This time last year, optimism was in abundance in the Steel City. The NL was sharply divided between have and have nots, and the Pirates sat closer to the haves. With former MVP Andrew McCutchen… Read more »
Posts by Nick Koss
A year after coming within a rain delay and a Jason Heyward motivational speech (price tag: $21 million) of winning the World Series, the Indians had a good 2017. They: 1) set the record for… Read more »
For Pirates fans, 2016 was an unwelcome reminder of the franchise’s post-Barry Bonds past. For the first time since breaking the 20-year streak of losing seasons, Pittsburgh finished under .500. This was particularly unwelcome since… Read more »
Nick Koss and Nick Strangis join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Chris Sale to the Red Sox, the Wade Davis-Jorge Soler trade, and Adam Eaton to the Nationals. They wrap up with more picks for favorite baseball movies.
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… Read more »
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.
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,… 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… 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… Read more »
Nick Koss and Rob Mains join Ryan Sullivan to talk about surprise teams, David Ortiz’s upcoming retirement, Stephen Strasburg’s extension, Max Scherzer’s 20 Ks, and MLB.tv’s MLB Plus feature.
With David Ortiz’s retirement at the end of the season, many a Red Sox fan is saying goodbye to their childhood hero. For those fans roughly around my own age, he was the Boston Red Sox. … Read more »
Alec Denton and Nick Koss join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the nominees for the SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, and the Red Sox and Braves.
Out of the 20 free agents given a qualifying offer (QO), only three accepted. They are the first three ever to accept one, but did they make the right call? Before looking at each individual… Read more »
Writers Nick Koss and Scott Kushner join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Papelbon-Harper, the AL West and Wild Card races, and an emergency bullpen catcher story.
Tampa Bay Rays Picked by most to finish last in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays have outpaced their projections by being only 3 games out of first with a 46-45 record. This outpaces… Read more »
Note: All stats current through 7/10/15 Two weeks ago, this post would have been all doom and gloom. But the Red Sox have made up a lot of ground in the AL East, putting themselves… Read more »
The following is an account of the phone call that resulted in the Braves-Diamondbacks trade on 6/20/15. Multiple sources (i.e. no one) helped to piece together the events. Location: Arizona GM Dave Stewart’s office…. Read more »
From the professional level, to public park leagues, to back yards, to couches and televisions, fathers (biological, chosen, or father-figures) and their children spend the summer months playing, discussing, watching, studying, and sharing the game… Read more »
The Marlins announced yesterday that GM Dan Jennings would take over as manager, marking the first time in recent history that an executive with as much power as he had would move down to the… Read more »
MLB is currently the only major sports league in North America to not allow teams to swap draft picks. On top of this restriction, players can’t be traded until after the World Series in the year they are drafted (this was changed recently from one year after the draft date).
It hasn’t been pretty on the mound for the Red Sox so far this year. The Sox have managed an 11-10 record through 21 games, but there have been some nights that the starting pitching… Read more »
The brain drain hit Tampa Bay this offseason, and it hit them hard. General Manager Andrew Friedman fell victim to the old “Dumptruck Full Of Money” gag and left to become President of Baseball Operations… Read more »
After taking a look at minimum and average salaries, I wanted to look at the average salary of the best major leaguers and see if the same trends applied to the top of the talent… Read more »
It is well known that a boom in local TV money has made the game of baseball flush with cash over the past few years. The sports industry as a whole has also bloomed, so… Read more »