We’re joined by Yahoo baseball writer Jeff Passan, whose book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, is out today. Read an excerpt here and hop in the comments to ask Jeff about the future of pitching, the grossness of Tommy John surgery, and how to figure out if you’re…
The following is excerpted from The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan, available April 5 from HarperCollins.
The modern Baseball pitcher utilizes myriad sleights of hand in his quest to fool and demoralize the slugger. Taunts, curses, incantations. Foreign substances added to the ball, including but not limited to urine and faeces (both human and animal) or reproductive fluids (both human and animal). Diving curvéd-balls…
There are persuasive arguments for why the National League should adopt the DH and get rid of pitcher’s batting, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks they’re hogwash.
It was terrifying—as always—when Diamondbacks rookie starter Archie Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in last night’s 12-5 Arizona win. But all things considered, it could have been so much worse.
Sorry, Chad Bradford. There’s a new reliever with a weird delivery in the MLB, and his name’s Carter Capps.
On Monday, the Mets learned that promising young starter Zack Wheeler has a fully torn elbow ligament, and will miss the entire season. Today it was revealed that the 24-year-old workhorse pitched through pain last year, thanks to a partially torn tendon in that same right elbow.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia (the epithet "Yankees ace" is probably long out-of-date, as he's coming off two very rough seasons) reported to camp at 305 pounds, about 30 pounds heavier than he was last spring. That's good, if only because he doesn't look like a stranger. But Sabathia believes his regained bulk should…
The greatest moments in baseball tend to possess an element of surprise, deciding a game or flipping a narrative on a single play and in a matter of seconds. The adrenaline spike from a home run or a stellar defensive play is memorable for being unexpected, but the drawback is that you can't, in the moment, realize it…
"It's just dirt, nothing to see here" was Michael Pineda's general reaction to being accused of glopping up the heel of his hand with some unknown substance in a strong pitching performance against Boston last night. It clearly wasn't dirt. But was it cheating? That depends on whether you listen to baseball's rulebook…
Salvador Perez was crying as he left the field, hugged by Eric Hosmer. It was a line drive off the bat of the 23-year-old Royals catcher that struck Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman flush, basically breaking his face.
Let's raise a glass to Brad Penny, and, hell, all the Brad Pennys of the baseball world, those thoroughly passable starters who find the right mix of good teams, tepid consistency (or rather, consistent tepidity), and just enough semi-standout seasons to garner tens of millions of dollars over a lengthy and…
Crafty lefty (there are no other kinds of lefty, especially not ones playing at age 40) reliever Tim Byrdak doesn't have a spring training invite. So he took to Twitter to request one:
Todd Jones, who had a lengthy and perfectly respectable career as a reliever, has some thought on his appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot:
South Korean Olympic archer Ki Bo-Bae entered the Hall of Bizarre Korean First Pitches when she "threw" her pitch using a bow and arrow. She was relatively accurate for someone shooting a baseball-tipped arrow.
Rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji broke the internet last month with this pelvis-bending ceremonial first pitch before a KBO game last month. It's far from the strangest South Korea has to offer.
The folks at Statlas have put together this visualization of each and every pitch thrown at last night's All-Star Game, broken down by type, speed, and result. You can probably guess who invariably threw the same pitch, at nearly the same velocity, every single time.
On Sunday, Angels pitcher Jered Weaver hit the deck to avoid a liner up the middle. He immediate came up holding his left, non-throwing arm, and left the game. Today comes word that he fractured his elbow, and will miss 4-6 weeks.