Author: Craig Calcaterra

Chaos Theory

If you love chaos, root for Team Entropy


Each year SI’s Jay Jaffe helps those weird few of us who love chaos — but who still love planning — to optimize our late September lives. He does so in the form of his Team Entropy reports, which outline for us the ways in which the most massive, un-untangleable ties can occur in the various division and wild card races.

He’s here with his first Team Entropy report today. There’s a lot in there to tackle, but know this much:

For maximum chaos, the sweet spot in the NL is 88 wins. To get there would take the Cardinals going 3-6, the Pirates 6-4, the Brewers 9-0, the Dodgers 1-8 and the Giants 4-6.

If that happens, I’m pretty sure we schedule the start of the division series for the Twelfth of Never and then all go join a cult of some kind.

But that’s OK. It’s OK to introduce a little anarchy. If you upset the established order, everything becomes chaos. Everyone finishing with 88 wins is an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos?

It’s fair.

Derek Jeter will be presented with a bronze cap tonight

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This is fun: Prior to tonight’s Yankees game New Era CEO Chris Koch will be presenting Derek Jeter with a bronzed version of the New Era 59FIFTY cap:


It would be awesome if, as with everything else, they made the rest of the Yankees get one too. They’d all have to play the Blue Jays wearing bronze caps. Sure, it would be difficult, but you can’t deny that it would be the ultimate in RE2PECT.

OK, in all seriousness, this is cool. Also, in all seriousness, go read this editorial about Jeter Fatigue by Jay Gordon over at River Ave. Blues. Obviously he and the RAB folks are Yankees fans, and obviously we’re not all going to feel the same away about this stuff that they are. I’m cool with that. They can have and enjoy every last drop of the Jeter stuff without our critical words as long as they can acknowledge that, no, we really don’t feel the same way about it as they do.

It’s like music. They like Rush, we don’t, and we don’t say a . . .

OK, bad example. But you know what I mean.

UPDATE: It’s now 6-3 Dodgers, as Clayton Kershaw masterfully pitches to the score

Clayton Kershaw

UPDATE: Oh, so I see how it is. Kershaw IS going to pitch to the score. It’s now 6-3 Dodgers. Which, on the Kershaw scale, is practically a meltdown.

3:00PM: I feel like making Clayton Kershaw’s life even easier than it already is is a dumb move, but what do I know? The Cubs know what they’re doing, I’m sure:


Kershaw is going for his 20th win. Let’s see if he pitches to the score to get it or if he simply mows down the Cubs like he mows everyone else down.

Great moments in rookie hazing: making Joc Pederson get the Dodgers coffee

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I am really not a fan of the typical late season rookie hazing you see from most big league teams. It’s usually just making rookies dress up in silly costumes. Most of the time it’s drag or something close to it, with the joke being “haha, you’re wearing a dress.” Which is pretty much caveman stuff at best, often disturbing at worst.

But the Dodgers seem to be taking a different tack. At least with Joc Pederson. They made him get coffee, in uniform, on the streets of Chicago:

If you have to haze, this seems a way better way to go. It’s annoying to the victim, but not humiliating. Plus: you get coffee out of the deal.

Major League Baseball is opening up a Latin American Headquarters

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The press conference for this will be on Monday so that’s when you’ll hear more about it. But this is from the press release I just got:

Major League Baseball will hold a press conference to launch its new Latin American headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The office will serve as the central location for MLB initiatives, including education, community affairs and coaching clinics, in addition to tournaments and showcases.

That’s neat. And probably smart. There are a lot of excesses and a lot of lack of oversight in Latin American scouting, both on the sides of players and their representatives and on the side of MLB-affiliated scouts. More direct oversight of this is probably good.