June 26, 2016

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Bullpen Barbie Dolls

June 22, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

The Washington Nationals pitching staff reminds me eerily of my daughters’ doll collections when they were very young.  They were lucky enough to have a collection of American Girl dolls.  Each one had a special place of reverence in their bedroom. Those were the starters. American Girl dolls came with distinctive names and back stories. Think Scherzer, Strasburg or Zimmermann. The back stories were like long-term contracts. And then there were the Barbies. They littered my daughters’ toy box. The Barbies came with all manner of deformities. Some were headless. Others legless or... [Read the full story]

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Who Is Adam Duvall, and Why Is He Suddenly a Big Deal?

June 22, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

The trade deadline swap between the Reds and Giants last summer featured Mike Leake as the centerpiece, but it’s another player involved in the trade that ended up making it significant. Adam Duvall is tied for second in the Majors with 20 home runs and has been one of the lone bright spots on the last place Cincinnati Reds. Duvall has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, especially considering he doesn’t have a true position and wasn’t even a lock to be on the Reds roster before the start of the season. So…where did Adam Duvall come from? Duvall was drafted... [Read the full story]

Features

Forty Years Ago The Bird Had His Coming Out Party on a Monday Night

June 22, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

Forty years. Does it seem that long? Not to those who witnessed it. They can remember the emotion–and fun–just like it was yesterday. June 28, 1976 Mark Fidrych, aka The Bird, had the biggest coming out party in the history of Monday Night Baseball. Fidrych was a local phenom in Detroit, but the rest of the country hadn’t seen him yet. When the national audience tuned in that night, they were treated to a two-hour party, the likes of which had never been seen in a baseball stadium, and would never be repeated. By the next morning, the small town rookie pitcher would be the most... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pre-Integration Era Committee Releases 2016 Candidates For Baseball Hall of Fame: Sorry, There’s No Room in the Inn

October 9, 2015 · by · 5 Comments 

First, let me state categorically that I love the Baseball Hall of Fame; love the history, love the tree-lined streets of Cooperstown in the summer, love the beauty of Lake Otsego, love everything about the place. Most of all, I love the reverence of the hall of plaques, appropriately presided over by life-size statues of The Babe and Mister T. Ballgame. There is nothing more sublime than watching the face of an excited young kid, oversized baseball cap hanging over his ears, with eyes as big as Dodger Dogs, as his dad points out the plaques of immortals like Stan the Man, Hammerin’ Hank,... [Read the full story]

Minors

Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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Who Is Adam Duvall, and Why Is He Suddenly a Big Deal?

June 22, 2016 by

The trade deadline swap between the Reds and Giants last summer featured Mike Leake as the centerpiece, but it’s another player involved in the trade that ended up making it significant. Adam Duvall is tied for second in the Majors with 20 home runs and has been one of the lone bright spots on the last place Cincinnati Reds. Duvall has been one... Read more of this article


Forty Years Ago The Bird Had His Coming Out Party on a Monday Night

June 22, 2016 by

Forty years. Does it seem that long? Not to those who witnessed it. They can remember the emotion–and fun–just like it was yesterday. June 28, 1976 Mark Fidrych, aka The Bird, had the biggest coming out party in the history of Monday Night Baseball. Fidrych was a local phenom in Detroit, but the rest of the country hadn’t seen him... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1915 Season Replay 

June 17, 2016 by

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, Babe Ruth is listed on the Red Sox roster for the duration of his career while the Indians claim Ray Chapman and the Browns declare George Sisler.... Read more of this article


What Happens with the DC Strangler in Rehab

June 14, 2016 by

On Sunday the Washington Nationals were behind to the Phillies 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. The bases were loaded for Jayson Werth with two out and two strikes when he singled to center field to plate two runs for the walk-off win. Talking to MASN commentator Dan Kolko about what it had felt like to have his team mates chasing him around the... Read more of this article


Rule 4 Draft and Baseball on Television

June 11, 2016 by

One of my favorite MLB, Inc. events is the Rule 4 Amateur Draft and it is getting better all the time. There are no ratings for the 2016 event that I could find, but personally, I watched much more of the proceedings than any year previously–in case anyone is listening. The first round talent seemed authentic and human with stories that were mildly... Read more of this article


The Curious Case of Clay Buchholz

June 8, 2016 by

Last week it was announced that longtime Red Sox mainstay and two-time all-star Clay Buchholz would move to the bullpen after a dreadful start to the 2016 season. While Buchholz will likely be a frontrunner to fill the rotation spot left after the demotion of fellow struggling starter Joe Kelly, the move should be a wake up call. In 2016, Buchholz is... Read more of this article


Getting a ‘Bum’ Rap

June 6, 2016 by

In 2014, Madison Bumgarner piqued the interest of baseball fans when he told reporters he wanted to participate in the Home Run Derby. In baseball’s greatest spectacle of power, the idea of letting a pitcher participate may seem like a novelty. But Bumgarner has compiled a legitimately impressive power resume, and if the time has ever come to allow... Read more of this article


How Many 20-Game Winners will there be in 2016?

June 5, 2016 by

Much has been said in recent weeks about Clayton Kershaw’s impressive start in 2016. And deservedly so, as he has an 8-1 record, 1.46 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 109 strikeouts and only 6 walks in 92.7 IP. But beyond Kershaw, there seem to be a lot of pitchers having outstanding seasons so far. As we are just past the one-third mark in the season, I’m... Read more of this article


Astros Show Some Life in Late May

June 5, 2016 by

After treading water for most of May with a 10-11 record, The Houston Astros came to life by winning 7 of 8 games for the rest of the month. The streak was kicked off by a 3-game sweep in Houston against the Baltimore Orioles when the Astro pitchers struck out a record 52 batters in a 3-game series.  The turnaround coincided with the movement of George... Read more of this article


The Pirates Can Contend in 2016, but Only If…

May 30, 2016 by

The Pittsburgh Pirates, the team I chose as my favorite when I was a six-year old in 1979, have finally become a consistently good team these past few years. They’ve not been able to get to the World Series, and 2016 could be more of the same — since the National League has no shortage of strong contenders. As many predicted, the Cubs have... Read more of this article


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Features

Forty Years Ago The Bird Had His Coming Out Party on a Monday Night

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Forty years. Does it seem that long? Not to those who witnessed it. They can remember... 


Lazzari’s Vault: Remembering “Rapid Robert”

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The numbers are staggering: 266 victories, over 3,800 innings pitched, 279 complete... 


Major Minnesotans: Tim McIntosh

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Tim McIntosh was born on March 21st, 1965. The 1983 graduate of Hopkins High School... 


Major Minnesotans: Brad Hand

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Miami Marlins pitcher, Brad Hand, was born on March 20th, 1990. The Marlins drafted... 


Major Minnesotans: Hy Vandenberg

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March 17th is the birthday of Washburn High School (Mpls) alumnus and Major League... 


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Hall of Fame

Pre-Integration Era Committee Releases 2016 Candidates For Baseball Hall of Fame: Sorry, There’s No Room in the Inn

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Posnanski Plays Race Card in His Criticism of Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Committee

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Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame Status Anything But Certain

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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... 


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Minors

Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

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Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out... 


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... 


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... 


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