December 6, 2013
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About Steve TrederSteve Treder has presented papers to the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, and to the SABR Annual Convention. His articles have been published in Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, as well as in The National Pastime. A lifelong San Francisco Giants’ fan, he is Vice President for Strategic Development for Western Management Group, a compensation consulting firm headquartered in Los Gatos, California.
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Would you buy this pitch? Really? May we appreciate some of the amazing true stories that are all around us.
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.
Come along with Steve, as he explores a wonderful new database that catalogues how well (or badly) various pitchers have been able to dominate that imaginary three-dimensional rectangle. We gain a new appreciation of just why they were so Dazzled.
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.
Well, the Giants have done it again this year
They came up short at the very end
I said, the Giants went and did it again this year
Came up short at the very end
Now, you hear what I say, my Giants' fans
Sorrow and pain be our only friends
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Steve takes a look at the Giants' 2004 season at the midway point, assessing how they've answered the Five Questions he posed in the spring.
Let Steve be your tour-guide as you travel into a pitcher's paradise.
Take a stroll down memory lane with Steve, as he describes a few of the "meta-games" he and that brother of his devised and played as kids. You're welcome to try any of them out yourself. But, please: don't wreck those rose bushes!
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.
He was the player traded more times than any other. That he knew, because the reporters told him so, over and over. He was the player who had played for more teams than any other. The big man didn't need the reporters to tell him that. He had lived it; its reality never left his memory.
Steve fills us in on his recent participation in the Sixteenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, and provides some other vacation suggestions as well.
Perplexed by the challenges inherent in comparing players across very distant eras? Step into Steve's Baseball Time Machine, and take a ride along with a certain shortstop with a German accent. Who knows, we might learn something...
The parking lot dust rises to your nostrils, and then a sudden gust of wind -- hot, dry, and gritty -- also bids you good morning. Heat, dust, and wind, in every imaginable combination, are your ever-present summertime companions in this region. You're in the West Texas-New Mexico League. If you're a hitter, you're in paradise. If you're a pitcher, you're in some deep lowest rung of sheer hell.
In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Steve takes his look at the American and National Leagues from the mid-1950s up to the present day. Along the way, we see the AL take some wrong turns and wind up somewhat lost, only to then find the Road to Redemption -- leading us to our current curious condition.
In this first installment of a two-parter, Steve takes a fresh look at the two-major-league system in baseball from 1901 through 1955, finding the similarities and differences between the styles and qualities of play on the field, and the performance at the turnstile.
Will the "Curse of October First" continue to bedevil the Giants in 2004, or will the ballclub -- clearly inferior to the 2003 version that won 100 games -- be able to prevail in a decidedly unimpressive NL West?
If you have no idea what Steve's talking about here, forget it. You never will. Don't worry about it. But if you do, then you know exactly what he's talking about. You're of a certain age range and you became enraptured with Strat-o-Matic at a certain point. Your life would never be the same.
A close look at America - and baseball - in the 1950s reveals that it was a time not at all like the dull, boring stereotype that's often presented. It was an era of conflict and extaordinarily rapid change. Steve takes a look at this in baseball, from issues of race, geography, technology, the major/minor league structure, and the style of the game itself on the field.