It’s June! Summer is here! Which, now that I’m not in school, I’m not sure why I get excited. Because it basically means that every time I meet someone, I’ll have to say, “Lovely to meet you. I’m sorry for all the sweat.” 
But before we jump headlong into this new month, let’s celebrate the month that was. Over at Cut4, I looked at the great performances, eephus pitches, position players pitching, and, of course, Tim Lincecum dressing up as a manager moments. Go read it. 
A few other things: 
Munenori Kawasaki (otherwise known as my personal hero) just celebrated his 33rd birthday the way any sane person would. He invented a new dance. 
RoboCop threw out the first pitch in Detroit last night. So of course that called for a scouting report. 
The Mets ate a record 103 cheesesteaks when they were in Philadelphia in April. I feel like some Mets fan out there needs to buy a Cheesesteak 103 jersey to celebrate this. 
And other very cool baseball things that I did not muddle up: 
Cee Angi is a wonderful writer. Vin Scully is a god among men. Put them together and you get this beautiful longform piece. 
Ben Lindbergh looks at the A’s really entertaining method of reviewing calls. 
Craig Robinson draws his local club’s vendors. I want to hire him to draw my beer vendor. 
And this one is really, really old, but I’ve found myself talking about Jeff King, a player who maybe hated baseball to a lot of people recently. It’s by Joe Posnanski so it’s worth reading.
My favorite quote from King: “Every time they play [the National Anthem], I have a bad day.”
Anyway, go forth and baseball. Or whatever. 

It’s June! Summer is here! Which, now that I’m not in school, I’m not sure why I get excited. Because it basically means that every time I meet someone, I’ll have to say, “Lovely to meet you. I’m sorry for all the sweat.” 

But before we jump headlong into this new month, let’s celebrate the month that was. Over at Cut4, I looked at the great performances, eephus pitches, position players pitching, and, of course, Tim Lincecum dressing up as a manager moments. Go read it

A few other things: 

Munenori Kawasaki (otherwise known as my personal hero) just celebrated his 33rd birthday the way any sane person would. He invented a new dance

RoboCop threw out the first pitch in Detroit last night. So of course that called for a scouting report

The Mets ate a record 103 cheesesteaks when they were in Philadelphia in April. I feel like some Mets fan out there needs to buy a Cheesesteak 103 jersey to celebrate this. 

And other very cool baseball things that I did not muddle up: 

Cee Angi is a wonderful writer. Vin Scully is a god among men. Put them together and you get this beautiful longform piece

Ben Lindbergh looks at the A’s really entertaining method of reviewing calls

Craig Robinson draws his local club’s vendors. I want to hire him to draw my beer vendor. 

And this one is really, really old, but I’ve found myself talking about Jeff King, a player who maybe hated baseball to a lot of people recently. It’s by Joe Posnanski so it’s worth reading.

My favorite quote from King: “Every time they play [the National Anthem], I have a bad day.

Anyway, go forth and baseball. Or whatever. 

Hello again! I hope everyone had a solid Memorial Day weekend and have seen Days of Future Past three to seven times by now. Because it’s amazing. (And for those who have, let’s chat about X-Men timelines, okay?)
As for other movies, I’m very much looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar starring Rust Cohle Matthew McConaughey. And the trailer even features some primo baseball action. Over at Cut4, I look at just what that scene could mean for the future of baseball in space. 
As for some other things of note: 
Check out the Astros’ mythical creature with a mustache of gold: Valentin Jalomo. 
It’s news every time it happens, but Bartolo Colon swung a bat! 
By now you’ve surely seen it, but if not: 50 Cent’s first pitch was a doozy. 
If you could wear a uniform number, what uniform number would you wear? I’m 9. For a variety of reasons. 
And some things I had no hand in writing:
You know those $30 for an all-time roster things? My sitemate Mike Bertha made one from baseball movies. It’s great. 
Mighty Flynn has done some beautiful stirrup pics to display. Mmm. Stirrups. 
Minnesota pitcher Cody Campbell’s, umm, Rally umm… Beard? 
League average heatmaps! That sounds like a symphony to these ears! 
Do you want to buy Stan Musial’s wallet with all of its contents? That’s a little morbid, but, sure, okay, go ahead. 
Jake Mintz on the eephus! 
Nori Aoki takes the best pictures! It’s true! 
Okay, that’s it for now. Go enjoy the weekend and remember to watch the skiis. I mean, skies. 

