November 30, 2015

The Sunday Notes: 2015 Awards Edition

November 22, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

The 2015 award season has come and gone, ending the year. For the twelfth straight year, average attendance per game topped 30,000 and overall gate went up, barely, over last year. All told, 73,760,020 purchased tickets to Major League Baseball games in 2015. Would you believe the first year the average topped 20,000 was 1979 […]

Jim Campanis Jr.: Former Seattle Mariners Catcher Prospect Recounts Career

November 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball fans are typically enthralled by highly regarded prospects. After all, they are the possible future of their respective team, as long as everything goes well with their development. Unfortunately, just being young and talented isn’t an automatic key to a lengthy big league career. Competition is fierce and there are never any guarantees. Jim […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1911 Season Replay

November 16, 2015 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, Eddie Plank is listed on the Athletics roster for the duration of his career while the White Sox claim Ed Walsh and the Giants declare Larry Doyle. I […]

My 400th Post on Baseball with Matt and My 2015 MLB Awards Predictions!!

November 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! This is my 400th post on Baseball with Matt! I’m so happy that I’ve done so many fun things in my blogging career and it’s all thanks to you: the viewers. To celebrate number 400, I put up a vlog on YouTube in which I try to predict the eight main MLB […]

Tom Gamboa: A Baseball Life

November 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In baseball, players typically receive all the glory when it comes to contributions to the game. After all, it’s a lot easier to recognize someone who has accumulated statistics or made a spectacular play that is captured on film. However, there are many other to be celebrated—those identify and help the players reach their fullest […]

The Sunday Notes: Remembering Tommy Hanson

November 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The first week of the 2015 baseball offseason has not brought the best of news home. In finding ten stories of interest to share with you each week, the goal is to find stories that will make you smile, pass along a tale you might not know or remember someone’s childhood idol. This week, we […]

Does the Royals’ Success Signal a Paradigm Shift in Baseball Strategy?

November 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Joaquin Benoit’s trade today is just the first in what has been described as a cascade of relief additions that MLB teams will commence once Darren O’Day lands somewhere. The success of the Kansas City Royals has translated to a new paradigm wherein late inning arms are valued equally to those of starters. It was […]

The Sunday Notes: World Series Leftovers Edition

November 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As the street cleaners of Kansas City swept away the joyous mess left behind by nearly 800,000 fans, the 2015 Major League Baseball season officially ended. With qualifying offers made to soon-to-be free agents and a battery of options declined or accepted, the hot stove season is upon us again. Between now and mid-March, more than a few trees and hard drives will be filled with stories on how certain signings will vault their team into championship contention, only to look silly by mid-May. As sure as the swallows return to Capistrano, the consensus “winner” of the off-season World Series will watch next October […]

Which Free Agents Should the Boston Red Sox Sign?

November 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With the 2015 World Series having concluded, baseball’s offseason is now upon us. For the next several months, rumors and innuendo about where free agent players will land will swirl about like winter winds. Following a disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox have a new front office regime; have money to spend and a number […]

Post Season Observations Part III

November 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keep the line moving.  The Royals had the uncanny ability in all three series to string together several hits with a mistake by their opponents to score 3-5 runs in an inning without a home run. The Royals hit only 2 home runs (both solos) in their 5 game series win over the Mets. Will […]

Gee, Thanks Brooks: Robinson Gives Away Fortune in Memorabilia to Charity

November 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1971 Brooks Robinson, fresh off the greatest individual World Series domination in baseball history, visited the Massachusetts studio of Norman Rockwell. It was a classic pairing: the man who chronicled mid-twentieth century Americana on canvas and the man who embodied mid-twentieth century Americana on turf. The setting was commissioned by the ATO corporation, a […]

2015 World Series Notes

November 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Kansas City Royals are champions for the first time in thirty years. Can you believe it? Wait, I’m channeling Joe Castiglione above. Still, what a great postseason run by the Royals. No deficit was too big and, in return, they wore teams out. When they needed starting pitching, Johnny Cueto tosses a two-hitter. Down […]

A Big Hanging Curve Ball from DC

November 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Lerner family threw the baseball world a curve this morning when the Nationals announced Dusty Baker as their new manager after dangling Bud Black’s name for a week. If the new sources are to be believed more than the old sources, the Lerner family low-balled Bud Black who opted out. Dusty Baker has been […]

Mr. Black Goes to Washington

October 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Washington Nationals have settled on a manager to replace Matt Williams.  After the World Series they officially will name Bud Black as their manager for the 2016 season. It is a positive move and one that will hopefully signal more concrete steps to address the many moving parts that are the 2016 Nationals. Five […]

Astros Complete a Surprising 2015 Season

October 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros were expected to make a modest improvement in 2015 over their 70-92 record in 2014.  Did anyone expect them to still be playing on October 14 and to be playing after the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees had been eliminated and sent home?  Would anyone have guessed that they would […]

Playoff Observations, Part II

October 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

All four of the LCS teams have blue as the dominant color. Is Daniel Murphy really this good? Why isn’t Mark Buehrle on Toronto’s playoff roster? Ben Zobrist has had an excellent major league career, none of it with the team that originally drafted and signed him, the Houston Astros. Josh Donaldson has a strong […]

The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball- A Review

October 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Black Sox (eight Chicago White Sox players who were banned from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series for gamblers) has been one of the most popular topics of the sport’s literature for years. However, with so many unknowns, allegations and passed time, it remains a fruitful ground for new work. An excellent […]

