June 29, 2015

Examining Some Hall-of-Fame Batter and Pitcher Matchups

June 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At any given time there are hundreds of players with active major league careers. While they all undoubtedly possess elite athleticism and skill in order to have gotten so far in the game, only a select few are dominant enough to earn membership into the elite club frequently referred to as the “all-time greats.” If […]

Hoping to Find Bottom in DC

June 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Washington Nationals have been wracked by injuries, poor performance and the total failure of their bullpen to span the seventh and eighth innings. Like in one of those old submarine movies, the Nationals are looking for the bottom and a chance to regroup. The rumor mill has it that Mike Rizzo has finally been […]

13 Not So Famous Baseball Players Banned by Kenesaw Mountain Landis

June 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is still perhaps the most iron-fisted commissioner in the history of professional sports. Hired by major league baseball owners in 1920 to bring order to the game in the wake of the Chicago “Black Sox” scandal from the 1919 World Series, the bushy-browed former federal judge ruled baseball with absolute power until […]

The Glory of Reading The Glory of Their Times

June 1, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Ask any baseball bibliophile which tomes on the National Pastime he or she would bring to the proverbial desert island, and Lawrence Ritter’s The Glory Of Their Times (Macmillan, 1966) will usually be at or near the top of the list. And deservedly so. In August of 1961, Tyrus Raymond Cobb, The Georgia Peach, Hall […]

Is That Nuke LaLoosh Pitching in the Carolina League?

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sure, Carlos Correa looks like the monster everyone predicted he would become. He leads the Texas League in batting and his 1.105 OPS jumps right off the page. If you play in a keeper league and have not tucked him away somewhere, you should. The Houston Astros have an embarrassment of riches that Bill Gilbert […]

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Interview: An Analysis

May 10, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The October, 1949 issue of SPORT Magazine published something that has never been seen before or since. It was an interview with “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, focusing on the 1919 Black Sox scandal and his expulsion from baseball. He had previously declined to publicly discuss the subject, and while it’s unclear why he made this exception, it provides fascinating insight […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1903 Season Replay

April 27, 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, Mordecai Brown is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Reds claim Sam Crawford and the Phillies declare Nap Lajoie. I calculated […]

Small Triumphs Writ Large

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

What may have been most remarkable about Calvin Griffith was his candor. When the former owner of the Minneapolis Twins said of his new Minnesota home–where he had relocated the old American League Washington Nationals franchise that dated to 1901–that there he had found thousands of hard working white folks, he was giving vent to […]

Major League Baseball As Seen From Outer Space: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of April 12, 2015

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Another baseball season has just gotten underway this week, finally releasing fans from the purgatory of the offseason. For those who truly love the game, this is truly a special time of year. In a famous monologue from the film Field of Dreams, actor James Earl Jones perfectly captures the way people are drawn to […]

The Most Important Pitching Study Ever Done: An Overview

April 5, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

For many years, I’ve been toiling on the statistical fringes of the eternal baseball question: what is the best way to handle pitching? My aim has been to put together a baseball equivalent of a “grand unified theory” which would account for the key changes in the way pitching staffs have been deployed over the […]

60 Years Ago, When the Wait for “Next Year” Finally Ended: 1955 Pre-Season Pennant Race Handicaps

March 28, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

“Wait Till Next Year.” Sixty years ago, that was the mantra at Ebbets Field because the Dodgers had lost every World Series they had been in—1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953—not to mention having lost the first two playoffs ever for the National League pennant, in 1946 and 1951, and not being counted […]

Casey Stengel Asserts Life Cereal Really is for Adults: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 22, 2015

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A big change is coming to the MLB All-Star Game, as it was recently announced that the paper ballot will be no more and all votes cast will now be exclusively online. But why stop there? How about using this as a catalyst to breathe new life into an event that could stand a more […]

“Baseball’s Untold History: The People”

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PRESS RELEASE: Founder and President of Seamheads.com Launches Baseball History Series Summer Game Books Releases BASEBALL’S UNTOLD HISTORY: THE PEOPLE by Michael T. Lynch Summer Game Books launches a new series of baseball history books from Michael T. Lynch, the founder and president of Seamheads.com beginning April 8, 2015 with the first volume: Baseball’s Untold […]

Boston Red Sox Top Prospects: A Brief Recent History

March 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have annually had one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. This should probably not come as a big surprise, given the substantial resources the organization has at its disposal when it comes to player development. Baseball America is the foremost publication available to baseball junkies when it […]

Remembering Jennifer

March 1, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 44 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life […]

The ’72 Yankees: A Different Kind of Bronx Tale

February 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the high point of the era of Murcer, Clarke and Lyle; the Scooter on WPIX; Bob Sheppard; the Mayor’s Trophy Game and family swaps. For several years we had watched them from afar; grainy, black-and-white images on our Zenith television screen. For my father, older brother Mike and I that all changed on […]

MLB Ballparks Database Updated With Data Through 2014!

