11/18/2014 11:45:59 AM
Guess what, folks? If a proposal passes next month, baseball and softball will be back in the Olympics, at least occasionally. The proposal, called Agenda 2020, is meant to try and solve some of the big problems facing the IOC, … Continue ...
11/17/2014 11:08:36 AM
The latest “Wisdom and Links” is up at Hall of Very Good. This week, I look at how Jeffrey Loria views the Stanton deal, share some links, and expose you to the Baseball Boogie.
11/15/2014 11:15:50 AM
Giancarlo Stanton will, likely, get $325 million dollars in exchange for playing for the Miami Marlins for 13 more years (assuming he doesn’t get traded or opts out). That, scientifically, is known as a buttload of money. How much money? ...
11/14/2014 08:11:16 AM
Researchers in Japan are hard at work creating robots that will one day combine, Voltron-style, and play baseball after our robot overlords have taken control of the planet:
11/13/2014 11:55:36 AM
One of the great perks of SABR membership is access online to The Sporting News’ archives. While it now is dedicated to all sports, for a good chunk of it’s earlier history it was almost entirely focused on baseball (with … Continue
11/13/2014 10:18:23 AM
It’s time for another “Famous for Something Else”. Today’s individual who is far more famous for something else is Reece “Goose” Tatum. Tatum was the original “Clown Prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters,
11/11/2014 17:13:18 PM
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction. Today, we look at an odd duck: a Peanuts story. Only it’s not from … Continue reading →
11/10/2014 12:47:58 PM
Another “Wisdom and Links” is up, so check it out for some good links, some quick musings on barnstorming, and bad “Too Many Cooks” joke.
11/09/2014 17:19:50 PM
Starting this week, Bizarre Baseball Culture comes back with a vengeance. Among the things we will be studying in the coming months: A post-Charles Schultz Peanuts story A public domain bio-comic on Stan Musial A blast-from-the-past Strange ...
11/08/2014 10:41:57 AM
Above, you can see the roster for the Japan All-Star Series for Team MLB. As you can see, the term “All-Star” is sort of loose. Oh, yes, it’s a good team, and there are plenty of All-Stars on it. It’s … Continue reading
11/07/2014 08:27:43 AM
Okay, micro-update to the previous story I did on the MLB-Japan All-Star Series: Adam Jones actually won’t be taking part, as another commitment came up. So if you go back to that old story, feel free to mentally erase Adam … Continue r ...
11/06/2014 09:50:05 AM
While adding in the link yesterday, I realized that there was a site that belonged on the Blogroll that I somehow had never placed in it: The Cespedes Family BBQ. Run by two college students (Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman), … Continue ...
11/06/2014 09:19:52 AM
Somebody mentioned this a day or two on Twitter, but it goes without saying: The baseball off-season develops far slower than the off-seasons of other sports. When free agent time in the NFL or NBA comes around, there is rapid-fire … Continue ...
11/05/2014 09:13:13 AM
A new link in the Blogroll: Chinese Baseball. As the name suggests, it’s a look at the nascent baseball scene in the world’s most populated country. This year (2014), they had their first professional baseball in several years, with a & ...
11/04/2014 13:27:23 PM
Good news everyone! It appears that, in the darkness of November, we will be seeing some MLB baseball after all. MLB is sending a team of players over to Japan to play some games against the Japanese National Team, “Samurai … Continue r ...
11/04/2014 09:32:05 AM
With Paul Molitor taking over the Twins, there will now be two Hall of Fame players managing in the big leagues (Ryne Sandberg is managing the Phillies). It’s a trend that is becoming more and more rare, a result of … Continue reading & ...
11/03/2014 10:57:35 AM
Over at Hall of Very Good this week, I have links to some of the best World Series stories of 2014. Check it out!
11/02/2014 10:25:03 AM
Ernie Nevers is a Hall of Famer in both Pro Football and College Football, a star of the early days of the NFL, and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary and 75th anniversary teams. But he also had a … Continue reading →
11/02/2014 08:53:46 AM
Not too long ago, I saw a ad for a Sports Illustrated book entitled NFL Quarterback: The Greatest Position In Sports. I immediately recognized this as bull. Oh, maybe being the QB is the most glamorous position in sports, but … Continue r ...
10/31/2014 08:42:31 AM
Nothing new today, but look out in the coming days as the Baseball Continuum kicks the offseason into high gear!
