An introduction

Welcome to My World of Baseball. Everyone-and I mean everyone-is welcome. No age, gender, height, weight, or any other restrictions are permitted. My World is for everyone. My World is Our World.

For as long as I can remember, the first thing I have done every morning is sit down and read about baseball. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee, turn on your computer and check out BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD.
My goals are simple. I want us to celebrate baseball together. I want this to be the best baseball blog available. And I’d be honored if you participate. If you wish-please leave comments, suggestions and questions. I’ll always try to respond.

I have lots of opinions on matters of baseball. This will sort of be written from a “stream of consciousness.” I’ll just share what I’m thinking.

Even though I watch baseball all the time, I still see things I’ve never seen before. Like our fingerprints, no two games are alike. Something different happens in every game we watch.

In my opinion, baseball has never been more exciting to watch. Yes, I loved and admired the players and teams of my developing years. But the players today are amazing. I can’t really describe their talent. They’re fearless. They’re mature. And they have more passion than they show. Most love the game as we love the game.

Here are some things that I’m thinking about as I write this:

I’m wondering how happy Shin-Shoo Choo will be in the coming off-season. He is a free agent. Everything went well for him this past season. He hit for average, hit for power, got on base, stole bases, played solid defense and did everything the Reds needed of him as a leadoff hitter. He didn’t get to progress in the postseason, but at least he was there. So many teams can use him. But the price will be steep. Congratulations Mr. Choo.

One of the best trades of the season came when the Indians obtained Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles from Toronto for Esmil Rogers. The trade helped both clubs. All three players figure in the plans for their respective teams next season.

I’m very concerned about the shoulder of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando. He just didn’t look like he was finishing his pitches at the end of the season. He looked hurt.

We don’t hear much about him due to the great players on his own team, but Juan Uribe made a fantastic contribution to the Dodgers. Now he has a chance to get another ring. He’s a clutch player and a tremendous asset in the clubhouse.

From a scouting perspective, Hunter Pence doesn’t do anything correctly regarding his hitting and throwing mechanics. But he gets the job done. And done very well. He just looks awkward in the process. What a great year he had.

Josh Donaldson just doesn’t get the credit he is due. Like Adrian Beltre, he flies under the radar. Both are so good. Add Chris Johnson to that list. They just go about their business without much fanfare. All three had great years.

Two players on the Houston Astros I really enjoyed watching this season were left-handed outfielder Marc Krauss and left-handed starter Brett Oberholtzer. They offer their team energy and ability as possible building blocks in specific roles.

The game of baseball is changing so quickly. From the three-run homer, we are moving to great pitching, defense, bunting and gap doubles. It’s every bit as exciting as the long ball. Especially for true baseball fans like us. We just want our teams to have the right recipe for success.

I’ll never quite understand why we get blessed when we sneeze? Sit on an airplane or stand in a crowd of complete strangers. Sneeze. Wait a second. You’re bound to hear, “Bless You.” Thank you. What’s up with that? It’s very kind. And appreciated. But these are complete strangers. I’m just wondering.

A manager can win six or seven games by making the correct in-game roster moves or by handling the bullpen properly. Of course it helps to have good players, but don’t ever think a good manager doesn’t matter.

I use fastball velocity as a guide throughout an entire game. I want to see if velocity has decreased or even increased inning to inning. Command and movement on pitches is still must important, but velocity matters when used in comparison inning to inning.

I find myself doing this: When I meet someone that doesn’t speak English, I tend to speak to them in a much louder voice. Much louder. And they still can’t understand me. What’s up with that? Just a natural reaction, I guess.

Just a hunch. I think if replay is, in fact approved and used, we’ll find the umpires to be correct more than we think.

Thanks for reading BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD. Please come back. And please read my scouting profiles on MLBPipeline.com. You can follow me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff. I’d really like to have you as a follower.

I’m done for now. And Welcome To Our World.

8 Comments

Bernie,

New to your Blog. Really like it. I follow you on Twitter and always enjoy your in game updates. One question. I enjoy all the new stats, and think they’re helpful, but wouldn’t call myself a sabermetrician. I still think ,old school thinking has a place as well. Why are sabermetric folks so opposed to the bunt? It’s almost a vehement opposition. I figure, in the right context it has its place. Thoughts?

Thank you for following my work dodgerblue. I think they don’t like giving up outs. Outs are precious. So, basically, they don’t see the reward potential in giving up an out to get a runner in scoring position They would prefer hitting the runner into scoring position or a score.

Bernie,

New to the blog. Follow you on Twitter and enjoy your in game analysis. Question. While I enjoy all the new stats, and find them useful, I wouldn’t call myself a sabermetrician. I still think there is a place for traditional baseball strategy as well. Why do sabermetric folks have such a vehement opposition to the bunt? In the right context it can be a useful tool, in my opinion. Thoughts?

One thing I’m looking for in the speedy Fall League players is their ability to bunt. I think with less power today, the bunt will become more important. I believe in a balance of metrics and traditional evaluation methods. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

Great to see you now have a blog to go along with your terrific articles on MLB.com. I also follow you on twitter and really find what you have to say interesting and informative. So I’ll be looking forward to you each week. Keep up the great work.

Thank you so much.

I have watched the red sox hitting and sometimes it looks like they’re in a hurry to hit the ball because of the pressure to win games.
I have watched Jose Inglais hitting and when he was in a hurry he would not do well but when he takes his time he gets a hit. If anyone knows how to get this information to Mr. John Farrell I would certainly appreciate it. My name is Lisa Kulig from Tolland, Ma. if someone could E-mail me that would be great. lisakulig@ verizon.net
Thanks for your time

Lisa- Hitters do watch video of opposing pitchers and usually have a plan at the plate. They have spent years and years in batting practice and game situations seeing pitches and establishing their own comfort zones. It is likely that they swing at pitches they feel they can hit. We have to give credit to the pitcher for changing the eye level and balance of the hitter with great movement on the ball.

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