But am I the only one who’s surprised to learn that the now-late Sparky Anderson was only 76 years old? Because when I think of what Sparky Anderson looks like, I think of this: That’s a 1988 Topps baseball card. 1988. 22 years ago. That means that at the time this photo was taken, Sparky […]

You may recall back in August, Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal penned an article asking why no one was paying attention to the fact that the great Jeff Francoeur, then of the Mets, was about to hit an historic milestone that has only been reached by hundreds and hundreds of people before him […]

It’s a “debate” that just won’t die. Scientist after scientist has come along purporting to “prove” that a curveball is nothing more than an optical illusion. This time it’s Arthur Shapiro and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC, as chronicled by an overly credulous article over at Wired and accompanying video on Youtube. But the fact remains […]

One point upon which stat geeks and grit-o-philes can agree is that swinging at balls outside the strike zone is a bad idea. I mean, sure, guys like Yogi Berra and Vlad Guerrero became superstars despite their penchant for being less selective than Mark Grace in a slump. But unless you’re a freak, plate discipline […]

In September, 2008, Sarah wrote a post for MLB Trade Rumors speculating that the Braves might trade Jeff Francoeur to the Royals. She wasn’t the only one. Joe Posnanski and the AJC’s David O’Brien also said Frenchy would end up in Kansas City. The speculation made sense. Frenchy never lived up to the hype in […]

The adjective “gritty” seems to be one of the highest complements one can pay to a baseball player. It implies a player who shows up every day, battles through injury, and is willing sacrifice the body to win. The kind of player who runs into walls and is not afraid to get his shirt dirty […]

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