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November 23, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Best Bush League Ballpark Promotions

by Benjamin Hill

For minor-league teams in search of increased attendance, no ballpark promotion is off-limits.

November 18, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps

by Mitchel Lichtman

You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

November 11, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Language of the Hot Stove League

by Ted Berg

We familiarize ourselves with the media's offseason thinking thanks to a source with knowledge of the terminology.

November 8, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Getting Explicit with Sample Sizes

by Matt Lentzner

A's prospect Michael Choice is having quite the AFL season, but what can his success tell us about how stats should be presented?

November 4, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Hard Truths at Triple-A

by Jen Sealey

Learning that player development trumps winning at the minor-league level can hurt.

October 31, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save

by Kevin Baker

Is Goose Gossage right to say that Mariano Rivera has it "easy?"

October 20, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: A League of Their Own?

by Adam Sobsey

Interleague play and expanded playoffs have done away with many of the differences in AL and NL play and personality, but some traces remain.

October 14, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: When 100 Tiles Meets 27 Outs

by Diane Firstman

Exploring the connections between baseball and Scrabble, naming an all-time Scrabble team, and coming up with a baseball variant of the famous board game.

October 7, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Moneyball and Money Men

by Kevin Baker

Baseball might be an unfair game, but not just for the reasons the movie would have you believe.

September 30, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: A New Take on Plate Discipline--Redefining the Zone

by Matt Lentzner

Is the traditional strike-ball dichotomy too simplistic?

September 23, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Adventures in Sabermetrics 101

by Andy Andres

What happens when sabermetrics goes back to school?

September 15, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs Past

by Adam Sobsey

An MVP award suggests that the Rays' Russ Canzler was the class of the International League, but as one Durham Bulls beat writer explains, Triple-A threats aren't always destined for major-league greatness.

September 9, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Feline Intervention

by Dan McQuade

Recounting the rich history of cats and baseball in the wake of the latest on-field feline sighting.

September 2, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Moneyball Misperception

by Tommy Craggs

The Michael Lewis book (and major motion picture) suggests that the deck is stacked against the A's, but do they want it that way?

August 26, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Do Pitchers Really Trade Speed for Command?

by Graham Goldbeck

Taking an old piece of baseball advice to task with Sportvision's new COMMANDf/x system for tracking the catcher's glove.

August 19, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Dumbing-Down of Scouting

by Frankie Piliere

Debunking four myths that dominate mainstream scouting discourse.

August 12, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Your Worthless No-Count Friend Texts You Updates from Historically Significant Baseball Games

by Jon Bois

Seeing Sandy Koufax, Cal Ripken, and Babe Ruth, 160 characters at a time.

August 5, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Moping About Moneyball

by David Brown

Moneyball the movie looked great--until Oakland's horrific play ruined it.

July 29, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Horror of Their Times: The Glory of Baseball's Worsts

by King Kaufman

Uncovering the hidden beauty in the struggles of Adam Dunn, the Mariners, and more.

July 22, 2011

Baseball ProGUESTus: Should the Bucs Be Buyers?

by Rob Neyer

Trading for a veteran might not seem to make sense for Pittsburgh, but the Pirates' greatest treasure might be the goodwill of their fans.

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