Sully Baseball Podcast Rewind – February 8, 2013


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On February 8, 2013, I talked about Felix Hernandez’s contract, the similarities between the Expos and Mariners and Tim Lincecum’s hair.

It all made sense.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 8, 2013

Who Owned Baseball is back for 2015 on

For the last 2 seasons, I have done my own metric for a player’s value. It is a SullyMetric and one where I realize purists and stat heads can criticize.

It is called Who Owned Baseball? (Or WOB for short.)

At the end of each day, I figure out which American League and which National League pitcher had the most memorable and admirable day. I declare each one of them as the ones who “Owned Baseball” for that day.

The best players on a winning team get a full “WOB.”

At my discretion, I can award a 1/2 WOB to a fine performance on a losing team.

There are no ties. Only one National League hitter and one National League pitchers and only one American League hitter and one American League pitcher can earn a “WOB.” Same with the 1/2 WOB.

If I start awarding ties, then this whole thing will go down even a stranger rabbit hole than I am currently in with this stat.

And because I am an absolute lunatic, I keep a tally for the whole season and see which player has the highest “WOB”.

The up to date tally will be posted at MLB Reports as it was last year.



Sometimes the selections are based on stats. Other times on context. A 2 hit game with a homer against Clayton Kershaw will impress me more than a 4 hit game against the Rockies #5 starter in Coors Field.

Also, down the stretch, playing in critical pennant stretch games will get more consideration than playing out the string.

Last year the final tally awarded Clayton Kershaw as the National League pitcher, Andrew McCutchen as the National League hitter, Felix Hernandez as the American League pitcher and Mike Trout as the American League hitter who all owned baseball.

Hard to argue with those results.

So as if 365 podcasts a year were not enough, allow me to dive deep into every single game played and determine who owned baseball.

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The Sully Baseball Fantasy 300

 Lucas Graciano, Artist

Lucas Graciano, Artist

This is a first for Sully Baseball. I have never attempted this before, but what the heck? Trying out new things can never hurt. Actually new things can hurt horrifically sometimes. But I suppose this will be harmless.

The incomparable Erin Foley, the brilliant comic and host of my favorite sports podcast Sports Without Balls, has enlisted me to help her with her fantasy draft.

While I do not play fantasy baseball (365 baseball podcasts a year will suffice for my on line obsessions) I decided to do my best with my own rankings to help her draft.

There are 12 teams in her league with 24 roster spots on each team.That means 288 players will be drafted.

I am not sure what the Keeper situation is on the roster, but I figured I’d list the 288 players I personally would draft, then Erin’s team would be in good shape. But 288 isn’t a round number. 300 is.

Now keep in mind, there are some players I am just avoiding in my rankings.  BJ Upton (or Melvin Upton or whatever his name is) is done. So is Ryan Howard. I don’t care how far they fall in the draft, I am not touching them with a cattle prod.

The health of Victor Martinez and Jacoby Ellsbury scare me. And Wil Myers and Matt Kemp heading to San Diego feels like down season central.

I am scared of Nelson Cruz NOT playing for a contract and Ryan Braun falling off a cliff.

And the fickleness of who is closing games have me waiting pretty long to pick any relievers. Many top relievers of 2015 will no doubt start the year undrafted.

So this is MY list. Think what you will of it. Numbers have been combined with instinct to create my rankings. So sit back, read over and just begin to hate my list.


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