“It was a fortunate selection, for Dickey took to shortstop like a duck to water, and in the first game he played in that position, he showed such ability that none of the old-timers on the team had a chance to beat him out of the job. And none did after that for years and years.” – Sam Crane on Dickey Pearce, New York Evening Journal, 1912
The Week That Was
Cubs record: 4-4
Runs scored: 32
Runs allowed: 28
Cubs hitters: .238/.307/.368, 7 HR, 82 K, 24 BB, 7 SB, 8 CS
Cubs pitchers: 72 IP, 28 R, 26 ER, 63 H, 3 HR, 57 K, 34 BB, 3.25 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Javier Baez: 5-12, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, .417/.417/1.000
Eric Jokisch: 6 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP
As tempted as I am to go with the Baez bomb that blew up Cubs Twitter on Monday, I’m going with a play Baez made in the same game on the other side of the field.
Please have lots of weeks like this in the majors, Javy.
We Lost a Legend
Last week was a light news week, and the biggest story was a sad one. Dr. Frank Jobe, best known as the creator of Tommy John surgery, died Thursday at the age of 82. If it weren’t for Frank Jobe, the careers of young pitchers like Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey and Dylan Bundy might have been over before they started, and that’s just three names from the last few years.
My favorite piece I’ve read on Dr. Jobe was this one by Joe Posnanski about former pitcher Gary Nolan receiving treatment from Jobe.
“But the extraordinary thing is how Gary Nolan looks back not at the career-saving surgery itself but at something entirely different. He looks back and sees the kindness of Frank Jobe.”
Frank Jobe might or might be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Regardless, he is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in baseball history.
Sharing Is Caring
- Jason Parks with his notes from seeing the Cubs vs. Royals spring training game on Sunday, namely write-ups on Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant. Parks likes all three but is downright in love with Baez.
- Ben Lindbergh with a great piece on the newly unveiled field f/x technology. As I said last week, I’m excited about this whole thing. I just selfishly hope the bulk of it doesn’t end up being proprietary.
- Another free Baseball Prospectus piece, Dan Brooks and Cubs fan Harry Pavlidis with a new method to measure catcher framing and blocking. Awesome stuff. I love living in the future.
- More defense stuff? More defense stuff. Anthony Castrovince at mlb.com on the increasing use of defensive shifts featuring some great quotes and interesting data. Here’s an unfortunate stat related to the Cubs: Of the 15 teams who defended a ball in play by using the shift at least 200 times, they were one of only two who saw a higher BABIP when they shifted than when they didn’t.
- Even more defense stuff?! Adam Daworski, known on Twitter as @baseballtwit, offers an interesting take on oWAR and dWAR. I say interesting because he hates both of them, or at least how they’re often used.