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! 

Raul Ibanez has had one hell of a career. He never had 300 PA until he was 29 years old. His first 30 home run season came when he was 34. His best year and lone All-Star appearance came when he was 37. He’s like the Jamie Moyer or Highlander of hitting. (Strange that both players are largely associated with Seattle. Jamie Moyer, that is. Highlander has not, to my knowledge played with Seattle.) 
Unfortunately, Ibanez’s scoreboard photo could use some work. After the Giants broadcasters pointed out that it could use some Photoshopping, that’s what I did. Click over to Cut4 to take a look at a few new options. 
A few other things:
Derek Jeter just passed Honus Wagner for sixth all-time in hits. But who was better? And which player has a better go-to emoji? 
Coco Crisp has a goatee on the back of his head. I think. 
And things I had no hand in: 
The issue of SHAZAM that is more important than, arguably, the Declaration of Independence. There, I said it. It’s out there. 
If you like beer and baseball, then this craft beer ranking of the Majors is for you. 
I love position players pitching. Here are five notable appearances through history. 
I want all of these art prints. 
Anyway, at the time of this writing, the Royals are leading the Athletics. If they can hold on, they will have a half game lead in the AL Central. 
That’s the way baseball go. 

Raul Ibanez has had one hell of a career. He never had 300 PA until he was 29 years old. His first 30 home run season came when he was 34. His best year and lone All-Star appearance came when he was 37. He’s like the Jamie Moyer or Highlander of hitting. (Strange that both players are largely associated with Seattle. Jamie Moyer, that is. Highlander has not, to my knowledge played with Seattle.) 

Unfortunately, Ibanez’s scoreboard photo could use some work. After the Giants broadcasters pointed out that it could use some Photoshopping, that’s what I did. Click over to Cut4 to take a look at a few new options

A few other things:

Derek Jeter just passed Honus Wagner for sixth all-time in hits. But who was better? And which player has a better go-to emoji? 

Coco Crisp has a goatee on the back of his head. I think. 

And things I had no hand in: 

The issue of SHAZAM that is more important than, arguably, the Declaration of Independence. There, I said it. It’s out there. 

If you like beer and baseball, then this craft beer ranking of the Majors is for you

I love position players pitching. Here are five notable appearances through history. 

I want all of these art prints

Anyway, at the time of this writing, the Royals are leading the Athletics. If they can hold on, they will have a half game lead in the AL Central. 

That’s the way baseball go. 

The Post-SABR blues

Hello all! Sorry it’s been so long between updates. This past month was crazy though with trips to Boston, Connecticut, and New York before finally ending up at SABR 44 in Houston.

For anyone that has not attended a SABR convention and has wondered if you should, let me ask you a few questions.

  • Do you like baseball? 
  • Do you like talking about baseball?
  • Do you like any of history, statistics, stories, or controversies? 
  • Do you like attending baseball games?
  • Do you like drinking beer while talking about baseball?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, a SABR convention is probably for you. Next year will be in Chicago and I expect to see all of you there. 

Anyway, a few things I’ve done recently. 

You’ve never seen excitement over “Careless Whisper” like this before. Or, you know what, you probably have. 

Javier Baez has come up and already has three home runs. Is this the sign of the apocalypse? Possibly. 

If you missed it, Adam Dunn made his pitching debut. It was the best. 

And some things I had no hand in: 

Retrosheet is the greatest gift to baseball researchers. Here are the games that ‘broke’ Retrosheet.

Do you love gruesome 19th century baseball deaths? Carson Cistulli does. And we all reap the benefits. 

Have you considered becoming a baseball card store owner? Yeah… you may want to rethink that

The Smithsonian with their most important research yet: who has the best facial hair in baseball history?

Ever thought about handicapping ballgames? I have. But then Patrick Dubuque actually did something about it

Now then, go forth and baseball! And whatnot! 

It’s the All-Star break! Which means that we have two days of baseball-free television. Which is a terrible thing. Now I must decide between re-watching True Detective and questioning the purpose of existence or watching superhero cartoons on Netflix. Actually, both of those sound good. 
But now that we’re in the afterglow of All-Star weekend, we can look forward. To ways that we can make All-Star weekend even better with things like strongman competitions and position player pitchoffs. Head over to Sports on Earth to take a look. 
And while we’re taking a short respite from baseball, why not relive the ten best moments from earlier this season? Turns out, everything about baseball is great! 
A few other baubles of interest: 
We may not be able to predict the future, but the Futures Game does a pretty good job of it. Here are 8 of the best Futures Game performances from future stars. How many times did I say future just now? 
What if the World Series was like the World Cup? Turns out baseball would be pretty darn different. 
And some other fun things from the internet world: 
Watch Mike Trout rob Mike Trout of a home run. One day a President will win election on a platform like this. 
Ever wondered what Craig Robinson thinks about when he pees? Wonder no more! 
You may not realize it, but I’m a Steve Pearce fanatic. So this Beyond the Box Score piece that examines his breakout is like a soothing balm over my entire body. Speaking of, maybe I should rub a soothing balm over my entire body. 
That tattoo I’ve always needed. 

It’s the All-Star break! Which means that we have two days of baseball-free television. Which is a terrible thing. Now I must decide between re-watching True Detective and questioning the purpose of existence or watching superhero cartoons on Netflix. Actually, both of those sound good. 

But now that we’re in the afterglow of All-Star weekend, we can look forward. To ways that we can make All-Star weekend even better with things like strongman competitions and position player pitchoffs. Head over to Sports on Earth to take a look

And while we’re taking a short respite from baseball, why not relive the ten best moments from earlier this season? Turns out, everything about baseball is great! 

A few other baubles of interest: 

We may not be able to predict the future, but the Futures Game does a pretty good job of it. Here are 8 of the best Futures Game performances from future stars. How many times did I say future just now? 

What if the World Series was like the World CupTurns out baseball would be pretty darn different. 

And some other fun things from the internet world: 

Watch Mike Trout rob Mike Trout of a home run. One day a President will win election on a platform like this. 

Ever wondered what Craig Robinson thinks about when he pees? Wonder no more! 

You may not realize it, but I’m a Steve Pearce fanatic. So this Beyond the Box Score piece that examines his breakout is like a soothing balm over my entire body. Speaking of, maybe I should rub a soothing balm over my entire body. 

That tattoo I’ve always needed

So while this would have been better timed before Sean Doolittle walked his second batter of the year and gave up a walk-off grand slam, the point still holds: Sean Doolittle is amazingly dominant. How is he so amazingly dominant? His beard. All the science and stuff at Cut4

Other stuff: 

Miguel Cabrera got his swole on by lifting Jose Altuve. Good workout tips. 

There are Lovecraftian monsters at Coors Field. This is just fact. 

From around the web: 

RA Dickey is coming out with a kids book! Hooray for knuckleballers turned authors. 

Want to know more about the Futures Game rosters? John Sickels has the breakdown

Look: it’s Justin Verlander in a US kit! World Cup! 

And on that note, it’s time to head out to the local sporting pub and cheer for those United States soccer boyz!