Behind the Crazy New Analytics Tech Changing How We Watch Baseball

If you turned on the Cardinals v Nationals game last night, you witnessed the first live broadcast of Major League Baseball’s awesome new player tracking and statistics system. This is Statcast: The incredibly fast, incredibly detailed art of playing baseball, broken down into easy to digest metrics that make sense.… » 4/22/15 11:30am Wednesday 11:30am

Bats Out of Hell: The Dumbest "Improvements" Made To Baseball Bat Design

Much like its cousin, the baseball cap, the baseball bat seems pretty simple, at first glance. Take a reasonably cylindrical piece of wood, taper it as necessary, put a little nub on the end so your hands don't slip off, and swing. Hit the ball too low, and you'll pop it up. » 4/07/15 4:16pm 4/07/15 4:16pm

Only six of today's baseball stadiums were built before 1989

Today is opening day for most of major league baseball, a sport that's imbued with tradition. But this game outfitted with old-timey pinstripes and vintage Cracker Jack packaging is enjoyed in mostly contemporary spaces: 23 out of 30 teams play in stadiums that were built after 1990. » 4/06/15 4:59pm 4/06/15 4:59pm

The Rim On this Indoor Basketball Hoop Shrinks To Test Your Skills

Backyard Sports started as a series of video games where players could challenge kid-versions of pro athletes in less-than-professional venues. It disappeared for a while, but the brand has recently been reborn as a series of mobile games that now work alongside real-life sports equipment to reward players for the… » 2/05/15 8:18pm 2/05/15 8:18pm

​The Unlikely Story of How Baseball Card Design Shaped Modern Fandom

Yesterday a 91-year-old former executive at the baseball card company Topps passed away in Long Island. You might not know Sy Berger's name, but he was the person who turned baseball cards into a phenomenon—and, in some ways, defined baseball fandom. And he did it with design. » 12/15/14 1:38pm 12/15/14 1:38pm

The Hidden History of This Year's MLB Playoff Team Logos

In one of the first games of postseason baseball today—the real postseason, not the play-in games—a team with a logo that Hallmark Cards designed will take on a team that once played with a Disney-designed logo. It's the Royals against the Angels, and there's plenty more weird baseball logo history where that came… » 10/02/14 10:11am 10/02/14 10:11am

In 1966, the Angels Landed in Anaheim's Futuristic Baseball Stadium

How could the Angels call any place but Los Angeles their home? After all, the club's name directly referred to the city, and there had been a team named the Los Angeles Angels since the first decade of the 20th Century, when the minor-league Los Angeles Looloos wisely opted for a more dignified nickname. So it's… » 9/05/14 4:24pm 9/05/14 4:24pm

Baseball team is so bad it had to install robots to cheer up human fans

The Hanwha Eagles—a South Korean baseball team famed for losing—now have robot fans to cheer them on. Absent supporters can use social media to deliver messages and show their faces on the robots' LEDs. This has to be the saddest, most depressing thing I've ever seen in any sport. » 7/25/14 10:17am 7/25/14 10:17am

These Redesigned MLB Stadium Logos Are Better Than the Real Thing

If your ballpark is underwritten by a corporation, you've probably noticed how hilariously tacked-on these sponsorships can feel. Let's face it: Dog food, orange juice, and insurance don't always mesh with baseball history. But these redesigned logos attempt to make the unholy union of ballparks and brands a little… » 5/28/14 9:00am 5/28/14 9:00am

Awesome timelapse of Lego Fenway Park built with 28,000 bricks

This massive, 12 sq. ft. Lego replica of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, weighs 68 lbs, took 450 hours of design and building time and around 28,000 bricks. All captured in one awesome timelapse. The build went down at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston, where it will be on display May 23rd. » 4/05/14 10:23pm 4/05/14 10:23pm