One hazard of writing for a living is that people sometimes compliment (or criticize) articles you’d forgotten you ever wrote. Once you file something, it’s onto the next project. Always looking forward, never back.

This came up at Don and Charlie’s on the first night of the SABR Arizona Fall League conference, but it also applies to baseball. The second day brought with it two games, one back at HoHoKam and another at Salt River.

Teams rested their best players in preparation for the following evening’s All-Star Game, recently rebranded as the Fall Stars Game. That’s not what I would call it (seems better to catch a rising star than a falling star), but nobody asked me. The games were uneventful, allowing me to reconnect with industry friends that I see once or twice a year if I’m lucky. Read More…

My esteemed colleague at Left Coast Bias has penned a thoughtful piece on the nature of baseball fandom in the Information Age. As someone who has been blogging about baseball since before the term “blogging” existed, I thought I’d provide an alternative perspective. Plus it’s a good excuse to introduce myself to those of you who might not know who I am.

If you’ve heard this story before, bear with me. I launched Ducksnorts in September 1997 to express my outrage over the Hideki Irabu situation. It later became a platform for me to voice opinions and present research (usually sabermetrically inclined, since that is my background), which was great because back then, such outlets were rare. Read More…