Perhaps no one in baseball history had a Hall of Fame career sneak up on us like Adrian Beltre.
Continue reading “Adrian Beltre and the tale of two careers”
Ted Simmons turns 69 today. He should have been celebrating two weeks ago in Cooperstown, joining the inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Continue reading “Simba in Winter: Celebrating Ted Simmons’ career, birthday”
Prince Fielder is the best first baseman in Milwaukee Brewers history. I say that with all apologies to the beloved Cecil Cooper and George Scott‘s sideburns.
Continue reading “Prince Fielder was really good, but not a Hall of Famer”
A glacial baseball winter picked up the pace yesterday, but we have some final thoughts on what was not that long ago Baseball’s biggest (and only) story in 2018 to-date: the Hall of Fame ballot.
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Jeff Kent was the best offensive second baseman of his generation.
Roberto Alomar might have had the glove, and Ryne Sandberg the affability and strong two-way game, but Jeff Kent owned 4 in the 90s and early aughts.
Continue reading “The curious case of Jeff Kent, or, why do baseball writers hate second basemen?”
Splitting the numbers from the allegations reveals an objective truth for most modern fans. But only if they want to split the two.
Continue reading “Barry Bonds is the best you’ve ever seen”
Roberto Clemente’s death was a tragedy that shook the western hemisphere. In the shadow of the man’s sacrifice, his on-field achievements are more remarkable than we might recognize.
Continue reading “In memoriam: Roberto Clemente’s underrated on-field legacy”
When Bill James went after everyone’s favorite advanced stat, he started a much-needed discussion about baseball analytics – and an examination of the modern baseball writer.
Continue reading “WAR Apologies”