‘Dellin Betances is not a closer’: Yankees president Randy Levine rips pitcher after arbitration hearing

This column is about Randy Levine and Dellin Betances and the Yankees and, well, money. We’ll get there in a moment. First, a little background:

Arbitration hearings are almost never fun for players. Sometimes, of course, the players win and that means they get more money than if they’d lose. And that part’s nice, sure, but the process is painful. Essentially, the players have to sit there and listen to folks in their team’s front office present a case for why they don’t deserve the salary they’re asking for. It’s a cold and brutal process, and that’s why most teams avoid it at all costs.

Teams want happy players who are willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team, and having the players sit there and get torn down by people they thought were in their corner in front of an arbitrator isn’t exactly a motivation to sign an extension or stick around when free agency arrives.

The methodology for the AL was slightly different; here, we replaced the 10,737 plate appearances by AL DHs and pitchers with PAs by position players (.122 average RC/PA). The position players would have created 29 fewer runs for the entire season, or just under 2.0 runs per club.

This model has limitations; it does not account for variables such as NL pitchers Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids hitting eighth, NL players hitting ninth in AL parks, or AL pinch hitters in NL parks.

Even if scoring were to go down under a real-life 1-8 setup, that wouldn’t be all bad. Runs should be more difficult to come by than they are now. It’s not Steroid Era bad, but hitters are beginning to skew the balance Cheap Authentic Jerseys again as home runs increase. Last season, clubs in both leagues averaged their most runs per game (4.52 per club in the AL, 4.44 per club in the NL) since 2009.