Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
All Three of Today’s Televised Games
Florida at Boston | 13:35 ET
Right-hander Andrew Bailey, acquired in the trade that sent Josh Reddick and two others to Oakland, will make his spring debut, reports MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli. Other recently acquired reliever Mark Melancon will also pitch. Someone who likely won’t play is Giancarlo Stanton, who, as the internet is more than willing to inform you, was hit on the wrist by Chris Schwinden on Sunday. Or, I should say, a ball pitched by Chris Schwinden.
MLB.TV Audio Feed: ESPN.
Arizona at Cleveland | 16:05 ET
Joe Saunders makes the start for Arizona — which, that’s generally not a recipe for Baseballing Magic. Meanwhile, here’s a notable player in the Diamondbacks lineup: Adam Eaton. Not the former pitcher, but rather the outfielder who just missed Marc Hulet’s top-15 prospect list for Arizona.
MLB.TV Audio Feed: Cleveland Television.
Los Angeles NL at Los Angeles AL | 16:05 ET
The Angels are fielding something pretty close to their Opening Day lineup, if that interests you. To wit:
— LA ANGELS INSIDER (@LAANGELSINSIDER) March 12, 2012
MLB.TV Audio Feed: Los Angeles AL Television.
Video: Andrew Bailey’s Fastball and Cutter
New Boston closer Andrew Bailey, who makes his first spring appearance today, threw either a four-seam or cut fastball on about 90% of his pitches last season.
His fastball sits at about 94 mph. Here’s an example of it:
And here’s the pitch that’s classified as a cutter, but which bears a great deal of resemblance to a slider. While the league-average cutter averaged just 0.5 inches of glove-side movement, Bailey’s averaged 4.1 inches. (Meanwhile, the league-average slider featured 2.8 inches.)
Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Seattle Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)
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