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From the Archives: Cup of Coffee—Cliff Lee

April 23, 2017 · by · 3 Comments 

If you’ve hung around this site you’re no doubt familiar with our “Who, You Ask?” series of articles which celebrates the careers of largely forgotten ballplayers who fashioned excellent careers but slipped through the cracks of our collective memory. Every once in a while, however, I run across players who I’m unfamiliar with whose careers intrigued me enough to want to find out more. More often than not these players had brief stays in the majors and don’t warrant full-length articles, so I’ve created a category specifically for them called “Cup... [Read the full story]

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South Side Soaked

April 4, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

April 3, 2017 Opening Soak The Chicago White Sox opened the 2017 season by not opening it at all. The Sox, Tigers and more than 30,000 wet but well-fed and generously beveragized fans spent about three hours dodging rain drops at Guaranteed Rate Field, but all we got to see was the pregame introductions which featured each Sox starter brought onto the field in a really cool new thing called a car. Most people think the rebuilding White Sox are going to stink this year. But most people used to also think the world is flat and Nicolas Cage was talented. So don’t doubt these Medias Blancas. At least... [Read the full story]

Features

Say it Wasn’t So: When Shoeless Joe Jackson Became Baseball’s Number One Draft-dodger

February 10, 2017 · by · 1 Comment 

Here’s one you may not have heard: how Shoeless Joe Jackson was briefly turned into America’s most-scorned draft-dodger in World War 1. It’s true, but as with all Shoeless Joe stories, some work is required to separate fact from myth. It also helps to read published reports from his contemporaries, to view everything in the context of the times and to be aware of other forces which were at work. The War began in Europe in July, 1914 but had little effect on baseball in America the first few years. The 1916 season had been both successful on the field and profitable for the... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

Minors

Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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South Side Soaked

April 4, 2017 by

April 3, 2017 Opening Soak The Chicago White Sox opened the 2017 season by not opening it at all. The Sox, Tigers and more than 30,000 wet but well-fed and generously beveragized fans spent about three hours dodging rain drops at Guaranteed Rate Field, but all we got to see was the pregame introductions which featured each Sox starter brought onto the... Read more of this article


What Should be Expected from the Houston Astros in 2017?

April 3, 2017 by

In the midst of a 70-92 season in 2014, a cover story in Sports Illustrated forecast the Houston Astros to win the World Series in 2017. This seemed like a far-out prediction at the time but the Astros made a significant improvement in 2015, reaching the post-season playoffs with a record of 86-76. They fell off slightly in 2016 with a record of 84-78... Read more of this article


Previewing the Washington Nationals and the NL East for 2017

March 30, 2017 by

Let’s start from the premise that the Washington Nationals can win 92 games and win the National League East. Hardly and groundbreaking look into the future, nor is the idea that they won’t beat the New York Mets by 8 games again this season. The Mets and their very fine pitching staff will prove more formidable competition this year, but... Read more of this article


Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, Now Available Worldwide

March 26, 2017 by

Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out... Read more of this article


The Top 10 Most Desirable Pre-War Baseball Cards

March 19, 2017 by

Desirable is a subjective word. What is desirable for one person may not be that way for another. So putting this list together wasn’t exactly easy because there are many great pre-War cards to choose from. With pre-War legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Walter Johnson, Cy Young,... Read more of this article


Rotisserie vs. Reality

March 15, 2017 by

Are the standard Rotisserie Baseball categories an accurate way to measure what it takes to put together a winning team in real life? Using Sean Lahman’s baseball database (specifically the totals from the “Teams” file), I imported the following information into R Studio in order to explore this question further: Year, League, Team Name, Rank... Read more of this article


EASY AS THREE TO ONE

February 27, 2017 by

(This column is adapted from a March 5, 1979, Sports Illustrated article that appears in Jim Kaplan’s book CLEARING THE BASES: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime (www.levellerspress.com). News item: Yankee pitchers take strenuous fielding practice To the public, spring training is as immutable as a Norman Rockwell cover: swaying palm trees;... Read more of this article


OOTP 18’s First Digital Cover to Feature the Perfect Team

February 25, 2017 by

Out of the Park Baseball 18 announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, will feature a Digital Cover for the first time, highlighting baseball’s “Perfect Team” of 11 top players at each position and the top Manager in baseball – as voted by its passionate... Read more of this article


Are the 2017 Nationals a Late Blooming Winner?

February 24, 2017 by

It’s been a long strange trip to pitchers and catchers for the Washington Nationals. It has been an off-season like no other and since we really haven’t had that many it is not much of a horse race. Remembering those first few off-seasons is instructive. Going back to the Jim Bowden years and watching he and Stan Kasten make a total mess... Read more of this article


OOTP 18 to Include Seamheads Negro Leagues Database!

January 21, 2017 by

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Releases Worldwide on March 24, 2017 Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more OOTP 18 Available For Pre-Order Now With 20%... Read more of this article


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Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

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Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

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The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby... 


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