J. P. Hoornstra, Daily Breeze

J. P. Hoornstra

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Past articles by J.:

Padres' spending spree suggests other small-market owners could follow

The financial means for spending like a big-market franchise are apparently available in San Diego now, and that is great news for baseball. → Read More

Hoornstra: What’s the worst that can happen under baseball’s new rules? Look to Triple-A

Some of the worst, weirdest and wildest consequences of the omnipresent timer and the rest of the changes have already been realized in minor league games. → Read More

Hoornstra: What has MLB learned about the economics of baseball in the last 21 years?

MLB must re-evaluate its broadcast revenue streams. How to distribute those revenues is another matter, and it would be nice to see that owners have learned something since the last economic commit… → Read More

Hoornstra: MLB’s worst new rule is already a familiar one

Clubhouse-wide COVID-19 outbreaks were rarely an issue last season. Doubleheader games are no longer seven-inning affairs. Yet the automatic runner on second base is now permanent. Why? → Read More

Hoornstra: How the World Baseball Classic came of age

With the Angels’ Mike Trout, the Phillies’ Bryce Harper and the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts among the most high-profile commitments, the story of the WBC is no longer about who will not be participating … → Read More

Hoornstra: Can analytics prevent youth baseball injuries through the power of public pressure?

The proliferation of publicly available pitch-count data for individual pitchers has the same power to be an inflection point for injury prevention – the rare moment for analytics in baseball to do… → Read More

Hoornstra: What made Scott Rolen a Hall of Famer is a blueprint for future candidates

Rolen was not a mere product of his time. The numbers and the “eye test” say Rolen would have been excellent in any era. That, more than fame, is what makes a Hall of Famer now. → Read More

Hoornstra: An appreciation of the quality start, a stat ahead of its time

This year the Hall of Fame will honor sportswriter John Lowe, whose enduring statistic means more now than ever. → Read More

Dodgers cut ties with Trevor Bauer, designate him for assignment

Dodgers now have seven days to trade the embattled pitcher or place him on irrevocable outright waivers. → Read More

Justin Turner on leaving Dodgers for Red Sox: ‘There’s a point that you realize this is a business’

After nine years in Los Angeles, Turner was recruited to Boston with help from former teammate Kiké Hernandez. He expects to see more time at first base and DH in 2023. → Read More

Hoornstra: What MLB can learn from the NHL’s Winter Classic

It’s easy for a special event to feel gimmicky and nearly impossible to make it feel authentic, but hockey pulls it off every year by leaning into nostalgia and making it must-see TV. → Read More

Hoornstra: Will Atlanta Braves’ ‘Core 9’ strategy benefit baseball?

The Braves have done well to sign their top young players to long-term contracts, an extension of baseball before free agency, but how will it play out? → Read More

Dodgers and Trevor Bauer: Where do they go from here?

Here are the three options for the Dodgers, who must decide what to do with the controversial pitcher by Jan. 6 → Read More

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is reinstated by arbitrator

The pitcher’s suspension was reduced from 324 to 194 games, allowing him to pitch in 2023. → Read More

Hoornstra: MLB is teetering toward the summer of Ilya Kovalchuk

The free-agent money might be flowing hard and fast, but many clubs are still treating the Competitive Balance Tax like a hard salary cap. Now, they’re resorting to similar tactics that NHL clubs u… → Read More

Hoornstra: The baseball story that keeps unraveling

MLB refuted a new report claiming three different baseballs were in play in 2022. But where’s the transparency? → Read More

Hoornstra: Baseball’s Winter Meetings produced more winners than losers

We know about the free agents who signed for big money, but even the unsigned players have to be licking their chops after more than a billion dollars of guaranteed money has been spent in a little… → Read More

Hoornstra: This Baseball Hall of Fame ballot isn’t news

Casting an anonymous ballot for who deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown protects the freedom of thought that keeps the voting process from homogenization → Read More

Left-handed hitters like Joc Pederson could thrive in shift-free 2023 and in free agency

Left-handed hitters like the Giants’ Joc Pederson, who thrive in the absence of infield shifts, should have it good in 2023 and in free agency. → Read More

Hoornstra: Making peace with the slow pace of MLB’s offseason

Each November, teams and fans wait for the biggest of the big-name free agents to find a new home – a process that sometimes takes months, not days or weeks, and results in unfair comparisons to th… → Read More