Mariner Annual Reaction Thread

Dave · February 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Based on the freak out ratio currently happening on Twitter, I’ve discerned that people who ordered their copy of the 2010 Mariner Annual from Maple Street directly are receiving theirs today. So, I figured I’d put this thread up for those of you who now have a copy to post your thoughts. Feedback is welcome, both positive and negative.


64 Responses to “Mariner Annual Reaction Thread”

  1. Dave on February 21st, 2010 3:29 pm

    You might want to call MSP tomorrow – if you haven’t got yours yet, I’d say there’s a decent chance your order didn’t go through.

  2. hawgdriver on February 21st, 2010 3:58 pm

    Just paged through the annual and saw ‘Jose Vidro, Designated Hitter. Yup.’ I felt at home. Is yup a Seattle word? First I ever heard it was 1985 in Federal Way. The aesthetics are nice, excellent photos, color scheme, graphics, and materials. Thanks guys–keep following your passion.

  3. ThundaPC on February 21st, 2010 5:11 pm

    Got mine yesterday. I’ve gone through almost half of the articles. I can’t say this enough. $12.99 for this Annual is an absolute steal!

  4. CrimsonNW on February 21st, 2010 10:34 pm

    Just got mine in today and I could not put it down. Vital and important information is cover to cover. Congratulations to the Seattle blogosphere for this wonderful, wonderful annual.

  5. msb on February 21st, 2010 11:20 pm

    You might want to call MSP tomorrow – if you haven’t got yours yet, I’d say there’s a decent chance your order didn’t go through.

    As I got both a confirmation email, and a ‘we are shipping” email, I have hopes it is just slow. I’ll see what happens after tomorrows mail.

  6. msb on February 22nd, 2010 7:02 pm

    I have mine in hand, now, and what a handsome thing it is, too.

  7. Breadbaker on February 23rd, 2010 12:24 am

    I’m reading it really slowly. Derek, you should know me well enough to know I’m not exactly a brown-noser, but if you ever wanted to expand your discussion of Ichiro’s greatness to book form, say, “Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract” size, I’ll be first in line to buy it.

  8. ScotlandMsFan on February 23rd, 2010 5:23 am

    Just a quick note for overseas purchaser – the Annual arrived in Scotland today as looks fantastic – it comes close to your favourite Xmas present!

  9. wazzu93 on February 23rd, 2010 1:50 pm

    Good to know shipping it to Spokane takes virtually as long as to Scotland.:)
    While reading through the Letter to the Editor, I pictured Dave saying the words, meaning I blazed through it in 4 seconds. Thanks for the beautiful work guys.

  10. JerBear on February 24th, 2010 8:41 am

    I just got mine in San Diego yesterday, but I didn’t order it until it had been released… And it’s freaking awesome. I can’t wait to go through every article. I’m actually bummed that I’m moving this weekend and probably won’t have a chance to pore over it until next week. But it looks fantastic, and there’s some seriously great stuff in there – I know it was a huge project, so thanks so much for putting this together!

  11. Sameye1 on February 24th, 2010 9:10 am

    Question regarding David Cameron’s ‘Moving Up The Schedule’ article.

    About half-way through the 3rd to last paragraph of this article there is a line refering to “A Manager that the players love and respect…”. The next line appears to start mid-sentence, and I was wondering if you could tell us what the start of this sentence is?

    This isn’t a complaint, just interested in knowing who you were referring to in this line. This book is outstanding and I can’t wait to read every line…obviously.

    Thanks Guys!

  12. Dave on February 24th, 2010 11:37 am

    There just shouldn’t be a period there.

  13. MKT on February 25th, 2010 2:06 pm

    One glitch: when I got my credit card bill, I’d been billed twice by Maple Street Press, even though I ordered only one copy. However, they quickly responded to an email and said they would cancel the second charge.

    A question about the chapter on defense, by Jeff S: that article says that UZR is the current gold standard for measuring defense. From the article, it appears that Blengino et al are indeed looking at UZR, RZR, etc. And Mitchell Lichtman does do work for a major league team.

    But even though UZR is well-respected in the sabermetric community, and probably is the gold standard amongst measures that ordinary fans have access to, I would’ve expected that there are even more sophisticated (and costly to create) defensive measures, perhaps proprietary ones created for just a few clients (or even by an individual team seeking to create its own secret formula). Is UZR (and the other similar measures out there, PMR etc.) really all that teams have, in terms of statistically measuring defense?

  14. Dave on February 25th, 2010 9:44 pm

    A few teams have proprietary defensive metrics. The Red Sox, A’s, Rays, and Indians are among them. They are the exception, not the rule, however, and they’re mostly the same concept as UZR, just using different data sources.

    Most teams, believe it or not, use sites like FanGraphs as one of their main statistical tools. The cost/benefit tradeoff of doing everything in house doesn’t work for teams with limited resources. A proprietary metric may be a marginal improvement, but it’s often not worth the capital investment required to create.

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