05/04/2014 22:43:56 PM
Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances (AKA I screwed up how long it’d take me to make it), the latest Bizarre Baseball Culture has been delayed until Monday. Yesterday’s MVP was Jon Lester, who K’d 15, gave up just one hit, …
05/03/2014 10:51:27 AM
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Orioles had a vintage performance yesterday, going 7.1 IP while giving up just 3 hits and striking out 10 in the O’s win over the Twins yesterday. Standings, as always, after the jump: Giancarlo Stanton: 3 … Contin ...
05/02/2014 20:58:44 PM
This week on the Continuum: A Spider-Man Bizarre Baseball Culture.
05/02/2014 08:54:35 AM
Okay, so, I made a boo-boo yesterday and forgot to post who the MVP of Yesterday for April 30 was. So, today is a twofer. For April 30th, it’s Jesse Chavez of the Athletics. He only gave up one hit … Continue reading →
04/30/2014 14:53:43 PM
Jose Fernandez wasn’t as good as the LAST time he won MVP of Yesterday, but he still was good enough, giving up just two hits in 8 shutout innings, while also getting an RBI! So, he gets his second MVP … Continue reading →
04/29/2014 20:21:21 PM
Troy Tulowitzki went 3-3 with a HR, 3 RBIs and 2 BBs as the Rockies won 8-5 against the Diamondbacks, so I’m naming him the MVP of Yesterday! It’s his second MVP of the year, as you can see under … Continue reading →
04/28/2014 21:52:44 PM
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction. Previously, we covered a Golden Age adventure featuring Captain America, but now it’s time … ...
04/28/2014 19:29:37 PM
Jhonny Peralta only had two official ABs yesterday, but they both were HRs as he supported Adam Wainwright (probably the runner-up for this award) with 4 RBIs as the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 7-0. Standings, as always, after the jump: … ...
04/27/2014 18:26:36 PM
There have been some fine pitching performances this year so far. Tanner Roark of the Nationals, for example, had a 3-hit complete-game shutout yesterday, good for being MVP of Yesterday! Standings, as always, after the jump: Giancarlo Stanton: ...
04/26/2014 11:35:04 AM
A vintage 11-K performance yesterday gives Stephen Strasburg the MVP of Yesterday for…. yesterday. Standings, as always, after the jump: Giancarlo Stanton: 3 Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1 Alejandro De Aza: 1 Freddie Freeman: ...
04/25/2014 20:28:52 PM
Corey Kluber had the game of his life yesterday, pulling off a complete game with no earned runs allowed (there was an unearned run) and striking out 11 as the Indians beat the Royals. Standings under the jump, as always: … Continue reading ...
04/24/2014 12:33:43 PM
You may have seen this picture online a few days ago (click to enlarge): As you can see, it’s a baseball game being played outside of Dubai, with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as the Burj … Continue
04/24/2014 10:25:21 AM
He wasn’t as good as Fernandez was two days ago, but John Lackey was good enough for being the MVP of Yesterday, allowing only one earned run in 8 innings while striking out 11. Standings, as always, after the jump: … Continue reading & ...
04/23/2014 17:59:14 PM
There was a time, a time before today. When the starting pitcher reigned supreme. When people believed everything they read on Twitter. This was an age when only aces were allowed to strike out 14 while giving up just three … Continue reading ...
04/22/2014 19:55:13 PM
Cliff Lee still has it. going 8 innings of 4-hit shutout ball against the Dodgers while striking out 10. He also had a hit. So, he’s the MVP of Yesterday. Standings after the jump: Standings: Giancarlo Stanton: 3 Scott Van … Continue re ...
04/21/2014 21:28:55 PM
This week on the Baseball Continuum: The second Captain America “Bizarre Baseball Culture” More on the “Bring Backyard to Steam” Campaign The MVP of Yesterday stuff… A look at a picture from an unusual place for a ballga
04/21/2014 21:01:33 PM
Ryan Howard was just a double away from the cycle yesterday, so he’s a good pick for MVP of Yesterday, especially since he also had 3 RBIs. Standings, as always, after the jump: Standings: Giancarlo Stanton: 3 Scott Van Slyke: … Continue ...
04/20/2014 14:46:54 PM
Humongous Entertainment was (and nominally remains) a video game developer formed in the 90s to make kids’ games. They made their bread and butter from two types of products: adventure/puzzle point-and-clicks like Putt-Putt and Spy Fox, and, ...
