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 […]

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 […]

The Governor’s Wife

In 1692, near Salem, Massachusetts, young girls began to have fits that they claimed were caused by witches. They accused three local women of witchcraft, and eventually the accusations spread to several others both in the town and in the surrounding colony. In their trials, spectral evidence (a “victim’s” accusation that they had seen an […]

2013 Birthday Shopping Guide

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where my odometer rolls over and I have to get my driver’s license replaced. Yes, it is my 35th birthday on Saturday. Those of you who have yet to get me something will be happy to know that I have, for the fourth year in […]

Why I’m Not Rooting For the Rays Anymore

Ultimately, I think we realize that baseball doesn't matter. It's a fun sport — even a beautiful sport — but baseball doesn't add anything tangible to our lives. We can't eat it, can't use it to build anything, and most of us aren't paid by or because of it. Instead, we follow baseball for the […]

The Artist Formerly Known as TCM’s 2013 Predictions

These predictions are obligatory. Once a year, as the season starts, I’m compelled to make a record of what I think is going to happen in Major League Baseball, so that you can point and laugh at me once the season’s done, and you can draw inspiration that damn near any idiot can write about […]

And Now, A Serious Request Made Smart-Assedly

Writer on The Platoon Advantage, conscientious citizen, and (more importantly) our friend Michael Clair has a bit of a big thing going on this weekend, as he does his second annual Blogathon on his own site, Old Time Family Baseball. Mike’s going to be posting up there every half hour on Saturday with fresh (not […]

Plagiarists Who (Might) Write Among Us 2: 2013 Edition

(The following is adapted from Senator Joseph McCarthy's famous Red Scare speech in Wheeling, West Virginia from February 9, 1950. I wouldn't want any of you to think I was trying to pass someone else's work off as my own. Wink.) Ladies and gentlemen, today as we celebrate the one hundredth birthday of one of […]

I Approve This Message

This following is a special message from: Herb Washington Russ Adams Reggie Jefferson Madison Bumgarner Craig Monroe Ace Adams Reggie Jackson Jermaine Van Buren Matt Harrison Tyler Skaggs Wes Polk Chamberlain Ben Taylor Joe Fillmore Brian Buchanan Brad Lincoln Randy Johnson Ulysses Franklin "Frank" Grant Von Hayes Bill Garfield Arthur "Jocko" Conlon Grover Cleveland "Pete" […]

Friday Forum: Award Picks

It’s been quiet around here…too quiet. We’ll fix that.   Below are our staff’s picks (our preferences, mind, not predictions) for the 2012 regular season awards, noting the ridiculous and possibly culturally insensitive but totally necessary shortening of Jason’s name:   David Temple Michael Clair Chip Buck Jason Woj'ski Bill Parker Mike Bates Cee Angi […]

Change Is Here

We have news! Well, a bunch of it! And it’s exciting! We’ve been keeping a secret from you, which has been difficult because Cee is the worst at secrets, but we’re excited to announce that TCM, Cee, and I have been invited by SB Nation to join their growing team of writers. You’ll start seeing […]

A Brief Interuption, Watch This Trailer

If you’re a baseball fan, I dare you to watch this and not get excited.  I can’t wait to see this movie: The movie’s scheduled to come out on April 12, 2013 and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, […]

One Game Circus

It’s amazing to me how much of a difference a couple days can make.  On Monday, on Getting Blanked, I was singing the praises of the second Wild Card team, defending it from those who thought it would bring shame on the otherwise noble house of the MLB postseason. I didn’t see a problem with […]

We Had All the Answers, and Rany Jazayerli Just Changed the Questions

I’ve talked before about how my journey as a skeptical reader, a journey that eventually landed me here as a semi-respected writer on baseball matters, began with reading Rob Neyer and Rany Jazayerli’s Rob and Rany on the Royals columns in my freshman dorm 15 years ago.  So it’s with that same skeptical eye that […]