Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bo Jackson, Home to Home

One of today's SB Nation pieces by Rob Neyer sent me to his final ESPN.com piece from a year ago, which brought me childhood memories of Bo Jackson. Neyer included a Youtube link with amazing Bo Jackson footage, but it's not what I wanted to share.

With a little extra digging, I found the following clip of Bo Jackson hitting an inside the park home run off Bob Welch.

To see someone round the bases in 15 seconds, please enjoy:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Few Good Stats

The Society for American Baseball Research celebrates SABR Day each year on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. We took part by spending a little time on Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs, ultimately sharing a quick discovery in tweet form

"For 16 years (age 21-36) Yogi Berra never OPS+'d below 109." 

Below are few different baseball stats for this Pro Bowl Sunday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Prince and his Power

One of my stranger collections are the undeveloped ideas, explorations, and arguments that lay in the tenuous existence of this blog's nebulous Saved Drafts folder.

Archived like time capsules, these drafts may house a few lines or more. Sometimes, it's just a title for a post, but more often it's a bunch of half-baked and sloppily written blog fragments.

We've never done this before, but the following is an unpublished post from this past June.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MLB's 24 Under 24

Some of you may have participated in a Major League Soccer promotion called 24 under 24. As the name implies, MLS is highlighting 24 of their brightest young stars, under the age of 24.

Fredy Montero is a beacon of
hope for soccer fans in Seattle.
The league has done this the past two years. Fredy Montero ranked #1 in 2010, and Brek Shea of FC Dallas too top honors this season.

Major League Soccer is blessed with the best young talent they've maybe ever had. Not only does the league have a bright future, it is thriving after a fantastic season.

I have no idea of the prime ages for soccer players, but 24 seems like an interesting age for the arbitrary cutoff. In baseball, a decent number of people would presumably say that the age 24 season is often the first of a player's prime, i.e. peak performance, seasons.

As an homage to the good people at MLS, let's take a look at our choices for Major League Baseball players, yet to reach their prime: