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The Hardball Times Baseball Annual is now available!

One of the best of the annual baseball books (and the only one to come out in time for Christmas) – The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2011 – is available and now shipping. If you’ve never read the Annual before, it’s a terrific mix of statistics (both fun and in-depth) and commentary from some of […]

Guest Post at the Platoon Advantage

I’ve said it in the comments and on Twitter, but I just want to say it again: thanks, everyone, for all the positive comments on the Periodic Table of Hall of Famers. I’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying it so much (and, yes, there have been some great suggestions that I might want to […]

Constructing a Periodic Table

Click the image to see the full chart. There are few charts in the world as well-known and recognizable as the Periodic Table of the Elements. On charts and folders and schoolbooks everywhere, the periodic table has been around for almost 150 years. It has been in use for so long thanks in large part […]

Happy Veteran’s Day, Everyone

Last year, to celebrate Veteran’s Day, I took some space here on the blog to tell some baseball-related stories about the veteran closest to my life, my older brother. He was, at the time, beginning his second tour of duty in Iraq. Well, it’s now a year later and Casey is safely returned home and […]

Looking Back at the Hiring of Dave Niehaus

Man, didn’t I just write a post about the passing of a baseball legend? How depressing. I say that, of course, because word came out this evening that Seattle Mariner broadcasting legend Dave Niehaus passed away at age 75. Outside of the Pacific Northwest, Niehaus was never quite the household name that, say, Vin Scully […]

Fired Joe Morgan

Big news in the baseball world this evening: according the New York Times’ Bats Blog, ESPN will not be bringing back the Jon Miller/Joe Morgan pair for Sunday Night Baseball next year. Morgan’s contract was not renewed, while Miller’s exact contract situation isn’t clear (possibly coming back to radio). This seems to have made a […]

A Day in the Life at Forbes Field, 1912

Last week, the good folks at Baseball Think Factory linked to this beautiful image from Shorpy. It’s an image of Forbes Field sometime around 1912. It may not look like much in this small resolution, but check out the full size. At ten times the resolution (literally), you get to see all kinds of wonderful […]

The Longest Game of Sparky’s Career

In his 26 years as a major league manager – managing almost non-stop from 1970 through 1995 – Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson managed many memorable games and led some of the game’s greatest players to the promised land. With five World Series appearances (including three Championships) and two more first-place finishes, Tigers and […]

Sad News on Sparky Anderson

I know I haven’t posted much recently, but I plan on fixing that shortly. In the meantime, though, I wanted to acknowledge some very sad news that was announced this afternoon: Sparky Anderson, World Series-winning manager of the Big Red Machine and the 1980s Detroit Tigers, passed away today at barely 76-years old. For anyone […]

Say, Timmy, you got a World Series trophy?

Congratulations to all the Giants fans out there. It’s certainly been a long time coming. Enjoy it as much as possible. Timmy & Cain & Buster should be carrying you far for a long time. Wilson: Say, man, you got a World Series trophy? Timmy: No, not on me, man. Wilson: Be a lot cooler […]

WAR on your Birthday, Revisited

On this day last year, I wrote a piece called “WAR on your Birthday“. October 28, after all, is my birthday, and I was interested in finding out who the best players were who had the same birthday as me. The answer wasn’t very interesting: Bob Veale, who accumulated 27.6 Wins Above Replacement (Rally method) […]

Nolan’s Land of Playoff Ball

For my World Series Preview post, I didn’t want to do the same thing that everyone else is doing. After all, you can only read so many analyses before they start blurring together. Besides, I’m doing a World Series Preview podcast tonight with Bill and the Common Man from Platoon Advantage and a couple of […]

El Dorado de Octubre

For my World Series Preview post, I didn’t want to do the same thing that everyone else is doing. After all, you can only read so many analyses before they start blurring together. Besides, I’m doing a World Series Preview podcast tonight with Bill and the Common Man from Platoon Advantage and a couple of […]

Wezen-Ball MLB Predictions Contest Update #3

Now that we’ve gotten through two rounds of the playoffs, it’s time for a quick update to the Wezen-Ball MLB Predictions contest. Here’s the update from last week, and here’s the details about the contest. To see the leaderboard and everybody’s full predictions, side-by-side, click here. (Click “Read More” to continue reading.) After the LDS, we […]

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