February 10, 2016

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Negro Leagues DB Update: 1925 ECL & NNL

February 3, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

In 1925 the Hilldale Club got its revenge on the Kansas City Monarchs, with the help of a toddler wielding a sewing needle. The year before, the Monarchs had ridden their luck to a thrilling 5 games to 4 victory in the first Colored World Series. In 1925 Hilldale won the ECL after a close race with Oscar Charleston’s Harrisburg Giants, and first-half winners Monarchs won the NNL’s first championship series over second-half champions St. Louis to set up a World Series rematch. But the Monarchs entered the Series short-handed and demoralized. Their star pitcher/outfielder, Bullet Rogan, had put... [Read the full story]

General

Chapman/Kimbrel and the History of Relief Aces

February 1, 2016 · by · 2 Comments 

In 2015, it is inarguable that the Red Sox had a poor season.  Yes, they did play better in the last two months (is it coincidental that this was when John Farrell was out being treated for cancer?) but they still ended up below .500 and out of contention in the AL East.  Although the Sox had many weaknesses, one of their issues was a mediocre bullpen.  Robbie Ross, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa et al. were all at best, unremarkable.  And the closer, Koji Uehara, pitched well but at age 40, showed signs of wear and tear as he was unable to make it through the season. So the Red Sox went out... [Read the full story]

Features

Gee, Thanks Brooks: Robinson Gives Away Fortune in Memorabilia to Charity

November 4, 2015 · by · 1 Comment 

In 1971 Brooks Robinson, fresh off the greatest individual World Series domination in baseball history, visited the Massachusetts studio of Norman Rockwell. It was a classic pairing: the man who chronicled mid-twentieth century Americana on canvas and the man who embodied mid-twentieth century Americana on turf. The setting was commissioned by the ATO corporation, a conglomerate that owned the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company. The past October Brooks had put on a fairly good advertisement for one of their products, a leather glove. The resulting painting by Rockwell was named, “Gee Thanks... [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 · 5 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]

General

Chapman/Kimbrel and the History of Relief Aces

February 1, 2016 by

In 2015, it is inarguable that the Red Sox had a poor season.  Yes, they did play better in the last two months (is it coincidental that this was when John Farrell was out being treated for cancer?) but they still ended up below .500 and out of contention in the AL East.  Although the Sox had many weaknesses, one of their issues was a mediocre bullpen. ... Read more of this article


Bob Davids SABR Chapter’s Annual Meeting

January 31, 2016 by

The SABR members of the Mid-Atlantic gathered together yesterday to test the proposition that one Washington area chapter, so conceived, could long endure without its Baltimore contingent. No shots were fired and more than 125 persons attended the very excellent and entertaining session, including many first timers. It was altogether fitting that new... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1913 Season Replay

January 28, 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, Rabbit Maranville is listed on the Braves roster for the duration of his career while the Superbas claim Nap Rucker and the Cardinals declare... Read more of this article


A 1901 All-Star Team

January 27, 2016 by

Frank Isbell Toward the end of the 1901 Connie Mack and Clark Griffith picked a “champion team” of the American League, judged by the work done by players at each position. The two men agreed at seven positions: 1b: Frank Isbell, Chicago 2b: Nap Lajoie, Cleveland ss: Wid Conroy, Milwaukee 3b: Jimmy Collins, Boston rf: Fielder Jones, Chicago cf:... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1938 Negro National League

January 25, 2016 by

In 1938 the Homestead Grays solidified their dominance of the Negro National League. Winning both halves at a trot, Cumberland Posey’s powerhouse team had essentially killed off interest in the league by September. At the end of the season a playoff scheme involving the top four teams was introduced, but the Grays pulled their team off the field partway... Read more of this article


Three Times at Bat For the Nationals and Nothing to Show

January 23, 2016 by

The Washington Nationals made offers to all three of the elite free agent outfielders on the market: Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Yeonis Cespedes. In at least two instances it is clear from the press reports that Washington offered more money than other clubs in on the bidding. But all three players went elsewhere. The Nationals took their cuts and... Read more of this article


Baseball’s Early Days Trace Back to New York

January 16, 2016 by

Bud Fowler No state can claim a bigger share of baseball history than New York, starting with the belief that the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was the first organized baseball team. Fittingly, a player named Austin Knickerbocker (born in Bangall, N.Y.) made it to the majors, although he played just 21 games. Alexander Cartwright, considered... Read more of this article


Examing the Hall of Fame Vote

January 12, 2016 by

1. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected. Griffey received votes from 99.3% of the writers, a new record. 2. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines received over 70% of the vote and are well positioned to be elected next year. It will be the 10th and final year for Raines on the ballot.   3. Trevor Hoffman, in his first year on the ballot, made a strong... Read more of this article


Triple Milestones 2015

January 8, 2016 by

Offensive production in the major leagues increased slightly in 2015. The number of runs and home runs per game increased in 2015 and batting average, on-base percentage and slugging average also increased in 2015 after steadily declining since 2000. Year Runs/Game HR/Game BAVG OBA Slugging OPS Triple Milestone Hitters 1990 8.51 1.58 .258 .324 .386 .710 2 1991 8.62 1.61 .255 .323 .384 .707 3 1992 8.23 1.44 .256 .322 .377 .699 2 1993 9.20 1.78  .266  .332 .404 .736 5 1994 9.85 2.97 .270 .339 .424  .763 3 1995 9.69 2.02 .267  .338 .417  .755 8 1996  10.07 2.19 .270  .340  .427  .767 21 1997  9.53 2.05  .267 .337  .419 .756 7 1998  9.58 2.08  .266 .335 .420 .755 14 1999 10.17 2.28 .271 .345 .434 .779 19 2000 10.28 2.34  .271 .345  .437 .782 26 2001 9.55 2.25 .264 .332 .427 .759 21 2002 9.24 2.09  .261  .331  .417  .748 12 2003 9.46 2.14 .264 .332  .422 .754 8 2004 9.63 2.25  .266 .335 .428 .763 12 2005 9.18 2.06 .265 .330 .419 .749 10 2006  9.72 2.22  .269  .336  .432 .768 13 2007  9.59 2.04  .268 .336 .423 .759 8 2008  9.30 2.01 .264 .333 .417 .750 7 2009 9.23 2.02 .262 .332  .418 .751 6 2010 8.77 1.90  .257 .325  .403  .728 6 2011 8.57 1.87 .255 .321 .399 .720 7 2012 8.64 2.03 .255 .319  .405 .724 4 2013 8.13 1.92 .253  .318  .396 .714 3 2014 8.53 1.73 .252 .314 .386 .700 2 2015 8.50 2.02 .254 .317  .405 .721 1   Runs... Read more of this article


California Leads the Way in Producing Stars, Nicknames and Trailblazers

January 6, 2016 by

Frontier prospectors discovered “there’s gold in them thar hills,” but today’s prospectors are more interested in mining for five-tool baseball players. Baseball’s Gold Rush has been ongoing in the Golden State for several decades, as California has produced more major league players than any other state (2,150 through the 2015 season, about... Read more of this article


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