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Greetings From Palau, The Micronesian Archipelago That Baseball Built - Deadspin
What would a country run by baseball players look like? Would it be a sabermetrics-driven technocracy? A clutch-obsessed theocracy? A cup-adjusting macho dystopia?
deadspin  palau  baseball  sports  micornesia 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Remembering Baseball’s Right-Wing Rotation - The Ringer
When three Padres pitchers came forward as members of the John Birch Society in 1984, the sports world was challenged by a different kind of political activism
theringer  bryancurtis  johnbirchsociety  sandiego  padres  baseball  sports  politics  ericshow  davedravecky  markthurmond 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The World Series National Anthem That Infuriated America - Deadspin
The current crop of athletes protesting during the national anthem has roots at the 1968 Olympics, with the Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos after they finished first and third, respectively, in the 200 meters. John Dominis’s famous photograph of the two U.S. sprinters on the medal podium, their heads bowed, each with a black-gloved fist raised high throughout the playing of the anthem, captured an indelible moment of public protest and civic activism at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. What often gets overlooked is the controversy over the “Star-Spangled Banner” that was already raging—specifically, the anthem as sung before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series, exactly nine days before Smith and Carlos thrust their fists into the thin air of Mexico City.
deadspin  baseball  sports  nationalanthem  controversy  politics  1968  josefeliciano  civilrights  starspangeledbanner 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others? - The New York Times
For the casual, uninitiated baseball fan who tunes in every once in a while, this season’s home-run calls must sound as baffling as a Pentecostal sermon to an unbeliever.
jaycaspiankang  baseball  sports  statistics  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Baseball Turn a 27-Year-Old Into the Perfect Manager? - The New York Times
Take an inside look at the White Sox’s experiment with Justin Jirschele, the youngest coach in professional baseball.
baseball  sports  justinjirschele  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
'Skunk in the outfield' -- How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball
The Portsmouth High Patriots, like almost every high school baseball team, kept a trick play in their pocket.
sammiller  baseball  espn  sports  trickplay  portsmouth  rhodeisland 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Worst Pro Baseball Team of 2017 Doesn’t Want Your Pity - The Ringer
Indy ball’s Salina Stockade barely have a past and likely don’t have a future. They’re never the home team. They’re way out of their league. They and their renaissance-man manager know it. And they don’t give a damn.
benlindbergh  baseball  theringer  salinastockade  semipro  sports 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long Death Of A Failed Ballplayer
Bruce Clark Gardner won more games—40—than any pitcher in USC history, including Tom Seaver, Bill Lee, Jim Barr and Steve Busby. Before he ever pitched a varsity game, he was offered a $66,500 bonus by the Chicago White Sox. He was handsome, intelligent, sensitive and articulate. In junior high and high school, he was president of the student body. He was a talented pianist and entertainer. Nearly everyone who knew him came away feeling better for it.
baseball  suicide  insidesports  bruceclarkgardner  usc  losangeles  ladodgers  sports  pitching 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Juiced Ball Is Back – The Ringer
New testing suggests the baseball is at least partially responsible for MLB’s huge homer spike
benlindbergh  baseball  theringer  sports  juicedballs  homeruns 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy
The dashing and often hapless career of Mike Burke
grantland  sports  baseball  cia  spying  michaelburke 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Fear Factor: How Pitch Location Helps Reveal Batter Breakouts
There was nothing auspicious about the box score for Kris Bryant’s big-league debut. Bryant, the former second-overall draft pick and reigning best prospect in baseball, broke in on April 17 after a seven-game, .679-slugging-percentage service-time sequestration at Triple-A Iowa. And with the eyes of every non-blacked-out MLB.TV subscriber upon him, the 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against Padres starter James Shields and reliever Dale Thayer in Chicago’s 5-4 loss, spawning hundreds of almost identical Twitter jokes about the phenom being a bust.
benlindbergh  baseball  grantland  pitchlocation  sports 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Undefeated Champions of Defeat City
Camden, New Jersey, is America's most dangerous city, a once proud place now ravaged by addiction and poverty and guns and decay. It's also a really unlikely place to start a Little League.
baseball  littleleague  newjersey  camden  gq  poverty  violence  crime  kids  children 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Baseball’s Last Cuban Escapees
The next generation of the country’s athlete-émigrés most likely will be ordinary rookies instead of runaways. But these major-league players got here the hard way.
nytimes  baseball  sports  cuba  defection 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Rapid Rise Of Victor Robles
With Nationals center fielder Victor Robles skyrocketing up our rankings, I drove down to Connecticut to watch him while the Nationals’ New York-Penn League affiliate in town for a three-game series.
baseballamerica  victorrobles  baseball  sports  dominicanrepublic  Prospects 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Pirates’ Sabermetrics Road Show
he first time I called Mike Fitzgerald, quantitative analyst for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I got his voice mail. Fitzgerald, I later found out, wasn’t screening his calls; he was on the phone with bench coach Jeff Banister, whom the Pirates drafted out of college before Fitzgerald was born.
