March 28, 2015

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60 Years Ago, When the Wait for “Next Year” Finally Ended: 1955 Pre-Season Pennant Race Handicaps

March 28, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

“Wait Till Next Year.” Sixty years ago, that was the mantra at Ebbets Field because the Dodgers had lost every World Series they had been in—1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953—not to mention having lost the first two playoffs ever for the National League pennant, in 1946 and 1951, and not being counted down and out for good until the final game of the 1950 season. Wait till Next Year. Well, sixty years ago, “next year” finally came when the Dodgers won their first—and, it turned out, only—World Series championship in Brooklyn. This is the first in a series... [Read the full story]

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Casey Stengel Asserts Life Cereal Really is for Adults: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

A big change is coming to the MLB All-Star Game, as it was recently announced that the paper ballot will be no more and all votes cast will now be exclusively online. But why stop there? How about using this as a catalyst to breathe new life into an event that could stand a more extensive makeover? The inaugural All Star game (mirroring the current model) was in 1933. It was a brilliant way to allow fans to experience players they may have otherwise never had an opportunity to because of media and travel impediments. Now that we live in a high-flying digital age, that is no longer a true benefit.... [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]

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Casey Stengel Asserts Life Cereal Really is for Adults: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015 by

A big change is coming to the MLB All-Star Game, as it was recently announced that the paper ballot will be no more and all votes cast will now be exclusively online. But why stop there? How about using this as a catalyst to breathe new life into an event that could stand a more extensive makeover? The inaugural All Star game (mirroring the current... Read more of this article


Do Managers Make a Difference in One-Run Games?

March 19, 2015 by

The argument for one-run games being a possible indicator of a manager’s skill and effectiveness in game-on-the-line circumstances is that these are the games where his decisions would have the most obvious impact, as suggested by several exciting games of the 2014 post-season mentioned in my previous article. The prevailing view among sabermetric... Read more of this article


The Hour That the Ship Comes In

March 8, 2015 by

“And they will know that it’s for real, the hour that their ship comes in…”  Washington Nationals fans may be pinching themselves to find out whether they are dreaming–as in the old Bob Dylan song–but after wandering in the dessert for many years, a championship caliber organization is arriving on the rising tide... Read more of this article


Ty Cobb, Babies and Puppies; Oh My!: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015 by

With other sports and interests vying for their attention, it’s important to keep baseball alive with the younger generations. A great way to achieve this is through school teams—right from elementary school through college. Some programs have faded away over the years but in some rare instances there has been a revival, including at New York University. After... Read more of this article


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


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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... 


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... 


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Hall of Fame

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

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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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If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

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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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