1. Armchair Quarterbacking Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects

    Baseball America has its annual list of the top 100 prospects out, and though you have to pony up a few bucks to read the in-depth analysis of each player, you can get a taste for free...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 6 years ago 187 reads 0 comments

  2. 25 Random Baseball Things

    Last week, Shyster Ball started a trend and a bunch of other bloggers has followed suit, so I figured I wouldn't be the worst copycat if I did my own 25 Random Baseball Things...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 6 years ago 72 reads 0 comments

  3. A-Roid: The Fallout from the Alex Rodriguez Apology

    I had been away from blogging for a few weeks as my wife and I were finalizing the adoption of our son, but there's nothing like the biggest name in baseball on the biggest team being implicated in yet another scandal to bring one back into the game...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 6 years ago 245 reads 1 comments

  4. Cooperstown Comes Calling for Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice

    What in the wide, wide world of sports is a'goin' on around here?I'm out of the country on business for one week, and I come back to find John Smoltz a Red Sox, Pat Burrell a Ray, Trevor ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 6 years ago 148 reads 0 comments

  5. Let the New York Yankees Spend Their Own Money

    The Yankees have long been the favorite targets of rival fans, rival team owners, and media pundits for a very long time...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 6 years ago 310 reads 1 comments

  6. CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Melky's Impending Departure

    Wow, that was a busy week. As predicted, the Yankees wound up signing CC Sabathia, for a contract within about 0.6% of the total amount I estimated a couple of weeks ago, albeit for one less year than I thought...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 591 reads 1 comments

  7. Harold Baines for the Hall of Fame?

    It amazes me that I'm even writing this.It seems to me that if you've got a player whose main job, nay, ONLY job for most of his career was to hit, he ought to have some damn impressive stats if you're going to talk about putting him in the Hall of Fame..

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 2,201 reads 5 comments

  8. Problems in Projecting CC Sabathia: The $140 Million Question

    Rob Neyer and Anthony McCarron have weighed in on the large-looming presence that is CC Sabathia, and the even larger one that will be his next contract, well north of the $100 million mark...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 347 reads 1 comments

  9. Boston Red Sox Are Pursuing Junichi Tazawa

    The Boston Red Sox are pursuing yet another Japanese pitcher. No surprise there. But the background of the pitcher in question raises some real questions, and that's where things do get a little interesting...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 525 reads 0 comments

  10. Yankees Possible Free Agent Signings

    The Yankees have made no secret of the fact that they have a lot of money to spend this winter. As I detailed in my last post, they have about $70 or $80 million coming off the books ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 203 reads 0 comments

  11. New York Yankees Departing Free Agents

    The New York Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade and a half this year. The excuses for that failure are many and varied, and mostly irrelevant when it comes to how the Yankees will approach the free agent market this winter...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 133 reads 1 comments

  12. Rockies-A's Trade Analysis: Matt Holliday for Street, Smith and Gonzalez

    Though the deal is not yet official, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (author of License to Deal) is reporting that the Rockies are trading outfielder Matt Holliday to the Oakland A's For starting pitcher ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 258 reads 11 comments

  13. Notes on the 2008 Gold Gloves

    National League Gold Glove winners were announced Tuesday, and the American League winners came out yesterday. There were several new names, a lot of old ones, a few surprises, and a few really, really bad decisions...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 1,718 reads 2 comments

  14. Trade Analysis: Royals Get 1B Mike Jacobs for RHP Leo Nunez

    The Kansas City Royals think they've plugged one of the many holes in their lineup with the acquisition of 1B Mike Jacobs for relief pitcher Leo Nunez, but have they?Royals firstbasemen ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 592 reads 0 comments

  15. Phillies Win 2008 World Series, Just Like I Didn't Not Expect they Wouldn't

    See? Didn't I tell you that you shouldn't not bet money on the Phillies!Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, who won only the second World Championship of their long, generally ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 202 reads 1 comments

  16. 2008 World Series (Almost) Preview: Phillies vs. Rays

    This is an exciting time to be a fan of a beleagured franchise. Not only are two of the most pathetic teams in history playing in the World Series this year, but inevitably, one of them must win it...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 361 reads 1 comments

  17. 2008 National League Championship Series Preview

    Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers (84-78) and the Philadelphia Phillies (92-70) will face off in their best-of-seven series to decide the National league's representative in the World Series.By rights, the Dodgers should not even be in this series...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 970 reads 2 comments

  18. 2008 American League Championship Series Preview

    American League Championship Series (ALCS) The Boston Red Sox (95-67) will meet the Tampa Bay Rays (97-65) Friday for the first of a best-of-seven series to decide the Junior Circuit pennant winner...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 663 reads 2 comments

  19. 2008 National League Awards Predictions

    Well, this will be too late to preempt the NL and AL Comeback Player of the Year awards.If you're interested, you can read my pick for the American league here...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 659 reads 4 comments

  20. 2008 American League Awards

    With the Major League Baseball regular (almost) over, now, it's finally time to talk about the season's awards. Whatever happens in the White Sox/Tigers make-up game today is not going to have an effect on any of this...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 100 reads 0 comments

  21. Remembering Yankee Stadium, by Harvey Frommer (book review)

    Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of the House That Ruth Built, 1923-2008, by Harvey Frommer Harvey Frommer has outdone himself this time...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 6 years ago 812 reads 0 comments

  22. Todd Jones Surprises Everyone: Not Actually Retired

    Todd Jones announced on Wednesday that he will be retiring at the end of the year. Even considering that I had assumed he was already retired, this kind of surprised me, since it seemed ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 6 years ago 325 reads 0 comments

  23. Fred Merkle's Boner, 100 Years Hence...

    Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of "Merkle's Boner", which while perhaps sounding a bit like the title of a stag film, was actually one of the more famous plays in baseball's first century, but sadly was not caught on film...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 6 years ago 340 reads 0 comments

  24. Mark Reynolds Strikeout Record Watch...

    The Arizona thirdbaseman made his 33rd error yesterday and struck out two more times, raising his season total to 198. The record for a season is 199, set last year by Ryan Howard.The current list:#...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 6 years ago 362 reads 0 comments

  25. Notes and Observations...

    * Yankee Stadium hosted its last game last night, with Andy Pettitte picking up the win for the Pinstripes and Mariano Rivera throwing the last pitch. Fans had been allowed to walk on the field before the game, which was a nice touch...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 6 years ago 100 reads 0 comments