Baseball and Economics?

Over the past few years I started taking an increased interest in baseball, peaking about the time that Ben Zobrist (grew up near my current hometown of Peoria, Illinois) signed a four year contract with the Chicago Cubs, my adopted favorite team.

And what started as a growing interest has become my most favorite leisure activity and a thoughtful habit.  And a passion.

I wanted a place to write about baseball where it belongs.  My other blog has a variety of topics I’ve written about there.  Baseball doesn’t completely fit in with them, though, hence this new blog.

My interest in baseball extends as much to what goes on off the field and between seasons as it does to what goes on during any specific games.  I’m a true blue Cubs fan, still excited about the 2016 World Series win: the Cubs first since 1908, but I love seeing excellence in the game (both on the field and in the front office) no matter where it occurs.

I live in an area with mostly St. Louis Cardinals fans (who remind me often of the number of championships they have since 1908), and have friends who root for teams from Boston to California.  And when the Cubs are out of the post-season (hopefully not to happen this year) I’ll root for someone to play excellent ball.

I love the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.  Moneyball remains one of my favorite movies that I watch at least twice each year.  And I despise the designated hitter but recognize that it’s not going anywhere at least in the American League.  I’m in the minority and don’t think baseball moves too slowly.  I love the “cat and mouse” that goes on between the pitcher and the batter and the chess game that goes on between managers during every game. I’d get more excited to watch a pitcher pitch a perfect game than I would to see multiple home runs drive up the score.  On my bucket list is watching a major league game in every one of the 30 stadiums still in use.

I approach most topics of interest through the lens of economics.  Baseball has quite a bit of it going on, especially off the field.  Since 2001, though, mathematics has an undisputed place in baseball that isn’t going anywhere.  I l0ve the fact that supply and demand and the free market are evident in the day-to-day moves around baseball.  I am a people manager and the moves that come with a well constructed farm system are a big part of my passion here:  I get to use the parts of my brain I like the most for a decidedly non-work activity.

I’ll be writing about the Cubs quite a bit, especially when they’re winning, but I’ll write about the amateur draft, minor league teams, trades and salaries, and even baseball history.  My goal is to make everything I write accessible for even the most casual of fans.  Please hold me to that as you read.  I’ll interact with every comment you make.  When I use a baseball term for the first time I’ll link out to a definition or article on it:  just click on the hyperlink.

If you want to know more about me, check out my other blog.  I’ll post links to other baseball blogs and resources here.  As a general rule I won’t post a link to anything that requires a paid membership because I’m trying to keep my own baseball enthusiasm within a budget.  If you have a question about baseball at all I’m glad to try to answer or find someone who can.

I hope you can join in the fun.  I write here about baseball all year long.