Why is August so much warmer than January?
Is the crack of the bat helpful for outfielders?
Why does PITCHf/X seem to be more accurate than our own eyes?
if you want to understand Statcast, you need to know a little bit about radar.
So much of the detail of the game happens in extremely short time frames
Rounding the bases requires, well, rounding.
Fly balls, Lorenzo Cain and moving pigs: all part of the calculations.
You can’t make up for slow foot speed with a big lead
Answering every question you’ve ever had about baseballs dropped from on high.
This is one that everyone can wrap their head — and arms — around.
A detailed examination of how easy it is for the ball to get wrapped around Fenway’s Pesky Pole.
With the Giants back in the postseason, it’s an appropriate time to examine how a home run comes to land in McCovey Cove.
A spinning baseball does amazing things, as every good pitcher and frustrated hitter knows.
Replay is working, but technical limitations make it less than perfect.
There’s a rule covering how major league ballparks are supposed to be aligned. Few follow it.
Bill James’ explanation was straight and to the point during his NPR interview on September 26, 2011. “Bunting is usually a waste of time…The home team applauds because they get an out, and the other team applauds because they get a base. So what does that tell you?” The pages of FanGraphs and The Hardball […]
It hasn’t been a well-played game, but it has been fun to watch. The lead has gone back and forth, but now in the bottom of the ninth your boys are down by a couple of runs. In keeping with the theme of this contest, they have managed to load the bases with two out. […]
We all know the outlines of the tall tale … baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York in 1839. To this day, people argue over the true origins of the game. Some trace its roots to the late 1700s in New England, while others claim it is a variation of the British […]
The runner at second has a modest lead as the batter strokes a single through the right side. The hard-charging outfielder scoops up the ball and unleashes a cannon shot. The runner has turned third and is digging for home. A smile comes to the face of the batter as he rounds first to see […]
The charm of the National Pastime is in part due to the myths it inspires, from the creation story of Abner Doubleday, to the beginnings of the curveball and William Cummings. “Candy” Cummings claimed to have invented the curve in 1863 after noticing thrown clam shells bobbed and dipped in flight. What a delightful story! […]