Michael Lewis: Coach Fitz’s Management Theory

Coach Billy Fitzgerald (left), one of five inductees into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame of 2007 and Michael Lewis, a best-selling American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His books include The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Liar's Poker, The New New Thing and Moneyball among others.

Recently, some of us former baseball coaches (and current coaches) were cutting up reminiscences about a small handful of parents we have encountered over the years. We also reflected on some of our former coaches and Michael Lewis’ brilliant piece on his high school baseball coach was recalled. The truth is that most parents and coaches are fine […]

Sports Medicine Said to Overuse M.R.I.’s

In the fall, Gina Kolata took a critical look at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its suspected overuse in professional sports. She published the latest findings in the New York Times on October 28th, 2011. I have been privileged to discuss the value of MRI’s with baseball people such as Eddie Robinson, Jon Matlack and […]

A Major-League Divorce

Left:Frank McCourt in the stadium shortly after they acquired the team, in January 2004. Right: Jamie McCourt in Dodger Stadium in 2008. By Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times (Frank McCourt), by Alex Gallardo/Los Angeles Times (Jamie McCourt), © D. Hurst/Alamy (baseball).

Vanessa Grigoriadis published “A Major League Divorce” in the August issue of  Vanity Fair (2011). Her reporting of events involving Jamie and Frank McCourt’s divorce is a prime example of why Major League baseball should do a far more thorough job of vetting potential buyers of, or investors in, Major League baseball franchises. It is […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: The Second Basemen

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The following post is part of a Three Part presentation on the greatest second basemen of All-Time. Part One will rate the players by Total Player Rating; Part Two will cover the offense, and Part Three will list the best defensive players. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: First Basemen–Total Defense

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The following post represents Part Three in a presentation of the best First Basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest defensive performers at first base.     #11 (3 tied):   Ed Konetchy Ed Konetchy was a gifted defender at first base. He played 15 seasons for a number of National […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series–Position Players: Base Stealing/Base Running

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Here is a list of the top base stealers/base runners of all-time. We have used a formula that compares, era to era, a composite of base stealing and base running. The list has been pared down to the top 24 pictured below (click on the thumbnail to enlarge each picture). Hope you enjoy!   Players […]

The History of How We Follow Baseball

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I stumbled across Philip Bump’s October 26th, 2011, article on “The History of How We Follow Baseball.” Absolutely fascinating! Philip Bump is a developer, strategist and writer from Washington, D. C. His article appeared in The Atlantic, and is an excellent read. It brought back memories of going to the local barbershop in Tennoji (south […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (1 to 14)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (40-53)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]

Cardinals Win World Series 2011: Freese MVP

World Series 2011 MVP David Freese recorded hits in 8 of the final 9 regular-season games, setting the table for his phenomenal postseason performance.

The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series 2011 Champions. And, the kid who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Redbirds was named MVP of the Series. David Freese capped off the MLB championships by knocking in 2 more runs (for a MLB record of  21 postseason RBIs) to help the Cards defeat […]