March 5, 2015

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Remembering Jennifer

March 1, 2015 · by · 3 Comments 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 44 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life on Valentine’s Day 2006, I would have called her to wish her a happy birthday and probably stopped by her house later this evening to give her a hug. In fact, her phone numbers still reside in the contact list on my cell phone even though they’ve long been disconnected; I... [Read the full story]

General

Minnie, Ernie and the Best and Saddest of Chicago Winters

March 4, 2015 · by · 1 Comment 

It has been the best of winters and the worst of winters for Chicago baseball. The White Sox and Cubs spent the early part of the offseason stealing headlines from the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks and competing with one another in the “Winter World Series” as both retooled their rosters and fueled talk of the first all-Chicago World Series since 1906. The White Sox won that contest 109 years ago, but the Cubs probably won this latest battle, making the biggest splash by dumping manager Rick Renteria in favor of Joe Maddon, largely considered the best skipper in the big leagues. The Northsiders... [Read the full story]

Features

Where Have You Gone Jay Johnstone?

September 24, 2014 · by · 5 Comments 

I don’t care where Joe DiMaggio has gone; I’m turning my lonely eyes to Jay Johnstone. Baseball has always had loads of talented center fielders, but where, oh where, have all the colorful characters gone? You know: the guys who say crazy things and give the Commissioner a hot foot? Please don’t talk to me about Manny Ramirez; he wasn’t a character. I admit, making a catch and simultaneously high-fiving a fan is colorful, but acting as cutoff man on a throw from centerfield while playing left is merely mindless. Colorful characters don’t routinely dog it to first base... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame Status Anything But Certain

January 15, 2015 · by · 5 Comments 

Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are the headline first-timers next year on the Baseball Writers of America Hall of Fame ballot. Griffey Jr. is a slam dunk. Hoffman is not. The long-time San Diego Padres closer locked down saves for the better part of sixteen seasons, compiling a whopping 601 in his 18-year career. Hoffman is currently second in history, behind New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Pitching in the relative anonymity of the National League West for the lion’s share of his career, Hoffman did what many closers could not do and stayed healthy. With 2003 being the lone exception,... [Read the full story]

Minors

An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

January 16, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one day have a professional career are two very different things. However, occasionally, players can have their cake and eat it too, as prospect Nick Longhi is not only looking like a good bet to make some noise as a pro ball player, but he is doing it with the Boston Red Sox—the team he has loved since he was old enough to strap on a glove and hoist a bat. Born in Massachusetts, the right-handed hitting, left-handed throwing Longhi ultimately moved to Florida where he starred for Venice High School. A candidate to be... [Read the full story]

General

Minnie, Ernie and the Best and Saddest of Chicago Winters

March 4, 2015 by

It has been the best of winters and the worst of winters for Chicago baseball. The White Sox and Cubs spent the early part of the offseason stealing headlines from the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks and competing with one another in the “Winter World Series” as both retooled their rosters and fueled talk of the first all-Chicago World Series since... Read more of this article


Should MLB Adopt the 154-Game Schedule?

March 3, 2015 by

New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recently suggested he was open to the idea of reducing the regular season from 162 to 154 games. The 154 game schedule is not a new idea. The American and National League adopted the format before the 1904 season, ensuring the eight teams in each league played their opponents 22 times. Until 1904, teams... Read more of this article


Who Was a Better Hitter: Cobb, Ruth, or Wagner?

March 1, 2015 by

Hey baseball fans! There’s a question on my mind that I, for the longest time, was never able to figure out the answer. The question is who is the best hitter from the first Hall of Fame class? In case you don’t know, in 1936, the first three hitters inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner. So, out... Read more of this article


Earl Weaver Teaches the Art of Umpire Arguing: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015 by

Los Angeles Angels’ slugger Josh Hamilton has had a roller coaster career. The former first overall draft pick has fought through addiction to forge an abbreviated All-Star career in the majors. Unfortunately, word came down this past week that the 33-year-old had suffered a relapse with drugs and alcohol and is facing a lengthy ban. Hamilton should... Read more of this article


Now Up, Matt LaPorta: Talking His Career and Life After Baseball

February 26, 2015 by

Baseball players who are fortunate enough to play in the majors seemingly have it all. They are at the top of their profession, can make a salary that if lucky can veer into Jed Clampett money, and get to travel the world.  However, baseball careers are just a fraction in length of a typical vocation, and many players are at a loss of how to proceed... Read more of this article


Alex Rodriguez Undeserving of Record Cleansing For PED Use

February 24, 2015 by

Alex Rodriguez should be stripped of the 190 home runs hit over several seasons as punishment for failing drug tests. That is what Chicago Tribune columnist Philip Hersh believes. Why? Using the precedent of the International Olympic Committee stripping athletes who failed drug tests of medals, Hersh suggests in order to show the gravity of failing... Read more of this article


Why Alan Trammell Belongs in the Hall of Fame

February 22, 2015 by

Hey baseball fans! Yesterday was my birthday, so you know what that means: an Alan Trammell post! For those of you who don’t know it, Trammell and I share a birthday (February 21st) and he’s the only person in baseball who I share a birthday with that should be in the Hall of Fame. So, for this Trammell Birthday post, I’m going to... Read more of this article


Actor Bill Murray, the Professional Baseball Player: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015 by

One of the biggest story lines during spring training has and will continue to be the reintroduction of Alex Rodriguez to major league baseball. After being suspended for over a year for PEDs, the 39-year-old New York Yankees’ third baseman is attempting to salvage the remaining years of his career from the scandal pages, but how much progress will... Read more of this article


What Baseball Means To Me

February 17, 2015 by

It is springtime again in America. Yeah, tens of millions are digging out from mountains of snow to go to work, but the trucks carrying our summer obsession have safely reached their destinations in Florida and Arizona. Once unpacked, another baseball season will be upon us and it can never come too soon. For me, 2015 will be the 42nd season I can remember.... Read more of this article


Mickey Mantle and His Employment Agency: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 15, 2015

February 15, 2015 by

Baseball history remains a popular subject of study. Given the increasingly quicker pace of life and the availability of other sporting options for fan consumption, this may be somewhat surprising. But on second glance there should be no surprise at all. Baseball is the National Pastime for a reason. It is unsurpassed in having figures that can be identified... Read more of this article


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Features

Where Have You Gone Jay Johnstone?

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I don’t care where Joe DiMaggio has gone; I’m turning my lonely eyes... 


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... 


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Hall of Fame

Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame Status Anything But Certain

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Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are the headline first-timers next year on the... 


Where do the Current Hall of Fame Snubs Rank According to WAR and JAWS?

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With the 2015 Hall of Fame election results recently announced, we saw Randy Johnson,... 


Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds Deserve Hall of Fame Induction

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Chances are Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are not going to be inducted into the National... 


Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

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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... 


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Minors

An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

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Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one... 


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... 


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