Captain Obvious-Who Doesn’t Know David Wright Is The Leader Of The Mets?

 
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I don’t get all the hub-bub over naming David Wright the Captain of the New York Mets. Who amongst players, fans and media hasn’t grasped that Wright is the Face of the Franchise? Is there anyone who follows the Mets not know who the go to guy is on this club?

In hockey and football the naming of captains are for the sole purpose of having a designated player act as a liaison  between the bench and the officials, this is especially true in hockey where only the captain or one the assistant captains are the players a referee or linesman go to with an explanation  or a warning. That’s why the hockey captains wear the “C” and the assistant captains were the “A”. In football there is a captain for offense, defense and special teams for basically the same reason they have them in hockey. The referee will consult with the captain on acceptance of penalties or a question on spotting the ball at line of scrimmage or to relay a message from the sideline by the head coach, so again the designation of wearing the “C” on the uniform is needed. But when it comes to baseball, wearing a captains “C” is just plain tacky.

When a baseball umpire needs to give an explanation on a rule or a call, he summons the team’s manager to the field for consultation. Now a player of stature like Wright, may get more leeway with an umpire that and average player but majority of the time when something needs to be explained the umpire is going right to the man in charge, the manager.

I have no problems with the Mets naming Wright the Captain of the team, it seems with so many young players ready to join the big league squad there is a bit of collegiate feel around the club so having that veteran designated to be their sounding board or the guy to show them the right way to handle big league life, there is no better man for the job than David Wright.

Wright is the perfect example of the rah-rah cheerleader type of leader is vastly overrated. Wright surely leads by example with the way he handles himself on and off the field. Wright has always been one of the first to report to spring training and the last to leave the St. Lonesome complex. He is always available to the media win or lose and no one in the history of the New York Mets has represented the organization as at more charity and fan events with class and dignity like Wright has.

So if Terry Collins wants to name Wright the Captain of the team go right ahead but it’s just a mere formality everyone knows who is the team leader now and for the next 8 seasons at least, it’s David Wright. Just don’t put that tacky “C” on his jersey

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BLOOMBERG SPORTS HAS YOUR NUMBERS

I had the pleasure last night to attend a presentation at Bloomberg headquarters  by Bloomberg Sports,  updating those of us in attendance, on the new features that have been added to their baseball analytical application and the unveiling of their Fantasy Football application. I came away quite impressed with both products.

Bloomberg Sports is really making a name for itself when it comes to statistical applications dealing with baseball and the football program, which is in pre-production, should be just as compelling to fantasy sports players, fans and media types alike.  

The first presentation of the evening was a detailed look at the analytical program that Bloomberg Sports has made available to all 30 MLB teams. Part of the presentation dealt with the batter/pitcher match up, where every pitch a pitcher has thrown to that batter is broken down to pitch type, pitch location, velocity, and the break of each pitch. There are pie charts that record what pitch type the pitcher has thrown in every conceivable count.   As an added bonus, you can click on each individual at bat in the batter/pitcher confrontation and see video of the at bat. The pitcher/batter used in last night’s demo was a Stephen Strasburg/Lastings Milledge matchup where ahead in the count to LMillz, Strasburg broke off a hellacious curve ball that Milledge’s initial reaction was the pitch was coming up and in or him and as he was bailing, the ball broke right over home plate for strike three. STUNNING!!!!!

For fans, Bloomberg uses the technology to help you win your fantasy league, in fact when you subscribe to the Bloomberg Sports application, you can sync your team into the app and have Bloomberg’s extensive stats and analysis show you the pluses and minuses of your team.

The Fantasy Football package will work the same but right now if you play Fantasy Football on NFL.com, the Bloomberg stat package will be included in the price of the game. If you wish to purchase the app separately (if you play on Yahoo or ESPN) it will cost you a very reasonable $7.95.

Both application are well worth it for fantasy players and non-fantasy players alike.

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