“Beanball,” the third episode of “Pitch,” is the first written by show runner Kevin Falls and the first that really shines. Falls manages a neat trick in Ep. 3: he deepens the personal conflicts/off-the-field narratives built in the first two episodes without depriving us of baseball. It was the most successful balance between the soapy side-stories… Read more »

After a pilot episode that ended on the big reveal that Ginny Baker’s father/coach/diabolical mentor Bill Baker had actually died six years before she made her major-league debut with the Padres, the second episode, “The Interim,” seemed poised to provide a peek into whether “Pitch” was going to reset its format or find non-father/daughter dynamics to plumb for… 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, October 2. Comment of the week: Kansas City’s Terrance Gore finished the season with 11 stolen bases and three plate appearances. I wondered whether that’s the… Read more »

Alec Denton joins Ryan Sullivan to look at the division winners and remaining contenders as the regular season comes to a close. Darius Austin joins in later as the group briefly dicusses Jose Fernandez.   You can read Alec’s other work at ALDLAND, and Darius at Bat Flips & Nerds and Friends with Fantasy Benefits…. Read more »

On Effectively Wild episode 948, Banished to the Pen contributor and Baseball Prospectus author Rob Mains discussed, among many other things, the importance of the batting title back in the 1930s and 1940s: “The batting title was absolutely the biggest story in terms of individual races…in terms of the individual race that the newspapers covered… Read more »


Special guest star Russell A Carleton of Baseball Prospectus joins Mike Carlucci and Nick Strangis to look back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s classic baseball show, “Take Me Out to the Holosuite.” The trio rounds out the show with a quick, irreverent draft of favorite Trek things.   Baseball Prospectus’ defensive breakdown by Larry… Read more »

On the latest episode of an NL Central show, Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, and Brandon Lee talk about Pitch Talks Chicago, the Cardinals’ Wild Card chances, Vin Scully, Pitch, and the all time single-season WAR list. They also draft Jose Fernandez GIFs, guess “hipster” NBA seasons, and then devolve into a discussion of Harambe and… Read more »

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FOX’s “Pitch” debuts tonight and will follow the big-league trials and travails of one fictional Ginny Baker, a “beautiful, tough and gifted athlete (who) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut,” as FOX’s PR arm puts it. First off, kudos to FOX’s crack… Read more »

Byron Buxton is probably one of the most hyped prospects to come down the pike in quite a while. It was certainly a struggle for Buxton when he was (quite possibly prematurely) promoted to the major leagues to make his debut on June 14, 2015. Buxton struggled right off the bat, going 2 for his… Read more »

This week on an NL Central Podcast, Eric Roseberry, Alex Crisafulli, and Brandon Lee magically/conveniently/unintentionally scheduled a recording time to coincide with the ending of Kyle Hendricks’s ultimately failed no-hit bid, which, upon its breakup, Alex declared the event “[his] Super Bowl.” They also discuss Seung Hwan Oh injury trutherism, the timeless Alfredo Simon, being… Read more »

On the latest episode of an NL Central Podcast, Alex Crisafulli, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee discuss the current state of their teams (Cardinals, Brewers, and Cubs respectively) and revisit the concept of the Brewers’ “Timeless Ticket.” The guys also talk about season tickets (including some non-NL Central and non-MLB teams), and reveal their favorite September baseball memories. The episode closes with an NL Cy Young trivia question.

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 28. Comment of the week: As the title implies, the Yankee rookie has had himself a nice start to his career. Over in the National League,… Read more »

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 »