Since Jarrod Dyson has “Zoom” shaved into his forehead, what are some of the messages that other players should shave into theirs? Personally, I’m all about French puns. 
Check out the others here. 
And then go read the wild and wacky stuff that you can buy from the MLB.com shop to support your team. 
And before the World Series starts up and we see a number of other amazing bunts, why not check out the five most buntastic bunts from the first rounds of play? 
Other things from around the web: 
This Royals fan is willing to get a Royals player-unicorn tattooed in exchange for World Series tickets. Sure, why not? 
Players are swinging more often on first pitches and are becoming more successful. As offense has cratered and strikeouts have spiked, I’d imagine we’ll start seeing more of this in the next few years as baseball swings back to equilibrium. 
Only two more days until the World Series begins. Just hold on tight. And maybe watch some pointless game from June 17th to tide yourself over. 

Since Jarrod Dyson has “Zoom” shaved into his forehead, what are some of the messages that other players should shave into theirs? Personally, I’m all about French puns. 

Check out the others here

And then go read the wild and wacky stuff that you can buy from the MLB.com shop to support your team

And before the World Series starts up and we see a number of other amazing bunts, why not check out the five most buntastic bunts from the first rounds of play

Other things from around the web: 

This Royals fan is willing to get a Royals player-unicorn tattooed in exchange for World Series tickets. Sure, why not? 

Players are swinging more often on first pitches and are becoming more successful. As offense has cratered and strikeouts have spiked, I’d imagine we’ll start seeing more of this in the next few years as baseball swings back to equilibrium. 

Only two more days until the World Series begins. Just hold on tight. And maybe watch some pointless game from June 17th to tide yourself over. 

I don’t go around advertising this, but I’m a psychic. Like, I’m pretty sure there is an important person in your life whose name starts with either an M or D or G. Or sounds like one of those letters. See how spot on that was?
So I used those gifts to figure out what this year’s postseason managers are thinking about while on the bench. The truth may surprise you. 
Kolten Wong’s right field drive may have tied up the series last night, but he was only getting back at Busch Stadium’s right field fence that may, oddly enough, be a Giants fan. 
And finally, since it’s October, the Rays discuss the zombie apocalypse. An important subject for everyone to consider now. 
Some other stuff: 
Bill Hanstock advocates for playing baseball on horses. He makes some good points. 
You know why Hunter Pence throws so weird? No, it’s not because he uses dark magick, it’s because he gets no rotation in his mid-spine. 
Alert! Alert! Dan Johnson is working on a knuckleball! 
Now we can simply sit back and wait for Game 3 of the ALCS and hope that the rain holds off. Because if it doesn’t, I guess we’ll just have to watch football or something. 

I don’t go around advertising this, but I’m a psychic. Like, I’m pretty sure there is an important person in your life whose name starts with either an M or D or G. Or sounds like one of those letters. See how spot on that was?

So I used those gifts to figure out what this year’s postseason managers are thinking about while on the bench. The truth may surprise you. 

Kolten Wong’s right field drive may have tied up the series last night, but he was only getting back at Busch Stadium’s right field fence that may, oddly enough, be a Giants fan

And finally, since it’s October, the Rays discuss the zombie apocalypse. An important subject for everyone to consider now. 

Some other stuff: 

Bill Hanstock advocates for playing baseball on horses. He makes some good points. 

You know why Hunter Pence throws so weird? No, it’s not because he uses dark magick, it’s because he gets no rotation in his mid-spine

Alert! Alert! Dan Johnson is working on a knuckleball

Now we can simply sit back and wait for Game 3 of the ALCS and hope that the rain holds off. Because if it doesn’t, I guess we’ll just have to watch football or something. 

The postseason is fast fleeting, my friends. We’re not even a third of the way through October and already half the playoff teams have been eliminated. It’s sad. Nothing lasts forever. 
But before they are over, we have plenty of good postseason action ahead of us. And for Game 2 of the NLDS, I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium where I got to sample the two above creations.
Those being, from left to right, the EXTREME bacon wrapped hot dog and the “Playoff Dog,” a hot dog topped with pastrami. Click over to Cut4 to see my thoughts. 
While I was there, I also got to subject Dodger fans to a Yasiel Puig true/false quiz (you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t think that Puig traveled through time) and spoke to a man who was drinking a delicious-looking frozen beer on the 90-degree day. 
From around the internet: 
My biggest beef with this Washington Post piece studying the true beardly-ness of Major League teams? That I didn’t come up with it. This is true art. 
There are going to be some new pace of play rules that will be used in the Arizona Fall League. I may have to take a quick little road trip over there and see what’s up. Also, to eat at Keith Law’s favorite Arizona restaurants. 
In honor of the Orioles advancing to face the Royals, here is the Cal Ripken comic book you’ve always wanted to read, but didn’t know until right now. 