Hello again! I hope everyone had a solid Memorial Day weekend and have seen Days of Future Past three to seven times by now. Because it’s amazing. (And for those who have, let’s chat about X-Men timelines, okay?)

As for other movies, I’m very much looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar starring Rust Cohle Matthew McConaughey. And the trailer even features some primo baseball action. Over at Cut4, I look at just what that scene could mean for the future of baseball in space

As for some other things of note: 

Check out the Astros’ mythical creature with a mustache of gold: Valentin Jalomo. 

It’s news every time it happens, but Bartolo Colon swung a bat! 

By now you’ve surely seen it, but if not: 50 Cent’s first pitch was a doozy

If you could wear a uniform number, what uniform number would you wear? I’m 9. For a variety of reasons. 

And some things I had no hand in writing:

You know those $30 for an all-time roster things? My sitemate Mike Bertha made one from baseball movies. It’s great. 

Mighty Flynn has done some beautiful stirrup pics to display. Mmm. Stirrups. 

Minnesota pitcher Cody Campbell’s, umm, Rally umm… Beard

League average heatmaps! That sounds like a symphony to these ears! 

Do you want to buy Stan Musial’s wallet with all of its contents? That’s a little morbid, but, sure, okay, go ahead. 

Jake Mintz on the eephus

Nori Aoki takes the best pictures! It’s true! 

Okay, that’s it for now. Go enjoy the weekend and remember to watch the skiis. I mean, skies. 

Over at Cut4, I took an exhaustive and thorough look at the real lineup that matters this season: Sterling Cooper & Partners company softball lineup. 
How often does Don actually make it to games? Can Roger keep from going all Doc Ellis every time out? And can Ted and Peggy keep it civil in the outfield? All this and more is answered. 
And because we at Cut4 are hoping to become the source of all Mad Men and baseball intersection, please read Mike Bertha’s look at the Mets pennant that showed up as a metaphor for Don’s life last week. 
A few other things that you may have interest in reading: 
Pablo Sandoval is hilarious when swinging the bat
Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter hung out. Naturally, I assume Peyton Manning is offering a warning from the future. 
The Mets broadcasters confused a cat for a dog last night. Listening to Keith Hernandez debate a creature’s cathood is required. 
April may be over now, but why not re-live the very best moments from the month that was. Like Chris Colabello home runs with his mother in the stands. Or David Ortiz taking nearly 35 seconds to round the bases. Or 55 mph knuckleballs. 
Some other fun things from around the web: 
Dan Glickman covers Spider-Man at a Mets game.  
Matthew Kory’s look at Mookie Betts, owner of perhaps the best name in the minors, is, like most of Kory’s work, very, very good. 
Yasiel Puig is very fun. He is also very good. And this year, he’s added patience. Has that made him a better hitter? (Spoiler: yes.) 
Wily Mo Pena cranked out a home run, made a whirly bird sign. Like we all do. 

Over at Cut4, I took an exhaustive and thorough look at the real lineup that matters this season: Sterling Cooper & Partners company softball lineup

How often does Don actually make it to games? Can Roger keep from going all Doc Ellis every time out? And can Ted and Peggy keep it civil in the outfield? All this and more is answered. 

And because we at Cut4 are hoping to become the source of all Mad Men and baseball intersection, please read Mike Bertha’s look at the Mets pennant that showed up as a metaphor for Don’s life last week

A few other things that you may have interest in reading: 

Pablo Sandoval is hilarious when swinging the bat

Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter hung out. Naturally, I assume Peyton Manning is offering a warning from the future

The Mets broadcasters confused a cat for a dog last night. Listening to Keith Hernandez debate a creature’s cathood is required. 

April may be over now, but why not re-live the very best moments from the month that was. Like Chris Colabello home runs with his mother in the stands. Or David Ortiz taking nearly 35 seconds to round the bases. Or 55 mph knuckleballs. 

Some other fun things from around the web: 

Dan Glickman covers Spider-Man at a Mets game.  

Matthew Kory’s look at Mookie Betts, owner of perhaps the best name in the minors, is, like most of Kory’s work, very, very good. 

