So ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” and have started pushing Buck Showalter’s plan for realigning baseball.  But if you take even a minute to think through what Buck is proposing, his plan makes no sense at all! Even setting aside the most glaring flaw, which is that Buck’s plan proposes contracting two teams as if that […]

Perfect evidence of why stats are so important to give a more realistic evaluation of defense, as opposed to just going on observation alone, can be found in the Baseball Tonight Web Gem leaderboards, which have finally appeared on’s “Baseball Tonght Clubhouse” page after weeks of claiming on air that the leaderboards were there […]

This came out of left field. The New York Post is reporting that ESPN has fired Harold Reynolds! Reynolds is not commenting and ESPN won’t say why they’ve fired the Baseball Tonight host. So what gives? Reynolds is generally viewed as one of the most likeable guys in sports. He was known as a player-friendly […]

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December 5, 2011

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