December 11, 2013
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The season's final THT Awards column: Dissecting Brandon Phillips' numbers.
The misery of having a good season for a terrible Chicago team, the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw and poor Jose Valverde.
Cliff Lee takes a tough one and Jason Kipnis ends the season on a high note.
Rangers bats betray Darvish. Hunter bags some homers.
A trio of Orioles produced a lot of true outcomes. A pair of Red Sox just produced good outcomes.
Carsten Charles gets a cheap win thanks to Soriano and Reynolds.
Two Detroit relievers execute saves that would have made last year's Tigers bullpen look competent.
CC's poor performance was overshadowed by the idiotic A-Rod beaning controversy.
Tigers teammates bat well. Mariano doesn't pitch well.
The Mariners' bullpen betrays King Felix.
Strasburg, Myers, Bumgarner and Werth feature prominently in an expanded week and a half edition of the awards.
Its the first-half review. Chris Sale and James Shields can't buy a break. The two AL MVP candidates that were good last year are still good.
Brandon Phillips drove in a lot of runs while his slugging percentage decreased
Doug Fister has two bad starts and zero losses. And Brian McCann raises his OPS by almost 100 points.
RBIs and batting averages aren't what they used to be—or what we thought they were.
Brian Dozier had a walking good time this week. Heath Bell is overcoming being a bad pitcher to save games.
Brandon Phillips drives in runs in a bad week and James Shields still can't get a win.
Yasiel has to share an honor. Also, everybody was going deep into extra innings.
Dom Brown had a month's worth of home runs in a week.
The Royals have done poorly in games started by James Shields—and in games started by pitchers not named James Shields.
James Shields is well paid but he can't buy a break
Alex Cobb is only one reason this week's column is packed to the gills. This was also an extreme week in the pitching wins/losses categories.
The Brewers bullpen continues to make things interesting for the starters. And some Jay Bruce stats.
It was a good week to be a young, power-hitting corner outfielder from a National League East team.
One of the worst performances you are likely to see this season in which the pitcher doesn't get the loss.
A week's RBI totals lead to an unlikely pairing. Also, Joey Votto and Prince Fielder are good at baseball.
Let's talk about Carlos.
Obligatory references to the big trade, a disappointing season and the next savior, and some other things to talk after a year stuck in neutral.
The MVP discussion is weird. Aren't the numbers guys supposed to be the ones ignoring defense and base running?
Who were the season's luckiest and unluckiest pitchers. Also, an unsophisticated look at some trends in run scoring.
Jim Johnson gets two easy saves while Donnie Veal can't help but get a hold.
The awards return from a week of vacation to give a nod to a player we had all given up on.
Nationals hitters go crazy for a week.
Adrian Beltre stays hot and the Brewers bullpen keeps blowing leads.
Adrian Beltre is good. Giancarlo Stanton has a decent amount of power. John Axford is having a difficult year. All this and more cutting edge analysis in this week's awards.
Sure, we know about Felix. What about the other guy?
Recover from your post-Olympics trance and catch up with the weirdness you missed while you were busy watching team handball and rowing.
A certain first baseman who struggled at the start of the season after signing a very lucrative contract had a good week.
The Superfund site known as the Brewers bullpen provides plenty of fodder for the awards this week
Center fielders rule the first half.
Kyle Farnsworth walked everybody and came away with a statistical oddity.
Joe Nathan's day was easier than it would have appeared had you not looked at what part of the lineup he faced.
There really is an excessive number of lucky pitchers in the awards this week.
A pair of unexpected names posted the best numbers in the American League this week.
The Angels dominate the awards because they scored a lot of runs. Also, the Cardinals score a lot of runs when they strike out at an excessive rate and get shut down when they put the ball in play, or at least they do in a two game sample from this week.
A busy week in Denver makes for a busy week in the awards.
Paul Konerko takes a break from his regularly scheduled nice, but overlooked season to go crazy for a week.
How do enter a game with a two run lead, get charged with three runs in an inning of work, and still get a hold? Josh Outman demonstrated exactly how you do that.
Two outfielders dominate pitchers while two MVP caliber first basemen stumble.
