Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez just played in his 20th major league game, in which he failed to homer. Come on, Gary, get it together. Nonetheless, Sanchez homered in six of his first 20 career games, blasting eight in total, which seems decent; great, even. Your browser does not support iframes. If you’ve actually watched,… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Monday, August 22. Comment of the week: The top four hitters in the American League over the past 30 days, as measured by OPS, are three middle… Read more »
On the eve of SummerSlam 2016, Effectively Wild group members Eric Ferguson, Eric Hartman, Tim Livingston, and Ryan Sullivan forge an uneasy alliance to talk about what’s currently happening in WWE, NXT, and the indies.
Nick Koss and Rob Mains (also of Baseball Prospectus) join Ryan Sullivan to talk about their experience at the 2016 Saberseminar, and their favorite presenters and topics, including Dave Dombrowski, sports medicine, Effectively Wild live, Ryan Westmoreland, and the rise in home runs.
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Monday, August 15. Comment of the week: We’ve lapped the All Star break, so these numbers should be back to normal, with 26-28 game sample sizes. Not… Read more »
In the final part of our ’94 retrospective, we look at two things from that year that probably have little value in 2016: baseball cards, and Major League II. Also included is a brief anecdote from the set of Angels in the Outfield. In part 1, we went through the MLB season and Michael Jordan’s… Read more »
The Saberseminar (aka Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball) is an annual conference held over a weekend in Boston featuring a full two-slate of sabermetric and analytic presentations. It draws analysts, teams, former players, writers, and fans interested in the science of the sport, with all proceeds going to charity. This is the third… Read more »
In the gaming portion of our revisit to 1994, we talk about the original 16-bit Griffey title, and break down the references used for the game’s fake player names. Then we take a brief look at the other games of that year. In part 1, we went through the events of the MLB season, and… Read more »
Previously, Banished to the Pen turned the clock back to 1988 in the first entry of our Throwbacks series. This time, we look back at 1994 — when Matt Williams chased 61, Tony Gwynn chased .400, and the Expos had MLB’s best record. That was before the dark times. Before the strike. Part 1 takes… Read more »
This weekend we’ll present a retrospective on the 1994 baseball season. But first, a look back on the infamous strike of that season, and what led up to it. How come there was a strike? I thought labor relations in baseball are pretty good. They are now. They weren’t then. The Major League Baseball… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, August 7. Comment of the week: Billy Hamilton has 21 stolen bases over the past 30 days. There are only six players (other than Hamilton) with more than 21… Read more »
The Red Sox, enjoying their first winning season since 2013, are in the thick of the wide-open AL pennant race. With Dave Dombrowski (known to be active on the trade market) running the front office, the Red Sox entered July expected to be one of the most active teams on the trade market, with a… Read more »
Matt Jackson, Nick Strangis, and Ryan Sullivan recap of some of the moves leading up to the trade deadline, including Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers, and the Yankees selling.
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, July 31. Comment of the week: This is one of the times when the past 30 days coincides with the preceding month, so we can make… Read more »
In this episode of an NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee discuss a variety of topics including but not limited to Ryan Braun wearing Ed Hardy shirts, the difference between J.J. Redick and Josh Reddick, the traveling Hall of Fame exhibit, and things from Canada. In addition, they discuss the trade… Read more »
An issue that always pops up during deadline season is team payroll space, or how much budget room a team has to add major league talent at the deadline to bolster a run to the playoffs. Selling teams don’t have to worry about this pesky number for their own organizations as the minor leaguers make… Read more »
During the All-Star break, we asked fans to answer two simple questions: “With regard to their favorite MLB team, how locked in are you and what’s your mood?” One hundred and twenty three baseball fans responded to our survey, crossing twenty six of the thirty fan bases. It may not be a scientifically significant sample, but… Read more »
Of all the accolades and accomplishments in Ken Griffey Jr.’s career, the most impressive might be this: In an era that may very well have contained both the best hitter and best pitcher in baseball history, Griffey stands out as the most important player of his generation. For someone who has for years touted Barry… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, July 24. Comment of the week: The All-Star break will affect this and the next few Trailing 30 reports, since the four days off create small… Read more »
Baseball has had many events occur that were close to unpredictable. As they say, “That is why you play the games on the field and not paper.” Brady Anderson can have a career year that only pales in comparison to Bondsian and Ruthian slash lines and then return to being closer to Mike Napoli in… Read more »
On the latest NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee talk about the plural forms of breakfast foods, cross-country roadtrips, music festival fashion, hats, and baseball. Baseball topics include but are not limited to rooting against the Reds, Jason Heyward, Cardinals in federal prison, and the upcoming trade deadline. (59 MB, 1h… Read more »
Dear Future Twins General Manager, Congratulations on your new job. It’s been a long half decade in the Twin Cities, where the former world champions amassed a 355-477 record, including four consecutive 90+ loss seasons since 2011. The pitching staff ranks ahead of only the Colorado Rockies in ERA over that span while Twins hitters… Read more »
While there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played, certain teams have significantly deviated from our preseason expectations. As I did at last year’s All-Star Break, I’ve picked out the three teams which are most over- and underperforming their predicted & projected win totals, identified some potential reasons why, and come up with an… Read more »
Special guest Meg Rowley of Baseball Prospectus joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Seattle Mariners in 2016, their short-term outlook, and their glory days — including thoughts on Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr. Also: balancing fandom and sportswriting, and the unique appeal of baseball cards.
The hi-jinks of a loveable mascot can be as much a part of the ballpark experience as the crack of the bat and the smell of hot dogs. So, in tribute, here’s a little mascot quiz*.
One of the more surprising All Star selections was the one of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall. Duvall was acquired from the Giants along with minor league pitcher Keury Mella (who was arguably considered the main piece of the trade at the time) in the Mike Leake deal. After his surprising pick to the… Read more »
Read about the results here. Welcome to the worst or best day of the Major League Baseball season. If you find yourself cheering for a team that can’t seem to buy a win, you might look forward a day when they can’t fall any further back in the standings. If your favorite team is on… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, July 10. Programming note: Due to a scheduling conflict, there will not be a Trailing 30 report next week. Comments of the week: Over the past… Read more »
On Episode 910 of Effectively Wild, Ben and Sam fielded a listener question about which is the least interesting inning in baseball. The discussion naturally also turned to which was the most interesting inning, and if you could only watch one inning, which it would be; a question that’s clearly unanswerable on a number of… Read more »
Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, July 3. Comments of the week: The American West features two of the three best teams in the league over the past 30 days, and three… Read more »