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The only way to improve the pace of play in baseball

The only way to improve the pace of play in baseball
February 22, 2018 No Comments »

“Baseball’s too slow. It’s boring.” Have you heard that one? Yeah, I have too. It’s a problem for the future game. This offseason we heard from Major League Baseball on the issue, though it was a small rule change that ... Read More »

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?
February 15, 2018 No Comments »

The career of Derek Jeter is a perfect illustration of the multitude of factors that go into a Hall of Fame discussion. And rightly so. The contemporary Nomar Garciaparra seemed to be better than or on par with Jeter in ... Read More »

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player
December 18, 2017 No Comments »

Now that Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the 1984 Tigers have two members so enshrined. That takes care of one of the greatest single-season teams in baseball history, giving them representation ... Read More »

Does defense matter in baseball?

Does defense matter in baseball?
December 1, 2017 No Comments »

The headline is click bait. Of course defensive matters in baseball. Doesn’t it? I’m writing this article because I noticed strange things while browsing Baseball-Reference.com recently. From 1996 to 2003, the New York Yankees won six pennants and four World ... Read More »

Remembering Bobby Doerr: The last link to Depression Era baseball

Remembering Bobby Doerr: The last link to Depression Era baseball
November 14, 2017 No Comments »

The oldest Hall of Famer passed away today, leaving behind a legion of fans despite having played his last baseball game more than six decades ago. Bobby Doerr (1918-2017), played 14 seasons, all of them for the Boston Red Sox, ... Read More »

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles
November 8, 2017 1 Comment »

The most important player on the field is the pitcher. The baseball is literally in his hand to start every play. Starting pitchers log the most innings and face the most batters. They’re the most crucial members of a team. ... Read More »

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache
October 29, 2017 1 Comment »

Wally Pipp has been reduced to an answer to a trivia question. He’s a footnote on the career of a great player. But Pipp deserved better: he was an excellent ballplayer who simply happened to have a headache at the ... Read More »

Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?

Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?
September 8, 2017 12 Comments »

When his name first appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot in 2003, Ryne Sandberg received 244 votes, or just below 50%. In 2004, the former Cubs’ second baseman vaulted to 309 votes. He was elected to the Hall of ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR
August 10, 2017 1 Comment »

This is the third installment of my “Top 20” series, looking at the top players for a specific franchise based solely on Wins Above Replacement. Quibble if you will about advanced statistical methods, but WAR is a handy way to ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR
April 12, 2017 4 Comments »

A few years ago I penned a list article about the New York Yankees top players ranked according to WAR (Wins Above Replacement). I stated at the time that I know very little about how WAR evaluates players. I still ... Read More »