July 29, 2015

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Baseball HOF Voting — Some Writers Don’t Deserve The Privilege

July 27, 2015 · by · 2 Comments 

As it happens every summer, for one weekend in July, the eyes of the baseball world turned to Cooperstown, New York, for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Now that they’re over, thoughts will turn to next year’s candidates and Ken Griffey, Jr., who was elected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team in 1999, and will be up for Hall-of-Fame induction in 2016. Griffey, before Barry Bonds started rubbing flaxseed oil all over himself (which made Bonds’ head grow, who knew?), was the greatest player of his generation, and certainly the greatest... [Read the full story]

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A Bargain Closeout in DC

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The Nationals waited until almost midnight, but bargain shopping was still in effect when Washington finally pulled the trigger on their bullpen, adding Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon in exchange for Nick Pivetta, ranked just at the back at end of the Nationals Top Ten Prospects. There had been some disagreement about how bad the Nationals bullpen really was, but by that old reliable metric: runs allowed–in use since your grandmother’s typewriter used carbon ribbons, the Washington bullpen was in the bottom half and needed fixing if they are to have their best chance of holding... [Read the full story]

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Hardball Retrospective – 1906 Season Replay

July 9, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Freddy Parent is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Superbas claim Jimmy Sheckard and the Beaneaters declare Vic Willis. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with... [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]

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Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

April 28, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby Franklin County, Pennsylvania to throw out the first pitch for the club’s 35th home opener on April 15th, which may not seem extraordinary in any way, except this local lawman threw the actual first pitch in Suns’ history. Dane Anthony, still youthful in every way except for his thick, snow-white hair, pitched a complete game on Opening Night, 1981, defeating the Peninsula Pilots 6-2, and he was thrilled to be back on the Municipal Stadium field. “He won’t sleep tonight,” said his wife of 23 years, Teresa.... [Read the full story]

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A Bargain Closeout in DC

July 29, 2015 by

The Nationals waited until almost midnight, but bargain shopping was still in effect when Washington finally pulled the trigger on their bullpen, adding Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon in exchange for Nick Pivetta, ranked just at the back at end of the Nationals Top Ten Prospects. There had been some disagreement about how bad the Nationals bullpen... Read more of this article


Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros’ 2015 Top Draft Pick, Talks Baseball

July 26, 2015 by

Every year, the Major League Baseball draft introduces a new group of top prospects to the professional game. Plucking the best young American players helps annually rejuvenate the level of top up-and-coming talent. One of the most notable entries this year was shortstop Alex Bregman, who is poised to become one of the National Pastime’s next stars. The... Read more of this article


10 Unwritten Rules Of Baseball History

July 25, 2015 by

For perhaps as long as baseball has been around, it’s had unspoken customs and rules that have helped dictate on-field action. These rules have not necessarily been systematically cataloged, though multiple books exist on the subject. With the help of newspapers.com, it’s getting easier to find more of baseball’s unwritten rules, or at least... Read more of this article


A Delightful History–“Willie’s Time” by Charles Einstein

July 24, 2015 by

In Willie’s Time, Charles Einstein weaves a fine tale from the strands of the stellar career of the ‘Say Hey Kid’ and the fine mesh of society’s changes over a period of twenty-two years. Ingeniously divided into sections representing the five presidencies that came and went during Mays’s career, we see the ballplayer grow... Read more of this article


60 Years Ago–No Spahn Sighting in Brooklyn

July 24, 2015 by

The Milwaukee Braves pulled into Brooklyn on July 22 in second place for what would be a make-or-break-the-season four-game date with the Dodgers. Having played 92 games to a less-than-impressive 50-42 record for a second-place team, the Braves had only 62 to go and trailed by 13½. Anything less than winning three of four would likely be the kiss... Read more of this article


2015 and ’69 Mets–Deja Vu All Over Again?

July 20, 2015 by

How well do Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard stack up against Seaver, Koosman and Gentry and can the New York Mets find enough offense to make the miracle work again like it did in 1969? As the Mets and the Nationals square off against one another in a three-game set in Washington, DC, it is a fair question to ask. But the more important... Read more of this article


Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Reed Reilly Has His Eye on the Major Leagues

July 19, 2015 by

Baseball teams can never have too much pitching. Consequently, there is an annual arms race to see who can draft, sign and trade for the hurlers that will hopefully create the indomitable staff needed for a true run at the World Series. In particular, the Boston Red Sox place great emphasis on this part of their team building, and one of the youngsters... Read more of this article


Ginger Beaumont To Be Honored On Monument

July 14, 2015 by

On Sunday July 19, 2015, a monument will be dedicated in honor of former baseball star, Ginger Beaumont. The event will begin at noon, at beautiful Beaumont Field, located on Milwaukee Ave. in Burlington, Wisconsin. The public is welcome to attend. Ginger’s granddaughter Jean Cognato will be attending the event along with Beaumont’s great-granddaughter.... Read more of this article


At the All-Star Break 60 Years Ago: Yankees Look Poised to Run Off With AL Flag

July 13, 2015 by

At the end of play on Sunday, July 10, 1955, when the major league baseball season adjourned for the annual All-Star Game, the pennant races in both leagues had a clear favorite to advance to the World Series. On the strength of their 22-2 start to take a 9½-game lead as early as May 10, the Dodgers were just biding time till October. They had been... Read more of this article


Is It Fitting the Pieces or the Personalities That Make Great Trades Possible?

July 13, 2015 by

The New York Yankees have brought up Rob Refsnyder from Scranton, PA to play second base and it was about time. The Bombers have put a little space between themselves and the rest of the AL East and making a few final adjustments should position them as serious playoff contenders. As glad as the Yankee faithful may be that Stephen Drew has given way,... Read more of this article


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Hardball Retrospective – 1906 Season Replay

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In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the... 


Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

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The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby... 


The Most Important Pitching Study Ever Done: An Overview

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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... 


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Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds Deserve Hall of Fame Induction

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Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

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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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