My 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

Not that you asked, but for the fourth year in a row (2010, 2011, 2012), here's my up or down on every player eligible for the BBWAA Hall of Fame vote on this winter's ballot. I've decided to ignore the ten-name limit, which is becoming increasingly ridiculous; I'll make my imaginary cuts at the end.  […]

The Joy of Lowered Expectations

I love Denard Span. I think he's one of the most underrated players in baseball, and one that was under team control for three more years at insanely low prices, even considering the first two would have been arbitration years ($4.75 million for 2013, $6.5 for 2014, and a no-brainer team option for $9 in 2015).  […]

Why I (Still) Hate the Second Wildcard

Look, the games on Friday were exciting. Good TV. Generally bad baseball, but entertaining. And I hate the fact that they happened at all. When the new system was announced about eleven months ago, I wrote about why I didn’t like it, and why I was unconvinced by the arguments in favor of it. There […]

Friday Forum: Our Postseason Predicitons

With the postseason starting today (if you count that one-game farce as the postseason; I’m still undecided), we thought it’d be a good time to get the Friday Forum thing going again and give you our staff’s predictions for the outcomes of the various postseason series. There are a lot of us now! For the […]


This is going to be one of those years when so much attention is paid to one awards race (the American League MVP, of course), we kind of forget there are other things going on. It’s too bad, because I think the National League race is a lot more interesting. The AL race is one […]

The AL MVP Race: Still Over.

Hey guys (gender inclusive)? Guys. I hate to interrupt. But listen for a second.  Look, I know that Miguel Cabrera is an awesome baseball player, and I know he had a huge game last night, and that he’s currently two homers back of Josh Hamilton from being in a position to win the first Triple […]

Friday Morning Cram Session, 8/24

“The penalties aren’t strong enough,” is what they say. Players are still using banned substances, so they’re not deterred by the fifty-game suspension. Suspend them for a year for the first offense. Suspend them for life! Deport ’em! Et cetera. By “they,” of course, I mean your typical pro sportswriter desperate for an attention-grabbing angle, the […]

On Felix, His Almost-Really-Perfect Perfecto, and His Place in History

The fourth pitch Felix Hernandez threw yesterday wasn’t very good at all.  I certainly couldn’t have hit it — it was a 92 mile an hour fastball, with at least a little bit of movement — but big league hitters could. Rays leadoff hitter and Wikipedia superstar Sam Fuld could, turning on the ball and […]

Wednesday Morning Cram Session, 8/15

Apologies for a particularly brief Cram Session this morning. To make it up to you, I won’t bore you with my excuses. We’re hitting only the highest points with this one.  Pitcher of the Night: Hiroki Kuroda, 9 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 R There were a ton of very strong pitching performances […]

Wednesday Morning Cram Session, 8/1

Things are different today. I don’t follow the rumor mill as obsessively as some seem to. I just don’t have the energy for it. In years when the Twins were in it, I might go through little crazy periods where I soak up every tiny bit of information, speculation or wild-ass guessing I can, but […]

My Mid-Season Awards

Just an obligatory annual post while I’m obligatorily watching the All-Star Game:  American League MVP: Mike Trout It’s worth noting that this is all a product of approximately the last three weeks: he’s been very good (at least) since day one, but starting with his 4-for-4 game on June 19, Trout hit .389/.432/.634 to close out […]

Friday Morning Cram Session, 7/6

Yesterday afternoon, the Tigers had just come back to tie the Twins at 3 in the eighth, and had runners on the corners with one out and Prince Fielder coming up. Ron Gardenhire brought in lefty Tyler Robertson to face him.  Robertson’s second pitch was a slider that floated more than it broke and stayed […]

Thursday Morning Cram Session, 7/5

We didn’t have anything for you yesterday, mostly because the odds are you wouldn’t have been here to read it, but if we had, we certainly would’ve talked a bit about Chipper Jones, who went 5-for-5 on Tuesday with two doubles, four RBI, and his only stolen base of the season. His Independence Day wasn’t […]

Happy Birthday…

Dickie Thon! I was all set to write about 1930s shortstop Billy Werber, who was born on this date in 1908, and that’s a great idea except that it turns out I did just that, one year ago today. Thon and Werber have something in common, though: according to this excellent SABR bio by C. Paul Rogers III […]

What if Trout and Harper are better than the Three Bite Rule?

When my grandfather passed away last spring, the family had to clear out and sell the wonderful little house in northern Virginia that he had lived in (with my grandmother, until 2008) since sometime in the sixties. Among the few things that I ended up with, being the baseball guy, was my pick of whatever […]