Sad News From The Crashburn Alley Family

Just a quick note here for any of you that were not already aware – Matt’s mother passed away this week. Matt has been with family a lot the last few weeks and wanted to let everyone know that this is part of the reason for the lack of activity on the site recently. Of course, the rest of us extend our heartfelt condolences during this trying time. For anyone wishing to add some light to the world in memory of our friend’s departed loved one:

We come to this place as a refuge.
We each enter here and our other safe places knowing that our troubles do no cease to be.
But we take comfort in knowing that those inside are also here with sometimes-heavy hearts.
And that many inside will stand with us, shoulder to shoulder, no matter our ailment.
Willing to provide whatever we may be lacking in a time of need.
Let us all be that person today, in whatever capacity we can.
For our friend and his kin.
For our own families, blood or not.
For our neighbors.
Our companions and acquaintances.
And let us all honor the recently departed as they wished, with compassion for those still here and still burdened, and if practical, with material support for the stranger who needs little more than a meal and a bed to get through to tomorrow.

A Crashburn Changeover

When I joined Crashburn Alley two and a half years ago, I had the pleasure of joining a writing crew of Michael Baumann, Paul Boye, Eric Longenhagen, Ryan Sommers and, of course, our bossman, Bill Baer. Over time I’ve watched as each of them has moved on and today, it’s time for me to do the same. Tomorrow I will be starting a new job writing for’s Cut4 site which means this is my penultimate piece at Crashburn Alley.

I’ve deeply enjoyed the opportunity to talk about Phillies baseball with you over the past few years and cannot thank you, the readers, enough for helping create a community which makes Crashburn such a tremendous place to write. It’s not easy for me to say goodbye, but I am excited that my moving on means someone else has the opportunity to step up. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Crashburn Alley isn’t going anywhere thanks to our new editor-in-chief, Spencer Bingol.

You’ve likely read some of Spencer’s excellent work here at Crashburn, but he’s also been a stellar writer and editor for Beyond The Box Score. I have full confidence in his ability to step up to the plate, as it were, and I cannot wait to see what he does with the place. I only ask that you treat him as well as you have treated me.

I want to thank our current writing staff, Adam Dembowitz, Brad Engler, Tim Guenther, Ben Harris, Michael Schickling, and Dave Tomar for their many contributions to the site. Additionally, I need to thank Bill Baer first for giving me the opportunity to start writing about baseball and then for trusting me to manage the site that he spent so many years building.

As I said up top, this is my penultimate post. Rather than making a self-indulgent note my final word, I’ll say goodbye to the site with a more baseball-relevant farewell which you will be able to read later this morning.

Thanks again to all of you. If you want to keep in touch, I’ll still be around on Twitter (@crashlandrey) and if you want to keep reading my work you can do so at Cut4 where I’ll be working full-time and at FanGraphs where I’ll now be contributing once a week.

Save $20 On Phillies Tickets With SeatGeek

With the weather finally warming up and the surprisingly successful Phillies at the start of a ten-game homestand, now is an absolutely fantastic time to get out to Citizens Bank Park. Crashburn Alley has partnered with SeatGeek on a great way to help you get to the park and save money while doing so! All you need to do is sign up with SeatGeek using the promo code: CRASHBURN and you’ll get $20 back on your first ticket order.

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Crashburn Alley Is Looking For Writers

The Phillies are an extraordinarily interesting team right now and the Crashburn crew is looking to expand in order to provide even more in-depth analysis on this developing team. If you are a writer with an interest in contributing to the stat-driven Phillies analysis we provide at Crashburn Alley, we would love to hear from you. Ideal candidates will be able to contribute on a weekly basis and are adept at incorporating sabermetric concepts in their baseball analyses.


  • Able to contribute 1-2 articles per week
  • Strong writing skills
  • Solid understanding of sabermetric principles
  • Previous baseball blogging experience preferred, but not required
  • Prior experience with WordPress is a plus

Unfortunately, this is not a paid position. However, writers have moved from this site directly into paying gigs, so if your ultimate objective is to make some money writing about baseball then Crashburn can be a great way to get your foot in the door. A few of the many outlets which feature current and past Crashburn contributors include: ESPN, NBC Sports, Baseball Prospectus, The Hardball Times, and Beyond The Box Score.

If you are interested in joining us, email me at Tell me a bit about yourself and your relevant experience. Include links to your previous work and a current writing sample on any Phillies-related topic. I look forward to hearing from you!

