Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity

We don’t know why baseball is in an era of inaction, or record numbers of home run and strikeout outcomes. We can look at Yandy Diaz, whose 92.9 average exit velocity is in the top 20 in baseball, yet the average distance of what he hits is 123 feet, infield at double play depth. We […]

Peter Gammons: Wade Boggs’ Career at Fenway Park

The point isn’t that it took so long for Wade Boggs’ number to be retired in Fenway, it is that 26 will now be there as long as Fenway. Hey, the man had to wait seven years in the minors and pass through three Rule V drafts to get to the big leagues, where he […]

Coffee and Clippings: Your worst nightmare comes true: The Yankees are good

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN writes that the Yankees are likable and good… That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to […]

Happy 81st birthday, Hank Aaron

Today, February 5, 2015, is Hank Aaron’s 81st birthday. Here’s 44 to Know about #44 Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in the majors he wore uniform #5 (and made $5,000 in salary) Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, the same city as fellow Hall of Famer Willie […]

Legends of the Game: Decade by decade reached base above league average leaders

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]

Legends of the Game: Wade Boggs

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game is Wade Boggs. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 1982 24 49 17 32 .406 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Orioles bet on the new Ubaldo Jimenez

Eno Sarris (@enosarris) of FanGraphs breaks down Ubaldo Jimenez as he recently signed with the Orioles… Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t what he used to be. His pitches have all declined in velocity and bite since his peak in Colorado, and his Cleveland numbers, both superficial and underlying, look pale in comparison. And this with a move out […]

I Never Picked Up a Bat in the Offseason

In 1986, Ted Williams and Wade Boggs were riding in the backseat of my rental car from Winter Haven to Clearwater, Fla. to meet Don Mattingly and have a long dinner spent talking hitting. Going across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Williams asked Boggs about his off-season routine. Boggs said he took two weeks off, then […]