April 23, 2014

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Alexander Cartwright, The Life Behind the Baseball Legend, by Monica Nucciarone

April 16, 2014 · by · 1 Comment 

The Spring 2014 edition of the Baseball Research Journal came in the mail just as I was finishing Monica Nucciarone’s fine book, Alexander Cartwright, The Life Behind the Baseball Legacy. The Journal includes an article by Richard Hershberger about Alexander Cartwright, which examines the proposition whether Cartwright “invented baseball.” Having just read Nucciarone’s book, it seemed to me that Mr. Hershberger draws his question more narrowly and dispenses the answer more quickly than might be preferred, so I would like to address some subtle differences between... [Read the full story]

General

France Has Bonaparte, Hollywood Has Dynamite, and Baseball Has Lajoie

April 21, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! All Hall of Famers have amazing statistics. But sometimes, a Hall of Famer is so great, that the team that he mainly played for was renamed after him. The only example of this in baseball history is the Cleveland Indians, who were called the Cleveland Naps from 1903-1914 because of none other than baseball Hall of Famer, Nap Lajoie. Napoleon Lajoie  (pronounced La-jo-way) played from 1896-1916 for the Indians, Phillies and Athletics. The star second baseman was known back in the day for his heavenly fielding and his extreme power at the plate. Although the 1937 Hall of Fame... [Read the full story]

Features

Off the Beaten Basepaths #6: Leesburg, Florida

April 4, 2014 · by · 2 Comments 

Off the Beaten Basepaths is a video series that takes you to little known baseball sites. Enjoy Episode 6 which will take you to historic Pat Thomas Stadium in Leesburg, Florida.  Read More →

Hall of Fame

If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

January 14, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

The sabermetric question that remains with Jack Morris left out of the Hall of Fame Jack Morris supporters frustrate the sabermetrically inclined because he is a symbol of the anecdotal evidence they have fought hard to eliminate from their analytic process. One of the first rules of sabermetric analysis is raw statistics of players from different eras cannot be compared. Sabermetric stats are tailored, not to compare players of different eras, but to compare how much better players are than the league average or replacement level player of their own eras. Then, that comparison is compared to the... [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]

General

France Has Bonaparte, Hollywood Has Dynamite, and Baseball Has Lajoie

April 21, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! All Hall of Famers have amazing statistics. But sometimes, a Hall of Famer is so great, that the team that he mainly played for was renamed after him. The only example of this in baseball history is the Cleveland Indians, who were called the Cleveland Naps from 1903-1914 because of none other than baseball Hall of Famer, Nap Lajoie. Napoleon... Read more of this article


Book Review: “1954″

April 19, 2014 by

“1954″ is the latest book from J. G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Bill Madden. Madden has covered Baseball for the New York Daily News for over 30 years and his most recent book, Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, was a New York Times Bestseller. As the title suggests, “1954″ chronicles the 1954 Baseball Season. But the... Read more of this article


Tampa to Montreal? Trotting Out the Same Old Tired Narrative

April 19, 2014 by

It’s almost comical, the idea of moving the Tampa Bay Rays to Montreal, but a lot of people have been talking about it with a straight face. MLB has fewer new plot lines than Hollywood and the one where the Commissioner’s Office comes in all Snidely Whiplash and threatens to move the team unless a new stadium is built has certainly been... Read more of this article


NBA Star Tracy McGrady, Japanese, Cuban Hurlers All Part of Buildup to New Atlantic League Season

April 18, 2014 by

The 2014 Independent Baseball season debuts next week with the startup of the Atlantic League season, which once again opens about three weeks ahead of everyone else on the non-major-league-affiliated map because of its 140-game season. The interest in the Atlantic League seems especially high ahead of Thursday’s (April 24) openers not only to... Read more of this article


Book Review of 1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season

April 16, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! I recently had the honor of reading the book, “1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season” by Raymond Sinibaldi. The book talks about the Red Sox winning the 1967 pennant after a long and hard season, with four teams in contention for the pennant by the season’s final week. But the Red Sox were able to capture the... Read more of this article


ML”what would”B: What if the ’81 Strike Never Happened?

April 15, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! I just put up another ML”what would”B post on More Than A Fan. In every ML”what would”B alternative history post, I discuss what would have happened if a famous event in baseball history had gone differently than it did in reality. For my latest post, I write about what would have happened had the 1981... Read more of this article


What’s in a (Stadium’s) Name?

April 12, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! Have you ever noticed that some of the names of the baseball stadiums of today’s times are named after companies? Well, back in the old days, stadiums were named after other things. With that, here are a few famous baseball stadiums from the 1900s with interesting names. Stadium Name: The Polo Grounds Teams That Played There:... Read more of this article


Playing for the Name on the Front of the Jersey

April 11, 2014 by

On Thursday night, at Nationals Park, the ace of the Washington Nationals staff answered anyone who had been naive enough to question where his fastball had gone. It was back and it was beautiful to behold. He looked every bit the part the ace of a very talented mound corps in DC in his most recent start, striking out 12 in six and two-thirds innings,... Read more of this article


Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Regarding Recent Public Remarks of Club Personnel About Stephen Drew & Kendrys Morales

April 11, 2014 by

New York, NY, Friday, April 11, 2014 … Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Tony Clark, today issued the following statement regarding recent public remarks by Club officials about Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales that clearly violate the parties’ collectively bargained agreements. “I am angered that numerous,... Read more of this article


Adjustments Paying Off for Chris Colabello, Who Still Speaks Highly of Years in Independent League

April 11, 2014 by

Speaking of 2011 Independent Player of the Year Chris Colabello, the seven-year Can-Am League (Worcester, MA and Nashua, NH) vet currently hitting cleanup every day for Minnesota, has another honor, sharing American League Player of the Week honors with the Los Angeles Angels’ now-injured Josh Hamilton. Colabello, who has already been used at... Read more of this article


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Features

Off the Beaten Basepaths #6: Leesburg, Florida

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Off the Beaten Basepaths is a video series that takes you to little known baseball... 


When It Was A Game

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I suppose I sound like an old man in saying that I miss the game I grew up with as... 


Maddux: A Dozen Memories

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“Pages From Baseball’s Past” Is a Real Treat For Fans of All Ages

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I’ve known Craig Wright for a few years now and have known of him since I read... 


Scalding 50-Game Stretches in MLB History and How Teams Did Immediately Before and After

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Hall of Fame

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... 


NJBM Kids’ Hot Korner: New Jersey Baseball Hall of Famers

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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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