MLB Essays

More Thoughts About Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner

133

What sort of commissioner have the owners just elected?

The 1994 MLB Strike, 20 Years After

81

Baseball nearly committed suicide with the 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series. Now, it's a stronger sport than ever. How did we get here?

MLB Games Are Too Damn Long

210

Baseball has no clock... but games have been getting longer and longer. How can the sport fix this?

2014 Cubs & MLB Bullpens: How Many RP Is Right?

69

The Cubs have used an eight-man bullpen most of 2014. Is this a trend?

Hall Of Fame Changes Voting Procedures

37

Will it make any difference? (Hint: Probably not.)

Yu Darvish: MLB Teams Should Have 6-Man Rotations

307

The Rangers righthander has put forth an intriguing idea, based on what Japanese teams do.

Heroes and Goats: All-Star Edition

9

Mike Trout takes the unofficial BCB 2014 All-Star Superhero award with his two-hit, two-RBI performance in the 2014 All-Star Game.

All-Star Game Recap: Must-Not-See TV

207

There are good reasons why people are turning off the All-Star Game. Most of those reasons have the word "Fox" in them.

Still More Samardzija/Hammel Trade Analysis

279

Another calmed-down look at the blockbuster deal.

Russell, McKinney Join An Already Strong System

69

With this trade, the Cubs have the number one farm system in baseball.

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Baseball Has Nothing To Fear From Soccer

160

With the World Cup grabbing the national headlines, some are using it as an excuse to predict the death of baseball. They're wrong.

International Free-Agent Season: This Time Around

18

In the final part of this series, here are a few guesses as to what might happen in early July internationally.

International Free-Agent Draft: Pros And Cons

7

This is a version of point-counterpoint on a topic few want to see happen: An international free agent draft.

MLB Games Are Getting Longer... And Longer...

196

There's new searchable information at baseball-reference.com. So I did some searching.

International Free Agency, Part 1: The Rules

13

This is the first of what figures to be a three-part look at International Free Agency, looking at the present rules.

Memories Of Tony Gwynn

24

Let's have a look back at the baseball life of the Padres star, who died Monday at 54.

About The Pace Of Major League Baseball Games

53

All big-league parks have signs like these posted... but these rules appear to be widely ignored.

Should MLB Modify Pitching-Change Rules?

151

With games ever-lengthening and bullpens ever-enlarging, it's a question worth asking.

Tommy John Surgery: Why Is It Increasing?

100

The surgery named after the pitcher who first had it is happening more and more often. Why?

All-Star Voting: Why It Should End

71

Baseball fans have been voting for All-Star starters since 1970. They shouldn't, and here's why.

This Is Cubs Country

84

A New York Times interactive map of baseball fandom shows Cubs nation stretches across most of the middle of the country.

MLB Games Go Too Slow. Here's How To Speed Them Up

128

One simple change in baseball procedure could make games much faster.

Let's Talk About... MLB's TV Blackouts

72

Here's a topic on which we can all likely agree.

Closing Time: The Closer, Past And Future

27

With the closer spot in focus in the Cubs bullpen, here's an examination of how the modern closer came to exist.

Are 7-Inning Games Coming Soon?

126

An unnamed baseball executive proposes that baseball cut back to seven innings.

Gallery
14

Phoenix Municipal Stadium: An Appreciation

This venerable ballpark has hosted spring-training games for 50 years. 2014 will be the last such season.

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