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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Let the MLB Sack Race Commence

    Michael Baumann

    One of the few things I envy about the United Kingdom is that in any given season, sports fans there can bet on which Premier League manager will be fired. In fact, it seems people can bet on anything sports-related in the U.K., because British sport...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  7. MLB 27-Day Warning: The Astros Are Going to Suck Slightly Less Th...

    Michael Baumann

    What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days remain until the start of the MLB season? Well, you're in luck! We at the Triangle are set to spend the next several weeks giving you a daily reason to get ex...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  8. SLOW DOWN, BASEBALL! Making Sense of the (Roughly) 4,971 Moves We...

    Michael Baumann

    Who needs the winter meetings? Apparently not Major League Baseball's general managers, who, while evidently hopped up on krokodil, executed a flurry of trades and free-agent deals a week before the sport's offseason confab at Disney World. The 48-ho...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  9. MLB Awards Week Isn't Over Until We Say It's Over, So Here Are Fi...

    Michael Baumann

    Hockey gets a lot of things right, but I'm particularly fond of its awards. While the NHL has the usual offerings — MVP, rookie of the year, coach of the year — the league separates itself with some really creative honors. Plus, all the a...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  10. MLB Trade Deadline Best-Case Scenario: The 2004 Carlos Beltran De...

    Michael Baumann

    Even a well-reasoned midseason trade can come back to haunt a team that is interested in winning now. If giving up three future All-Stars and missing the playoffs anyway is the worst-case scenario, what's the best? In June 2004, the Houston Astros...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  11. Im Not Colin You a Moran: The Unintended Effect of Slotting in t...

    Michael Baumann

    The Houston Astros are known nowadays for chasing the unorthodox. Their raid on the brain trust of Baseball Prospectus, their tandem starters in the minor leagues, their complete disinterest in competing at the major league level until they've develo...

    Blog | June 03, 2013
  12. Rick Ankiel: The Greatest Story Everyones Gotten Bored With

    Michael Baumann

    [Editor's note: We're aware of today's news about Rick Ankiel, and we'll be updating this post.] Somewhere in West Virginia, the Pirates have a 22-year-old corner infielder who's putting up Miguel Cabrera–like numbers in low-A. That player, ...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  13. Small Sample Size Alert: Matt Dominguezs No-Offense Policy

    Michael Baumann

    In December of 2011, emboldened by a colorful, exciting rebranding and a colorful, exciting, publicly funded stadium, the Miami Marlins signed the jewel of the 2011-12 free-agent class, shortstop Jose Reyes. Miami made room for Reyes by moving franch...

    Blog | April 24, 2013