Yesterday, it was Barry Bonds. Today, Derek looks at the performance of another 40-year-old who just keeps getting better.
Derek Zumsteg tosses out some numbers and some insight on Barry Bonds, as the greatest hitter of all-time nears the 700-homer milestone.
With apologies to Roger Clemens, the younger aces of the Houston and San Francisco staffs could decide the NL wild-card race. Derek Zumsteg looks at who has the edge.
Wednesday night at Safeco Field, two teams playing out the string moved one day closer to the offseason. Derek summarizes the evening.
Despite not showing up for their scheduled start on Monday against the Yankees, the Devil Rays won’t have to forfeit the game. Derek Zumsteg disagrees with that decision.
It’s one thing if a manager believes that intentionally walking Bonds is the best strategy to winning a game. And the game is close. I think the intentional walk is a bad strategy anyway, but I can respect that we have different opinions (me and the manager). But if a team is out of contention, or it’s a blowout, they should pitch to Bonds. If baseball is a sport, and it is, it’s only sporting to let him hit if the outcome of the game isn’t in question.
There’s a new Cuban defector on the market, and he’s going to cost a pretty penny to sign. Derek Zumsteg examines the history of Cuban free agents, and concludes that your favorite team might be better off passing.
Derek Zumsteg answers reader mail on his Occasional Guide to Winning Baseball series. Poker and thinking like an idiot featured prominently.
The Mariners’ move to scrap the center-field landing at Safeco Field may have some nasty unintended consequences. Derek Zumsteg takes a closer look.
Derek Zumsteg weighs in on Ichiro Suzuki, whose two-month hot streak has produced staggering numbers and a reason to watch Mariner baseball this year.
Readers contribute more thoughts in the aftermath of Derek’s article on the rule changes baseball should consider.
Ever wonder, when you see a manager make a terrible move, if he has a grander plan? Derek Zumsteg sees method behind the madness, and explores.
Why does Willie Bloomquist get to have all the fun? Derek Zumsteg writes in with a handy-dandy guide to becoming an MLB ballplayer, and a fan favorite to boot.
You might think that Derek Zumsteg would be furious about Bud Selig’s contract extension. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand it.
How do you confound your opponent’s expectations? It’s a simple answer with some complicated ramifications. Derek Zumsteg explains it all for you.