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2015 Composite Projections Have Arrived!

Mark Newman:

Happy Early 10th Birthday (in May) to our MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog…and hope you fantasy owners love the new composite projections. It’s a milestone around here…

Originally posted on MLB.com Fantasy 411:

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Hey gang,

Attached is the first draft of this year’s composite projections, representing the average projection from 12 different providers. This is fewer than last year, when we had 14, and we’ve had as many as 16 in a season. However, in looking over these numbers, and reading recent research on the topic, it’s clear that more and more systems are converging in their projections, so there’s really very little value to be found by scraping up another few sets of numbers.

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Please read the release notes from last season and previous years, for an explanation of how these are created, and the resulting caveats and limitations, BEFORE asking any questions in the comments area!

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2014/02/18/2014-composite-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2013/02/19/composite-projections-are-here-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2012/02/18/composite-projections-have-arrived-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/03/03/2011-composite-projections-update/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/02/19/2011-composite-projections-1-0/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2010/03/07/updated-projections-372010/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/12/22/building-better-player-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/02/19/2008-gxp-and-2009-projections/

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Introducing #AskTheHistorian

thorn-askthehistorianJohn Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball and veteran MLB PRO Blogger, has been answering quite a few historical questions from fans on Twitter of late. For the responses requiring more than 140 characters, John has introduced a new feature to his popular blog that is required reading for all baseball fans. It’s called #AskTheHistorian and encourages fans to submit their questions that they’d like to see him address. So fire away with your toughest historical queries, and if you’re not already following Our Game, make sure to click the “Sign me up!” button on the right side of his blog to sign up for email notifications of new posts.

‘Pitchers & Catchers Report’ – What It Means To You

Matt Cain & Buster Posey report in 2013 - after their previous title
PitchersAndCatchersReport2They are four of the most beautiful words in the language: “Pitchers and Catchers Report.” What do those four simple words mean to you?

I will be writing an MLB.com story about those words in the next few days as we count down to #BaseballBegins on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and I would like to include some fans within the responses — mixed with pitchers, catchers, managers, legends, execs, broadcasters, groundskeepers, a Grapefruit League city mayor and more. Please leave your response in the comments here. Include your first and last name, hometown and favorite team. And if you blog about the subject yourself, either here at MLB.com/blogs or elsewhere, please be sure to leave a Permalink URL in the comments so we can get people there.

Here’s to that incredible time of year for all of us and another big Baseball season!

– Mark

Braves Country Caravan – Week 2 Recap

Mark Newman:

Great inside look at the Atlanta Braves Caravan by their official PRO blog “Braves Give” — the voice of the club’s community affairs department. See what Freddie Freeman & Co. are up to…

Originally posted on Braves Give:

The first week of Braves Caravan was super exciting and loads of fun, and it was just a warm up to what was to come in week 2! Here’s an exciting overview of the second week in our two-week Caravan journey.

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Monday, January 26 – Hudson K-8 Anti-Bullying Rally – Birmingham, AL

Week 2 of Caravan took us to west to Birmingham, Alabama to visit students at the Hudson K-8 School. We partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host a “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying rally with 100 middle school students. Braves players Andrelton Simmons, Ian Thomas, and Ross Wilson shared their thoughts on the importance of accepting one another and finding common interests with their classmates. They also answered questions from the students on teamwork, peer pressure, and goal setting. The rally concluded with the Braves players signing a “No Place for Hate” banner in which they pledged to do…

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From the Pages of Vine Line: Q&A with new hitting coach John Mallee

Mark Newman:

The Cubs Vine Line Blog Mallee sat down for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session this offseason with their new hitting coach. Get an idea why John Mallee might have been born to do the job.

Originally posted on Cubs Vine Line Blog:

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Say hello to John Mallee, the Cubs’ new hitting coach. Or, technically speaking, say hello to him again. The Cubs announced the 45-year-old as their new hitting coach on Oct. 9, replacing Bill Mueller, who resigned the post shortly after the season ended. Even though most people don’t know it, this is not Mallee’s first go-round with the club.

“He’s somebody we know well,” said Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. “We actually hired him a couple years ago to be our minor league hitting coordinator. We were very disappointed [when] four days later, he joined Bo Porter’s staff to be major league hitting coach for the Astros.

