What age is the mid-point for a premier 2021 MLB baseball player? A half-hearted research project

Hello, friends. I was born on January 25, 1989, one day after two notable American League players--Los Angeles Angels pitcher José Quintana and Kansas City Royals second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield--and one day before Branden Pinder, a New York Yankees relief pitcher in 2015 and 2016 who is substantially less famous than Quintana or Merrifield. I…

The ten greatest players in St. Louis Stars history

Yesterday, Baseball Reference rolled out arguably its most ambitious project since, well, the very first day the website included statistics for every player in the history of the National and American Leagues. It was a project that at once feels long overdue but also like such a research challenge that demanding such a free and…

The peculiar ascent of Tyler O’Neill

There was quite a bit of hype, some of it substantiated and some of it a bit overdone, around several units on the St. Louis Cardinals entering the 2021 season. The corner infield duo of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt were to fortify the team's offense and defense by themselves. The starting rotation had a…