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  1. PitchCraft: The Midseason GIF Awards

    Shane Ryan

    It's All-Star week, so rather than focus on a single pitcher, it's time for the first annual PitchCraft Awards. Here we'll be honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly from baseball's first half. Starting, because we're real r...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  2. Welcome to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Where the Devout Will Atte...

    Michael Baumann

    One Easter Sunday during college, I pulled on my wrinkled khakis and last clean dress shirt and walked a couple of blocks to the closest Methodist church. This church had its roots in the antebellum South, but despite being within sight of t...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  3. Aroldis Chapman’s Beautifully Routine Return

    Michael Baumann

    Being able to say, "Come here, look at this, it's disgusting!" is much less fun when you have to have to immediately add, "It's OK - he's not going to die." That's what happened...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  4. Amid the Rash of Early MLB Injuries, How Screwed Is Your Team?

    Michael Baumann

    We're mere days into the 2014 baseball season, yet nearly every team with designs on a title is missing a key player. It's like Week 15 of the NFL season had a baby with a slasher movie where the pretty high school kids die one by one. O...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  5. Roster Doctor: Fantasy Baseball Preview

    Jonah Keri

    If you've been reading Grantland's baseball coverage this spring, you've probably noticed an obsession with Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar. Looking for a prime 2014 breakout candidate? Salazar's your guy. W...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  6. MLB Trade Value Rankings, Part 1

    Jonah Keri

    We're suckers for nostalgia. When Major League Baseball finally curbed its draconian highlight policy and released a few dribs and drabs of video, we rejoiced at being able to watch Cecil Fielder hit moon shots and Bo Jackson play like a superhe...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  7. National League Wild-Card Game Preview: Pirates and Reds Poised t...

    Rany Jazayerli

    It's been 22 years since Pittsburgh hosted a winner-take-all baseball game. The most striking thing about that 1991 Game 7 against Atlanta wasn't the result; it was the audience, or lack thereof, there to witness it. Paid attendance was 11,000 fans s...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  8. Shut the Door, Have a Seat: Kenley Jansen Is Simply Awesome

    Michael Baumann

    Here's what you probably know about Kenley Jansen: He's a pretty good pitcher. Here's what you might not have known about Kenley Jansen: He came up through the minor leagues as a catcher. He also completed a hidden perfect game last week, setting ...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  9. The Flawed Importance of the Closer

    Jonah Keri

    For baseball fans, nothing is more heartbreaking, more infuriating than a blown save. Your team spends the better part of an afternoon or evening mounting rallies, pushing all the right buttons, getting out of jams, and building a lead. Your closer t...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  10. Pinch-Running Pitchers, Chapman Flaming Out, and Back-to-Back Hom...

    Michael Baumann

    Sunday afternoon, the Phillies came back from down 2-0 to beat the Reds. That's not particularly newsworthy on its own — the Phillies aren't a bad team, and in a game as unpredictable as baseball, comebacks like that are commonplace. But di...

    Blog | May 20, 2013
  11. The All–MLB Network Pitching Staff

    Michael Baumann

    A couple weeks ago, I posted a starting lineup of the most entertaining players in baseball, and Jonah Keri objected to my including only one pitcher, Yu Darvish. Of course, you can have only one pitcher in a starting lineup at a time. That's how bas...

    Blog | May 08, 2013
  12. About Last Night: The Playoff Picture

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy scaring little children by reciting Mariners hitting stats from the past decade, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday: The Utah Jazz were eliminated from the NBA playoff picture after an 86-70 loss to the Memphis G...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  13. The Tigers' Disastrous Bullpen Committee of None

    Jonah Keri

    When a manager employs a bullpen-by-committee — let's junk that term forever and call it what it is, a bullpen-by-matchup — he usually does so because he lacks the kind of archetypal, fire-breathing closer who takes decisions out of his h...

    Blog | April 05, 2013
  14. R.I.P. to the Starting-Pitching Career of Aroldis Chapman

    Jonah Keri

    The Reds' plan to shift Aroldis Chapman to the rotation died before he could make his first big league start, keeping one of the most dominant closers baseball has seen in decades in his ninth-inning role, but also wrenching some major upside away fr...

    Blog | March 21, 2013
  15. MLB Trade Value Rankings, Part 2

    Jonah Keri

    On Monday we started the enormous task of bringing the Grantland Trade Value franchise to Major League Baseball. Now it's time we wrap it all up with the rest of our top 50 assets in the league. Click here for part 1 31. Jason Kipnis 30. Ben Z...

    Blog | November 29, 2012
  16. Aroldis Chapman and the Florida Marlins

    Gaspar Gonzalez

    Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman makes a late-season visit to Marlins Park and stirs thoughts of what might have been.

    Story | Conversation | September 19, 2012