September 17, 2014

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“They broke all the records, but we won the game.”

September 16, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

So said Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gino Cimoli in the frantic aftermath of one of the most exciting games of ball ever played. The 1960 World Series has long been considered one of the most memorable Fall Classics. However, while it is of course most remembered for Bill Mazeroski’s sayonara home run in the last of the ninth inning of the seventh game, the Series, and Game 7 in particular, still hold many fascinations for the aficionado of the national pastime. Not the least reason for this ongoing fascination are the numerous twists and turns, clutch moments, and puzzling decisions which... [Read the full story]

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The Incomparable Tony Suck

September 16, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

The Buffalo Bisons a year before Tony Suck joined them. Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, a stinker by any other name would be just as foul. One of the worst baseball players of all time had a name that fit him like a glove. We’re talking about the incomparable Tony Suck. To be fair to Mr. Suck, his name didn’t have the negative meaning that it does today. So it is highly unlikely that abusive fans ever taunted him with the refrain of, “Suck, you suck!” He played in... [Read the full story]

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Giants in Position for Wild-Card Slot Despite Significant Slide

August 18, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

As of Monday afternoon, August 18, the San Francisco Giants hold the second National League wild-card slot, leading the next-closest teams by 1.5 games. What I find most interesting is that the Giants are still on pace to make the playoffs, despite potentially one of the sharpest within-season declines after a strong start, in the wild-card era (1995-present). At one point this season, San Francisco owned a 42-21 record. As winners of two of the last four World Series (2010 and 2012), the Giants thus showed signs of contending for a third MLB championship in five years. However, at the end of Friday’s... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

July 28, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More sad and troubling repercussions from the Steroid Era are contentions that La Russa’s Hall of Fame honor is hypocritical or unworthy. Many point out his successes are inextricably tied to the likes of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, and even Dennis Eckersley, with The New York Daily News going even farther by characterizing La Russa’s Oakland clubhouse as an “orgy of anabolic steroid use.” (1) So if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and about 100 others from that period will never... [Read the full story]

Minors

Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 · by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future hall of famer, but still keeps a memento from his summer in the NYCBL. “I still have the hat – Dodger blue with an H,” Carroll said following a recent batting practice prior to an International League game at Frontier Field.  “It... [Read the full story]

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The Incomparable Tony Suck

September 16, 2014 by

The Buffalo Bisons a year before Tony Suck joined them. Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, a stinker by any other name would be just as foul. One of the worst baseball players of all time had a name that fit him like a glove. We’re talking... Read more of this article


Is the .300 Hitter a Vanishing Breed?

September 15, 2014 by

In the year 2000, 26 players hit for both power and average to reach the Triple Crown milestones of 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a batting average of .300.  In 2013, only three players reached all three milestones and in mid-season in 2014, three were on target for all three and six more were close.  With three weeks to go in the 2014 season,... Read more of this article


In Praise of Timeless Bears

September 12, 2014 by

One of the greatest baseball movies and American comedies of all time has been largely laying low in tall outfield grass for 38 years. Despite its commercial success,The Bad News Bears is rarely mentioned on critics’ lists of classic movies. It’s high time it was put on the pedestal it deserves. Recently, I attended a special American Cinematheque... Read more of this article


Atlantic League Honors Ken Shepard’s Memory And Bridgeport Pays Tribute to Its General Manager

September 11, 2014 by

Both the Atlantic League and the host Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish had already gone to extraordinary lengths to make Sunday’s Ken Shepard Day an memorable experience.  Extra steps were taken this week in light of the sudden death of the popular Bluefish general manager only nine days ahead of the event when kidney cancer claimed him at the tender... Read more of this article


Closer By Committee in DC?

September 7, 2014 by

“Closer by committee” is used only to describe a dysfunctional reality. It has no upside, no silver lining and when spoken in early September, it can mean nothing good. So when Matt Williams announced that the Washington Nationals were relieving Raphael Soriano of his ninth inning duties, and seeking a new answer so late in the season, the... Read more of this article


Rickey & Robinson: A Review

September 7, 2014 by

Announcer Vin Scully is the unquestioned dean of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball because of his work with the team for well over half a century. However, there is another person, just one other, who should be regarded in that same class, and that is writer Roger Kahn. Best known for his work as a Dodgers’ beat writer and for penning such seminal... Read more of this article


Independent Baseball Ties Its Record With 40 in Majors After John Holzkom’s Meteoric Climb in 10 Weeks

September 4, 2014 by

Nearly 200 players have made their way to the major leagues after playing Independent Baseball although very few debuts have carried the significance of John Holdzkom’s first appearance, which came this week with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The fact the giant Californian struck out all three St. Louis Cardinals hitters he faced in the eighth inning... Read more of this article


Astros Fire Manager after Posting Winning Month in August

September 2, 2014 by

In the final game in August, the Houston Astros rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers, 3-2 to post a record of 15-14 for the month, matching their previous best month in May.  The next day, Manager Bo Porter was fired by General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, and replaced by minor league instructor, Tom Lawless. The... Read more of this article


The ’64 Phillies and the Whiz Kids Precedent: Beware the Big Mid-September Lead

September 2, 2014 by

The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies are, of course, famous for blowing a 6-1/2 game lead with only 12 games remaining. Fourteen years earlier, the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies–known as the “Whiz Kids” because of their relative youth and inexperience at the big league level–held an even bigger 7-1/2 game advantage with only 11 games... Read more of this article


Now Pitching for the Royals, Clayton Kershaw

August 31, 2014 by

Much has been said about Clayton Kershaw’s historic season. From his 41 inning scoreless streak to his 206 ERA+, he’s been compared to Sandy Koufax and many other all-time greats. He’s having the kind of season that we haven’t seen since Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, and Maddux were at their peaks. Halfway across the country, the... Read more of this article


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Features

Giants in Position for Wild-Card Slot Despite Significant Slide

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As of Monday afternoon, August 18, the San Francisco Giants hold the second National... 


What’s Behind the Texas Rangers’ Pre All-Star Break Collapse?

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Since 2010, the Texas Rangers have never been far from the playoffs – until... 


Frontier Story With a Curve

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In the spring of 1944 Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall discovered that... 


An Interview With 1960s Yankees Minor Leaguer Ike Futch

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Ike Futch, who played second base, mostly, for a variety of Yankee minor league teams... 


Touring The Bases With…Barry Lyons

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A Mississippi native who starred at Delta State University, Barry Lyons was drafted... 


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Hall of Fame

Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

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There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More... 


If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

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The sabermetric question that remains with Jack Morris left out of the Hall of Fame Jack... 


Branch Rickey: Utmost Loyalty or Vehement Dislike

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I have been enjoying the fine bio “Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious... 


SABR, Bud Fowler and a Taste of Cooperstown

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Last Thursday I made my way to Upstate New York for the fifth annual Frederick... 


My First Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Minors

Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

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ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed... 


Through the Eyes of Patriots Fan: “Hip, hip, Jorge!”

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Not only was it another beautiful evening at TD Bank park (8/17), it was also a game... 


From the Eyes of a Patriots Fan

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It was a picture perfect night for baseball on Friday (August 16th).  While... 


Stash for a Smash

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We are now into the Sweet Spot time period starting in May and going through June... 


“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

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There are three songs that put a smile on my face.  They are “Happy Birthday,”... 


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