The inside story of the “This Week in Baseball” theme: Baseball fans of a certain age look back fondly on “This Week in Baseball,” which used to air on Saturdays before the Game of the Week. The closing music, which was usually paired with slow-motion highlights as the credits rolled, was something that left a mark on fans in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The theme is often cited among the greatest sports-related music of all time. The story of how it came to be was one I wanted to tell.
Offensively, it’s intuitive: a single is worth so many runs, a double is worth so many more runs and so forth. Defensively, it’s a completely different story.
In this edition of Stat to the Future, we’ll look at Defensive Runs Saved: the backbone of the defensive component of rWAR’s calculation.
This one comes with an asterisk. Liriano recently signed an incentive-laden deal with the Tigers, which may indicate that he hopes to compete for a spot in the rotation. His days as a starter are likely behind him, but he could be a solid reliever.
The Astros thought the same way, which is why they took a flyer on him at the trade deadline last season. He did not do very well for the eventual world champs, recording a 4.40 ERA over 20 appearances, resulting in him being limited to mop-up duty in the postseason. Still, he’s worth another look.
Wilson is a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback on the football field, who also played minor league ball with the Rockies in 2010-11. According to ESPN.com, Wilson will remain in Yankees spring training for six days, leaving March 3, the day the Yankees play the Red Sox.
In the Instagram video, Wilson called out Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, challenging them to a home run derby.
If first impressions are any indication, Shohei Ohtani will indeed be able to contribute to the Angels at the plate as well as on the mound — or better.
The two-way superstar from Japan reached base in all three plate appearances Monday in his spring training debut as a hitter.
Batting second for the Angels against the Padres, Ohtani drew a walk in the first inning after starting with a 0-2 count, then added another walk in the third. His biggest contribution came in the fifth, when Ohtani followed Eric Young Jr.’s one-out double with an RBI single to center, starting what became a four-run inning for the Angels.