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At the 2012 All-Star Break, the Case for Andrew McCutchen for NL MVP

July 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We are at the All-Star break, just past the half-way mark for the 2012 regular season. So naturally baseball fans are taking stock of the MVP and Cy Young candidates in each league. I was thinking about the National League MVP race the past few days, and until recently I wouldn’t have considered him the […]

2012 All-Star Rosters: Analysis in the Context of the Process

July 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As I did last year, in this article I will again analyze this year’s All-Star team roster selections — but do so in the context of the complicated process involved.

Some Thoughts on Secondary Aspects of the Hall of Fame Voting Results

January 15, 2012 by · 10 Comments 

The 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame vote was recently announced, and only one player was elected, Barry Larkin. Fellow Seamheads author Andrew Martin wrote a good post dissecting this year’s vote. I’m not going to do the same, especially since I largely agree with his views: Larkin is marginal but I support his election; Bagwell and […]

2011 All-Star Rosters: Analysis in the Context of the Process

July 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Each year casual and serious baseball fans alike enjoying critiquing the selections for the MLB All-Star game. Most often these amount to “snub lists” or selecting preferred rosters without consideration of the process that is in place for choosing the actual all-star squads. It is a separate matter to debate the pros and cons of […]

The All-Time Athletics (a draft book chapter)

February 20, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Athletics (A’s) dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time Giants (a draft book chapter)

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Giants dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time St. Louis Cardinals (a draft book chapter)

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Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Cardinals dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time Detroit Tigers (a draft book chapter)

November 20, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Tigers dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time Cincinnati Reds (a draft book chapter)

July 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Reds dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

A Review of the 2010 All-Star Rosters

July 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The All-Star rosters are (mostly) set — so how did the fans do? Who was snubbed?

The All-Time Pittsburgh Pirates (a draft book chapter)

June 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Pirates dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time Red Sox (a draft book chapter)

June 11, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Red Sox dream team roster? And how have others answered this fun question throughout the years?

The All-Time Yankees (a draft book chapter)

May 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Who would be selected for a mythical All-Time Yankees dream team roster? Who would be the starters and who the backups? Who gets snubbed, not quite good enough to make the squad? And how have other authors, as well as fan surveys and the like, answered this fun question throughout the years?

2000-2009 All Decade Team

December 20, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Because we humans tend to talk about decades as being the 80s, the 90s, and so on, then the year 2009 just ended the first such “decade” of the 21st century. Like some others have done over the past several months, I thought I’d go through the exercise of picking an All-Decade team.

All-Time Infields: 2009 Yankees and Phillies Are in the Discussion

November 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

The 2009 baseball championship is underway, Yankees vs. Phillies. A few weeks ago the sports editor for my city’s local paper, Bob Matthews of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, noted how strong the Yankees infield is this year (defined as 1B, 2B, 3B, and SS — not including catcher). But now with the Phillies as […]

Adam Dunn, 29, Clearly on the Decline

October 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Adam Dunn, now of the Washington Nationals, is clearly over the hill. He hit only 38 HRs in 2009, a noticeable decline from his past several years performances.

Triple Crown Winner in the NL in 2009?

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While the chances are no doubt less than 50-50, could this be the year we see an offensive triple crown winner?

Could Ichiro Suzuki Break the All-Time Hit Record?

June 13, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

The title of this posting is meant to be provocative. Obviously Ichiro won’t break Pete Rose’s all-time MLB hits record of 4,256, given that he played his first nine seasons in Japan before coming the USA. But what if you combine his MLB and Japan statistics? I want to review Ichiro’s career numbers and consider […]

On Randy Johnson: Will he be the last to win 300 in the Majors?

June 7, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

On June 4th Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher to win 300 games in major league baseball. Quite a select group, and one that is sure to see very few additional members in the years to come. The question I’ll ask in this posting is: will Randy Johnson be the last to join this elite […]

Thoughts on the Early All-Star Game Fan Voting

May 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The early voting results are in for the 2009 MLB All-Star game. As usual, the fans so far are making some fine selections, but also some mind-boggling choices that I hope will get rectified before the voting ends.

Comments on Baseball’s Best 1,000 (Part 3)

April 17, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

In mid-2008 I picked up the 2008 edition of Derek Gentile’s fun book Baseball’s Best 1,000: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements, and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time. At my personal blog I wrote a series of postings with commentary on Gentile’s selections, and I’d like to share those with Seamheads readers […]

Comments on Baseball’s Best 1,000 (Part 2)

April 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In mid-2008 I picked up the 2008 edition of Derek Gentile’s fun book Baseball’s Best 1,000: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements, and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time. At my personal blog I wrote a series of postings with commentary on Gentile’s selections, and I’d like to share those with Seamheads readers […]

Comments on Baseball’s Best 1,000 (Part 1)

April 4, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

In mid-2008 I picked up the 2008 edition of Derek Gentile’s fun book Baseball’s Best 1,000: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements, and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time. (Apparently he had a 2004 edition as well, though somehow I missed that.) At my personal blog I wrote a series of postings with […]

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 11

March 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 11 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This last installment covers a wide range of areas, including some pitching, fielding, […]

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 10

March 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 10 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on one more hitting list, and then several […]

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 9

March 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 9 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on a variety of lists, including several about teammates.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 8

March 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 8 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on several seasonal records.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 7

March 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 7 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on some career HR oddities.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 6

February 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 6 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on some additional fun HR-related lists.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 5

February 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 5 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on the lists about HR leaders by position.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 4

February 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Here is Part 4 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on some lists about Walks and HBPs.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 3

January 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Here is Part 3 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on some lists about RBIs.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 2

January 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Part 2 of my postings (updated from original posting at my personal blog in 2007) on what I find interesting and worthy of comment while browsing through the 2007 SABR book, The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (available at Amazon). This time around I comment on some lists about switch-hitters.

Comments on The SABR Baseball List and Record Book, Part 1

January 18, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

In 2007 I wrote several posts at my personal blog that were commentaries on the great book published that year from SABR, titled The SABR Baseball List and Record Book (see it at Amazon). As we are now in the lull awaiting spring training, I thought I’d republish these entries here at Seamheads, as I’d like to encourage […]

Quite a Find: A Piece of History

January 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of guys like me who grew up in the 1970s or 1980s have had daydreams along these lines. You’re at an estate sale, and you stumble upon a box of really old baseball cards in a corner marked “$10 for all”. Or you’re helping to cleanout your elderly neighbor’s attic and come upon a […]

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