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  1. Manny and Rickey are kindred spirits

    Matt Meyers

    Say what you want about Manny Ramirez -- and over the years, fans and writers have said a lot -- but the guy clearly loves baseball. The latest evidence? Agreeing to be a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs at Triple-A Iowa even though team presiden...

    Blog | May 25, 2014
  2. The case for Wilmer Flores at shortstop

    Matt Meyers

    It appears as though the New York Mets won't be signing Stephen Drew (that would make too much sense), so shortstop seems to belong to Ruben Tejada by default. Still, Sandy Alderson has made little secret of the fact he'd like to upgrade, reportedly ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  3. MLB breakthrough unveiled at Sloan

    Matt Meyers

    BOSTON -- While MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference tilts heavily toward the NBA, MLB Advanced Media took center stage Saturday when CEO Bob Bowman and Vice President Joe Inzerillo unveiled tracking technology that will be introduced this year an...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  4. Five wishes for spring training

    Matt Meyers

    1. Don't be fooled by Eric Young Jr. EYJ can play a few positions and run really fast, which makes him an ideal 25th man. But he is not an everyday player. Just because he fits some outdated archetype of what a leadoff man should be (re: fast) doe...

    Blog | February 14, 2014
  5. Hall of 100 methodology - MLB

    Matt Meyers

    Explaining how we ranked the top 100 players in baseball history.

    Story | Conversation | January 06, 2014
  6. 'Red Sox Model' doesn't fit the Mets

    Matt Meyers

    USA Today SportsShane Victorino, David Ross and Jonny Gomes (l to r) were among the Red Sox's additions last offseason.Earlier this fall, there was a lot of talk about how the Mets ought to try to follow the "Red Sox model" in the offseason. For ...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  7. The case against Shin-Soo Choo

    Matt Meyers

    The Mets have turned their attention to the offseason, amid expectations that the Wilpons will be spending like it's 1998. And the apple of the Big Apple's eye appears to be Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds right fielder who was second in the NL in on-base...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  8. The case for Jhonny Peralta

    Matt Meyers

    One of the "good" things about being a "bad" team heading into the offseason is it's easy to find ways to improve. Finding an upgrade over a 4-A player is a lot easier than improving on an average major league player, and the Mets were unfortunate en...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  9. "Clutch" Cardinals crush Pirates

    Matt Meyers

    Clutch hitting has long been one of the touchier subjects in sabermetric circles, with the conventional wisdom being that clutch hitting doesn't exist. Well, "doesn't exist" might be harsh, but rather there is no evidence that players raise their gam...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  10. SweetSpot TV: Cardinals-Pirates preview

    Matt Meyers

    David Schoenfield and Eric Karabell preview the NLDS series between the Cardinals and Pirates....

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  11. SweetSpot TV: Braves-Dodgers preview

    Matt Meyers

    Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield preview the NLDS series between the Braves and Dodgers....

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  12. A.J. Burnett's Pittsburgh renaissance

    Matt Meyers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates' success this year has been analyzed from a variety of angles, and one of the more fascinating aspects of it -- at least for geeks like me -- is an enhanced use of infield shifts based on spray-chart data. Of course, this ki...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  13. Reds, Pirates and the beauty of September

    Matt Meyers

    At 10:21 p.m. ET on Friday, this tweet appeared in my feed: Baseball nirvana RT @harrypav: Reds/Bucs? tied. O's/Rays? tied. Rangers/Royals? tied.- Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) September 21, 2013 It reminded me of a piece that Jerry...

    Blog | September 21, 2013
  14. A's roster a modern marvel

    Matt Meyers

    Pop quiz: Who is the Oakland Athletics' highest paid player this year? (Waiting.) (Waiting.) Give up? If you guessed Chris Young, you spend more time on Cot's Baseball Contracts than I do. I'm not sure what is more remarkable, that Chris ...

    Blog | September 14, 2013
  15. Petit lives up to former hype for one night

    Matt Meyers

    Back in my former life, I worked as a writer/editor at Baseball America. And in 2005, I was responsible for ranking the top 10 prospects in the Mets' organization for a November issue. The Mets' farm system was pretty underwhelming at the time, an...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  16. Joey Votto: Destroyer of pitches, narratives

    Matt Meyers

    It's remarkable how some narratives take on a life of their own. For the past few years, Joey Votto has been the Reds' best player by almost every objective measure. (He even has an MVP to show for it.) But because his RBI totals have remained rel...

    Blog | September 06, 2013