August 18, 2017

Can Tropical Wind’s Ever Blow Strong for Cuban Baseball Again?

August 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cuba is a complicated issue and most American fans don’t have the time. For those that do, there is author Peter Bjarkman, faithfully trying to peal back the layers of intrigue and politics until there is only the love of the game that Cubans and Americans share. Peter Bjarkman’s recently published book, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors, […]

How Murderers’ Row Shaped Baseball

August 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert’s “Rough Riders,” as some called them in the late 1920s, were not going head to head against their American League competition, they were playing exhibition games in Buffalo, Omaha, Rochester, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis… Everyone in the little cities and small towns wanted to catch a glimpse of the Babe, Lou […]

Dog Days at Fenway Park

August 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With the crowds having fun at the hub in Boston, with the team gearing up to go deep this October, with a roster loaded with talent and more on the way, a flashback to Sox in the Sixties is almost like culture shock. September 28th, 1960, Red Sox vs. Orioles.  Overcast, dank, chilly the final […]

Remembering The Yankee Clipper

August 5, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

All the hype and histrionics over Aaron Judge and some of the over-reaching comparisons to Joe DiMaggio trigger the need to go back and re-visit what the Yankee legend was all about. He was born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, one of nine children of Rosalie and Giuseppe DiMaggio, a crab fisherman father, an […]

Dusty Watches from the Wings with a Grin

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was another trading deadline where Hollywood and Broadway got all the press. The rest was just community theater. The Dodgers walked away with the biggest prizes and the Yankees did well in a supporting role. But for all of the ink that Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray will generate, Washington Nationals manager, Dusty Baker, […]

Remembering Mel Allen

July 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I had the very good fortune in 1990 to visit the legendary Mel Allen at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. I was there to collect memorabilia for the “Stars of David: Jews in Sports” exhibit that I was the curator and executive producer for at the Klutznik Museum in Washington, D.C. My wife Myrna came […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Did All the Pitchers Go?

July 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Ross Barnes to be Honored With Memorial

June 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Cieradkowski Provides New Artwork to Seamheads.com

June 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

From the Archives: Remembering Denny Galehouse

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The following was originally published on October 18, 2007. 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 […]

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

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Feeling the Draft and the Summer Breeze

June 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Astros Fly High in May

June 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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.  […]

Pujols or Miggy?

June 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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, […]

Maturity and More Pugnacious Approach Will Yield a DC Summer Blockbuster

May 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

BABIP by Location

May 16, 2017 by · 3 Comments 

Are there any factors that influence batting average to various locations on a baseball diamond? Does batter or pitcher “handedness” provide any advantage? Can we identify traits among the leaders in each category? “Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) measures how often a ball in play goes for a hit. A ball is “in […]

Rick Ankiel, The Phenomenon, A Review

May 15, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Rick Ankiel was a rocket streaking through the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates as an 18- and 19-year old. His first season, 1998, he climbed to High-A Prince William after launching from Low-A Peoria. He compiled a 2.63 ERA over 161 innings and notched 222 strikeouts against 50 walks that season. His ascent was […]

Book Review: “Baseball’s Most Baffling MVP Ballots”

May 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For years I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book about Most Valuable Players and MVP ballots, mostly because one hadn’t been written in a while—or at least to my satisfaction—and none that I was aware of used stats like Wins Above Replacement or Win Shares to compare players. I was also curious to […]

Whiplash in DC

April 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Leaving Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon, the chants of “Let’s Go Mets,” still ringing in my ears, I realized I was suffering from “whiplash.” It is a tragic condition that can strike without warning when your team goes from winning nine out of ten games on a daunting road trip to losing two straight at […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1944 NNL & NAL

April 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out the 1944 Negro leagues, newly added to the DB this week. Another wartime season, 1944 saw a large number of the most promising young players, as well as many players in the primes of their careers, off to the war. In the NAL, the Kansas City Monarchs struggled without sluggers Willard Brown and […]

Is THIS the Season the Nationals Finally Get Over the Hump?

April 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

No doubt the New York Mets will find it easy to look beyond an early season sweep by the Washington Nationals at Citi Field last weekend. But the games still count and seven wins in a row are seven wins to the good regardless when they come. The early season results suggest that the Nationals […]

From the Archives: Cup of Coffee—Cliff Lee

April 23, 2017 by · 3 Comments 

If you’ve hung around this site you’re no doubt familiar with our “Who, You Ask?” series of articles which celebrates the careers of largely forgotten ballplayers who fashioned excellent careers but slipped through the cracks of our collective memory. Every once in a while, however, I run across players who I’m unfamiliar with whose careers […]

South Side Soaked

April 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

April 3, 2017 Opening Soak The Chicago White Sox opened the 2017 season by not opening it at all. The Sox, Tigers and more than 30,000 wet but well-fed and generously beveragized fans spent about three hours dodging rain drops at Guaranteed Rate Field, but all we got to see was the pregame introductions which […]

What Should be Expected from the Houston Astros in 2017?

April 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In the midst of a 70-92 season in 2014, a cover story in Sports Illustrated forecast the Houston Astros to win the World Series in 2017. This seemed like a far-out prediction at the time but the Astros made a significant improvement in 2015, reaching the post-season playoffs with a record of 86-76. They fell […]

Previewing the Washington Nationals and the NL East for 2017

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s start from the premise that the Washington Nationals can win 92 games and win the National League East. Hardly and groundbreaking look into the future, nor is the idea that they won’t beat the New York Mets by 8 games again this season. The Mets and their very fine pitching staff will prove more […]

Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, Now Available Worldwide

March 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out […]

The Top 10 Most Desirable Pre-War Baseball Cards

March 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Desirable is a subjective word. What is desirable for one person may not be that way for another. So putting this list together wasn’t exactly easy because there are many great pre-War cards to choose from. With pre-War legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Lou […]

Rotisserie vs. Reality

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Are the standard Rotisserie Baseball categories an accurate way to measure what it takes to put together a winning team in real life? Using Sean Lahman’s baseball database (specifically the totals from the “Teams” file), I imported the following information into R Studio in order to explore this question further: Year, League, Team Name, Rank […]

EASY AS THREE TO ONE

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(This column is adapted from a March 5, 1979, Sports Illustrated article that appears in Jim Kaplan’s book CLEARING THE BASES: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime (www.levellerspress.com). News item: Yankee pitchers take strenuous fielding practice To the public, spring training is as immutable as a Norman Rockwell cover: swaying palm trees; players leaning […]

OOTP 18’s First Digital Cover to Feature the Perfect Team

February 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Out of the Park Baseball 18 announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, will feature a Digital Cover for the first time, highlighting baseball’s “Perfect Team” of 11 top players at each position and the top Manager in baseball – as […]

Are the 2017 Nationals a Late Blooming Winner?

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been a long strange trip to pitchers and catchers for the Washington Nationals. It has been an off-season like no other and since we really haven’t had that many it is not much of a horse race. Remembering those first few off-seasons is instructive. Going back to the Jim Bowden years and watching he […]

OOTP 18 to Include Seamheads Negro Leagues Database!

January 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Releases Worldwide on March 24, 2017 Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more OOTP 18 Available For Pre-Order Now […]

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