- Memewatch: Stuff on Bob Hendley's Head
Bob Hendley is occasionally remembered for going toe to toe with Sandy Koufax, but his major accomplishment, without a doubt, was the magnificent topiary that sat athwart his ample noggin. Today
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- Umpires in Opera
to be comically juxtaposed. And also that it is Monday, and that there is really no better way to start the work week than with Bob Davidson in pointy breastplates. Click to embiggen.
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
will help me think of others?
Other Bob Gibson
Other Jose Bautista
Other Frank Thomas (does he count?)
Other Joe Morgan
Other Eddie Murray
Other Randy Johnson
- Daily Notes: May 2, 1916
One of these men was called "Handsome Rube." The other was called "Bob the Gob." You be the judge.
New York Highlanders @ Philadelphia Athletics
Matchup: Bob "the Gob
- The All-Time Royalty All-Stars
"The King" Leyritz (3.2), Bob "Duke" Dillinger (2.7)
SP: "Prince Hal" Newhouser (56), "King Carl" Hubbell (71), Silver King (72), "King Felix" Hernandez (73), Paul "Duke" Derringer (77)
- Video Replay Reveals: Angel Hernandez an Actual Angel, of Death
power from the sky, turning it upon outraged A's manager Bob Melvin, and encasing him briefly in ice.
Hernandez, consistently one of the lowest-ranked umpires in surveys of MLB players, has a long
- Ranking Winning Pirates Seasons
, a 25-year-old Roberto Clemente, and a solid rotation anchored by Bob Friend and Vern Law. Oh, and some guy named Bill Mazeroski -- whose legendary walkoff home run sealed their third world title over
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 5/3 Edition
on the court. After the victory of the national struggle of the tensile plate to draw enough attention.
Athletic Club 4, Red Socks 2
"For us to win the elasticity of the club two or three programs." - Bob
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 5/30 Edition
Twins 4, Athletic Club 0
"The loss of stripes can take their own lives, they will not just end because they are coming to an end, we must be in its ownership." - Bob Melvin
- These Guys for Cys
than any season ever posted by Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, or Randy Johnson, to name a few. Hint 2: it was said
- Babe Ruth Was the Worst Base Stealer of All Time
hitters of all time: Lou Gehrig. (Lou earned the cleanup spot in 1927 and was still there when Ruth left after '34.) Even before that, he was batting in front of "Long Bob" Meusel, who finished second
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
and the pressure is not surprising that the 1st, sound, or it does not." - Bob Melvin
NOTES: Yes, Sonny Gray General Motors in Detroit last January and Pitcher Justin Verlander must contend he
- The Found Poems of Bob Uecker
Today's edition of The Found Poems comes from WTMJ's April 20th broadcast of Colorado at Milwaukee. All words courtesy Mr. Bob Uecker.
Great Brewers shortstop
- Daily Graphing - Bob Howry
The Cubs have signed Bob Howry to a three year, 12 million dollar contract. For the past two years, Bob Howry has been one of the better relievers in the American League by posting back to back
- Bob Hamelin: A Life
Even the aptly named Bob Hamelin, whose dumpy bottoms are forever burned into my memory, participated in the "best shape of his career" gimmick:
A Hamelin is born; a Hamelin dies.
- Bob Melvin, Forgotten Man
the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams in his playing days.
And poor Bob Melvin wakes up today, with a cup
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
An apology is due here, and I'm sorry. I whiffed on Seth Smith in my American League outfield rankings, even though those are mostly for 5x5 formats. I nearly blanked on him in my home league as I
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Audio: Bob Uecker Will Crush a Bee
In the following clip (from the WTMJ broadcast of Saturday's Brewers-Twins game), America learns that Bob Uecker loves three things -- and only three things -- as follow:
1. A Beautiful Spring Day
- Bob Gibson is walking toward you...
Robert "Bob" Gibson is walking toward you.
His fastball has been described as "blazing," which doesn't do it justice, but that doesn't much matter now -- Bob Gibson doesn't seem like he
- Bob Feller (1918-2010)
Sad news tonight as Bob Feller has passed away at the age of 92. Others will undoubtedly share fond stories and memories of Feller the human being, but here’s the statistical spin on one of the game
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- New Closer: Will Smith
With the departure of Francisco Rodriguez, the Milwaukee closer role is Will Smith’s to lose. Smith took big steps last season improving his K%, BB%, ERA (or FIP, if that’s more your cup of tea
- A Response to Bob Ryan
to be at war with either. But yesterday, Bob Ryan published a piece in the Boston Globe that I think is worth responding to.
In some ways, the piece isn't that different from what hundreds of other sports
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Should Bob Costas be the Next Commissioner?
of attention in the "Commish Search 2k14" (as it will surely be named) is one Robert Q. Costas, known to many as NBC Sports Anchor Bob Costas. Bob has had a long love affair with baseball, including
- Video: Bob Elliott's Going to Cooperstown
. And, so, when veteran Toronto Sun baseball scribe Bob Elliott got the call to Cooperstown, winning the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, Steve invited him into our studio for an interview. Now, Bob
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Bob Uecker Has a Joke About Kauffman Stadium
It's possible that what Bob Uecker has about Kauffman Stadium is not, in fact, a joke, but rather a witticism. If not a witticism, there's the off chance that what he has, instead, is either a sally
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Bob Hamelin
Bob Hamelin. An oldie, but a goodie.
A Great Moment In Spectacles, undoubtedly. And, yes, a most heinous crime against baseball cards, too.
