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  1. MLB Transaction Trees

    Ben Lindbergh

    Shortly after Indians pitcher Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award last week, New York Times writer Tyler Kepner made Twitter do a double take by pointing out that the seeds of Kluber's Cleveland victory were sown when the 28-year-old sta...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  2. The 30 Finale: Highlights, Lowlights, and 2015 Forecasts

    Jonah Keri

    The 2014 regular season is complete and the playoffs beckon. But before we move on to postseason play, let's take stock of what happened this year: of predictions nailed and botched, of the players who made a lasting impact, and of the team...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  3. Appreciating Jose Altuve, Pure Baseball Joy in a Pint-Size and Pr...

    Michael Baumann

    Jose Altuve is no longer just a short joke. I mean, he's still short, and it's still awesome - you'd think we'd be used to short guys playing baseball by now, but for some reason watching the 5-foot-6...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  4. Meet Chris Carter 2.0

    Jonah Keri

    On September 5, Houston designated hitter Chris Carter came to the plate against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the sixth inning. The A's led 3-2, and, with two outs already recorded, speedy Astros second baseman Jose Altuve dance...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  5. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jim Abbott and Evan Drellich

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Jim Abbott about his career in the big leagues and his book Imperfect, and to Houston Chronicle writer Evan Drellich about the state of the Astros. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast networ...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  6. Decoding the Astros' Bo Porter Firing, and Figuring Out the ...

    Ben Lindbergh

    In an alternate timeline in which the stories we told about sports teams were shaped solely by how they fared on the field, the Astros' 2014 season might be considered a modest success. Coming off three consecutive years as the worst team i...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  7. The 30: The Sudden Cys

    Jonah Keri

    This week is all about surprises. A back-of-the-rotation Brewers starter is unexpectedly tied atop the wins leaderboard; a Braves team seemingly destined for a third consecutive run to the playoffs has hit a huge roadblock; an Indians pit...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  8. About Last Night: Dodging the Angels

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy asking LeBron James for the one secret he used to lose that stubborn belly fat, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday: Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw was uncharacteristically shaky, but the Dod...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  9. About Last Night: Fear the Brew Crew

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy wondering if Donald Sterling is ever going to get around to naming you as a defendant in a frivolous lawsuit, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday: Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy blasted a walk-off...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  10. Houston, You Have a Problem

    Michael Baumann

    A little less than two months ago, the Houston Astros used the no. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft to select Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher out of Cathedral Catholic High School in California. Within 48 hours, they had agreed to pay the 17-year-o...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Small Ball

    Charles P. Pierce

    It is an awkward thing to play a game of baseball with one foot already out the door. Yet every summer, generally around the second or third Sunday in July, the sport seems to be made entirely of seventh graders looking anxiously at the slow progress...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  13. Astros Outfielder George Springer Strikes Out a Lot, But Does Eve...

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball is evolving into a game in which fielders are becoming increasingly unnecessary. Over the past 30 years, we've learned that pitchers don't have a ton of control over where the ball goes when it's hit, and the mo...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  14. Who’s That Guy: No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Brady Aiken!

    Michael Baumann

    Who's That Guy is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. And hey, baseball is part of that landscape! Who Is He? Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken. Where Is He From? Cardiff-by-the-Sea, C...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  15. Five Things You Need to Know About Tonight’s MLB Draft

    Michael Baumann

    Every year, the 30 Major League Baseball franchises send representatives to a TV studio in New Jersey and call the names of some 1,200 amateur baseball players. While the MLB draft lacks the pomp and circumstance and, uh, sartorial creativity that it...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  16. Nobody Needs to Have an Opinion About Jon Singleton’s Money...

    Chris Ryan

    We're going to keep this brief because I don't want to tread too heavily on ground that I am unfamiliar with. Am I familiar with Jon Singleton? Well, I have a soft spot for Higher Learning, and think the Shaft reboot is actually a litt...

    Blog | June 04, 2014