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 […]

Mookie Betts agrees to 12-year, $365 million extension with Dodgers

Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a 12-year, $365 million extension that keeps the former American League MVP from reaching free agency this winter, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Combined with the one-year, $27 million contract he’s currently playing out, Betts’ total comes to 13 years and $392 million. The deal tops the […]

Ranking the Top 100 MLB Players at the Start of 2020 Regular Season

It may be happening four months later than expected, but Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is finally set to open this week. We can think of no better way to mark the occasion than by ranking the 100 best players in the game. Though this was inherently a subjective exercise, we did abide by the […]

Baseball’s top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

There is going to be a baseball season after all, one of 60 games, following a month of ugly public negotiations between the players and owners over how to navigate through the money of the shortened season. In the words of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, “COVID-19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we’ve somehow found a way to […]

The Greatest Late-Round Steals in Recent MLB Draft History

It’s difficult for teams to find great players in the later rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, but it can and does happen. For the sake of proving the point, we dug up some of the best late-round steals since 2000. Exactly when it starts getting “late” in the draft is subject for debate, […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 right fielders

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. The last time around we took a look […]

Don’t Assume Chicago Cubs Will Use Kyle Schwarber As Their Regular DH

Analysts and experts have been trying to make Kyle Schwarber a designed hitter for years, and now the Cubs have their chance.  But don’t assume Schwarber will move out of left field just because rules for an abbreviated, improvised 2020 season will call for a universal DH. It’s unclear if opening up an outfield spot […]

The Bowden Big Board: Top 10 first basemen

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. First up is the first basemen who […]

Let’s build the ultimate MLB career

What’s the most production you can generate using active players? Mike Trout spent most of the past decade charting a breathtaking course up the career wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboards, finishing 2019 with the highest total through a position player’s age-27 season (73.4), according to FanGraphs. The delayed start to the 2020 season is a setback in that climb, […]

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