Banning the shift seems like a bad idea

I want to share a screenshot from the beginning of a Youtube clip of Willie McGee making a great catch in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series. You probably know the play. As you can see, there are three infielders on our left side of second base, presumably from left to right, Ken Oberkfell,…

Why number 62 mattered

In spite of the last six weeks, there still stands a decent chance that the Cardinals won’t make the postseason this year. That would mean three straight seasons without the playoffs, the first time that’s happened in these parts since 1997 to 1999. Those were some mediocre years. Those teams averaged 79 wins per season,…

Harrison Bader is real

More information is almost always better than less and thus the introduction of Statcast data a few seasons ago was a good thing. There was nothing groundbreaking about it per se. A high exit velocity is pretty much the same thing as making good contact, a concept which has been around forever. A good sprint…