Rays Tank: Jim Hickey speaks

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Hickey was on Rays Radio yesterday. While I haven't found any recordings, here are a few snippets.

Well, that's a relief. It's a better sign than "I'm really scared about Matt Moore's velocity. He looks really bad, and I don't think he'll ever become the ace we need him to be."

That number is either two or three, depending on how good Matt Moore actually looks.

Okay, all joking aside, this really is fun.  I think it had become pretty clear that McGee's slider was bad (quite literally, it behaved like a straight, mid-80s fastball) and not getting better, so I like the idea of trying something else. Can't wait to see McGee pitch in spring training games.

If embedded radio tweets don't satisfy your urge for audio, take a listen to TPR's Jason Collette, who went on a Blue Jays podcast yesterday to talk AL East.

Baseball Prospectus released it's Washington Nationals top-10 prospect list ($). They've slotted Drew Vettleson in at nine, and called Felipe Rivero a "prospect on the rise."  Nate Karns managed to get traded at the perfect time to not be included on any Baseball Prospecust team top-10 list. His loss. Our community has slotted in Karns as the number six prospect on the community prospect list.

Other Links

Shane Tortellotte has a good article on The Hardball Times about managers getting thrown out of games. He accounts for era and compares ejection rates for the most-ejected managers to their peers. It's the precursor to a deeper study of manager ejections that I'm quite curious to read.

Bryan Cole of Beyond the Box Score tries to develop umpire aging curves. Caveats apply, but it seems that umpires decline steadily as they age (unsurprising). It's a very long, hard road to become an umpire, and I'm confident that at the major league level, we have the best umpires in the world. But it does seem possible that the selection process is too intense, and that these elite umpires are spending their primes in triple-A.

Ryan P. Morrison of Beyond the Box score went looking for the effect of seeing a lot of pitches on the later games of playoff series. He didn't find it. It seems that teams can't really wear an opposing pitching staff out over a seven game series.

Tango provides a simple method for turning projected winning percentage into playoff odds.

SB Nation Featured Video
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.