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  1. 2012 All-Star Game: First inning

    Rob Neyer

    Admit it: You didn't predict Melky Cabrera would be starting and batting second in the All-Star Game, did you? And he hits a soft one-out single to left field! That's the last time I make a crack about Melky. Joe Buck just recited a story about Al...

    Blog | July 10, 2012
  2. Voros McCracken changed the game

    Rob Neyer

    Below, a long excerpt from a much longer article about Voros McCracken, who merely changed baseball analysis as we knew it, practically overnight. Jeff Passan: When a Baseball Prospectus book suggested pitching and defense were too intertwined to b...

    Blog | January 25, 2011
  3. 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
  4. Hard choices about living players

    Rob Neyer

    Inspired by Stan Musial's 90th, Derrick Goold sets out to make a list of the 10 greatest living players ... Start with the sainted trinity of Musial, Mays and Aaron and then . . . where? Longevity like Nolan Ryan's has to be considered, but so too ...

    Blog | November 22, 2010
  5. Can a losing pitcher win the Cy Young?

    Rob Neyer

    OK, so we have our first Cy Young winner with a 13-12 record. That's some sort of progress, I suppose. How far can we take this thing, though? Would King Felix have won if he'd gone 12-13, instead? Or 9-16? I wasn't able to conduct an exhaustive s...

    Blog | November 18, 2010
  6. MLB Playoffs: Top 10 postseason pitching performances of all time...

    Rob Neyer

    Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum turned in two of the top 10 greatest postseason performances of all time. But No. 1 might surprise you.

    Story | Conversation | October 15, 2010
  7. How many 'Mr. Milkshakes' already in Hall?

    Rob Neyer

    I still haven't watched Part 1 of "The Tenth Inning" -- last night I was watching actual baseball games, and this morning I've been writing this (see below). But it's loaded on the DVR, and today's the day. Obviously, though, a lot of people have wat...

    Blog | September 29, 2010
  8. Tuesday Taters

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links should go down easy, like Oleo wrapped in Grade A molasses ... This is ostensibly about Babe Ruth, Roger Clemens, and (most of all) America, but it also says as much about Bill James as anything I've read. Why Joe Posnanski likes ...

    Blog | September 14, 2010
  9. Monday Mendozas

    Rob Neyer

    Today's links are hoping that Lou Piniella isn't the last base-throwing manager ... How great is Josh Hamilton, really? Well, that all depends upon who (or what) you ask. Jeff Pearlman believes that Roger Clemens is a massive bundle of vanity. ...

    Blog | August 23, 2010
  10. Clemens indictment coming soon

    Rob Neyer

    Here's what Craig Calcaterra wrote -- but didn't publish -- before we got the news that Roger Clemens will be indicted today: After a nineteen month investigation, an announcement is expected soon -- possibly as early as today -- that a federal gra...

    Blog | August 19, 2010
  11. Wakefield sets Red Sox milestone

    Rob Neyer

    Tim Wakefield set a new Red Sox record last night. Peter Abraham: But pitching the most innings for a team like the Red Sox is an accomplishment that will stand the test of history. "It's special because I had a pretty close relationship when [Cl...

    Blog | June 09, 2010
  12. Ranking Draft Picks, 1-30

    Rob Neyer

    With the draft right around the corner, here's a look at the greatest all-time picks for each of the first 30 slots.

    Story | Conversation | June 04, 2010
  13. The Red Sox 'Eras,' 1901-2010

    Rob Neyer

    This is the second part of my 30-part project to divide the histories of every major league franchise into distinct (if sometimes messy) eras, with each era connected to a single player. Sometimes this is easy. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes you will ...

    Blog | May 06, 2010
  14. Will Cincy's Leake make the Big Jump?

    Rob Neyer

    With the Hughes/Joba battle over (for now, anyway), the most interesting No. 5-starter situation is Cincinnati's. Here's John Fay with the latest speculation: The Reds have the schedule for pitching posted in the cubhouse leading right up to the l...

    Blog | March 25, 2010
  15. If Big Hurt wasn't 'clean,' who was?

    Rob Neyer

    At the end of nearly 2,100 words, Joe Posnanski makes a great point about Frank Thomas and the Hall of Fame. Joe's Big Finish: We all understand that the Hall of Fame voters, as a group, have little sympathy or respect for steroid users. McGwire's...

    Blog | February 15, 2010
  16. Big Mac comes clean, finally

    Rob Neyer

    The key bit of Mark McGwire's statement: During the mid-'90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games over five years. I experienced a lot of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a stress fracture of the left ...

    Blog | January 11, 2010