Linked – Friday March 3

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. Josh Hamilton goes under the knife for the 11th time. Still plans to play… for now. Speaking of injuries, Max Scherzer isn’t letting his slow him down. Hey, we’re on a roll with guys getting hurt, so here’s Grant Brisbee’s take on the David Price…

Review: The Only Rule is it Has to Work

Everyone with even a peripheral knowledge of baseball knows the basic premise of Moneyball. Both the book and the movie were hits, the latter even garnering a best picture nod. The story of Billy Beane’s desire to shape a winning team around the use of sabermetrics brought the notion of OBP to a much wider audience….

Linked – Friday Feb 24

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. A great story about how the iconic Blue Jays logo was created. Jake Peavy isn’t reporting to any spring training camps this year, and the reason for it is heartbreaking. Rob Manfred continues to make stupid decisions. Stacey May Fowles explains why the intentional walk…

Top 10 most ridiculous minor league team names

It’s no secret for anyone who has known me for any length of time that I love minor league teams. I’m not over the top crazy about following prospects, though it is a lot of fun to see future stars in the making. No, my love of the minor league system is entirely based in…

Winter is over, and baseball is here at last

**This piece was originally published at Bless You Boys on Feb 19, 2015** Baseball is a game of measured breaths. It is the time between moments, when a pitcher adjusts his grip and a batter chokes up on the bat. It is the ebb and flow of the outfield, as the tides change from power…

Linked – Monday Feb 13

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. Hannah Jeter wrote a beautiful editorial about her romance with Yankees great Derek Jeter, and there’s a little bit of exciting news in there, too. Grant Brisbee is very much on point with his scathing take-down of the newly proposed baseball rules. His URL game…

Let’s get hyped

As the winter months start to drag on and it feels like the shortest month might actually be the longest, the light at the end of the tunnel can seem miles away. For baseball fans, there’s a long, seemingly endless haul between October and April, where any ember of information is enough to stoke the…

North & South – What Spring Training Means to Us All

**this post was originally published over at Bless You Boys on March 19, 2015. I’m revisiting some of my older work as I start my book, and wanted to share this piece as we approach another spring training season** This morning I scraped ice off my windshield and wondered if the geese had flown overhead…

Linked – Week Ending Dec 11

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley wrote an absolutely perfect response to the Yankees signing of Aroldis Chapman that should be the thing you read if you read nothing else here. Dexter Fowler’s move to St. Louis has me feeling a little sentimental, and the Cubs felt…

CB-eh? What does the CBA mean for 2017 and beyond?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) and how it could potentially interfere with teams signing players, or even cause a lockout. Yesterday the CBA was completed, but some folks still don’t know exactly what it is, or what the implemented changes mean for…

2016 in Review – Baltimore Orioles

During the off season I wanted to have a look at the highs and lows of each individual major league team, and offer a forward glance of what the 2017 season might offer. This will be done alphabetically and by division, with an AL and NL team featured each week. 2016 Baltimore Orioles Payroll: $150,208,782.00…

Linked – Week Ending Nov 27

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. Think you know batting stance? Cut4 is going to quiz you on it! (I got 48% and am suitably shamed) Former San Fransisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito just release a music video for his country song “Secret to Life” and while the video is a…