Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
May 5, 2006
BLOG: Six Years and Counting

Although the blog didn't open until August 2002 and this site in its present form opened in April 2003, I count my real "blogoversary" as my first weekly column for Bill Simmons' old Boston Sports Guy site, which ran six years ago today, calling for baseball to change the rules to require relief pitchers to face at least three batters (go read the whole thing - I still stand by the proposal). The internet was but a pup then, and the word "blog" unheard-of. Somehow, I'm still going six years later, and while we all have our dry spells, unlike a lot of the burned-out bloggers out there I hardly feel like I'm running out of things to say (more often I come up with ideas too ambitious to get them done - right now I've got at least three long political pieces in draft form, one long statistical study yet to start, and a couple other baseball, politics and law columns I'd write now if I only had more time to write).

Anyway, thanks to everyone who has read, linked, commented, advertised or otherwise supported my writing these past six years.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:46 AM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

I enjoy the blog regularly. Keep pluggin'

Posted by: Nate at May 5, 2006 10:49 AM

Congrats Crank.

Although I have come to the conclusion that your blog might be more appropriately named 'the Cranky Baseball Scientific Analyst' or something similar. =)

The way you guys analyze stats makes me feel like I don't even know how to put on a glove.

Posted by: Dwilkers at May 5, 2006 10:55 AM

Congrats, Crank!

Here's to six more years (at least).

Posted by: Mike at May 5, 2006 12:51 PM

Enjoy it Crank!!! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 5, 2006 1:52 PM

Happy Anniversary, and I like your old piece. (Are you ready to switch to "Cranky Old Fart" yet?) I actually prefer Bill James' method myself, which (IIRC) was 1 free change per inning, any additional only being allowed after the pitcher gives up a run. It seems a little more flexible - if Mike Myers comes in to face David Ortiz and he jacks one (I meant WHEN), it seems reasonable to take him out then.

Posted by: Devin McCullen at May 5, 2006 1:57 PM

Well done. Here's to six, and many beyond, more.

3 hitters per reliever? Not as odd as "only intentionally walk a hitter once a game". So, a decent start.

Posted by: seamus at May 5, 2006 2:50 PM

Congratulations. Here is to another 12.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at May 5, 2006 3:33 PM

I've been enjoying you're writing for all 6 years, and the material hasn't tired to my consumption. Good work.

Posted by: Brendan at May 10, 2006 12:42 PM
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