGraphs: How does a hitter’s power age? Not well, apparently.
Matt Kemp had an awesome year this year, obviously, and at 26 it’s tempting to continue drawing a straight line through his ISOs — he’ll hit more than 40 out next year, right? This research suggests that it’s likely the 26-year-old is on the wrong side of his power peak. 27-year-old Ryan Braun may see a power dip, and it might not have anything to do with his recent positive test. Look up and down last year’s qualified ISO leaderboard, and you’ll only see Stanton and the 23-year-old Justin Upton definitively on the correct side of their power peaks.
Some aspects of a hitter’s game do age like wine — he’ll walk more and strikeout less every year until he’s close to 30 years old at least. But power? Power ages like cheese. Don’t leave your slugger in the fridge past 26 years old, or you’ll see the mold spores beginning to form. Don’t throw it out (all cheese has some mold in it anyway), but remember these curves when projecting performance.
Surprising considering the long accepted age for power emergence was mid-to-late 20s.
Baseball Prospectus: Do AAAA players actually exist?