Mad Em-Dashes is a St. Louis Cardinals blog by Dan Moore that does not want to waste your time. 

A year of writing intermittently

2014 was the first year since 2004 where I wasn’t writing a couple of blog posts a week. It was weird! I feel very disconnected from the baseball news cycle; not having an internet connection stable enough to watch games with until the postseason probably had something to do with it, but when I buy the 2015 Baseball Prospectus I’ll probably be putting a lot of names to slash lines for the first time.

But I outbid everybody else hunting for the em-dash.es domain name for another year, so whatever I end up writing in 2015, you’ll see it here. My resolution is to exceed the 40-or-so posts I ended up making in 2014, and to have the book project I’ve been working on on-and-off for a few years in a condition to show you guys before, say, the celebrity softball game. (The TV replay, not the live game—I might need that extra day.)

To everybody who continued reading my work long after doing so was necessary to gain entrance to a fun and vibrant community: Thanks.

Here are five things I remember writing in 2014:

  1. Scott Rolen is going to make you a curmudgeon

    Scott Rolen—he was a great player, but you had to be there. You had to watch the way he controlled his huge limbs in flight, the way his arm snapped forward like a machined part, the way he ran with his head down in a way that had to be totally unlike your dad's stupid Charlie Hustle memories sounded.

  2. Yadier Molina is a Hall of Famer in search of a new WAR formula

    There have always been people who think Yadier Molina will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. These people watched him hit those NLCS home runs in 2006 and knew; these people watched him distinguish himself as Mike Matheny Jr. in 2004 and knew. Ask around the Midwest League and I am convinced you will find that there were people who sat at O'Brien Field every afternoon, cheering on Dan Haren (7-3, 1.95) and Tyler Johnson (15-3, 2.00) and Shaun Boyd (.313/.379/.471), and knew that Yadier Molina, .280/.331/.384, was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  3. Kevin Siegrist is an injured pitcher

    The thing that's harder to afford, as a baseball fan, is the sense that getting excited about a young pitcher is just the first part of a story that always involves a year in the wilderness and a flinching unease every time you watch him throw that bewildering slider.

  4. Why I keep rooting for Tommy Pham

    I can’t disprove the world I imagined when I was 17—where all of us are governed by probability, and it’s best that we all accept it and will our favorite organizations to become more efficient—which I guess is the point. When you are a supremely confident teenager, if you’re lucky, you get some idea of how the world really does work, and you root for progress to take hold and install you in your rightful place among the elect who have also read the right books. Sometime after that, if you are lucky, you fail convincingly enough to realize that you are the fat, not the lean cut of meat you kept yelling at general managers to finish trimming.

  5. We are lucky the World Series ratings are so terrible

    Our only protection is that nobody outside Fox Sports Midwest's viewing territory cares about our Mike Matheny memes; the regional nature of baseball fandom is all that's keeping us from Budweiser commercials about Mike Trout's bitchin' man-cave. Local radio stations and regional sports networks and going to a no-account June afternoon game with your whole family are not signs of the sport's sickness, they're what allow us to enjoy it on its merit, with people we're close to, for reasons that might not (and should not) resonate with every other baseball fan in the United States.

[Load More Managers] [Load More Managers]

You may have seen the good news elsewhere: By popular uprising, our friend bgh has been rehabilitated by the party and is your new manager at Viva El Birdos. He is even now being pasted back into photos of factory tours and committee meetings.

I'm extremely happy for bgh and VEB The Community both. This means we can probably hold off on meticulously recreating Chorus's commenting system in a clean-room environment, but I'm still going to ask You, The Viewer a question as part of what will probably be a monthly Mad Em-Dashes meta-post. (I always wanted to post monthly traffic/status updates on VEB, but when you work for a large company traffic is kind of a trade secret. Since this is an experiment, I figure periodic updates on the results are only fitting.)

Anyway: What do you think would be neat? What, within reason, could make this site easier or more rewarding to use? When I began writing this yesterday morning that question was mostly related to comment systems, but I'm still interested in hearing from you.

I appreciate your being here—traffic, not to mention the subsequent insurrection, has far exceeded my expectations—and I hope you'll come around even now that we can beat our swords back into SB Nation accounts; I've got a lot of cool stuff planned, some of which I might even have enough Ritalin to finish.

Also: I added a tip jar, since a few people asked about it. Please don't feel any obligation, especially now that we don't have to use the money to poach danbjork from Vox, but something has to support my webOS habit. Oh, and my wedding.

Congratulations on beating back a flawed business model, and thanks so much for sticking with me—this last couple of weeks has been a weird experience, and a great one, and I'll never forget it.