For the last eight years, baseball fan-turned-writer Becca Schultz has presented herself online as Ryan Schultz, a false identity she assumed when she was 13 years old, duping and harassing women on Twitter along the way.
Just before the 2016 MLB playoffs, Baseball Prospectus emailed its staff and contributors to tell them that they would not be paid for work they did in August and September until January 2017. The costs of a website redesign and the collapse of daily-fantasy ad spending, the email explained, led to the payment freeze.
All hitters approach the plate differently depending on where they sit in the count. But great hitters and poor hitters differ in how often they swing in certain situations. Using TAv as a measurement, Baseball Prospectus took a look at how swing rates differ between the best hitters and worst hitters based on where…
There is nothing average about Mike Trout. People built like Brian Urlacher shouldn't be able to scale walls and run like a scared deer, all while squarely hitting a round ball with a round bat. The 2014 season has seen Mike Trout put up a more earthbound line than usual: .263/.358/.509 after last night's game. The…
Most hitting changes are subtle and small. Even to the trained eye it can take time to notice a change a hitter may have made months ago. The emergence of Carlos Gomez, All-Star, goes hand in hand with a swing change he made at some point between July 6 and 23, 2012.
The following was originally published in the 2014 edition of Baseball Prospectus. In a departure from established practice, this year's edition features contributions from a wide array of outside writers, who came through with a series of essays that shows off the full stylistic diversity of contemporary baseball…
The greatest word in baseball is "horseshit." This isn't a matter of opinion, it's a scientific fact. From Kevin Kerrane’s fine book, Dollar Sign on the Muscle:
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As you know, Deadspin has lately been documenting the amazing spectacle of the bored fan, the baseball enthusiast who finds a seat at the yard to be the best possible place to crochet, read the newspaper, play a baseball video game, or what have you.
In last night's 10-4 victory over the Tigers, Rangers starter Yu Darvish threw 130 pitches. In his previous start, Darvish threw 105 pitches. Six days before that, in a start against the Red Sox, he threw 127 pitches. Should we be freaking out about how many pitches Darvish is throwing?