Calculating Umpires’ Stats, Home Plate Edition

If there’s one thing baseball fans can agree on this postseason, it’s that the officiating has been below par. From calls getting blown down the line, on the bases, and over the plate – just about everywhere a call can be blown, really – the umpires have made a number of high-profile mistakes in these […]

Dodgers-Yankees: the World Series that was and that could have been

So the Phillies are going to the World Series for the second year in a row. Congratulations to them. They’ve played very, very well in the last month-and-a-half and are more than deserving of their chance to defend their title. They breezed through the NLCS against the Dodgers and will now await their World Series […]

Has Tony La Russa Done Enough with the Talent he was Given?

A couple of weeks back, Esquire published an article by Charles Pierce called “The Smartest Man in Baseball is an Idiot“. It received a fair amount of attention around the internet when it was published. In essence, the piece argued that, while highly regarded as one of the best and brightest managers in baseball, Tony […]

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards: Cy Young

Continuing my involvement with the Baseball Bloggers Association and the BBA Awards, here is my ballot for the Cy Young Award. My official ballot as a “General” blog will be cast for the American League, but, in the interest of completeness, I’ll list a National League ballot as well. American League Cy Young Award* 1. […]

PSA: Follow Wezen Ball!

I just thought I’d take the time to remind everyone of the different ways you can follow me (and the blog!) on these here internets. If you look to the left, you’ll see all three options together in a convenient little box called “Follow Me.” If you’re so inclined, please click on all that strike […]

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards: Rookie of the Year

Earlier this week, I talked about the Baseball Bloggers Association and the BBA Awards. I cast my initial ballot for Manager of the Year in that post. Well, with Rookie of the Year ballots due today, it’s time for another post revealing my choices. My Rookie of the Year ballot is going to be short […]

Broadcasting Baseball on Television

“Among those who know, it is generally agreed that baseball is the toughest sport for the television cameras to cover. Here is the story of how they bring the National Sport right into your home.” — “The Best Seat in the Ball Park”, Popular Science. August 1949. There’s been a lot of talk over the […]

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards: Manager of the Year

I’ve done a terrible job of promoting it, but I signed myself up for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance last month. What is the BBA? From the website: The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 to foster communication and collaboration between bloggers across baseball.  Member blogs are encouraged to use one another to deepen their […]

All-Time Age-XX All-Stars (formerly, Seasonal Age All-Stars )

(Note: Okay, so I changed the name of the post. I’m not always good at coming up with the right name for a post as I’m writing it, and this is a great example. The new title is so much clearer, I think. Hope it doesn’t bother anyone.) I finally splurged a couple of weeks […]

2009 Brewers Grades and Random Talent Show Awards

It’s October, and we all know what that means: the playoffs, trade & free-agency speculation, MVP awards, and season recaps/report cards for non-playoff teams. After a six-month season, it’s perfectly understandable that a team’s fans would want to look back and try to make sense of it all. I’m no different when it comes to […]

World Series Rematches

The playoffs are here (okay, they’ve been here for a few days, but I haven’t had a chance to write anything about it) and everyone is trying to figure out who’s going to meet in the World Series. Will the Red Sox make it for the third time this decade? Will the Yankees come through […]

Prince Fielder’s Great (non-MVP) Year

So, after being on vacation for most of these last two weeks, I’m now stuck at a conference in beautiful Oshkosh, WI, for the next two days. As much as I want to have some new posts up, I can’t promise that I’ll be able to get any done until the end of the week. […]

Making a Pitch for SABR

Back in March, I posted an article called “SABR and the Emerald Guide to Baseball“. In it, I wrote about the new Emerald Guide to Baseball 2009 that had just come out and that was being offered as a free download from SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research). I thought it was a pretty […]

Video Fun Friday: Homer Celebrates the Postseason

Today marks the last weekend of the 2009 regular season. It’s come way too soon, if you ask me, but it truly is here. Only three more games left, and then we’re on to the postseason. Yesterday, the Rockies beat the Brewers in Denver to clinch a spot in the playoffs, the seventh of eight […]

Archive Diving: The 1969 Expansion Teams

Note: I’m on vacation until the end of the week, so I won’t really have the time to do the regular blog postings. But to keep you all interested – and to continue to introduce any new readers to some of the Wezen-Ball archives (not to mention to re-introduce Google to the new URL of […]