Graphing the Past

Studes looks at the original eight teams in each league and how their century-long pennant race has progressed. And he also finds some insight into today’s game along the way. Remember, “those who do not graph the past are doomed to repeat it.”

Smart Growth and MLB:  A Virtual History

There were many different scenarios under which MLB might have captured its new markets over the past half century. Steve offers a virtual history in which all existing markets (and then some) are served, with only one franchise relocation ever occurring. It’s a scenario sure to please all except greedy soulless millionaires. Oh, and lovers of the Wild Card, Interleague Play, the DH, or artificial turf.

The West Texas-New Mexico League

The parking lot dust rises to your nostrils, and then a sudden gust of wind — hot, dry, and gritty — also bids you good morning. Heat, dust, and wind, in every imaginable combination, are your ever-present summertime companions in this region. You’re in the West Texas-New Mexico League. If you’re a hitter, you’re in paradise. If you’re a pitcher, you’re in some deep lowest rung of sheer hell.

A Tale of Two Leagues (Part Two:  1956-2003)

In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Steve takes his look at the American and National Leagues from the mid-1950s up to the present day. Along the way, we see the AL take some wrong turns and wind up somewhat lost, only to then find the Road to Redemption — leading us to our current curious condition.

Pair of Aces

The Yankees’ Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown reached the 200-win plateau in back-to-back games. Matthew compares their very different careers, and takes a glimpse at their chances of reaching 300 wins.

All Eyes on Barry

Barry Bonds’ home run yesterday was big news from coast to coast. Aaron looks back through history to see if similar events received as much attention.