The postseason is fast fleeting, my friends. We’re not even a third of the way through October and already half the playoff teams have been eliminated. It’s sad. Nothing lasts forever. 

But before they are over, we have plenty of good postseason action ahead of us. And for Game 2 of the NLDS, I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium where I got to sample the two above creations.

Those being, from left to right, the EXTREME bacon wrapped hot dog and the “Playoff Dog,” a hot dog topped with pastrami. Click over to Cut4 to see my thoughts

While I was there, I also got to subject Dodger fans to a Yasiel Puig true/false quiz (you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t think that Puig traveled through time) and spoke to a man who was drinking a delicious-looking frozen beer on the 90-degree day

From around the internet: 

My biggest beef with this Washington Post piece studying the true beardly-ness of Major League teams? That I didn’t come up with it. This is true art. 

There are going to be some new pace of play rules that will be used in the Arizona Fall League. I may have to take a quick little road trip over there and see what’s up. Also, to eat at Keith Law’s favorite Arizona restaurants. 

In honor of the Orioles advancing to face the Royals, here is the Cal Ripken comic book you’ve always wanted to read, but didn’t know until right now. 

With the new TV season having kicked off into full swing this week  (my take: Sleepy Hollow is amazing. It’s the Picasso of modern television and I’ll support that absurd claim until I die), you are probably trying to figure out just what to watch. 
Well, you’ll probably want to tune in to these 8 shows starring Major League ballplayers including Tim Lincecum in American Horror Story: Freak Show and Adrian Beltre in the hot new game show Touch My Head. Check out the full list here. 
With the postseason upon us, me and my Cut4 pals have been putting together our postseason primers so you know just what to expect when tuning in. You can check out the full list of them here. 
And if you like dudes making insane defensive plays, then Andrelton Simmons may be for you.
A few other things from around the internet: 
Eno Sarris’ interview with Brandon Moss is one of the best. Funny, honest, insightful and jam packed full of stats. 
If you love goggles or Steve Pearce like I do (and you should), you may enjoy the All Surprise team from 2014. 
Finally, Josh Beckett can’t buy a high five. 
With only a handful of games left, it’s time to cancel those social outings and strap in. Because the winter is long and you can see all those friends and business associates in the offseason. 

With the new TV season having kicked off into full swing this week  (my take: Sleepy Hollow is amazing. It’s the Picasso of modern television and I’ll support that absurd claim until I die), you are probably trying to figure out just what to watch. 

Well, you’ll probably want to tune in to these 8 shows starring Major League ballplayers including Tim Lincecum in American Horror Story: Freak Show and Adrian Beltre in the hot new game show Touch My Head. Check out the full list here

With the postseason upon us, me and my Cut4 pals have been putting together our postseason primers so you know just what to expect when tuning in. You can check out the full list of them here

And if you like dudes making insane defensive plays, then Andrelton Simmons may be for you.

A few other things from around the internet: 

Eno Sarris’ interview with Brandon Moss is one of the best. Funny, honest, insightful and jam packed full of stats. 

If you love goggles or Steve Pearce like I do (and you should), you may enjoy the All Surprise team from 2014

Finally, Josh Beckett can’t buy a high five

With only a handful of games left, it’s time to cancel those social outings and strap in. Because the winter is long and you can see all those friends and business associates in the offseason. 

Dale Thayer’s mustache is proof that there is good in the universe. It’s thick, it’s long, it’s a throwback to the 1860’s — what more could you ask for? 
Unfortunately, because of that, things do tend to get caught in there occasionally. Over at Cut4, I look at nine objects that got caught in there. 
Also, Clayton Kershaw threw an 8 IP, 9 K, 2 R start on Sunday. That raised his ERA to 1.70. Check out 13 facts about Kershaw’s outrageous season and career. 
And finally, in which I put my English degree to good use and reference Bartleby, The Scrivener in a post about a dog dressed as a hot dog. 
Some very good things you should be reading elsewhere: 
CJ Nitkowski has a very interesting look at the pitcher’s psyche following a player being hit in the head. 
The question to the answer you’ve long wanted to know: who has hit the longest home run at Coors Field.

Dale Thayer’s mustache is proof that there is good in the universe. It’s thick, it’s long, it’s a throwback to the 1860’s — what more could you ask for? 

Unfortunately, because of that, things do tend to get caught in there occasionally. Over at Cut4, I look at nine objects that got caught in there. 

