SABR 50 at 50: Analytics

It's the 50th anniversary of the founding of SABR - Society for American Baseball Research. To celebrate, SABR offers 50 moments in the evolution of baseball analytics for the past 50 years. This is a great piece for people to learn important moments in the game's history from a non-player point of view. What makes [...]

Fan vote for coveted #1 slot in Topps baseball card set revealed

Topps has announced that Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the first card in their 2021 set. Since 2016, Topps has collected a community vote to decide the top spot. Trout is the only player to have won that vote twice, in '16 and '20. It's fathomable that Tatis could join Trout one day. He's only [...]

What pitching every fourth day would mean for Trevor Bauer and the team that signs him

With the Mets' top free agent target now looking like Trevor Bauer, it's encouraging to me to find out that one of the things he wants is to pitch in a four-man rotation. Now, that's not going to happen with the Mets. But for the reigning Cy Young Award winner to actively campaign for the [...]

How the Philadelphia Phillies botched their rebuild — and what it tells us about tanking

A good look at the Phillies of the last decade. Unlike a lot of articles, there's not one great "pull quote" to highlight. It's well worth reading in its entirety. The Phillies, still without a winning season since 2011, have reached the point where the proverbial final pieces -- the expensive veteran stars -- have [...]

Mets instructional league prospect report

A terrific piece giving updates from just-deposed Jared Banner on guys who appeared in Instructional League before it was shut down for Covid positive tests. Neither Pete Crow-Armstrong nor Isaiah Greene, the Mets’ respective first-round and second-compensation round picks from this year’s Draft, have disappointed in their introduction to pro ball, as both prep outfielders [...]

Larry Dierker interview

After mentioning Larry Dierker in today's column, I became curious as to why he never managed again. In searching for the answer why, I came across this terrific Q&A with Dierker, which I encourage everyone to read in its entirety. It has segments on his playing career, broadcasting career, managerial career and what he's doing [...]

Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, New York Yankees’ all-time wins leader, dies at age 91

Ford helped the Yankees win six World Series titles and 11 American League pennants in his 16 seasons. Ford had a career record of 236-106, setting the Yankees' record for victories. His career winning percentage of .690 is the best for any pitcher with at least 300 career decisions. Ford was the Cy Young Award [...]

Minors Officially Becomes Branch Of MLB

MLB released a statement today announcing their plans to transplant the minor league offices to MLB’s headquarters in New York City, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). Shaikin also notes that MLB is now referring to minor league clubs as “licensed affiliates.” J.J. Cooper of Baseball America provides MLB’s full statement [...]