Yasiel Puig is very fun. He is also very good. And this year, he’s added patience. Has that made him a better hitter? (Spoiler: yes.) 

Wily Mo Pena cranked out a home run, made a whirly bird sign. Like we all do. 

Assuming that all of you have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and considering how much it’s earned, I’m certain that you have), there’s something else you need to know. HYDRA has infiltrated Major League Baseball and they are behind all the bloopers. That’s right, your favorite dropped catches, missed swings, and outright bizarre wackiness are all because of HYDRA. You’ll want to head over to Cut4 to find out all the details. 
And if you want to see Captain America keep ballplayers off of drugs, head over to Dan Glickman’s Baseball Continuum. I tell ya, Cap does everything. 
A few other things that I’ve done over at Cut4 in the last week that you may have missed: 
Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run last week. That’s crazy. Here are his five longest ones. He’s crazy strong. 
Help name the Cincinnati Zoo’s new baby giraffe “Ken Giraffe Jr.” I’m having a lot of fun with Photoshop these days. Also, baby giraffes! 
Here are a bunch of Brandon and Jonny Gomes puns. You know, for those nights when you need them. 
Felix Pie ran in from centerfield to yell at his pitcher. Pie knows pitching. 
And a few things I had no hand in: 
Obit of the Day looks at baseball’s oldest living player, Conrado Marrero. 
My favorite line of dialogue of all-time: "Hit a home run," said the dinosaur. 
31 players have had Tommy John surgery this year. Here are all those names. May your elbows soon find health. 
The new level of pitching excellence: The Nolan Ryan, a 7 IP+, 3 H ballgame. Johnny Cueto is all about them. 

Assuming that all of you have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and considering how much it’s earned, I’m certain that you have), there’s something else you need to know. HYDRA has infiltrated Major League Baseball and they are behind all the bloopers. That’s right, your favorite dropped catches, missed swings, and outright bizarre wackiness are all because of HYDRA. You’ll want to head over to Cut4 to find out all the details. 

And if you want to see Captain America keep ballplayers off of drugs, head over to Dan Glickman’s Baseball Continuum. I tell ya, Cap does everything. 

A few other things that I’ve done over at Cut4 in the last week that you may have missed: 

Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run last week. That’s crazy. Here are his five longest ones. He’s crazy strong. 

Help name the Cincinnati Zoo’s new baby giraffe “Ken Giraffe Jr.” I’m having a lot of fun with Photoshop these days. Also, baby giraffes! 

Here are a bunch of Brandon and Jonny Gomes puns. You know, for those nights when you need them. 

Felix Pie ran in from centerfield to yell at his pitcher. Pie knows pitching. 

And a few things I had no hand in: 

Obit of the Day looks at baseball’s oldest living player, Conrado Marrero

My favorite line of dialogue of all-time: "Hit a home run," said the dinosaur

31 players have had Tommy John surgery this year. Here are all those names. May your elbows soon find health. 

The new level of pitching excellence: The Nolan Ryan, a 7 IP+, 3 H ballgame. Johnny Cueto is all about them. 

Adam Lind may have gone on the DL, but that doesn’t mean that his goatee has! Over at Cut4, I took a look at the many wondrous, beautiful emotions that Adam Lind’s goatee experiences. If you don’t think that a beard has an emotional life, well, sir or madam, you are incorrect. 
Sadly, in a corresponding move for Lind’s DL trip, Munenori Kawasaki was sent down to AAA. But instead of getting depressed, I like to think that it’s less a demotion and more of a treat for the people that live in Buffalo, NY. 
Here are a few other things I did over at Cut4 recently: 
Bartolo Colon does everything 110%, including swinging out of his helmet. Because Bartolo Colon is the best. 
This is a video of a chicken playing baseball. What else do you really need to know? 
This is a cute dog playing catch. Again, what else do you really need to know? 
Anyway, that’s just a small smattering of the stuff going on over at Cut4, so come and check out all the other great writers every day. Like, just set up your computer to auto-refresh every 30 seconds. Just so you don’t miss anything. 
And some fun stuff from other writers around the webernet or whatever it’s called these days: 
Carson Cistulli has been collecting weird 19th century ballplayer deaths. Lew Brown’s is particularly unique. 
Yankees utilityman Dean Anna got to pitch a few innings the other night. As usual, any time a position player pitches, it’s a reason to celebrate. Here’s Anna’s scouting report as a pitcher. 

