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This Calls for Stragety

To my surprise and delight, I’ve been invited to return to the Fox Strategy Room, where Steven Goldman and I appeared back in April in the service of promoting Baseball Prospectus 2009. For those unaware of its format, the Strategy Room is a streaming webcast conducted in a roundtable format and broken up into hour-long [...]

The Montero Question(s)

In yesterday’s chat, I had a two-part exchange with a reader regarding perhaps the Yankees’ top prospect:
Charlie (Bethesda, MD): Think Jesus Montero is a good enough catcher (and hitter) to play DH and backup catcher for the Yankees next year? If he’s their DH they could probably rotate him, Posada and Cervelli as catcher to [...]

Dreams and Nightmares

Writing up a postmortem of the NLCS for Baseball Prospectus today, I was forced by the events of last night in Fenway Park to graft a new head onto my piece like some Dr. Frankenstein. Having watched enough of the Red Sox from the vantage point of a Yankees fan last year, I could see [...]

Predicting Playoff Success

Considering I spent about 10 hours on my couch watching baseball on Wednesday — admittedly a good portion of it working on a couple different projects — it was an exhausting day. The Brewers couldn’t touch Cole Hamels, who looked better than I’ve ever seen him pitch. The more baseball I watch, the more I’m [...]

Today

Cutting through the metaphorical hangover of a thrilling day of baseball to go straight to the bullets, because I’ve got about 5,000 more words to deliver over the next three days:
• I’ve got a Brewer-centric article on Sunday’s action:
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the clip. Big Pete Ladd delivers to Rod Carew, who [...]

Technicolor

If you haven’t already done so, set your TiVo or similar appliance to record the Fox Sports Net’s 13-part series, “Baseball’s Golden Age.” Each episode features rare or previously unscreened footage of greats from the 1920s through the 1960s, mainly via home movies, and a lot of it in color. It’s similar to the stellar [...]

For Those Who Like This Sort of Thing, This is the Sort of Thing They Like

Back from my three-day Baseball Prospectus 2008 media tour of Washington, DC and Philadelphia. The TV appearances didn’t pan out; in DC the station only wanted either Steve or myself, and so I graciously deferred to my editor regarding the opportunity to taxi across town to do a three-minute hit at 6:45 AM (swell guy [...]

Hit the Poz Button

A couple years ago I was talking with a Yankees fan, a true-blue New Yorker as typified by that classic Saul Steinberg New Yorker cover, “A View of the World from 9th Avenue,”. We were talking about our online baseball reading habits, sites we visit regularly and such, and I mentioned an article I’d read [...]

Three Quick Strikes, Again

Meticulously not fixing what ain’t broke, I’ll revisit this format again…
• Kevin Goldstein’s Top 100 Prospects list is out at Baseball Prospectus. It’s Goldstein’s first one for BP, and it comes on the heels of his Organizational Rankings and team-by-team Top 10 Prospect lists (indexed on the aforementioned rankings). Goldstein’s writeups for each of these [...]

Lost in Translation

I spent Thankgiving week halfway around the globe in Barcelona, my wife and I having cashed in a nest egg of Frequent Flyer miles for a pair of almost-free tickets. Had a great time over there except for the loss of a beloved, custom-made jacket and the trickle of surreal baseball news coming to me [...]