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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 . Durham
" 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. Gandhi
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
07/18/16 – The Strange Case
of Joey Gallo
– The Texas prospect has
all-time power and a fixable flaw.
05/30/16 – the Upton
Conundrum : both
brothers are experiencing unusual years: one bad, one good Upton
05/04/16 – Hidden Greatness: this pitcher should be getting more Hall of
04/20/16 – More Notes: Observations on DFS, Velasquez, Wainwright,
Brown and the Astros.
04/10/16 – Notes on the New
Season: The first week has been eventful and
04/05/16 – Spring Christmas: The XFL has two big holidays every year and one
of them was this past week.
03/01/16 – The 2016 Top 50
Fantasy Prospects: My list
of the best prospects for your dynasty league
02/29/16 – Everyone
Else’s Top Prospects: An
aggregated list of the Top 100 prospects in baseball.
12/10/15 – Rizzo and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year: 2015 is over, but 2016 is looking questionable.
11/10/15 – The Annual
“Why I Picked These Guys” Wrap-up: The November XFL draft is complete.
08/24/15 – The Nats Will
Never Win It All (Pt.2): the two
biggest obstacles to a championship
07/29/15 – Steroids Before
Testing: although the evidence is far from complete,
usage was less than previously thought.
07/21/15 – Trade Deadline
Predictions: … and hopefully some of them will be right
06/10/15 – Top 10 Race
Horses: American Pharoah
re-ignites interest in horse racing
06/02/15 – Mechanics and the
Brain: Trying to explain
some anomalous pitching performances
05/20/15 – The Nats Will
Never Win It All (pt.1 ): Why
Strasburg is the worst pitcher in baseball this year
04/25/15 – The Non-Debate
about Bonds: Some
clarification about the latest in the Bonds saga
04/23/15 – Chris
Rock’s Wrong: Rock’s
rant about blacks and baseball is well
04/07/15 – The Name of Rose : Of course Pete Rose is in baseball news…
04/04/15 – Thou Shalt Be
Saved : A recap of my XFL supplemental draft picks
03/14/15 – The 2015 Top
Fantasy Prospects: A list of the top 50
prospects for 2015 and beyond
– Super No-Brainer: Did the Superbowl
feature one of the biggest blunders in sports history?
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 Shea's
paper underscores the advantages teams gain with the unbalanced schedule
and its surprising effects on statistical analysis Unbalanced
Schedules, Park Effects and Performance Deflators
- 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 Moneyball? Oakland Say it
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
Moneyball: as a draft philosophy, 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
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 coach matter?
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 - Ce Qui S'est Produit
a Montreal: Baseball leaves ,
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
complete list of every baseball player who has tested positive for
performance enhancing drugs
Bonds’ obstruction conviction appellate decision
Bonds’ perjury indictment
Bonds’ doping calendars
Bonds’ BALCO testimony
Barry Bonds' positive tests
08/01/05 - Rafael Palmeiro:
assessing the fall-out of testing positive for steroids.
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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* (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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