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The Last Game in Town

October 25, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Sept. 30, 1971. Seventy years and 10,851 games into the story of American League baseball in the nation’s capital, the Senators, 38 games out of first place on the last day of the season, faced the Yankees in the final game in franchise history. The teams had split the first two games of the series […]

First Year at the New Ballpark

October 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2010, the Minnesota Twins were the only team in the Major Leagues to play in a new stadium. In front of 3.2 million fans at Target Field, the Twins went 53-28, the third-best home record in the major leagues and a 4.5-game improvement over 2009, the last season at the Metrodome. This raises the […]

Hall of Fame Killers

May 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Any Seamheads reader should know by now that there’s a lot of good information at In particular, in the Play Index. For instance: in the last decade, Miguel Tejada led the majors with 223 groundball double play, 28 more than runner-up Paul Konerko. That is only one ground ball short of Jim Rice’s 224 […]

Stephen in Syracuse

May 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Beginning with a low rumble on draft day 2009, the Stephen Strasburg hype built gradually in the city of Syracuse, spiking after each successful start for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and peaking gloriously Friday night, when The Phenom took the mound at Alliance Bank Stadium for his first Triple-A start.

Touring the Bases with Ray Sadecki

October 4, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Ray Sadecki threw 2,500 innings in 18 major league seasons with the Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Royals, Brewers and Braves. He took the time to sit down for a interview over the phone from his home in Arizona.

Touring the Bases With Tommy John

September 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Tommy John was a major league pitcher from 1963 to 1989. He won 288 games and, most famously, underwent a risky elbow surgery that ended up bearing his name. Now, he’s one of several players who supports a children’s book called A Glove of their Own. The book has a great message for kids, and […]

On Delmon Young

August 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Among Minnesota Twins fans, Delmon Young’s name has become shorthand for the frustration with Bill Smith’s performance in two seasons as general manager. He and Brendan Harris were acquired in return for Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza. After a decent 2008 that was panned widely, he bottomed out early this season, with fans even calling […]

Two New All-Stars, and an Uncertain Future

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By picking up Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, the Chicago White Sox have seriously altered the landscape in the always-winnable AL Central. Whether the change is to their advantage or not remains to be seen.

The Mack Park Fire

July 18, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Two thousand baseball fans had arrived early for a July 7, 1929 game between the hometown Detroit Stars and visiting Kansas City Monarchs, both of the Negro National League. Familiar sounds filled the stadium: vendors hawking their goods, leather smacking leather as the players limbered up, the shuffling of feet as spectators took their seats. […]

A Classic Case of Could-Have-Been

July 9, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

At age 27, Washington Senators shortstop Cecil Travis had kept up a .327/.381/.436 batting line in over 1100 major league games. He’d been named to three All-Star teams, and led the league in hits in 1941. His career batting average was the best ever by an American League shortstop. Then, for all intents and purposes, […]

Turkey and the Mule

June 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Mule Suttles and Turkey Stearnes; Turkey Stearnes and Mule Suttles. Which one is it? In 1930, this was a question of no little importance. The two were the premier sluggers in black baseball, and a seven game Negro National League championship series between Stearnes’ Detroit Stars and Suttles’ St. Louis Stars promised to help settle […]

Killer Zombies in the Lone Star State

June 9, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

These guys are back from the dead!

The Matter With Cleveland

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At the Ballpark on Memorial Day

May 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Among the quintet of quintessential American holidays, Memorial Day is second to none as an excuse to head out to the ballpark. On Monday, that’s just what I did, packing up the car in Chicago and heading west to Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits. A few reflections are in order.

The Most Exciting Play in Baseball

May 19, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Hitting a triple or stealing home?

Seamheads Near Miss League: NL East Preview

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Racing for the 1980 National League Pennant (pt. 2)

May 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

If, after their respective thrilling finishes in the two divisions of the 1980 National League, the Astros and Phillies anticipated any respite, they were sorely mistaken. That year’s NLCS went down in history as perhaps the most dramatic playoff series in baseball history.

Racing for the 1980 National League Pennant (pt. 1)

April 30, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

The 1980 National League featured a pair of the most exciting division races in baseball history.

Trading Jeff Kent

April 14, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Fighting Fire with Fire

April 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the defining features of our national pastime—and what lends it to such close statistical scrutiny—is the head-to-head match-up between the batter and pitcher. It’s an intricate dance that, repeated hundreds of times over the course of a season, yields meaningful insight into the nature of the game. This inherent importance is only heightened […]

Seamheads National League Central Season Preview

April 2, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

SHL Playoffs: Pirates Take Two

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After mucking their way to a division title in Expansion One, little was expected of the California/Anaheim Angels in their playoff matchup with the Pirates. Yet eight and a half innings into the opening game of the series, they had the unmistakable look of a contender.

Touring the Bases with…Gary Gillette

March 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is giving away free copies of The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2009.  Here esteemed baseball historian and editor Gary Gillette discusses the new Emerald Guide, his current and past projects, and his beloved Detroit Tigers.

SHL Expanson One: California Love

March 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Halfway through September, the teams in the Expansion One division are finally beginning to show some separation in the standings. At the head of the pack are the surprising Angels, who capitalized on a four-game series with the Astros to put themselves in prime position for the home stretch.

SHL Expansion One: Shea It Ain’t So

March 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In typical Expansion One fashion, a potentially momentous week of divisional matchups instead fizzled into a bland mess of mediocrity. After three more weeks of play, however, there’s a new king of the hill, and one fewer realistic challenger.

SHL Expansion One: Forward, March!

March 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mets slump at a bad time, letting all three of their competitors move within striking distance going into a week of divisional play.

Touring the Bases With Brian Bannister

February 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

In an industry that’s getting brainier by the day, Brian Bannister is the epitome of the thinking man’s pitcher. After an unexpected breakout season in 2007, he shared an interesting sabermetric theory to which he attributed some of his success. Unfortunately, his sophomore campaign did not go quite as well, as he lost 16 games. […]

SHL Expansion One: Halfway Home

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Just past the midway point of the SHL’s inaugural season, here is a recap of first half highlights and lowlights in the Expansion One division.

Scott Boras, Humbled and Reformed (Maybe)

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SHL Expansion One: Houston in the Hunt

February 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In the Expansion One division of the Seamheads Historical League, common wisdom holds that the Mets are in a class of their own, while Houston, Texas and California are fighting for second place. Nearly a third of the way through the season, however, the Astros, thanks to power pitching and hitting, are only two games back of the Mets going into a three […]

SHL Expansion One: Doing the Texas One-Step

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The Washington/Texas Rangers are one of the most one dimensional teams you’ll ever see.

SHL Expansion Three: Art Failing to Imitate Life

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These ain’t your grandpa’s Devil Rays.

SHL Expansion One: Walk-offs in Houston, an Identity Crisis in Arlington

February 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

This week featured the first inter-divisional games for the Expansion One division of the Seamheads Historical League, with Houston squaring off against the Mets and the Rangers meeting the Angels. Given the current jumble in the standings, this was an excellent chance to sort the wheat from the chaff, the contenders from the pretenders.

SHL Expansion One: What’s Wrong with the Angels?

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Two weeks into the season, the Angels look positively cursed. What’s the problem in SoCal?

Touring the Bases With… the Veterans Committee

January 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with two members of the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee about the selection process and the thought that went into it. Both men declined to disclose their votes, but were forthcoming about other aspects of their involvement. Here are the edited transcripts of my conversations with […]

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