Mike Piazza’s Love Affair With the Commercial

Recently I decided to read Mike Piazza's new book, Long Shot. I wasn't expecting literature that would challenge my deepest held beliefs nor was I hoping for lyrical prose poetry. So in the end, I guess I got what a paid for: a mild diversion from my eventual demise co-written by baseball's greatest offensive catcher and […]

The Abraham Lincolns of Baseball

While watching Daniel Day Lewis accept yet another Oscar award on Sunday night for his performance in Lincoln (really, when he's nominated they need to create a Best Actor Not Named Daniel Day Lewis category), I wondered about the other Abraham Lincolns out there, specifically the baseballing ones. Especially with political cartoons like this one […]

The MLB Fan Cave Advantage?

[Pre-note: It's not like the contributors here at The Platoon Advantage to toot their own horns, but I'm the new guy so maybe I can get away with it.] Not only are pitchers and catcher headed to Arizona for Spring Training, but it looks like so is The Platoon Advantage contributor Michael Clair. Mike, a […]

Mike Piazza’s First Draft of “Long Shot”

  (image via 99Goals)    With Mike Piazza's autobiography, Long Shot, co-written with Lonnie Wheeler, coming out today, there have already been a number of excerpts released. We here at The Platoon Advantage were fortunate enough to stumble upon a first draft of the manuscript which features extended looks at a few key scenes.   […]

Baseball and the UFO Conspiracy*

  There's a vast conspiracy underfoot and you're not even aware of it. The world is large and the universe even larger, so it was awfully self-important of us to think that we were the only sentient creatures in this galaxy. So open your eyes sheeple, because the threat is already here. Our baseball fields […]

Frank Thomas and the Mysterious Steroids Secret Society

This weekend, Frank Thomas said that he was unaware of all the steroid use going on during his career because, and I quote, it was "a secret society. I had no idea. I think I was the one guy that when they were having that conversation they would stop quickly when I walked in the […]

The Longest-Tenured Players In Baseball

History is important. It teaches us critical things like who won the Civil War and why it’s a bad idea to drive around on a flat tire and how to get fired as a manager of the Yankees. Today, we’ll simply log the player for each team with the longest tenure with that franchise — […]

The Most Interesting Landing Places For Michael Bourn

With less than 22 days before Spring Training officially starts, a few high-profile free agents still haven't signed with major league teams. Players like Kyle Lohse, Shaun Marcum, and Joe Saunders* are still looking for contracts, probably at least in part due to the new rules about draft pick compensation. But the best player available […]

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 […]

Fun Pitching Stats To While Away Your Time

With spring training still a month away, and nothing to occupy my time otherwise (what am I going to do? Go to sleep? Read a book? Exercise? I think not), I decided to spend my time searching through FanGraphs pitching stats. A few of the nuggets I came across:  – According to FanGraphs' Zone%, RA […]

3 Fun Under-The-Radar Transactions For 2013

We all love talking about the big deals that take place during the offseason. In fact, I'd argue that Hot Stove Season is much more fulfilling for fans of certain (read: bad) teams than the actual season itself, sometimes. Nevertheless, there are always a few transactions that are less important than others, or that fall […]

HOF 2013: The Guys You Can’t Even Vote For

It's Announcement Day (hide your wives and daughters, hide your computer and anything else that'll connect to Twitter!), and it's time for another tradition of mine (started in 2011, and here's 2012): there are throngs of players who are eligible for the Hall of Fame this year — they played in at least ten seasons, […]

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 […]

10 Reasons to Get Excited About 2013

And by ten things to get excited about, I naturally mean ten baseball things to get excited by 2013. Otherwise the list would be full of things like "surviving the winter without contracting the black death" and "awaiting Fast and Furious 6." That said, with winter still gripping us and baseball season still oh so […]

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.  […]