Quick Hits

Sorry for the slack posting lately. The school year starts this week, and I’ve been busy preparing and finishing up summer projects. Here’s some thing’s I’d like to write about, but don’t have much time. If you want to leave comments on these things please do.

  • All-Baseball has two interviews with economist Andrew Zimbalist: Part 1, Part 2. I disagree with Zimbalist on two issues he discusses. 1) I think MLB’s monopoly status is slight and produces almost no dead-weight loss to society. 2) I think to say that the A’s success with pitching has little to do with sabermetric insights is incorrect. To fully explain my reasoning for this would take some time I don’t have, so I’m just going to have to drop some bombs and run.
  • I think Adam LaRoche should consider catching. The bias against left-handers at catcher is there for good reasons: righties are better at keeping runners off of third and lefties with good arms become pitchers. Adam won’t pitch (and it’s probably too late in his career to change) and he’s got a gun. He’s too slow to play outfield, and his bat really isn’t good enough to play first. I think his strong arm could compensate for any deficiencies he has at being left-handed. And he would be a very good hitting catcher. If I were a manager, I’d be tempted to try it. Of course, the last things the Braves need is another catching prospect. Anyway, just a thought.
  • Aaron Gleeman has an excellent article on the Braves over at THT.

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