25th anniversary: Rob Neyer writes a letter

Today marks a rather strange anniversary. For most of the baseball world, it doesn’t mean a thing. It had nothing to do with any game being played. (Who plays games in November anyway?) It wasn’t any transaction or front officer maneuvering. It was one guy who was underemployed writing a letter to another guy who […]

It’s The Hardball Times Annual 2014

The 10th Hardball Times Annual is now available at your local online bookstore. I know it’s hard to believe, but we’ve done this thing 10 times now. I’m proud to say that I think this one is the equal of any of the others. Like most of the other Annuals, this one includes a recap […]

Putting the knock on pitching changes

The overriding picture in my head from this year’s postseason is of Jim Leyland, hunched in his Tigers jacket in his last days as a manager, wearily walking his 68-year-old body out to a mound in Detroit or Oakland or Boston. He takes the ball from a pitcher a third his age and gives the […]

40th anniversary: Cubs trade Fergie Jenkins for Bill Madlock

40 years ago today, the Cubs began breaking up that old gang of theirs. On Oct. 25, 1973, they traded star pitcher Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers. The Cubs hadn’t had much success since WWII. They won the last wartime pennant in 1945, and then had a winning record in 1946, but then entered the […]

Earn money watching baseball

No, this is not a spam email. We’ve been asked by Major League Baseball to post the following: MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond:{exp:list_maker}Anaheim/Los Angeles Chicago (both teams) Cleveland Colorado Detroit Miami Oakland/San Francisco Texas {/exp:list_maker}Stats stringers are responsible for […]

20th anniversary: The Joe Carter game

Twenty years go today, one of the most famous World Series games of all time took place: the Joe Carter game. It was Game Six of the 1993 World Series on Oct. 23, 1993, and the Toronto Blue Jays entered just one game away from becoming baseball’s first back-to-back world champions since the 1977-’78 Yankees. […]

Giants take a risk with Lincecum’s two-year deal

Tim Lincecum has re-signed with the San Francisco Giants for two years worth $35 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Lincecum was set to become one of the more interesting free agents on the market, due to two down years in which he pitched to a combined 4.76 ERA and a 3.95 FIP. […]

ALCS post-mortem:  The Fielder play

It was the top of the sixth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series, and the Detroit Tigers were in a very good position. Victor Martinez had just driven in two runners to put his team up 2-1. He and Prince Fielder were on the corners, and nobody was out. Detroit had […]

10th anniversary: the Aaron Boone Game

Ten years ago today, one of the most famous games in the history of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry occurred. That’s right, today is the anniversary of the Aaron Boone Game. Or, the Aaron F. Boone Game, if you’re a Boston fan. Though I imagine Boston’s success in 2004 and 2007 has dimmed the pain of […]

25th anniversary: the Kirk Gibson game

Twenty-five years ago today, one of the most famous home runs in baseball history was hit. It’s the sort of game identified simply by that one swing. Today is the silver anniversary of the Kirk Gibson Game. First the background: On paper, the 1988 World Series looked like one of the most one-sided and uncompetitive […]

10th anniversary: the Steve Bartman Game

Ten years ago was a day of infamy on the North Side of Chicago. It was one of the most famous collapses any team ever had in the postseason, all the more notable because of the team having it—and its dreadful history. There is this team called the Cubs—maybe you’ve heard of them. They haven’t […]

40th anniversary: an ugly World Series game

Forty years ago today, one of the ugliest World Series games of all-time took place. It was an exciting game with lots of drama, but the drama and tension were often caused not by players making great plays, but by guys stumbling and bumbling around the field. In fact, it was so ugly that there […]

Randy Choate and the one-pitch outing

In the seventh inning of last night’s thrilling 13-inning contest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tapped veteran southpaw Randy Choate to face Carl Crawford in a relatively high leverage situation (1.53 LI). Choate, now 37 years old, has been the quintessential example of a high leverage LOOGY for as far back as many of us can […]

10th anniversary: the Don Zimmer-Pedro Martinez fight

10 years ago today, one of the more unlikely and memorable bench clearing brawls happened. On Oct. 11, 2013, aged Yankees coach Don Zimmer charged ace Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. It went about as well as you’d expect when a 72-year-old tries to fight a professional athlete. It was Game Three of the ALCS […]

About Andy Pafko, from one fan

We often speak of “baseball immortals,” but of course they aren’t. Former major league players are mortal, just like the rest of us. When we read that one has died, we may say to ourselves, “Oh, I remember him,” perhaps picturing a baseball card we had as a kid. Sometimes, for some reason, we identify […]

Brent Strom hired as Astros’ pitching coach

Brent Strom, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been hired as the Houston Astros big league pitching coach. I first heard the story through the SB Nation blog The Crawfish Boxes, where there’s a great bunch of comments about the hiring. A poster questioned whether Strom was a good pitching coach (in an inquisitive—not […]

WPS recap: LDS, 10/4/2013

As busy a day of October baseball as we can have. Opening ceremonies will be cut short so we can move straight to the game action. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Pirates 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 7 Cardinals 0 0 0 0 1 0 […]

WPS recap: NLDS, 10/3/2013

The playoffs move into high gear, beginning with the National League. Wednesday night’s win by the Rays punctured a potential bit of trivia. Had Cleveland taken the game, it would have meant that all eight teams remaining in the playoffs were “original” teams, ones that had been around since the American League became a major […]

WPS recap: 2013 AL Wild Card Game

Another October day, another baseball playoff game. I hope you have enjoyed the gentle pace so far, because it is about to move into a brisk trot, with a break-neck gallop on Friday and quite possibly Monday. I will be providing my WPS analysis throughout, however many games get hurled at us. It can’t get […]

WPS recap, 2013 NL Wild Card Game

The actual playoffs have begun, after yesterday’s tiebreaker teaser. Whether you consider the WPS recap for the Rays and Rangers a warm-up or not, I have to hit the ground running now. The regular season may be compared to a marathon, but the postseason can be a pretty long distance, too, especially if you’re watching […]