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Rob Neyer began his career with legendary baseball author Bill James, and later worked for STATS, Inc. and ESPN.com, writing more words for that website than anyone else. Rob has written or co-written six baseball books, including Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends.

Growing up in Kansas City, Rob's favorite teams were the Royals, the Minnesota Vikings and the long-lost Kansas City Kings. These days, he spends his winters staying warm and rooting for the Jayhawks.

User Blog

Don't worry: Humanity's fine!


The future is scary! But the future doesn't happen quickly, especially in baseball. So don't worry, fans of people and haters of robots; Big Data's not taking over the game anytime soon.

Yeah, I'm a big-game pitcher. What about it?


Is Roy Oswalt really the greatest Big Game Pitcher of the last half-century or so? Bill James thinks he is.

The next great baseball movie?

Yeah, maybe. What we learned from Moneyball: The Movie is that a great story, however unfilmable it might seem, can be turned into a great movie in the right creative hands. Well, people have been...

Yeah, maybe that wasn't a great idea


Last year, Danny Espinosa played 32 games when he obviously shouldn't have been playing. Well, it's obvious in retrospect. Still, there's a good lesson in there somewhere.

Nope, the Red Sox haven't become the Yankees


Remember when we started saying the Red Sox were becoming just like the Yankees? We were wrong. The Red Sox are still smart and (relatively) lean, while the Yankees are still ... well, not dumb....

Finally, a Greg Maddux controversy!


Thursday the Hall of Fame announced the logos associated with the 2014 class of Hall of Famers, and to the surprise of many, Greg Maddux won't be a Brave. Or anything else. Should we be outraged?...

Looking for Big Games


Jon Lester hasn't been around for long, but he's pitched in a lot of big games ... and that's not even including October. Bill James has come up with a way of defining Big (regular-season) Games,...

We're talking about baseball in Portland again?

I don't know. This seems to come up every few months, so maybe it means something. But I'm on the ground here in Portland, and I just don't see any good reason to get excited about Major League...

When cheating's the culture


Can the latest U.S. Air Force scandal teach us anything about the Steroids Era? Maybe.

Japanese players in MLB (in less than 2 minutes!)

MLB Productions has put together this delightful montage of Japanese players in the majors, beginning with some little-seen footage of Masanori Murakami, the first (and for many years only)...

Will all these new Yankees be enough?


With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees have officially blown well past their supposed budgetary limits. But have they done enough to escape third place?

Is this A-Rod's baseball future?


Suing guys who throw 95-mile-an-hour fastballs might not be the very best career move.

Bud Selig, metaphorical scorpion


Monday, Grant Brisbee tried to come up with five hated non-beloved baseball figures ... and couldn't do it. Grant managed only four: Alex Rodriguez, Bud Selig, Jeffrey Loria, and Scott Boras. I do...

Now it's just Matt Holliday's world ...


You don't think baseball's drug culture has changed? Just listen to veteran Matt Holliday.

The Hall of Famer who was always wrong


In a highly entertaining guest column for Old Time Family Baseball, Emma Span points out that Bowie Kuhn -- Hall of Famer Bowie Kuhn -- was basically wrong about everything. Really, this list is...

Living with mascots (even the awful ones)

The New Yorker's Ian Crouch isn't a fan of the Cubs' new mascot, and you can't really blame him (although one of Crouch's issues, Clark's below-the-waist nakedness, has been approved by Grant...

C'mon. Get happy!

Thursday, Dave Madden died. Which reminded your scribe of a long-forgotten baseball song about Willie Mays.

Enjoy those close-call replays while you can!


Yes, there's a new policy that allows teams to show replays, even on the closest of plays. But this might not last for long.

The A-Rod book(s) you won't be reading


Before he died, star journalist Richard Ben Cramer tried and failed to write a book about Alex Rodriguez.

Saying (a long) goodbye to the neighborhood play


Yes, baseball's new video-review system somehow preserves the so-called "neighborhood play" at second base. But in practice, it won't last much longer at all.

Ageism, I say!


There's that Jeff Sullivan fellow again, shaking up all that data and coming up with something interesting. This time it's pitch-framing (of a sort), but with a twist ... We know, or think we...

So, Higuera and Biggio walked into a bar and ...


What do Teddy Higuera and Craig Biggio have in common? Both were victimized this year by questionable elections.

Sydneysiders rejoice! (Ohioans, maybe not.)

Wednesday afternoon, Major League Baseball released the complete 2014 schedule, with game times and everything. There's nothing extraordinary about the schedule -- hey, we're already used to...

Famous 26-game winner retiring


Dallas Braden packed a lot of action into a relatively brief career.

Baseball's first $300 Million Man? Why not?


The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw's agent are reportedly discussing a long-term contract, and this time they might actually come up with an offer that nobody can refuse.

Does "Japanese pitcher" tell us anything at all?


Our brains like to create groups and sub-groups and sub-sub-groups. It's easier to navigate the world that way. But it's not necessarily the most accurate way, and maybe we should stop thinking...

Don't miss a single at-bat!


You can pick one hitter and watch every single at-bat this season. Who is he?

Winning on the cheap (but not often)


Starlin Castro's a good bet for a good season. But 2014 doesn't figure to treat Castro's Cubs well, thanks in part to one of MLB's lowest payrolls. So when does the rebuilding plan start showing...

Is drug testing futile?


No, it's not. Which isn't to say that cheaters can't prosper. Many have, and more will. But drug testing has made a difference, and will make a difference for at least a while longer.

Yankees' 2013 highlight was in April?

Yes. April. It was a long season for the Yankees.

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