Adam Lind may have gone on the DL, but that doesn’t mean that his goatee has! Over at Cut4, I took a look at the many wondrous, beautiful emotions that Adam Lind’s goatee experiences. If you don’t think that a beard has an emotional life, well, sir or madam, you are incorrect. 

Sadly, in a corresponding move for Lind’s DL trip, Munenori Kawasaki was sent down to AAA. But instead of getting depressed, I like to think that it’s less a demotion and more of a treat for the people that live in Buffalo, NY. 

Here are a few other things I did over at Cut4 recently: 

Bartolo Colon does everything 110%, including swinging out of his helmet. Because Bartolo Colon is the best. 

This is a video of a chicken playing baseball. What else do you really need to know? 

This is a cute dog playing catch. Again, what else do you really need to know? 

Anyway, that’s just a small smattering of the stuff going on over at Cut4, so come and check out all the other great writers every day. Like, just set up your computer to auto-refresh every 30 seconds. Just so you don’t miss anything. 

And some fun stuff from other writers around the webernet or whatever it’s called these days: 

Carson Cistulli has been collecting weird 19th century ballplayer deaths. Lew Brown’s is particularly unique

Yankees utilityman Dean Anna got to pitch a few innings the other night. As usual, any time a position player pitches, it’s a reason to celebrate. Here’s Anna’s scouting report as a pitcher

Things You May Have Missed (Me Doing) While You Were Living Your Life

Sorry for the long delay without at least touching base, I hope not to be away for as long in the future. And I wanted to thank everyone for the kind notes and emails I received after announcing that I was headed to write for Cut4. I really appreciated them and was glad to hear from so many of you. 

It’s been a blast working over there and getting to write with some really phenomenal people, so here are just a few links to things that, if for some reason you weren’t constantly refreshing the Cut4 page, you may have missed: 

Brooklyn Cyclones to host Seinfeld night complet with Keith Hernandez ‘magic loogie’ bobbleheadYes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. 

Vin Scully and Jon Miller announce lineups. It’s a fun clip, though I’m particularly enthralled with Vin Scully yelping, “Yay!” 

Daniel Bryan’s “Yes!” chant has spread to Pirates dugout. I may not know a lot, or anything, about wrestling, but I do enjoy a good choreographed team-building exercise.

Can you spot what’s out of place in this Ryan Dempster-at-Wrigley photo?  It’s really tricky, recommended only for the most advanced I Spy players. 

And finally, the last thing I did before heading over to Cut4, I recorded a short essay for David Temple’s wonderful Stealing Home podcast on some fun ways to spice up Opening Day. Not that it needs it or anything, the day is already my favorite non-spooky holiday of the year. 

And because i’m not a complete narcissist, here are two pieces that I had nothing to do with that you should really check out if you haven’t. 

First, Yasiel Puig’s harrowing journey to America is an absolute must-read and will certainly change the way you view the player. 

And second, on the Effectively Wild podcast, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller spoke to Alejandro Aldama of the Independent Group for Baseball Investigation. Basically, the man responsible for bringing sabermetric research to Cuban baseball. It’s incredibly interesting hearing about that country’s own statistical revolution and how it differs from ours.  

A Kind of Goodbye

Almost four years ago, I started Old Time Family Baseball on a whim. Sitting at home after some minor surgery, watching a Royals game on MLB.tv, and missing my roommates after moving to Los Angeles, I started this, hoping that it would be nothing more than a way for us to keep in touch. 

That morphed over time, the blog eventually becoming my place to combine baseball and jokes and Batman and existential despair. Somehow, there were readers that seemed to like that. 

And thanks to all of you for reading and writing and sharing and telling me when my facts were wrong or my typos were egregious or my jokes were lazy, we built up a kind of community. I got to meet a lot of great people, both online and in real life, people that I consider great friends, even if we’ve only spent a small amount of time in the same physical space.

Eventually, one of those roommates, Will Hall, did join up, making the site even better and helping with the heavy lifting, producing some phenomenal content like a look at the state of baseball in BrazilYu Darvish with a time machinethe correlation between ballplayers and bagels, and tons of others. 

