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!
No other GM in the land was more bold and clever than he. May the great deeds of Sir Cedric be forever known to all!
This excursion will be first-class all the way. We’re taking a ride with the gentleman whose name itself has come to be the brand name that means Best: the Cadillac, the Tiffany, the Everest among all pitchers.
Completing the two-parter, Steve gives us a look at how the 1966, 1967, and 1968 seasons might have been without the changed definition of the strike zone. Wow, ’68 was really a low-scoring year.
In the lid-lifter of a twin bill, Steve estimates the impact that the 1963-68 top-of-the-shoulder-to-the-bottom-of-the-knee rule book strike zone had on every player’s and every team’s numbers. Maybe it “really” wasn’t as much of a pitcher’s era as we might think.
Come along with Steve on a journey into the strange and sad land of Fades and Flops. Be warned: if you like Happy Endings, this is no place for you to go.
They may not have been the the Easternmost in quality, nor the Westernmost in flavor, but they were a very prudently run organization. Steve gives the Dodgers of Alston, Koufax, Wills, and Drysdale a tip of his black-and-orange cap.
Steve examines the peculiar phenomenon of highly-paid teenagers taking their ease on major league benches.
A historically great infield, a historically bad pitching staff, and Barry Bonds, who is just plain historic. Plus the rest of the 2004 season through the eyes of Win Shares.
When you put yourself in a 3-0 hole in a seven-game playoff series, you’re dead. When you put yourself in a 2-0 hole in a five-game series, you’re only mostly dead. That means there’s hope for a miracle.
We’ll be boarding by row number. Please completely remove your boarding pass from its envelope, and have it ready for the gate agent, along with your photo ID. In honor of Mr. Ruth, you are encouraged to smoke a cigar throughout today’s flight!
Ben looks at the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers, as well as five other pairs of teams that saw a big reversal in their spots in the standings from one year to the next.
Steve takes a look at some of the most notable one-year wonder seasons of the past 70 or so years. Test your nerd power and take his trivia test!
Guest columnist Bill James has his own take on the Ichiro record quest.
It’s been 40 years now, and Steve is completely over his bitterness and frustration over how his Giants handled the “problem” of too many Hall of Fame bats on one roster. Okay, maybe not quite.
You’ll laugh!! You’ll cry!! You’ll marvel at the adventures of those two madcap GMs, as they put together the greatest baseball team ever assembled primarily through great trades.
Sorry, we don’t think Jerry Colonna is in this one.
Take a walk with Steve — and another walk, and another, and then one with the bases loaded! — through the league in which the base on balls was king.
Steve explores the 18-year, 609-stolen-base career of Carlos Bernier — and considers why it was that 594 of those bags were swiped in the minor leagues.
Randy Johnson’s and Steve Carlton’s Win Shares, and the Win Share totals for each team this year.
Steve turns his attention to the modern bullpen, where he finds a Closer, a few varieties of Setup Man, and at least one LOOGY. He doesn’t find an efficient use of resources.