To be perfectly honest, there were a handful of the Pinch Hitters posts that I disagreed with, but that was kind of the point of the series. The most important role Sam and I play on this blog is to provide news and information, but in the winter, most days come and go without any real news to report. Quite often, opinions and predictions become king in the offseason, and I think it’s best to get as many of those as possible.
Sam and I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the Pinch Hitters and to all of you who took those posts and ran with them in the comments. It was a lot of fun and worked out even better than I had hoped or expected.
I would say the high point of the series came on January 25, when Lucas Vanderwarker’s post on Derek Jeter and the all-time hits record was picked up by Rob Neyer at ESPN.com. Rob disagreed with Lucas, but it’s the discussion that matters, and that post generated discussion here, here, here and here. And probably in other places I missed or forgot to bookmark.
The series came together with Sam and I asking for proposals, not finished posts. In most cases, we picked the posts and put them in order before actually seeing the finished product. I remember getting Ryan Lee’s post in my email inbox and saying outloud, “The kid nailed it.” There was poetry, and what seemed to be a page ripped out of a memoir. There was a new statistic, and a near dismissal of statistics altogether. There was a post from England that was nothing like what I expected and even better than I could have hoped.
It doesn’t make sense to mention all of the guest posts in this space, but thank you to everyone who participated. Great stuff throughout.
Now, let’s get spring training started!