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We at Seamheads.com are proud to announce another new update of the Seamheads.com MLB Ballparks Database, created by Seamheads.com co-founder Kevin Johnson and designed for the Internet by Dan Hirsch, fellow Seamhead and founder of TheBaseballGauge.com.  And this year’s version includes fantastic new data! The database includes the following through the 2014 season: Descriptive data […]

Playing Out the String

February 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The micro-economy of Major League Baseball is ever-changing. The first model was the neighborhood bully on the playground, in which the richest teams threw their weight around, purchased the best free agents and dominated the sport in the process. Bud Selig’s tenure as Commissioner has seen the arrival of more tools for competitive balance than […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1931 Eastern Negro Leagues

February 11, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

New to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database: the 1931 eastern black teams. Once again, there was no league on the east coast. As in the case of 1930, we are at this time including only games between these independent eastern clubs, so the Homestead Grays and the Cuban House of David, who played western NNL […]

Carl Erskine and His Harmonica: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 8, 2015

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It’s finally just about here. By the time next week’s version of these notes post, pitchers and catchers will have begun reporting at Arizona and Florida locales en masse. It’s been a long and cold winter (especially if you are on the East Coast), but the start of spring training represents a connection to spring […]

Hardball Retrospective – Sustained Mediocrity

February 4, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

About the Book 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. Consequently, Reggie Jackson is listed on the Athletics roster for the duration of his career while the Mets claim Tom Seaver and the Cardinals declare Steve […]

Jim Rice, the Real-Life Hero: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 1, 2015

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Baseball has its generations, defined by segments of players who represent their particular wedge of history in the game. No matter what the rule differences are or the milestones that are reached, it’s the players that make their own time unique and memorable. It’s always difficult to see subsequent generations lose members but their legacies […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1930 Eastern Negro Leagues

January 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve added games between the 1930 eastern Negro league teams to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. It was an astonishing year in black baseball history, a year that saw the first Negro league games played at night, the first Negro league games played in Yankee Stadium, and the sudden emergence of one of the greatest […]

Is the Strategy of the Scherzer Move Too Obvious?

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The official signing of Max Scherzer went down yesterday in Washington and reading the tea leaves of Mike Rizzo’s intentions remains one of the top off-season topics. Does he trade Zimmermann, Fister, or Strasberg? It is only a matter of time before MLB Trade Rumors posts a reader survey asking which one will leave the […]

Of Bagwell, Mize and McCovey

January 10, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

A subsidiary storyline from this year’s Hall of Fame balloting was which player who fell short might have been best positioned by the vote for election in 2016, when the ballot will include for the first time Ken Griffey, Jr. The answer is … Mike Piazza. But why not Jeff Bagwell–arguably the best first baseman […]

Rating the 2015 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

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 6, 2015. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win […]

Why John Smoltz is a No-Brainer Selection for the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nobody has ever been unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even those like Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, whose production and legend place them in a totally different stratosphere, didn’t receive 100 percent support for their enshrinement. Thus, the annual ballot typically has a number of candidates whose merits are the fodder for […]

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds Deserve Hall of Fame Induction

December 29, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Chances are Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are not going to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next summer in Cooperstown, NY, but they deserve the honor. The argument against Clemens and Bonds is valid. They, allegedly, juiced. Both men faced action in court and both beat perjury raps. If you are […]

Joe DiMaggio Selling Christmas Coffee Makers: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of December 14, 2014

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Although the major league baseball offseason is in full swing, there are plenty of other things keeping the game in the news. That’s one of its best traits, as there is always something of interest or value that fans can discover or rediscover on a regular basis. There is simply no other sport that can […]

The Minnie Minoso Dossier

December 3, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Minnie Minoso, who turned 89 on November 29, is being considered for the second time in recent years by the Veteran’s Committee for inclusion into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Although often remembered for the sideshow of playing three games as a designated hitter for the White Sox in 1976 at the age of 50 and pinch […]

“A Million Dollar Deal”

November 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

It’s been almost 50 years since the Cincinnati Reds dealt Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles.  Here’s an article I wrote almost seven years ago that examines that historic trade. December 9, 1965: Reds right fielder Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. When Cincinnati Reds owner Bill DeWitt […]

Alvin Dark and the Persistence of Racial Stereotypes

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was inevitable that Alvin Dark obituaries after he passed away on November 13 would include the controversy provoked by a pair of Long Island (New York) Newsday columns in the midst of the 1964 pennant race in which, as manager of the competing San Francisco Giants, he was quoted as saying that “Negro and Spanish-speaking players […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1926 Eastern Colored League

November 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The newest addition to the Negro Leagues DB, the 1926 Eastern Colored League (the Negro National League and World Series will arrive later), showcases the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants’ breakthrough season. After three years of playing .500 ball in the ECL, Dick Lundy (.355) and company rode the arms of Claude Grier (12-7, 3.21) and […]

Happy Birthday, Doc Adams!!!

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This morning I am getting ready to attend a celebration of a bicentennial. The last bicentennial I recall that I participated in any type of celebration was the 1976 celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I was nine and that year was the first World Series I remember watching. I bet my […]

Will DC Ever Learn What It Takes to Win?

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Kansas City bullpen has been flawless and their performance could spell the difference for the Royals in the 2014 World Series. Everyone who loves the underdog is pulling for them, but for Washington fans there is an object lesson in watching Kansas City that is almost certainly being lost. The Washington Nationals are on […]

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