So with one week to go before our fourth birthday, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining MLB.com’s Cut4 on Monday to continue writing jokes about baseball and scouring the web for the platonic ideal of Mike Trout highlights and Munenori Kawasaki dance moves. I hope you’ll follow me over there as I’m excited to join the very talented team that is already in place. 

This does, however, mean that Old Time Family Baseball will be changing. I’ll still be here, touching base with my work at Cut4 and perhaps commenting on some of the wonderful work that all of the other great baseball writers are producing, but you’ll want to point your browsers over to Cut4 if you want the full kit and kaboodle. 

Will is starting up his own site, continuing his holy mission at Park Adjusted Saves (ParkAdjustedSaves.Tumblr.com), and you can still find both of us on Twitter (myself @clairbearattack and Will @manybothansdied), so I hope you’ll follow us there. And we’ll still have all the archives up, including a brand new collection of greatest hits, for you to waste hours of your life upon. 

Because OTFB isn’t ending, it’s just going 2.0, or something. 

See you on the internet,

Mike & Will

If INSERT BLANK TEAM Wins, You Win!!!!!!

This year, Gallery Furniture, a Houston furniture company is offering free furniture to any of their 500 customers who spend $6,300 hundred or less if the Astros lose fewer than 100 games. While Gallery Furniture will surely be hoping that the Astros make a run for the Philadelphia Phillies five year stretch of 100 loss seasons (made even more impressive by the 154 game schedule at the time), shoppers would do well to put faith in GM Jeff Luhnow and his team of misfits and Altuves. I mean, the Astros are 2-1 to start the year, at most they could lose 160 games. That probably won’t happen. 

But Gallery Furniture isn’t the only company putting up free product in exchange for baseball performance standards. Here are just a few of the other deals going around the league: 

  • Free oil change from Mickey’s Lube Shop if the Yankees have fewer than 1,000 days on the DL
  • One free shave or haircut at The Haircuttery if Red Sox cumulative beard length is longer than 30 feet
  • One free two hour parking space if Dodgers win 100 games
  • A free graphing calculator if Mike Trout posts a third consecutive 10+ WAR season
  • Free copy of Moneyball on BluRay and public apology from Joe Morgan if Athletics win the World Series
  • Free admission to the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art for every use of the Marlins home run device
  • One year of Tim Horton’s coffee if RA Dickey only throws knuckleballs, not a single fastball. 
  • One all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii if Justin Verlander reveals himself to be a space alien who just happens to play baseball
  • 75% off dance lessons at Tina and Lily’s Dance Services if Munenori Kawasaki is called up.
  • One free steak sub for every time Bartolo Colon reaches base

So keep your eyes on those box scores, bargain hunters, you just never know what may pop up. 

 

Over at Sports on Earth, I take a look at the craziest baseball series ever made: Team Astro. Seriously, in this superpowered baseball melodrama, there’s death, nudity, more death, buckets of blood, things that don’t make sense, and absolutely amazing hair like in the photo above. 
I may never have known about the series if it weren’t for Mighty Flynn pointing it out to me a few years ago, so now I owe him my life or something. Because after watching Team Astro, my whole philosophy for, like, life has changed or something. 
The show is available for screening on Hulu or DramaFever.com, but if you want to make sure it’s the show for you, click over to Sports on Earth to take a look. 

Over at Sports on Earth, I take a look at the craziest baseball series ever made: Team Astro. Seriously, in this superpowered baseball melodrama, there’s death, nudity, more death, buckets of blood, things that don’t make sense, and absolutely amazing hair like in the photo above. 

I may never have known about the series if it weren’t for Mighty Flynn pointing it out to me a few years ago, so now I owe him my life or something. Because after watching Team Astro, my whole philosophy for, like, life has changed or something. 

The show is available for screening on Hulu or DramaFever.com, but if you want to make sure it’s the show for you, click over to Sports on Earth to take a look. 

"This is mma hat, not yours." 
(For actual information on Kevin Mmahat and the source of the card, please check out The Greatest 21 Days) 

"This is mma hat, not yours." 

(For actual information on Kevin Mmahat and the source of the card, please check out The Greatest 21 Days