Also, Clayton Kershaw threw an 8 IP, 9 K, 2 R start on Sunday. That raised his ERA to 1.70. Check out 13 facts about Kershaw’s outrageous season and career

And finally, in which I put my English degree to good use and reference Bartleby, The Scrivener in a post about a dog dressed as a hot dog

Some very good things you should be reading elsewhere: 

CJ Nitkowski has a very interesting look at the pitcher’s psyche following a player being hit in the head

The question to the answer you’ve long wanted to know: who has hit the longest home run at Coors Field.

Is there anything more majestic than a Wily Mo Pena home run? Is there anything more powerful than a Wily Mo Pena dinger? Is there anything more melodic than an announcer calling a Wily Mo Pena jack?

No. No, there’s not. So with Wily Mo Pena looking to return to the Majors next season, here are 34 homer-ific reasons why he should come back next year. Wily Mo! 

In other news:

Andrew McCutchen flew around the bases for an inside-the-park homer on Wednesday night. But was anyone faster? (Short answer: Yes. Long answer: read on and see)

And if you want to see the kind of things I do now that I know how to make GIFs, look no further than when Justin Verlander and a bee had a brief interlude. It will make my parents wonder why I ever bothered with college! 

A few other things from around the internet:

Carlos Gomez is easily startled, consoled. This is important … though I’m not quite sure why.

Not only is John Holdzkom a personal favorite of mine because he’s from indy ball — but he’s throwing a palmball, too! 

With that said, go forth and baseball! 

So you manage your kid’s Little League team or help captain your weekend softball club. And while you may be able to optimize your lineup and shift your fielders, do you really know how to get booted from a game?
Fortunately I’ve made a guide to help. From Lloyd McClendon swiping bags to Earl Weaver swearing up a storm, if you follow these tips from the pros, you’ll be getting ejected in no time. Click here to check it out. 
And because I’m obsessed with stirrup socks and always will be, here’s a brief retrospective on Josh Outman’s various socks. 
And a few things I have no hand in: 
Does a good team play up to their competition? Jeff Sullivan investigates.
Yesterday I wrote about my love of the independent leagues. Well, not only is John Holdzkom a graduate of indy ball, he’s also a Chelsea Peretti show caller. Amazing. The story of how Holdzkom made it to the Show despite being released from an indy club is even more amazing. 
Chris Gigley’s look at life for a Staten Island Yankees player is worth your time. Really captures how these players are really just kids living on their own for the first time. 
Now then, enjoy your weekends and go forth and baseball! 

So you manage your kid’s Little League team or help captain your weekend softball club. And while you may be able to optimize your lineup and shift your fielders, do you really know how to get booted from a game?

Fortunately I’ve made a guide to help. From Lloyd McClendon swiping bags to Earl Weaver swearing up a storm, if you follow these tips from the pros, you’ll be getting ejected in no time. Click here to check it out

And because I’m obsessed with stirrup socks and always will be, here’s a brief retrospective on Josh Outman’s various socks

And a few things I have no hand in: 

Does a good team play up to their competition? Jeff Sullivan investigates.

Yesterday I wrote about my love of the independent leagues. Well, not only is John Holdzkom a graduate of indy ball, he’s also a Chelsea Peretti show caller. Amazing. The story of how Holdzkom made it to the Show despite being released from an indy club is even more amazing. 

Chris Gigley’s look at life for a Staten Island Yankees player is worth your time. Really captures how these players are really just kids living on their own for the first time. 

Now then, enjoy your weekends and go forth and baseball! 

(Photo by Jacob Pomrenke)
I love independent baseball. Loooove it. There’s something so special about it — whether that it’s a former Major Leaguer looking for a final trip back to the Majors or a 25 year-old kid who just doesn’t want to quit. 
Over at Cut4, I looked at nine of the players you may be surprised are still giving it their all. Can you say Boof Bonser and a knuckleballing Tomo Ohka? Because I can. And did. 
And while you’re at it, why not relive the best of August. Because that was a pretty rad month, what with Adam Dunn pitching, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler only hitting home runs and the Nationals winning roughly 1,000 games on walk-offs. 
And finally, something that’s not actually baseball related. Since the end of the World Cup, I have gone full bore on soccer. I still miss plenty of the nuances of the game, but I’m getting there. Until then though, here’s my apology to the long-time fans of the game. Sorry that your Saturday morning Englsh Premier League routine will now include questions like, “What’s the difference between a 4-4-2 and a 4-3-3?”
Anyway, there’s only one more month of baseball. And that’s horribly depressing. So let’s go forth and soak as much of that up as we can. We’ll need it to get through the cold, dark winter months.

(Photo by Jacob Pomrenke)

I love independent baseball. Loooove it. There’s something so special about it — whether that it’s a former Major Leaguer looking for a final trip back to the Majors or a 25 year-old kid who just doesn’t want to quit. 

