I understand that there are “unwritten rules” about baseball, and that if you go hard into second base, you leave yourself open to getting beaned, but the fact of the matter is that throwing at a guy doesn’t solve the issue. It won’t un-injure the player on your team that got hurt. This isn’t a tit-for-tat deal.Read more "If It’s Not Written Down, It’s Not a Rule"
On April 14th, 2017, the White Sox trotted out a starting OF of Garcia, Garcia, and Garcia. That is not even the craziest thing that has happened in the past 12 months: Bryce Harper reached base seven times in a row without swinging the bat.Read more "The Three Garcias and other strange-but-true MLB happenings"
You’ve established one pitcher as the best on your staff—batter for batter. You then:
1. Artificially restrict his innings.
2. Keep him from the most important parts of the game.
Does this make sense? Short answer: no.Read more "#KillTheSave"
Most intentional walks only take somewhere between 30 and 45 seconds to complete. You want to know an easier way to knock 45 seconds off of a game? Shorten the inning clock by three seconds. There you go, Commissioner Manfred, I saved you an additional 45 seconds. You’re welcome.Read more "Please, Commissioner Manfred, Don’t Change the Intentional Walk Rule"
Chris Correa, the former director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals, reportedly gained unauthorized access to the Houston Astros’ online system, Ground Control, in 2013 and 2014. He stole a plethora of information, such as trade targets, proposals, and prospect rankings and draft evaluations. At the time of the leak, it was not known that the Cardinals were behind the hacking, but in 2015, the Cardinals came under fire by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly perpetrating the hack and leaking the documents. Those allegations ended up being true; Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison, forced to pay a fine of roughly $300K, and handed a lifetime ban from baseball.Read more "Major League Baseball Botched the Cardinals Hacking Case in a Huge Way"
Running down the Dodgers and Rays’ swap of De Leon and Forsythe.Read more "Evaluating the Trade: Rays get Jose De Leon from Dodgers for Forsythe"
The final installment of a five-part series detailing the Top 10 Most Under-Covered Stories of 2016.Read more "Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016 (Part 5 of 5)"