The Dugout

General commentary on our favorite game.

Who Are the Five Tool Players?

Who Are the Five Tool Players?

Anyone who's listened to baseball for any length of time has surely heard the term, "five tool player." The general consensus these days is that the title is bestowed all too frequently—diluting its meaning—and that so-called five tool players are overvalued.

Switch pitcher Venditte inspires new rule

When ambidexterious pitcher Pat Venditte takes the mound versus a switch hitter, each player must make a decision about their approach, and now they'll have to stick with that decision throughout the at-bat. On Friday, Venditte and switch hitter Ralph Henriquez hopped back and forth several times between lefty and righty until finally the umps […]

I don't have Griffey's ball, but I do have this

The drama surrounding Ken Griffey Jr.'s #600 ball continues! Meanwhile, I quietly cherish my special baseball: an official game ball from the 1992 World Series!   Unfortunately, I have no information about the history of this ball, but I assume it was a foul ball and not a home run. I have no idea which […]

Two new baseball link tools

While watching the Mets crush the Yankees today in interleague play, I whipped up a couple of baseball link tools powered by del.icio.us using some code from Brett O'Connor's book, del.icio.us Mashups. Baseball Forums – This presents all my del.icio.us bookmarks tagged with "baseball" and "forums". The idea is to create a launch pad into […]

Free MLB.TV games today!

Sweet! Fans will get free access to three live MLB Spring Training exhibition games today on MLB.TV: Indians at Braves, 1:10 p.m. ET Orioles at Nationals, 6 p.m. ET Padres at Angels, 9:05 p.m. ET The freebie is a test-drive of the new MLB.TV NexDef plug-in, which enables users to watch games in 1.2MB clarity. […]

The Top 10 Baseball Stories of the Year

The Top 10 Baseball Stories of the Year

MLB.com's Jim Molony predicts that the baseball season will be full of drama. Here are the ten big stories he expects to see making the biggest splash: 1. This could be the Cubs' year!

The Rockies' Angel

MLB.com has a feel-good story up today that should endear a few million more fans to the Rockies. Will George is a Rockies scout, and his wife Florinda sadly succumbed to cancer on May 22. The Rockies were at the low point of their season that day, with a record of 18-27 and in last […]

The Secret to Predicting Playoff Teams

The Secret to Predicting Playoff Teams

New tool computes the chance of teams making the post-season by running a computer simulation millions of times each night. The site covers MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, F1, IRL, Champ Car and Premier League.