Archive for February 2005

Do managers use their closers effectively? Here’s a look, based on some insight contained in The Hardball Times Bullpen Book.

Jason Isringhausen gets a contract extension.

The Cubs and Indians name their Opening Day starters and the rest of the news around the majors.

How things have changed over the years when it comes to spring training.

Ben finishes his series of ranking the best keepers at each position by looking at the top 25 starting pitchers to hold on to.

The last couple of teams’ position players report to spring training and the rest of the news around the majors.

Aaron takes a look at what to expect from the newest Japanese League imports.

The Mets and Tigers have interest in each other’s players and the rest of the news around the majors.

Does the recent retiree belong in Coopertown?

Jorge Julio might not be ready for Opening Day and the rest of the news around the majors.

We complete the saga of what might have been the most talented team ever to win nothing. If Hemingway had concocted a baseball story, it probably would have gone something like this.

More players report to spring training and the rest of the news around the majors.

On August 12, 1987, Doyle Alexander was traded for minor leaguer John Smoltz. Fans of both teams have said they’re pretty happy with this trade. Should they be?

More players report to spring training and the rest of the news around the majors.

Robb Nen and Rusty Greer retire and the rest of the news around the majors.

Ugueth Urbina’s mother is rescued and the rest of the news around the majors.

A look back at the life and times of Detroit Tigers ace Tommy Bridges.

More players report to spring training and the rest of the news around the majors.

How extreme of a pitcher’s park is it? How would Derek Lowe have performed had he pitched for the Dodgers in ’02-’04? How will the changes to the park affect its effect on runs scored? The answers to these questions and more!

More players report to spring training and the rest of the news around the majors.