Way-Too-Early Ranking of Next Winter’s Top MLB Free Agents

The road to next offseason is a long and treacherous one. Countless obstacles will present themselves along the way, none bigger than the Dec. 1 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. More pressing are the inevitably contentious negotiations needing to play out between the owners and players to commence the 2021 season as they bicker over […]

Wizardry in the Field: Andrelton Simmons is Still Worth Your Time

The slow MLB free agency market is creating quite the off-season conversation around possible fits. Yankee fans wrestle with the possibility that DJ LeMahieu may walk in free agency and are looking for options to replace him. While a reunion with Didi Gregorius has been rumored as a possible fallback option, former Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been floated out there […]

Red Sox agree to one-year contract with outfielder Hunter Renfroe

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today signed outfielder Hunter Renfroe to a one-year contract for the 2021 season. Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement. The Red Sox’ 40-man roster is now at 40. Renfroe, 28, hit at least 25 home runs in three consecutive seasons with the San Diego Padres from 2017-19. […]

Stark: The numbers that defined baseball in 2020, revisited

This is how it works around here. Every year, as Opening Day nears, I dust off my crystal ball and try to predict the future, with a little column we call “The Numbers That Define Baseball.” It’s fun. It’s eye-opening. And it reminds us, every darned year, that this sport is changing so rapidly that […]

What exactly is going on with the Tigers’ infield?

Whether it’s relationships, government or even baseball roster moves, actions tell you much more than words. Sometimes, too, actions can leave you perplexed, confused, chasing different signals in different directions. Take this for example: Tuesday night against the Royals, the Tigers started this infield: 1B Jeimer Candelario, 2B Niko Goodrum, SS Willi Castro, 3B Isaac […]

What I love and hate about this wild MLB season

As we approach the midpoint of this bonkos Major League Baseball season, what comes to mind is the joke about the dumb guy who tries to swim across a lake, only to get exhausted halfway through — so he turns around and swims back. Good luck finding a baseball person not drained from the ordeal […]

William Watson: The line on Bill Morneau

So what’s the line on Bill Morneau, as they say when the pitcher walks off the mound and the announcers tell you how many innings he pitched, how many runs and hits he gave up, how many batters he struck out and, if he’s being pulled in the middle of an inning, how many men […]

Stark: The Useless Info Dept., Extra Extra Edition

Can you believe it? It was another one of those weeks. A guy hit an extra-inning homer – but it was only the eighth inning? A pitcher debuted before his debut? A third baseman caught a pop-up in the right-field corner? Yes. That all happened. Here at the Useless Information Department, we could not possibly be more grateful that […]

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 […]

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