Hey, You: Help Prove That Average Fans Are The Best Scouts In Baseball

Whether or not you know it, if you're a baseball fan, you probably appreciate or enjoy the game a little bit more because of Tom Tango. The pseudonymous saberist, currently a consultant for the Chicago Cubs, has had a hand—often the most important one—in developing many of the most interesting and useful statistical… » 9/15/14 5:44pm 9/15/14 5:44pm

What If A Baseball Player Were As Dominant As LeBron?

I'd like to pretend that I'm above paying attention to the LeBron James circus, but like everyone else, I spent a lot of today just sitting around waiting on some revelatory Adrian Wojnarowski tweet, so that a question like What if someone was just as dominant as LeBron James, but he played baseball?! has a whole lot… » 7/10/14 10:11pm 7/10/14 10:11pm

Why A Great General Manager Might Be Worth More Than Mike Trout

Baseball is a strange market, forever correcting itself in strange ways. For a long time, the most obviously central ability for a hitter—getting on base—was overlooked, until suddenly it wasn't, and it occurred to teams that there were probably all sorts of other valuable skills they were neglecting. In the years… » 6/11/14 11:18am 6/11/14 11:18am

Mariners Manager Says Sabermetrics Made Dustin Ackley Suck

The Seattle Mariners optioned once-promising second baseman Dustin Ackley to Triple A yesterday because Ackley has been having a miserable season at the plate. But what's to blame for Ackley's .205 average and .266 on-base percentage? Mariners coach Eric Wedge has a theory, and it has to do with all those damn nerds! » 5/28/13 4:25pm 5/28/13 4:25pm

Brian Kenny Loses His Shit On Hawk Harrelson

Hawk Harrelson is the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox, and he is the worst. During Wednesday night's broadcast of the White Sox-Nationals game, Harrelson said some dumb things about Sabermetrics that essentially boiled down to this: Sabermetrics don't work and the only way to build a winning baseball… » 4/12/13 2:40pm 4/12/13 2:40pm

Tell It To Your Analyst: The Raging Genius Of Earl Weaver

The first and obvious thing about Earl Weaver, for me, was that he was terrifying. I lived about seven blocks from Memorial Stadium, depending on how you walked it, and Junior Orioles packages were cheap, so my parents took my older brother and me to games all the time, from our youngest days. This meant that when I… » 1/23/13 4:45pm 1/23/13 4:45pm

Here's Ken Rosenthal Comparing The Sabermetrics Community To The Tea…

Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal was on the MLB Network today, talking about the Hall of Fame vote and bow ties and whatever else it is Ken Rosenthal likes to talk about these days. At some point, the conversation turned to Jack Morris and his continued inability to garner enough votes to get into the Hall of Fame.… » 1/09/13 6:20pm 1/09/13 6:20pm

The Giants Sure Use A Lot Of Sabermetrics For An Anti-Sabermetric Team

The Giants' World Series title is the latest point of retreat for the desperate sportswriter still looking to slam the use of statistics in baseball. In today's San Francisco Chronicle, Bruce Jenkins insists that this championship team got there through hard work, gristle, faces, eyes, shoulders, knees, toes, etc.: » 10/30/12 3:15pm 10/30/12 3:15pm