A look back at a career that ended unexpectedly early this spring.
Some endings you just don't see coming. And after one (or three) too many articles have been written about the recent saga that pushed him to retire, it's time to celebrate the work of the consistently underrated Adam LaRoche. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long and editorialized career, let's review 13 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew into a steady performer and a righteous beard.
The former elite prospect finished his career with 18.4 WARP—would you consider that a success?
The sun has finally set on Brad Penny's career. In honor of his retirement, let's take a look through old BP annual comments to see the highs and lows of the former Marlin, Dodger, Red Sock, Giant, Cardinal, Tiger, Giant again, and Marlin again.
The career of the utility man of all our hearts, as told through the years.
All great things must come to an end. And so to must the career of Willie Bloomquist, he of the lifetime 1.2 WARP. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long and editorialized career, let's review 16 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from an overachiever to baseball's most stereotypical stereotype.
How has the argument changed in the last 15 years? Let's go back to the time of his retirement and find out.
Later today we'll find out just how close Tim Raines came to the Hall of Fame in his second-to-last year on the ballot. Until then, we take a look back at what the case for him looked like at the time of his retirement. This article originally ran on March 31, 2000.
Flashing back to Rany Jazayerli's assessment of the Kansas City squad that Moore inherited.
After yet another come-from-behind victory on Sunday night, the Kansas City Royals are again World Series champions. Today, we flash back to June 2006, when the Royals hired Dayton Moore to be their new general manager and Rany Jazayerli wondered whether Moore and the Royals could conceivably follow the turnaround modeled by... the Detroit Tigers and their talented GM, Dave Dombrowski.
At some point, an extreme performance can't simply be chalked up to simple sample size issue. Any team can play .250 ball for a week, or two weeks, or even a month. But it is now the middle of June, and as I write this the Royals have won barely one-quarter of their games--only a narrow victory over the Angels on Wednesday kept them from falling back to exactly .250--over a span of 64 games, or 40% of the season. "On pace" is an overused term in sports, but when we say the Royals are on pace to finish 43-119, equaling the 2003 Detroit Tigers' AL record for losses in a season, that is a pace not to be taken lightly. This team doesn't just suck; it sucks at a truly historical level.
After 19 seasons in the majors, Torii Hunter calls it a career.
With a career that ended in the same place it began, Torii Hunter would certainly wear a Twins cap into the Hall of Fame, if he would have just been a little better during his major league tenure. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from toolsy prospect who might put it together to that guy who made that catch in the All-Star Game that one time (among other things).
Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.
With the Royals advancing again to the Fall Classic, we revisit what you can expect to see on your television when you're not seeing baseball players doing baseball things. This article originally ran on October 21, 2014.
The 35-year-old right-hander calls it a career after over 150 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.
When the Cubs lost to in the National League Championship Series, it was not just their season that came to an end, but the career of Dan Haren as well. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 12 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he developed from centerpiece of the Mark Mulder trade to one of the most underappreciated starters in baseball.
The enigmatic left-hander has thrown that beautiful curve for the last time.
On Monday, Barry Zito announced that he would be the last of the Big Three to go quietly into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, memorable career, let's review 15 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he transitioned from Cy Young Award winner on the east side of the bay, to an unmovable contract on the west side.
It's nearly five years since the Mets brought in Sandy Alderson. Here's a look back
Nearly five years ago, the Mets hired Sandy Alderson to replace the increasingly unpopular Omar Minaya. With the Mets now two wins away from making their first World Series in 15 years, let's take a look back at the move when it was made. This article originally ran on November 4, 2010.
Last week, the Mets took a bold step away from four years of ever-increasing disappointment and organizational chaos by hiring Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya as their general manager. The soon-to-be-63-year-old Alderson, who spent 15 years as the GM of the Oakland Athletics, was by far the most experienced candidate in a field which also included former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, and Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown. Perhaps just as importantly, Alderson is the first Mets GM to ascend to the post from outside the organization since Frank Cashen in 1980. He is a fresh start for an organization in desperate need of one.
The career of Aramis Ramirez, as told through BP writers past and present.
As the season comes to an end, so too does Aramis Ramirez's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew into one of the most consistent hitters of this generation.
The career of A.J. Burnett, as told through the writers of BP past and present.
With the Pirates heading home at the hands of the Cubs, one of the most enigmatic pitchers we've seen over the last two decades will go out into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 17 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from the pitcher who couldn't quite live up to his immense potential into a veteran leader on one of the league's best pitching staffs.