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Wendy Thurm

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Wendy wrote most of the prose and poetry in her high school yearbook. Some of it had to do with baseball. She then embarked on a twenty-five year odyssey that had nothing to do with baseball, if you don't count the thousands of games she attended, watched, listened to and obsessed about. In February 2011, Wendy created HangingSliders.com, a blog with baseball analysis, commentary, humor and poetry. Lots of folks like you read the blog and liked it, which was really great. Wendy's been writing features for Baseball Nation since September 2011 and is delighted to join the staff as a contributor. She is also a contributor to FanGraphs.

MOST RECENT POSTS

The Ultimate Guide To Spring Training

Your guide for watching, listening to, and getting up close and personal with baseball during Spring Training 2012.

Baseball Records Are Facts

Baseball has been played for 130 years, by different kinds of players, in different kinds of ballparks, under different conditions, in different eras. Baseball records stand the test of time.

Straight To The Majors: The Players Who Skipped The Minors On Their Way to Pro Careers, Part II

The second in our two-part series on the 21 players who went directly from high school or college to their major league debut. In Part 2, we look at the last 11 players to skip the minors and explore why the practice is much less common now.

Straight To The Majors: The Players Who Skipped The Minors On Their Way to Pro Careers, Part I

Since the June amateur draft was instituted in 1965, twenty-one players have gone directly from the draft to the majors. We have their stories.

Should It Count Or Not? The Never-Ending Debate Over The All-Star Game

Tony LaRussa's retired from baseball but will manage the National League All-Star Game. Which raises the question, again: Should the All-Star Game be just an exhibition or should it continue to determine home-field advantage in the World Series?

What Will Become Of Adam Dunn?

Adam Dunn suffered the worst one-year decline of any slugger in the last ten years. Will he make a comeback in 2012?

Inside the Astros' Secret Marketing Plans

The Houston Astros were terrible last season. And this season doesn't look much better. That's a challenge for the Astros marketing staff. We sat in on one of their recent marketing meetings and have the inside scoop on their plans for 2012.

Joe Torre's Departure An Opportunity For Progress

In his short tenure as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Joe Torre kept his feet firmly rooted in baseball tradition. It's time for baseball to move forward to a more progressive future.

The MLB Fan Cave Needs Women, But Do Women Need the MLB Fan Cave?

Women make up almost half of all baseball fans. Yet the MLB Fan Cave ignored or alienated many of them in 2011. Will it be different in 2012?

Perry Barber Responds: We Got It Right On Women Umpires

Perry Barber, one of the handful of women to umpire in the minor leagues, thinks we hit on something important with our post on expanded instant replay and women umpires.

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