September 2019 – Romantic About Baseball
A Blog for The Thinking Fan
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Plot lines Between the Foul Lines: The 2019 Postseason Stories to Watch

September 29, 2019No Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, depending on where you live.  If you’re in Oakland, Los Angeles, Tampa, or New York, you are having a pretty good time right now, and the possibilities are just beginning.  If you’re in Cleveland, Chicago, or Philadelphia, you’re just glad that the painful slog to the end […]

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My IBWAA 2019 Award Ballot

September 22, 2019No Comments

Let the hot takes begin!  As per annual tradition and duty, I submit to the public, my IBWAA (Internet Baseball Writers Association of America) year end ballot.  This is my third time with the honor to weigh in, so here’s how it shook out!   What I Got Right: Vlad Guerrero Jr. for AL Rookie […]

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Buildup To the Boom, Part II: More Unforgettable Postseason Moments (2010-2018)

September 13, 2019No Comments

This is the second part to a post that I did last year: For Part I, click here As we stare down the final chapter of this decade in baseball, Let’s continue to take a look at some of the most epic non-World Series moments in recent postseason baseball history.  Since 2010, 11 teams have […]

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WAR: No, Seriously.. What IS it Good For?

September 5, 20191 Comment

This is the fifth in an ongoing series about understanding advanced statistics in baseball.  Each volume will take an advanced stat, explain it, and contextualize it in the hope that the basic fan can better understand the numbers that drive the game today. For generations, the greatest players were measured by simple numbers.  Ty Cobb’s […]

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Even Year Magic: The Three-Peat Giants of the 2010s

September 1, 20192 Comments

It’s not often that you can trace a dynasty back to its starting point, especially in baseball. It’s usually some sort of roster move: a group of young players getting called up, a big free agent acquisition, something in that vein. A moment that slides by the casual fan and can be traced back to […]

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