While baseball is an international sport, American baseball has been the dominant culture, strong enough to repel any challenge to its cultural norms. But the pattern is not likely to hold, and U.S. hegemony will not last, even in baseball. More»
The Boston Red Sox were the first team to back sabermetrics with money and made one shrewd move after another upon hiring Theo Epstein and Bill James, leading to multiple World Series titles. It's strange that James has never gotten more credit. More»
Things are changing right in front of us. Revolutionary thought is now mainstream thought, even for Major League managers. But it sometimes takes years for people in charge to get wise. More»
Clayton Kershaw has re-emerged as the no-doubt Best Pitcher On The Planet, and he already has enough of a track record to challenge some of the greatest stretches in the history of baseball. So let's compare Kershaw to the all-time great peaks. More»
The win is early sabermetrics, an 1800's attempt to isolate performance, once teams began using multiple pitchers. But the correlation to the performance is too loose and haphazard to be bothered with. More»
With the Angels floundering, the idea has made the rounds to trade Mike Trout. But no matter what stockpile of blue-chippers L.A. would receive, there is basically no chance any one of them will even approach Trout's super-human production. More»
The Chase Utley Rule, the Buster Posey Rule, interference, obstruction. I understand there are a lot of new rules to stay up on, so let me simplify everything. For each of these new plays, rulings and protested games, ask yourself one question: Was he up to no good? More»
I'm not saying I'm going to be right, but if I can bag 8 of 10 predictions, I'd like Ken Rosenthal and Al Leiter to make me and my family Bananas Flambé at the 2016 World Series brunch. More»
I've slammed baseball rules for years, but it's time to enjoy the ones that work. We've seen incredible progress over the last three years, and we've just witnessed a timely adjustment by the league office for this season as well. More»
When you analyze the numbers, it's clear that MLB players from 1980-99 are more deserving of Hall of Fame accolades than voters have allowed. Which candidates more than have the numbers to be in the Hall of Fame? Let's take a look. More»
This is a big year in getting a less dense Hall of Fame electorate, thanks to new voting standards. With fewer Hall of Fame voters this year players like Tim Raines, Jeff Kent, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina should benefit. More»
There is plenty of room in the Hall, and the generation that played in the 1970s, '80s and '90s is underrepresented. With this in mind, one should approach the Hall of Fame ballot looking to put players into the Hall, instead of the recent trend of keeping players out. More»
It's been a fascinating few weeks of the offseason, with defense getting its due on the open market. Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon represent the new wave of players valued by WAR, and two of them have already cashed in big. More»
There's a new Heavyweight Champion of the World. England's Tyson Fury took a 12-round decision against Wladimir Klitschko Saturday night, in a fight best described as unwatchable and action-free -- until Fury's celebration. More»
It is Terry Collins' job to make rational decisions using all the evidence at his disposal, ignoring an excited pitcher and an excited crowd. It is his job to make a decision that leads to the greatest probability of success. That's not what he did Sunday night. More»
Alex Gordon isn't a superstar in the traditional sense. He doesn't hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs. But Gordon is an above-average package, doing a little bit of everything with great defense -- so much so he's among the top five outfielders in WAR the last five years. More»
Here is a modern lesson of baseball: The game is always on the line. In the eighth inning, in the fifth inning, in the first inning. The Mets learned this lesson the hard way in the fifth inning Wednesday night, when Terry Collins stuck with Jacob deGrom too long. More»
Let's cut to it: The Chase Utley slide against the Mets on Saturday night was interference, plain and simple. Don't give me that "these are men and they play a man's sport" nonsense. More»
It's been a remarkable year: towering hitting and pitching performances, one of the most remarkable rookie classes in history and several stunning team runs to the playoffs. Here are the 10 things that stunned me the most. More»
In a season where we should be only lauding the incredible ascension of the division leading Mets, we instead have another full-fledged Flushing disaster. But while many want to point to an innings limit, it's really more important to examine the stress of late innings. More»
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