Lamenting Barry Zito

Here’s the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi, a regular Wednesday and Saturday contributor. ________________ I first saw Barry Zito, the struggling San Francisco Giant pitcher, during the summer of 2000. On a perfect California evening Zito, then with the AAA Sacramento River Cats, was going through his unique pre-game stretching yoga exercises in a … Continue reading Lamenting Barry Zito

What am I, the Barry Zito of sales?

I have been pleased to see that Barry Zito has put together some strong outings as of late, including a 7-inning effort in the San Francisco Giants 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies last night.  It certainly hasn’t been a smooth ride for the former Cy Young Award winner the past few years.  One minute … Continue reading What am I, the Barry Zito of sales?

The only thing ‘Moneyball’ is missing? The 2002 Oakland Athletics

Editor’s Note: Please welcome my friend Thia Bonadies to the site. I approached Thia last week about reviewing “Moneyball” here since she may be the biggest A’s fan I know and has written professionally. It’s my pleasure to present her piece. ____________________ So, Moneyball. Yeah, it came out. A while ago now– well, at least … Continue reading The only thing ‘Moneyball’ is missing? The 2002 Oakland Athletics

Any player/Any era: Eddie Lopat

Editor’s note: I apologize for the lateness of this week’s edition of “Any  player/Any era.” I’ve gotten behind in my writing recently and will work to maintain a regular posting schedule in the future. What he did: Part of the triumvirate of New York Yankee aces in the late 1940s and early ’50s with Allie … Continue reading Any player/Any era: Eddie Lopat

My 2010 NL and AL All Star ballot

As regular readers may know, I joined the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America a few months ago. Duties for club members are fairly light, though one of the things we do is cast token votes on mid-season awards and All Star selections. I’m proud to offer my first ballots: American League POSITION/ AWARD NAME … Continue reading My 2010 NL and AL All Star ballot

Potential employers: Do they like the Giants or the Dodgers?

I interviewed this morning for a copy writing position with CafePress, a web company in San Mateo, and baseball came up in conversation with my potential employers. I met first with the head recruiter, and we hit it off.  Besides going to the same college, I learned we are both fans of the San Francisco … Continue reading Potential employers: Do they like the Giants or the Dodgers?

Special Holliday meal

My previous post in this space ranked the worst baseball trades of all-time, and I included a deal between the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals that netted Mark McGwire for three forgotten prospects. After hearing the news on Friday that the A’s and Cardinals had made another deal, this time sending Matt Holliday to … Continue reading Special Holliday meal

Why Oral Baseball History Tells a Better Story Than Sabermetrics

Editor’s note: Joe Guzzardi wrote this article, but I agree wholeheartedly. At least for me, the magic of baseball is in its history. Statistics tell only a part of the story. _______________ I consider myself a middling baseball fan. Outside of the three teams I root for, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics and … Continue reading Why Oral Baseball History Tells a Better Story Than Sabermetrics