New York outing

Our good friends at Gelf Magazine are hosting another baseball-oriented function this Thursday. It’s called Varsity Letters, and this week’s guests include three authors with new baseball books out, including Alan Hirsch of the latest “anti-sabermetrics” book The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball. Should be interesting. […]

Memorial Day memory

One of our readers recently sent in this remembrance: In May 1946 I was a 12-year-old growing up in Brooklyn and of course a diehard Brooklyn Dodgers Fan. On May 30th, Memorial Day, my Uncle took me to Ebbets field to see a double header against the Boston Braves. In the top of the 2nd […]

It’s a Hardball Times e-book

I’m pleased to announce a new Hardball Times publication: Third Base: The Crossroads. This is something new for us, an electronic book that you can read on your Kindle. Several years ago, Steve Treder wrote a terrific series of articles that examined the reasons for the relative scarcity of Hall of Fame third basemen. His […]

The Boss is on Colbert

Bill James will appear on the Colbert Show tonight, promoting his most recent book, Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence. Bill is my boss—I help him manage his website, Bill James Online. But he’s also the Boss of us all. It drives me nuts when people blame Bill for the onslaught of statistics […]

Shrine adds three more Eternals

The Baseball Reliquary, a Southern California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history (and one of my favorite baseball organizations anywhere), announced today that it has added three new members to its Shrine of Eternals: Maury Wills, Pete Gray, and Ted Giannoulas. Quoting their […]

A curious early-season trend

I’ve started pulling together my usual Hardball Times graphs for the current season, thanks to data from Fangraphs and Baseball Reference, and I’ve found a most curious thing. Of course, there are always curious things early in the year—fewer games yield more quirks—and I don’t think this is a predictive trend or anything like that. […]

The Cambridge Companion to Baseball

If you love baseball and have an academic bent as well, allow me to recommend The Cambridge Companion to Baseball, a new publication from Cambridge University Press. You may remember Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia, John Thorn’s and Pete Palmer’s ultimate baseball reference book. Total Baseball was primarily filled with numbers and statistics, of […]

The Maddux streak

In the most recent version of his consistently excellent newsletter, Craig Wright proclaimed a new record for Greg Maddux: most consecutive games as a starting pitcher. This one is tough to prove, of course, but Craig looked into his files to see if any other pitcher had made as many consecutive starts for his team. […]

Opening Day

Aaron Gleeman, the original Grand Poobah of the Hardball Times, likes to celebrate Opening Day with a quote. In the spirit of tradition, here it is. Happy Baseball. Little darling, it’s been a long, long lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, […]

Wanted: THT programmer

The Hardball Times doesn’t quite run itself. In particular, Bryan Donovan has been helping out behind the scenes for many years now, building the code for our stats and THT Forecasts. Unfortunately, Bryan doesn’t have as much time as he used to and we’re looking for additional programming help. We’d like someone with expertise in […]

Hardball Times twitter feed

For those of you who use Twitter to quench your baseball thirst, we’ve created a special list in Twitter that includes all THT writers (at least, those willing to be included). You can find it here: @dastudes/tht. The list includes two special THT Twitter feeds, THT Links and THT Fantasy, as well as lots of […]

Playin’ FanDuels

The Hardball Times is sponsoring a game over at FanDuel. I’m not one for fantasy sports, but the format of this game intrigues me so I’ve decided to give it a shot. The setup is really pretty easy—you don’t have to join a league or draft players or do anything complicated like that. You simply […]

Community forecasts

Tangotiger is creating another community database again. This time, he’s asking fans to determine how often each player on your favorite team is expected to play this year. Tango’s community surveys are always a source of new insight and provide useful benchmarks for the “experts” out there. Please drop by and throw in your two […]

Pennant fever

I remember it well. I was sitting next to Vinay Kumar at SABR presentation last summer in Atlanta when he pulled out an iPad, touched the screen a few times, and started watching a baseball game on a crystal-clear screen. I said “I’ve got to get one of those!” and went to the Apple store […]

Glossary update

This has been on my to-do list for a long time. I’ve updated our Glossary, including a short discussion of replacement level and definitions of some advanced sabermetric stats, such as Clutch. I hope you’ll find this useful. Let me know if you have suggestions for other items you’d like to see included in the […]

New feature: THT reference articles

The Hardball Times has been around a long time, and we’ve printed a lot of cutting-edge baseball research over the years. Unfortunately, those old articles can be hard to find, given that there are over 10,000 pieces on the site. So we’ve decided to make it easier for you. Here is a list of all […]

The ump in the home field advantage

There’s been a big brouhaha lately about home field advantage in sports. This has been caused by the publication of a new book, Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won, in which the authors claim that biased umpiring accounts for most of a team’s home field advantage. I believe […]