Category Archive: Articles.2018-BRJ47-2

Becoming a Contract Jumper: Deacon Jim McGuire’s 1902 Decision

In the first years of the American League, its eight clubs added…

WAR and the World Series: Is WAR an Indicator of October Success?

Introduction The statistic Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, is…

Why do games take so long?

This article is based on the presentation I gave at SABR 48 in…

1948: When Baseball’s Minor League Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis

It was an event The Sporting News said featured “Paul Bunyan…

“Shorty,” “Brother Lou,” and the Dodgers' Sym-phony

If Bob Sheppard, longtime public address announcer for the…

Voices for the Voiceless: Ross Horning, Cy Block, and the Unwelcome Truth

"The general public, or baseball fan, when he thinks of baseball…

1908’s Forgotten Team: The Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1908 National League race is best remembered for the “Merkle…

The Rise and Fall of the Deadball Era

If a modern fan could be transported back to a baseball game…

Revisiting the Origin of the Infield Fly Rule

What is a catch? A player grasps the ball. At some instant the…

Ties in Baseball (and Beyond)

It’s often said that there are no ties in baseball. If a game…

The Specialized Bullpen: History, Analysis, and Strategic Models for Success

A great deal of attention has been given to the baseball closer,…

Offensive Explosion: Trends in Hitting Production in Major League Baseball

Abstract 2014 was a record year for pitchers, but it was followed…

The Bats ... They Keep Changing!

Heinie Groh of the Cincinnati Reds had one of the most distinctive…

Racial Parity in the Hall of Fame

Historical Backdrop Although the first all-professional baseball…

Ron Hunt, Coco Crisp, and the Normalization of Hit-by-Pitch Statistics

It’s a basic rule that’s familiar to all baseball fans: A…

Home Runs and Strikeouts: Another Look

Introduction The 2017 MLB season set records for both home runs…

Why Has No True DH Been Elected to the Hall of Fame — Yet?

The Designated Hitter has been the way of life in the American…
Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2018

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