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Notes From the Davey Martinez Fan Club

September 15, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

Davey Martinez, current manager of the Washington Nationals, is a case study in why catchers make such good managers. Be it Bruce Bochy, Kevin Cash, Joe Girardi or Mike Matheny, their years of sitting behind the plate and working with a pitching staff on an every day basis provided key insights into how to manage a pitching staff. Dave Martinez possesses none of those skills and he has shown a remarkable inability to learn. Martinez is in his second year as a big league manager. He is getting on-the-job training after serving as Joe Maddon’s bench coach and he was hired in hopes that he could... [Read the full story]

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Jamie Lavarnway- Ryan Lavarnway’s Partner in His Baseball Journey

September 14, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

The life of a professional baseball player is a continuous roller coaster of ups and downs. Great successes, bitter disappointments, nomadic living and uncertain futures are all part of the experience. These are not just enjoyed and anguished over by the player; those closest to them are right next to them in the passenger seat for the wild journey. Nobody knows this better than Jamie Lavaranway, the wife of long-time catcher Ryan Lavarnway. The Lavarnways have been together for years and seen about as much as a couple involved in professional baseball might see. A former athlete herself, Jamie... [Read the full story]

Features

Negro League Great, Spottswood Poles, Honored by his Birthplace

September 3, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

The city of Winchester, Virginia honored early 20th century Negro Leaguer, and native son, Spottswood Poles, with a plaque earlier this summer.  Read More →

Hall of Fame

WAR and Win Shares and Charlie Blackmon

March 23, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

It appears that WAR, in attempting to assign a single number to represent a player’s season, has a problem with fielding.   And the problem is not so much with the player’s defensive WAR score – but rather with trying to COMBINE this score with the offensive WAR.   A very good or very poor fielding score appears to seriously distort the player’s total WAR score. As an example, Matt Chapman had a great fielding season at third base in 2018 and his situation illustrates quite well why WAR does a relatively good job of evaluating his offensive value (oWAR) and his defensive value (dWAR)... [Read the full story]

Minors

Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

June 30, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted by Steve Dunn Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. One of the more unique games in minor league history was played nearly 61 years later at Principal Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. With widespread flooding in central Iowa, the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds played a Triple A Pacific Coast League game that drew an official attendance of zero. “The only other... [Read the full story]

General

Jamie Lavarnway- Ryan Lavarnway’s Partner in His Baseball Journey

September 14, 2019 by

The life of a professional baseball player is a continuous roller coaster of ups and downs. Great successes, bitter disappointments, nomadic living and uncertain futures are all part of the experience. These are not just enjoyed and anguished over by the player; those closest to them are right next to them in the passenger seat for the wild journey.... Read more of this article


Author Charles Leerhsen and the Dramatic Way He Changed the Legacy of Baseball Legend Ty Cobb

September 1, 2019 by

Nearly a century after playing his final big-league game, outfielder Ty Cobb is still considered among the best players to ever set foot on a diamond. He also has one of the worst reputations, as a caustic and virulent racist, who succeeded despite erratic behavior and hatred. However, as author Charles Leerhsen discovered when writing his groundbreaking... Read more of this article


New Book Released: THE ARCHIVES OF THE BASEBALL HISTORIAN, VOLUME II

August 31, 2019 by

More interviews with players, writers and other figures throughout baseball history  I have released my new book, which is another collection of interviews with baseball figures (former and current players, journalists, the Baseball Hall of Fame President, and more!) from the 1940s to the present. It is available in the following formats: PAPERBACK- https://www.amazon.com/dp/1081782862 KINDLE- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VDZWSQF I... Read more of this article


From Pizza Delivery to the Big Leagues: Jim Rushford and His Amazing Journey Through Baseball

August 24, 2019 by

Research shows that only about 0.5 percent of high school seniors who play baseball will get drafted by a baseball team; and less than 11 percent of varsity baseball-playing college seniors will get the call. Of those few that become a draft pick, less than one in five will eventually play in the majors. These numbers all make what Jim Rushford did... Read more of this article


The Last At-Bat of Legendary Baseball Hitters

August 17, 2019 by

Major League Baseball is defined by its legends; players who are still remembered decades after their last appearance in a game and their ultimate deaths. Despite the amazing feats some of these players accomplished, when the bell finally rang to signal the end of their careers, their swan songs were lackluster by comparison. In particular, here are... Read more of this article


Nick Hagadone: Baseball, Coffee and Hard Work

August 4, 2019 by

It takes a great deal of confidence for a professional baseball player to succeed. There are few things that can better help tap into potential. Throughout his career, pitcher Nick Hagadone bet on himself and his talent and has seen it pay off again and again. Growing up in the suburbs of Seattle, Hagadone loved the Mariners and quickly developed as... Read more of this article


Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

August 4, 2019 by

Like a lot of movie fans, I’m very excited about the forthcoming Mister Rogers biopic, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, which opens on November 22. There is another Mister Rogers out there who is the complete antithesis of the legendary children’s television show host. Steve Rogers was a former... Read more of this article


Trevor Bauer, Sam McDowell, and A Rod’s Birthday Cake

August 1, 2019 by

So, in a fit of anger or frustration or both, Trevor Bauer heaved the baseball over the center field fence. So, what? Sure Bauer should have just handed the ball to his manager, Terry Francona, but it’s not as if he refused to give it to him, and gave him the finger instead. When someone such as Max Sherzer tells his manager to get back in the dugout... Read more of this article


How Jeter Can Be Like Teddy Ballgame

July 30, 2019 by

On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On July 26, 2020, it’s a near certainty that former New York Yankees shortstop and current Miami Marlins chief executive officer and part owner Derek Jeter will join him. What’s not nearly as clear is the kind of induction speech Jeter, who grew up in Kalamazoo, will give.... Read more of this article


Like Complete Games, Respect for Elders Is a Thing of the Past

July 24, 2019 by

Jim Golden, 83, is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who resides in Topeka, In 69 career games, including 20 starts, Golden won nine games, two of which were shutouts, and saved one other. In 208 total innings, he threw five complete games. These days, fans are fortunate if they see a starter go five or six innings. A native of Eldon, Missouri,... Read more of this article


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Features

Negro League Great, Spottswood Poles, Honored by his Birthplace

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The city of Winchester, Virginia honored early 20th century Negro Leaguer, and native... 


Trevor Bauer, Sam McDowell, and A Rod’s Birthday Cake

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So, in a fit of anger or frustration or both, Trevor Bauer heaved the baseball over... 


How Ernie Banks Revolutionized the Position of Shortstop

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*And where did those home runs come from? One of the unfortunate byproducts of Ernie... 


Ryan Westmoreland: Former Boston Red Sox Top Prospect Talks Playing Career and New Focus

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For serious fans of the Boston Red Sox, Harry Agganis and Tony Conigliaro are... 


From the Archives: Touring the Bases with…Jim Bouton

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“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the... 


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Hall of Fame

WAR and Win Shares and Charlie Blackmon

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It appears that WAR, in attempting to assign a single number to represent a player’s... 


The BBWAA “Report Card” for the 21st Century

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The CAWS Career Gauge (CCG) has ranked all of the outstanding players of the modern... 


WAR and JAWS – Exaggerating Fielding Value

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In an earlier post, I pointed out that Matt Chapman’s WAR value for 2018 (8.2)... 


A Problem with WAR = Defensive Value

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My primary research interest has always been determining which players had the best... 


The Four CAWS HOF Benchmarks for Pitchers

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Minors

Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

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Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted... 


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

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Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out... 


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


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