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Wendy Thurm

  • joined Sep 02, 2011
  • last login Apr 16, 2014
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Wendy was born a die-hard Mets fan but overcame that affliction when she moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s. Now she's a die-hard Giants fan. Baseball has always been a big part of her life. She started writing about baseball in early 2011 when she created HangingSliders.com, a blog devoted to baseball analysis, commentary, humor and poetry. Wendy is now a contributing writer at FanGraphs, Baseball Nation and Getting Blanked on The Score.

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What we learned about baseball this season

A lot of things have happened in 2012, and we've got the things that shouldn't be soon forgotten.

Why isn't anyone talking about the White Sox?

The White Sox haven't been a sexy story like the A's or the Orioles. But they are poised to win the American League Central and will be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.

Nats Should Use Strasburg In The Postseason ... As A Pinch Hitter

Stephen Strasburg won't pitch again for the Nationals this season. But he could contribute to the Nationals' postseason in another way.

Does Marlins Ballpark Suppress Home Runs After All?

There was a lot of early-season handwringing over the spacious outfield at the new Marlins Ballpark. With the season nearly over, we look at the results.

Fun With Day-Game Stats

The author is asked a question on Twitter about a team's record in day games. And that sends her down a rabbit hole. The result is this post chock full of information about day games dating back to 2008.

The Definitive Plan for Breaking A 3-Way Tie For A Wild Card Spot

Five AL teams and four NL teams are vying for two wild card spots in each league. Major League Baseball has no plan for resolving a three-team tie, a possibility that grows stronger every day. So we've created the ultimate tie-breaking plan.

Ten Years Later: The A's 20-Game Winning Streak, Scott Hatteberg, And Moneyball

The Oakland A's celebrated the tenth anniversary of their 20-game winning streak on Saturday night. We look back at The Streak and how it inspired Moneyball, the book and the movie.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ownage

Fans of every team have the one or two players they fear. The ones who always seem to come up in big situations and get a big hit to send their team to defeat. We often refer to it as "ownage." We investigate whether it really exists.

On Pittsburgh And The Pirates' Resurgence

Pittsburgh was a city down on its luck but has transformed itself for the 21st Century. Now it's time to let the Pirates have their day in the sun.

Mobile, Alabama: Birthplace of Hall of Famers

The Gulf Coast city of Mobile, Alabama has a rich baseball history dating to the 1880s. Perhaps it's not a surprise, then, that five ballplayers in the Baseball Hall of Fame were born in Mobile, more than any city other than New York and Los Angeles.

Micah Owings And Pitchers Becoming Hitters

Micah Owings began his career as a starting pitcher who could hit. Then he became as relief pitcher who could hit. Now, after battling a forearm injury, he's working toward a comeback as a relief pitcher-outfielder with the San Diego Padres.

All-Star Game Trivia, Tidbits and Tales

The 83rd All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Before the game starts, bone up on All-Star Game history with these nuggets of All-Star information.

Is There An ADHD Epidemic in Major League Baseball?

It was little noticed, but Baseball's new drug policy includes a tightening of the rules about prescription medicines used to treat ADHD. Will the eight percent of major leaguers receiving exemptions be affected by the new policy?

It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again. Sort Of.

Yogi Berra is famous for his quips on baseball and life. Now, so is Bryce Harper. We ponder the fate of famous quotations by Yogi and other ballplayers, had they been said in the Twitter age.

The Odds Of A Perfect Game

There's some debate about why perfect games are occurring with greater frequency. Even so, a perfect game is still a pretty rare event. How rare? We investigate.

R.A. Dickey and Pitchers Who Don't Succeed Until Their Mid-30's

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey is anything but an overnight sensation. At age 37, he's pitching the finest season of his career. We take a look at other starting pitchers who didn't achieve success until their mid-30s.

What Baseball Can Learn From Hockey Video Review

The National Hockey League has had a centralized video-review system in place for nearly ten years. Major League Baseball can learn a thing or two from the NHL about how to set up and operate a fair and efficient system.

How MLB Should Punish Players Who Drink And Drive

When are the owners and players going to get serious about drunk driving? And how serious should they get?

Baseball On Par With Other Professional Sports In Dealing With Bad Umpires

Major League Baseball suspended umpire Bob Davidson for one game for repeatedly mishandling on-field conflicts. It's a step in the right direction for baseball, which has allowed rogue officials get away with too much for too long.

On Being Young And Brash In The Social Media Age

Bryce Harper isn't the first young phenom to take baseball by storm. But doing it in the age of social media is a whole other ballgame.

Are Concussion Lawsuits Coming to Major League Baseball?

More than a thousand retired NFL players are suing the league, seeking damages for the long-term mental impairment they're suffering after years of blows to the head and concussions. We consider whether MLB faces similar lawsuits down the road.

Buster Posey's Surprisingly Hot Early-Season Hitting

Last May, Buster Posey went down in a heap after a nasty home-plate collision, ending his 2011 season. This April, he's off to his best start ever. Should we be surprised by his speedy recovery?

Which Teams Have The Biggest Beef With The Unbalanced And Interleague Schedules This Season?

With two wild-card slots up for grabs, this just might be the season in which the unbalanced schedules make a big difference. Which teams have the toughest road ahead? We investigate.

Michael Weiner: A New Kind Of Leadership For The Players' Union

Baseball is in the midst of 21 years of labor peace. Much of that is due to a strong players union. Michael Weiner leads the union, drawing on the strength of his well-known predecessors but with his own style.

Don't Judge A New Ballpark By Its Opening Series

There is already a lot of hand-wringing about the lack of home runs at Marlins Ballpark. But new ballparks don't always play the same in their first series as they do the rest of the season. Or later seasons.

Memorable Opening-Day Performances

Everything is beautiful and wonderful on Opening Day. Until the games start. Then there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ah, memories.

Meditations On The Season, Beginning Anew

We wait. And wait. All winter we wait. We wait for baseball. It's here.

Why Are The A's And Mariners Playing Baseball In Japan?

Today's Opening Day game in Japan wasn't the first outside the U.S. and Canada. And it likely won't be the last.

A Cautionary Tale for New Major League Baseball Owners

Owning a major league baseball team can be fun. But taking over a losing franchise presents its own set of challenges. New owners need to tread carefully.

SEC Investigation Of Marlins Ballpark Financing Could Heat Up Soon

It's been pretty quiet in Miami since the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into the financing of the Marlins' new ballpark. That may be about to change.

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