October 19, 2017

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 […]

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 · 4 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 […]

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