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Jason Brannon

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Was Oakland's defense great or terrible?

I don't know which teams are good at fielding anymore. I thought I did, when Defensive Efficiency Rating (DER) was the only game in town, and the world was new. Oh, there was Fielding Percentage,...

When Dennis Eckersley drilled his own teammate

Grantland has a terrific oral history of the 1989 World Series, which was interrupted by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake minutes before Game 3. When it was apparent that the Series would be postponed...

The World Series should have started yesterday

Via Al Yellon we discover that Major League Baseball really Seliged* the World Series schedule this year. From Business Insider: If the World Series goes seven games, four of the games will...

The Lucky Ones

A little while ago we looked at pitchers whose ERAs were significantly worse than their Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) in 2013. Here's the converse list, the pitchers whose ERAs were...

Tangible intangibles

Ben Zimmer had an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) over the weekend on "intangibles." "The one thing that you can't fully measure is the intangibles Jonny Gomes...

The Bambino lives!

Here's a fun exchange from Bill James Online: Hey Bill, did you ever think of David Ortiz as the new Babe Ruth? By that I mean if Ruth had been born in 1975 rather than 1895, he'd have not just...

Two bat flips more embarrassing than Yasiel Puig's

The bat flip chain of command goes: Home run, triple ... Everyone knows ballplayers only flip their bats when they get on base. What this clip presupposes is ... maybe they don't? Finally,...

Keeping 'em honest

From time to time at Baseball Nation, as a service to to our readers, we fact-check the statements and assertions of major league ballplayers. You see, we believe that no one is above the truth,...

The least surprising mystery of all time

Here's comedian Mike Birbiglia talking about performing at the annual dinner held by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. This is where the writers hand out their...

The Unlucky Ones

These pitchers' ERAs were at least 20 percent higher than their Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) in 2013. Which, if I remember the Sabermetrics 101 course I took at Wossamotta U.*,...

The most hated man in baseball

Imagine this. Alex Rodriguez, the most hated man in baseball, holds a slim lead over Mike Trout for the American League batting championship. Citing "exhaustion," A-Rod sits out the last two games...

The commissioner's media accomplices

One more note about that Miami Herald piece on Bud Selig's gang of Pinkertons crack investigative team: MLB hatched a plan: In March, they filed a civil lawsuit against Bosch and his associates,...

The commissioner's goon squad

Holy Christ: They banged on doors, slipped through guard gates and flashed envelopes stuffed with cash. They hired a peddler of performance enhancing substances, paid for stolen documents and...

The most overqualified BP pitcher ever

One of my favorite baseball stories goes like this ... In 1977 or '78 or '81 — one of the years the Dodgers were in the World Series — Sandy Koufax was throwing batting practice to the Dodger...

Who is this man?

A) The last man the BBWAA didn't suspect of using performance-enhancing drugs. B) Your cousin Steve, the spaz. C) The relief ace of the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Forgotten Game

Today is the 5th anniversary of "The Blackout Game," which is all but forgotten except by fans of the contestants. On September 30th, 2008, after finishing the season tied atop the Central...

Video: Why they called Ron Cey "The Penguin"

Ron Cey, star third baseman of the 1970's Dodgers, suffered from TSD, or Tiny Shin Disease. His knees were only four inches above his ankles, which made the simple act of running an awkward,...

A "pit" by design

Yesterday our redoubtable commissioner appeared on The John Feinstein Show and was asked about the Oakland Coliseum. "It's a pit," Selig said. "It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea...

Boom goes the umpire

My favorite part of this 1980 exchange between Earl Weaver and umpire Bill Haller — which is wildly NSFW, by the way — is when Haller yells "BOOM!" as he makes the motion to eject Weaver from the...

When Christy Mathewson didn't keep his word

Today is the 105th anniversary of Merkle's Boner, which cost the New York Giants the 1908 National League pennant. In the aftermath of the game and umpire Hank O'Day's controversial ruling, Giants...

Cy Young droughts, A.L. edition

This week we've been investigating how long it's been since a player from each team won the MVP and Cy Young awards. Today we're looking at the American League Cy Young winners, which have been...

Cy Young droughts, N.L. edition

The last couple of days we've been looking at the MVP award, specifically how long it's been since a player from each team has won the trophy. Today we're repeating the exercise, but for the Cy...

MVP droughts, A.L. edition

No New York Met has ever won the Most Valuable Player award. Is that better or worse than Cleveland's 60-year MVP drought? I'll leave that for you to decide, dear reader. In the meantime, this...

MVP droughts, N.L. edition

With everyone and their brother picking Andrew McCutchen to be Pittsburgh's first Most Valuable Player since the George H.W. Bush administration, I thought it'd be fun to look at which teams have...

Single White Ballclub

The bricks at Wrigley Field: The bricks at Busch Stadium: The rooftop seats at Wrigley Field: The rooftop seats at Busch Stadium: Ballpark Village - Phase 2:

Baseball questions from my dad, Part V

Whenever I watch a ballgame with my dad, he asks me a lot of questions. Not so much about that particular game, but more macro stuff ... What percentage of left-handed hitters throw right-handed?...

When Dwight Gooden faced Super Dave

It's rare that two top athletes from different sports face each other on the field of battle, but when they do, it's pure dynamite. And there's no better example than the time Muhammad Ali fought...

The best and worst triple plays

My least favorite double play is the "strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out" variety, which hardly seems worthy of being called a double play at all. To my mind, a double play is something the fielders do,...

Baseball strikes out with Olympic committee

If your last name begins with the letters A through F, you've already attended government-mandated Olympic Awareness Camp, and thus, you've heard the news: Baseball will not be returning to the...

Stealing for the cycle

While researching steals of home, I discovered this page at Baseball Almanac, detailing every instance a player stole second base, third base, and home plate in the same inning. It has happened 50...

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