History & Hall of Fame

Greatest Traded Seasons

Remembering which player-seasons in the Live Ball Era accumulated the most WAR with two different ballclubs.

Older, but faster?

Often speed is a tool that peaks at an earlier age than other baseball tools. We examine those players who broke the mold and hit their stolen base stride in their 30s.

Using WAR Variations to Measure 'Career Shapes'

WAR is a fantastic tool by which we measure a player's overall value with a baseline set at "replacement-level." What happens when we raise that baseline to All-Star or even MVP level? Which players benefit and which players suffer?

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot

You thought this year was bad? Let's add another handful of worthy candidates!

BTB Podcast #36 - EVERYONE IS ANGRY

The creator of the Hall of Stats and a very vocal BTBer speak out on the HOF results.

HoF 2013: What makes a player a "cheater"?

In this year's Hall of Fame voting, we see several players who are derided as "cheaters" for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. What makes a player a cheater?

Larry Walker wasn't a Coors Field mirage

People who look at Larry Walker's home/road splits to determine what kind of hitter he was aren't seeing the whole picture.

The Decline of the First-Pitch Out

An examination of the disappearance of the first-pitch out in the last few decades and a celebration of those pitchers who excelled at inducing them.

Greatest Final Seasons

Which players in baseball history have gone out on top?

What Makes a Hall of Fame Umpire?

Hank O'Day is now a Hall of Famer. But how did he get there?

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