Fun with 2015 MLB stats: Which divisions had the best hitting and pitching (featuring the NY Mets)

March 3, 2016

Last night, I had dinner with with a pair of Millennial Mets fans. It was such a joy to listen as one kept asking, “So no team has a better starting staff than Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Bartolo Colon, right?” It reminded me of the excitement around Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, […]

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In praise of Ben Zobrist

March 2, 2016

I was so glad to see the high degree of interest that was sent Ben Zobrist‘s way this offseason. Like Dustin Pedroia, Zobrist truly seems to be a “player’s player.” The kind of guy who does what it takes to win and do the most for his team, whenever and wherever asked. The switch-hitting Zobrist […]

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Fun with MLB BABIP/BA stats from 2015

March 2, 2016

BABIP, or Batting Average on Balls In Play, is a stat that not enough fans, particularly fantasy players, pay attention to when estimating the likelihood that a player’s performance will repeat in a following season. Let’s just focus on batters’ BABIP  today. Understanding BABIP is very simple as it measures hitter’s success producing hits only on […]

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The games Aroldis Chapman will miss in his 30 games suspension

March 1, 2016

New Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for 30 games by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for his participation in domestic violence. Chapman will lose about $1.7 million in salary for the games missed and will not appeal the suspension. First 30 games of the season for the 2016 NY Yankees Home against the Astros – 3 games Away against […]

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Look how many players the Brewers have used at first base since Prince Fielder left

March 1, 2016

From 2006-2011, even you had the strength, you couldn’t move Prince Fielder off first base for the Brewers and quite frankly, who would want to? Take a look: Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 2005 5 16 15 4 1 0 0 0 1 4 […]

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When a Racist and Xenophobe Talks Baseball

March 1, 2016

It’s hard to find someone more despicable than right-wing, 91-year old Phyllis Schafly (at least anyone not named Donald Drumpf). Schlafly, a conservative author, columnist, and speaker was considered as the leading voice against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s. She, not surprisingly, has endorsed Drumpf in 2016. I present to you some of her latest rantings […]

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MLB Leap Day birthdays, stats, and stories

February 29, 2016

There have been a dozen players born on Leap Day (February 29), who have appeared in major league baseball. With such a small sample it is pretty remarkable that a number of them have such an amazing history. Batters Name Born Yrs From To ASG G AB R H HR RBI SB BB BA OPS […]

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“On TV tonight!” – MLB must-see television

February 29, 2016

We all have former lives in which our professions were unique to other aspects of our professional and personal lives. In one of my former lives, I was known as “The Czar of Entertainment” on a live, daily infotainment show on a network affiliate in Boston. I was a segment host talking about (and making […]

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Sunday MLB Notes and Stats from the Bill Chuck Files – 2/28

February 28, 2016

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of February 28, 2016 Yadier Molina has been the Opening Day starting catcher for the Cardinals for the last 11 seasons; current Cards’ manager Mike Matheny was the last starting catcher prior to Yadier in 2003-04. Last season, in 24 games with Miguel Montero behind the plate, […]

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The fun and wonder of “one” in baseball stats – Hitting edition

February 26, 2016

Nine to Know: One One-ders Hitting edition Marcus Semien and Joe Mauer each had one hit in 78 games last season, the most in the majors. Wil Nieves and Jett Bandy each only had only one hit last season and each hit was a homer. Ryan Hanigan has played 612 games and has stolen one base. Justin Smoak has […]

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