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.
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.
Stephen Strasburg won't pitch again for the Nationals this season. But he could contribute to the Nationals' postseason in another way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
When are the owners and players going to get serious about drunk driving? And how serious should they get?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Everything is beautiful and wonderful on Opening Day. Until the games start. Then there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ah, memories.
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.
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.
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.