The Internet is abuzz with the news that baseball analyst extraordinaire Mike Fast has been hired by the Astros. Mike will report to Sig Mejdal, who was made famous by Sam Walker’s book Fantasyland. They promise to be powerful contributors to the Astros’ braintrust. The press release states that Mike is a Baseball Prospectus writer, […]
The Hardball Times is proud to be one of the sponsors of a brand new thing, the SABR Analytics Conference. We’re sponsoring this conference along with other well-known baseball organizations and websites such as Bloomberg Sports, Baseball Reference, Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs. The conference, to be held in Mesa from March 15-17, is available to […]
You may have noticed that we’re having a couple of technical problems with THT Forecasts. Hopefully, these will be fixed soon. UPDATE: THT Forecasts is working again. Thanks for your patience.
We don’t have votes, but we voted anyway.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The event you’ve been waiting for.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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:
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 […]
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 www.indians.com/jobs. The primary responsibilities of the EDF are to assist the Software Development staff with […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]