“John’s got a great reputation. He’s done this job before and done it well with a lot of young hitters and got results. He’s a knowledgeable, energetic, passionate, true worker. Hopefully he’ll fit in well with the rest of the staff…

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Memories of Mr. Cub

Mark Newman:

Saddened to hear we lost the great Ernie Banks. Losing MLB legends always hits so hard because they are so loved by so many. An official guestbook blog has been created so you can leave any memories of Mr. Cub and your condolences. cubs.mlblogs.com

Originally posted on Memories of Mr. Cub:

The Chicago Cubs join with fans in mourning the passing of Ernie Banks, the greatest player in team history, at the age of 83 on Friday. Please share your memories of “Mr. Cub” and any condolences in the comments below.

WrigleyMarquee“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” said Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Cubs. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.

“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977…

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‘Champions Together’ official book now on sale

Mark Newman:

Our official MLB.com Baseball Books blog has the latest on the Giants’ new “Champions Together” hardcover book, available for a limited time and only through the club. Make sure you join 444 other followers of MLB.com Baseball Books and let me know in comments if you have your own review of a baseball book for consideration to include there.

Originally posted on Baseball Books:

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Orders are being accepted now for the new book “Champions Together” — the official account of the Giants’ latest World Series championship season, published by the front office just for their own fans. These are $40 limited editions that will disappear soon and won’t be available in bookstores or Amazon.

This hardcover collectible is filled with images taken by the Giants team photographers, already well-known within the MLB.com Blogs community for their incredible shots, and it goes from Opening Day through the third victory parade in a five-year run. Manager Bruce Bochy wrote the Foreword, and the last pitcher to win an official game in 2014, Jeremy Affeldt, provides the Introduction. You’ll also get a special Roger Angell profile of Madison Bumgarner. Click here to order yours while they last.

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Picking some new blogs out of the rack

Picking a bat is kind of like picking a blog. Sometimes the other ones have more hits.

Picking a bat is kind of like picking a blog. Sometimes the other ones have more hits.

Happy Holidays. I’d like to take this opportunity to re-introduce MLB.com Blogs Central, the community blog for MLB.com and MLB.com/blogs. When you see the new array of bats in the custom theme here, just think of approaching a batrack in a dugout and the fabulous choices at your fingertips. That represents the array of choices you should find as a regular right here.

As you’ve probably noticed lately, we’re now using this blog to highlight much of the excellent, topical content around here with Reblogs of select posts from both MLB PRO and FAN blog themes. We’ll showcase some deserving blogs in this community much more dynamically — in real time as opposed to just once a month. It’s a great way to stay on top of what’s happening around baseball while discovering some quality blogs and growing your own.

So first of all, make sure you’re Following this blog. If you are logged in, you should have a Follow option in the top toolbar. We also recommend subscribing to our email updates via the button in the widget to the right so you don’t miss a thing. Posts from here will naturally become more frequent as a result, and I’ll no longer compile Latest Leaders rankings.

If you come across a blog post you think is outstanding or have a post of your own that you’re particularly proud of, by all means please leave a comment here and make sure to include the Permalink URL so others can find you. (Just don’t list your own blog here every single post, though, or your commenting would be treated as spam and require subsequent approval.) And definitely continue to use your community blog as you have all these years, whether you are a rookie blogger saying hello with an introduction or a veteran interacting with longtime friends.

April will mark the 10th anniversary of the best baseball blogging community here at MLB.com/blogs, a place where we at Major League Baseball Advanced Media partner with our friends at WordPress.com to provide the most cutting-edge blogging software anywhere. We hope you will find this community blog helpful to your discovery of other bloggers and in surfacing cool posts, as part of the total MLB.com experience. A good blog is kind of like one of the bats in this picture — a trusted companion, but you still want to try some others out.

- Mark/MLB.com

What’s next on the Hot Stove?

Mark Newman:

MLB.com’s Adam Berry looks at what’s next this offseason in the Hot Stove blog, your home for the latest trade and free agent news and rumors.

Originally posted on Hot Stove:

There were plenty of big signings (see: Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz, Russell Martin, etc.) before the Winter Meetings and a number of big names changing teams via trade, like Josh Donaldson, Jason Heyward and more.

The Winter Meetings in San Diego were a flurry of activity, too. Jon Lester, Ervin Santana, Brandon McCarthy and David Robertson are off the board, and big trade targets like Jeff Samardzija, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have found new homes.

So, what comes next? There’s still quite a bit to be resolved.

As MLB.com’s Paul Hagen writes, many of the top available players this offseason are still, well, available. And each team has needs left to address.

That group is headlined by right-handers Max Scherzer, bound to command a massive contract, and James Shields, sure to be in demand by teams that missed out on Lester. For teams looking for a mid-level…

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Dodger Stadium, after the rain

Mark Newman:

Dodger Insider has some great images from around Dodger Stadium following the storm.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

A few snaps after today’s storm slung away …

— Jon Weisman

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