History & Hall of Fame

The best non-Opening Day starters

Who were the pitchers with ace-worthy stuff the year previous that didn't get the Opening Day nod?

Opening Day records

As baseball dawns across the country today, let's consider what it would take to break Opening Day records.

Dr. Frank Jobe and what he meant to baseball

In 40 years Tommy John Surgery has gone from experimental to accepted. This post discusses the impact Dr. Jobe had on pitchers who underwent it.

A "brief" history of star-crossed players, Part I

Many players have given us a fleeting glimpse of their future, only to dash our hopes upon the rocks of reality. Until now, though, there's never been a definitive database of all of them, throughout history.

A Golden Age of HBP

Despite a slight drop after body armor rules began to be enforced 11 years ago, HBP/PA rates are still historically high. How much of an advantage can HBP be for teams, or for notorious OBP machines like Shin-Soo Choo?

MLB Attendance, 1950-2013

See how attendance has changed over the past 60 years or so. Is the current trend of growing attendance the real deal or a mirage?

In Kiner's Korner

Ralph Kiner passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday. More than a broadcaster for the New York Mets, he was one of the greatest power hitters in baseball history.

The worst base stealer ever?

In baseball's 143-year history, 16,261 players have had at least one plate appearance; 7,592 of them have stolen a base. Only one, though, is the worst at the latter skill, and he's someone you might have heard of.

Re-imagining the Hall of Fame

Most of us are tired of Hall of Fame arguments. Instead of abandoning the endeavor entirely, let's simply take a different approach. If we were building a Hall of Fame from scratch, who would be the first ten players we'd induct?

Rafael Palmeiro falls off the ballot

It's not often players amass career numbers like Rafael Palmeiro and don't get enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

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Glavine and Maddux versus Koufax and Drysdale?

Traditionalists and sabermetricians can argue who should get into the Hall of Fame, but we can all agree Glavine and Maddux are pitching teammates we haven't seen since Koufax and Drysdale.

The Armando Benitez All-Stars

How good would a team of players who, like Armando Benitez, earned exactly one vote for the Hall of Fame? Bryan Cole constructs a team of those players, and set them loose on MLB circa 1996.

BtBS HOF Part 2: The outsiders

We've seen who the writers of Beyond the Box Score elected. Now the writing staff explains the exclusions of those who fell short.

BtBS elects class of 6 for the HOF

Before the BBWAA announces their official vote, the writers at Beyond the Box Score reveal their choices for baseball's highest honor.

Hanley Ramirez, the best player in baseball

Yes, Mike Trout played baseball in 2013. So did Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera. But Hanley Ramirez was the best player in baseball.

Best final (offensive) seasons in baseball history

It's rare in life to walk away from something at which you excel, and baseball is no different. Most players fade into the scenery rather than walk away while still at the top of their game, but a select few thrive until the end. This is their story.

An entirely reasonable Hall of Fame ballot

A look at all 36 candidates and their Hall of Fame cases.

Mike Mussina: Hall of Fame worthy

His name doesn't necessarily evoke instant Hall of Fame reactions, but there are a lot of reasons why it should.

Jeff Kent Hall of Fame Discussion

How does Jeff Kent compare with the best second basemen in baseball history?

Mike Trout at any age

No player in baseball history has been more valuable through age 21 than Mike Trout. What would it take for him to claim that title at every age?

Was Miami's offense the worst ever?

Back in April, Miami's offense was sputtering at a historic pace. Were they able to claim the title of worst offense ever?

Does Todd Helton belong in Cooperstown?

For the last 17 years, Todd Helton has been putting together a strong resume with the Colorado Rockies. Will his production be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame?

Jose Fernandez's historically great season

Down in Miami, Jose Fernandez is putting together a great rookie year, but just how does it stack up against other pitchers across the years?

Jeff Heath and finishing a career effectively

Chipper Jones left baseball as a very effective hitter. But former Brave Jeff Heath may have left the game at an even higher level of performance.

The First Ever All-Star Game

We step back in time a bit to look at how the All-Star Game came about and what it was supposed to mean, and did, then.

When will the "Year of the Pitcher" end?

Since the end of the Steroid Era, we have been living in a perpetual "Year of the Pitcher." When will that era possibly come to an end? And what could we possibly see over the next 20 years?

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