January 29, 2015

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Negro Leagues DB Update: 1930 Eastern Negro Leagues

January 25, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve added games between the 1930 eastern Negro league teams to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. It was an astonishing year in black baseball history, a year that saw the first Negro league games played at night, the first Negro league games played in Yankee Stadium, and the sudden emergence of one of the greatest talents in baseball history. There was no eastern league in 1930, the American Negro League having disbanded after a single season—but the major eastern teams continued to play each other, leaving a decent number of games to compile. Ed Bolden, co-founder of the old Eastern... [Read the full story]

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Ernie Banks Leaves A Powerful Legacy

January 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Ernie Banks, one of the brightest personalities in Major League Baseball history, passed away Saturday, January 26 at the age of 83 from a heart attack. Best known for his sunny optimism and the catch phrase “Let’s play two,” the Chicago Cubs icon is hardly remembered outside of Chicago for his graceful glove at short and powerful bat in the middle of the lineup. Playing for abysmal teams most of his career, Banks won consecutive National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and ’59. In both seasons, the Cubs finished sixth in the eight-team league. Most remembered for playing short,... [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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Ernie Banks Leaves A Powerful Legacy

January 27, 2015 by

Ernie Banks, one of the brightest personalities in Major League Baseball history, passed away Saturday, January 26 at the age of 83 from a heart attack. Best known for his sunny optimism and the catch phrase “Let’s play two,” the Chicago Cubs icon is hardly remembered outside of Chicago for his graceful glove at short and powerful bat in the middle... Read more of this article


Bernie Carbo, Ripped Pants and Selling Chevrolets: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of January 25, 2015

January 25, 2015 by

The legacy of baseball is built brick by brick with the contributions and passion of its players and contributors. One of the greatest was Chicago Cubs shortstop and first baseman Ernie Banks, who sadly has passed away at the age of 83. “Mr. Cub” began his career in the Negro Leagues but gained his success in the Windy City, plying his trade for... Read more of this article


Out of the Park Baseball 16 – Officially Licensed by MLB.com, Available in March 2015!

January 24, 2015 by

Pre-Order Now! Save $5, Get Early Access Plus a Free Steam Key, and a Chance to Win a $500 MLB.com Shop Gift Certificate! That’s right: Out of the Park Baseball 16 is the first entry in our 16-year-old series to feature official MLB.com and Minor League Baseball licenses! That means as soon as you launch a new game, you’ll enjoy official... Read more of this article


2014 Featured Bad Offense in MLB

January 23, 2015 by

Offensive levels in Major League Baseball fell in 2014 to levels not seen in a generation. Are we on the verge of another pitching boom? The answer is, not really. The simplest statistic to measure, batting average was .251, the lowest number since 1972. On Base Percentage, .314, also hit a 42-year low. Slugging percentage, .386 last season, dropped... Read more of this article


The Hot Stove in Washington Is Red Hot

January 19, 2015 by

Fans in DC woke today to an embarrassment of riches when it was announced that Max Scherzer has agreed to terms and will be the mainstay of the Nationals rotation going forward for the next 7 years. The Washington Nationals inserted themselves again into the 2015 hot stove discussions just when everything seemed the quietest. Their acquisition of Trea... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises

January 18, 2015 by

Would your favorite baseball team make the playoffs if player X had not been traded? Imagine your team’s roster from any particular year. Remove all of the players that your team acquired through trades and free agency. Would you be able to field a competitive team? All right, let us re-populate the roster with every player that the organization... Read more of this article


Ken Griffey, Jr. Gets a New Job: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of January 18, 2015

January 18, 2015 by

The 2015 baseball season is nearly here. The reporting dates of pitchers and catchers are literally just a month away. Once those players start arriving in camps, things start happening rapidly. But until then, there is still much work to be done around the majors. Although many free agents have signed their new deals, there are still a number of available... Read more of this article


Analyzing the 2015 Hall of Fame Vote

January 17, 2015 by

The Baseball Writers Association of America elected 4 players to the Hall of Fame this year for the first time since 1955, Randy Johnson (97.3%), Pedro Martinez (91.3%), John Smoltz (82.9%) and Craig Biggio (82.7%).  All four easily surpassed the 75% required for election. Of those on the ballot who were not elected, Mike Piazza came the closest with... Read more of this article


An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

January 16, 2015 by

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... Read more of this article


Fidel Pitches Into Extra Innings in Dramatic Win

January 15, 2015 by

Fidel Castro is throwing one last pitch and it is proving to be his best. Regardless what political prism one sees the island of Cuba through, there is no denying that it has been the home of some great baseball over the years, so the new diplomatic initiative by the Obama administration promises new access to that tradition and soon.  The rich history... Read more of this article


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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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Minors

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Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

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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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