Author Archives: Epistibrain

Sandy, Randy, and the Culiacan Dandy

Three years ago when the mystical statistical analysis of Scott Boras determined that Oliver Perez was heir apparent to Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson, eyebrows were raised, but I figure you have to wait to see how things play out. … Continue reading

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The Retired Number Index

When the Twins announced last week that Bert Blyleven’s #28 would be retired it came as no surprise.  Generally speaking getting one’s number retired is a lesser feat than getting elected to the Hall of Fame, yet it would be … Continue reading

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Jeff Bagwell and the Unfortunate Fate of the Early Bloomers

What do Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell, Ted Simmons, and Ron Santo have in common? The short and obvious answer: they are not in the Hall of Fame. But there is another relatively simple thread connecting these five players … Continue reading

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In Defense of Bonds: Revisiting the 1998 NL MVP

If one believes Barry Bonds when he asserts that he did not take steroids until after getting upstaged by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998,* one might revisit the 1998 National League Most Valuable Player race and write a … Continue reading

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Shin-Soo Choo, Logarithms, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year

The 2010 National League Rookie of the Year race was the subject of much spirited debate. After giving all due respect to Neil Walker and Jose Tabata, most folks agreed it was a two man race between Giants catcher(/first baseman) … Continue reading

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Better to Burn Out?

Did you get a chance to see the kid pitch in 2010? It’s true the rookie only pitched [23.1, 13.1, 15.1, 27, 20.2, 68] innings this year, but small sample sizes be damned he was awesome! He mowed down batters … Continue reading

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Alternate History: Part I

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!”                                                  ~John Greenleaf Whittier Cliff Lee’s surprise signing with the Philadelphia Phillies and the resulting juggernaut of a starting rotation has spurred a … Continue reading

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