The recently retired Manny Ramirez was one of the most inscrutable players in recent history. Ben McGrath of the New Yorker attempted to figure out Ramirez's motivations in this 2007 piece
posted by reenum
on Apr 11, 2011 -
Archived Baseball photos from 1917-1956
Today, the Boston Public Library
will publish on the Internet the first 100
of a trove of nearly 3,000 rarely seen baseball photographs taken by Leslie Jones
, who worked for the Boston Herald and the Boston Traveler from 1917 to 1956. Moments preserved by the shutter and squirreled away in his Dorchester basement, where he kept tens of thousands of images. The Boston Globe has a selection published here
. The first batch of snapshots was released to coincide with today’s Opening Day at Fenway Park. Library staff plan to upload several dozen more images each week until all 2,881 photos are online.
The project is part of a broader initiative by the library to give the public unfettered access to Jones’s entire archive of tens of thousands of images. He photographed car wrecks
and ice-crusted fishing trawlers; shot luminaries like Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart
; and the people of Boston
posted by Gungho
on Apr 8, 2011 -
, author of The Mental ABCs of Pitching
and The Mental Game of Baseball
, died on February 28th. A sports psychologist, Dorfman counseled hundreds
of baseball players, mentoring
some of the best players in the modern era. Mike Pelfrey
called Dorfman after nearly every start. Roy Halladay, before he was "Doc," went to see the Dorfman
and continues to give his book on pitching
to all young pitchers. A 2009 profile of "Dr. Baseball"
explained how Dorfman worked, "One week I’m Hamlet, the next week I'm Bozo. You come to me with a certain disposition; I better know who to play…. I am neither an asshole nor a saint, in totality. I am whatever is required at the moment."
posted by gladly
on Mar 1, 2011 -
Wake Forest University's slogan for their baseball team in 2011 is 'What are you willing to sacrifice to help make this team better?
' "Head coach Tom Walter's intent was to have his players thinking about sacrifice bunts, moving runners over, and giving up personal glory to help the Demon Deacons improve as a team. But what Walter chose to sacrifice is greater than simply hanging in on a curve ball and taking one for the team. Walter gave up a kidney
." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 13, 2011 -
The Baseball Club
is a game by MetaFilter favorite
Taro Ito, best known for Dice Wars
. In The Baseball Club you take control of a high school baseball team and attemp to lead them to victory in The World Baseball Tournament. You keep each player for three seasons and train them in batting practice. Warning: Absurdly addictive.
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 10, 2011 -
In 1972, with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning in the last game the Washington Senators played before moving to Texas, the crowd flooded onto the field
, ruining a thrilling late-game comeback over the Yankees. In 1974, the Cleveland Indians tripled attendance by offering Ten Cent Beer Night, but ended up wielding bats against their own fans
to protect the visiting Rangers. In 1979, the plan to blow up disco records on the field between the two games of a double-header in Chicago led to riots and fires
. And Rusty Torres
was on the field all three times.
posted by Plutor
on Feb 9, 2011 -
Wins-above-replacement, or WAR
, is a Sabermetric term of art
for baseball player comparison. Fangraphs
, one of the go-to sites for baseball nerdlingers, now offers a way to make WAR grids
, an amazingly easily comprehended visual display comparing players based on WAR, sortable by team, position and season, with a default topline of player age. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Jan 14, 2011 -
Who was Eddie Klep?
Everybody knows about the black man who integrated the major leagues in 1947, but hardly anyone knows about the white man who integrated the Negro Leagues the year before. Eddie Klep
was no role model, but he deserves to be remembered, and Chuck Brodsky (who's written a bunch of baseball songs
) did his part with the "Ballad of Eddie Klepp" (YouTube
). The name actually has just one p; Brodsky regrets the error (which is also made in this short piece
, with lively quotes from Klep's wife). (Thanks, Ken!)
posted by languagehat
on Dec 7, 2010 -
"In order to renew my Fangraphs membership, every six months, Dave Cameron flies out to meet me in an unmarked parking garage in Washington DC, where I swear a blood oath by candlelight on a stack of Necronomicons never to write anything complimentary about Derek Jeter’s mobility or range. Cameron’s post about Jeter yesterday was faithful to our sworn mission. The awful secret of Derek Jeter’s fifth Gold Glove requires a little background in a few of the more esoteric domains of human knowledge. This may be the most important blog post I ever write; if it is the last, dear readers, only you will know the truth.
appears to be a geeky site for baseball stat-heads who live in their mothers’ basements, crunch numbers whilst sipping Diet Dr. Pepper, and invent silly acronyms instead of dating girls. But FanGraphs bloggers quite firmly embrace their own nerdiness – even going so far as to create NERD
, the stat, which rates the “watchability” of a team. Furthermore, they so often blend humor, politics, literature, and philosophy into their writings that to shun the site is to deprive yourself of fascinating, scrumptious nuggets of surprisingly accessible, occasionally math-heavy, and nearly always well-written baseball geekery. Would you like to know if better players have more Twitter followers?
Wondered, Is The DH Dying?
Derek Jeter cheated... so what?
How about a lengthy meditation on baseball and the science of happiness? [more inside]
posted by ORthey
on Dec 2, 2010 -
Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Chelsea Baker throws like a girl.
Of course, she is a 13 year old girl, so that is to be expected. She is a pitcher that went 12-0 with 2 perfect games in the Plant City FL Little League this season. She hasn't been tagged with a loss in 4 years. Her secret is the knuckleball that was taught to her by a former coach, retired MLB pitcher Joe Niekro
posted by COD
on Jul 26, 2010 -
Last week, before Jack McDonald died, he told his son, Toronto Blue Jays utility infielder John McDonald (14 home runs in a 12 year professional career), to hit a home run for him when he went back to the team. "They're not that easy to hit," John said.
John rejoined his team and got his first at-bat in the ninth inning this past Sunday. Father's Day
posted by dirtdirt
on Jun 21, 2010 -
Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature
by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on May 19, 2010 -
If you buy it, people will come
. The property from the movie The Field of Dreams
is for sale
. You could own a 193 acre farm, along with a baseball field, and a tourist destination that gets approximately 65,000 visitors annually. The current owners even have permission from Universal to sell memorabilia. Along with ownership of the property comes ownership of the Field of Dreams site
. The asking price is $5.4 million. via
posted by bove
on May 14, 2010 -
Dallas Braden had a rough childhood
. A problem child in the tough neighborhood of Stockton, California, he was raised by his mother and, after she died, his grandmother, both of whom he credits for turning his life around. Today, on Mother's Day, in front of a small home crowd and his grandmother, Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history
and the second in as many years against the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays. This also happened to be 42 years and 1 day after the A's only other perfect game
, by Catfish Hunter. [more inside]
posted by dirigibleman
on May 9, 2010 -