Archive for November 2009

How does the way a player’s value is dispersed across categories affect his marketability?

In the latest excerpt from his new book, Chris explains why Charles Comiskey is the most underrated and one of the most influential managers in baseball history.

John Lackey is the prime pitching free agent this year, but how much better than a later pick like Jason Hammel is he for your fantasy team?

And thus endeth the current iteration of ShysterBall. Starting Monday it will be all CTB, all the time. It’ll be everything ShysterBall is and more. I’m hoping you all join me. But this is not goodbye old friends, it is merely farewell, for I will be back on the esteemed pages of THT come April […]

I actually came in to work today because I figured my last day should be a Friday. I’m like the only attorney in the whole office. Even better? They entrusted me with the coffee club money to pay the guy from the catering company who comes by on Fridays. What’s stopping me from running off […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Staying focused on top players from 2009, we’re going spotlight some Yankees, but don’t expect Black Friday sales pricing on these guys in 2010. And we can all be thankful that Graphical Player ’10 is soon to be available!

It’s Brewerfest on the NL Waiver Wire, as we look at Milwaukee’s future in its biggest hitting prospect, its present with a struggling RF, and the past with a former All-Star pitcher.

The latest in the business of baseball.

The past couple of Thanksgivings I did a post in which I ran down the teams, one by one, and noted what they had to be thankful for. I don’t have that kind of snark in me this year. Probably because I’m so damn preoccupied with those things I am thankful for. This time last […]

The small market Twins and Indians are constantly competing against one another, even in the race for farm system supremacy.

Remember the Geoff Baker Rigidity Awards? If not, they were a short series of posts I wrote last spring in the wake of the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez steroid dustup. You know, the one in which a blogger said that it was possible, based on a statistical pattern, that Raul used PEDs and then every mainstream […]

As I’m winding up work this morning, a law student who has worked in my office as a clerk since the beginning of summer left me a mix CD entitled “Music that Craig Likes?” She and I have been friendly enough, but we’ve never talked about music or pop culture or anything like that. Certainly […]

On November 25, 1951 Bucky Dent was born. Dent had his brief, memorable moment in the sun, and of course, that is practically the only thing people know about him. Richard looks at other, similar players.

I pulled double duty over at the Blue Network today. Let’s get to it: The Angels could be the Tigers’ Huckleberry. The Tigers are allegedly shopping Miguel Cabrera. Unless they think he’s gonna crawl into the bottom of a bottle and never come out again, they probably shouldn’t. Pujols is a lock for the MVP. […]

You, too, can be a sabermagician.

How many guys do you need to keep your fantasy bench appropriately warm?

Pop quiz, hot shot: There’s a catcher who wins the Gold Glove, the batting title and leads the league in on base and slugging percentage. What do you call him? MVP. That is, unless you’re the (presumably) Detroit-area voter who put Miguel Cabrera in front of Mauer in first place, costing him the unanimous MVP. […]

Had my last Monday morning staff meeting this morning. Next Monday: it’s me, my cat, my Ipod, my pajamas, a pot of coffee and a big bowl of Count Chocula. Until then: Omar Vizquel is Snake Eyes to Ozzie Guillen’s Storm Shadow. Comment of the day comes from Len over at NBC: “Hey, Frenchie might […]

In another sneak preview from his new book, Chris examines the greatest manager you never heard of: Pat Moran.

Where have all the Heinies gone?