‘O Slugger, Where Art Thou?’

After a five-year slide in scoring landed on the lowest mark since 1981, everyone’s scrambling for offense. That’s a natural response, but maybe not a sensible one.

Stating the obvious, there’s no fixed scoring level that wins ballgames. You just have to score more runs than you allow. And the “pythagorean formula,” which predicts winning percentage from runs scored and allowed, has two corollaries that speak to the most efficient path to improving a team’s record:

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Quiz – Crazy Eights (solved)

What distinguishes these eight players from baseball’s other greats? That’s for you to tell me when you find the career accomplishment that distinguishes these players from among all others?

Rk Name 1 Hank Aaron 2 Alex Rodriguez 3 Lou Gehrig 4 Willie Mays 5 Stan Musial 6 Jimmie Foxx 7 Ted Williams 8 Earle Combs Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 12/12/2014.

Hint: the active player (assuming he can find work) who is closest to joining this group is Ichiro Suzuki...

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Hit Rates of the Top 10 All-Time Home Run Leaders & Introducing RP3

There’s the Sultan of Swat, Hammerin’ Hank, and one of the Bash Brothers. All three certainly didn’t get their nicknames from being slap hitters, knocking singles through the infield. What they do have in common is that Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Mark McGwire are all part of the top 10 all-time home run list for Major League Baseball. Deep fly balls and rocket line drives soaring over the fence, are what fans best remember these 10 players by...

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Quiz – some time with the 09ers (stumped)

As a companion to the current Circle of Greats election, here are some of the players featured on this week’s ballot.

They didn’t strike the mother lode like the famous 49ers, but these are the only players born in 1909 to have a particular season batting feat that at least their mothers could be proud of. What is it?

Rk Player 1 Mel Ott 2 Stan Hack 3 Billy Herman 4 Jo-Jo White 5 Gene Moore 6 Tom Winsett 7 Skeeter Webb 8 Otto Bluege 9 Chile Gomez Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 12/5/2014...
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The Mount Rushmore of the Atlanta Braves

The Braves are one of the National League’s founding franchises, operating continuously since 1876. But, its origins go back even further than that, to the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association, a team that was itself formed from the remnants of the Cincinnati Red Stockings when that club, baseball’s first all-professional team, folded prior to the National Association’s first season in 1871.

The Red Stockings changed their nickname to the Beaneaters in 1883...

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Josh Donaldson: The Curious Trade of a Unique Player

Josh Donaldson, one of the best two-way players in baseball, has been dealt to Toronto.

With 15.4 WAR in 2013-14 (second to Mike Trout), Donaldson ties Chuck Knoblauch for the most age 27-28 WAR of any player who changed teams going into or during age 29. Even if you don’t buy his top-notch defensive metrics, Donaldson ranked 6th in offensive WAR for the last two years. He’s a player.

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The Mount Rushmore of the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates trace their beginnings to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, one of the American Association’s original teams in 1882. The Alleghenys joined the National League in 1887 and adopted the Pirates nickname in 1891. When the National League contracted from twelve to eight teams in 1900, Barney Dreyfuss acquired a controlling interest in the Pirates and brought to Pittsburgh many of the best players from his former club, the now defunct Louisville Colonels. Included was the gentleman at left...

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