THT Forecasts

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Morris vs. Blyleven

The Hall of Fame results will be announced next week, and the subject of Jack Morris continues unabated. I admit that it’s hard for me to take the Morris Hall of Fame campaign seriously, but Chris Jaffe predicts he’ll get 65 percent of the vote. That’s astonishing to me. A lot of people have written […]

THT Annual: What do you think?

The Hardball Times Annual 2012 started shipping from ACTA last week. If you ordered yours from ACTA, you should have it now. If you ordered it from Amazon, you’ll get it soon. If you don’t like to order stuff online, it will be in bookstores (at least, the ones still open) pretty soon. So, what […]

Now shipping: the THT Annual

The Hardball Times Annual is, well, an annual event around here. I’m happy to say that this year’s event arrived at ACTA’s offices yesterday. If you ordered a copy from ACTA, as described in this article, you will receive it early next week. If you ordered from Amazon or some such silly place, you’ll have […]

PITCHf/x reference

Mike Fast wrote a terrific introduction piece to the PITCHf/x system in our Hardball Times Annual 2010. He was recently asked, via Twitter, about good introductions to the system and mentioned the article that, alas, was still stuck in paper form. Well, I’m almost done with the 2012 Annual (look in this space for more […]

My postseason awards

I guess we all have our own approach to the MVP debates, but I like how Joe Posnanski recently grouped things into two approaches: the “narrative” approach and the “best” approach. The official MLB guidelines don’t really get into this type of nuance, but sportswriters are paid to find stories on (and off) the field, […]

New iThing App

I’m always on the lookout for great baseball apps for my iPad, or your iPhone, or anyone’s iThing. Baseball Mobile is a worthy addition to the list. Baseball Mobile provides an easy way to look up the basic stats of any player in the majors. The emphasis is on the current year, but you can […]

Be heard!

Tango has his annual Scouting Report running over at his site. This is one of the best, funnest and (forgive my hyperbole) most important baseball projects on the web. Be sure to participate by rating the players you know best.

Glad you left

Good buddy Bojan Koprivica sent me a graphic the other day, in which he included the best park performances by visiting players over the past two years (minimum of 30 plate appearances). These are the batters that teams were happy to wave goodbye to. Here it is:

The most average team

I was reading Bill Chuck’s newsletter this morning and was struck by this statement: This season, the Blue Jays have been 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 13-13, 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 26-26, 28-28, 29-29, 30-30, 32-32, 34-34, 35-35, 36-36, 39-39, 47-47, 49-49, 50-50, and today they are 51-51 and 15-15 in their last 30 games. The […]

Job opening at the Indians

If you’d like a job in baseball and know your web-based applications, call the Indians about this job opening: Executive Development Fellow (EDF) – Web Software Development, Baseball Systems Full job posting and application process can be found online at The primary responsibilities of the EDF are to assist the Software Development staff with […]

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 […]