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 […]

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 […]

Kieboom’s glove better than expected on both sides of infield

As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season. When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop […]

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 […]

Aaron Boone still believes in Gleyber Torres’ ability to handle shortstop

It was a routine ground ball to shortstop in the eighth inning Tuesday night, until Gleyber Torres couldn’t handle it. Adam Duvall reached base after Torres bobbled it and collected his fourth error in 17 games.  That error led to Duvall scoring, cutting into the Yankees’s lead and forcing them to go to the back-end […]

Defense starting to become Cubs’ calling card during fast start

It would be easy to look at the Cubs’ offense with Kris Bryant, Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo and think that would be their calling card. Oh, the Cubs have shown they can still be dangerous at the plate, but they’re starting to turn heads with their defense. Whether it’s a flashy play on a slow roller or a catch […]

What’s wrong with a Giants defense that just isn’t good enough?

Really wherever you look, the numbers are damning. Errors are passe, a blunt way of measuring a defensive play without much context. And yet, the Giants rank last in the majors with 19 entering Tuesday’s action. Their .970 fielding percentage, which again is imprecise and does not take into account range, is a big league-worst […]

Los Angeles Dodgers’ defense could be among the best in recent memory

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best lineup in the National League and maybe the best pitching staff, but their two biggest highlights of the season have been two tremendous throws. The first, from Mookie Betts deep in the right-field corner to cut down Ketel Marte trying to stretch a double into a triple, was a Roberto Clemente-esque laser that traveled […]

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