MLB.TV 2010 Prices

January 28, 2010 has released the details of the 2010 MLB.TV and MLB.TV Premium subscriptions.  A British perspective on the new offerings, and the new prices, is available now at


BaseballGB reviews St Louis Cardinals: Past & Present by Doug Feldmann

May 2, 2009

The St Louis Cardinals are the latest franchise to have a book devoted to them in this impressive series by MVP Books.  Fans of the Red Birds will revel in this eye-catching compilation of great photos and descriptive text that provide a well-rounded history of their storied team.

Read the full review here.

1974 World Series, the WBC, the economic crisis and more

December 8, 2008
  • World Series – the 1974 version – The A’s versus the Dodgers courtesy of
  • A-Rod and the D. Rep batting lineup – A-Rod’s decided to join the Dominican Republic for the 2009 WBC.  Here’s a look at the frightening lineup they could put on the field next March.
  • Baseball Economics – the global economic crisis, how it effects baseball in the States and how it effects being a baseball fan in Britain.
  • You Are the Scorer: Number 5  – the latest in our regular feature
  • Baseball Books for Xmas – Stuck for an Xmas present?  Here’s a guide to some baseball books you might want to try.
  • European club rankings 2008 – Comparing the rankings by Mister-Baseball and BaseballdeWorld

  • 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.

    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.

    Sweeps, WBC, MLB deadline day, and a new Extra-inning rule

    August 3, 2008
  • ‘Weekly’ Hit Ground Ball 2008 – Week Eighteen – Looking at the power of the ‘sweep’ as the Cubs beat up the Brewers.
  • WBC – An alternative format – The World Baseball Classic is a fantastic competition, but it could be even better.  Here’s an alternative format for how the tournament should be structured.
  • WBC 2009 press conference news – A report on the L.A. press conference held on Thursday announcing details about next year’s World Baseball Classic.
  • New game-shortening rule makes debut – The IBAF’s new rule is taking effect
  • Manny deal saves the deadline day – Reviewing the deadline day
  • Trade Deadline day –  Previewing the deadline day
  • European League update – The IBAF caused some excitement a short while ago when announcing tentative plans to create a European Baseball League.  More details are now starting to emerge.
  • New rule to eliminate marathon games from the Olympics – An in-depth look at the new rule which will see runners placed on first and second at the start of each inning if the scores are tied after ten.
  • How to become an Olympic sport – The decision process for selecting sports to be part of the Olympics is strongly called into question by the BBC.  Perhaps an explanation why baseball and softball have been unjustly booted out?
  • National Baseball League: return of the seamed sphere – A review of last weekend’s games from the British National Baseball League.

  • Injuries and All Stars, plus baseball news from Britain and Europe

    July 13, 2008
  • ‘Weekly’ Hit Ground Ball 2008 – Week Fifteen – The DL gets every player in the end.  Do some avoid it through skill, or is it simply luck?
  • Gameday gets better and better –’s Gameday feature is continually undergoing development.  Here’s a review on it’s current incarnation.
  • Final Four details announced – Click the link for more details on September’s Final Four tournament: the climax of the British baseball season.
  • Europe’s top fifty teams – Looking at Mister-Baeball’s latest European rankings.
  • Harden joins the Cubs – The Cubs answer the Brewers.  The A’s continue to rebuild.
  • The Bad Guys Won by Jeff Pearlman – A review of this great book about the 1986 Mets.
  • All Star rosters announced – After millions of votes were cast, the All Star rosters were revealed this week.
  • Brewers sign Sabathia – The rumours turned to reality in a short space of time.