Baseball

The Nerds of Summer

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In 2015, a pair of stat-savvy writers, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, entered the world of independent minor league baseball. Every move they make with the Sonoma Stompers will be either an indictment or endorsement of stats-based decision making.

On Baseball, the Dodgers, and Ritual

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I’ve been trying to figure out what kept me with baseball—why I watched ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” why I loved game-of-the-night broadcasts with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan for what felt like every night of summer in Ohio. But every potential answer to the question just makes me wonder even more: Why the hell do I love even the boring things about a sport that’s already so tedious?

Game 7, 1986

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My focus was on winning a World Series for the New York Mets, one hundred percent. But even as a big-league sapling, now three full seasons into my career, I still scoured the box scores each day during the season to see how the Red Sox were doing. On some level, I was still that seven-year-old kid from the summer of 1967, pulling for Carl Yastrzemski and the Boston Red Sox.

All-Star Baseball: What Matters is Feeling

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It’s perfectly reasonable that Tim would take me for a Strat-O-Matic fan. I write about baseball professionally; I wear t-shirts of long-retired, somewhat obscure players out in public; and I can name you the MVPs of the last 40 World Series pretty much off the top of my head.

A Road Trip to the Cactus League

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I figured if spring training could get me through five seasons of bad Mets baseball, it should also be the perfect way to reignite my obsession with the game. In order to do that I decided to drive into the desert and see as many Cactus League games as possible.

What’s Eephus?

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The eephus pitch is a wondrous thing found rarely in the game of baseball. Its originator, Rip Sewell, was a journeyman minor leaguer with average abilities until a hunting accident forced him to rework his delivery…