I take it as a sign that I have not completely failed as a father that my 11-year-old baseball-obsessed son’s favorite player is Jackie Robinson. And so it was with some excitement that I shared… Read more »
The last few Wednesdays we’ve been counting down to pitchers and catchers reporting with some of the best that baseball has to offer. In the first installment, we looked at Clayton Kershaw, baseball’s best ballparks,… Read more »
Over the past few seasons, Major League Baseball has instituted new rules and practices to shorten game times because they believe a shorter game will bring in new fans. The changes have decreased game time… Read more »
Nineteenth-century ballplayers had some of the most colorful nicknames you’ve ever seen. There was Pussy Tebeau and Candy Cummings (I am not making these up), Ice Box Chamberlain and Twitter’s favorite: Old Hoss Radbourn. Some… Read more »
Last Wednesday we started to count down the days until pitchers and catchers report by looking at some of the best the sport of baseball has to offer. We had the young hitting talent in… Read more »
This Better Know a Ballplayer Bio looks at a player whose primary position is listed on baseball-reference.com is “Pinch Hitter.” But before we get into his pinch hitting exploits and career, let’s address the name: without… Read more »
As you all know, we are currently in the deepest malaise of the baseball offseason right now. The last baseball signing big enough to reach the front pages of ESPN for more than a half… Read more »
The steroid era saw an explosion of home runs and scoring in the major leagues, and some parks amplified these effects even more. Coors Field in 2000 was the pinnacle of extreme scoring: 6.25 runs… Read more »
I needed a portfolio to get into Ryerson University’s journalism program. That’s basically why I started writing at Banished to the Pen. I was a baseball fan my whole life, and I had some knowledge of advanced metrics, so I said screw it, this seems like a good place to write and if/after I get into my program I’ll stop…
Banished to the Pen is always looking for new writers. To help convince you that this is a great place to get your work out, we’ve asked a few BTTP alumni to tell you about… Read more »
Originally published on Camstew’s View on Baseball. For a variety of different reasons, hardcore baseball fans have a certain affinity for their team’s AAA-affiliate. Prospect-hounds love to watch top prospects progress through the minor league… Read more »
Effectively Wild listeners probably don’t need anyone to tell them that if you spend long enough with the Baseball-Reference Play Index (coupon code BP), you’re virtually guaranteed to uncover some kind of statistical curiosity or fun fact that you’d never been aware of.
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 »
On this episode of On Baseball Writing, Eric interviewed Ben Lindbergh. Ben writes for The Ringer, and he is the co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has To Work.
This episode features a conversation with R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports. Topics included: What is it like to write for Sam Miller? How was the transition from Baseball Prospectus to CBS Sports? Why do you… 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… Read more »
The On Baseball Writing podcast features conversations with writers who cover the game we know and love. This episode features a conversation with Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus. Music by Tha Silent Partner.
Ah, the Midwest, my long-lost home, and the exclusive locale for the 2016 World Series. Ken Burns is buying a map as we speak. I missed the mark in last year’s World Series preview by picking the Mets… 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… Read more »
After an 11-year professional career including pitching 41 games in the Major Leagues, Paul Menhart transitioned to the coaching ranks. He spent nine seasons in the Washington Nationals’ organization as a pitching coach at all… 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… 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,… Read more »
In the gaming portion of our revisit to 1994, we talk about the original 16-bit Griffey title, and break down the references used for the game’s fake player names. Then we take a brief look… Read more »
Previously, Banished to the Pen turned the clock back to 1988 in the first entry of our Throwbacks series. This time, we look back at 1994 — when Matt Williams chased 61, Tony Gwynn chased… 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… 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, July 31. Comment of the week:… 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, July 24. Comment of the week:… Read more »
Special guest Meg Rowley of Baseball Prospectus joins Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Seattle Mariners in 2016, their short-term outlook, and their glory days — including thoughts on Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr. Also: balancing fandom and sportswriting, and the unique appeal of baseball cards.
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, July 10. Programming note: Due to… Read more »
On Episode 910 of Effectively Wild, Ben and Sam fielded a listener question about which is the least interesting inning in baseball. The discussion naturally also turned to which was the most interesting inning, and… Read more »