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September 22, 2017

Short Relief: Our Large Retired Sons

by Zack Moser and Matt Sussman

Some of our sons (Jason Kubel) were always large; some (Alfonso Soriano) weren't but are now.

September 15, 2017

Short Relief: Introducing Dodgers X

by Matt Sussman, Kate Morrison and Mary Craig

The Dodgers re-rebrand, the best places in baseball to cry, and the All-Philosopher lineup.

September 8, 2017

Short Relief: Helpful Life Tips

by Zack Moser, Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

The keys to life: how to tweet, how to eat in a non-destructive fashion, and how to use animals to diffuse your existential terror.

August 31, 2017

Actual Relief: Houston

by David Temple, Matt Sussman, Rob Mains, Bret Sayre, Patrick Dubuque and Mary Craig

Short Relief offers an expanded slate today, celebrating Houston and the Astros, and asking you to donate toward the relief efforts there.

August 25, 2017

Short Relief: The Red Badge of Milling Around

by Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

A Tigers rookie gets his first taste of battle, and a people's history of players weekends.

August 18, 2017

Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Guillen, Kahnle, and Langston

by Matt Sussman, Cat Garcia and Meg Rowley

Short Relief closes out its week of admiration with three players with absolutely nothing in common.

August 11, 2017

Short Relief: Of Monikers and Catnappers

by Matt Sussman and Zack Moser

Suggesting an alternative line of nicknames for the Washington Nationals, and the latest adventures of Brooks Pounders, PI.

August 4, 2017

Short Relief: The Chris Archer/Orbitz Memorial Poetry Slam

by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

For the Cubs, a door closes and a conspiracy theory opens; poetry in wartime between pitchers and mascots; and a small career lost in service.

July 28, 2017

Short Relief: Tales of Three Cities and One Abandoned Fantasy Team

by Mary Craig, Matt Sussman and Trevor Strunk

Mary channels Dickens, Matt brainstorms nicknames, and Trevor has an awkward reacquaintance.

July 21, 2017

Short Relief: Objection!

by Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

A flashback to Kato Kaelin's testimony, and a common trade target evaluates their self-worth.

July 14, 2017

Short Relief: The Return of Short Relief

by Matt Sussman, Zack Moser, Mary Craig and Bryan Grosnick

After two days off, SR returns with a record four offerings: NES busts, househunting, letters to Curt Schilling and Furious Cubs.

July 7, 2017

Short Relief: The King of NES Baseball, An Unimportant Homer, and a Love of Chaos

by Matt Sussman, Sam Fels and Nathan Bishop

Matt has a strong video game take, Sam re-evaluates an apparently meaningless home run, and Nathan pauses for breath.

June 30, 2017

Short Relief: Thoughts on Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, and Humanity

by Matt Sussman, Craig Goldstein and Mary Craig

Matt dissects a Jose Altuve commercial, Craig dissects a Jered Weaver tweet, and Mary unmasks the robots behind the plate.

June 23, 2017

Short Relief: Physical Base Coaching, Shortstop Factories, and Postcards from Tal's Hill

by Emma Baccellieri, Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

Emma wonders if Juan Samuel missed a chance to break a nonexistent rule, Mary follows a conveyor belt to its unnatural conclusion, and Matt relays some earthly sightseeing.

June 16, 2017

Short Relief: The Zone Not Taken and Other Works

by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

Matt applies tunneling stats to Robert Frost; Mary gives Scooter Gennett an origin story; and Patrick defends whimsy.

June 9, 2017

Short Relief: Detrimental Diamondbacks Games, and an Apology

by Matt Sussman and Patrick Dubuque

Matt investigates the history of Diamondback games taking their toll on people, while Patrick issues an apology.

May 26, 2017

Short Relief: The Intricate Dreams of Papas and Weavers

by Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

Mary foretells the downfall of the Mets, and Matt does some research just for you.

May 19, 2017

Short Relief: A Team Destroyed, A Fandom and a Robot Created

by Matt Sussman, James Fegan and Mary Craig

The origin story of Marlins Man, Padres Fall Apart, and the moral certitude of Bronson Arroyo.

May 12, 2017

Short Relief: How to Grip a Pitch, Ruin a Career, or Compare Someone to Tony Gwynn

by Patrick Dubuque, Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

Patrick teaches The Youth how to grip various pitches; Mary remarks on the sad story of Wayland Dean; and Matt declares his favorite baseball number.

May 5, 2017

Short Relief: On Friendship, Photographs, and Further Review

by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and James Fegan

Matt calculates all AL East animosity, Mary provides background for a Jon Jay slide, and James looks for signs of disappointing starts.

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