Welcome to Baer in Mind, a newsletter focusing on MLB news and analysis by me, Bill Baer. I have been covering baseball in some capacity since 2007. I’m currently a free agent sportswriter, formerly of NBC Sports, ESPN, and Baseball Prospectus. You can see a more in-depth rundown of who I am and what I’ve done by visiting my online portfolio.
This newsletter will let you know what’s going on around Major League Baseball and put that news into proper context. My analysis will be earnest and honest, devoid of the omissions and spin you might find at other publications with financial ties to the league (MLB.com being a very obvious example).
Among the myriad topics that will receive coverage here:
Playing baseball during the global COVID-19 pandemic
The ongoing labor strife between MLB ownership and the MLB Players Association
Cheating by the Astros and Red Sox, and the response from other teams around the league
Cultural dynamics within baseball
Analytics, and the way front offices utilize them
Mike Trout being incredible
I plan to do a mailbag in conjunction with my regular posts. The time frame is to be determined based on interest. It could be a weekly thing, or it could just be a monthly thing. Along with access to all posts here, paid subscribers will be able ask one MLB-related question that is guaranteed an answer. Paid subscribers can also leave comments here.
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