Dodgers Want to Win Now and Keep Winning with Youth, Data and Depth

Published March 10, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A.J. Ellis has been a member of the Dodgers organization for 13 years. An 18th-round draft pick, he didn’t make his major league debut until age 27, didn’t nail down an everyday job until his age-31 season. He’s played through the Joe Torre and Don Mattingly eras, the Frank McCourt and Ned Colletti regime.



MLB Trade Value, Part 3: Ranking Baseball’s Most Valuable Players

Published March 4, 2016

Welcome to Part 3 of the 2016 Trade Value player rankings! A quick refresher on what I’m doing here: Looking at a number of factors (age, performance, contract status, etc.) and using statistical analysis, I’ve ranked the top 50 players in baseball for this season by their trade value—essentially trying to answer the question of “If every team made every player available via trade, which guys would fetch the greatest return?”


MLB Over/Unders: All In on the Cubbies Again in 2016

Published March 3, 2016

Every year, starting around early February, I trade e-mails with two pals who, like me, enjoy wagering Gummi bears on sporting outcomes.

Being math-obsessed nerds who fear the randomness and uncertainty of betting on individual games, we always opt for season-long wagers, figuring that sound analysis can win the day, more often than not.


MLB Trade Value, Part 2: Ranking Baseball’s Most Valuable Players

Published March 3, 2016

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2016 Trade Value player rankings! A quick refresher on what I’m doing here: Looking at a number of factors (age, performance, contract status, etc.) and using statistical analysis, I’ve ranked the top 50 players in baseball for this season by their trade value—essentially trying to answer the question of “If every team made every player available via trade, which guys would fetch the greatest return?”

Yesterday, I laid out the ground rules and listed the players who had fallen off last year’s rankings, this year’s honorable mentions and Nos.


MLB Trade Value, Part 1: Ranking Baseball’s Most Valuable Players

Published March 2, 2016

Baseball is a copycat sport. Whenever a team surges to unexpected success, rivals go hunting for the secret sauce that enabled that rise to glory. With the Royals coming off a World Series victory and two straight pennants, the latest trend has some wannabe contenders hoarding relief pitching, hoping to build Kansas City-like superpens.


The Oscar Robertsons: Best Sports Movies, Actors and Scenes Ever

Published February 28, 2016

Sunday night at the Oscars, we’ll see a bunch of well-dressed people speak in reverential tones about the unimaginable challenges that come with making movies. We’ll hear rambling speeches, absorb excessive musical numbers, then wonder where those four hours just went.

If that’s your jam, hey … mazel tov.


The 30: Ranking Every MLB team for 2016 as Spring Training Begins

Published February 18, 2016

Since the dawn of time, human beings have yearned to rank things. We scrutinized cave paintings. Nitpicked suits of armor. If you didn’t have a hot take on the top 10 Flemish sculptors of the 17th century, you were exiled from society.

With those lessons in mind, SI would like to introduce you to The 30.