Dave Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot rates the ten greatest World Series games of all-time: The 10 greatest World Series games - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
t’s hard to argue against the action in this one: The game featured six lead changes and five ties. The Cardinals were one strike from elimination in the ninth when David Freese tripled just over the head of Nelson Cruz to score two runs to tie. Josh Hamilton blasted a two-run homer in the 10th, but the Cardinals tied it up again, Finally, Freese homered to win it. Dramatic and unbelievable, absolutely, but the game did feature five errors and 12 walks, so it wasn’t necessarily the most artfully played game.
Tom Tango of the Book Blog culled a list of the 15 best starting pitchers in baseball, right now: THE BOOK--Playing The Percentages In Baseball--Best Pitchers in MLB
1. Kershaw, Clayton (b. 03/1988) 2. Hernandez, Felix (b. 04/1986) 3. Strasburg. Stephen (b. 07/1988) 4. Verlander, Justin (b. 02/1983) 5. Price, David (b. 08/1985)
John Dewan of Bill James Online released the 2012 Fielding Bible Awards based on a poll of a fantastic panel of experts: The 2012 Fielding Bible Awards | Articles | Bill James Online
A panel of 10 analysts, listed below—including Peter Gammons, Bill James, Joe Posnanski, and Doug Glanville—examined the 2012 seasons of every defensive player in Major League Baseball and then used the same voting technique as the Major League Baseball MVP voting. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 100. A complete record of their votes can be found in The Bill James Handbook 2013.
Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus predicts which free agents will receive qualifying offers this offseason: Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers
Qualifying offers must be extended by 5:00 PM Eastern on the fifth day after the World Series. Players who receive them will have until the seventh day after the Series to accept or reject. So which players are good candidates for qualifying offers, and what will their teams decide to do?
Dan Lependorf of the Hardball Times finds the best teams in baseball history who only had one All-Star: The best teams that only had one All-Star--THT
That's right. Baseball has twice given a 100-win team the All-Star short shrift. The 1977 Royals sent George Brett and no one else, even though they finished the season with the best record in baseball. Al Cowens contributed a full third of his 13-year career's WAR total in 1977, with a 5.2 WAR mark in right field, but he ran into an incredibly talented group of American League outfielders in Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice.
Bill Parker writing at Pinestriped Bible discusses the possibility of the Yankees trading for Brian McCann: Could the Braves' Brian McCann Be a Russell Martin Alternative for the Yankees? - Pinstriped Bible
McCann has been a lot better than Martin over the last five years, and all in all, it's probably a good bet that he'll be back to being better than Martin again in 2013. But with all the uncertainty surrounding McCann, I just don't think the gap is quite big enough that I'd be willing to pay something like 50 percent more money, and give up some non-trivial prospect or prospect package, for the chance that McCann comes back as his old self.