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  1. Q&A: Cardinals GM Steve Keim on First-Round Quarterbacks, Sco...

    Robert Mays

    Steve Keim knows the Cardinals. This is his second year as Arizona's general manager, but his 16th with the organization. He started as an area scout in 1999, working the entire East Coast, from Maine to Miami. Since then, he&r...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  2. Birds of Prey

    Robert Mays

    Attrition wears on every football team, but the stakes of battle came early for Steve Keim's team this year. Last season, his first as the Cardinals' general manager, Arizona won 10 games behind one of football's scaries...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  3. 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
  4. The Mariners' Suddenly Secure Black Sheep

    Michael Baumann

    I don't have a specific dream job. Whenever someone asks what my dream job is, I say, "A sinecure." I want a job for which I'm paid handsomely and from which I won't be fired for either of the related workplace sins of d...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  5. The Best Five Halves Played in Week 2 of the Premier League

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's Week 2. If you squint a little bit, it's possible to see what teams are striving to become. With managers still settling on lineups, and players still getting up to speed, strong 90-minute performances have been rare...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  6. Sabermetrics Gets Soft

    Ben Lindbergh

    Last Saturday, on the first morning of the fourth annual "Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball" seminar in Boston ("Saber Seminar" for short), Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow strode onto the a...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  7. The Managerial Meddling Index

    Ben Lindbergh

    In the Opening Day entry of The Long Season, the late Jim Brosnan's diary of his 1959 campaign, the then Cardinals pitcher expressed surprise that St. Louis manager Solly Hemus seemed as anxious as his players prior to first pitch. &ldq...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  8. Men in Blazers: 10 Premier League Questions, and an Interview Wit...

    Roger Bennett and Michael Davies

    Rog and Davo welcome back the Premier League with 10 questions, and talk with their World Cup hero, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out our podcasts page....

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  9. Diagnosing Bryce Harper’s Decline

    Jonah Keri

    Bryce Harper has a knack for making headlines. Upon returning from the disabled list in late June, the Nationals outfielder questioned manager Matt Williams's decision to bat him sixth in the lineup. This past weekend, Harper pissed off...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  10. The NHL Dives Into the Advanced-Stats Pool

    Sean McIndoe

    News broke last week that the Edmonton Oilers had hired Tyler Dellow, a well-known blogger and advanced stats pioneer. The move follows on the heels of the Devils hiring Sunny Mehta, the Maple Leafs hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager, and...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  11. Manchester United’s Back Three, and the Changing Face of Pr...

    Mike L. Goodman

    As the summer of Louis van Gaal turns into the season of Louis van Gaal, the Dutch manager seems set to put a tactical stamp on the Premier League, bringing the three-center back system he used at the World Cup to Manchester United. And it&...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  12. The Beginning and the End of History

    Charles P. Pierce

    On Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays won a game in Yankee Stadium for the first time in their last 18 tries. His team having lost there again Friday night, Toronto manager John Gibbons decided on Saturday that he wasn't going to risk...

    Blog | July 28, 2014
  13. An Idiot's Guide to the Pilot Flying J Rebate Scandal

    Matt Borcas

    Two short years ago, truck stop magnate and "1,000 percent" Steelers fan Jimmy Haslam bought the Cleveland Browns. For context, that was two head coaches, two general managers, four starting quarterbacks, nine wins, and 23 losses...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  14. The Ravens Are Ready to Lean on Their Defense — Again

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to question Ozzie Newsome. The Hall of Fame tight end turned general manager has run the Ravens for 18 years now. It's a stretch that includes eight 10-win seasons, two Super Bowl wins, and two more trips to the AFC Cham...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  15. Julio Jones and the Consequences of the Falcons’ Star-Studd...

    Robert Mays

    Thomas Dimitroff doesn't look like he runs an NFL team. In a profession where Ted Thompson and his Packers-sponsored golf outfit are the standard, the Falcons' general manager looks like few of his colleagues. Rams GM Les Snead ha...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  16. A Brief History of Buck Showalter’s Master Trolling and Tru...

    Michael Baumann

    The Baltimore Orioles are no strangers to small, talkative managers. They had perhaps the greatest of all time in Earl Weaver, who was known to hold forth on subjects ranging from the intricacies of the balk rule to Miss Alice Sweet's tomat...

    Blog | July 08, 2014