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Can the Chicago Cubs repeat as World Series Champions?

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Prince Fielder and All That Money in Baseball

When the news broke earlier this week that the incredibly fun and one-of-a-kind Prince Fielder‘s playing career would prematurely end, there were a lot of sad reactions, understandably, and a lot of shocked ones — and a handful of bad, bad, bad takes with regard to the amount of money Fielder is making, and will continue […]

The Designated Hitter and the Baseball You’re Used To: A Survey

The topic of the week appears to be the possibly-someday-coming universal DH rule, and there’s plenty to read about it. I enjoyed all of this from Grant Brisbee — as I enjoy everything Grant writes — but this part early on got me thinking: I’m a huge supporter of pitchers hitting for the same reason most […]

The Guys You Couldn’t Even Vote For, 2016

There’s no cliche in baseball along the lines of Hollywood’s “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” as far as I know, but there is a certain cachet attached to a player seeing his name on the BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot. One hopes that the likes of Mark Grudzielanek and Mike Lowell didn’t spend […]

Believe it or not, Cuddyer and the Mets have some history on their side

A whole lot has happened since November 10, 2014, when Michael Cuddyer became one of the first notable team-shifting free agent signings of the offseason. You might even think a lot has happened that’d be more interesting to talk about in March than the Michael Cuddyer signing, and you’d probably be right, but to you, […]

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Derek Jeter’s First Drafts of His Retirement Letter

Yesterday, Derek Jeter announced his retirement from baseball at the end of 2014 through a heartfelt Facebook post. But that post, in which he thanks the fans of New York and discusses his career, was actually the result of a lot of trial and error.  Here were his earlier attempts:    So, uhh, I guess […]

Ken Gurnick’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ballot

I bet Ken Gurnick is actually a hell of a guy. I bet he’s smart, and hard-working, and often thoughtful. I bet he’s kind to pets and babies and houseplants and the elderly. A lot of writers I tend to respect, including Ken Rosenthal, Dylan Hernandez and Eric Stephen, speak very highly of him.  Here’s […]

Learning to Appreciate Barry Bonds

I had given up on baseball. I can’t give you the exact dates, but it was somewhere around 2001, when steroid rumors and my burgeoning high school self lost interest in the game. While high school, and its ability to crush a human being beyond recognition played a part, I was the child that the […]

Rule Noodling: The Starting Pinch-Hitter

With the offseason upon us, it's the perfect time to sit back and think about baseball from a philosophic standpoint. To separate ourselves from the endless grind of reading boxscores, watching highlights, and feverishly pulling up Mike Trout's Baseball-Reference page before quickly closing our laptops when our significant other walks in the room, making sure […]

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David Ortiz’s Mayoral Concession Speech

(via Skreened)  As you may have heard, David Ortiz, the slugging designated hitter and all around lovable guy, came in third in the recent Boston mayoral race. The transcript of his concession speech, given at a Jerry Remy's Bar and Grill at 1:30 am, has finally been released and is available below: People of Boston, gathered […]

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Scouting Todd Avocado, the Baseball-Playing Avocado

Before this year's postseason action, you probably had no idea that avocados could play sports. Hell, you probably didn't even realize there was an entire food-based baseball league, one featuring avocados, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and, surely, some kind of slaw.  But just what kind of play can you expect from an avocado? Hopefully […]

TPA 2013 Postseason Predictions

On The Platoon Advantage, the people are represented by two separate, but in no way equally important groups of writers. Mike Bates (formerly The Common Man), Bill Parker, and Jason Wojiechowski, who barely write here anymore, and Michael Clair, who keeps the flame burning. These are their postseason predictions: Michael Clair: Michael’s way too worried […]

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