Author Archives: Bryan

The June-to-May All-Stars

Several years ago, my friend Dan McCloskey, whom I hadn’t met then, introduced me to the concept of the past-calendar-year All-Star team. ┬áHis theory, if I may paraphrase, goes something like this: for those who believe an All-Star Game appearance … Continue reading

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Greatest Active ’15

Almost five years ago, when this blog was Kris Bryant, certain it was full of potential impact but still trying to prove it was anything more than Luis Valbuena, I wrote about the greatest active players at each position at … Continue reading

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How Important Is a Hot Start?

Here’s one I wrote for this week’s USA Today Sports Weekly: This April, the Detroit Tigers came roaring out of the gate, mowing down opposing lineups and bludgeoning opposing pitchers with a relentless offensive attack. Their hot start may remind … Continue reading

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2015 Baseball Preview

Opening Day is less than two weeks away, which means we shouldn’t expect more than two or three pitchers to tear elbow ligaments before the season starts. That kind of confidence makes a season preview less of a fool’s errand … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Great AL Shortstop?

It looks like the Golden Era for shortstops is over. From 1984 to 1996, there was little debate about who should start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the American League. ┬áCal Ripken, Jr. was always healthy, always playing, and … Continue reading

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2015 Top 100 Players

It’s that time of year. All the big-name free agents have signed somewhere. Pitchers are pitching. Catchers are catching. It’s time to write about baseball in 2015. As a prelude to my 2015 season preview, I thought I’d take a … Continue reading

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The Three Larry Walkers

I just posted this one, the first in a series aimed at winning some Hall of Fame votes for Larry Walker, at High Heat Stats. I’ll keep you posted as my crack team of Walker-supporters makes our year-long push. __________ … Continue reading

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