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Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 14, 2016

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The 1977 New York Yankees had such an amazing narrative that I am actually glad they won. There are some teams and franchises that missed a perfect ending with losing the World Series.

It is a truth is better than fiction episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Deep Dive: Jon Niese

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An intriguing ground ball rate and three years of control were enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates to obtain Jon Niese. What comprises the left-hander’s makeup as a starting pitcher?

Several weeks have passed since Neil Walker was traded to the New York Mets for starting pitcher Jon Niese.

The move still resonates strongly with many Pittsburgh Pirates observers, often serving for many as the fulcrum of a questionable off-season.

We’ve analyzed the move previously, and from all angles. For the latest in our “Pittsburgh Pirates Deep Dive” series, we are going to look at the trends that are seen when analyzing Niese purely by past performance.

For this breakdown, I took a look at Niese’s game logs for the entire 2015 season. This includes all of his regular season appearances – 29 starts and three relief outings.

By looking at the entire snapshot of a full season, I expect to be able to easily identify any developing trends.

When he was acquired, the book on Niese was that he had good groundball-producing ability and a varied pitch mix. Two of those pitches – a sinking fastball and a cutting version – saw groundball rates above 60 percent in 2015.

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Ira Flagstead:The Boston Red Sox’s Unknown Hall-of-Famer

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Earlier this week it was announced that the Boston Red Sox had selected four new members for their Hall of Fame.

Fans should have little trouble recognizing the first three inductees, former players Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield, and former front office man Larry Lucchino.

However, the fourth honoree, former outfielder Ira Flagstead, will likely leave many scratching their heads.

Despite his anonymity, he is worthy of the honor and is someone whose career all Boston fans should become more familiar with.

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