Conservative Canadian props to my colleague
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- D-Backs Can Bob Melvin
It took about 30 games for the first manager to get axed. The whispers were all around the last few days that Arizona manager Bob Melvin was off the heat seat onto the plastic chair hanging over
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- Bob Uecker Reveals True Truth of Dempster Trade
For the lay fan, the circumstances surrounding the Ryan Dempster trade (or lack thereof) to Atlanta are what might be called "murky at best."
For Bob Uecker, however, everything is illuminated
- Bob Uecker Doesn't Really Care, Turns Out
Concerned and likely muscular reader Bryan, recognizing that the celebration of Bob Uecker is a cause worth dying and (maybe even more importantly) killing for, has alerted the editors of NotGraphs
- Bob Ross: NotGraphs Name Match (#1)
Who is he?
Major player in the PBS golden years and landscape painter extraordinaire? Freunde to all who would have him via the tele-waves? Creator of happy little trees, happy
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- Bob Melvin: Six Scouting Reports
“How does he get guys out?” That was my question for Bob Melvin at the Winter Meetings, and I asked it six times. I queried the Oakland skipper about three of his starters: Trevor Cahill, Gio
- Audio: Make Checks Payable to Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker would like to remind the listener about the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association's 15th Annual Testimonial Dinner, to be held on May 6th at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino and honoring
- David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw
Let's do this math:
David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw = gritty; it always equals gritty
Well that's what happened:
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Because Parks and Rec
- Actual Thing: Bob Uecker Day in Wisconsin
is an announcement -- an announcement, dating from April 25h, by State Senator Tim Carpenter (D–Milwaukee) that each January 26th will now officially be Bob Uecker Day in the State of Wisconsin.
- GIF: The Enviable Gentleman's Attire of Mr. Bob Uecker
Stolen without shame from this video of Bob Uecker's 2011 speaking appearance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the animated GIF embedded here documents many of Uecker's entrances
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Bold Predictions Review - Not Great, Bob!
- Scheming For Relief: Osuna, Baez and Smith
batters to just one hit, while striking out three and notching two holds.
Carson Smith | Seattle Mariners | 1% (Y!), .2% (E)
Smith is a hard throwing, lanky, right-hander that has more than 40
- Bob Uecker is a HOF Broadcaster, and Also Your Grandpa
, it pains me to bring up the fact that no matter what you're good at, you will not be as good at that thing as Bob Uecker is at calling baseball games. Sorry.
The story isn't the best one he's ever
- Ten Things I Know About Bob Anderson
1) He's serious.
2) He was involved in one of the craziest plays in the history of baseball.
3) The scoring of said play was: Walk; Musial out at 2B/3B-SS.
4) Bob Anderson had a 99 FIP
- Bob Uecker's Totally Real Genealogy of Homer Bailey
, as related by Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker:
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- Bob Uecker Has the Opposite of Body Dysmorphia
The Brewers are placing a statue of maybe-literally-immortal Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker outside of Miller Park this summer -- nor, if the following tweet from Tom Haudricourt of the Journal
- Bob Uecker on Sunscreen and Where It Shouldn't Go
Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker thinks that both Usinger's Famous Sausage and sunscreen are important things in this life. With regard to them meeting, however, his opinion is that, more or less
- Bob Uecker's Totally True History of Western Metal
The sequence led Bob Uecker, the famous and wise radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, to provide -- for the benefit of both the home audience and broadcast partner Joe Block -- a totally true
- Extry, Extry: Bob Uecker Interview to Run Friday
Either a little bird or the official site of Major League Baseball -- I'm not telling which -- has informed this author that Bob Uecker is the feature guest on MLB Network's "Studio 42 with Bob
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- A Brief and Fictional Account of Meeting Bob Uecker
-- except it wasn't my wife in the next room, but radio voice of baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, Bob Uecker, instead.
"This is clearly absurd," I said. "You're supposed to be in Milwaukee, not in my
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- Bob Brenly: You Were a Good Hitter
"Without a mustache, a man must make a name for himself with a bat."
Since time forever, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has joked good-humor'dly about how terrible a hitter he
- Audio: Bob Uecker and Dick Allen Together on Air
, then the leading candidates for that role would be Dick Allen and Bob Uecker, the former because he's a leisured gentleman; the latter, because he's an equally leisured gentleman.
- Braves Add Speedy Mallex Smith to Their Lineup
In this week's third unexpected outfield prospect callup, the Atlanta Braves summoned speedy outfielder Mallex Smith from Triple-A to replace the injured Ender Inciarte. Smith's been on a tear lately
- Bob Uecker Has Some Ideas About Jockey Shorts
In what follows, radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers Bob Uecker discusses jockey shorts and, before that, a scheme he's developed for relieving contest entrants of their winnings.
From the WTMJ
- Q&A: Pete LaCock vs Bob Gibson [and Japan]
LaCock on battling Bob Gibson:
“Billy Williams had broken his ankle, so the team was looking for a left-handed hitter. I had been hitting the ball pretty well, so they brought me up
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- Q&A: Bob Melvin, on Five Rookie Pitchers
Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year after leading the overachieving Oakland A’s to a playoff berth. It was an honor well-deserved. The 51-year-old former big-league catcher knows
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Q&A: Bob McClure on Banny, Simba & Deception
Bob McClure won’t be returning as Kansas City’s pitching coach next year, but that's not for a lack of experience. The 59-year-old former southpaw reliever has plenty of that, having taken the mound
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first