Wisdom from Baseball Prospectus

Nothing new here, according to Joe Sheehan, speaking about CC’s and ARod’s performance on game 4 of the 2009 ALCS:

Sabathia and Rodriguez had assembled recent track records in postseason play that served to define them as failures in the eyes of many who want to believe that success on a baseball diamond is a moral issue. You cannot evaluate baseball players on a handful of starts or plate appearances, and that remains true no matter the date. Given time, all players perform at their established levels, and that’s what we’re seeing now from Sabathia and Rodriguez. Would that this lesson took hold, but even I’m not that naïve.

Emphasis added. I soured on Joe Torre the moment he moved Rodriguez to the seventh spot in the batting order a few years back, when Rodriguez — and the Yankees — were struggling in the post-season. Mine is not a popular opinion in NYC.

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The Babe Comes to Secaucus

I didn’t know that Major League Baseball Productions kept its video collection so close to my house. This article about a newly discovered 8mm film of The Babe disclosed their “secret location”. I wonder if they let anybody look through the archives. I’d know what I’d do with my Saturdays, if that was the case. I could even walk there when baseball closes down after the season. It would certainly make winter more bearable.

More about the discovered film:

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Babe Ruth has struck out looking. Displeased, he leans on his bat, right hand on his hip, and looks back at the umpire. He utters something that can only be imagined. Lou Gehrig, on deck, leans on his bat, too, as if he has seen this act before. Ruth finally shuffles away, head turned to the umpire, dragging his bat through the dirt.

The scene, along with eight seconds of footage of Ruth playing the outfield, was found by a New Hampshire man in his grandfather’s home movie collection. It provides a rare look at Ruth, a showman even in defeat.

Here’s the video from the New York Times:

Ruth Footage

About the clip:

Nick Trotta, baseball’s manager of library licensing, took a look at the newly arrived Ruth clip first. He realized it was something he had not seen before. When others saw it, it was “wow, wow, wow,” Mr. Trotta said.

The trick with the Ruth clip was to decipher when the film was shot and who else appears in it. That is where Major League Baseball’s video library turns into “CSI: Secaucus.” The archivists Joe Porciello and Frank Caputo — Yankees fans from Queens and Brooklyn — have starring roles.

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