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.
How rare is Brooks Kieschnick’s dual role with the Brewers? Let’s take a look.
With the help of Win Shares, Aaron looks at how the group stars in St. Louis stacks up among the all-time great foursomes in all-around value.
Steve presents a followup to last week’s article, in response to a (happily and gratefully received!) flurry of reader replies.
Steve gives us his pitch on the phenomenon of pitch counting, and its impact on the usage patterns of ace starters in the major leagues in recent years.
Buckle up for another adventure in time travel. The captain has informed us that we may be encountering some turbulence on this journey. But we anticipate a safe landing in the Hall of Fame!
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.”
Robert looks at some of the greatest pitching streaks of our time.
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.