The Sunday Notes: 2015 World Series

October 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Now that we have enjoyed baseball’s playoff appetizer, it is time for the main course, the 2015 World Series. The plucky Kansas City Royals host the New York Mets starting Tuesday night at Kaufman Stadium in what we hope to be a classic matchup. No deficit is too large for the Royals, who pound out hit after hit. […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1910 Season Replay

October 23, 2015 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, “Harvard” Eddie Grant is listed on the Naps roster for the duration of his career while the Browns claim Cy R. Morgan and the Highlanders declare Russ Ford. […]

The Monday Notes: Jose Bautista’s Bat Flip Edition

October 19, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

For me, one of the highlights last winter writing for Seamheads was reading my good friend Andrew H. Martin’s weekly Sunday notes. Martin has a good eye for linking good reads and videos from days gone by mixed with today’s baseball. He is working on other projects and I asked if he wanted to continue the series? “No.” […]

Pudge- The Biography of Carlton Fisk: A Review

October 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The number of baseball players who are synonymous with a play so famous that there is immediate recognition upon hearing their name is restricted to an elite group. All fans know Willie Mays’ catch or Babe Ruth’s called home run. However, it’s hard to argue there are any more well known than Carlton Fisk’s extra […]

My 2015 ALCS, NLCS, and World Series Prediction Video!

October 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The MLB playoffs have just reached the ALCS and NLCS! But who is going to win those series and, ultimately, who is going to win the World Series??!! Well, I believe that I have the right predictions and you can see these predictions in my latest vlog, where I talk about which […]

Playoff Observations – 2015

October 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Only one AL team (Kansas City) that was in the playoffs in 2014 is back in the playoffs in 2015. The first four post-season games played this year were won by the visiting team, three of them by teams from Texas. The two wild card play in games were both won by the second wild […]

An Open Letter to Jose Bautista

October 15, 2015 by · 14 Comments 

Dear Jose Bautista, Congratulations. No one has ever sullied a glorious moment faster than you did yesterday. You hurled that bat in the clincher over Texas as if someone had smeared it with pig waste, and then stared at Sam Dyson as if he was the one who did it. Oh, that was a monumental […]

Pre-Integration Era Committee Releases 2016 Candidates For Baseball Hall of Fame: Sorry, There’s No Room in the Inn

October 9, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

First, let me state categorically that I love the Baseball Hall of Fame; love the history, love the tree-lined streets of Cooperstown in the summer, love the beauty of Lake Otsego, love everything about the place. Most of all, I love the reverence of the hall of plaques, appropriately presided over by life-size statues of […]

Posnanski Plays Race Card in His Criticism of Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Committee

October 9, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

I have a daily Google Alert setup to receive emails on the phrase “hall of fame.” I get all kinds of hits. There are articles on the National Toy Hall of Fame, National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, college and high school hall of fames as well as the major […]

2015 Dodgers – Mets Series a Unique No-Hitter Matchup

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A friend recenty noted to me that the Mets are in the post-season this year, but had the embarrassment of having two no-hitters tossed against them this year. He wondered if there had ever been a similar team before? So I did a little research, and I think I’ve found that there have been only […]

DC Post Mortem

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Managers come and managers go; it is in the nature of the game. Still, the summary execution of the entire Washington Nationals coaching staff could not be viewed as a triumph of any kind. It was a sad business. There were many fine men involved in the dismissals, the most egregious of which is Randy […]

Astros Hang On to Wild Card After Faltering in September

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After an absence of nine years, the Houston Astros are back in the post-season playoffs as the second wild card in the American League.  The Astros spent 139 days on top of the AL West division in the first five months of the season but they were unable to carry it through into September where […]

Traveling to a Boston Red Sox Game: A Running Diary

October 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last weekend I traveled with some friends down to a Boston Red Sox game (playing the Baltimore Orioles) for the first time in years. It remains such a unique experience for an out-of-towner like me that I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this particular trip. Coming from northern Vermont like us, it […]

Hardball Retrospective – General Manager Scorecard

September 30, 2015 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, Ty Cobb is listed on the Tigers roster for the duration of his career while the Mets declare Tom Seaver and the Pirates claim Barry Bonds. I calculated revised standings […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1937 Negro National League

September 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Today we’re used to complaining that too much of the sports news takes place off the field of play—strikes, business deals, scandals, crimes. We may not realize it, but this is nothing new. The story of the 1937 Negro National League, the newest addition to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, is a prime example.  The […]

Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Jake Drehoff Talks About His Baseball Career

September 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the Boston Red Sox have played better of late they are still likely to finish the year with a losing record—a far cry from the expectations many had for them when the 2015 season started. Among the many things that didn’t go as planned were relatively lackluster results from the pitching staff. However, there […]

Reflections on Bud Selig, Competitive Balance, and How to Build the Best 21st Century Baseball Team

September 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Listening to Bud Selig is difficult and my heart goes out to the University of Wisconsin students who take his Baseball History class at Madison. Selig spoke last night on a program sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum Associates and organized by former Washington Senators and Redskins Announcer, Phil Hochberg. Listening to Selig was like watching […]

Remembering Merkle

September 25, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

From the New York Times, March 3, 1956: Fred Merkle, 67, Ball Player, Dies. Giants’ First Baseman’s ‘Boner’ in Failing to Touch 2d Led to Loss of ’08 Pennant. Now, that’s a pretty heavy charge to lay on anyone, that they single-handedly cost their team a championship. (And I don’t have to explain, do I, […]

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