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Baseball Birthplaces and the Retro World Baseball Classic

July 23, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

Upon the conclusion of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (the fourth iteration of the tournament which began in 2006), I started to wonder how the rosters would have looked in previous years. Using stricter rules for roster construction (basing all rosters on birthplace alone, 20-year periods between tournaments and additional stipulations outlined in the Methodology section below), I assembled regional teams and organized the players and lineups. The complete set of Retro WBC rosters along with every ballplayer listed by birthplace (grouped by cities and states/countries) can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTYHnKj_Qkep-FF7sddKYzPUssxfzkl-5bsWKlcCZe7QZzz-AvimXKiZY2ur5hEMwTzTyxpCHf–oSU/pubhtml Methodology I... [Read the full story]

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The Wisdom of Current MLB Policy Toward Cuba, Central and South America

July 11, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

Recent Henry Chadwick Award-winning baseball writer, Peter Bjarkman, came on the Seamheads Podcasting Network both in 2014 and 2015 during a very different time. President Obama’s easing of travel restrictions with Cuba seemed to herald a new era for Cuban baseball and ideas of innovation and hope sprang anew. Fellow SABR-member Pete Cottrell and I co-hosted the show. We discussed the notion with Bjarkman that Cuban authorities might be allowed to interact with American baseball in a positive way, one that could prove a boon for the sport as it existed on the island at the time, as well as... [Read the full story]

Features

The Ballad of Mr. Cub and Leo the Lip

May 25, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

The Ballad of Mr. Cub and Leo the Lip It was one of the most intriguing matchups in baseball history. Ernie Banks and Leo Durocher–thrown together in the same clubhouse. Rarely have two more disparate characters been coupled outside of a lousy television sitcom. Smiling Ernie Banks, the perpetually glass-is-half-full line drive of sunshine; a man so outrageously optimistic that he actually claimed the Cubs had a chance each spring when everyone else in the western hemisphere knew otherwise; but a man unable to lift his team out of mediocrity, no matter how brilliantly he played. Leo Durocher,... [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]

General

The Wisdom of Current MLB Policy Toward Cuba, Central and South America

July 11, 2017 by

Recent Henry Chadwick Award-winning baseball writer, Peter Bjarkman, came on the Seamheads Podcasting Network both in 2014 and 2015 during a very different time. President Obama’s easing of travel restrictions with Cuba seemed to herald a new era for Cuban baseball and ideas of innovation and hope sprang anew. Fellow SABR-member Pete Cottrell... Read more of this article


Where Did All the Pitchers Go?

July 4, 2017 by

June was a challenging month for the Houston Astros as four of the five pitchers that were in the opening day starting rotation hit the disabled list. As a result, thirteen of the team’s 27 games in June were started by rookies and the results weren’t pretty. Fortunately, Mike Fiers, the only member of the original starting rotation that remained... Read more of this article


Ross Barnes to be Honored With Memorial

June 26, 2017 by

I am pleased to announce that on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 11:00 am in Mt. Morris, New York a monument will be dedicated honoring base ball pioneer Ross Barnes. The public is invited. This will be at a small park in the village center. The Barnes memorial will be placed next to an old refurbished fountain which already has a memorial for Francis Bellamy,... Read more of this article


Cieradkowski Provides New Artwork to Seamheads.com

June 24, 2017 by

Our good friend, award-winning artist, and author Gary Cieradkowski has generously allowed us to feature some of his artwork on the site and we couldn’t be happier. Gary launched his fantastic web site, The Infinite Baseball Card Set, in early 2010 and it boasts more than 230 hand-drawn cards. His book, The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated... Read more of this article


From the Archives: Remembering Denny Galehouse

June 22, 2017 by

The following was originally published on October 18, 2007. Denny Galehouse Tuesday night’s game reminded me of another tough decision a Red Sox manager had to make about who to pitch in a crucial game. Terry Francona chose rested, but still not completely healthy veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to face the Indians in Game 4 of the ALCS and... Read more of this article


Excuse Me, Is This a Bullpen or an SNL Skit?

June 15, 2017 by

If you read between the lines on the Nationals 40-man roster, you can find some pretty neat stuff. Look past the names like Strasburg and Scherzer and there you will find guys like Jimmy Cordero. Jimmy had a nice 2015, but having him on the 40-man in 2017 is like having Alec Baldwin running for president in 2020. Jimmy coulda been a contenda, but Charlie,... Read more of this article


Feeling the Draft and the Summer Breeze

June 7, 2017 by

A new facet of the 2017 season reveals itself in June. There is the College World Series that begins on June 17th and the Super Regionals are set to begin with no small number of surprise teams making the field of 16 teams left standing. Davidson, Missouri State, and Sam Houston are among some of the names that few would have included in their brackets.... Read more of this article


Astros Fly High in May

June 3, 2017 by

The Houston Astros occupied uncharted territory in May winning 22 games while losing only 7.  They started the month in first place in the AL West Division, 3 games ahead of the second place Los Angeles Angels and steadily increased their lead to finish the month 11 games ahead of the second place Texas Rangers.  With a record of 38-16 at the end... Read more of this article


Pujols or Miggy?

June 2, 2017 by

Sometimes in baseball, we don’t fully appreciate how genuinely great a player’s career is until it’s over, until we get to look at the breadth of their statistics as a whole, all the accolades they accumulated, all the highlights they left behind. Sometimes in baseball, we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. Fortunately, with Albert Pujols... Read more of this article


Maturity and More Pugnacious Approach Will Yield a DC Summer Blockbuster

May 31, 2017 by

Bryce Harper charged the mound on Monday and for the most part baseball fans across the country applauded. That ovation, however meek or mild it may prove, still marks a sea change in how Harper is perceived by baseball zealots of every ilk. Yes, the boos rain down when he comes to bat at numerous stadiums around the country, but his confrontation with... Read more of this article


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