Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Who are the Most Valuable Starting Pitchers in Baseball? by Charlie Adams | Beyond the Box Score
Charlie Adams set out in search of the most "valuable" pitchers in baseball.
Will We See a Left-Handed Catcher This Season? by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
Baseball fans haven't seen a left-handed catcher in my lifetime. I discussed the possibility of seeing a southpaw behind the plate this season.
The Perfect Two-Headed Monster: Theoretical Performance of an All-Platoon Team by Max Weinstein | Beyond the Box Score
How would a team comprised completely of platoon players perform at the MLB level? Max Weinstein created "Platoon Score" in an attempt to find an answer.
BTB Podcast #49: Dave Bush League | Beyond the Box Score
While making the drive from New Jersey to Connecticut, our fearless leader Bryan Grosnick joined Blake Murphy to discuss the weekend gone by in baseball.
Around the Sabersphere
Painting the Black: What's the Matter With Hicks and Machado? by R.J. Anderson | Baseball Prospectus
Top prospects Manny Machado of the Orioles and Aaron Hicks of the Twins have struggled early this season. R.J. Anderson at Baseball Prospectus examined whether there are any legitimate reasons to be concerned about Machado and Hicks.
Coming home with Jackie by Shane Tourtellotte | The Hardball Times
I have always been fascinated by the great Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the past, and had the fates not conspired against me and caused them to move to Los Angeles, it's possible I would've grown up in Dodger blue. Both my grandparents were Dodgers fans in their younger days and I grew up knowing Dodgers great,1955 World Series MVP Johnny Podres, as a family friend. Given all of that, I'm always delighted to see articles about the Brooklyn Dodgers. Shane Tourtellotte of The Hardball Times dug deep into the record books to determine if Jackie Robinson's steals of home were more valuable than all his other career stolen bases combined.
What a .486 ISO Looks Like by Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
An unexpected early season power surge has carried
baseball fan's favorite breakfast foodOakland A's OF Coco Crisp to a .486 ISO. Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs explained how it happened.
Around SB Nation
A final word on Hector Sanchez and Tim Lincecum by Grant Brisbee | McCovey Chronicles
I recently wrote an article on the defensive deficiencies of Giants catcher Hector Sanchez. However, I am a man who will admit when I have been bested, and therefore must admit that Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles delved far deeper into the issue than I had imagined was possible.
Dustin Ackley's Swing by Michael Barr | Lookout Landing
Looking Landing has recently provided a number of great pieces on the swing changes of Mariners players. Michael Barr examined Dustin Ackley's new swing and the shift opponents have been using to combat it.
The Branch Rickey Miracle by Steven Goldman | Baseball Nation
I know, I know. Enough about the Brooklyn Dodgers, right? I would normally agree with you, but when I see a piece of writing as excellent as the one I'm about to share with you, I feel bound by some sort of "Writer's Oath" to pass it along. Baseball Nation's Steven Goldman takes us back to the 1940s to give us an idea of the racial climate in the United States at the time Branch Rickey made the historic decision to select Jackie Robinson as the man to break baseball's "color barrier". "42", a film about the life of Jackie Robinson, hits theaters this Friday.
Outside the Sabersphere
The Short Fuse | SB Nation's Arsenal Blog
Apart from baseball, UK basketball and Molson Golden, there are few things I'm more passionate about than Arsenal FC. This Saturday, Arsenal takes on Norwich and my endless string of replacement level baseball tweets will be broken for a few hours as I cheer on my Gunners. The folks over at The Short Fuse do a wonderful job covering all things Arsenal. Come on you rip roarin' reds!
- Start your day off right with this soul-soothing classic
I have spent an untold number of hours of my life struggling my way through the night shift in a factory. This song always appeared on my mental playlist during those early morning hours in which I had nothing to listen to other than the ever present droning of machinery. Dobie Gray's Drift Away always brings me comfort, no matter what the day throws at me. (Video credit: YouTube)