December 11, 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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In this month's check of the competition between farm systems, we encounter the all-time single season record for organizational Win Share Production.
Steve's inquiry into the follow-the-bouncing-ball scoring conditions of the 1980s and 1990s concludes with examination of the very best talents of the era.
This time we see the impact of the fluctuating 1988-2000 scoring conditions on the game's great players—but not quite the very greatest, yet.
It's time for Round Two in the look at how individual player stats were shaped by the conditions impacting MLB offensive production from 1988 through 2000.
It was a long and winding run-production road from 1987 to 2001. In the first of a three-parter, Steve examines how differently things might have looked had the path, reaching the same destination, been a little straighter
Speaking of Curt Flood, Steve examines the extraordinary baseball talent produced by Flood's home town.
Not until nearly four decades after Curt Flood spoke truth to power did his first biography appear, but this year we've been treated to two. Steve provides his perspective on the second.
The competition for talent production enters the expansion era, and the National League's edge grows stronger than ever.
Where were you in '72? Here we'll find out what minor league aces were up to.
Beginning with Bret himself, with such a Mickey Vernon-esque career.
Steve takes a close look at some good players who might very well have been even better.
In this chapter, the Yankees and the Dodgers continue to prevail, while the rapidly accelerating influx of players of color has a distinct impact.
Like a luscious Cabernet to a dry-aged ribeye, we bear witness to the perfect marriage of magnificent pitching to fabulous hitting.
A team that goes 111-43 couldn't plausibly have done much better than that ... could they?
So often, it's the simplest pleasures that are among the sweetest.
In the second installment of the series, Steve compares the production of the farm systems in the early 1950s, in which, among other things, the Organization that Branch Built II finally eclipses the Organization that Branch Built I.
After all these years, the burning question remains: do you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain?
Come on, now: do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight!
It's the final installment of Steve's examination of the biggest mid-season trades, in which we encounter Turkey Mike, Mad Dog, and, um, The Village Idiot.
So just how extraordinary could the Giants' lineup have been in The Little Napoleon's final years as manager?
Steve considers how the team that hit for the highest average of the 20th century might plausibly have hit vastly better than that.
It's time for Steve's update on the Bush League Heavy Chuckers!
Join Steve for the opener of what will be a long-term recurring series analyzing exactly how productive each organization's farm system has been.
Bringing us right up to date, from the White Flag to DePodesta's Derring-Do to Sulking Shea.
It's time to take our first look at the biggest trades from the month of July.
Steve gives us his take on another new book focusing on Roberto Clemente and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Steve takes a close look at the very different rates of effectiveness pitchers demonstrate when working out of the bullpen, as compared to when starting.
Just under the wire to meet the deadline, here are the big shakeups in the most recent months of June. We encounter a Midnight Massacre, a Midnight Masterpiece, and a Montreal Misstep.
The '50s and '60s were a very active period for trading around the June 15 deadline. Frantic Frankie Lane was in his heyday, and of course there was George Weiss and his friends in Kansas City ...
Steve takes a look at back at the nadir of the Phillies franchise
It's time to begin our look back at the most memorable deals of Junes past. There have been so many, it's going to take us three weeks to see them all!
In the fourth installment of the occasional series, Steve takes another look at the most-worked pitchers in the minor leagues. In this period, we find the minor leagues dramatically consolidating and reorganizing, and its ace pitchers worked more carefully than ever before.
Did Neyer bobble the blunder bible, or has he handled it handsomely?
The biggest May trades consummated within the past five decades include some very big names, including The Baby Bull, The Terminator, Neon Deion, and Byung-Hyun.
It's time for the first of a two-installment look at the biggest deals that have gone down during months of May past.
Steve's take on the newly published biography of Roberto Clemente isn't quite a thumbs-up.
In the concluding chapter, the Padres briefly surpass the Expos as the more successful expansion team. Briefly.
This time, Steve's tour of the early years of the Expos and Padres takes us through the early 1970s. Watch out for the streaker!
Steve looks at the early days of the Expos and Padres.
Steve takes his first in what will be a monthly look this year at the deals, deals, deals that teams have swung during seasons past. No mention as to whether zero-money-down, zero-percent-interest-for-the-first-six-months offers have been accepted.
Come along with Steve on a tour of one of the more remarkable baseball careers you'll ever see. Please pardon the cigar smoke and the tobacco juice.
It will almost certainly be the final season for Barry Bonds, and just as certainly not the most serene. Steve considers what's likely in store for the bulky one and his Giants.
It was 20 years ago today, and there was a very diff'rent style of play ...
Sometimes a good idea turns out badly. And sometimes, well, the idea just isn't so hot.
Steve shines a light on the furthest dark recess of the end of the bench, and reveals those scrubeenies who spend days, weeks, or even months between chances to bat.
Take a look with Steve as he focuses on a rarely heralded but highly difficult bench role.
Steve bids farewell to someone who taught him a thing or two, including how to be a baseball fan.
In the third installment of his occasional series, Steve examines the workloads of minor league ace pitchers in the late 1950s. He finds that it was a period of rapid and dramatic change.
Come along with Steve as he visits a treasure trove of baseball history and American history, and considers it within the larger perspective.
In a THT exclusive, Steve has a long chat with the pitcher, author and enterprising businessman, and "Bulldog" shares his perspectives on steroids, stadiums, knuckleballs, U.S. foreign policy and, most controversially, chocolate chip cookies.
Steve takes a close look at that other guy who made history with his bat in 1961.