Bill James

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    January 21, 2013

    Remembering Stan Musial

    It's a truism that American men are first conscious of their own mortality when their fathers die, but I would argue that such consciousness is a process for the average American male that usually begins earlier, the men pictured on his baseball cards start dying. When I was a kid in 1963, Stan Mus ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    What to Make of Cooperstown and The Hall of Fame No-Vote

    A friend writes: "Did you see Tyler Kepner's proposed reform for the HOF voting process in the NY Times today? I largely agree with him, with one big exception: he wants to keep all the voting secret. Sorry, we're not electing a president or a pope here. I say voters should not only have to make th ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    A-Rod's Not The Yankees' Only Playoff Goat

    I've always resisted the idea that clutch hitting exists, I guess because I don't like the notion that baseball is something more than a game - that it brings out something heroic in an athlete. I pretty much agree with Bill James's early assessment on the topic, which was that what a batter hits ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Dickey V. Gonzalez In Battle For Cy Young Love

    Tonight's matchup of the Mets and Washington Nationals gets about as anticipated as a game can get with no postseason at stake. The Mets, after all, have had just two Cy Young winners in their 50 year history -- Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985). I don't know whether R.A. Di ... More >>

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    March 17, 2012

    Michael Pineda: Let's Hold The Worry

    What a difference four miles per hour can make. Actually, three. If Michael Pineda's fastball down in Tampa was slamming into catcher Russell Martin's mitt at just 95 mph -- and I say "just" because it was known last year to hit 96 and sometimes 97 -- Pineda would not be on the verge of pushing Ma ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2011

    Bowling for Chumps

    How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities

  • Film

    September 21, 2011

    The Formulas Work in Moneyball

    Field of statistically knowable dreams

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    September 14, 2011

    The Day The Yankees Tried to Trade Mariano Rivera

    Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...

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    August 8, 2011

    C.C. Sabathia: Just How Big a Problem?

    Sabathia: Weighty issue.​Everything about C.C. Sabathia is big, so I guess it's natural that his flaws are also big. After Saturday's disastrous outing with a 10-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway, Yankees fans must be worrying that C.C.'s big flaw could be fatal. You may have thought that Sunda ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Mariano Rivera: Even the Outsiders Pitch In On His Greatness

    Rivera deliversMariano Rivera's 1000th appearance in a Yankees uniform has triggered a slew of analytical articles examining various aspects of his greatness. Oddly enough, the most interesting ones didn't come from the mainstream New York press. One of the best was by David Pinto, formerly of Bas ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Willie Mays Turns 80, and He's STILL Not the Greatest Player Ever

    ​Willie Mays turned 80 on Friday, and, as happens every few years, there was another shower of praise for Willie and testimonials to his having been the greatest player in baseball history. With every year Willie's stature grows, partly because he was fabulous and very well could have been th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Roger Maris for the Hall? No, It's Still Not a Good Idea

    ​Every few years, like a bad idea whose time has come, the argument for Roger Maris and the Hall of Fame springs up again. There have been several lately, no doubt spurred by the 50th anniversary of the Maris-Mantle home run chase in 1961 when both Yankee sluggers went after Babe Ruth's single ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Duke Snider, 1926-2011

    ​If you have ties to Brooklyn and follow baseball, you probably feel a little older today. Edwin "Duke" Snider wasn't the best ballplayer of the 1950s - he wasn't even the second best centerfielder in New York - but he was good enough to drive in more runs than any other player during the dec ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2011
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    June 9, 2010

    Stephen Strasburg's Debut: Not As Great As You Think

    "Cy Young Award To Be Renamed After Stephen Strasburg," writes Frank Coffey on Not quite yet. The Washington Nationals' Steve Strasburg's major league debut last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates was pretty darned good, but by one measure it wasn't even one of the 10 best debuts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Dwight Gooden? Have These Guys Never Heard Of a Guy Named Seaver?

    ​The Lineup lost its last shred of credibility this week -- I think I used this lead a few weeks ago but I'm going to use it again -- with their selection for New York baseball's greatest all-time pitcher. Not with the selection of Mariano Rivera as best closer -- thankfully no one embarrassed ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Come On, Get Marvin Miller into the Hall Already

    ​Marvin Miller established the Major League Ballplayers Association, made it the most effective union in the country, and in the process became what former Dodgers broadcaster Red Barber called, "along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, one of the three most important men in baseball history. ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Jockbeat: The Real MVP of Baseball, Going by Stats

    Who's the most complete player in baseball?  According to baseball writer Dave Fleming, he's the only guy of the 2008 season who batted above .275, hit for power, drew at least 60-70 walks a year, stole more than 20 bases (and was successful at least 75 percent of the time), was a good fielder ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Jockbeat: Another Dumb Hall of Fame Choice

    How is it, in an era when more and more information and analysis is readily available, do Hall of Fame voters keep making dumber and dumber selections.  Of course, Rickey Henderson, the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history, is a smart choice, but former Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice, right ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2007

    Rookies of the Year

    Tyshawn Sorey's provocations lead a pack of notable 2007 debuts

  • News

    November 27, 2007

    Hall of Shame

    Once again, one of baseball's greatest is overlooked for his place in Cooperstown

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    October 30, 2007

    A-Rod U-Turn?

    Torre's gone, but the slugger may return

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    May 29, 2007

    Farm Aid for the Bronx?

    Minor league neglect and a baffling innumeracy have doomed the Yankees

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    May 8, 2007

    Doing Pennants

    Steinbrenner can't pay too much for what he really wants

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    May 1, 2007

    Bring Me the Head of Joe Torre

    Hey, it was nice while it lasted. And so was the Yankee skipper. Probably too nice for a last-place team.

  • Music

    December 5, 2006

    Fractious Grammar

    More fun with freshly revived old masters and wily young students

  • NYC Life

    August 22, 2006

    Atlas Slugged

    Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest Yankees ever. And the whole world is on his back?

  • News

    August 19, 2003

    MLB Whiffs Once Again

    Was There a Rose Agreement? Don’t Bet Against It.

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    July 22, 2003
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    April 1, 2003

    Yanks Don't Quite Add Up

    Subtraction and Division Problems

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    October 22, 2002
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    August 6, 2002

    Say Hey! The Results of Our Quiz

    The Winners? Brian Calandra and Willie Mays.

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    July 16, 2002

    The First Annual Cryogenic Baseball Quiz

    Figure Out These Freeze Frames of History and Win a Prize or Two

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    July 9, 2002
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    April 30, 2002

    Gorillas in Our Midst

    They're All Going to Cooperstown. Which Ones Will Have to Pay Admission?

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    March 19, 2002

    The Stat-Head Revolution

    Geeks Infiltrate Baseball's Front Offices; Conventional Wisdom Flees

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    January 22, 2002
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    December 11, 2001

    The Numbers Game

    New-School Baseball Stats From A to Z

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    June 6, 2000
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    May 30, 2000


    Baseball Literary Supplement

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    May 2, 2000

    Baseball Abstract

    An Artist Plots the Perfect Game

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    April 4, 2000

    Yanks: Three-peat or De-feat?

    Baseball in the Big Apple: Two Teams, One Ticket-Tape Parade

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    January 25, 2000
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    August 10, 1999
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    July 6, 1999
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    March 30, 1999

    Open Season

    Luck Be a Yankee Tonight

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    February 23, 1999

    Rocket Science

    The FAQs about the Yankees' big deal

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    November 3, 1998

    Wait Till Next Year!

    Will The Yankee Juggernaut Crash In '99?

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    September 22, 1998

    Swinging Sixties

    An Analysis of an Exclusive Baseball Club