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  1. Greatness in the Uncommon: Sports, Narrative Fiction, and Netflix...

    Michael Baumann

    A renegade owner takes over a minor league baseball team and assembles a group of castoffs. Those castoffs then start winning, much to the chagrin of organized baseball, and much to the delight of fans in a market that almost everyone thought had aba...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. What Do You Do When Your Rebuilder Is an MLB Contender?

    Michael Baumann

    Running a baseball team is about managing your priorities and seizing opportunities. It would be pretty easy to be a major league GM if rebuilding and contending were the binary states lots of people assume them to be. But it's not that sim...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  3. The Lonesome, Crowded NL East

    Michael Baumann

    You could make the argument that none of Major League Baseball's six divisions is turning out the way we expected it to, and as long as it's taking the Dodgers and Cardinals to get on their horses, and as shocking as the Tigers&am...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Stand up and Cheer for Hoosier: Kyle Schwarber Is About to Be on ...

    Michael Baumann

    Have you ever asked a question and, a fraction of a second into hearing the answer, felt like an idiot for failing to figure it out on your own? If you ask Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber which major league hitters he admires, that's how his...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  6. Andrelton Simmons, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Resisting the Temptati...

    Michael Baumann

    We're going to learn a lot about defense in the next five years, as Major League Baseball releases PITCHf/x-type data for fielders and batted balls, and the people capable of doing big data-crunchy stuff start to figure out what t...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Don't Bother Trying to Grade Baseball's New Managerial Hires

    Michael Baumann

    If the athletic director at a major university fires his head football coach, that AD instantly knows what he needs to find: a man in his 30s, 40s, or 50s with experience in the game, an affinity for khakis, and enough psychological damage to be the ...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  9. Atlanta Braves Shortstop Andrelton Simmons Will Challenge Your Me...

    Michael Baumann

    The reason we use statistics, whether in sports or in medicine or in demography, is because they help us to see the whole picture. If I tried to judge, say, the defensive abilities of major league shortstops by using my eyes alone, I'd have a rough g...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  10. The New Sliding Billy Hamilton

    Michael Baumann

    Scouts grade the individual tools of prospects — power, throwing arm, speed, among others — on a scale of 20 to 80. The major league average is 50. A standard deviation above that is 60, and so on. To grab an 80 grade, a player must have ...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  11. Justice, Ethics, and Bud Selig's Legacy

    Michael Baumann

    I believe Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs in violation of Major League Baseball rules. I believe this is wrong. I believe he should be suspended. And I think that sucks. I don't remember much of baseball before the sport's culture ...

    Blog | August 05, 2013
  12. Chris Davis and the Chase for Various Records

    Michael Baumann

    At any moment, Major League Baseball features a few star first basemen who are just big, through and through. Big shoulders, big arms, big down to the trunk and butt and legs. Not necessarily fat guys like Mo Vaughn and Prince Fielder, or even muscle...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  13. The Six Skill Competitions That Could Fix MLB All-Star Week

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball might be the only one of the four major sports in which the All-Star Game is more entertaining than its baggage. The Pro Bowl is awful, a chore so eye-roll worthy that players routinely look for reasons to beg out of a free postseason trip t...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  14. The Other MLB All-Star Game Final Vote Controversy

    Michael Baumann

    In recent years, Major League Baseball has added another wrinkle to an increasingly convoluted All-Star Game selection process: the Final Vote. After the fan-determined starters and player-and-manager-determined reserves are set, the fans are given a...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  15. Unpopular Opinion Alert: Defending Alex Rodriguez

    Michael Baumann

    The only thing that makes me feel good about Major League Baseball's recent public resurrection of the Biogenesis affair is that the public face of the 20-odd targets of the investigation (if you can call it that) seems to be Ryan Braun. That's not b...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  16. 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