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Jason Brannon

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Same-sex marriage and the steroids mess

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Will Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens ever be elected to the Hall of Fame? Bill James thinks it'll just take another generation.

The Unrewarded

Here's an All-Star team made up of the best players who never: a) Played for a World Series champion.b) Won an MVP or Cy Young award.c) Won election to the Hall of Fame. Oh, they played on...

The All-Switch-Hitter Team

Most people are right-handed. You can depend on a right-handed person. A right-handed person is a good neighbor, definitely not a bomb-thrower. A lefty, on the other hand, you have to watch out...

The best and worst seasons of the 21st century

... by position and according to Wins+*. First, the best: Pos Year Player Team wRC+ Wins+ Notes C 2009 Joe Mauer Twins 170 15.5 Virtual tie with Buster Posey in 2012. ...

My favorite rumor

This would have been a blast: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2002 -- The Daily News has learned that there have been preliminary discussions at the highest levels of baseball about having the MLB-owned...

An unintended side effect of banning collisions

Without the tried-and-true option of colliding with the catcher, baserunners will be forced to perform awkward, aesthetically unpleasant "hook slides," never envisioned by the founders of our great...

Baseball in the time before agents

Bill Veeck explains how he negotiated Bob Feller's salary: "When it actually came down to agreeing on a figure, [Feller] would write what he thought [he was worth] on one slip of paper, I would...

There is no such thing as a second baseman

Bill James, from the "Hey Bill" section of his website: ...if you look at the history of the amateur draft, there has almost never been a second baseman drafted in the first round. I think in...

But did Tony La Russa know Van Lingle Mungo?

At the beginning of his managerial career, Tony La Russa — who was just elected to the Hall of Fame — appeared on To Tell the Truth, a game show wherein two impostors ... here, you can figure it...

Get hired the Jack Zduriencik way

In the post-Moneyball era, there are lots of paths to becoming a general manager. You can work your way up through a major league organization, all the while gaining valuable experience in all...

Learn to hit the Babe Ruth way

The Bambino teaches a boy to hit — and dishes out a few life lessons ... A few observations. 1) There sure were a lot of orphans in that town. 2) Imagine if a kid wandered into the batting...

Don't blame Jerome Holtzman

Keith Law on the signing of Joe Nathan (sub. req'd): [Nathan is] a traditional, one-inning, break-glass-only-in-case-of-save-situation closer, the kind of player usage foisted on us by a stupid...

The young player era

"Eddie Mathews in 1953 had the best season ever by a 21-year-old player, hitting 47 home runs and driving in 135 runs." - Bill James, from The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract Bill...

SCTV at the ballpark

Best portrayals of Babe Ruth on film: 4. William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story ("Bendix's awfulness rockets off the screen!" - Larry Granillo)3. John Goodman in The Babe ("[Somebody] wash the...

Vin Scully has always been a total pro

Vin Scully rolls with the punches after suffering a minor mishap moments before calling a 1957 Cubs-Dodgers game:

The longest-running baseball website?

Mental Floss, which is either the upscale Buzzfeed or the poor man's Boing Boing, recently published a listicle (I use the term with affection) of "17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work."...

Rain Delay

Harry was so embarrassed that moments later he committed ritual Steve-Stone.

Three baseball conventions that went extinct

1) Until 1954, most players left their gloves on the field while their team was at bat. 2) Relief pitchers used to ride in little cars from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound. You probably...

A simple fix for MVP voting

Whenever someone floats the idea that baseball brodcasters should vote in Hall of Fame elections, a BBWAA member will counter that announcers can't be trusted to be independent. "Broadcasters work...

Blackouts, then and now

There's a lot to like about this video of Mark Fidrych being interviewed by Bob Uecker moments after beating the Yankees on Monday Night Baseball, but the part that made me laugh out loud comes at...

The Superman game

Imagine this. A young Clark Kent, tired of hiding his super powers from the world, decides to play baseball for Smallville High. The team does well, naturally, and makes it all the way to the...

Two mysteries about the Braves' ballparks

I was going to post this video of the first game ever played at Turner Field and marvel at the flickering images of ballplayers long since departed, like ... Derek Jeter, but Spencer Hall beat me...

It's getting better all the time

Describe baseball in the 2010s in ten words or less. Here's my attempt: More pitchers, throwing harder in shorter outings, lots of strikeouts. We talk about the strikeouts all the time, but what...

A quick guide to next year's managers

Twenty-six Twenty-five out of 30 major league managers played in the majors, whereas only 16 managed more than a couple months in the minors. What does that mean? I'll leave that for you to ponder,...

Sabermetrics: Ruining the movie since 1977

A couple years ago I stumbled on a Science Channel show called "If We Had No Moon." As a tireless advocate for the destruction of the Earth's moon, I wanted to know how fulfilling my lifelong dream...

Will bunting kill the shift?

The three most important changes in Major League Baseball over the last ten years are: 1) The widespread adoption of sabermetrics by front offices. 2) The surge in the use of relief pitchers...

When Steve Garvey scouted Pee Wee Herman

Over-regulation of the communications sector led to a dearth of television channels in the 1970s, and, indirectly, to The Gong Show, a talent competition hosted by a squinty TV producer who in his...

Rookie of the Year droughts, by team

Justin Verlander is one of two players in MLB history to win the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards.* But if you were making an All-Dutch team, he'd only be the third starter. Which N...

Gift ideas for the umpire in your life

In the early days of baseball, umpires wore top hats and tails. Most umpires were unemployed show people who took work where they could find it — and what better place for an actor or singer than...

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