Baseball Longreads

The best of SB Nation's long-form baseball writing.

Sabermetrics: OBP, wOBA, and walks


A review of sabermetric stats related to on base percentage.

New Astros Owner Scores With Nod To Past


Say this for new Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. He knows how to repair images quickly.

Shaping Robin Ventura through advertising


Robin Ventura's demeanor leaves a lot to the imagination, and so does the White Sox advertising campaign based around him.

Appreciating Brian Cashman


Appreciating the work of General Manager Brian Cashman for the New York Yankees.

Grabbing the Bullpen by the Horns: What Is the Optimal Strategy for Using Relievers?


(Note: Unless otherwise noted, WAR refers to fangraphs' calculation of the metric) Is it better to maximize the number of times a reliever can be used or the length of his appearances? Yesterday at...

Why Prince Fielder's dad made me a Tigers fan: The Origin Story


Prince Fielder signing with the Tigers might have some added meaning for fans in Detroit. Here's my story.

The Miami Marlins Are Not the Worst Thing Ever


There have been a lot of articles this offseason about how awful the Miami Marlins are. The truth is that no matter what the Fish did, they would always be viewed this way.

Don’t Look Back: An Ageless Tale of Satchel Paige


Understandably lost amid the furor surrounding the Yankees and Mariners decision to swap talented young players was news that 49-year old Jamie Moyer, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery,...

Before Blogs: Scott Ruffcorn can't win


Dylan Axelrod's surprising 2011 ended with him picking up a victory, and as a former first-round pick of the White Sox can attest, that's no small feat.

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