Over at Cut4, I looked at nine of the players you may be surprised are still giving it their all. Can you say Boof Bonser and a knuckleballing Tomo Ohka? Because I can. And did. 

And while you’re at it, why not relive the best of August. Because that was a pretty rad month, what with Adam Dunn pitching, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler only hitting home runs and the Nationals winning roughly 1,000 games on walk-offs

And finally, something that’s not actually baseball related. Since the end of the World Cup, I have gone full bore on soccer. I still miss plenty of the nuances of the game, but I’m getting there. Until then though, here’s my apology to the long-time fans of the gameSorry that your Saturday morning Englsh Premier League routine will now include questions like, “What’s the difference between a 4-4-2 and a 4-3-3?”

Anyway, there’s only one more month of baseball. And that’s horribly depressing. So let’s go forth and soak as much of that up as we can. We’ll need it to get through the cold, dark winter months.

Earlier this week, Hunter Pence and Michael Morse shared a very special moment. Naturally it meant that it was time to create a new meme. Check out some of them here. 
A few other things:
Recently I was in Houston. While there, I stuffed my face with a bevy of delicious food at Minute Maid Park. I break down advanced scouting report you’ll need for your next trip. (Spoiler alert): the BBQ is insanely good.) 
16 years ago today, Pedro Martinez wore a yoda mask. Enjoy.
And some things I had no hand in: 
The Cal Ripken bio-comic you had only dreamed of.
A lot of people are talking about ideas to improve pace of play. Only problem: taking time between pitches may be beneficial for both batters and pitchers.  
Grant Brisbee ranks the possible playoff matchups. I’m all about that Orioles - Royals face off. 
But what are you reading this for! There are baseball games on TV with playoff implications. Get to it. 

Earlier this week, Hunter Pence and Michael Morse shared a very special moment. Naturally it meant that it was time to create a new meme. Check out some of them here

A few other things:

Recently I was in Houston. While there, I stuffed my face with a bevy of delicious food at Minute Maid Park. I break down advanced scouting report you’ll need for your next trip. (Spoiler alert): the BBQ is insanely good.) 

16 years ago today, Pedro Martinez wore a yoda mask. Enjoy.

And some things I had no hand in: 

The Cal Ripken bio-comic you had only dreamed of.

A lot of people are talking about ideas to improve pace of play. Only problem: taking time between pitches may be beneficial for both batters and pitchers.  

Grant Brisbee ranks the possible playoff matchups. I’m all about that Orioles - Royals face off. 

But what are you reading this for! There are baseball games on TV with playoff implications. Get to it. 

The Fresno Grizzlies recently hosted their Taco Truck Throwdown. It’s an event that brings together 18 local taco trucks and pits them against each other to discover which is the best one in Fresno. 
Because I love to eat tacos, Mike Oz was kind enough to invite me up to Fresno for the day. Which meant I had to eat 18 tacos. Which sounds like something that is great. But by the end, it was more of a curse than a blessing. 
Check out the the blow by blow with the history of the event here. 
Some other things: 
If robots ever need to learn about human emotions, they’ll probably use this Pirates fan who felt more things in one inning than I have in years. 
Mascots are weird. But when it’s racing Presidents going up against pierogies going up against a lobster, well, that’s pretty great. 
From around the web: 
You’ve surely seen this already, but if not, Patrick Dubuque’s roster of Adam Dunn’s from OOTP is required reading. 
Odrismer Despaigne is the eephus master. 
Who are the most meddlesome managers? Ben Linbergh has the answer which certainly surprised me. 
Anyway, go forth and baseball! 

The Fresno Grizzlies recently hosted their Taco Truck Throwdown. It’s an event that brings together 18 local taco trucks and pits them against each other to discover which is the best one in Fresno. 

Because I love to eat tacos, Mike Oz was kind enough to invite me up to Fresno for the day. Which meant I had to eat 18 tacos. Which sounds like something that is great. But by the end, it was more of a curse than a blessing. 

Check out the the blow by blow with the history of the event here

Some other things: 

If robots ever need to learn about human emotions, they’ll probably use this Pirates fan who felt more things in one inning than I have in years. 

Mascots are weird. But when it’s racing Presidents going up against pierogies going up against a lobster, well, that’s pretty great. 

From around the web: 

You’ve surely seen this already, but if not, Patrick Dubuque’s roster of Adam Dunn’s from OOTP is required reading

Odrismer Despaigne is the eephus master

Who are the most meddlesome managers? Ben Linbergh has the answer which certainly surprised me. 

Anyway, go forth and baseball!