04/20/2014 12:39:37 PM
Henderson Alvarez had a complete-game 2-hit shutout yesterday as the Marlins beat the Mariners 7-0, making him the MVP of Yesterday. Standings after the jump, as always: Standings: Giancarlo Stanton: 3 Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: ...
04/19/2014 20:10:39 PM
I recently received an early copy of OOTP Baseball 2015 from the fine people at Out of the Park Developments, and while this early build is buggy and in parts incomplete, it already shows the promise of being another great … Continue reading ...
04/19/2014 18:48:31 PM
Giancarlo Stanton did it again, going 3-3 with two walks and a walk-off Grand Slam in the Marlins’ 8-4 win yesterday. (Aaron Harang doesn’t get it because, well, he only went 7 innings of no-hit ball and honestly it was … Continue r
04/18/2014 13:50:09 PM
Jon Lester was perfect into the 6th and struck out 9, giving up just one earned run in eight innings in the Red Sox’s win over the White Sox. Standings after the jump, as always:
04/17/2014 20:11:47 PM
Johnny Cueto struck out a career-high 12 and gave up just 3 hits in a complete game shutout against the the Pirates yesterday, good for MVP of Yesterday!
04/16/2014 16:47:59 PM
The MVP of Yesterday was Giancarlo Stanton, who went 2-4 with 5 RBIs, a HR, and a walk. This makes him the first two-time winner of the MVP of Yesterday in 2014! Standings after jump: Standings: Giancarlo Stanton: 2 Scott … Continue reading ...
04/15/2014 21:05:41 PM
Dan Uggla had two homers, including a game-winning GRAND SLAM in the 9th. So he’s the MVP of Yesterday. Standings after jump: Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1 Alejandro De Aza: 1 Freddie Freeman: 1 … Continue re ...
04/14/2014 20:08:40 PM
The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in the earliest stretch of baseball, and Kyle Lohse was hot last night, throwing 8.2 innings of 4-hit ball with 9 Ks. That’s why he’s the MVP of Yesterday. Standings after the jump: … Conti
04/13/2014 22:09:27 PM
Giancarlo Stanton had two HRs and three RBIs yesterday, good enough for his first MVP of the year. Standings after the jump: Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1 Alejandro De Aza: 1 Freddie Freeman: 1 … Continue reading ...
04/12/2014 21:27:27 PM
The MVP of Yesterday was Andrew Cashner of the Padres, who threw a 1-hit shutout of the Tigers. Standings, as always, after the jump: Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1 Alejandro De Aza: 1 Freddie … Continue reading ...
04/11/2014 20:22:04 PM
Justin Upton narrowly beat out Jose Abreu for yesterday’s MVP, going 3-4 with 3 RBIs and 2 HRs in a Braves loss to the Mets. Yes, you can lose to the Mets and still be able to win MVP of … Continue reading →
04/10/2014 21:03:56 PM
Ervin Santana threw 8 innings of 3-hit ball last night with 6 strikeouts as he picked up his first win as an Atlanta Brave. So, he’s the MVP of Yesterday! Standings after the jump: Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee … Continue reading ...
04/09/2014 21:52:09 PM
Sometime soon, my first impressions of OOTP Baseball ’15, which is due out later this month:
04/09/2014 21:45:03 PM
We here at the MVP of Yesterday office (AKA my recliner) do not care about whether a player is, was or may one day use steroids. We only care about who the MVP of Yesterday is. So, to the displeasure … Continue reading →
04/08/2014 20:02:01 PM
In a abbreviated schedule yesterday, Troy Tulowitzki wins the MVP of Yesterday. He went 3-3 with a HR. Standings after the jump; Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1 Alejandro De Aza: 1 Freddie Freeman: 1 … Continue r ...
04/07/2014 20:20:15 PM
Yu Darvish returned from the DL yesterday. He then proceeded to throw 7 shutout innings with 7 hits allowed and 6 strikeouts. Which isn’t bad work, really. (Standings after the jump) Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth … ...
04/06/2014 20:07:31 PM
Nolan Arenado of the Rockies was 3-4 with two home runs and 3 RBIs yesterday, making him the MVP of Yesterday.
04/05/2014 13:28:40 PM
6-for-6! 5 RBI! A HR! Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies had a career day yesterday!
04/04/2014 21:50:05 PM
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction. With the upcoming release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, now is the best … Continue r ...
