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Maybe we need a thread called Earlier News or Prescient News. I missed this article by Tom Verducci in June,  2018.

My favorite part:

Rothschild suggested softening the baseball, which would encourage pitchers to pitch to contact, which would produce more balls in play. “But we know that’s not going to happen,” he said.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 24 '19

The ultimate walk-off ... the-greatest-hidden-ball-trick-youve-ever-seen ... and probably the first time you've watched a "highlight" from a D3 softball game :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
May 26 '19

Those boring old bat flips just aren't getting it done in Japan. Ozzie Smith would approve.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Apr 25 '19

This, for me, is the way they should show balls and strikes. 

No rectangle over the plate. All the pitch locations recorded on the lower right. Pay attention to it if you want to, don't if you don't.

While we have real umps, that is. When they bring in the robo umps, show the rectangle.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 24 '19

The Monkey added his NL bullpen analysis.

John Thomas Roll2
Feb 23 '19

You know Spring is right around the corner when you see "The Monkey" is back up and running!

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Feb 19 '19

I'm close to finishing Rob Neyer's new book Power Game, which tells the story of Post Modern Baseball in the context of one Astros-Athletics game in September 2017. It's modeled after Dan Okrent's Nine Innings, and works as well with similar limitations.

Rob was my second editor at ESPN when I was trying to invent online fantasy baseball content in the mid 90s, and while we didn't become friends I had a nice conversation with him at the Arizona Fall League a bunch of years back, about those times. Rob did not embrace the fantasy game in any meaningful way, nor did David Schonfield, my first editor there. The fools.

In Power Game Rob goes farther as a writer, telling the story of that single game while inter-larding it with essays about many of the issues of today's game of Baseball. It is a device, a bit awkward at times, but it works to take us from step to step, inning by inning.

He references many sabremetric sources for support or opposing ideas about his ideas about all the changes that have come to baseball in the last 20 years or so. I think he does a pretty good job of summarizing the issues that those of us who scour the baseball internet will find a little old hat, but might captivate the more casual fan. He's also a lively voice supporting a more progressive agenda than baseball's, when it comes to equal rights.

I'm not sure the book is essential for any reader, but for any fan who wants to watch a game with Rob, and revisit a lot of the baseball issues accompanied by interesting facts, this is delightful entertainment from a guy we all grew up (in one way or the other) reading. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 5 '19