May 25, 2013
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All about The Hardball Times
Following is a list of questions you might be asking yourself about the Hardball Times. Such as...
What is The Hardball Times?
The Hardball Times is a bunch of guys who like to write about baseball. The site was founded in the early spring of 2004 by Aaron Gleeman and Matthew Namee (Bill James’ research assistant at the time). Aaron and Matthew also recruited Dave Studeman (from Baseball Graphs) to help create and maintain the site.
The fundamental idea was for The Hardball Times (THT) to be a robust baseball website, featuring outstanding commentary, analysis and research. It was not conceived as a blog but an edited online magazine, with several long articles each day. Aaron, Matthew and Dave were among the ten founding writers. Here's a link to our very first article. We have published over 10,000 articles since.
Yeah, but what are you guys about? What's your mission?
In fact, we do have a Mission Statement. Here are the key parts:
The purpose of The Hardball Times is to provide entertaining and insightful baseball writing, aimed at the average baseball fan. The core of THT will be its diverse team of writers, who will cover a wide range of baseball interests from specific team commentary, to fantasy leagues, transaction review, baseball history, and other areas as they are identified.
THT’s writers will not write about topics because they are important. They will write about topics because they are interesting. THT will be unique in the way it presents statistics, using graphics and other visual presentations.
THT will not be a closed community. Its writers will welcome exchanges with readers and other web sites. THT’s writers will be encouraged to refer to other websites with interesting material, and to recognize and link to material related to their articles.
The core of the Hardball Times is its Internet site. But THT can be thought of as a general baseball publishing endeavor. We will publish baseball content in a variety of media, including the Internet, e-mail, books and magazines.
In the long term, The Hardball Times will be known as the best in baseball writing. Its contributors will maintain their own identities, and both THT and the writers will gain from their joint association.
Very impressive. So who's in charge now?
Aaron and Matthew are both long gone, but Dave is still around and he's the primary manager and owner of THT. Joe Distelheim is our Chief Website Editor. Nick Fleder runs our Fantasy site.
Are you guys any good?
We like to think so. Our work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated, among other mainstream media types. We've been leaders in sabermetric, PITCHf/x and fantasy baseball analysis. Our historical writers, such as Steve Treder, have done amazing things re-imagining baseball's past.
A number of our writers have been hired away by baseball teams and mainstream media. Aaron and Craig Calcaterra both write for NBC Sports. Carlos Gomez used to write about pitching mechanics on our site; now he's a minor league coach for the Diamondbacks. Josh Kalk was one of the early Pitchf/x analysts and was hired by a major league team based on the exposure he got here. Mike Fast now works for the Houston Astros. A number of our writers have also consulted for major league teams.
A few years ago, the TV show NUMB3RS ran a show about a baseball geek who used a mathematical formula to prove that a certain baseball player was using steroids. The geek (who was a dead ringer for David Gassko) wrote for a site called "The Boxscore Times." Mere coincidence? I don't think so.
Aren't you really in it to make money?
The Hardball Times raises money in a number of ways, including subscription services, site advertising and books. We use all of our money to cover our costs and pay our writers and editors a little something for their hard work. We don't keep any profit--all cash is distributed to those who contribute regularly to the site. We like to think of ourselves as a bunch of baseball commies.
But it does take money to run this site and money can be hard to come by. If you'd like to support THT, we sure would appreciate it. You can buy our Annual, subscribe to THT Forecasts, buy a hat with a THT logo on it or just donate something to the cause through Paypal:
Forget the Internet. I'd rather read a book.
You're in the minority on that one, but we're also lovers of the printed-on-paper word. In fact, the Hardball Times has been publishing a baseball Annual since its very first year. We self-published the first Annual in 2004 (you can read about it here) and ACTA Sports liked it so much that they offered to publish our Annual themselves. We said "yes, thank you" and we've been publishing with ACTA ever since.
We followed the same format for several years. The first half consisted of original baseball commentary and research (the first Annual included a number of reprints from the website, but they've been all original material ever since). The second half was a comprehensive list of baseball stats for each team, including our patented "batted ball stats," which are not available anywhere else.
In the most recent Annual, we reduced the height and width of the Annual to make it easier to manage. We also cut down on the stats in the back of the book, since there are so many stats now available on the Internet. We kept the same number of articles and research.
There is terrific content in every THT Annual. You can backorder any of them from ACTA Sports.
Got any RSS feeds?
Sure do. Here's our primary RSS feed, but we have also created lots of specialized RSS feeds, depending on what you want to read:RSS Feeds with summaries
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The Hardball Times only collects information from you necessary to make the site work. We only store basic information in our database, such as your name and email address, and we don't store sensitive info, such as your credit card number. We will never, ever share this information with anyone else.
Okay, give me some of the highlights.
Oof. It's pretty difficult to pick out the best of 10,000 articles. But allow us to point you to a few things, and maybe you can go from there.
Guest contributors have included Bill James, Tom Tango, Sean Smith, Greg Rybarczyk, Don Malcolm, J.C. Bradbury, Dave Cameron and MGL. In the left-hand column, you can search THT and also scan articles by category, author and month.
Oh, and I haven't even talked about our Fantasy Baseball writers. We first started a separate Fantasy blog in 2007, anchored solely by Fantasy Wunderkind Derek Carty. Our Fantasy stable has since grown to include nearly ten terrific (and obsessed) fantasy experts contributing fresh new content every day. We provide day-to-day advice on standard topics such as trade targets and hot pick-ups, but THT Fantasy Focus also prides itself on original, trend-identifying analysis, and coverage of strategic perspectives on league play and design. Here are some highlights:
Yeah, yeah. Where are your stats?
For six years, we kept our own in-season baseball stats, updated daily on the site. We concentrated on both standard and sabermetric stats, and we were pretty proud of the way they were laid out. We also maintained team stats and graphs, and also updated them daily.
However, we made a budgetary decision in late 2009 to no longer carry stats on the site. We miss them, but Fangraphs and Baseball Reference have done such a terrific job that we feel our time is better spent on other things. In fact, we now have a linking agreement with Fangraphs, in which all of our player links send you their way and they feature our content on their site.
Can I write for the Hardball Times?
Absolutely. We're always looking for new writers, and we welcome guest pieces as well. If you'd like to write for THT, send us an email or just fill in the contact form below.
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Fill in the following form to contact us about anything, from references to complaints. Regarding the $10,000, Scott Boras will get right back to you.
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