Rule Changes – Update
ESPN’s Jeff Passon reports that the league has pushed its plans for a pitch clock back until 2022 as a negotiating tactic to try to implement some other changes that have a much easier path to getting approved through the Players’ Union.
Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources familiar with the plan told ESPN.Jeff Passon
Bryce Harper – Update
Several teams have now entered the mix more heavily as of late: Dodgers and Giants are among those. The Giants have been meeting with Bryce Harper for a potential 10 year deal, and while the salary that is being discussed has not yet leaked, several sources close to action are reporting that it is of record breaking size (Record being $325MM)
Peter Moylan – Retiring
[Veteran reliever Peter Moylan has opted to retire from Major League Baseball at the age of 40, he tells David O’Brien of The Athletic (subscription required). The Australian-born hurler isn’t entirely walking away from the game, as he’ll pitch for a professional team in Italy this summer and hopes to pitch for the Australian Olympic baseball team, O’Brien adds.
Moylan details his decision in the lengthy interview, revealing that although the calendar is about to flip to March, he simply never received an offer this winter. Despite the fact that Moylan believes he’s still capable of competing at the game’s top level, he also insists that there’s no bitterness or anger with regard to how the offseason played out. “The game is trending younger,” said the veteran righty. “I’m certainly not that. It’s time for me to let the kids play, so I’m done.”] – Steve Adams, MLBTR
Stat of the Day – DER
Defensive Efficiency Ratio is a statistic used to evaluate team defense by finding out the rate of times batters reach base on balls put in play. Basically, for every ball hit into the field of play, how likely is the defense to convert that into an out?
The formula for Defensive Efficiency Ratio is: 1 – ((H + ROE – HR) / (PA – BB – SO – HBP – HR)).
Defensive efficiency is a very good tool for assessing team defense, but it has its flaws. For instance, a team whose pitchers allow a high frequency of hard-hit balls will most likely have a lower DER because those balls are more likely to wind up as hits. There is also nothing in the equation that factors in luck or the ease of a team’s defensive chances. But over a large enough sample size, this concern is mitigated.
TLDR: This is an upgraded fielding percentage but used for entire teams.
Stat of the Day curtesy of MLB.com