04/04/2014 21:46:38 PM
Chris Colabello had the game of his MLB career yesterday, batting in 6 of the Twins’ 10 runs in their 10-9 victory over the White Sox.
04/03/2014 22:43:09 PM
Tomorrow: Bizarre Baseball Culture returns with the first of two installments featuring Captain America, just in time for the release of his new movie!
04/03/2014 19:27:57 PM
Yesterday, Mark Buehrle went 8.2 IP while giving up just four hits, one walk, and striking out 11. So he’s MVP of Yesterday.
04/02/2014 16:09:28 PM
Freddie Freeman was 3-3 with two HR yesterday, giving him his first MVP of Yesterday of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be just the first of many. Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: … Continue reading →
04/01/2014 21:00:39 PM
With two HRs and 3 RBIs, Alejandro De Aza of the White Sox is the MVP of Yesterday. Sorry for the late posting…. real life gets in the way sometimes. Stupid real life responsibilities. Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee … Continue reading ...
03/31/2014 10:38:31 AM
Seth Smith had only one AB yesterday, but his home run helped open the floodgates against Brian Wilson, paving the way for the Padres’ victory. Standings: Scott Van Slyke: 1 Dee Gordon: 1 Seth Smith: 1
03/30/2014 12:46:48 PM
It’s time. Who will be the division winners? Who will win the World Series? Time to see my predictions… without further explanation (except for one).
03/26/2014 21:20:52 PM
To predict awards is often even harder than to predict the actual results of the season. So I’m going to just get this out of the way quickly, without any explanation. So you can try to guess why I’m going … Continue reading →
03/24/2014 21:10:54 PM
Coming this week: An article on possible locations for future international openers, more previews for the upcoming season and, maybe, if you are good and behave (and I can find the time), you will get the great gift of Bizarre … Continue ...
03/23/2014 12:52:56 PM
Last night’s/today’s game between the D-Backs and Dodgers was hardly a shining example of baseball. Ryu did great but only lasted five innings, Yasiel Puig had to leave the game with an injury… so I’ll go with Dee Gordon, who
03/22/2014 16:49:58 PM
Yes, it’s time to start up the old MVP of Yesterday Machine. Well, due to time differences, it is actually today, but, anyway, the first MVP of Yesterday is Scott Van Slyke, who went 2-3 with 2 RBIs, both from … Continue reading →
03/19/2014 17:21:05 PM
So, it won’t be long before the 2014 MLB Regular Season starts… in Australia. Yes, this year, it starts in Sydney, Australia. You may or may not have questions about this, but I don’t particularly care what you think, so … Con
03/18/2014 21:49:35 PM
We reach our last installment of Best Case/Worst Case… with, of course, sometimes irrelevant images from Getty. Here we go: Atlanta Braves: Best-Case Scenario: World Series. I mean, look at that pitching staff! Look at the young hitters! They ...
03/17/2014 22:26:25 PM
Tomorrow, come to the Baseball Continuum for the NL East Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios!
03/16/2014 13:13:42 PM
Oh, boy, the NL Central! It’s time for another round of Best Case/Worst Case. And, since the Cubs are in this division, you know there’s going to be a worst case. And, of course, they all have at least vaguely-connected … Continue r
03/12/2014 19:05:29 PM
We went from East-To-West for the AL, but we’ll be going West-To-East for the NL, so… who is ready to learn what could go right and wrong in the NL West? And who wants to see some vaguely-related images from … Continue reading ͛
03/09/2014 20:56:32 PM
Today, we look at the AL West, and what could go right… and what could go wrong. Complete with Getty Images that may or may not have anything to do with the actual team. Here we go: Oakland Athletics Best-Case … Continue reading →
03/08/2014 12:45:40 PM
We continue our big preview of the MLB Season by looking at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the AL Central. And, what’s more, that includes Getty Images, no matter how irrelevant the picture is. Detroit Tigers Best-Case Scenario: ...
03/08/2014 10:31:26 AM
What’s the worst that can happen? What’s the best-case scenario? In Best Case/Worst Case, we find out what those worst and best case scenarios are. Tonight… the American League East. And it’s accompanied by things from the now
03/05/2014 22:32:00 PM
Last time we saw Major League Baseball- not counting Spring Training- the Red Sox had won the World Series. And now, we begin again. When the Dodgers and Diamondbacks kick off the season in Australia, baseball, as it always has, … Continue ...
