MLB 2008 Season Annual

November 30, 2008

Download the WHGB 2008 Annual (pdf)

It seems much longer than one month ago since the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.  After the 2,430 game regular season (2,431 in the end this year) and the drama of the postseason, MLB comes to an abrupt halt and an established part of your daily routine (checking the scores, maybe watching a game) disappears. 

It’s a bit of a shock to the system, but in some ways it is a necessary process.   An MLB season is packed full with action and incidents, heroes and villains, astonishing feats and costly errors, and you need a period to sit back and reflect on what has happened. 

To help you do just that, we are publishing today the ‘Weekly Hit Ground Ball 2008 Annual’.  WHGB is a feature column published every Sunday during the regular season here at BaseballGB. The twenty-six columns from the 2008 regular season have been brought together in a pdf alongside an overview of the first two rounds of the postseason and a series of articles about the World Series.

Some of the events you can read about include:

Jeff Kartsens’ near-perfect game, the week when three managers got the chop, and when the Rays headed to Disney Land before ending up in the dream land of a World Series.

Interleague play, the All-Star Game, Bud Selig’s attempts to speed up the game (predictably forgotten within weeks) and the introduction of instant replay.

Historic feats (Griffey’s 600th home run), rookies making a mark (Jay Bruce), and a Dutch international making his Major League debut.

But no one had a more remarkable year than CC Sabathia.  From his slow start to the season with the Indians, his move to the Brewers, the disastrous four-game sweep by the Cubs at the end of July, the no-hitter attempt that controversially went by the wayside and the sacking of his team’s manager, it was quite a year for CC and it promises to get even better with a lucrative multi-year free agent deal just around the corner.


Interview with Great Britain’s Head Coach

November 24, 2008

In the latest in a new series of Q&As, recently spoke to the Head Coach of Great Britain’s National baseball team: Stephan Rapaglia.  Stephan discusses various topics, from Team GB’s great showing in the 2007 European Baseball Championships, to the prospect of competing in the 2009 Baseball World Cup against teams like Japan, to the future of baseball in Britain.  The article can be found here.

MLB Team Picker

November 23, 2008

Once a Brit has started to take an interest in baseball, they have to make a potentially life-changing decision: which team should they call their own?  At BaseballGB, we’ve decided to try and make this decision a little easier by coming up with a Team Picker system.  Our first attempt is in many ways a trial run, designed to provoke some debate and hopefully lots of useful suggestions on how it can be improved.  Our plan is to take the comments on board and bring out a new set of rankings in March in time for the 2009 season.

Brant Ust Interview

November 3, 2008


Great Britain baseball player Brant Ust recently answered a series of questions for .  The article can be found here.

From the Stanford Series to the World Series

November 2, 2008
  • A lack of 20-20 vision– The Stanford Series finale was a disaster for England.  Will it have had more success in converting American’s to cricket?
  • Why I love fantasy baseball – and why you should too! – Mark George offers a few reasons why Fantasy sceptics should reconsider their position.
  • Support Herts Baseball Club – Herts Baseball Club have ambitious plans to upgrade their facilities, but they need your support.
  • European Professional League news – The latest news of the plans to create a professional baseball league in Europe.
  • The 2008 World Series

  • The Phillies win the World Series
  • Game Five continues tonight
  • World Series left in limbo
  • Phillies blast past the Rays in Game four