Baseball Researcher Mark Simon on the Importance of MLB Stats & History

Statistics and history are integral components of baseball — more so than any other professional sport. The game is constantly be framed and re framed in numbers and narrative, with comparing the present to the past popular with fans and journalists alike. One of the foremost researchers, writers and analysts of baseball stats and history […]

What distinguishes the Oakland A’s from MLB’s strongest teams?

The Oakland A’s are 14-6. They sit atop the American League West with the best record in baseball. Even if it feels we’ve just sat down and settled into the season, the A’s start can give us some hints into what we know about this team’s postseason run outlook. Yes, the postseason is peaking above […]

Meet the man who makes the Tigers’ shift work

If you’re ever allowed to attend a baseball game at Comerica Park again, keep an eye on the dugout. Look for a guy perched with a hand on the rail, white sheet of paper in one hand, his free hand waving left and right, up and down. He might just look familiar. And he might […]

2020 MLB season preview: Power Rankings and everything you need to know for 60-game sprint

The 2020 major league baseball season will be like none that has ever come before it. MLB’s 30 teams will have just 60 games to try to streak into the postseason. Players and coaches will need to focus on the field while maintaining strict health and safety protocols off of it. There will be limited travel, empty […]

MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Aaron Judge’s Injury Rehab, Joey Bart, More

The New York Yankees had to rely on their depth to win in 2019. Stars like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar and others all spent extensive time on the injured list, forcing unheralded players like Gio Urshela and Luke Voit to take on key roles. New York’s collective will paid off in […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 catchers

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. We’ve looked at the infielders and the outfielders, […]

Every MLB Team’s Most Underrated Player

It’s been about two months since MLB shut down due to the coronavirus, and we’ve spent the time without baseball reflecting on it. We’ve assembled our ideal rotations, analyzed the impact of a lost season and considered the effect a prolonged suspension of play could have on legacies. Now it’s time to look at the most under-appreciated […]

“Could Be a Decent Regular” – Mike Trout’s 2011 Scouting Report from MLB The Show Aged TERRIBLY

Hopefully by now, you don’t need the rambling preamble on how good Mike Trout is at baseball. The quickest way there? He’s the best at baseball. Maybe ever. The funniest version? In Trout’s WORST MLB season, he won the AL MVP award. Enough said. But his greatness wasn’t always so obvious! For example, although Mike Trout […]

Stark: The 10 numbers that defined baseball in 2019, revisited

We’d love to tell you that back on Opening Day, we saw all of this coming. Then again, we’d also love to tell you we saw all the Powerball numbers coming, too. Neither would be quite true, unfortunately. But you know what we did see coming? A bunch of cool trends we rounded up seven […]

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