1. Ichiro's Cooperstown Chances Still Unclear

    Sean Smith at the Hardball Times has a lengthy article about Ichiro Suzuki's chances of being voted into Cooperstown and/or the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and he does some interesting analysis ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 864 reads 9 comments

  2. Cleveland Indians Trade Ryan Garko To San Francisco Giants

    Well, you can't say the Giants aren't trying.Yesterday, as reigning Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum made perhaps the best start of his young career, the Giants front office was completing ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 148 reads 0 comments

  3. Free Phil Hughes!

    I detailed a few weeks ago, when Chien Ming Wang went back on the DL, how I thought that Joe Girardi had dropped the ball with regard to managing his bullpen...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 194 reads 2 comments

  4. Pittsburgh Pirates Re-Signing Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez? Not So Fast...

    From the Iron City comes this bit of disturbing news: The Pittsburgh Pirates aim to keep shortstop Jack Wilson and second baseman Freddy Sanchez...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 65 reads 0 comments

  5. Notes and Observations at the 2009 All-Star Break: National League

    While the pause in official games for the mid-summer classic is not exactly the half-way point of the season (most teams have played 86-88 games) it's a convenient place to stop and take a look around, seeing what's happened up to now...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 19 reads 0 comments

  6. Joe Girardi's Mismanagement of the Yankees Bullpen

    Just when I thought I knew what was wrong with Chien-Ming Wang, suddenly it no longer matters. Whether the problem before was is slider failing to slide or his sinker failing to sink, ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 24 reads 0 comments

  7. Marc Rzepczynski and the Spelling Bee All-Star Team

    What's "Rzepczynski" spelled backwards, if it isn't already?The Blue Jays are starting a young lefty named Marc Rzepczynski today against the Tampa Bay Rays—one of many starters in the Jays' patchwork rotation this year...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 323 reads 1 comments

  8. Buster Olney's Questionable "Olnalysis" of Colorado Rockies' Huston Street

    ESPN's Buster Olney writes, at the beginning of a 2,800-word "blog post", that Rockies closer Huston Street has experienced dramatic improvement due to the smallest of changes: .....

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 101 reads 4 comments

  9. What's Wrong With Chien-Ming Wang?

    On the heels of yet another loss to the hated Red Sox, and entering a crucial series with the hated Mets, the New York Yankees have some 'splainin to do...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 204 reads 2 comments

  10. New York Yankees Need To Step It Up Against Boston Red Sox

    Well, it's been a whole month, so I guess we were due to resume the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. As you'll no doubt recall, when last we met our heroes—or, at least the last time the Red Sox ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 70 reads 0 comments

  11. Even the Los Angeles Dodgers' Pitchers Can Improve

    Rob Neyer commented yesterday on the Dodgers' pitching staff and their general manager's efforts to improve on the (apparently) un-improvable: The Dodgers could cruise to 90 wins and the division title without making a single move the rest of the season.

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 108 reads 1 comments

  12. Projecting the Next 300-Game Winner(s)

    In light of the Big Unit's chase for his 300th win, Joe Posnaski recently wrote a column for Sports Illustrated with Bill James and just blogged his own piece on the nature (and unpredictability of) 300-game winners...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 1,382 reads 2 comments

  13. Why the Yankees Dominated the Minnesota Twins

    The Yankees completed a four game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins last night, stretching their current winning streak to six games, four of which were won by only one run. This improves the Yankees' overall record to 21-17, bringing the team within 4..

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 78 reads 0 comments

  14. More Yankees Ticket Shenanigans

    In these harsh economic times, I have to wonder why the Yankees think this view is worth $85 per ticket. They call it the "Batter's Eye View" because the seats are in the Bleachers Cafe, above the batter's eye (i...

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  15. Book Review: The Yankee Years, by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci

    As the field manager of the New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007, Joe Torre epitomized class and dignity on the baseball field, so it's fitting that even his book's title and cover are classy...

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  16. Too Early To Send Joba Chamberlain Back to the Bullpen

    The Good News: Phil Hughes pitched well last night against the Tigers. He used 99 pitches to shut them out for six innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while fanning six...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 125 reads 4 comments

  17. San Franciso Giants Pitchers Soon to Return to Walking Ways

    MLB.com's Chris Haft writes that the San Francisco Giants are issuing fewer walks this year, and their pitchers are therefore having more success at preventing runs...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 59 reads 0 comments

  18. Analyzing the New Homer-Happy Ballpark

    There is a new ballpark from which balls are flying out at a record pace. Home runs are jumping off the bats of both the home team and its opponents, much more so than in the team's ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 605 reads 0 comments

  19. Carl Pavano Makes History Again, Sort of

    Carl Pavano made his (not) much anticipated return to a major league mound this afternoon, toeing the rubber for the Cleveland Indians against the Texas Rangers in Arlington...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 154 reads 0 comments

  20. Predicting MLB Performance, Using Draft Signing Bonuses?

    From an interview with Baseball Prospectus' Nate Silver in the Baltimore Sun's blogging branch (the bold emphasis is mine): TD: I did want to ask you about [Orioles catching prospect ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 673 reads 0 comments

  21. Fisking Fitzpatrick: Comparing the Phillies OF to the 1930 Athletics

    Well, I tried to go "old school" with my Canterbury Tales style Phillies Preview, but Philadelphia Inquirer writer Frank Fitzpatrick went old school in a different way in his Sunday column...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 67 reads 0 comments

  22. Brett Gardner: Put Me in Coach! I'm Ready to Make Outs!

    The Yankees are reportedly planning on letting Brett Gardner be the regular center fielder this year, at least until he demonstrates that he can't handle the load...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 86 reads 1 comments

  23. 2009 Phillies Preview...in Iambic Pentameter (sort of)

    The Phillies won themselves a World Series, Beat the Tampa Bay Rays with rel'tive ease!A championship! And long-awaited!City of Brotherly Love, elated!But now they face a new season: Oh-Nine,Their ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 218 reads 3 comments

  24. Curt Schilling Not Cooperstown-Bound

    Curt Schilling announced his retirement yesterday, which immediately begs the question of whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame.No.There, now that the suspense is gone, let me explain...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 52 reads 0 comments

  25. Curt Schilling Retirement Retrospective

    Curt Schilling has unofficially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, following a 20-year career in which he went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA that was about 27 percent better than the average of the leagues in which he pitched...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 5 years ago 69 reads 0 comments