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Will DC Ever Learn What It Takes to Win?

October 25, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

The Kansas City bullpen has been flawless and their performance could spell the difference for the Royals in the 2014 World Series. Everyone who loves the underdog is pulling for them, but for Washington fans there is an object lesson in watching Kansas City that is almost certainly being lost. The Washington Nationals are on the outside looking in once again and theirir savvy fans should note how a great bullpen works. They should be asking themselves the following question: “If Matt Williams could have summoned Greg Holland in the Second Game of the NLDS to get the final out, would their... [Read the full story]

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Lengthy Conference Call a New Step As Independent Leagues Try to Help Each Other

October 30, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

While Independent Baseball has 22 seasons of history since the modern version of the non-major- league-affiliated game started (1993), most every decision has been made by individual leagues.  Some type of governing body has been discussed from time to time, and the Independents have held a few offseason gatherings to exchange ideas and hear from the sport’s suppliers. But the leagues always have their own separate issues which command the time of those who run the league offices so the industry has never truly organized to study such universal issues as uniform dealings with the 30... [Read the full story]

Features

Where Have You Gone Jay Johnstone?

September 24, 2014 · by · 4 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

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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Lengthy Conference Call a New Step As Independent Leagues Try to Help Each Other

October 30, 2014 by

While Independent Baseball has 22 seasons of history since the modern version of the non-major- league-affiliated game started (1993), most every decision has been made by individual leagues.  Some type of governing body has been discussed from time to time, and the Independents have held a few offseason gatherings to exchange ideas and hear from... Read more of this article


2014 World Series Observations

October 30, 2014 by

We will probably never see another World Series pitching performance like we saw with Madison Bumgarner this year.   Even If the Royals win the World Series, Bumgarner of the Giants should be the MVP. (written after game 6).   Every great pitcher has an occasional bad game (ask Clayton Kershaw).  I thought Bumgarner was due for one in... Read more of this article


Frank White’s Breakup with the Kansas City Royals: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of October 26

October 26, 2014 by

In less than a week’s time another baseball season will be finished. A new World Series champion will be crowned and major league teams will press forward with hard decisions about how to bring their 2015 plans to fruition. The lull following the Fall Classic is always a withdrawal-inducing time for baseball fans. However, it’s as necessary... Read more of this article


So, How’s My Book Doing?

October 25, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans, As a lot of you know, I’ve written an A-Z baseball history introduction book called Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers, which is being published by Summer Game Books, and for which Hall of Famer, Jim Palmer, wrote the foreword. I’m donating all of my book proceeds to four baseball-related foundations: ALS, Turn 2, Jackie Robinson... Read more of this article


Boston Red Sox: The Prospects That Got Away

October 23, 2014 by

The Boston Red Sox have developed an excellent reputation in recent years for their ability to identify, scout and draft/sign top-notch amateur talent. As a result, current key contributors like Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz and Xander Bogaerts are all products of their player development system. Despite such strong examples, the organization hasn’t... Read more of this article


Dave Roberts Stealing the Hearts of Boston Red Sox Fans: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of October 19

October 19, 2014 by

The 2014 World Series matchup has been determined with the surging Kansas City Royals taking on the battle-tested San Francisco Giants. The Royals are making the most of their first playoff appearance in 29 years while the Giants will now have appeared in three of the past five Fall Classics. Some don’t think that it’s much of a matchup... Read more of this article


The Best Average Postseason Attendance in All of Minor Leagues Belongs to the Atlantic League

October 17, 2014 by

Chalk this one up to the Atlantic League. Its average attendance for postseason games was the best in the United States, topping all 14 National Association leagues.  The 13 Atlantic League playoff games averaged 4,145 fans, led by a whopping 7,483 on one occasion at Somerset, NJ.  Affiliated baseball’s two Triple-A leagues, the International... Read more of this article


Steve Gerkin’s Pickle of a Career

October 17, 2014 by

You never know what can happen to a player when he’s called up to the majors. He could go on a hot streak, like Bob “Hurricane” Hazle, who hit .403 for the Milwaukee Braves in 155 plate appearances in 1957, or Duster Mails, called up to Cleveland in 1920 and proceeded to go 7-0 with a 1.85 ERA in nine games (eight starts with six complete... Read more of this article


2015 MLB Free Agent Predictions

October 15, 2014 by

Although the 2014 MLB postseason is still being battled out on the field, many teams have started looking towards next year. Once this season concludes, the gates to the free agent market will swing open and allow interested bidders to rush in like early birds at a swap meet. Here is an early list of speculative predictions as to where the top 2015... Read more of this article


The Real Story of Donnie Moore: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of October 12

October 12, 2014 by

Baseball’s postseason is a magical time of year. Of the fortunate teams that make it to the last leg of the season, legends will be made and history written from the intense competition that determines the annual champion in the World Series. The 2014 League Championship Series are currently being waged and have already created some amazing moments.... 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... 


An Interview With 1960s Yankees Minor Leaguer Ike Futch

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If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

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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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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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