Here’s some stuff I read this week (actually, no, I’m a little behind) that you might enjoy:
- How Does Eye Color Affect Day/Night Splits? (Hardball Times) – Gerald Schifman asks a fascinating question and presents some pretty cool data, but then, I’m a sucker for unconventional research. Less unconventional, but no less interesting, are Dan Meyer’s inquiry into the value of throwing a strike and Chris Mitchell’s examination of contact rates as they pertain to a hitter’s transition from Triple-A to MLB.
- A Conversation With Former MLB Outfielder Doug Glanville (Camden Depot) – Glanville discusses, among other things, advanced defensive metrics and the evolving art of positioning fielders in unexpected configurations. [h/t reader Didi] Speaking of which, according to many of those metrics, the offense-first Padres outfield has been laughably inept thus far. Maybe they should stick the left fielder behind the catcher. Or behind the fence.
- For the Best Hotel Deals, Ask a Mets Journeyman (Wall Street Journal) – Stay in a different hotel every night rather than rent a place? As Buddy Carlyle (the only Padres player from the ’90s still active in MLB, I believe) says, “I’ve been tied up in the minor leagues for most of my 20 years. I’m definitely not complaining, but at the same time, when you have a family, you try to save as much money as you can.” Another advantage: “When you stay in different hotels, you get to walk different parts of the city.” [h/t Craig Calcaterra]
- Chase Utley Is The Unluckiest Man In Baseball (FiveThirtyEight) – Rob Arthur uses batted ball velocity (which our own Chris mentioned the other day) to determine who is due for a break and who is not. Old friend Adrian Gonzalez ranks second on the list of overachievers, while Rene Rivera and Everth Cabrera have some hits coming their way. Of course, that’s true of most guys pulling a sub-500 OPS. [h/t Baseball Prospectus]
- Card Corner Plus: The Death of Danny Frisella (Hardball Times) – Bruce Markusen remembers the late Padres reliever, who died in 1977, at age 30, in a dune buggy accident near Phoenix. Sad story, great read. Related: Frisella was inducted (along with Moises Alou, among others) into the San Mateo County Hall of Fame in 1999. And Greg Spira’s SABR biography of Frisella is also worth reading.