On Easter Sunday, I got a call from my uncle that my dad needed to go to the emergency room. I was at brunch with friends before a Cubs game when the call came through. I didn’t want to panic because after years of living 11 hours away by car, I’ve learned there isn’t much…
The last perfect game in Major League Baseball was thrown by Félix Hernández, on August 15th, 2012. Barack Obama was the president of the United States, and Mitt Romney was vying to become the next one. The top grossing film was The Avengers, but the first one, not the second or third or fourth or…
Matt recounts how history was made on a bad Reds team in 1998, while Mary does some social archaeology through customs of baseball past.
Pipe Balls, the Home Run Derby Anti-Curse, and the craziest unwritten rule we’ve ever heard.
Ben and Sam talk about three things that could inspire new unwritten rules (as if there weren’t enough unwritten rules already).
Ben and Sam discuss the weekend’s unwritten rule violations, then talk about the teams with the best records in baseball, the A’s and Giants.
Ben and Dan discuss the weekend’s news and transactions, including a trio of unwritten rules violations.
Ben and Sam discuss Mariano Rivera’s farewell, Carlos Gomez’s suspension, and Bud Selig’s legacy.
Ben and Sam discuss whether teams should pick up various 2014 options, then talk about whether teams can make unwritten rules work to their advantage.
Ian Kennedy, Zack Greinke, and the probabilistic approach to determining intention.
In some cases, baseball’s on-field etiquette seems clear, but there is often more to the story than either we or the players know.