Baseball Prospectus is in the business of projecting big-picture truths. Through a series of trained eyes and statistical inputs, the publication dishes out bold predictions designed to shed serious light on the performance players and teams can expect.
Letâs start with a simple premise: Realistic baseball fans donât get upset over what their team looks like in the first week, or month, of the season. They know that playoff berths are achieved over a 162-game season, and that 11 postseason victories are required to rule the world.
Baseball season is a long haul, lasting from March 31 (this yearâs Opening Day) through late October. Smart baseball fans just sit back and relax, knowing that players and teams will eventually achieve their normal production goals as the games pile up.
PAWTUCKET -â Pawtucket Red Sox President Mike Tamburro remembers former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman, who died Friday at the age of 82, as a personable man who grew up in Rhode Island and never lost contact with old friends.
âIt was like having your best friend as general manager of the Red Sox when Lou held that job,â Tamburro said on Friday afternoon while discussing the life of the long-time baseball development official who helped build successful teams in Baltimore, Kansas City and New York.
The toughest division in high school softball just got a whole lot tougher.
Yes, the heavyweights are back in Division I-North -- state finalist Mount St. Charles, Cumberland, and Lincoln -- and with each team only losing a couple of key players to graduation, they should again be forces to be reckoned with this spring.
Jamie Silva isnât immune to the uncertainty thatâs hanging over the NFL like an ominous cloud. In fact, Silva may just find himself caught in the eye of the labor storm that has threatened to tear at the very fabric of the sportâs once-perceived mighty empire.
CUMBERLAND â For the first few weeks of the spring season, the courts have been empty at Tucker Field, the home of the Cumberland High boysâ tennis team.
Thatâs doesnât mean the Clippers havenât been practicing for their upcoming (and very challenging) campaign in Division I after a four-year absence. While work is in the process of being done to reconstruct the courts, longtime CHS head coach John Jasionowski has managed to prepare his squad by first utilizing the courts at the Abbott Run Valley Club and then over at the nearby Sher-Le-Mon Swim Club.
PROVIDENCE â The indoor track season officially concluded with a âClassical Winter finaleââ weight throw competition at the PCTA facility Monday night.
Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, the state indoor champion in the 20-pound weight, won the girlsâ event with a throw of 52 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
The Warriors had three other throwers place among the top 10. Kadi Johnson was second at 48-6 1/4, Nicole Johnson finished fourth at 42-3 1/4 and Jenn Cabral was eighth overall at 37-1.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox have announced that every PawSox player will wear a patch with the name BEN on their right uniform sleeve this season in honor of late PawSox owner Ben Mondor who passed away last Oct. 3.
The patch will be worn on each home uniform and will measure 5.5 inches long by 3.25 inches high.
âBen always wore his love of the PawSox on his sleeve so itâs only fitting that we carry Ben on our sleeve for the 2011 season,â said PawSox president Mike Tamburro.