Archive for January 2014

The life of a beat writer isn’t all exciting travel and rubbing elbows with star players.

For the first time online, here is Jon’s SABR Award-nominated essay from THT 2014.

In the book’s first chapter, an impossible choice — mourn a suddenly-deceased father, or pitch in the World Series?

The new Japanese player posting system is far from optimal.

Welcome back. We’ve changed a couple of things.

There are some changes coming to THT.

Player agent Casey Close likes opt out clauses. Why do the teams agree to them?

Fastballs, poker, and laundry. All the ingredients for a Hall of Fame career.

The name is forgotten now, but at one time this man was one big deal.

What sorts of dwellings might best fit our favorite big leaguers?

There’s no better time than January to fix some of baseball’s biggest imaginary problems.

Miami may be halfway respectable, thanks to pitching and young outfielders

The second wave of expansion, with the draftees imagined at peak performance

The second wave of expansion, with the draftees imagined at peak performance.

The seventh-inning stretch ain’t what it used to be.

Could Bobby Abreu parlay a hot winter into a spring training invite?

To this writer’s surprise, the player was never told why he wasn’t used in the postseason.

“Let’s play three?” Don’t bet on seeing that again.

Player salaries are lagging behind baseball’s growth.

Finally, the last installment of this interminable series