I love a good Jumbo. And when Jumbo Diaz was called up to the Reds over the weekend, it was a time for celebration. After all, I remember watching him pitch in the Dominican League three years ago when his team was sponsored by (seriously, this happened) Jumbos and it was the greatest night of my offseason baseball viewing life. (I like to break all of my life into convenient boxes like that.) 
Anyway, when he was called up, it was time to look at the epic history of Jumbos in the Major Leagues. Shockingly, there are a lot of them. Support Jumbos now! 
Also, when I haven’t been researching Jumbos, I’ve become obsessed with soccer. Why did no one ever tell me how exciting it was? Over at Cut4, I’ve also got a look at the terrifying truth that Brian Wilson and Portuguese football, Raul Meireles, are actually clones of each other. 
Other things from the internet related to baseball things: 
Masahiro Tanaka is a wizard. 
Will Hall has a few suggestions for bat flipping that ballplayers may want to consider. 
MIke Trout got his own shoe. Which is cool, yes, but it’s also a baseball cleat. When will I get to purchase a Mike Trout sneaker for day to day wear? That’s what I want to know. 
Frank Borghi: The baseball player turned soccer player who somehow was the hero of the 1950 World Cup.For America, at least. English fans probably don’t like him. 

I love a good Jumbo. And when Jumbo Diaz was called up to the Reds over the weekend, it was a time for celebration. After all, I remember watching him pitch in the Dominican League three years ago when his team was sponsored by (seriously, this happened) Jumbos and it was the greatest night of my offseason baseball viewing life. (I like to break all of my life into convenient boxes like that.) 

Anyway, when he was called up, it was time to look at the epic history of Jumbos in the Major Leagues. Shockingly, there are a lot of them. Support Jumbos now

Also, when I haven’t been researching Jumbos, I’ve become obsessed with soccer. Why did no one ever tell me how exciting it was? Over at Cut4, I’ve also got a look at the terrifying truth that Brian Wilson and Portuguese football, Raul Meireles, are actually clones of each other

Other things from the internet related to baseball things: 

Masahiro Tanaka is a wizard

Will Hall has a few suggestions for bat flipping that ballplayers may want to consider

MIke Trout got his own shoe. Which is cool, yes, but it’s also a baseball cleat. When will I get to purchase a Mike Trout sneaker for day to day wear? That’s what I want to know. 

Frank Borghi: The baseball player turned soccer player who somehow was the hero of the 1950 World Cup.For America, at least. English fans probably don’t like him. 

It’s official, I have been completely consumed with World Cup fever. And while I still don’t really understand what’s going on and while it seems like the world’s best players have real difficulty actually shooting at the goal, I have to say I have been completely swayed by all of the soccer love going on. 
And because I’m now a soccer expert, I break down the 8 times that baseball players thought they were playing soccer over at Cut4. All of the square-balls, clearing the lines, and other bits of soccer goodness you can handle! 
And some other things going on: 
Dee Gordon has 37 steals. And while he’s got a long road ahead of him to reach 100 on the year, becoming the first since Vince Coleman, it’s not impossible. In fact, he’s already ahead of two of Rickey Henderson’s 100 SB seasons. And that’s insane. Check out the chart and all the facts. 
Never thought a zombie outbreak was possible on a Raul Ibanez foul ball? That’s where you’re wrong. (This could explain Ibanez’s career path, now that you think about it…)
Johnny Cueto failed to break his bat over his knee. This gives me social anxiety.
Do you want to see my goony face? Ricardo, Mina, and Danny of The Wonder Bat invited me on their video podcast. They’re great. I’m goony. Enjoy! 


And the other cool things from around the web: 
Speaking of people breaking bats over their knees, do you like that sort of thing? Of course you. Here are a bunch of them in convenient gif form. 
I love keeping score at a ballgame. I’ve been doing it ever since I took over for my coach on my Little League teams. Have you always wanted to, but didn’t know where to begin? This primer is for you. 
Every Hall of Famer has made it to Carlton Fisk! More forever! 
Craig Robinson has made the piece I’ve always desired. Team names written out as if they were the design elements on New Order albums. 
Are hitters becoming too passive? Dave Cameron asks the questions. You decide. Or something. 
Anyway, that’s all for now. I have to go out and find a pre-owned copy of FIFA because I can’t stop thinking about the World Cup. Quick, someone tell me who the utility infielders are of the soccer world, so I can become their #1 fan. 

It’s official, I have been completely consumed with World Cup fever. And while I still don’t really understand what’s going on and while it seems like the world’s best players have real difficulty actually shooting at the goal, I have to say I have been completely swayed by all of the soccer love going on. 

And because I’m now a soccer expert, I break down the 8 times that baseball players thought they were playing soccer over at Cut4. All of the square-balls, clearing the lines, and other bits of soccer goodness you can handle! 

