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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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Trading for Defense
Jerry Dipoto has had a busy offseason in the Emerald City. John takes a closer look at what he's been up to.
We Got Standards
Is the Hall of Fame getting soft in its old age? Or is that my old age?
BBWAA Hall of Fame Prediction Contest - The Results
The results of our BJOL prediction contest are in. And the winner is....
A Rockie Road to the Hall of Fame
Is there an uncomfortable relationship between Colorado and Cooperstown?
More Etymology and Less Baseball
In which I follow through on my threat to examine closely twelve words from “My Mother, Drunk or Sober”
With or Without Yo(gi)
Some further thoughts about catchers and winning.
The Decline of an Elite Defender
John takes a look at why a former dual threat finds himself still languishing in free agency.

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Rankings and Ratings

World's #1 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

Rank Name Score
1 Clayton Kershaw 582.1
2 Max Scherzer 568.3
3 Corey Kluber 556.3
4 Jon Lester 551.6
5 Madison Bumgarner 551.2
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