Archive for February 2009

The Mets make a dynasty of it, Pete Rose is a winner, Fred McGriff is important twice, and Tom Trebelhorn is a legend. If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.

Two divisions become three, Danny Darwin gets a near-gratuitious mention, and the best-hitting outfield in modern NL history isn’t who you’d think. If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.

How the Cubs title drought since 1908 was more likely than the Expos/Nationals missing the playoffs for 27 years, and a bunch of math in between.

Relocations, higher quality of competition, and second place becoming second division. If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.

If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.

If the major leagues had featured divisions and an unbalanced schedule throughout history, here’s what might have happened.

Who the writers have thought valuable despite limited playing time. And yes, Manny winning NL MVP this year would be unprecedented and ridiculous.

Authenticating the adage, or correcting the cliche?

The only acrostic recap of the 2008 AL East you’ll ever need.

Some writers are good at fantasy baseball. At least one is not.

From opening for the Police to loving Andre Dawson, Pete talks about drumming and baseball.

A dozen rivalries that have had a century to develop but never have.

This year’s trading season was high on blockbusters but abnormally low on boring, seemingly pointless trades. That’s new, actually.

Imagining life without unbalanced schedules and interleague play.

The mind of the Rays megaprospect.

The cynical jam for this baseball season.

Reviewing Bill Gutman’s new book on alternate sports histories.

Where Fernando Valenzuela, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Dr. Seuss collide.

The fast burners among catchers and outfielders.

Players who crammed their production before age 26.