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June 15, 2020
The Greatest Outfield That Almost Was
In the mid-1980s, the Montreal Expos were in danger of losing two-thirds of their outfield. Both Andre Dawson and Tim Raines were free agents after the […]
May 15, 2020
Introducing Teammate Quotient
This is an excerpt from the upcoming book, The Great Baseball Argument Settling Book, in which I rank the top 100 players in baseball history at […]
April 15, 2020
Baseball’s Most Reviled Racist: Ben Chapman
Ben Chapman is the only baseball player mentioned by name in a book by famed Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov. One of the things that Twitter ensures […]
March 15, 2020
Which date produced the most future baseball players?
What day produced the most major league ballplayers? Many people know that on May 27, 1968, two future Hall of Fame first basemen were born. That […]
January 15, 2020
Gus Triandos and the Knuckleball
“I never enjoyed catching. It tears you apart. I guess I was too clumsy and slow to do anything else.” — Gus Triandos If you were […]
May 8, 2019
100 Pieces of Advice for My Daughters
I have two daughters. Both are brown-haired and blue-eyed: a lethal combination for boys and fathers. Both are funny, in very different ways. One can cross […]
May 16, 2016
Hooked on Shiny Metal Objects
We are – right now – living in the most narcissistic of times. Which is saying a hell of a lot. Have you ever read about […]
January 14, 2016
Lessons Learned at Robbers Cave
Raise your hand if you’ve been to summer camp. Raise your hand if you’ve sent your child to summer camp. Raise your hand if you’ve unwittingly […]
December 15, 2015
The Supersonic and Not-So Supersonic History of Oklahoma City
The first thing you notice when you come to Oklahoma City is the dirt. It’s red beneath your feet. Red like iron. Red like the state politics. […]