Change one thing, change everything.
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 second installment of Matthew’s look at what things would look like if everyone had just stayed put.
Who knew one little move could have so much impact …
Aaron examines one of the most interesting teams in baseball history, who happen to hold the modern record for stolen bases in a season.
What ever happened to the stolen base? Aaron takes a look in part one of a two-part series.
Barry Bonds has been intentionally walked more than any team in baseball this season. Should something be done to stop this incredibly boring (and self-destructive) strategy, and if so, what?
What happened to Montreal’s offense? Aaron takes a look at just how awful the Expos’ hitting has been and just where it puts them in history.
Matthew looks at one of the greatest short-career pitchers of all-time, and a contemporary who might just be overlooked.
The strange and terrible saga of Benny Kauff comes to a close.
Perplexed by the challenges inherent in comparing players across very distant eras? Step into Steve’s Baseball Time Machine, and take a ride along with a certain shortstop with a German accent. Who knows, we might learn something…
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.
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.
The second installment of the strange and terrible saga of Benny Kauff.
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.
A look at the greatest year-to-year improvements of the last half-century
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.
In this first installment of a two-parter, Steve takes a fresh look at the two-major-league system in baseball from 1901 through 1955, finding the similarities and differences between the styles and qualities of play on the field, and the performance at the turnstile.
Craig relates the strange and terrible saga of Benjamin Michael Kauff — an outfielder, a bon vivant, and an innocent man.
Does starting the season 2-0 against the Yankees mean Victor Zambrano is worthy of his own award? No, but winning a bizarre triple crown does.