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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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Steve's tour of the dealin' days of December completes the circuit, from "Five for One" Hayes to Cabrera, Tejada and Haren
The latest batch of holiday-season humdingers features quite a few of the lopsided variety. The stolen property inventory includes the names Robinson, Otis, Ryan, Singleton, Randolph and Hendrick.
In this hefty batch of deals from holiday seasons past, big names abound, from Wagner to Maris, with appearances along the way by Big Six, Ol' Pete, The Rajah, The Beast, and The Big Cat.
You woulda thunk that the most powerful organization in the annals of the sport might not settle for ... well, some interesting choices ...
Steve's review of November deals arrives at the present day, and includes several likely Hall of Famers, including two Pedro appearances.
In an unusually busy era of November deals, we encounter two trades involving managers, plus the McDowell and Morgan bombshells detonating on the same day.
The opening chapter of notable November swaps takes us from Sliding Billy to Dr. Strangeglove.
It's November. Time to snuggle up and savor a few of the very finest nuggets of baseball writing from years past.
The 2007 season is complete (though way too soon for Rockies fans), and Steve brings his examination of farm system performance up to the moment.
We complete the parade of the most productive lefty-righty pairings, marching past the reviewing stand, and discover a startling trend amid the final ranks.
It's Round Two of the biggest October talent swaps, in which we encounter Tony C., Frantic Frankie, Willie Mac, Mr. Bonds the Elder, and Jack the Ripper.
With the postseason in full swing, the Hot Stove League hasn't yet begun. But that stove is warming up. It's not too early to start talking about trades.
Let's see how you do on Steve's four-question test on the greatest underrated player in history ...
As Steve's survey of farm system production nears the present day, he finds a couple of expansion franchises making rapid progress, and some long-established organizations enduring deep frustration.
It's time again to visit our sometimes hittin', sometimes sittin' friends. They're all here: Bull, The Hit Man, Rance & Garth, Lenny & Mookie, and Spanky & Junior. And, of course, Death to Flying Things.
Steve finds a whole lot to like in a new baseball novel you probably haven't heard about yet.
In this turbulent period, the two biggest-winning teams in modern history get there with very different levels of farm production, while a third franchise struggles mightily despite tremendous talent development.
Come hang with Bubba, Duke and Boots. And Boomer, and Downtown. And—of course—Superjew!
Follow the trifecta trail with Steve, winding through a lush meadow of homeruncentricity, leading to parched desert of homeruncentricity famine.
Ominously towering over the city of New York, swatting away airplanes as though they were toys ... yes, that was the mighty Kong.
All-er-nuthin', not just one way, not just two, but three full ways ... that's the trifecta!
Steve's pulled that old shoebox full of snapshots down from the top shelf in the guest room closet ... time to figure out who those little tykes were!
Any garden-variety 18- or 19-game-winner might stumble into a 20-win season. But win 20 while never else reaching as many as 15? That's impressive!
It's woe to the 'Spos, Jays and Bucs, and glee to Chiefs Wahoo and Nokahoma. Bring on the mid-90s!
Lefty, righty, loosey, tighty, it's time for wholes greater than sums of parts.
Check in with Buckshot, Lacy, Dusty and several others who coulda been stars, but for the opportunity.
Two baseball historians, THT co-founder Matthew Namee and Steve Treder (who has been writing for THT since our inception), play with history.
Like turning a double play, turning a baseball phrase can be a thing of beauty and wonder.
Into the 1990s, is the American League finally, really, actually catching up?
From Smokey Joe to The Mad Russian, they served by sometimes hitting, sometimes sitting
The what-might-have-beens of some swingmen, some southpaws, Bobo and Lefty.
There are fastballs. There are great fastballs. Then there are the fastest fastballs any human has yet thrown. And there is success, a distinctly elusive thing altogether.
We complete the 1980s. More than a decade into the free agency era, was farm system production still a key to sustained success?
Steve examines another dozen careers that had unusual valleys amid the peaks.
Into the 1980s, will the National League be able to sustain its long-held advantage in Win Share Production?
Steve asks the THT family to raise a tankard (of your finest dark beer, if at all possible) in honor of one of the greatest contributors to baseball scholarship, even if you've never heard of him.
Just how special was the 1960s Giants' pat hand?
They do have 24 other players on the roster in addition to you-know-who ... but do they add up to a competitive team?
What if the Giants of that era hadn't been quite so efficient at frittering away their talent?
Some nice-looking kids, and how they grew
What if the Ken Phelpses hadn't stood in line behind the Henry Cottos?
The late '70s prove to be a period of remarkable stability in the usage patterns of minor league aces.
Free agency starts eating the farm crop
Hemingway put it so: "All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you."
The U-turns have been straightened, the potholes filled. It's time to hit Saberhagen Road!
Does it sometimes seem to you that batters are getting hit by pitches more often than they did 15 or 20 years ago? Guess what: They are. A lot more often.
Into the 1970s, we encounter the largest value production difference yet seen between National and American League organizations.
Steve's been busy with the spackle and the putty knife again ...
Steve has patched the holes in the Redbirds' wings. It's time to see how they fly!
How might the late-1940s Redbirds have maintained their early-decade dynastic ways? Cue the Jackson 5: it's easy as one-two-three ...