A toxic narrative has developed that the Reds assigned Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen because of the pitcher’s mental weakness, a condition that disqualified him from being in the starting rotation. It’s a scurrilous notion that needs to be examined and, in my opinion, flatly rejected.
The root of the theory comes from a [...]
[View this as a companion (like minds!) with Chad's excellent post about the Reds closer's role in a historical context. If you're tired of reading how the Reds are under-utilizing Aroldis Chapman, avert your eyes. Warning: this post does involve the use of the advanced metrics of Innings Pitched and Sarcasm.]
Since Opening Day, the Cincinnati Reds [...]
The “save” didn’t become an official statistic in baseball until 1969, although it had been tracked for years. The definition of a save itself was defined in 1960 by Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman but it has been redefined, examined and criticized since. (The first official “save” went to Bill Singer on Opening Day 1969, [...]
Writing about baseball on the internet (either above or below the line), is a funny sort of thing for the way it tends to polarize and calcify our opinions about topics even if they aren’t ultimately that big of a deal, or even if we don’t actually know very much about the question when [...]
The Redleg Nation editorial staff put together a fine article on the recent developments regarding Aroldis Chapman’s move back to the bullpen. Word reached me late as I was in Jalalabad, a city near the Pakistan border that is very active — if you know what I mean. The 101st Airborne – the Screaming [...]
This week on Redleg Nation Radio, Doug Gray (of RedsMinorLeagues.com) and I are joined by fellow RN editor Jason Linden. Topics include the big Aroldis Chapman decision (of course), what to expect from Mat Latos, and we tried to answer your questions. Enjoy!
You can listen with the player at the bottom of this [...]
Not getting upset just yet about Chapman report. Waiting for confirmation before blasting what would be a terribly short-sighted decision.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) March 21, 2013
Rest assured, the Editors will have a response prepared, should this come to pass. At this point, however, all we have is a single report, without [...]