baseball  sports  grantland  benlindbergh  sabermetrics  pittsburghpirates  pittsburgh 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Q&A: Russell Martin on the Art of Pitch Framing
According to Baseball Prospectus analyst Max Marchi’s pitch-framing statistics, Martin, a converted infielder who worked hard at becoming a better receiver, ranks fourth among major league catchers with more than 105 runs saved because of framing from 2008 to present, or roughly 0.23 runs per 100 pitches. Pittsburgh’s two-year, $17 million commitment is already paying dividends.
russellmartin  baseball  sports  pitchframing  benlindbergh  grantland 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Holdzkom's Path To Bigs Took Many Twists
When a player makes the big leagues from indy ball, all of indy ball celebrates. But the ones who played some small part in helping John Holdzkom fulfill his dream feel an adrenaline rush for days. The celebration lasts for weeks. They’ll be telling stories about it for years.
baseballamerica  baseball  sports  pitching  pittsburghpirates  johnholdzkom 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Cleveland Sockalexicon
It may well be that the Cleveland Indians were named after one of their first great stars. That's only sort of an explanation, and not nearly an excuse.
theclassical  sports  baseball  cleveland  clevelandindians  logo  chiefwahoo 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Interior Stadium
Baseball's best writer on how he watches the game.
baseball  sports  rogerangell  thesummergame 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Short Flight Of El Pájaro, The Cuban Legend Who Played His Only Game In The ...
On May 16, 1913, revered shortstop Alfredo Cabrera played his one and only Major League Baseball game at Ebbets Field. Here’s how a Canary Islander-turned-Cuban hero spent years earning his brief chance at American stardom — and what happened after it was over.
baseball  sports  history  cuba  alfredocabrera 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Quit Thinking, You’re Hurting the Club
JIm Brosnan broke into the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in the mid-fifties and labored on four different teams during his undistinguished career, retiring in 1963 with an overall record of fifty-five wins and forty-seven losses. He sported thick, round glasses on the mound and stocked his locker with books by the likes of John Cheever and James Thurber. His teammates took to calling him “professor.”
baseball  sports  theparisreview  thelongseason  literature  writing  jimbrosnan 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Essence of Velocity
The pitching theory that could revolutionize baseball, if only the sport would embrace it.
sbnation  sports  baseball  Pitching  velocity  perryhusband 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Lest Ye Be Judged
Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters.
espnthemagazine  baseball  sports  umpires  religion 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
'We’ve Been Friends Long Enough You’ll Understand' Vin Scully, baseball's longes...
Vin Scully, baseball's longest-tenured and most eloquent broadcaster, is still looking to make a connection.
vinscully  baseball  broadcasting  losangeles  dodgers  sbnation  sports  longform 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Beane Counters
A two-hour sit-down with Oakland’s Billy Beane and Lew Wolff sheds light on the rise of big data, the value of continuity, the challenge of ballin’ on a budget, and much more
baseball  sabermetrics  billybeane  jonahkeri  grantland  sports 
march 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Happiness Project
Ten years after Moneyball, chemistry -- not metrics -- explains the A's success
espn  chemistry  baseball  oakland  sports  sammiller  espnthemagazine  oakland  athletics 
october 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Unknown Slugger
Héctor Espino is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, yet most Americans know nothing about him.
longform  baseball  sbnation  sports  Héctorespino 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Wildest Fastball Ever
Steve Dalkowski's pitches didn't rip through the air, they appeared under mystified Ted Williams' chin as if by magic
SteveDalkowski  sportsillustrated  baseball  patjordan  sports 
may 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Best Player You Never Saw
In clubhouses from Class A to the majors, even superstars such as Albert Pujols still speak in awe of the promise of Brian Cole.
briancole  sportsillustrated  baseball  sports 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Lying Around With Brandon McCarthy
It doesn't take too much to be the funniest guy in the major leagues. Fortunately, the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher, fresh off a little brain surgery, doesn't feel like doing too much.
buzzfeed  baseball  sports  brandonmccarthy 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Inside Major League Baseball's Dominican Sweatshop System
Teen shortstop Yewri Guillén died the day the Nationals were supposed to ship him to America. Has MLB learned from the tragedy?
latinamerica  baseball  sports  motherjones 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
A Rebirth in the Great White North
The Toronto Blue Jays are poised to bring a winner back to a city that desperately needs one. Jonah Keri on how the Blue Jays went from World Series champs to chumps to contenders
grantland  bluejays  baseball  toronto  sports  jonahkeri 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Great Wasn't Good Enough
Barry Bonds was chasing more than the Hall of Fame
sports  espnthemagazine  steroids  baseball  BarryBonds 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The SPBA's Short Life
A new league was formed in the winter of 1989 that tried to capture the success of the Senior PGA. It didn't last very long.
baseballprospectus  sports  baseball 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
To Cheat or Not to Cheat
A look at steroids in baseball a decade after Ken Caminiti admitted he used them
steroids  sportsillustrated  baseball 
august 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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