Some of the Best Baseball Writing of 2013

After I did a post like this last year, I told myself I would use the “Like” feature in Instapaper to flag my favorite baseball reads of the year to make this post easier next time. I often forgot to do this, but did flag twelve pieces I thought were awesome enough for me to remember I was going to have a system for keeping track of this stuff. Here they are, and please do share your favorite reads of the year in the comments! (It is clear from my list that I think Bryan Curtis is doing some really great work over at Grantland.)

Postscript: Earl Weaver
The New Yorker / January 21, 2013 / Roger Angell

The All-Stars of David (about Israel’s World Baseball Classic team)
Details / March 2013 / Charles Bethea

Lying Around with Brandon McCarthy (terrific profile of McCarthy)
Buzzfeed / March 29, 2013 / Michael J. Mooney

Don’t Mess With Texas (the booing of Josh Hamilton)
Grantland / April 8, 2013 / Bryan Curtis

He is Not a Prospect (profile of minor leaguer Mike Cervenak)
Grantland / June 27, 2013 / Bryan Curtis

Saber Rattler (profile of forgotten sabermetrician Mike Gimbel)
Grantland / August 2, 2013 / Hua Hsu

Matt Harvey, Young Gun in the Big City
Men’s Journal / August 2013 / David Amsden

#YOSTED (the Royals and Ned Yost)
Rany on the Royals / September 10, 2013 / Rany Jazayerli

A Complete Ranking of ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ Films (okay, this one’s only partially baseball)
Vulture / October 1, 2013 / Pete Beatty

Rocked (oral history of the 1989 World Series)
Grantland / October 23, 2013 / Bryan Curtis and Patricia Lee

World Series 2013: This is it – An oral history of the Red Sox’ season so far
Over The Monster / October 23, 2013 / Bryan Joiner

Why I Quit Major League Baseball
The New Yorker / October 30, 2013 / Adrian Cardenas

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Murphy Powell

Bryan Curtis at Grantland was awesome this year. Anything he does is recommended.