what the hell's a "waa" in baseball lingo?

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SO YOU'RE NOTBASEBALL FAN, but you agree to go to a game with your friend, the base­ball nut. You hap­pen upon a game that turns out to be two pitch­ers throw­ing no-hitters at the same time. Which usu­ally means lots of strike­outs, no hits, few walks, few baserun­ners, and no runs. Ex­actly READ MORE “what the hell's a "waa" in base­ball lingo?”

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 READ MORE “when are we go­ing to see the next .400 hit­ter?”

if gomer pyle can forgive lance armstrong, so can we

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I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY about the world of sports these days. I used to be a big ma­jor league base­ball fan — I still have enough books to fill a good-sized shelf. And I mean the real base­ball books: Bill James, Mar­vin Miller, and other in­sider ac­counts con­cen­trat­ing on the pol­i­tics and re­al­i­ties of the game READ MORE “if gomer pyle can for­give lance arm­strong, so can we”

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 READ MORE “dock el­lis and the psy­che­delic no-no (or el­lis in won­der­land)”

recalling ken griffey jr's purity


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 READ MORE “re­call­ing ken grif­fey jr's pu­rity”

all-star chase utley to stay in philadelphia through 2015

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IN AN EARLIER ESSAY on this site (“I def­i­nitely didn't come here for this” posted on Au­gust 1, 2013), I stated that “If I were the gen­eral man­ager of a base­ball team, I would have a plaque on the wall of my of­fices at work and at home that fea­tured Branch Rickey's fa­mous state­ment: It is bet­ter to trade a player READ MORE “all-star chase ut­ley to stay in philadel­phia through 2015”

no relief in sight for closeritis epidemic among managers!

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I PICKED UP today's pa­per off the front door porch at 5:30 this morn­ing and went right to the sports sec­tion to check up on the Phillies and the Mariners. Seems the two teams had the same story: win­ning un­til they brought in the re­lief hurler.

Here are Fe­lix Hernandez's stats for yesterday's game for READ MORE “no re­lief in sight for closeri­tis epi­demic among man­agers!”

"I definitely did not come here for this"

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TWO YEARS AGO, Jonathan Pa­pel­bon signed a con­tract with the Philadel­phia Phillies that pro­vides him with $50,000,000 for four years of pitch­ing less than 70 in­nings per sea­son. When re­cently asked about his team's per­for­mance so far, he quipped, "I def­i­nitely did not come here for this."

The ace-reliever finds him­self on a founder­ing team READ MORE"I def­i­nitely did not come here for this"”

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 READ MORE “lo­cal news­pa­pers lo­cal sta­tis­tics and saber­met­rics”

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 READ MORE “on base­ball and mon­ey­ball and bill james”