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I am interested in receiving from feedback from you, my lovely readers, regarding this blog and some new ideas. I created a brief survey for you to take when you have a couple minutes to spare. Click here to take it.

A while ago, I used to participate in ESPN live chats during Phillies games. I found them fun and a great way to interact with Phillies fans and readers of the blog. Unfortunately, I had to stop participating because I consolidated my electronics — I bought a TV that doubled as my computer monitor. So I can’t watch TV and use the computer at the same time without it being an inconvenience. However, I am probably going to purchase a cheap laptop some time in the near future, and I’m thinking about doing live chats here on the blog. Part of the survey gauges your interest and preferences with such an endeavor. Please be honest!

If you have any additional questions or comments related to improving the blog, feel free to drop a note below or send it to my e-mail, CrashburnAlley [at] Gmail [dot] com. Constructive criticism is encouraged.

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  1. Phylan

    April 25, 2011 09:21 AM

    I filled it out but there was no option to request that you just watch the games

  2. Dave

    April 25, 2011 09:45 AM


    A few suggestions:

    1. Your Saber analysis is excellent. However, as a tweener myself, rather than bash all “non-believers” which can infuriate them (they are your readers too), you should think about exploring ways to draw them in slowly to saber analysis. Rather than dismissing their views on the whole, write a post every once in awhile about a phenomenon you have noticed that CANNOT be explained by saber-analysis and share your thoughts and ask the readers their thoughts as a way to engage them.

    2. Or, you could try using saber-analysis in a slightly different way. Take Jimmy Rollins start for example…sure he only has two RBI out of the 3-hole so far, and so most people “bash” him. However, for the people who believe in garnering info from simply “watching” games, they should know, as you would know from his line drive rate, that he has actually been seeing/hitting the ball very well the last week, and has simply been extremely unlikely…hitting sharp grounders for double plays, hitting line drives right to fielders, having outfielders make spectacular catchers on well hit fly balls (Braun). This is something you can agree on, that can be borne out by saber as well as astute observation of games, yet many people still fail to recognize.

    3. Talk about things that bother you that saber analysis cannot wholly explain, like Manuel’s coaching decisions and their indirect impact on the team. i.e. you point out why using madson, their best pitcher, in high leveraged situations would be better, but how about his decisions to avoid certain players at all cost, overworking players till they get hurt (contreras) and the under-use of the scrubby pitchers actually contributing further to their ineffectiveness. (if you are kyle kendrick and you have no clue what your role is or when you will be used, how much harder is it to pitch effectively?)

    My biggest issue with Saber proponents is that they believe EVERYTHING can be explained by numbers….sure MANY things can that old-school baseball fans may take for granted, but not everything can be….so let’s broaden the discussion, be more inclusive and perhaps everybody will learn more this way.

  3. Dave

    April 25, 2011 10:12 AM

    I would like more Rico Brogna references, Bill.

  4. Brian

    April 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    I’m with Dave suggestions, both of them!

  5. Phylan

    April 25, 2011 10:45 AM

    My biggest issue with Saber proponents is that they believe EVERYTHING can be explained by numbers

    This is not even close to true.

  6. Phylan

    April 25, 2011 10:49 AM

    Also, come to think of it, Bill has talked about the shortcomings of certain statistics, and things that can and cannot easily be quantified, on more than one occasion.

  7. Rob

    April 25, 2011 11:16 AM


    I suggest that once a week, you post one nice thing about Charlie Manuel (and Scott G, you post one nice comment about Ryan Howard).

    Thanks for this blog Bill and keep up the good work.

  8. Matt

    April 25, 2011 11:49 AM

    I think an article should be written called “Sabermetrics and why Mike Schmidt really wasn’t the best thirdbaseman of all time.” That really would push us sarcastic readers over the edge.

    And I agree with Rob partially except I don’t need anything nice written about Ryan Howard, but I would simply be happy if he was left alone.

  9. MplsPhilsFan

    April 25, 2011 11:51 AM

    I would love to see a haiku (or perhaps a quatrain, I need not be picky) about Steve Jeltz hitting a home run from both sides of the plate for the Phils

    Failing that, some additional commentary on the Phils minor league players, as I see the Phils in a period of transition over the next two years while they start to work in some of the depth from their minor league franchises. We are seeing this already in the bullpen, and will observe more changes in the outfield within the next 2 years

  10. Dave

    April 25, 2011 12:01 PM

    Phylan…perhaps i exaggerated there…my point was that anytime somebody finds a chink in Bill’s sabermetric armor, instead of acknowledging it and suggesting a better way to evaluate something, he instead dismisses their failed attempts at doing the same and defaulting back to, “this is the best we have so we have to use it” mentality.

  11. Dave

    April 25, 2011 12:31 PM

    Left handed or right
    Jeltz conquered many fast balls
    Our Napoleon

  12. Scott G

    April 25, 2011 12:36 PM


    I’m honored to be lumped into the convo, but I’m a little confused. Have I bashed Howard unnecessarily recently? I really can’t remember. Are you talking about in the comments here, or on my site?

  13. Peter S

    April 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    Guest blogs from Jamie Moyer.

    Also – I doubt it would be easy to ever get this, but I think it would be very interesting to hear you interview players, or get feedback from some of the players about sabermetrics.

  14. bje79

    April 25, 2011 01:02 PM

    I, for one, really enjoy when you analyze questionable (or straight up idiotic) pinch hitting/bullpen/etc decisions made by Charlie. I wish that was more of a running feature.

  15. MplsPhilsFan

    April 25, 2011 01:04 PM


    I thank you for giving me a good laugh both about Steve Jeltz and in following the link to your blog Where is ben Rivera.

    One question: to whom should I send the therapy bills, as my nightmares about Ricky Otero and Amaury Telemaco may begin again after looking at your site?

  16. Dave

    April 25, 2011 01:19 PM

    I think for a ten year span at the Vet, the only starting pitchers I saw live were Mike Williams, Chad Ogea, and Telemaco. Rarely got a Schilling start. Just bad luck, I guess.

    Side note: My best friend lives in Minny. Very cool city. There’s this burger place downtown called, Ike’s, that I’m in love with.

  17. Mike

    April 25, 2011 02:14 PM

    I use this blog to get my Phillies stats fix but I find myself having to look up the meat behind many of the stats you use. It would be helpful if you hyperlinked many of your stat references (e.g. xFIP) to a site that explains how the stat is calculated.

  18. Rob

    April 25, 2011 02:41 PM

    Scott G-

    I just felt like you could use some added responsibility since you’re a regular and I don’t want too many people praising Charlie — it could go to his head.

  19. asdf

    April 25, 2011 04:32 PM

    What Dave said

  20. Bill Baer

    April 29, 2011 07:27 AM

    Not sure how many of you guys are still checking back here, but I do want to say how great all of the feedback is. It is very helpful, and I am putting and will continue to put this new information to work.

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