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  1. Change will roll into the Hall, someday

    Rob Neyer

    Yesterday, Jim Caple wrote a perfectly cogent, clear-eyed look at the Hall of Fame electorate's tortured take on drugs. In the wake of yesterday's BBWAA Hall of Fame voting results, a number of other cogent and clear-eyed pieces have been written ...

    Blog | January 06, 2011
  2. Votto wins, and knows why

    Rob Neyer

    Hey, it's not just Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke anymore. Dig Joey Votto yesterday: "After the season, when I looked at my numbers and at Albert's numbers, I thought: 'Holy cow! He's beaten me in a lot of them," Votto said. "He beat me in runs, ...

    Blog | November 23, 2010
  3. Commish's history off, by just a little

    Rob Neyer

    What's the perfect number of playoff teams? Of course it's impossible to say. But the Commissioner took a stab at it Thursday afternoon: "Eight is a very fair number, but so is 10." Of course, Craig nailed this one about five minutes after it happ...

    Blog | November 18, 2010
  4. New SweetSpotter on Jays' Lind

    Rob Neyer

    Today I'm thrilled to announce the latest addition to the SweetSpot Network: Ghostrunner on First, covering the Toronto Blue Jays and masterminded by the wonderfully named Drew Fairservice. Today, Drew looks at Adam Lind's awful 2010 numbers and ...

    Blog | November 04, 2010
  5. Texas manager makes relievers look bad

    Rob Neyer

    There were any number of moments, Friday night in the heart of Texas, that could have gone another way. If the right moment or two had gone another way, the Rangers might not have blown their five-run lead and gone from the driver's seat in this seri...

    Blog | October 16, 2010
  6. Gardenhire powerless against Yankees

    Rob Neyer

    There is a parallel dimension -- actually, an infinite number of parallel dimensions -- in which the Minnesota Twins scored four or five runs Saturday night against the New York Yankees. In this dimension, the Twins still lost the game, because the Y...

    Blog | October 09, 2010
  7. Was Lincecum better than Halladay?

    Rob Neyer

    Give Dan Rosenheck credit: The man knows how to ruffle feathers. The most impressive start of the postseason so far? Maybe not the one you think ... As a result, the only ways for most pitchers to reduce the number of hits they allow are to avoi...

    Blog | October 08, 2010
  8. Don't worry about James Shields' ERA

    Rob Neyer

    Should James Shields' 5.01 ERA be a concern for Joe Maddon? According to Evan Brunell, not at all: While Shields' ERA is unsightly, he's still one of the better pitchers on the team. His xFIP rests at 3.68, right in line with his previous numbers --...

    Blog | October 01, 2010
  9. Did Giants blow it with Buster Posey?

    Rob Neyer

    If the Giants fall short (just somewhat likely) or Buster Posey doesn't win the Rookie of the Year Award (quite likely), a fair number of people (including me) are never going to forget that Posey didn't join the Giants this season until almost June....

    Blog | September 24, 2010
  10. Don't hand out NL MVP quite yet

    Rob Neyer

    Dave Cameron on his National League MVP pick: I suggested that I'd lean toward voting for Troy Tulowitzki, and that was before he launched two more home runs on Saturday. His numbers in September are just crazy good (.357/.407/1.000, .577 wOBA),...

    Blog | September 20, 2010
  11. My advice to Trevor Hoffman

    Rob Neyer

    If I hope that Trevor Hoffman never saves another game, does that make me a bad person? I like round numbers. They're easier to remember. I'll never remember exactly how many games Greg Maddux or Randy Johnson won. But I'll never forget that L...

    Blog | September 07, 2010
  12. Rays loaded with rotation depth

    Rob Neyer

    There's a larger piece to be written about a few teams with incredible numbers of impressive young starting pitchers, but for the moment let's focus on the Rays, who have eight legitimate starters locked in next year ... if they want all of them. ...

    Blog | September 03, 2010
  13. M's still facing questions about prospect

    Rob Neyer

    Mariners prospect Josh Lueke has some crazy strikeout numbers in the minors. He's also got some crazy baggage, and a lot of people are still trying to figure out what the Mariners knew before they traded for him, and when they knew it. Geoff Baker (w...

    Blog | September 02, 2010
  14. These Questions 3: Kathryn Schulz

    Rob Neyer

    When I read a book, I usually have a pencil at hand, for marking passages or circling words I want to look up later. With each notation, I'll also pencil in a page number on the book's endpaper. In the case of Kathryn Schulz's "Being Wrong: Adventure...

    Blog | August 20, 2010
  15. Friday Filberts (super-sized!)

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links are so full of themselves that they can't help pointing out what must be a record number of words in today's Link-O-Rama ... Tim Marchman lays out -- with great intelligence and fairness, as usual -- the problems with defensive stat...

    Blog | August 13, 2010
  16. Phillies big winners, and not just in '10

    Rob Neyer

    The deal is finally done, and before I had time to jot down my first thoughts I happened across Calcaterra's. His big finish: This deal is a coup for the Phillies. They got a starter who would slot in as a number one on a great many teams and they ...

    Blog | July 29, 2010