We were all incredibly saddened about loss of Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest pure hitters in baseball history. So, it only seems right that the first two hits are about this huge loss for baseball. After Gwynn, we look at the unbelievable parity in Major League Baseball this season and whether momentum is really something you can quantify.
This week’s Hitting for the Cycle sees four more great pieces with national interest, including a local home run from Washington Post writer James Wagner. You’ll also see Jake Peavy break down a start in remarkable detail, learn why some players aren’t happy with Jon Singleton’s contract, and get stat-heavy on why fifth starters might […]
After an unexpected off day due to rain, the Washington Nationals will resume their series against the Miami Marlins this evening. Until then, here are the four national articles that you absolutely must read from the past week. You’ll learn about this year’s international prospects, Jerry Reinsdorf and Bud Selig‘s battle for MLB’s next commissioner, […]
Single: Wait, we’re still arguing that people who like stats don’t enjoy or appreciate baseball? By Craig Calcaterra (Hardball Talk) and A Response to Bob Ryan by Dave Cameron (FanGraphs) To start off today’s piece we are going to focus on two different pieces which focus on a third non-linked piece; confusing, I know. This […]
Single: The Base: Approach At Your Own Risk by Steve Wulf (ESPN.com) This piece is one of the reasons that I like to do this column. Who in their right mind would want to read some boring piece on ESPN about the bases? Well, you should, because it’s fantastic. The debate over head-first slide vs […]
Single: Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Fortitude by Jason Parks (Baseball Prospectus) To start off, we are headed to a free article from Baseball Prospectus by noted prospect guru and general weirdo Jason Parks. Oftentimes these “poll the industry” pieces can be nothing but fluff and column inches, but this is the exception that […]
Single: Grading the Unwritten Rules: Jed Lowrie and Bunting With a Big Lead by Grant Brisbee (SB Nation) One of my biggest pet peeves in baseball is the preponderance of baseball’s so-called “unwritten rules”. No one knows what exactly these unwritten rules are, just that they exist and that no one has taken the time to […]
Single: A Major League Pitcher’s Guide to Doctoring a Baseball by Dirk Hayhurst (Deadspin) For those of you who are already familiar with the writing of former MLB Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, this article will come as zero shock to you as he has a penchant for sharing inside information. In the wake of the Michael […]
Single:Indians, Not Plumbing, Stop the A’s by Paul Gutierrez (ESPN) Bud Selig, the esteemed commissioner of MLB, who has presided over an incredibly prosperous era both in labor peace and economic profitability, has two serious legacy problems: PEDs and the Oakland Athletics. One of these issues is simple – Selig turned his back when players […]
Harper vs. Trout. Trout vs. Harper. Who is going to “win” this Magic vs. Bird battle of epic proportions? Short answer: we all do.
In our Hitting for the Cycle series, Craig MacHenry goes through the best of the best baseball writing for the past week – highlighting national stories while giving them some Nationals perspective. Single: Beane Counters by Jonah Keri (Grantland) This feature, which ran last week on the ESPN offshoot Grantland, was yet another biographical and analytical […]