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Christy Mathewson and His Brothers: A Story of What Might Have Been

June 28, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Right-handed pitcher Christy Mathewson was one of the greatest hurlers of all time, starring for the New York Giants for nearly 16 years in the early part of last century. He is still third all-time in wins with 373, and perhaps the greatest postseason pitcher who ever lived, posting a 0.97 ERA and completing 10 of his 11 Fall Classic starts. He also had two younger brothers who were also quite accomplished as pitchers. Sadly, neither attained the baseball success of their big brother, and through separate twists of tragic fate, both died way too young. If everything had gone according to expectations,... [Read the full story]

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Why Alex Rodriguez’s Milestone Moments Drew Yawns

June 22, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez recently had his 3,000th base hit and the historic moment drew a collective yawn. A sign of how unpopular baseball is? Hardly. Look at the television ratings the game is drawing at a local level. The national pastime is doing just fine, thank you. So, why was this milestone given the notoriety in the press of a WNBA game? Rodriguez is a cheater. As a society, we do not like cheaters. Tom Brady can tell you about this first hand and the evidence around his alleged misdeed is sketchy at best. Understand this about Rodriguez’s achievements and others outed... [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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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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Why Alex Rodriguez’s Milestone Moments Drew Yawns

June 22, 2015 by

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez recently had his 3,000th base hit and the historic moment drew a collective yawn. A sign of how unpopular baseball is? Hardly. Look at the television ratings the game is drawing at a local level. The national pastime is doing just fine, thank you. So, why was this milestone given the notoriety in the press of... Read more of this article


An Interview with the Incomparable Mike Schmidt!!!!!

June 19, 2015 by

Hey baseball fans! Now, as most of you know, my favorite baseball player of all time is Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, which is why I am absolutely elated to tell you that I just interviewed him! Shoutout to my principal at Golda Och Academy, Mr. Adam Shapiro, for making this possible. Anyway, I can’t produce words that explain how honored I am... Read more of this article


How Much Will They Pay to See the Max and Mondo Show?

June 17, 2015 by

Washington, DC baseball fans have not seen anything like it in many a year. How long has it been since there a pitcher of Max Scherzer’s ability in the Nation’s Capital? How long since there was a hitter like Bryce Harper? Could having them both to watch be like…Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford? According to Baseball Reference.com, there... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1905 Season Replay

June 16, 2015 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, Frank Chance is listed on the Cubs roster for the duration of his career while the Reds claim Sam Crawford and the Giants declare Christy Mathewson.... Read more of this article


The Millers and the Saints: A Review

June 14, 2015 by

Fans have traditionally been drawn to the game of baseball for many reasons but one that keeps them coming back over and over again is the fantastic rivalries that develop between teams. These are created by regionalism, annual competitiveness and star players that are compared and contrasted against each other. Not reserved to just the Majors Leagues,... Read more of this article


Celebrating Youth Baseball Tradition in West Baltimore

June 10, 2015 by

Major League Baseball Players Association and past and present members, including Tony Clark, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, All-Star Adam Jones and others to celebrate youth baseball tradition in West Baltimore New York, NY, Wednesday, June 10, 2015  … The Major League Baseball Players Association will lead a group of active and former Major... Read more of this article


For Father’s Day: Unlike Brad, This Pennington Finds Home Plate

June 8, 2015 by

Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius Bill Pennington New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015 530 pages They say that baseball is about fathers and sons. They say a lot of tripe, but there is some truth in that. I rewatched a few episodes of Ken Burns’ Baseball over spring training in preparation for this year’s baseball season. There was Dan... Read more of this article


13 Not So Famous Baseball Players Banned by Kenesaw Mountain Landis

June 7, 2015 by

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is still perhaps the most iron-fisted commissioner in the history of professional sports. Hired by major league baseball owners in 1920 to bring order to the game in the wake of the Chicago “Black Sox” scandal from the 1919 World Series, the bushy-browed former federal judge ruled baseball with absolute power until his death... Read more of this article


A Live Interview with Ozzie Smith

June 6, 2015 by

Hey baseball fans! The Hall of Fame Classic interviews are still coming your way and this special interview is with MLB Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith! If you want to learn more about him before you watch the interview, just click here. If you want to watch the interview, click here. And here’s a link to the video of the play that Ozzie mentions... Read more of this article


Boston Red Sox Problems Deeper Than John Farrell

June 4, 2015 by

The Boston Red Sox start June at 22-29, adrift in last place in the weak American League East. With a payroll near $200 million, Cot’s Contracts estimates the Opening Day number at $184,345,996, much was expected from a team winning the World Series two years ago. Signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two of the most sought after free agents... Read more of this article


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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... 


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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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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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