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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Join Steve as he completes his examination of the second generation of American League expansion teams. For fans of happy endings, this one should be a boat-floater.
At the end of their second seasons, the Royals and freshly relocated and renamed Brewers were dead even, near the bottom of the American League West. Let's see how they fared over the ensuing four years.
It's time for another look at ball clubs fresh out of the expansion womb. Cutting the umbilical cord, making their way from the delivery room—all right, that's enough of that. It's time to pound that Budweiser, men!
In the final installment of the series, Steve contemplates the the long and varied list of prominent outfielders—a few of them, very, very prominent—who might have been third basemen instead. And he offers his thoughts on What It All Means for the future of The Crossroads.
This time Steve considers many on the long and diverse list of players who spent little or no major league time at The Crossroads, but might have, and perhaps even should have. We encounter a Beast, a Baby Bull, and a Boomer, as well as a Rajah, a Rino and a Rico.
This time, Steve considers the long list of partial-career third basemen. Including a Killer, a Pepper, and a Chipper. And, of course, Bill Tuttle.
In the second installment, Steve compares and contrasts all of the most prominent third-base-primary major leaguers since Jimmy Collins, including the Ken Keltner Line, as well as whoever it was who played third base for, you know, Pittsburgh in 1960.
Let's go down to the crossroads. Fall down on our knees. And consider who treads upon the well-traveled dirt of The Hot Corner.
Every once in a while, it's important to forget all the rest of that stuff for a minute, and remind ourselves what a terrific baseball player Pete Rose was.
Steve explores one of the most unusual and unpredictable team performances in major league history. Board up those windows!
Steve concludes his examination of batting history, as viewed through the conversion of team and league stats into an individualized form.
Take a close look with Steve, using Player-Seasonal Notation as the lens through which to examine the ever-changing character of major league run production.
Steve introduces us to his favorite method of converting team stats into a more understandable and useful form.
In the second installment of a series, Steve examines the most-worked pitchers at all levels of the minor leagues, this time from 1951 through 1955. We discover two 30-game winners, numerous 300-strikeout seasons and even a couple of 400-hits-allowed seasons!
Steve takes a close look at a career that intertwined itself with others to a degree that few have.
It's time for another up-close-and-personal look at the major league ballplayer, this time as of 1952.
Strap on your miner's helmet and come along with Steve, exploring the priceless deposits of a marvelous baseball research website.
When we left them last week, the Colt .45s were slowly but steadily beginning their trek into the treacherous wilderness, in a well-planned and organized manner. The Mets hadn't yet figured out how to put on their hiking boots. Let's see how the intrepid adventurers fared from that point!
In the second installment of a recurring series, Steve examines the creation of the National League's expansion teams of 1962. They may not have been successful, but they sure weren't dull.
Steve reviews this summer's blockbuster chronicle of "drugs, power, and the fight for the soul of major league baseball."
Steve examines a frank description of the structure of the professional baseball business ... from half a century ago.
In the opener of a recurring series, Steve examines the workloads of minor league ace pitchers. Health advisory: those who are inclined to recoil in horror at the sight of high pitch counts and young arms should not view the following without medical supervision.
Just how different from today's was the profile of the major-league ballplayer in 1940? Come along with Steve as he explores a treasure trove of data he excavated from a musty little used book shop in Cooperstown.
Three True Outcomes? Forget it. Real Men know that the only important things in the world are the Two True Outcomes. We don't need no stinkin' walks.
In the first of an occasional series, Steve examines each of MLB's expansion franchises: how did they approach the challenge of constucting a roster, and how well or poorly did they pull it off? This time we look at the true pioneers, the Los Angeles Angels and the (new) Washington Senators.
What in the world was George Weiss thinking when he hired Casey Stengel, that clown who had never achieved anything as a manager, to pilot the New York Yankees? This is what ...
In response to a flurry of e-mailed suggestions of worthy names left out of our first pass ...
What's in a name? That which we call a Rosen by any other name would still be a Goody.
Steve, er, closes his four-part series focusing on modern bullpen usage -- how it came to be, and where it might be headed. And he (finally!) gets around to offering answers to those questions he's been dragging around for three weeks!
Steve's examination of the modern bullpen has been through the LOOGYs: we're ready to bring on the Closer.
The skipper has called time, and is heading out to the mound. He's pointing to his left arm -- that's right, it's time for yet another LOOGY appearance. And this time, we'll be seeing not just the Hard-Core stuff, but the Really Hard-Core version!
So you think you know your LOOGYs, do ya? Have you explored the Primordial LOOGY Ooze? Didn't think so. Come on, gear up. We're goin' in.
Okay, so they weren't very good. But they were, almost certainly, the most peculiar team of all time.
Steve finds that fateful fork in the road, at which Dave Kingman missed the sign to Cooperstown, and headed off for Mudville instead.
Steve boldly projects the Giants' 2005 finish -- within, you know, a 40-win range, give or take.
What if Teddy Ballgame had never missed a game due to military service? Or Joe DiMaggio? Or Hank Greenberg or Johnny Mize? Or anyone else? Find out here, in exquisite detail!
We complete the saga of what might have been the most talented team ever to win nothing. If Hemingway had concocted a baseball story, it probably would have gone something like this.
It's Chapter Two in the three-part tale of the team that rode quite a roller coaster. Leo the Lip is now at the controls: hang on tight!
In the first installment of a three-parter, Steve chronicles the saga of the Chicago Cubs in one of the most interesting (though not ultimately successful) periods of their long history. Extra bonus points if you can keep track of all of the "head coaches."
Del Pratt and Larry Doyle. Tilly Walker and Cy Williams. George Burns and George Burns. (No, not that George Burns.) They're all here! Check your spitter at the door and come on in.
Steve takes a close look at the decade of the 1910s, and the transition between the Deadball and live ball eras. We see that there were quite a number of dazzling hitting performances obscured by spit, slime, scratches, and stains.
A Hardball Times exclusive. We catch up with a friendly old arm that's got quite a story to tell.
Steve shines a light on a year that is little remembered today, but was chock full of odd and interesting events.
Steve wraps up his adjusted-stat virtual history of 1931 through 1941, this time examining things from the perspective of the career achievements of the best players of the era. He encounters a few surprises along the way.