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.

Entry is free with your first deposit or only $3. The total prize pool is $300,000 and first place wins $100,000. Over 25,000 scores win money guaranteed!

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


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Here is How to Enter:

  1. Draft Your 10 Man MLB Roster Here
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  3. Follow your players as your team moves up the leaderboard live!

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.


Happy New Year from Crashburn Alley

On behalf of everyone here at Crashburn Alley, I would like to wish you all a happy new year and thank you for making this site a regular part of your daily web-surfing routine. It has been very rewarding to talk Phillies with you (or, for those of you who read and don’t comment, talk at you) throughout the years. I hope you all have fun celebrating the new year and enjoy a happy and healthy 2015. We’ll still be here when the hangovers go away, ready to tackle the next Phillies-related issue.

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As always, feel free to leave feedback in the comments, and you can reach any of us directly using the links in the right-hand column (for those of you on mobile devices, that would be located towards the bottom-third of the page). $100,000 Fantasy Football Contest – Week 2 Only

Football season has started and DraftKings is running a $100,000 fantasy football contest for Week 2. You can enter for free with your first deposit. The entry fee is $2 for everyone else. The top 11,500 will be paid, with the first place winner getting $10,000.

The contest will start on Sunday, September 14th at 1:00 PM EST. It’s a salary style draft — you’ll get $50,000 with which you can select eight players and one defense. More specifically, the roster configuration is as follows: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 flex, 1 defense.

First-time depositors at DraftKings will receive a 100% bonus up to $600. Click here to get started.