March 8th

Shohei Ohtani – Injury Update

Angels 2-way star Shohei Ohtani played catch for the first time today. Ohtani underwent Tommy John Surgery this past fall, and is anticipated to be the DH this year. Being the first of many milestones that Ohtani needs to pass, this is great news for the star player.

Atlantic League – Rule Changes

Today there were some announced changes to the rules in the Atlantic League. Why am I reporting on the Atlantic League you ask? MLB has made an agreement with them to test out the rule changes before they could come to the bigs. Testing them out there, to see how they work and how the strategy changes. The rules that will be tested there are as follows:

  • Home plate umpire assisted in calling balls and strikes by a TrackMan radar tracking system.
  • No mound visits permitted by players or coaches other than for pitching changes or medical issues.
  • Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, or reach the end of an inning before they exit the game, unless the pitcher becomes injured.
  • Increase the size of 1st, 2nd and 3rd base from 15 inches square to 18 inches square.
  • Require two infielders to be on each side of second base when a pitch is released (if not, the ball is dead and the umpire shall call a ball).
  • Time between innings and pitching changes reduced from 2:05 to 1:45.
  • Distance from pitching rubber to home plate extended 24 inches, in the second half of the season only; with no change to mound height or shape.

Stat of the Day – RA9

Runs allowed per nine innings pitched — the title says it all. It’s basically ERA with the “E” removed.

Example: in 1972, Nolan Ryan allowed 80 runs in 284 innings, giving him a 2.54 RA9.


WHY IT’S USEFUL: A pitcher’s job isn’t to prevent earned runs. It’s to prevent runs. That’s what this stat analyzes. It’s not a perfect evaluation tool for how well a pitcher did his job. But it’s a perfect evaluation tool for how well his job was ultimately done.

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Header Photo Curtesy of CBS Sports

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