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Hey, I Can See the Off-Season from Here

I’ve been busy. Part of the reason is that I’ll be contributing to two forthcoming books: The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2010 (due out in November) and John Burnson’s Graphical Player 2010 (due out in December). I can’t go into a lot of detail just yet because — well, I’m not done writing — but [...]

Olive Pudding

It’s great to see the Padres sign all their top draft picks this year. First-round pick Donavan Tate (whom I was fortunate enough to meet last week, but we’ll get to that in a moment) took batting practice with the big club Tuesday night and impressed the veterans with his “respect and humility.” Tom Krasovic [...]

Takin’ a Break

Life is good, but there’s a little too much of it right now so I’m taking some time off. Ducksnorts will resume publication after the All-Star break. In the meantime, I’ll continue to publish at Hardball Times and Unfiltered. Also, if you do the Twittter thing, I sometimes offer witty/insightful/stupid comments during games. Feel free [...]

Geoff’s Publishing Schedule for 2009

Thing is, writing the 2009 Annual took a lot out of me. So does writing software documentation 40 hours a week. Life is good; I’ve got no complaints or regrets. That said, you deserve to know why I’m scaling back production this year. Here’s the plan for 2009: Monday: Ducksnorts Tuesday: Baseball Daily Digest Thursday [...]

RIP, John Brattain

I am saddened devastated to report that my colleague and friend, John Brattain, has died. John was a fine baseball writer and a fine human being. He will be missed more than I can articulate. I will offer additional thoughts at Hardball Times a bit later. Meanwhile, if you want to know about John, start [...]

Links for 13 Feb 09

It occurs to me that I haven’t provided a book update in a while. We’re getting real close. I’m doing some last-minute rewrites on one of the chapters, and this weekend Mrs. Ducksnorts and I will edit the whole beast. Then I just need to create the subject index and finalize the cover, so if [...]

Seventy-One Awful Potential Closer Songs

Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times recently identified 50 great potential closer songs. Thus inspired, I’ve compiled a list of 71 awful potential closer songs. Why 71? Why not. This is actually an updated version of our original list from ’06 with reader suggestions incorporated. Maybe we can add even more now and go for 100 [...]

THT Season Preview, Seamheads Historical League

Couple things. First off, I’m pleased to announce that The Hardball Times Season Preview 2009 is now available (details from David Gassko, our editor). I contributed the chapter on the Padres. Buy the book. It rocks. And it’ll give you something to read while you’re waiting for my book. Second, the Seamheads Historical League has [...]

Links for 18 Dec 08

Before we get to the rest of the links, I have to call my own number. I’ve got a new article up at Hardball Times that looks back at some old projections I did here at Ducksnorts many moons ago. Good fun… Lots to cover this morning: Padres experienced relative success in Moores Era (San [...]

Links for 9 Dec 08

I’m a little behind in my links, so some of these might be oldish. Hey, better late than never… Organization free of bad contracts and long-term financial obligations (San Diego Union-Tribune). Good stuff from Tom Krasovic: The Padres certainly are familiar with toxic player contracts… The low-revenue Marlins and Twins almost never made such mistakes, [...]