YOU TOO can block plates!

… and here’s a video tutorial on the subject, starring career minor-leaguer Ron Stilanovich and featuring Matt Kemp. KNOW YOUR ARSENAL!

Plate protectors

Looking at catchers who save the most runs with their blocks. Topping the list: Mike Lieberthal.

Mailbag: Is the NL the fastball league?

From reader Kevin K.: In my lifelong love of baseball and its history, there is one axiom that I have never understood: The National League is a fastball league and the American League is a breaking ball league. I have only heard two explanations for this axiom. #1 is that the National League has weaker […]

THT Links

Searching SI – Sports Illustrated on Thursday will make available its 53-year storehouse of stories. Tracking the oomph – Using Fangraphs to see whose fastballs got faster, and whose fell off. The road back from injury – The unfortunate truth about shoulder and elbow surgery. Trimming the fat – That leaner “SportsCenter” is not just […]