Contrary to what you might have heard, they do still play baseball.
There will be scoring.
The concepts behind sabermetrics are what matter.
A unique player of his generation approaches free agency.
Wednesday, I wrote about the ten players I’m keeping a close eye on this season. Or, rather, the first eight. In the spirit of creating this list in a way that enables us to follow along together, I opened up the last two spots for commenters’ nominations. The original eight were: 1. Manny Ramirez 2. […]
Who I’m following this season.
Advocating a consistent approach to evaluating players not known to have used.
A look at the best players on the worst teams of the past 10 years
The Minnesota Twins, on death’s doorstop just a few years ago, will spend more on player salaries this upcoming season than the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s attendance leader in 2009. After signing Orlando Hudson, the Twins’ payroll projects to be $96 million on opening day, and that number doesn’t account for whatever amount will be […]
Over at Circling the Bases, Craig Calcaterra speculates on negotiations between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals. I just don’t understand why. I suppose negotiating an extension this offseason makes some sense; it would probably be Albert’s last giant contract, and getting it inked soon mitigates the risk of catastrophic injury. Also, it gives […]
It would be a massive upset if Joe Mauer and the Twins can’t reach an agreement that keeps him in Minnesota for years to come. It would be a blow to the team as it opens a publicly-funded stadium built with Mauer in mind. It would be a blow to a sports community fraught with […]
Evan Longoria could have done much better
The grail quest continues.
Rick Ankiel‘s an odd duck, and not in the Long Island sort of way. While it wouldn’t surprise me if he eventually latched on with the famed Atlantic League outfit, Ankiel can thank Scott Boras for finding him an even zanier huckleberry: Dayton Moore. Coming off a 0.1 WAR age-29 season, Ankiel will earn $3.25 […]
From the fender-benders to the train wrecks
Do they like their teams? Yes and no.
Jonathan Papelbon wants what he’s got coming. The Red Sox closer told ESPN Boston‘s Gordon Edes: I’m not afraid to show that, hey, I want to be with the Red Sox [in a multiyear deal]. I’d love to have that sense of security of being with a team and knowing, ‘Hey, they want me, and […]
Which fans are the most satisfied?
As Ken Gurnick reports, the Dodgers and Matt Kemp don’t seem all that close on the concept of an extension. In the article, Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart (yeah, that one), told Gurnick that Kemp has an early record similar to those of Carlos Beltran and Andruw Jones. The Jones comp works, but it’s not perfect; […]
The development of a baseball worldview.