February 23, 2017

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 […]

Reasons 2016 the Most Significant Year in Baseball in 20 Years

January 18, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

I have been a die-hard baseball fan for two decades now, and 2016 is the most significant year of baseball I’ve had the privilege of following. Trevor Story, a 23-year-old rookie, set a record by hitting nine home runs in the first month of his Major League career. Eventual Cy Young winner Max Scherzer became […]

Metaphorically Speaking, The MLBPAA Has No Meat On Its Bones

January 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve ever gone to Overland Park, Kansas, you know that Jack Stack, on Metcalf Avenue, is probably one of the finest barbecue restaurants in the country. The barbecue they serve is so tender, the meat just falls right off the bones. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, out in Colorado, is nothing like that great barbecue place. […]

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 […]

C’mon Steve, The Pre-1980 Players Need You To Become Their Captain America

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

During his playing days, former Montreal Expos ace Steve Rogers was a great pitcher. That’s undeniable. Oh sure, he gave up that game-winning home run to Rick Monday in the fifth game of the 1981 National League Championship Series,  but other than that, he had a great career. He’s been a lot less effective as […]

Triple Milestones 2016

December 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Offensive production in the major leagues increased significantly in 2016 due to a spike in the home run rate.  Other offensive measures were also at the highest level in several years. Year Runs/Game HR/Game Bavg OBP SLG OPS Triple Milestone Hitters 1997 9.53 2.05 .267 .337  .419  .756 7 1998 9.58 2.08 .266 .335  .420 […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1943 NNL & NAL

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is Scott Simkus to introduce his work on the 1943 Negro leagues: With war raging overseas, Negro league rosters were once again ravaged by the draft in 1943, with star players Monte Irvin, Ted Strong, and Max Manning headlining a list of more than a couple dozen active African-American ballplayers entering the armed services. […]

Ballplayers of World War II Did Their Part

December 7, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor which changed every aspect of American life, including baseball and many of its players. Future Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Hank Greenburg enlisted on December 9, 1941. Greenburg had been drafted, served in the Army, and had just been discharged earlier in the […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1942 NAL & NNL

December 6, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

Along with the new design and features added by our webmaster and Baseball Gauge guru Dan Hirsch, and the new logo designed by Gary Cieradkowski (of Infinite Baseball Cards fame), we’ve also added two whole new seasons this week, 1942 and 1943. The 1943 season is the work of Scott Simkus (you know him from […]

Introducing the New Negro Leagues Database

December 5, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

It’s been over five years since we originally launched the Negro Leagues Database. Over that time, there have been significant additions to the database, in terms of new seasons and statistics. But the website and the presentation of these statistics have largely remained the same. In May of 2015, I overhauled the Major League part […]

MLB: Ripple Effect of Yoenis Céspedes Signing

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The winter season is not usually associated with the MLB, but it is actually one of the most exciting times of the year in professional baseball. Every team in the league is attempting to build a stronger roster through trades and free agent signings. While the free agent market has been rather quiet so far […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1917 Season Replay

November 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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, Rogers Hornsby is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Pirates claim Red Faber and the Giants declare Art Fletcher. I calculated […]

Early Offseason Predictions

November 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Winter may be rapidly approaching, but that is not stopping the MLB from creating exciting news nearly every day. Every team in the league is looking to make a key free agent signing or trade that will propel them to greatness next season. These will be the five biggest moves made this offseason. Braves Trade […]

Five Changes For the Fans

November 15, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

When I left Sports Illustrated in 1986, I knew I’d be spending as much time in the stands as in the press box. So while baseball scribes like SI’s Tom Verducci suggest ways (see: lowering the mound) to improve play, I have my own five recommendations to enhance conditions for fans. Every time a pitcher […]

2016 Season Recap

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The dramatic end to the 2016 Major League Baseball season was one that couldn’t have been scripted better. The two teams with the longest championship droughts faced off in an epic seven-game series that ended in extra innings. The historical nature of the Cubs victory was such that Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House […]

2016 Postseason Recap

November 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The 108-year drought is finally over. Somewhere Ron Santo and Harry Caray are smiling and hollering. The lovable losers finally did it. The Chicago Cubs are officially champions of the baseball world, and the longest championship drought in major American sports has ended. With their historic Game 7 victory, the Chicago Cubs capped off a […]

World Series Recap

October 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It is finally happening. We have all seen the countless memes and useless facts about how the world has changed since this last happened, but we are all finally here. The Chicago Cubs will be hosting a World Series game at Wrigley Field. This is not a drill. The North Side of Chicago will be […]

MLB Postseason Rundown

October 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  After Jon Lester’s stellar seven innings of work led the Cubs to victory in Game 5 of the NLCS, Chicago now sits just one victory away from getting to the World Series for the first time since 1945. That is the longest any franchise has failed to make the World Series, and Cubs fans […]

Chicago Cubs and the Postseason 108 Years in the Making

October 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

During September 2016, Lexington Books published Major League Baseball Organizations. Within two tables of the book are the all-time performances of, respectively, American League (AL) and then National League (NL) teams.  Among the latter are the 140-year-old Chicago Cubs with five division titles, ten pennants, and two World Series as of their 2015 season. Of […]

