April 19, 2015

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Major League Baseball As Seen From Outer Space: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of April 12, 2015

April 12, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Another baseball season has just gotten underway this week, finally releasing fans from the purgatory of the offseason. For those who truly love the game, this is truly a special time of year. In a famous monologue from the film Field of Dreams, actor James Earl Jones perfectly captures the way people are drawn to baseball. Now that the sport is in full swing again, that familiar connection is creeping back into souls across the world, and not a moment too soon. And now, on to the notes for the week… *Right-handed pitcher Harley Hisner had the most bittersweet of careers.  In a late-season game... [Read the full story]

General

Making Baseball Work in Montreal

April 14, 2015 · by · 2 Comments 

The City of Montreal would like you to know they are ready for Major League Baseball to return. With the help of the Toronto Blue Jays, huge crowds filled Olympic Stadium the last two exhibition seasons to watch the Jays play the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds. Fans of the old Expos will remind you Montreal is the lone market where a team has left and not had another team stay or replaced since 1901. Seattle, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Washington all lost teams over the years to see clubs either move or expand back into those markets. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how realistic Montreal’s... [Read the full story]

Features

The Most Important Pitching Study Ever Done: An Overview

April 5, 2015 · by · 3 Comments 

For many years, I’ve been toiling on the statistical fringes of the eternal baseball question: what is the best way to handle pitching? My aim has been to put together a baseball equivalent of a “grand unified theory” which would account for the key changes in the way pitching staffs have been deployed over the years. The time has come to let my findings see the light of day. Thanks to Dave Smith and www.retrosheet.org, I have compiled literally millions of data points covering many aspects of pitching usage and performance from 1950-2014. I looked at every box score since 1950 for the big... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame Status Anything But Certain

January 15, 2015 · by · 5 Comments 

Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are the headline first-timers next year on the Baseball Writers of America Hall of Fame ballot. Griffey Jr. is a slam dunk. Hoffman is not. The long-time San Diego Padres closer locked down saves for the better part of sixteen seasons, compiling a whopping 601 in his 18-year career. Hoffman is currently second in history, behind New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Pitching in the relative anonymity of the National League West for the lion’s share of his career, Hoffman did what many closers could not do and stayed healthy. With 2003 being the lone exception,... [Read the full story]

Minors

An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

January 16, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one day have a professional career are two very different things. However, occasionally, players can have their cake and eat it too, as prospect Nick Longhi is not only looking like a good bet to make some noise as a pro ball player, but he is doing it with the Boston Red Sox—the team he has loved since he was old enough to strap on a glove and hoist a bat. Born in Massachusetts, the right-handed hitting, left-handed throwing Longhi ultimately moved to Florida where he starred for Venice High School. A candidate to be... [Read the full story]

General

Making Baseball Work in Montreal

April 14, 2015 by

The City of Montreal would like you to know they are ready for Major League Baseball to return. With the help of the Toronto Blue Jays, huge crowds filled Olympic Stadium the last two exhibition seasons to watch the Jays play the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds. Fans of the old Expos will remind you Montreal is the lone market where a team has left... Read more of this article


All the Games Count

April 13, 2015 by

Every game matters, whether it is played in the first week or in the last. It is easy to dismiss the significance of the first weeks of the season, but trends emerge even as early as Spring Training that will haunt the sixth months to follow. The Washington Nationals trip north to Fenway Park was hinted early on as a first look at two teams that could... Read more of this article


Opening Day 60 Years Ago: Status Report on Integration—The American League

April 13, 2015 by

Sixty year ago, when the 1955 season opened on April 11, there were 36 blacks on the opening day rosters of the sixteen major league teams, but only nine on five American League teams. This is the second of four articles on the status of integration in the major leagues nine long years into the Jackie Robinson era—“long” because baseball... Read more of this article


Of Baseball, Booze and Bodies—“Mystery Ball ’58: A Season-Long Whodunit”

April 13, 2015 by

“Tough to make out a dead body when it’s covered in peanut shells and Royal Crown Cola. But there it was.” That’s how Jeff “J.P.” Polman’s baseball murder mystery, Mystery Ball ’58: A Season-Long Whodunit begins and from there it’s a wild ride full of…well…mystery and intrigue that expertly... Read more of this article


Could MLB Really Return to Montreal?

April 9, 2015 by

The Toronto Blue Jays recently held two exhibition games in Montreal, Quebec against the Cincinnati Reds, drawing nearly 92,000 into Olympic Stadium. The home of the Montreal Expos from 1977 until their move to Washington after the 2004 season, the stadium, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, was considered an albatross. Throw in a shaky Canadian Dollar,... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1902 Season Replay

April 7, 2015 by

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Wally Joyner is listed on the Angels roster for the duration of his career while the Astros claim Kenny Lofton and the Athletics declare Catfish... Read more of this article


The Most Important Pitching Study Ever Done: An Overview

April 5, 2015 by

For many years, I’ve been toiling on the statistical fringes of the eternal baseball question: what is the best way to handle pitching? My aim has been to put together a baseball equivalent of a “grand unified theory” which would account for the key changes in the way pitching staffs have been deployed over the years. The time has come to let... Read more of this article


Lifetime St. Louis Browns

April 5, 2015 by

Jeter. Rivera. Mantle. Robinson. Palmer. Ripken. Yaz. Williams. Rice. Musial. Yount. Brett. Schmidt. Bench. Larkin. Banks. Clemente. Feller. Puckett. Gwynn. Over the years, a handful of players have become associated with a ballclub because that was the only team they played for in their career. These are the players who would be held in special regard... Read more of this article


The Minneapolis Millers of the American Association: A Review

April 5, 2015 by

The big leagues may get the lion’s share of recognition but make no mistake about it; minor leagues have been the essential lifeblood of baseball since the game became a profession. Preserving the history of these leagues is just as important as the meticulous record keeping and story collecting of the majors. Fortunately, there are researchers doing... Read more of this article


What’s in Store for the Houston Astros in 2015?

April 4, 2015 by

Expectations for the Astros in 2015 are higher than they have been in several years.  In 2014, the Astros broke a 3-year streak of last place finishes with over 100 losses by recording a 19 game improvement, finishing with a record of 70-92.  Not great but a clear step in the right direction, especially since they finally finished ahead of the Texas... Read more of this article


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Hall of Fame

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Minors

An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

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Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

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ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed... 


Through the Eyes of Patriots Fan: “Hip, hip, Jorge!”

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Not only was it another beautiful evening at TD Bank park (8/17), it was also a game... 


From the Eyes of a Patriots Fan

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It was a picture perfect night for baseball on Friday (August 16th).  While... 


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