when are we going to see the next .400 hitter?

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ONBEAUTIFUL DAY IN SPRING TRAINING just out­side the Mets’ camp in Port St Lu­cie, Florida, Ma­jor League Base­ball com­mis­sioner Bob Man­fred and God are out for a walk. It’s the commissioner’s first real talk with The Almighty, and he has three ques­tions — one about the pos­si­bil­ity of an­other .400 hit­ter! — that he's CONTINUE READING

dock ellis and the psychedelic no-no (or ellis in wonderland)

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I GREW UP HEARING the re­frain "Base­ball and Bal­lan­tine" sung on end­less com­mer­cials while watch­ing Phillies games on tele­vi­sion in North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia in the early '60s. Bal­lan­tine was a lo­cal beer and spon­sor of the broad­cast of the games, and what goes bet­ter to­gether than beer and base­ball?

Well, howz­about LSD and base­ball? And rather than an­swer CONTINUE READING

recalling ken griffey jr's purity

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FROM TODAY'S SEATTLE TIMES (Au­gust 9, 2013, page C1) is a piece by Bob Finnegan ti­tled “2 great tal­ents, only 1 happy end­ing.” Finnegan cov­ered the Mariners for the pa­per from 1982 un­til 2006. Here re re­calls his vote for Ken Grif­fey Jr as the Amer­i­can League MVP in 1996, the year that Alex Ro­driguez CONTINUE READING

local newspapers local statistics and sabermetrics

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BILL JAMES AND FELLOW SABERMETRICIANS have seen their re­search, con­clu­sions, ob­ser­va­tions, and even sug­ges­tions worm their way into both Ma­jor League Base­ball and the columns of many sports­writ­ers, the peo­ple who as­sem­ble sta­tis­tics for lo­cal teams in lo­cal news­pa­pers have all but ig­nored the 'new sta­tis­tics.' So here are a few notes on lo­cal news­pa­pers lo­cal sta­tis­tics CONTINUE READING

on baseball and moneyball and bill james

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MONEYBALL by Michael Lewis was a look into the work­ings of the Oak­land A's base­ball team. Pub­lished in 2003 with the un­likely sub­ti­tle, "Th Art Of Win­ning An Un­fair Game," Lewis wanted to know how a team in a 'small' mar­ket — Oak­land be­ing deemed such by MLB — with a bud­get that con­sis­tently ranked in the lower CONTINUE READING