Imagine if the early expansion teams had gotten to draft players at their peaks
Around this time last year, I wrote on THT Live observing that no manager had been fired through roughly 100 games of the season, and that this was a pretty uncommon event. On the other hand, my writing about this phenomenon turns out to be a pretty common event, because it is happening again this […]
From 1986, a Knight-errant forces Davey Johnson to think fast
Do division rivals know each other too well for their pitchers’ good?
Regarding Warren Spahn, Walt Jocketty, and … The Fugitive?
It happened again. Not twice on the same day like last Saturday, as I wrote about very soon afterward, but once is notable enough. A baseball game went 18 innings Thursday, this time in Oakland as the A’s staggered past the Yankees, 3-2. My theory is that the rash of no-hitters over the last few […]
Tracking how much pitcher batting shows up in the won-lost records
Something happened Saturday in baseball that has happened only once before in the last 97 years, and possibly ever: two separate games went 18 innings or more. The Toronto Blue Jays finally walked off with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in 18, and the Miami Marlins outlasted the host New York Mets in […]
How the Yankees of 1949 mirror the Yankees of today, and how they don’t
Do young players have more ups and downs in performance than veterans?
Here you are, in the ninth, two men out and three men on …
The Phillie Phanatic sets baseball back a million years
Braves-Pirates on the schedule, plus a live look-in
Regarding a ballpark, both great and American
A baseball symphony in five movements, starting in a minor key
On April 18, 1950, in the New York Yankees’ season opener at Boston, Billy Martin made his major-league debut. He entered in the sixth inning to play second, replacing pinch-hitter Dick Wakefield, who had struck out to help snuff out a New York rally that still left them trailing the Red Sox, 9-4. Martin did […]
A Very Good Movie Could Be Made About: The end of the color line. Actually the movie—The Jackie Robinson Story, with Jackie playing himself—was made in 1950. Someone should try again. —The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 2001 It took 63 years, but someone tried again. The movie, 42, debuted in theaters this weekend, […]
A follow-up on Jackie Robinson’s value as a base stealer
Or, 42 facts about Mariano Rivera
Who got more umpires in games of the 1900s, and why that might matter today