The top catches of 2012

Awesome defensive plays are something that seem to bring all baseball fans together. Be it an incredible, homer-robbing catch, a dive into the crowd or dugout to take away an extra chance for a batter, or an all-out diving effort that saves a hit, great defense is something that draws eyes to the game and […]

TOC’s top ten posts of 2012

Thanks to all of you, the readers of The Outside Corner, we've experienced unprecedented growth during 2012, and are looking forward to an even better year in 2013. As part of the initial relaunching of the portal in April 2011 (along with our sister site, Crossover Chronicles), we've brought you a comprehensive blend of […]

Searching for the new “Moneyball”

In 2002, the Oakland A’s relied on a concept of team-building that eventually led to the coined term, “Moneyball”.  It was a new concept to baseball, but an age-old concept in economics, finding what is commonly called ”market inefficiency”.  This is essentially the idea of finding value in products which your competitors have not placed […]

Dugout Digest – end of the year

Well everyone, this is it. We're in the final hours of 2012, and it was a fantastic year to be a baseball fan. There were a lot of things we liked about this year and there were some amazing walkoff wins. Today, we're going to bring you the top defensive plays of 2012, TOC's top ten […]

Things I liked from all 30 teams in 2012

2012 was one of the better years for baseball in recent memory. Partially because the Giants won the World Series (HOMER~!) but also because we saw overall revenue up due to fantastic TV contracts, we saw the ascension to greatness of some of the best young players the game has seen in at least a […]

The top walkoff wins of 2012

2012 sure was an exciting year for baseball fans. Playoff races ran until the final day of the regular season. Postseason games were decided with one swing of the bat. Legends went out in blazes of glory. And throughout all of those great moments, the walkoff stood tall. There were 205 walkoff wins during the […]

Hideki Matsui calls it a career

On Thursday, former Yankees left fielder/DH Hideki Matsui announced he'd be retiring. The 38-year old finishes his career in America with a career line of .282/.360/.462, 175 homers, and 1253 hits in 1236 games over ten seasons stateside. Matsui played in the first 518 games of his career, the record to begin a major league […]

Dugout Digest – cleaning up the wrapping paper

I promise you, that's my last Christmas related pun. But anyway, a few teams got some Christmas presents this week! -The Red Sox got a closer for the second straight offseason in Joel Hanrahan -The Pirates got some more hope for the future with the Hanrhan trade and the signing of Francisco Liriano -The Angels […]

Chipper Jones + basketball hoop + ladder = FAIL

Chipper Jones has been doing a good job keeping himself busy in the first few months of his retirement.  He's been out and about with his new Playboy model girlfriend, spending time promoting his "VIP" Super Bowl party and generally getting chubbier.  But it isn't all glitz and glamor for the future Hall of Famer.  […]

New batting practice caps released for 2013

For those of you who love buying a new hat every year, MLB will be releasing new batting practice caps for the 2013 season. Many of them are the same (or very similar) to their 2012 versions. Yet, as Paul Lukas at ESPN's Uni Watch explores, some are very different and rather old school in […]

Who’s left on the free agent market?

Last year, the MLB free agent market took awhile to get sorted out. After New Year's Day, a number of free agents finally signed that would have a huge impact on the 2012 season, including Fernando Rodney, Coco Crisp, Hisashi Iwakuma, Darren Oliver, Wei-Yin Chen, Norchika Aoki, Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda, Cody Ross, Yoenis Cespdes, […]