If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.
Who the writers have thought valuable despite limited playing time. And yes, Manny winning NL MVP this year would be unprecedented and ridiculous.
Authenticating the adage, or correcting the cliche?
The standings in the AL Central: White Sox 86-71 Twins 86-72 Indians 79-79 Royals 73-86 Tigers 71-86 I haven’t researched this at all, but I suspect this is the closest any league or division has ever gotten to perfect symmetry in the win-loss records this late in the year. It has no bearing on anything, […]
The only acrostic recap of the 2008 AL East you’ll ever need.
Some writers are good at fantasy baseball. At least one is not.
From opening for the Police to loving Andre Dawson, Pete talks about drumming and baseball.
A dozen rivalries that have had a century to develop but never have.
This year’s trading season was high on blockbusters but abnormally low on boring, seemingly pointless trades. That’s new, actually.
Imagining life without unbalanced schedules and interleague play.
The mind of the Rays megaprospect.
The cynical jam for this baseball season.
Reviewing Bill Gutman’s new book on alternate sports histories.
Where Fernando Valenzuela, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Dr. Seuss collide.
In the wild-card era, 66 percent of all teams that have had the best record in their league on any day from May 1 onward have made the playoffs. When the Rays tied the Angels on May 13 for best AL record, it marked the earliest time in the wild-card era that all the teams […]
If by some quirk of fate Edinson Volquez wins an ERA title, he will end the longest team drought for ERA titles, as the last Reds leader was Ed Heusser in 1944. Other than the Cubs’ last leader being in 1945, every team has had one since the ’60s save for the Brewers, Rockies, and […]
The fast burners among catchers and outfielders.
Players who crammed their production before age 26.
By shutting out the Red Sox today, the Rays have moved into a three-way tie for first place in the AL East. Unsurprisingly but sadly, April 27 is a franchise record for latest date the team has been in first place, the previous record being April 16 in 2004. If they’re first place past April, […]
Just some extra stuff I researched on what early results mean: The league leaders on May 1 of every year since divisional play began (except for strike-shortened years, since the dates are messed up) have the eventual playoff team atop their division/wild card 47 percent of the time. In other words, if this year is […]