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Something Smells Rotten in the TV Rights Dispute in DC

August 28, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

Maximizing profits and income is what businessmen do. But somehow, when they are caught doing it as baseball owners it takes on an uglier dimension because they operate in a protected environment. MLB, Inc. is an enterprise that operates outside the scrutiny to which normal business owners are subject. The largely un-examined, private country club atmosphere has been used to the benefit of Major League Baseball owners for more than a century, but someone may have left the door ajar when they negotiated the deal for the Montreal Expos and there is a funny smell coming from inside. From the moment... [Read the full story]

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Now Pitching for the Royals, Clayton Kershaw

August 31, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

Much has been said about Clayton Kershaw’s historic season. From his 41 inning scoreless streak to his 206 ERA+, he’s been compared to Sandy Koufax and many other all-time greats. He’s having the kind of season that we haven’t seen since Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, and Maddux were at their peaks. Halfway across the country, the Kansas City Royals have a Clayton Kershaw of their own, and it comes in the form of Greg Holland, Wade Davis, and Kelvin Herrera. These three righthanders have combined for a 1.27 ERA (318 ERA+) with a 32% K%. They are among the top 9 relief pitchers... [Read the full story]

Features

Giants in Position for Wild-Card Slot Despite Significant Slide

August 18, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

As of Monday afternoon, August 18, the San Francisco Giants hold the second National League wild-card slot, leading the next-closest teams by 1.5 games. What I find most interesting is that the Giants are still on pace to make the playoffs, despite potentially one of the sharpest within-season declines after a strong start, in the wild-card era (1995-present). At one point this season, San Francisco owned a 42-21 record. As winners of two of the last four World Series (2010 and 2012), the Giants thus showed signs of contending for a third MLB championship in five years. However, at the end of Friday’s... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

July 28, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More sad and troubling repercussions from the Steroid Era are contentions that La Russa’s Hall of Fame honor is hypocritical or unworthy. Many point out his successes are inextricably tied to the likes of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, and even Dennis Eckersley, with The New York Daily News going even farther by characterizing La Russa’s Oakland clubhouse as an “orgy of anabolic steroid use.” (1) So if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and about 100 others from that period will never... [Read the full story]

Minors

Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 · by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future hall of famer, but still keeps a memento from his summer in the NYCBL. “I still have the hat – Dodger blue with an H,” Carroll said following a recent batting practice prior to an International League game at Frontier Field.  “It... [Read the full story]

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Now Pitching for the Royals, Clayton Kershaw

August 31, 2014 by

Much has been said about Clayton Kershaw’s historic season. From his 41 inning scoreless streak to his 206 ERA+, he’s been compared to Sandy Koufax and many other all-time greats. He’s having the kind of season that we haven’t seen since Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, and Maddux were at their peaks. Halfway across the country, the... Read more of this article


Call-Ups Start With Edwards, Herrera, Axelrod; Some Thoughts on Who May Follow to Majors

August 28, 2014 by

Jon Edwards started the parade of Independent players getting a late-summer major league reward when the Texas Rangers added him to their pitching staff–and giving the young-but-determined Pecos League its first major leaguer–then the postseason-bound Los Angeles Angels added right-hander Yoslan Herrera (Lancaster, PA, Atlantic League) to... Read more of this article


No One Can Survive Walking the Plank

August 28, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! I’m currently on vacation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I was supposed to stop off at Gettysburg, PA for a reennactment of the Battle of Gettysburg that took place during the American Civil War, but the reennactment got cancelled. So, in order to fill that void, I’m going to be talking about a Hall of Famer who was born... Read more of this article


How Are the Yankees Still in Playoff Contention?

August 26, 2014 by

Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman must be sorcerers. That can be the only explanation for the New York Yankees’ ability to hang around the periphery of American League playoff contention. Their rotation lost starters CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Ivan Nova for the season, and only recently got Michael Pineda back from the 60-day disabled list.... Read more of this article


Who Is the Leading Candidate for American League MVP?

August 25, 2014 by

Whether you like the one-game wild card playoff or not, you have to admit one thing. It sure is doing its job. After the Angels routed the Athletics on 9-4 on Sunday night, Los Angeles reclaimed a one-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. Before the advent of the one-game playoff, this three-game set in Oakland wouldn’t have had... Read more of this article


The Top MLB Prospect from New Jersey: Anthony Ranaudo

August 25, 2014 by

Anthony Ranaudo, 24, was born on September 9th, 1989 in Freehold, New Jersey. A budding prospect, Ranaudo achieved “The Dream” by being called up to the Boston Red Sox on August 1st, 2014 in order to make to his first career big league start against the New York Yankees, the team Ranaudo grew up rooting for. Ranaudo’s first strikeout... Read more of this article


Former Atlantic Leaguer Nearly Perfect in Class AA Game While Raben, Fox Continue Huge Displays of Power

August 22, 2014 by

Independent Baseball’s player contributions to Major League Baseball never cease to amaze.  Sometimes, it seems almost impossible to study a minor league box score without the names of one or more players popping up because they have spent time improving their skills in a non-affiliated league. One such event in recent days was nothing short... Read more of this article


In the Moment in Washington

August 22, 2014 by

Ten wins in a row in the tenth season in a row? Are the numbers and stars aligning? Has anyone called the fortune teller yet, or maybe we should just “pinch ourselves and squeal and know that it’s for real, the hour that our ship comes in?”* Baseball returned to Washington, DC in 2005 and in that remarkable inaugural season the team... Read more of this article


The Toddfather

August 21, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! The Colorado Rockies are a fairly new franchise when it comes to MLB teams, having only started competing during the regular season in 1993. With that being said, there is only one ballplayer who played a mile above sea level who has had his number retired by the Rockies: Todd Helton! In fact, his number was retired by Colorado only... Read more of this article


MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 20

August 19, 2014 by

I guess you could say that a couple of things have happened since the last time we discussed these power rankings two weeks ago. The Los Angeles Angels have surpassed the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Nationals have doubled their lead over the Braves, and the Kansas City Royals went from being 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers to a pair of games... Read more of this article


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Features

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... 


Touring The Bases With…Barry Lyons

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A Mississippi native who starred at Delta State University, Barry Lyons was drafted... 


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Hall of Fame

Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

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There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More... 


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... 


Branch Rickey: Utmost Loyalty or Vehement Dislike

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I have been enjoying the fine bio “Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious... 


SABR, Bud Fowler and a Taste of Cooperstown

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Last Thursday I made my way to Upstate New York for the fifth annual Frederick... 


My First Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Hey baseball fans! I am off this week because of spring break, so naturally I took... 


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Minors

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... 


“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

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There are three songs that put a smile on my face.  They are “Happy Birthday,”... 


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