Link: Why Gibbons’ Casual Sexism Matters

As some of you may know, I write about non-Phillies-centric baseball topics at a couple other places on the internet. The vast majority of my Phillies content is housed right here on Crashburn Alley, so if that’s all you care to read from me there’s no need to update your bookmarks. If you are interested in reading my other work, however, you can do so at The Hardball Times or Today’s Knuckleball.

I’ve never plugged my other work here and don’t intend to start doing so, but I wanted to make an exception today and encourage you to read a piece I have up at The Hardball Times. Last week Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made an off-the-cuff remark with sexist undertones which reopened discussions about gender and baseball. Although I’ve largely steered clear of writing about gender and baseball, it would be disingenuous to deny that being a woman impacts the way I’ve interacted with baseball throughout my life. For a variety of reasons, this was the right time for me to tell my story and explain why language, jokes, and comments like the ones Gibbons made have a real impact on fans of the game and people like me. The full article is here: When The Sport You Love Doesn’t Love You Back

I hope you read it because I think it provides important background about who I am and the lens through which I view baseball. And, as always, thank you to all the readers of Crashburn for helping create an environment where I am free and able to just be another baseball writer.

Moving Forward

I was a reader of Crashburn Alley for years before I began writing here. I was drawn immediately to Bill Baer’s smart analysis and the way the sabermetric tenets he applied challenged my understanding of a sport I’ve loved for my entire life. It was at his recommendation that I first picked up a copy of the seminal sabermetric text The Book. This site was my gateway to the world of modern baseball analysis and much of the intellectual satisfaction and enjoyment I’ve found in pursuing a deeper understanding of baseball I owe directly to Bill.

I am extraordinarily happy for Bill and wish nothing but the best for him at his new full-time gig with NBC Sports. He has done fantastic work writing about baseball for years and no one is more deserving of a full-time gig than he. But I can’t deny that I also feel a selfish personal loss at his departure from Phillies-centric writing. Reading his work here has been an absolute pleasure and I will truly miss it going forward.

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A Changing of the Guard

To avoid burying the lede: I will no longer be running or contributing to Crashburn Alley for the foreseeable future. And Crashburn Alley is not going away.

NBC was brave enough to take a chance on me several years ago, allowing me to cover baseball at HardballTalk with a handful of terrific baseball writers and tremendous people. Now, I will be writing there on a full-time basis, five days a week. Part of this agreement requires my full attention at NBC Sports, so I can no longer write here.

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Draftkings Free $300,000 One-Day Fantasy Baseball Contest

DraftKings is offering Crashburn Alley readers access to a free fantasy baseball contest with $300,000 in prizes!

All you have to do is pick the 10 MLB players you think will score the most fantasy points during the MLB games on Wednesday, May 20th.

Draft 1 C, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SS, 3 OF and 2 Pitchers while staying under the provided $50,000 Salary Cap.

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Picking a lineup is simple. Here is a sample lineup for Wednesday night:


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Mike Schmidt’s Casual Sexism

Phillies reliever Luis Garcia got into a pickle in the top of the eighth inning. He loaded the bases on a walk to Kevin Plawecki, a Dilson Herrera single to center field, and another walk to Ruben Tejada. Garcia was having trouble throwing strikes as usual, but his poor control may have also had something to do with slipping while delivering a pitch during the Plawecki at-bat. Garcia managed to get out of the inning when pinch-hitter Johnny Monell tapped a grounder back to Garcia, who threw to catcher Carlos Ruiz for one out. Ruiz then fired the ball to first base to complete the 1-2-3 double play and end the inning.

Upon return from a commerical break, the broadcast highlighted Garcia’s play to end the inning. Matt Stairs noted that Garcia’s throw home wasn’t great, which made the play closer than it should have been. Schmidt was going to say something but Stairs had to finish the segment first. Once that was done, Tom McCarthy prompted Schmidt to talk, which was a bad idea. Here’s what Schmidt said:

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Donate to Help Camden Yards Employees

With the protests in Baltimore, Maryland causing scheduling changes for the Orioles, employees at Camden Yards will be missing out on several days’ pay. Considering many of them find it difficult to scrape by as is, this week will likely prove quite stressful. In an effort to help alleviate some difficulties, I’ve set up a donation page on GoFundMe.

I plan to speak with appropriate parties with the Orioles on Wednesday morning during office hours to discuss exactly how this will be handled. I will be as transparent as possible about the process. Please let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@Baer_Bill) if you have any suggestions or criticism.