December 6, 2016

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Introducing the New Negro Leagues Database

December 5, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been over five years since we originally launched the Negro Leagues Database. Over that time, there have been significant additions to the database, in terms of new seasons and statistics. But the website and the presentation of these statistics have largely remained the same. In May of 2015, I overhauled the Major League part of The Baseball Gauge, and I’ve wanted to do the same with the Negro Leagues section. Today, we re-launch the award-winning Negro Leagues Database. Here are some of the new features: Per 162 games One of the biggest issues with Negro Leagues statistics is... [Read the full story]

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MLB: Ripple Effect of Yoenis Céspedes Signing

December 1, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

The winter season is not usually associated with the MLB, but it is actually one of the most exciting times of the year in professional baseball. Every team in the league is attempting to build a stronger roster through trades and free agent signings. While the free agent market has been rather quiet so far this year, that should all change very soon thanks to Yoenis Céspedes signing with the New York Mets. Yoenis Céspedes was easily considered to be the top free agent after the 2016 MLB season. While Céspedes leaving New York was always going to be a long shot, every team in desperate need... [Read the full story]

Features

What Might Have Been: The Short, Brilliant Career of Charlie Ferguson

September 12, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

The Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal featured an excellent article by Jerrold Casway entitled, “Bacteria Beat the Phillies which covered the careers and early deaths of Charlie Ferguson and Jimmy Fogarty due to typhoid fever and tuberculosis, respectively. Ferguson especially piqued my interest since he was born, lived, and is buried in Charlottesville, Virginia, just under two hours from my home and just a few miles from my daughter and son-in-law. One hot afternoon, we went on a quest to Maplewood Cemetery to find Charlie Ferguson’s grave and turned it into the 10th episode of... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pre-Integration Era Committee Releases 2016 Candidates For Baseball Hall of Fame: Sorry, There’s No Room in the Inn

October 9, 2015 · by · 7 Comments 

First, let me state categorically that I love the Baseball Hall of Fame; love the history, love the tree-lined streets of Cooperstown in the summer, love the beauty of Lake Otsego, love everything about the place. Most of all, I love the reverence of the hall of plaques, appropriately presided over by life-size statues of The Babe and Mister T. Ballgame. There is nothing more sublime than watching the face of an excited young kid, oversized baseball cap hanging over his ears, with eyes as big as Dodger Dogs, as his dad points out the plaques of immortals like Stan the Man, Hammerin’ Hank,... [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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MLB: Ripple Effect of Yoenis Céspedes Signing

December 1, 2016 by

The winter season is not usually associated with the MLB, but it is actually one of the most exciting times of the year in professional baseball. Every team in the league is attempting to build a stronger roster through trades and free agent signings. While the free agent market has been rather quiet so far this year, that should all change very soon... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1917 Season Replay

November 22, 2016 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, Rogers Hornsby is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Pirates claim Red Faber and the Giants declare Art Fletcher.... Read more of this article


Early Offseason Predictions

November 17, 2016 by

Winter may be rapidly approaching, but that is not stopping the MLB from creating exciting news nearly every day. Every team in the league is looking to make a key free agent signing or trade that will propel them to greatness next season. These will be the five biggest moves made this offseason. Braves Trade For Top Starting Pitcher Despite already... Read more of this article


Five Changes For the Fans

November 15, 2016 by

When I left Sports Illustrated in 1986, I knew I’d be spending as much time in the stands as in the press box. So while baseball scribes like SI’s Tom Verducci suggest ways (see: lowering the mound) to improve play, I have my own five recommendations to enhance conditions for fans. Every time a pitcher throws a beanball — a pitch issued with... Read more of this article


2016 Season Recap

November 10, 2016 by

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 10: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox tips his cap after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series to advance to the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) The dramatic... Read more of this article


2016 Postseason Recap

November 4, 2016 by

The 108-year drought is finally over. Somewhere Ron Santo and Harry Caray are smiling and hollering. The lovable losers finally did it. The Chicago Cubs are officially champions of the baseball world, and the longest championship drought in major American sports has ended. With their historic Game 7 victory, the Chicago Cubs capped off a thrilling... Read more of this article


World Series Recap

October 28, 2016 by

It is finally happening. We have all seen the countless memes and useless facts about how the world has changed since this last happened, but we are all finally here. The Chicago Cubs will be hosting a World Series game at Wrigley Field. This is not a drill. The North Side of Chicago will be the site of a World Series game for the first time in 71... Read more of this article


MLB Postseason Rundown

October 21, 2016 by

  After Jon Lester’s stellar seven innings of work led the Cubs to victory in Game 5 of the NLCS, Chicago now sits just one victory away from getting to the World Series for the first time since 1945. That is the longest any franchise has failed to make the World Series, and Cubs fans are hopeful that they can avoid the demons of the past and... Read more of this article


Chicago Cubs and the Postseason 108 Years in the Making

October 21, 2016 by

During September 2016, Lexington Books published Major League Baseball Organizations. Within two tables of the book are the all-time performances of, respectively, American League (AL) and then National League (NL) teams.  Among the latter are the 140-year-old Chicago Cubs with five division titles, ten pennants, and two World Series as of their 2015... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – The Worst In-Season Trades Since 1950

October 21, 2016 by

The in-season deal in modern baseball is typically proposed under the following circumstances: A team may wish to trade a potential free agent that will likely sign with another team in the upcoming off-season. The expected return is minor-league talent. Two teams wish to make a deal to upgrade at a specific position without weakening their current... Read more of this article


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Lazzari’s Vault: Remembering “Rapid Robert”

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Major Minnesotans: Tim McIntosh

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Tim McIntosh was born on March 21st, 1965. The 1983 graduate of Hopkins High School... 


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Hall of Fame

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Minors

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... 


An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

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Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one... 


Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

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

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