A modest proposal to end sabermetric analysis in baseball
Short answer: I like them, even when they’re not very good.
Jonah Keri’s book on the Rays describes how a small market team tries to compete in the American League East.
The NCAA has issued new standards for college baseball bats. Many agree this will change the game, but there’s not a clear consensus on whether that change will be for the better—until now, that is.
Since 2007, Shaun Marcum has pitched 505.2 innings, going 34-21 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.183 WHIP. Last year he was good for 3.5 Wins Above Replacement after he missed all of the 2009 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Although he’s not been spectacular, he’s been consistent, and he’s been above average. For those […]
This rule impacts the major league draft every year, as well as some top-level pitching prospects in the past few years.
Can there be more than three outs in a half-inning?
This one appears to be a rule where umpires increasingly ignore intent.
Challenged and changed, the zone remains the same—and umpires are the interpreters of the rule
“When he starts his windup, swing.” Allan Peters was overmatched. What kid wouldn’t be when facing a major league pitcher with a 100 mph fastball? Especially a pitcher who had gone 76-33 with a 2.88 ERA and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings for the Cleveland Indians during the three seasons Al played for his high […]
A simple rule about illegal bat modifications that has a colorful history.
Memorable moments in spectator interference.
Rule ends a strikeout like all other outs—with a clean catch.
A complicated rule to some that has often rankled players.
Many baseball fans, and possibly some players and coaches, believe that a baserunner who reaches first at the same time as the ball is safe. Those under that impression often will declare, magisterially and emphatically, that the ‘tie goes to the runner.’ However, that exact phrase doesn’t actually exist anywhere in baseball’s rules. While that […]
Why this ban on deception and not others?
Last night in Cleveland, Justin Verlander made his final start of 2010. His stuff was outstanding and he located his big curveball for called strikes. He gave up seven hits and ended up allowing four runs in seven innings, but there was something else. Verlander did something in that game that was as impressive as […]
Recently retired Chicago Cub manager Lou Piniella coined a phrase a couple of years ago: “a Cubby occurrence”. The definition is vague, but he meant to embody certain incidents that seemingly define Chicago Cubs baseball. Often these Cubby occurrences are injuries or mistakes that leave Cub fans shaking their heads and thinking “only us.” Think […]
This article from the Chicago Sun Times reveals two things. Well, technically it reveals one thing that many Chicago Cubs followers already knew, and then it goes back to the well for something that Cubs fans hear around this time most seasons—the desperate hope for good news for next year. First, Gordon Wittenmyer points out […]
On Sept. 7, Trevor Hoffman closed out the St. Louis Cardinals for his 600th career save. Some feel the achievement makes Hoffman a lock for the Hall of Fame and sets a mark for career saves that will fall only when the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, makes an appearance sometime in early […]