Remembering the wizardry of Paul Blair

I’ve seen Andruw Jones, Jim Edmonds, Devon White, Cesar Geronimo and even Willie Mays at the tail end of his career, but I can’t consider any of them the best defensive center fielder I’ve watched. That honor still belongs to Paul Blair, who died last week from a heart attack. When it comes to center […]

Trevor Bauer’s pitch design

Trevor Bauer uploaded a video talking about his pitch design, including a ton of high-speed video focusing on how he actually releases the ball: The overlay video at the end is especially cool, with this map of his intended destinations for all of his pitches: His pitches in question are: {exp:list_maker}Four-seam fastball Two-seam fastball Cut […]

Leverage Index by inning

Here’s a little something you may not have known: on average, games get less critical as the game progresses. In other words, on average for all games, the ninth inning is actually less critical and tense than the first when measured correctly. To illustrate the point, here is a table of the average Leverage Index […]

Three underrated acquisitions

We’ve heard the sexier names that have gone off the board this offseason: Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran. But in the midst of these bigger transactions, lesser-known players are still garnering major league contracts. Here’s some analysis on three major league acquisitions you may have missed that could have impact in 2014: 1) Giants […]

Nationals make great deal for Fister

On Monday night, news broke that the Tigers had traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the the Washington Nationals for utility man Steve Lombardozzi, reliever Ian Krol, and pitching prospect Robbie Ray, according to Chris Cotillo. This one raised many eyebrows because it came out of nowhere and also because of the seemingly small return […]

Let’s discuss the THT Annual

This is the place to leave your questions, comments and complaints about the THT Annual. We’ll try to answer all questions as quickly as possible though we just might ignore your complaints. You can read about the Annual, including an abbreviated table of contents, in this post. You can purchase the Annual at Amazon as […]

10th anniversary: the A.J. Pierzynski trade

10 years ago today a trade happened that really, truly, madly, deeply helped one team more than the other. This trade was special. Many trades are debacles on the field, but this one happened to be a debacle on and off the field. In fact, it’s arguable that the off-the-field stuff is what really makes […]

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:, 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 […]