03/02/2014 13:50:19 PM
This week on the Baseball Continuum, I’ll be starting my season preview and also do some other stuff. Cool, right?
03/01/2014 20:13:17 PM
Okay, this is cool. It could help change how fielding statistics are done, too!
02/27/2014 21:12:52 PM
02/26/2014 19:28:39 PM
As Spring Training games happen, I will have this feature, in which I humorously jump to crazy conclusions based on what has happened in the Spring Training games. These are not meant to be serious. Today, Josh Reddick solved all … Continue ...
02/25/2014 20:15:07 PM
As Spring Training games happen, I will have this feature, in which I humorously jump to crazy conclusions based on what has happened in the Spring Training games. These are not meant to be serious.
02/24/2014 21:33:19 PM
Over the past few days-okay, almost a week now- I have been (stupidly) riveted to the tale of “TwitchPlaysPokemon”. It is a social-experiment/massive-game in which tens of thousands and sometimes over a hundred of thousands all trying to ...
02/23/2014 14:38:51 PM
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction. Man, I wish I had a time machine to take back all those claims … Continue reading →
02/20/2014 20:12:33 PM
When is it alright to pay a 248/.296/.396 hitter at least 58 million dollars for seven years? When he’s Andrelton Simmons, who’s bat is secondary but who’s defense is beyond the realm of mortal man. Yes, the Honkballing shortstop fo
02/19/2014 22:47:38 PM
THE BASEBALL CONTINUUM RETURNS!
02/14/2014 22:14:07 PM
This weekend, there will be the long-awaited time-travel Bizarre Baseball Culture. Totally. I swear. It is really going up this weekend, perhaps by noon tomorrow, perhaps by tomorrow night, at latest Sunday. In addition, in the spirit of the ...
02/13/2014 20:13:10 PM
The Caribbean Series is included in the Continuum Baseball Rankings because it’s between the champions of leagues, and usually are primarily made up of players from those countries anyway (the Asian Series isn’t included because the Aus ...
02/11/2014 21:50:30 PM
It’s time for OLYMPICS CONTINUUM. Today, I was just thinking: “How can you measure what team has had the best Olympics?” There are several methods, of course, and technically the Olympics aren’t even about winning or losing, o
02/10/2014 14:41:53 PM
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been very busy. Look for at least one tomorrow!
02/07/2014 16:29:38 PM
Today is my birthday. So, in honor of that, here is the all “Share-My-Birthday” team: Starting Pitcher: Earl Whitehill, Burt Hooton, Juan Pizarro (can also relieve), Scott Feldman Relief Pitcher: Dan Quisenberry, Dave Borkowski, Brad He ...
02/06/2014 18:45:19 PM
Ralph Kiner, who passed away today, was a great player who played for some really bad teams. In his ten seasons, only twice was his team above .500. He never played in the postseason, and only once did he come … Continue reading →
02/06/2014 09:02:30 AM
Due to their early season opener in Australia, the Arizona Diamondbacks start Spring Training a little early, with pitchers and catchers reporting today!
02/05/2014 19:30:04 PM
As I work along on the next Bizarre Baseball Culture, I’ve been distracted by some great baseball articles along the way. Check them out: Over at Slate: William Edward White was the son of a slave, but he was of … Continue reading →
02/04/2014 22:20:35 PM
The next installment of “Bizarre Baseball Culture” remains under construction. I know I said it’d be out today- Tuesday- but I guess I underestimated the time it would take me. Either that, or it was not I who posted that … Co
02/03/2014 19:19:41 PM
Hello! This is your blogger speaking to you from THE FUTURE to tell you that tomorrow there will be a new BIZARRE BASEBALL CULTURE involving TIME TRAVEL! Be excited.
02/02/2014 17:11:52 PM
By all accounts, the weather in NJ will be fine, so I’m going to go with Manning and the Broncos tonight. Once, in the past, I would have gone with the defensive advantaged team, but the NFL has changed, and … Continue reading →
02/02/2014 14:34:02 PM
This is at least the third time I’ve posted this, but it’s still funny.
02/01/2014 12:43:38 PM
As amazing as it seems, I have never had Russell Wilson of the Seahawks as a “Famous For Something Else” entry. Oh, I had a post in which I put up his minor league numbers, but it wasn’t a “Famous … Continue reading U
01/29/2014 21:36:53 PM
In the next few days, there will be some football stuff leading up to the Super Bowl… but also a Bizarre Baseball Culture!