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  1. 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
  2. Kyle Seager’s Ascent to Transcendence

    Michael Baumann

    There's a tired trope in romantic comedies: The leading man (or woman) bounces from dalliance to dalliance with a series of beautiful but ultimately disappointing people before eventually realizing that the steadfast best friend is his (or her) ...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  3. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jim Callis and Travis Sawchik

    Jonah Keri

    MLB.com's Jim Callis joins the show to discuss the 2014 draft. Then Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review comes on to talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter, and subscribe to the Grantl...

    Blog | June 10, 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. A Conversation With Jim Callis, the Greatest MLB Mock Drafter Who...

    Michael Baumann

    Do you know what the most incredible streak in baseball history is? It's not Orel Hershiser's 59 scoreless innings or Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak or the Oakland Athletics' 20 consecutive wins. It's Jim Callis's ...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Why Haven't Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales Signed Yet? And...

    Michael Baumann

    MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is really cheesed off. Why is he so cheesed off? Oh, hello, useful question-asking personality device. It's good to see you again. Well, last week, Buster Olney talked to a bunch of executives about...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  9. Who's That Guy? Oakland Pitcher Sonny Gray!

    Michael Baumann

    The 2013 MLB playoffs are in full swing. Are you keeping up? Baseball has a lot of games, and also a lot of players. If you're overwhelmed, Michael Baumann is here to help. Brush up on Baumann's playoff starting lineup, then circle back throughout th...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  10. Who's That Guy? Stanford Running Back Tyler Gaffney!

    Holly Anderson

    Who's That Guy is an orientation tool for use in college football's vast landscape, and is filmed in front of a live studio audience. Who Is He? Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney. Where Is He From? San Diego, California (Cathedral Catholic). ...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  11. There Will Be No Hummers: The Personal History of a College Baseb...

    Justin Halpern

    I sat in the bullpen of Tony Gwynn Stadium, home of the San Diego State Aztecs, cleaning my cleats in case I got the call to get hot. Next to me were seven other relief pitchers, all of us watching our starter struggle through the second inning of a ...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  12. The MLB draft doesn't work and is quite possibly immoral; it's ti...

    Rany Jazayerli

    It doesn't work. It's quite possibly immoral. It's time to replace it.

    Story | Conversation | June 06, 2013
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. About Last Night: The Thunder Rolls

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and James Harden nailed two clutch fourth-quarter 3s to give the Thunder a 108-103 win over the Spurs and a 3-2 lead in the ...

    Blog | June 05, 2012
  16. Washout, Draft, Repeat: The Endless Saga of a Mariners Fan

    Spike Friedman

    With the second overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday, the Chicago Cubs picked corner infield prospect Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego. In the coming days, given the Cubs' history, I imagine we will be treated to ...

    Blog | June 07, 2013