John references the Big Lebowski, cites a lot of Coors Field games, and alludes to the dependability of Alex Rios.
John explains what he has against Alfonso Soriano.
The Rangers can hit a little bit. Also, Felix has a good start wasted. Stop me if you've heard any of this before.
The staggered opening days of 2012 leave a backlog of silly pitching decisions to point out. Also, refreshing our memories on what the awards represent.
The team of tomorrow, investigated today.
The Royals have a very good closer with a favorable contract at a time when everybody is handing closers crazy contracts. Should they leverage that into something they need?
No armchair shrinks allowed.
Pitching awards and franchise milestone wins and losses
Oh, how the mighty right fielders have fallen.
A hot week with the bats gives the Giants a lot of mentions in the awards.
Juan Rivera posts possibly the most amazing Carter Award entry ever. Also note the one-week spike in hold/loss combos.
Delmon Young, being Delmon Young.
A couple of catchers had big weeks.
The Red Sox and Twins exchange the lead for three straight games while we take a moment to remember the ghosts of Papis past.
Because you simply must use your best reliever to retire the Nationals' 8-9-1 hitters.
Unless you're a die-hard fan of the PCL, you might not have heard much about this week's NL MVP.
Zach Duke bravely protects the lead. Also, admitting cluelessness pertaining to the Talented Mr. Ellsbury.
Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke are unlucky? Lance Berkman is good? It's like 2008 all over again!
Adam Dunn's annus horribilis marches on.
The strange and very rare three-inning save makes an appearance.
The awards return with a pair of infielders who had great weeks. Both infielders were drafted as shortstops by Canadian teams, but have not been either shortstops or members of those organizations for a long time.
Prince Fielder is hot. Brad Hawpe is not.
Albert Pujols is suddenly awesome again.
Introducing Yoshinori Tateyama. Also, east coast bias from a Midwesterner!
I'm not sure if anybody has noticed, but teams aren't scoring as many runs. Also, the Royals do strange things from time to time. You might call this the breaking news edition of the awards.
Kicking Javier Vazquez when he's down.
Jose Bautista is a bad, bad man.
The return of the Puma and Zorilla.
In a week punctuated by rainouts, weird and/or misleading stats still happen and are still documented in the awards.
You will never guess which NL shortstop is hitting really well.
Unpacking a cascade of bad bullpen strategies that feed off of each other.
A transitional season isn't necessarily an uninteresting season
This column was an honest attempt to put a bow on the 2010 season; Carlos Lee swung at it and grounded the bow weakly to second for the out. That's how he rolls.
When your offense scores fewer runs than any team in nearly 40 years, you are going to lose some games you probably shouldn't.
The last week of the season gives us some 1-0 games and a bumper crop of empty batting averages.
The most mentioned player in this week's awards is a middle reliever for the Marlins.
A pair of NL West hurlers had horrific hard-luck starts.
We have fun comparing Carlos Lee's week to that of superior players.
Wilson Betemit experimented with the concept of never hitting singles. It actually worked out fairly well.
Miguel Cabrera is good at hitting a round ball with a cylindrical piece of wood.
A.J. Burnett takes a tough loss when Bryan Bullington has his best day ever.
The Jays and Rays capture a lot of awards.
Ian Kennedy gets a cheap win and John wonders what to call a reliever who makes things interesting.
Josh Johnson is good and the Mariners lineup is not. Remember, you heard it here first.
We run the offensive season leaders and John plays the devil's (or athlete's) advocate when it comes to player movement.
This week we highlight an ugly game between two NL West pitchers who have been among the best in the game this season.
Talking about an imperfect no-hitter and hard slotting systems.
Week two of updating season leaders. Also, a lot of hitters posted good but empty batting averages.
Which pitcher is the NL MVP thus far? What draft pick has the best name?
Taking time out from griping about baseball statistics to acknowledge how nice it is to see people in a difficult position acting like adults.
Aces probably ruined a lot of fantasy team ERAs this week.
This is the year of the unlikely MVP winner, at least on a weekly level.
Tyler Clippard has one of the luckiest weeks ever. And three cheers for finesse lefties.
