Archive | February 2014

Salazar, Strasburg, and Innings Limits

Originally posted to isportstimes.com on February 28, 2014

Prior to the 2012 season, the Washington Nationals decided they were going to limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings regardless of their place in the standings when August rolled around. They did this because Strasburg had undergone Tommy John surgery in 2010 and had thrown a grand total of 92 major league innings across 2010 and 2011.

But let’s be clear: the Nationals did not limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings out of some altruistic desire to see him develop and flourish as a starting pitcher. Read More…

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Ubaldo Jimenez and Windows of Contention

Originally posted to isportstimes.com on February 18, 2014

About a week ago, the Kansas City Royals designated utility man Emilio Bonifacio for assignment (he has since signed with the Cubs). This move in itself is innocuous enough. Losing a guy with a career .662 OPS in all likelihood won’t cost the Royals a shot at the World Series.

But in a larger context, this transaction is alarming for Royals fans. Read More…

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Past, Present, and Future

Originally posted to isportstimes.com on February 12, 2014

To preface everything you are about to read: It comes from someone who has adored NBA basketball ever since he was old enough to appreciate a Michael Jordan crossover-stepback (and obligatory push off). It also comes from someone who lacks even rudimentary knowledge about hockey and only watches it during the Olympics or if the Stanley Cup is on the television at a bar.

But the more I think about it, the truer it becomes: The Cleveland Cavaliers should move to a different city and be replaced by an NHL franchise. Read More…