At the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, I learned from a number of general managers that running an MLB team takes a lot more skill and tools than the typical baseball fan might think. More »
I recently spent three days in Phoenix, Arizona attending baseball meetings, panels, and competitions at the SABR Analytics Conference. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) uses a lot of new metrics to help solve debates on today’s game. More »
Over the next few weeks as you get ready for your little league season, SI Kids and Franklin Baseball will feature some great hitting tips from former Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. Check out this week's video that explains how to get the perfect stance and grip at the plate! More »
The World Baseball Classic starts tonight at 11:30 pm on MLB Network! Australia takes on Chinese Taipei. Here's EVERYTHING you need to know about the WBC in one handy (big) infographic, courtesy of Major League Baseball. More »
We've been watching baseball a LONG time. We've seen some amazing plays. Home runs stolen by an outfielder climbing the wall. Shortstops going deep into the hole and having to jump and spin to nail the runner at first. A third baseman flying into the stands for a foul ball. But NC State centerfielder Brett Williams may have our favorite play. His dive is so crazy, it almost doesn't look real. More »
Yup, the A's have pulled off a minor miracle and won the AL West! So our good ol' friends at The Baseball Project have chimed in!
You've heard the excitement of Ichiro Goes To The Moon, and the sadness of Why Melky Why? Well, They Are The Oakland A's is a little more folksy. Have a listen and share your thoughts in the comments!
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Back in 2005, R.A. Dickey's pitching career was drifting along unremarkably. The righthander, who had been drafted by the Texas Rangers nine years earlier, had bounced around the minors, making occasional stops at the big league level and throwing a 93-mile-per-hour fastball but producing nothing special. "We thought this guy may be out of baseball pretty quick if we didn't suggest something," says former major league great and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser, Dickey's pitching coach at the time.
So Hershiser and then Rangers manager Buck Showalter had an unusual idea to help Dickey save his career. On off days and occasionally in games Dickey experimented with an odd and unpredictable pitch — the knuckleball. They told him that the best way to avoid a potentially permanent demotion to the minors was to become a full-time knuckleballer.