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  The Long Gandhi     
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


11/19 – There’s a Catch: Stanton’s deal might not have the biggest positive impact of the deals so far

11/5- Why I Picked These Guys, Jr. : An overview of the 2014 XFL draft

10/31 – 2014 Post-Mortem:  A look back at my 10 Bold Predictions for 2014

10/30 – A Legend is Born:  Bumgarner’s performance: the beginning or the end?

05/27 – Mythical Pitching:  Are FIP, xFIP, SIERA better predictors of future performance than ERA? I hope so.

05/14 – Mr. Hustle Drops the Ball:  Great defense (or bad Nats’ managing?) gets the Reds a win.

03/31 – Ten Bold Predictions for 2014:  Oh yeah, they’re bold. I promise.

03/26 – The 2014 Fantasy Prospect List:  The top 50 prospects for fantasy keeper leagues.

03/14 – An Appreciation:  A brief eulogy for one of my favorite people in baseball.

01/10 – The Quest:  Someone has to get into the Hall of Fame with 100% of the vote, don’t they? Yeah, this guy.


World's Best
columns and research submitted by the readers

Unbalanced Schedules, Park Effects and Performance Deflators - John 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...
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 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 Bonds
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 Montreal, but hopefully not forever.
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 baseball
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 medicine
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 enhancing drugs
Barry Bonds' positive tests for steroids
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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Long Gandhi in Print

The 2014 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2009 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2009 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2008 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2008 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2007 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2007 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2006 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2006 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2005 STATS Inc Scouting Notebook
The 2005 Fantasy Baseball Guide - Professional Edition
The 2005 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
Fantasy Baseball Index 2004 Draft Guide
The 2004 STATS Inc. Scouting Notebook
The 2004 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2003 STATS Inc. Scouting Notebook
The 2003 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
The 2003 Mastersball Fantasy Baseball Annual
The 2002 STATS Inc. Scouting Notebook
The 2002 Mastersball Fantasy Baseball Annual
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 presumptuous)

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