Robinson Cano owns the week. A pitcher who got traded in the offseason owns the year so far.
A second baseman is off to a torrid start and a Dodgers starter was both lucky and unlucky, all in the span of a week.
Suddenly Ryan Howard turns into a singles hitter and Jose Guillen turns into Ryan Howard.
A pair of outfielders unexpectedly hit the ground running in 2010.
Trying to chase down the Dodgers.
Examining The Process
In the interests of preserving the surprise, I won't tell you which Minnesota catcher and which St Louis first baseman are my choices for MVP.
Part one of two deals with pitchers. Good ones, bad ones, lucky ones, unlucky ones.
A pair of Minnesota hitters were key factors keeping their team alive.
A pair of young first baseman playing for teams that are hopelessly out of it are blowing up.
As if the world needed more preaching about Zack Greinke's Cy Young case.
Greinkeian: adjective describing poor run support. Used in a sentence: The amount of help Bobby got from his teammates was practically greinkeian.
An ode to outfielders who rub fans and the media the wrong way and to the best pitcher in the AL
No, draft picks are not overpaid.
Sean O'Sullivan and Roy Oswalt have rough weeks. Lucky, but rough.
Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders highlight our attempt to catch up with the season's pitching award leaders.
This just in: Kendry Morales is good. Mike Jacobs is not.
Rested and ready to dive headlong into the second half, we look at Mr. Perfection and a new Hall of Famer who decided it was time to tell young kids that it's important to remember to ground out to the second baseman.
Unlucky starters are featured as we catch up with the pitching awards.
Joe Mauer gets his due.
Cliff Lee's weird season keeps rolling while some Single-A guys you've never heard of had the wildest day you'll ever hear about.
The Royals may have had their worst week ever, but Luis Valbuena may have had his best.
The Tigers and the White Sox bullpens spent an entire series trying to give each other games.
We survey the season leaders in the pitching categories this week.
The strikeouts are flying for a fearsome foursome of fledgling batters.
Josh Fields needs to get it in gear while Raul Ibanez is out of his mind.
Zack Greinke: Good, unlucky
The column that would be too clever by half if it were four times as clever as it is.
It's about time somebody out there had the courage to say that Albert Pujols and Zack Greinke are good at their jobs. I think I'm just the man for the job.
Documenting the atrocities since 2007.
A Royals fan gets to gloat about his team's pitching.
It's been a long, long offseason.
Putting a bow on the 2008 season.
Spoiler Alert! Albert Pujols drinks everybody's milkshake.
Darin Erstad still doesn't walk or hit for power. Lance Berkman still does.
I for one welcome our new Boston middle infield overlords.
In this edition, witness the most ridiculous save of the year so far.
You don't think I jinxed Ian Kinsler and Lance Berkman, do you?
The Angels have a high degree of difficulty. A pair of catchers are striking out too often. And I'm out of Lance Berkman material.
Really, why CAN you get a save and a win in the same game?
Robinson Cano makes good. Julio Castillo? Not so much.
The only place in the American sports landscape where you won't hear about Brett Favre or Madonna.
Jered Weaver takes the cake.
Who are you and what have you done with our Todd Wellemeyer?
Brian Burres is a lucky dog.
It was the blurst of times?
In this week's awards, we announce a different kind of all-star.
And now for something completely different.
We'll do it live!
This week's awards tells you about how Dice K loses his command and gets away with it, how there are no elite AL hitters, and how Lance Berkman is doing just a little better than he was doing at this time last year.
This week's prizes feature the very lucky Jon Garland, the very unlucky Roy Halladay, and the not very good Jose Guillen and Andruw Jones.
Leo Nunez chokes while Albert Pujols and Casey Kotchman simply never strike out.
In this edition we talk about John Kruk not seeing the forest through the trees, Trey Hillman throwing a game into the dumpster, and a lot of outliers.
The wonderful secondary skill marvel that is Carlos Pena and a surplus of lucky dog relievers highlight this week's THT Awards.
In this week's awards, we touch on the Tigers losing, some lucky Nats hurlers, and a really, really lucky break for a Canadian who wears goggles.