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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Catch up with Steve and Matthew as they complete their virtual decade with the robust Red Sox.
When we left our virtual Bosox, they were just about to decide to keep that guy named Ruth. Let's find out if that would have had any impact.
Instead of "No, No, Nannette," let's play "No, No, Harry." Steve and Matthew team up to explore the most dramatic of virtual landscapes.
Joe the Plumber? Big deal. We've got not one but two Joe the Baptists, plus something wild, and, of course, the so-far-second-greatest Rule 5 pick ever.
Bob Kennedy's boy pays THT a visit, and shares stories of growing up around big leaguers and following his dad's footsteps to devote a lifetime to the game.
It was an unusually rich period for intriguing Rule 5 cases. We meet a Cy Young Award winner, a couple of MVPs, The Most Underrated Player in Baseball History and a space cadet.
See beyond their puny size, their insignificance in the sea of important achievements. Perceive instead their intrinsic beauty.
Steve's update of the draftee honor roll includes Fritz, Joe, Moe and Bo.
This obscure 1940s ballplayer with the funny name scaled a towering peak.
Steve's spotlight on swingmen features Donald Duck, Dr. Death and all the rest right up to the present day. And it raises the essential question: Did you love The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?
Yes, that's right, the annual Rule 5 draft goes way-y back. And it's remarkable who some of its alumni have been.
Just how good would this offense be? Just good enough to establish the all-time National League record for team OPS+, that's all.
Everything's bigger in Texas, or so they say, and apparently that includes the talent-squanderings ...
Think swingmen are just a bunch of journeymen? Think again, my friend. This week's crew includes six ERA champions, three Cy Young Award winners and a Hall of Famer.
We've seen the worst of the best, but it was clear all along that we were heading toward the worst of the worst. And—oh, my.
Remember the logo, with that slightly deranged-looking friar gleefully and wildly swinging that big bat? Here's the one season in which it was a perfect fit.
The flexible flingers make their way through the era in which the model of relief pitcher deployment began to fundamentally change.
Or, how to make the worst of a bad situation.
Come on, relax. Get those ice cubes tinkling in that long tall glass, find a cool shady spot for that lawn chair, and give yourself over to the delight of the wonderfully written baseball word.
Steve shines the spotlight on the "Put me in, Coach!" class of pitchers.
You think you've seen some bad stuff on these lists before? Better put on that hazard suit and oxygen mask now; we're starting to get into the seriously deep muck.
Yes, it's a Ripken thing, but it's so much, much more than that.
The remarkably voluminous second act of a career that was a case study in doing well, but doing not quite well enough to find the spotlight.
Not every extraordinary career includes stardom ...
Who'll we find at the bottom of this foul barrel? Here's a hint: We've seen him in these parts before.
Climb aboard the final car in the Superdupersub train, and meet everyone from Bobby Bo to Super Joe, from Bip to Cat, from F.P. to Jolbert, and of course both Loretta and DeRosa.
What might have happened with the best of young and old in green and gold?
How much talent took flight in the Oakland diaspora?
Who'll head the list of fizzling fifth-slot fiascos?
Rub-a-dub-dub! Here they are for the '70s and '80s, everyone up to and including the Psycho.
Don't touch that dial! Stay tuned for Treder's take on a tome about teams on the tube.
These guys couldn't tidy things up with a mop, a bucket, a gallon of Mr. Clean and a hundred rolls of Bounty.
He wasn't the greatest player of all time, but the Colorful Hall of Fame has him inner-circle.
It isn't just any sub, after all, who's dressed up like a million dollar trooper, trying hard to look like Gary Cooper.
If the heart of your order is looking like this, it's time to stock up on the digitalis.
The good-but-might-have-been-better batters have been away for a while. It's time we got caught up.
A sub is fine. A supersub is better. But to be the very best of subs is, yes, to be a superdupersub.
Sometimes, No. 2 really does kind of mean "No. 2" ...
He was a smart, strong bulldog of a man, and Steve finds his biography to be no less commanding of respect. Grrr!
Or, as one prominent Bay Area figure used to put it, cool is a rule, but sometimes bad is bad.
Steve rounds up the top training-season trades of recent decades, involving Sarge, Mr. Scoop, Slammin' Sammy and a tremendous Edmonds catch.
Think spring training over the years hasn't been much of a season for big trades? Think again, my friend.
Set the table? These guys couldn't find the dining room with a map, a compass, a GPS unit, and Rickey Henderson holding their hands.
Something about this month seems to get some of the very biggest stars packed off in trades. Hall of Famers Carlton and Carew are dealt here, along with more recent heavyweights named Clemens, Griffey, A-Rod and Santana.
This month's first batch of hot deals goes from Buck and Cy to a double shot of Mickey McD, and of course includes a visit with Jake Fournier—no, that's Jack Daubert—no ... wait ... whatever.
Aww ... weren't they cute?
So who was it whose writing survives in faded ink on yellowed brittle paper?
This menu offers an unhealthy portion of mistake moves, including the Staub and Sandberg dishes, as well as the super-sized screw-up otherwise known as the Glenn Davis trade. Amid all this, how does the Swisher sendoff stack up?
We're ready for the new year's first review of colossal shakeups from new years past, from Wee Willie to Rocky.
The adjusted view of the elite hitting stars of the mid-1960s yields five, count 'em, five 50-plus home run performances within a four-season span, including a new National League record.
Round two of Steve's reconsideration of the decade runs the gamut from The Toy Cannon and Little Looie to Dr. Strangeglove and Hondo.
What if they hadn't ordered up a super-sized strike zone in the 1960s?