The last knuckleballer to pitch for every AL team

With R.A. Dickey being the only knuckleballer to likely have a spot in his team's rotation for 2014, it kinda made me wonder when the last time each team had a knuckleballer pitch for them. Kinda surprised that, from what I could find, the Yankees haven't had a true knuckleball pitcher since Joe Niekro. Also, … Continue reading The last knuckleballer to pitch for every AL team

On Tim Wakefield and the knuckleball

I remember the first time I became aware of the knuckleball. I was playing All-Star Baseball 99 on the N64. I didn't really know much about baseball, but I liked the Oakland A's because they were the local team. And I already pretty much knew I'd never be able to root for Barry Bonds. One … Continue reading On Tim Wakefield and the knuckleball

Bad baseball players

Wins Above Replacement, WAR, is a stat showing basically how much better a certain player is than an average, replacement-level player. Click here for a better explanation. Basically, a 0.0 WAR player is no better or no worse than the everyday player. He won't make an All-Star team, but he's hitting above the Mendoza Line. … Continue reading Bad baseball players

Why I’m not rooting for the Giants

OK, I'm starting to get a little tired of the premise that because I live in the Bay Area, because I largely grew up in the Bay Area, that I am a fan of a Bay Area team, I should root for the Giants to win the World Series. Sure, San Francisco fans. A valid … Continue reading Why I’m not rooting for the Giants

My baseball list

Motivated by a friend's Facebook post, where she wrote about all of the baseball stadiums she's been to — an impressive list, 18 out of 30 — I figured I'd do the same. Mine isn't quite as lengthy, but here goes. Network Associates Coliseum/McAfee Coliseum/Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: "(Oakland) is this kind of town: You have … Continue reading My baseball list

Cardinal sin

There are some things most credible journalists just know: 1. It's called deadline for a reason. 2. More than, not over. 3. The press pass around your neck means you're here working, not to be a fan. Apparently, some credentialed media members at Sunday's Bengals/Broncos preseason game forgot that last one. A photographer and a … Continue reading Cardinal sin

My All-Star picks

This is a fun little exercise, especially since each team has to have at least one representative. The All-Star rosters will be announced tomorrow. They had things called "campaign managers" for players... such as Eric Chavez (.234 BA, 31/8 K/BB in 33 games as DH?) and Brandon Wood (.179 BA, .199 OBP). Starters: American League … Continue reading My All-Star picks

Have glove, will travel

Knuckleballers are a funny sort. They usually have designated catchers. Jason Varitek, a 3-time All-Star catcher for the Red Sox, doesn't catch longtime Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He struggles to catch the knuckleball, so usually, Boston has the backup catcher behind the plate when Wakefield pitches. It's probably the hardest pitch in baseball to catch. … Continue reading Have glove, will travel

Strasburg

That 99 mile-per-hour fastball with English wasn't always there. Neither was the slider that buckled knees nor the changeup that made batters flinch. Stephen Strasburg didn't always have the cool confidence to take down Major League* hitters. *OK, OK, those 14 batters he struck out were Pittsburgh Pirates, but still... He learned those things from … Continue reading Strasburg