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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
11/01/19 – The Greatest
Series No One Saw – Incredible, yes, but was this the greatest
World Series ever? Objectively, quite possibly yes.
01/16/18 – Fantasy Blows
Ohtani – The fantasy baseball industry missed a great
opportunity to prove that it understands baseball
11/11/17 - Your 2018 World Series
Champion is… - Did the Astros
change the way franchises build champions? Who will win in 2018?
– Why’d I Get These Guys – the
November XFL draft and the first looks into 2018
– Why Did I Trade Verlander – analysis of a keeper league trade
– – Giolito’s Honor Lucas Giolito broke
out in a big way down the stretch, but is it real?
10/14/17 – In Dusty We
Busty – B aker has brought a long
legacy of endings like this one.
10/11/17 – – Ohtani’s Future Home Speculation on where Shohei
Otani will begin his major league career
10/10/17 – Dusty Must Go
– the Nats’ skipper once again made questionable
choices in the playoffs that jeopardize the team’s chances.
08/01/17 – Washington
Crossing the Delaware – did
the Nats whiff yet again at the trade deadline?
06/16/17 – Where Are These
Guys? – why haven’t Kingery and
been called up? Rosario
05/27/17 – Memorial Day
A large number of players are off
to surprisingly good starts; can they sustain them?
04/19/17 – Two Weeks In
– two weeks is not enough of a sample to make
definitive predictions but there are clues
03/24/17 – The Pick of the
Litter - filling out my XFL reserve squad yielded some
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...
10/21/16 - The Joey Gallo has few comparables but this is my best effort to
figure out his future in the majors. Compleat
05/04/16 - Hidden Greatness -
this pitcher should be getting more Hall of Fame hype.
06/10/15 – Top 10 Race
Horses – American Pharoah won the
Triple Crown but how does the thoroughbred rank all-time?
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 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
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 : 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 Bill James Handbook (contributor)
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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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