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… Read more »
Posts by Scott Kushner
Anthony Lorenzo and Scott Kushner join Alex Crisafulli for a 3-round draft of favorite “Seinfeld” minor characters, and conclude with discussion on a memorable episodes.
Scott Kushner and Alec Denton join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Scott’s past season coaching Centenary University baseball, Alec’s recent post on the shift and switch-hitters, and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
Matt Trueblood and Scott Kushner join Brandon Lee to talk about Yoenis Cespedes and other free agent news, Scott’s coaching at Centenary College, and Matt’s contribution to the 2016 Baseball Prospectus Annual. Then they play a BP ’96 player comments guessing game, and list what changes they’d make to MLB.
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.
My favorite baseball movie of all time is The Natural. Go ahead, mock me.
I love it for all that is pure fantasy: whittling Wonderboy from a lightning-split tree, whiffing The Whammer, inexplicable shooting by a crazy woman, busted open balls, deadly outfield walls, exploding clocks in Wrigley, Glenn Close sold as attractive, a shadow lurking owner, Wilford Brimley being tangentially related to Kim Basinger, and of course… the bloody hero’s fireworks display.
Recruiting is a dreadful but necessary part of the job. Perhaps, at a later date, I can go into the ways in which a coach must toe the line between truth-teller and snake oil salesman… Read more »
“Whenever a new coach takes over a team, there is a power struggle. Players jostle for depth chart positioning, recognizing the clean slate that can erase prior misdeeds or accomplishments. They also jostle for positioning with their coach, because for a few years, the returning players actually have seniority over their new skipper. Determining who calls the shots can sometimes be a bloody and protracted battle.”
“And yet…no matter how many baseball games I’ve seen, I frequently find myself witnessing something I’ve never seen before. It doesn’t make any sense. To my knowledge, the play described below has only happened once in the history of baseball. I have never seen anything like it before or since. I believe it to be the single worst play ever to take place on a baseball diamond. You decide.”
“Joe Buck: Here’s the 0-1. That’s in the air to left center. That ball iiiiis…down. And it gets passed to the wall! Gordon is gonna dig for third. A mistake in the outfield…and Gordon is being waved home! There’s gonna be a play at the plate…the relay from Crawford…Posey takes it on a hop. Gordon topples over Posey aaaand…”