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  1. It's Not Quite a Miracle, But the Angels Have Achieved AL We...

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball is unlike real life in that it features levels of stupidity that cannot be overcome by sheer force of economic might. Last year, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim paid $61.1 million total to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Jered Weaver, and C....

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  2. Welcome to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Where the Devout Will Atte...

    Michael Baumann

    One Easter Sunday during college, I pulled on my wrinkled khakis and last clean dress shirt and walked a couple of blocks to the closest Methodist church. This church had its roots in the antebellum South, but despite being within sight of t...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  3. Bryce Harper’s Bad Break and Avoiding the Danger of the Mis...

    Michael Baumann

    The only bad thing about Mike Trout is that his greatness prevents us from truly appreciating Bryce Harper, who's one of the most talented baseball players in the world. Rare left-handed power is Harper's party piece, but he combines it wit...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  4. Harper Being Harper, and More Snap Judgments From Opening Day(s)

    Michael Baumann

    The 2014 MLB season is only a day and change old. To borrow a phrase from James Earl Jones's greatest career role as Admiral James Greer: "The data support no conclusions as yet." Still, some teams have played some games, which means ...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Forget Cabrera vs. Trout: Put This Bit of Crazy in Your Bottomles...

    Michael Baumann

    If baseball's MVP voters allowed objective criteria to guide them, we wouldn't have much of a debate about which two players deserve to win the award. But without debate, why bother caring about sports? Often, the empirics are so overwhelmingly in fa...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  7. Mark Teixeiras Trade Deadline Butterfly Effect

    Michael Baumann

    For those of you who weren't already aware, Mark Teixeira was traded twice a few years back, and as it turns out, those trades completely upset the course of baseball events, on a scale that alternate-history novels are written. It's not an exaggerat...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  8. 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
  9. The Silly Persons Guide to Top MLB Draft Prospects

    Michael Baumann

    I've long been of the opinion that only boring people like athletes and teams just because they're good. If you're going to spend precious words praising Mike Trout, come up with something better than "He's the best player in the game." Praise him fo...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  10. Yasiel Puig Is Going to Be Really Good, But Not Mike Trout Good

    Michael Baumann

    Here is a link to a Los Angeles Times column by Bill Shaikin, who argues that Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' 22-year-old Cuban wunderkind, will not duplicate in 2013 the success that Mike Trout had across town in 2012 because Trout had more experience tha...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  11. The All–MLB Network Team

    Michael Baumann

    If you're a baseball fan and (1) have a spare $130, and (2) are either single or have a relationship that will bear your watching 40 hours of baseball a week, there's no better investment than MLB Network. But if you're going to channel-surf through ...

    Blog | April 16, 2013