Hardball Retrospective – The Worst In-Season Trades Since 1950

October 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The in-season deal in modern baseball is typically proposed under the following circumstances: A team may wish to trade a potential free agent that will likely sign with another team in the upcoming off-season. The expected return is minor-league talent. Two teams wish to make a deal to upgrade at a specific position without weakening […]

A Big Deal for the 1945 Cubs (And the Rest of Those Guys)

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Just before the trade deadline this year, on July 25, the Cubs traded with the Yankees for fireballing relief ace Aroldis Chapman. Their lead in the NL Central standings at the time was 7 games. The deal was forward-looking to the post-season. Nearly exactly 71 years before trading for Chapman, on July 27, 1945, the […]

The Last Time They Were There: Cubs’ Road to the 1945 World Series

October 16, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are one flight of dugout steps to the playing field of their first World Series in 71 years. The last time they were there, in 1945, the Second World War had ended less than two months before the October 3 start of the World Series. And major league baseball had just played […]

2016 Postseason Rundown

October 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The MLB playoffs have been underway for nearly two weeks, and we are one game away from knowing the top two teams in each league. The postseason has already been filled with exciting finishes and the most important games have not even started yet. While nobody knows the team competing against the Chicago Cubs in […]

Disappointing Finish for Astros in September

October 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For the second straight year, the Houston Astros faltered in the final month of the season. The team had four straight winning months before logging a 13-16 record in September (and the first two days of October.) They didn’t come close to challenging the Texas Rangers for the West Division lead in September, finishing 11 […]

A Tale of Two Cities

October 9, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

In the 1930’s two adolescent boys worked the score board at old Griffith Stadium: Bowie Kuhn and Ted Lerner.  Both grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs and both came up watching the slow demise of the old Washington Nationals as they went from perennial contender to the goats of baseball for thirty years.  Kuhn […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1916 Season Replay

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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, Stan Coveleski is listed on the Athletics roster for the duration of his career while the White Sox claim Happy Felsch and the Yankees declare Urban Shocker. I […]

Boston Red Sox Ending 2016 Regular Season on Many High Notes

September 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox have put their fans in a glass case of emotions this year. The time is quickly counting down on the illustrious career of beloved slugger David Ortiz. Additionally, even though they are currently in first place in the American League East, the team is still fighting for their playoff spot with […]

Planting the Flag

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Washington Nationals have all but clinched their third National League East title.  Their 1-0 win at Nationals Park last night over the Mets planted a flag square among the throng of New Yorkers there for the game. With a scant 16 games left to play in the 2016 season, the Nats have a 10 […]

What Might Have Been: The Short, Brilliant Career of Charlie Ferguson

September 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal featured an excellent article by Jerrold Casway entitled, “Bacteria Beat the Phillies which covered the careers and early deaths of Charlie Ferguson and Jimmy Fogarty due to typhoid fever and tuberculosis, respectively. Ferguson especially piqued my interest since he was born, lived, and is buried in Charlottesville, Virginia, just […]

Why the Mets Signing Tebow Pisses on the Idea of Fairness in Baseball

September 9, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

One of the best reads in baseball is not a sports article but a 1975 law review article entitled “Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule” by William S. Stevens.  He connects the dots between common law and morality to baseball’s evolutionary attempts to be fair, evidenced with the 1890 infield fly rule preventing […]

Astros Remain in Wild Card Contention in August

September 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros compiled a record of 16-13 in August bringing the season total to 71-62.  They have the 8th best record in the American League, 8 ½ games behind the Division Leading Texas Rangers and one game behind the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card slot.  They have virtually […]

Lazzari’s Vault: So Long, Mr. Harwell

August 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Detroit Tigers happened to be out of town this past May 4th–playing at the new Target Field in Minnesota. Soon came the seventh-inning stretch and a picture of a smiling Ernie Harwell graced the stadium’s bright, new big screen. The news was then announced–though many fans were already privy to the inevitable: the Hall […]

The Turbulent Life and High Times of Hank Thompson, Major League Baseball’s Third Black Player

August 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. Few players in baseball history ever embodied Gwendolyn Brooks’ classic poem–every single line– the way Hank “Machine Gun” Thompson did. Thompson was a talented ballplayer and a pioneer, the third black […]

Regarding Prince and Cecil

August 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In the latest of a flurry of retirement announcements, we’ve learned that Prince Fielder can no longer physically play major league baseball: he has had two spinal fusions, and that is the Doctor’s advice (ESPN story). Given his physique (5’11”, 275 pounds), I think most fans knew he wouldn’t play until he was 40 (Bartolo […]

Milt Pappas: It Wasn’t His Fault

August 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Milt Pappas: It Wasn’t His Fault Before we discuss anything else about Milt Pappas, know this: it wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t help that the man for whom he was traded went on to hit 49 home runs, win the Triple Crown and MVP and lead his team to the World Championship–the very year of […]

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