STRIKE! STRIKE! "If you have kids who might [grow up to] be major league baseball players, we’re fighting for your kids, possibly. If I work for your newspaper and you’re in the union fighting for your equality and rights, sure I would strike, and so would you…" —Barry Bonds, Giants outfielder "It’s not my fault…
I may be the only person in America cheering for a long, protracted labor battle that brings baseball to its knees.
I’ve been a Yankee fan all my life. Despite that, the park I haven’t seen that I most wish to see is Fenway Park, and it has been ever since I crossed Wrigley Field off my list on a sunny day in July, 1993.
Americans are big fans of cognitive dissonance. It’s hard to identify a single segment of society that doesn’t have a significant amount of hypocrisy.
It’s 1:11 a.m. EDT, and I’m writing from the Park Plaza hotel in Boston, where the Society for American Baseball Research is holding its 32nd convention. There will be presentations, panels, Q&As, awards, a trip to Fenway Park, and all the humidity humans can stand. Maybe more.
But mostly, there will be 600-odd baseball fans hanging out and talking about the greatest game in the world. Even as I type this, the hotel bar is loaded with baseball lovers of all shapes and sizes, including a bunch of BP staffersï¿½no one works a bar like Chris Kahrlï¿½and some of the best baseball researchers on the planet.
I’m in for a fun weekend. It’s 1:11 a.m. EDT, and I’m writing from the Park Plaza hotel in Boston, where the Society for American Baseball Research is holding its 32nd convention. There will be presentations, panels, Q&As, awards, a trip to Fenway Park, and all the humidity humans can stand. Maybe more. But mostly,…
The Loss of Two Cardinals
Many people brought up the point that strikeouts can only kick in at three pitches, and walks at four pitches.
The last Aim for the Head, about how offensive production varies with the number of pitches in the plate appearance, generated a lot of questions. Let’s dig into the mailbag: Ted Frank wrote: Excellent article. One thing missing, though. Of course BA is going to go down from the second pitch through the sixth; the…
Four months ago, the Minnesota Twins were headed for extinction, told they couldn’t compete in today’s game, that they were a drag on the baseball industry.
Today, the Minnesota Twins have the largest lead of any first-place team, seven games ahead of the Chicago White Sox, and are one of the best stories MLB has to offer.