Archive for the ‘MLB’ Category

Players of the decade: Subjective opinion versus WAR

Posted: 19th July 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

I missed my exit on my way to see my girlfriend yesterday. The reason? I got wrapped up thinking about the best player in each decade of baseball history. Specifically, I was curious how my subjective opinion might compare to the leader from each decade for Wins Above Replacement. With the help of Baseball-Reference.com’s Play […]

One and done: 10 players with one-season careers

Posted: 16th July 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

A few years ago, I wrote about players with one-game careers. To expand on this, I looked for players who lasted a season, played regularly, and maybe did a thing or two well before vanishing from the majors. Here are 10 of the most memorable players with one season in the majors: 1. Buzz Arlett, […]

Not enough for another contract

Posted: 13th July 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

When a player is cut loose in baseball, generally the writing is on the wall and their production has suffered. Occasionally, though, players have decent, even good years and still are out of a contract. Here are 10 players who excelled in one way or another but had to move on when the season was […]

LeBron James and shifting landscapes

Posted: 11th July 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

Just a quick post, amidst the news this morning LeBron James will be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers… A thought occurred to me over the past couple weeks, during the prolonged wait to see where James would go. I realized James’ choice directly determined where several other players would go. Off the top of my […]

Tony Gwynn and the faces of their franchises

Posted: 16th June 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

Amid the tributes for San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn, who died Monday at 54, I decided to do a quick exercise. With respect to Dave Winfield or a young Ozzie Smith, Gwynn has always been the face of the Padres for me, the first player who comes to mind when I think of the […]

Josh Lueke and my past

Posted: 28th April 2014 by Graham Womack in MLB

WARNING: If you’ve experienced sexual violence or have strong feelings about the subject, this post may be triggering. I do not wish to re-victimize anyone with my words. _____________ Until recently, I stayed quiet every time someone tweeted about Josh Lueke. Many people on Twitter slam Lueke, the Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher, who pled […]

Notes from the 19th annual Pacific Coast League reunion

Posted: 25th August 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Rugger Ardizoia didn’t know he was the oldest living New York Yankee until a few days ago. It’s probably fitting. Though the 93-year-old San Francisco resident still keeps his team identification card in his wallet, he┬ácomes across soft-spoken and reserved, not one to boast about his past or demand attention for it. It’s probably appropriate […]

An interview with Sean Forman

Posted: 18th June 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB, Sean Forman

I joke sometimes that if I were ever marooned on a desert island and could bring one thing, I might take Baseball-Reference.com with me. The world’s greatest baseball website has enough content to keep a hardened fan or researcher occupied for months if not years. I’ve certainly killed weekends on it. I was lucky enough […]

Thoughts about a famous Vin Scully quote

Posted: 18th May 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: For support, not illumination. -Vin Scully Three years ago, in the early stages of this blog, I wrote a post suggesting the best eligible player not in the Hall of Fame. It was three years ago, granted, so I knew less about sabermetrics, less about […]

Tolerating the Hawk Harrelsons of baseball

Posted: 27th April 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

April 1987 marked the 40th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. On April 6 of that year, the ABC program “Nightline” had on baseball author Roger Kahn and the Dodgers executive who signed Robinson, Al Campanis as guests. At first, it went smoothly, with Kahn noting that his late friend Robinson might be […]