The Baseball Time Machine:  Greg Ruth

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!

Opposite Directions

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.

Carlos Bernier

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.

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.