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The Honorable Mentions, Part II

The list of hitters that didn’t make my top 25 of the free agent era continues.

In case you missed my first group of ten, … 1,851 more words


The Honorable Mentions, Part I

Making my list of the 25 best hitters of the free agent era has been absolutely agonizing.


I’ve poured over stats time and time again. 1,670 more words

Baseball History

Best of the Week, 8/6-12/2017

Spooky …

When two once-in-a-generation talents appear in the SAME generation.

Whose side are you on? pic.twitter.com/p1JjLip4Gb

— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2017


Stat-urday, 8/12/2017

Trey Mancini is the first @Orioles rookie to hit 20 HRs since Cal Ripken Jr. https://t.co/pZsReP86ut pic.twitter.com/t8zS18QvR0

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) August 11, 2017


We All Have One of Those Coworkers

I’ve noted before that sociologists view sports as a microcosm of society. This can definitely be said of baseball – and while I have no direct proof of what was happening behind the scenes at the Bowie Baysox game Wednesday night, the interaction between Ryan Flaherty and his fellow Baysox players certainly seemed to reflect coworker interactions we’ve all experienced. 378 more words

Baseball Sociology

The Demise of the Everyday Player

Years and years ago I read a piece by Bill James in which he argued that Cal Ripken‘s decision to keep his consecutive game streak alive was actually detrimental to the Baltimore Orioles’ ultimate goal of winning as many games as possible.  483 more words

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