NFL Do or Die Pool

For the past 15 or so years, a buddy of mine from Massachusetts has run a Do or Die pool. If you're not familiar with these, you pick one team to win each week. If your team wins, you advance to the next week. If your team loses, you're out of the pool. The only [...]

Josh Wilker on Tom Seaver

The criminally underrated Josh Wilker dives into his baseball card collection to make sense of Tom Seaver's passing and comes up with the 1975 Mets Team Card. I’m glad, in the end, that I ended up with this card. It’s not like the Seaver cards I have, or think I have, where he’s either in [...]

Opening Day is so close we can finally feel it

Everyone associated with baseball has thus far mostly treated Opening Day the way they would a teammate throwing seven no-hit innings. They keep quiet about it. They don’t advertise it. They don’t want to jinx anything. This includes players, sure, but extends to anyone else with an interest — passive, active, otherwise — in seeing [...]

The life and astounding historical trove of baseball’s GOAT statistician

Bill Weiss lived for baseball. You might be tempted to say he forgot more about baseball than anyone else knows, except he never forgot a thing. He didn't like or use computers but had an incredible ability to recall details. And he was willing to talk to anyone. For six decades, from 1945 to 2005, [...]

Five big questions facing each NL East club

Predicted standings (subject to change with roster changes) New York Mets: 93-79 Atlanta Braves: 90-82 Washington Nationals: 85-77 Philadelphia Phillies: 81-81 Miami Marlins: 67-95 Source: Will Leitch, MLB.com These aren't the five areas of concern that I would point out for each club but it's still nice to see someone not thinking that certain clubs [...]

Atlantic League clubs to individually name their automated ball-strike systems

If “Robo Umps” are going to continue calling balls and strikes, they need to be ready to hear the good and the bad from the fans, just like their human counterparts. And for that, they’re going to need names. That’s the consensus of the teams of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), which announced [...]