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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »