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In Memoriam

Long-time BJOL poster Bob Gregory passed away recently.  Bob was a frequent contributor to the Reader Posts section of Bill James Online, known for his deep understanding of 19th century baseball, his wit and his warmth.  Bob organized a regular feature of our Reader Posts, an alternative to the Hall of Fame called the Gallery of Renown, in which BJOL readers voted on their favorite players each "year."

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Our Latest Articles

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Dream On
In response, revisiting "Field of Dreams"​
Up-the-Middle Defense Projections
We hear it all the time, the importance of strong defense up-the-middle. John takes a look at the teams projected to field the best and worst defenses...
American Literature and the Squeeze Play
Where Have You Gone, Jean-Louis Vergez?
The Hall of Fame’s Original Sin
After 40 years of studying and analyzing the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bill finds its fatal flaw.
Kyle Schwarber at Catcher
The knock on Kyle Schwarber has always been his defense. But could a slow-to-the-plate pitching staff be to blame? John uses catcher pop-up times to...
Untitled 2-17-2017
Two parts baseball, one part movies.
The Two Sides of the Yankee Syndrome
Play Ball. Really.

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Rankings and Ratings

The NFL Power Ratings from 1/3/2017 are:



New England Patriots 109.3
Kansas City Chiefs 105.6
Pittsburgh Steelers 104.8
Denver Broncos 103.9
Oakland Raiders 103.3


Atlanta Falcons 108.5
Dallas Cowboys 107.0
Philadelphia Eagles 103.8
Green Bay Packers 102.9
Seattle Seahawks 102.1


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