How to Lose with Grace

From The 700 Level is a quote from Cliff Lee following his shellacking at the hands of the whiny Atlanta Braves:

“Ballpark? Whatever,” Lee said. “I got hit today because I was throwing pitches down the middle. That had nothing to do with the ballpark. It was me throwing balls down the middle and them not missing them. They’re good hitters. The ballpark is an excuse. Yeah, maybe in another ballpark a couple of those would have been fly balls, but they weren’t. They were home runs. It’s my job not to throw the pitches where I did.”  

I’ll also quote The 700 Level’s commentary:

See that, Braves? That’s how you lose with some stugots. Somehow I like Lee even better today than yesterday, despite the loss.

If an Atlanta Brave got shelled like Lee did, he’d blame everybody except himself. It was the ballpark. No, it was the umpire. No, it was the hostile Philadelphia crowd. No, it was the rainy weather the past few days. No, it’s because it’s the end of August. No, it’s because the Braves’ fielders didn’t corral every batted ball. No, it’s because Bobby Cox stole Jobu’s rum.

All right, I promise this is the last time I’ll whine about the Braves’ whining… until the next time they whine.

BDD: 2008 Free Agent Analysis

At Baseball Daily Digest, I analyze the 2008 free agent class.

The most valuable left-handed hitter is Raul Ibanez, who is making $6.5 million this season and prorates to be worth over $17 million. The least valuable LHH is Jason Giambi who is making $4 million and has been worth nearly negative $3 million.

The most valuable right-handed hitter is Casey Blake, who is making $5 million this season and prorates to be worth over $18 million. The least valuable RHH is Manny Ramirez, who is making $25 million and has been worth over $12.5 million.