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Spreading the Gospel of Baseball
"This is a simple game: you throw the ball, you hit
the ball, you catch the ball..." - Trey Wilson as Durham Bulls' Skipper Joe
Reardon in Bull
" I deny being a visionary... But I have seen the world. I have lived
in the world with my eyes open. I have gone through the most
fiery ordeals that have fallen to the lot of man. I have gone through
this discipline." - Mohandas K.
Following those two tenets, I have
devoted myself to the exploration and discovery of all things baseball.
I will delve into stats, stories and everything else in my quest to become a
Bodhisattva of Baseball - an Enlightened One.*
Articles & Essays
– In Dusty We Busty – B aker has
brought a long legacy of endings like this one.
– – Otani’s Future Home Speculation on where Shohei
Otani will begin his major league career
– Dusty Must Go – the
Nats’ skipper once again made questionable
choices in the playoffs that jeopardize the team’s chances.
– Washington Crossing the Delaware – did the Nats whiff
yet again at the trade deadline?
– Where Are These Guys? – why
haven’t Kingery and been called up? Rosario
– Memorial Day Sale – A
large number of players are off to surprisingly good starts; can they sustain
– Two Weeks In – two
weeks is not enough of a sample to make definitive predictions but there
– The Pick of the Litter : filling out
my XFL reserve squad yielded some interesting choices.
: 12/31/16 – The End of Everything Sometimes it’s the gut punch that knocks
: 11/10/16 - Why I Picked These Guys,
8 th Edition
My annual rundown of the November XFL auction
– The : Compleat Gallo Joey Gallo has few comparables but this is my
best effort to figure out his future in the majors.
– Bold Predictions for 2017: It’s early so that makes them more “bold”,
– Assessing the Deadline Deals: Early calls on the winners and losers of the trade deadline
– The Strange Case of Joey Gallo: The
prospect has all-time power and a fixable flaw. Texas
– the Upton Conundrum : both
brothers are experiencing unusual years: one bad, one good Upton
– Hidden Greatness:
this pitcher should be getting more Hall of Fame hype.
– More Notes:
Observations on DFS, Velasquez, Wainwright, Brown and the Astros.
– Notes on the New Season: The first week has been eventful and comment-worthy
– Spring Christmas:
The XFL has two big holidays every year and one of them was this past week.
– The 2016 Top 50 Fantasy Prospects: My list of the best prospects for your dynasty
– Everyone Else’s Top Prospects: An aggregated list of the Top 100 prospects in
columns and research submitted
by the readers
Forward - A great article from the Economist that accurately appraises the
state of statistical analysis in baseball
- John Unbalanced
Schedules, Park Effects and Performance Deflators Shea's paper underscores the advantages teams gain with
the unbalanced schedule and its surprising effects on statistical analysis
- Bill Dean Archive Deane has provided statistical
work and stories behind the stats for ESPN and Fox Sports.
The Best of...
02/02/15 - Super No-Brainer:
Did the Superbowl feature one of the biggest
blunders in sports history?
01/10/14 - The Quest: Someone has to get into the Hall of Fame
with 100% of the vote, don’t they? Yeah, this guy.
03/14/13 - Baseball’s New
Dirty Little Secret - the
As don’t play Oakland Moneyball? Say it isn’t so!
01/20/13 - The Call of Squawkers: Cheating and the Hall of Fame
01/19/13 - The Fail of Statistics: Why the Hall of Fame should not become the
Hall of Statistics
06/03/08 - The Failure of : as a draft philosophy, Moneyball Beane's revolution has not lived up to the hype.
01/07/08 - Title Talk: a look at USC's "dynasty" and a
preview of tonight's championship game
12/04/07 - Tiger by the Tail:
despite it's flaws, did the BCS pick the right
teams to play for the championship?
03/13/07 - Tribute: last year's AL Tout Wars race inspired me
to research the "very first fantasy" baseball league.
04/04/06 - Barry's World: The real differences between Ruth and
01/01/06 - : Mazzone
Magic How much does a pitching
09/11/05 - Brave's Nation: Debunking the myth machine surrounding
the Atlanta Braves
09/20/04 - Pitching for Next
Year: Nine starting pitching sleepers for next year
08/20/04 - Baseball leaves Ce
Qui S'est Produit a
but hopefully not forever. Montreal
08/26/03 - The High Price of
Going Home: how good of a deal did the Padres get?
08/16/03 - More Unbreakable
Records: are they really unbreakable?
06/18/03 - The Unknown All-Star:
this pitcher deserves a spot but likely won't get it.
07/15/02 - The Perfect
American: The passing of American legend Ted Williams
05/11/02 - The Strife of Reilly:
Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly shoots his own foot on fantasy
03/31/02 - The Importance of
Spring Pitching Stats: are there hints of breakout seasons?
10/22/01 - Well, Not Quite:
This year's World Series match-up might be better than expected.
09/18/01 - Words and Meaning:
A few words about the tragic events of the past week.
08/09/01 - Move it or Lose it: my
suggestions for relocating several teams
05/08/01 - Popped Back to the
Screen: What makes a great baseball movie?
06/08/00 - Blown Arms and Other
Ghost Stories: Part 2 on pitch counts, reconstructed arms and sports
05/23/00 - Pitch Counts (part
1): A little history and theory on sagacious use of a pitching
arm. Part 1 of 2
01/10/00 - the Greatest Athlete
Debate: Who had the greatest impact on his/her sport and society.
... and on the steroids era
Caught: a complete
list of every baseball player who has tested positive for performance
Bonds’ obstruction conviction appellate decision
Bonds’ perjury indictment
Bonds’ doping calendars
Bonds’ BALCO testimony
Barry Bonds' positive tests
08/01/05 - Rafael : assessing the fall-out of testing
positive for steroids. Palmeiro
12/12/04 - What a Surprise !! : reaction to the
steroid usage confessions of Giambi and Bonds
04/22/04 - Chasing Ben: Is
Bonds really as amazing as the media is making him out to be?
10/25/02 - Is He for Real?:
Barry Bonds: Man, Myth or Medicine?
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Fantasy Baseball Index 2004 Draft Guide
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The 2003 STATS Inc. Scouting Notebook
The 2003 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2003 Mastersball Fantasy Baseball Annual
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The 2002 Fantasy Guide to the Arizona Fall League
The 2001 Mastersball Fantasy Baseball Annual
The 2001 Fantasy Guide to the Arizona Fall League
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* (yeah, I know that's a Buddhist
principle and Gandhi was Hindu, but there are connections between the two
faiths and I felt that "Great Soul of Baseball" was a bit
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