“Hardball Retroactive” is a modest collection of selected articles that I have written for Seamheads.com since 2010. Each piece is chosen based on audience response – a combination of social media “likes”, replies to a particular essay along with my personal favorites. Exclusive content is incorporated into the book – additional charts and graphs that were omitted from the original posts as well as three new compositions.
General Manager - Amateur Draft Scorecard
General Manager - Trading Scorecard
General Manager - Free Agent Scorecard *EXCLUSIVE CONTENT*
Taking the Extra Base - The Players
Taking the Extra Base - The Teams
Fun Facts About Inside-the-Park Home Runs
The Best Pitchers Who Never Threw A No-Hitter
The Journey From Expansion to Competitive Team
The Worst In-Season Trades Since 1950
The Worst Off-Season Trades Since 1950 *EXCLUSIVE CONTENT*
Rotisserie vs. Reality
BABIP by Location
Baseball Birthplaces and the Retro World Baseball Classic
Would your favorite baseball team make the playoffs if player X had not been traded? Imagine your team's roster from any particular year. Remove all of the players that your team acquired through trades and free agency. Would you be able to field a competitive team? All right, let us re-populate the roster with every player that the organization originally drafted and signed. Yes, we will include undrafted free agents and foreign players who signed with their first Major League team, as well. How does the team stack up now? Is the club better or worse than the squad that you imagined at first?
I applied these criteria to every Major League Baseball franchise of the modern era (1901-present) in order to establish the proficiency of each organization with respect to scouting, development and performance. In Hardball Retrospective, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original teams. Using a variety of advanced statistics and methods, I generated revised standings for each season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the real-time or “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.
Tuatara Software, LLC presents a demo version of our first game - Quetzalcoatlus™!!
Quetzalcoatlus™ is a one-player game that is compatible with Microsoft Windows® operating systems (XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8) and the classic Commodore 64® system. The Commodore 64® demo version will run on any C64 emulator. The final product will be available for purchase via software download, or on a 5 1/4" floppy diskette (Commodore® version only - for use with the original Commodore 64® computer system).
Object of the game: You are the Quetzalcoatlus, a pterosaur with the largest wingspan of all-time! Avoid dinosaurs and marine reptiles while attempting to dive into the ocean to catch and eat your prey!