And some other things going on: 

Dee Gordon has 37 steals. And while he’s got a long road ahead of him to reach 100 on the year, becoming the first since Vince Coleman, it’s not impossible. In fact, he’s already ahead of two of Rickey Henderson’s 100 SB seasons. And that’s insane. Check out the chart and all the facts

Never thought a zombie outbreak was possible on a Raul Ibanez foul ball? That’s where you’re wrong. (This could explain Ibanez’s career path, now that you think about it…)

Johnny Cueto failed to break his bat over his knee. This gives me social anxiety.

Do you want to see my goony face? Ricardo, Mina, and Danny of The Wonder Bat invited me on their video podcast. They’re great. I’m goony. Enjoy

And the other cool things from around the web: 

Speaking of people breaking bats over their knees, do you like that sort of thing? Of course you. Here are a bunch of them in convenient gif form

I love keeping score at a ballgame. I’ve been doing it ever since I took over for my coach on my Little League teams. Have you always wanted to, but didn’t know where to begin? This primer is for you

Every Hall of Famer has made it to Carlton Fisk! More forever! 

Craig Robinson has made the piece I’ve always desired. Team names written out as if they were the design elements on New Order albums

Are hitters becoming too passive? Dave Cameron asks the questions. You decide. Or something. 

Anyway, that’s all for now. I have to go out and find a pre-owned copy of FIFA because I can’t stop thinking about the World Cup. Quick, someone tell me who the utility infielders are of the soccer world, so I can become their #1 fan. 

This is Steve Hamilton’s “Folly Floater.” It’s an eephus pitch that an NL umpire ruled illegal because the NL “isn’t a halfway league.” 

But why is the Folly Flaoter something we’re discussing today? Why, because Steve Hamilton is one of the rare people to play in both the NBA and MLB. In fact, there are only a dozen of them. I wrote about all of them over at Cut4 so check it out. 

(Also, is Tim Duncan the highlander? Some kind of wizard? A ghoul who subsists on corpses for strength? I remember pretending to be him on the nerf hoop in my room, so how is he still playing professional basketball?)

Some other things you should see: 

The Potomac Nationals are giving away a Jayson Werth bobblebeard. That’s right, a bobblebeard. A bobble. Beard. 

Read this one in a dark room and prepare to get spooked. Because these life-size Chase Utley bobbleheads are terrifying

And for other cool things: 

Henderson Alvarez is quickly jumping up the Maddux leaderboard. I know, I didn’t expect it either. 

I often lament the poor choice of walk-up music. For the Durham Bulls the other night, that wasn’t an issue as it was Merge Records night

Paul Lukas with some very fun uniform firsts

Now then, if you’ll excuse me, I have to figure out who is the utility infielder-equivalent on America’s World Cup soccer team.

(Image via Robert Edward Auctions)
As you prepare your juleps and await to see if California Chrome can become the first horse since Affliction Affirmation to win the Triple Crown, I would like to draw your attention somewhere else. Naturally, that place is the history of horses in baseball. The truth will shock you. Or something. 
Check out the piece here. 
A few other things: 
Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw squared off in an impersonation contest. This will be the new sport to sweep the land. 
Mark Teixeira is the best thing on TV. 
And things I had no hand in: 
What do the Jays need from Marcus Stroman? Jason Wojciechowski has the answers. 
My fellow Cut4-er, Dakota Gardner, has an interesting story about Lefty Brewer who lost his life in Normandy. 
Roar of the Tigers is back! For those that love baseball cartoons, this is some truly phenomenal news. 
I’ve never wanted a Barbie doll so bad before now. 
Jeff Sullivan has the month’s wildest swings. Mmmm. This is good fun. 
Now, then, back to your regularly scheduled horseracing program or what have you. 

(Image via Robert Edward Auctions)

As you prepare your juleps and await to see if California Chrome can become the first horse since Affliction Affirmation to win the Triple Crown, I would like to draw your attention somewhere else. Naturally, that place is the history of horses in baseball. The truth will shock you. Or something. 

Check out the piece here

A few other things: 

Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw squared off in an impersonation contest. This will be the new sport to sweep the land. 

Mark Teixeira is the best thing on TV

And things I had no hand in: 

What do the Jays need from Marcus Stroman? Jason Wojciechowski has the answers

My fellow Cut4-er, Dakota Gardner, has an interesting story about Lefty Brewer who lost his life in Normandy

Roar of the Tigers is back! For those that love baseball cartoons, this is some truly phenomenal news. 

I’ve never wanted a Barbie doll so bad before now

Jeff Sullivan has the month’s wildest swings. Mmmm. This is good fun. 

Now, then, back to your regularly scheduled horseracing program or what have you. 

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.