The Winter Meetings began this week just outside of Washington, D.C., and the one team everyone will be watching is the Chicago White Sox, as it seems as though the market is waiting for the South Siders to move Chris Sale before anything else big can happen. I decided to take matters into my own hands by… Read more »

You may have heard Jon Lester doesn’t have a great pickoff move. Francisco Lindor exploited this fact in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series, stealing second base and eventually scoring the first run of the Series, leading to a Cleveland victory. At the time, it seemed almost unfair to pit Lester… Read more »

Episode 4 of “Pitch,” titled “The Break,” begins in Major League Baseball’s New York offices with a group of marketing professional-looking types sitting around a conference table watching a video campaign to propel young Ginny Baker into the 2016 All-Star game at Petco Park, her home field. The video features the requisite adorable kids, mostly… Read more »

“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 »

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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 »