Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) prior to game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves’ News 12/27


Morning Chop: Summary of Atlanta Braves’ News

 

2013 BABIP vs. xBABIP

Talking Chop

If you have been following along with Mark’s “Braving New Territory” series, you likely came across his piece centered around BABIP (Batting Average On Balls In Play). I won’t rehash the points he made, but if you are unfamiliar, go back and take a read because he did a really thorough job of it.

Today, I wanted to take a look at BABIP v. xBABIP. xBABIP is simply a player’s “expected BABIP” after taking into account their batted ball profile. Below is a chart of what each of the batted ball’s BABIP was from this past season:

 

2013
Line Drives 0.683
Grounders 0.232
Fly Balls 0.124

 

 

 

The Amazing MLB Payroll Graphic Gets An Update

Regressing

Now that the winter meetings are over, Phil Roth has updated his excellent interactive payroll tool, which lets you explore the salary commitments of every MLB team from 1998 through 2024. That purple block you see above is $240 million worth of Robinson Cano, yours for just 10 flat payments of $24 million.

There’s a ton to play around with in here, but it’s interesting to see which teams are sitting on spendable dollars, based on their 2013 commitments. The Orioles, Pirates, and Braves—all contenders last season—have a lot of flexibility for 2014, but so far none has made a major move (Ryan Webb, Edinson Volquez, and Gavin Floyd do not count as major moves). Meanwhile, the number of available free agents dwindles.

 

 

 

Top 10 rotations in the majors

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8. Atlanta Braves

The winter has been filled with angst for Braves’ fans over Atlanta’s lack of a bona fide ace. But while the Braves might not have a Cy Young candidate, they do have depth, and even after the since-departed Tim Hudson went down with a season-ending injury in July, Atlanta’s rotation — comprised of Mike Minor, Kris MedlenJulio Teheran and others — performed well.

Brandon Beachy should be in better position to be a factor as he nears the two-year anniversary of his elbow surgery. Alex Wood showed a lot of promise in his first season in the big leagues, which included 11 starts.

 

 

The Atlanta Braves And Insane Corporate Welfare

[Editorial Note: We continue to be baffled by some of the stuff we read about the Braves' planned move to Cobb County, but we try to be fair and report all, even if we may wholeheartedly disagree!]

Forbes

The Atlanta Braves are planning to move their stadium to the suburbs. The Braves blackmailed, threatened, and coerced the backboneless polititicians in Cobb County, Ga., to pay for the stadium. You might think that Cobb County is run by conservative small government leaders who disdain picking winners and losers in the marketplace. It turns out that Cobb County is actually run by leaders who practice the most corrupt form of crony capitalism. Public money is being used to enrich a private enterprise. It is a great system if you are the private enterprise. By the way, the Cobb County schools are facing a $80 million deficit. So it might seem odd that the county would give really rich folks $370 million so they can build a new stadium. How rich are the owners of the Braves? The team is owned by a company called Liberty Media Corp, which is in turn essentially owned by a guy named John Malone. Malone is worth $7 billion. He is also the largest landowner in America — owning 2.1 million acres. Liberty Media Corp., has $26 billion in assets. I admire Malone and his ability to acquire wealth. I just don’t think he should be getting public money.

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  • fireboss

    I went to Forbes and provided a little balance :)

  • Sealift67

    Last stadium to be built without public money was Dodger Stadium in 2010. This playing
    upon corporate cronyism and the human need for a team to identify with and prop
    up the psyche is the subject of several books. Economic studies are mixed re impact upon
    local economy. Turns out elected officials like big time spectator sports. Fits the testosterone
    model. Teams get stolen or get tried to be stolen all the time. Seattle $, Hanson, was ready
    to cobble together 600 mil but David Stern said no deal. NBA stayed in Sacramento,
    tied to a promise of an arena largely funded with decades of parking funds, which last I checked
    is public money.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      It’s really almost as simple as supply and demand, and you make a good point btw. The mixed use venue will not only benefit Braves’ fans, but others as well. Where there’s a demand, the same who make the demand must fit some of the cost for supply, ie, public money. You can also liken such arguments to the vitriol you hear when coaches and professional athletes get paid what some consider a ton of money. Their salaries, in my view, are simply a product of demand. When the demand is not there, the pay won’t be either. With the move to Cobb, there is a demand, and not just from the Braves’ FO, but from the majority of fans who frankly hated dealing with the TED.

      • Sealift67

        The scale of money is mind boggling to the average person, yet you
        are right the issue is demand/supply. When viewed as entertainment
        you don’t hear similar arguments regarding movie stars, top music performers,
        and producers/directors etc. They compare well to players, coaches/managers.
        If the dollars were not there the scale would change.
        And when you have all that money can buy your choices narrow to
        sports franchises, political power, NGO’s/foundations, philanthropy.