Bruce Maxwell Had the Courage, and Credibility, to Take MLB's First Knee
Born on a military base in Germany, the son of a veteran, Maxwell was the right guy at the right time to make a statement in the conservative MLB.
From Telescopes to Smartwatches: The Evolution of Sign Stealing in Baseball
The Red Sox were accused of using an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees. Former MLB player Fernando Perez breaks down how sign stealing actually works—and how it is always changing.
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 8: Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Secrets We Keep
Sometimes positive drug tests can threaten baseball's self-image. Nobody has a better view of PED use than the teammates of players who are using.
Recovering Ballplayer Vo. 7: Neil Walker, Switch Hitting, and Multiple Personalities
Recovering ballplayer Fernando Perez is still trying to unravel the mysteries of switch hitting. So he turns to the hottest switch hitter in baseball, Neil Walker, to help.
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 6: The New Slide Rules
Baseball's new rules on sliding may seem to take away some of the sport's edge. But they are also the best thing for its players and the game moving forward.
Wacky Races: The Recovering Ballplayer MLB Preview Extravaganza
The 2016 Cubs are the sports world's most seriously regarded first-world problem, and their first problem is a stacked National League Central. The Kansas City Royals look beatable, and more predictions for the 2016 MLB season.
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 4: Swag Baseball Out Again
The battle over unwritten rules is actually about the battle between pitchers and position players. To solve it, we must heed the man who was both: Babe Ruth.
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 3: The Wade Davis Experience
The dominance of Wade Davis brings up existential questions about the nature of MLB pitching staffs.
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 2: The Ballad of John Jaso
First John Jaso wasn't good enough defensively to play catcher. Then the position beat him up too badly to continue playing it.
Recovering Ballplayer: Armando Galarraga and the Future of Umpiring
Ex-Major Leaguer Fernando Perez asks whether umpires are anything more than "animate kitsch" on the field. Is it time to embrace the future?