We complete the saga of what might have been the most talented team ever to win nothing. If Hemingway had concocted a baseball story, it probably would have gone something like this.
On August 12, 1987, Doyle Alexander was traded for minor leaguer John Smoltz. Fans of both teams have said they’re pretty happy with this trade. Should they be?
A look back at the life and times of Detroit Tigers ace Tommy Bridges.
It’s Chapter Two in the three-part tale of the team that rode quite a roller coaster. Leo the Lip is now at the controls: hang on tight!
Thanks to some observant readers, we found an error in our Win Shares Trading Balance Sheet, and we have re-calculated the results. Surprisingly, there are new teams at the top and bottom of the charts; can you guess who they are?
By using Win Shares to evaluate every trade in baseball history, we’ve determined which teams have the best and worst trading records of the expansion era. This is just the first in a series of articles covering MLB’s past trades.
In the first installment of a three-parter, Steve chronicles the saga of the Chicago Cubs in one of the most interesting (though not ultimately successful) periods of their long history. Extra bonus points if you can keep track of all of the “head coaches.”
A look back at one of baseball’s finest — and most well travelled — pinch hitters
Del Pratt and Larry Doyle. Tilly Walker and Cy Williams. George Burns and George Burns. (No, not that George Burns.) They’re all here! Check your spitter at the door and come on in.
Steve takes a close look at the decade of the 1910s, and the transition between the Deadball and live ball eras. We see that there were quite a number of dazzling hitting performances obscured by spit, slime, scratches, and stains.
Brian examines the history of the Angels and their many names.
News and notes from the psychedelic 60’s
A Hardball Times exclusive. We catch up with a friendly old arm that’s got quite a story to tell.
John looks back at the three pitchers who helped the Yankees win five straight World Series.
Steve shines a light on a year that is little remembered today, but was chock full of odd and interesting events.
Une histoire de Les Expos de Montréal — 2002-present.
John tells the interesting story of Virgil Trucks.
Steve wraps up his adjusted-stat virtual history of 1931 through 1941, this time examining things from the perspective of the career achievements of the best players of the era. He encounters a few surprises along the way.
Would you buy this pitch? Really? May we appreciate some of the amazing true stories that are all around us.
Steve conducts the “careful scoring-environment context assessment” look at the achievements of the best players of the 1930s that he challenged himself to do last April. You might want to print this one out: it’s mighty hefty!