Teams are taking batting practice, spring is here, I’m entering the six weeks or so where I’m really homesick for Phoenix, and it occurs to me that I have a real baseball problem: I’m not reading enough good stuff.
So I’m looking for some help. I’ll tell you what I’m reading now and if anyone has suggestions, I’m listening!
For years, I’ve been loyal to Baseball Prospectus (I’ve written for BP a few times). I still am loyal, even though I haven’t won my roto league since Nate Silver was the one behind the site's projections. To tell the truth, though, I don’t even know who I should be reading in their latest crop of authors. I also used to be on a pretty good e-mail list but I fell off it. Before that, it was Usenet (and I suppose before that, Baseball Weekly, and before that, the Sporting News, but that’s just saying that I’m an old guy).
Let’s see … on Twitter, I follow Christina Kahrl, who is, I suppose, just about my absolute favorite baseball writer (and a friend from way back in r.s.bb. days). I don’t know that I read everything she writes over at ESPN, but I try, and I should. I follow Joe Sheehan, and I’ll probably subscribe to his newsletter this year. I follow Rany Jazayerli. That’s my baseball group. Well, also the great Hank Schulman, so I’m always up-to-date on Giants news.
Beyond that, I wind up seeing things here and there, usually linked from something, but nothing steady. Essentially, I made hard choices years ago in order to limit the time I spent reading about baseball, which made sense back then, but I haven’t done a good job since of replacing things when they fall away.
So, what am I missing? What do you read? What’s good out there (and what’s good about it)?
I’m especially interested in team-level choices; that’s why I loved Christina’s old Transaction Analysis column and generally how she thinks about things. But I’m open to everything: player analysis, prospects, business of baseball, history, whatever.
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