May 2019 – Romantic About Baseball
A Blog for The Thinking Fan
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Why Ichiro Matters: An Emerald among Diamonds

May 28, 2019No Comments

When baseball historians get into the “greatest player of all time” debates, typically they cop out to two things:  Accomplishments, and Context.  Often times, one is used to dampen the other.  For example: Ty Cobb ACCOMPLISHMENT: Arguably the greatest contact hitter of all time, he holds the all time batting average record of .367, and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Pete Rose, “Play Hungry: The Making of a Ballplayer”

May 19, 20191 Comment

Rose’s second book, proposed to be a “love letter to the game” comes off more as a self-serving rant about his playing days, while avoiding any real substantive issues or offering any new perspective. “Play Hungry” offers a few interesting anecdotes, but nothing more.

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Full Extension: What Ozzie Albies Contract Says about Baseball Today.

May 16, 2019No Comments

There are two universal truths when it comes to being a baseball fan: Your team is spending too much on aging players Your team isn’t spending enough on high end players For every Angels fan, lamenting about how much Albert Pujols is being paid, there’s an Atlanta Braves fan, opining over the free agents that […]

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