Every year, a panel of smart and observant individuals vote to name the best player at each position. As opposed to the Gold Glove award, only one player at each position (plus a multi-position player) is awarded. The National and American leagues are taken together. Nolan Arenado earned the award for third base. It is the first time he's won it, as Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado were voted the best in the previous two years. Ian Kinsler and Dee Gordon finished first and second at second base, so DJ LeMahieu didn't join Arenado here. He still has a shot to do so in Gold Glove voting though.
James Keating of Rox Pile looks back at Troy Tulowitzki's 2015. It was a tough year for Tulo in an everyday and a baseball sense. He had to uproot his life, for one. From the baseball side of things, Tulo simply didn't have a great season relative to his standards. He was definitely a top ten shortstop in baseball; he was maybe a top five shortstop; but he was definitely not a top five player.
In a postseason of ups and downs, the one thing that has stayed consistent is that Baseball Prospectus leads the baseball writing world in excellent and insightful game recaps. In a look back at last night's 5-3 Royals win, Kate Morrison writes a poignant and personal view of Daniel Murphy and the nature of, at once, failure, effort, success, and barriers to success.
Historical places, in and of themselves, don't interest me. Plaques saying that "such and such" an event took place here are thoroughly un-engaging. History should not be tied to place. Conversely, history is something to be thought, discussed, remembered, and interpreted. Seeing where something was or something happened is not particularly insightful.
Historical places, however, are ripe for contestation. Sometimes it is precisely a place, as a place, that is thought, discussed, remembered, and interpreted. Such is the case of Navin Field in Detroit, which used to be the site of old Tiger Stadium. In this excellent piece, Kurt Mensching dives into a current contestation of the historical site. As with the interpretation of other forms of history, what's at stake at Navin Field isn't the past, but the future.