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If Diamondbacks Have Their Way, Record of Independent Players In Majors Will Continue to Climb

September 26, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

The D-Backs’ thirst for quality prospects outside of the June draft and foreign environments saw them purchase 18 contracts during the regular Independent season, now they have picked up the services of eight more players through their annual fall invitation-only tryout camp.  A second such event geared largely for the older talent in the Atlantic League and American Association is planned for January at the team’s spring training camp in Scottsdale, AZ. “We looked at (about) 40 arms (at the Crestwood, IL home of the Windy City Thunderbolts) and probably could have signed... [Read the full story]

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Is the Nationals Pitching Really the Best in the NL and Can It Carry Them to the World Series?

September 24, 2014 · by · 1 Comment 

With the playoffs just one week off, it is time to trot out those post season axioms that truthfully only work in retrospect. A month from now in all sagacity we will be able to say how clear it was that the experience of the Tigers and Cardinals would play up. Or maybe it will be how important the momentum of the Angels and Nationals was going into the post-season. The teams that are hot do tend to continue their level of play, but the first ironclad rule about October baseball: “Pitching wins championships,” is the one that bears the closest examination. For the record,... [Read the full story]

Features

Where Have You Gone Jay Johnstone?

September 24, 2014 · by · 2 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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Is the Nationals Pitching Really the Best in the NL and Can It Carry Them to the World Series?

September 24, 2014 by

With the playoffs just one week off, it is time to trot out those post season axioms that truthfully only work in retrospect. A month from now in all sagacity we will be able to say how clear it was that the experience of the Tigers and Cardinals would play up. Or maybe it will be how important the momentum of the Angels and Nationals was going into... Read more of this article


Wichita’s Job Is Done, Somerset Next as Indy Powers Try to Add Postseason Championships

September 21, 2014 by

It seems doubtful anyone would put up much of an argument that the two best teams in Independent Baseball this season, considering the level of play in their separate leagues, have been the Wichita (KS) Wingnuts and the Somerset (NJ) Patriots. Wichita has finished its quest, winning six of seven playoff games to earn its first American Association title... Read more of this article


The Ecstasy & Agony of Being a Red Sox Fan: A Review

September 17, 2014 by

Being a fan of the Boston Red Sox can be much more than just following the statistics and the standings. Some adherents see their moods and even their very outlooks on life impacted by the baseball team from Beantown. It’s a rite of passage and a birthright for many, and Stanley Harris has outlined his relationship of seven decades with the team... Read more of this article


All the Ghosts of Baseball Past Deserve Their Moment This October in Washington, DC

September 17, 2014 by

It was a compelling celebration of the moment for the Washington Nationals after after their 3-0 win over the Braves in Atlanta clinched a second NL East title in three years. But reflection is the default mental state for those of my generation and it was not long before I was thinking back on all of the times that we Nationals fans had projected forward... Read more of this article


The Incomparable Tony Suck

September 16, 2014 by

The Buffalo Bisons a year before Tony Suck joined them. Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, a stinker by any other name would be just as foul. One of the worst baseball players of all time had a name that fit him like a glove. We’re talking... Read more of this article


Is the .300 Hitter a Vanishing Breed?

September 15, 2014 by

In the year 2000, 26 players hit for both power and average to reach the Triple Crown milestones of 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a batting average of .300.  In 2013, only three players reached all three milestones and in mid-season in 2014, three were on target for all three and six more were close.  With three weeks to go in the 2014 season,... Read more of this article


In Praise of Timeless Bears

September 12, 2014 by

One of the greatest baseball movies and American comedies of all time has been largely laying low in tall outfield grass for 38 years. Despite its commercial success,The Bad News Bears is rarely mentioned on critics’ lists of classic movies. It’s high time it was put on the pedestal it deserves. Recently, I attended a special American Cinematheque... Read more of this article


Atlantic League Honors Ken Shepard’s Memory And Bridgeport Pays Tribute to Its General Manager

September 11, 2014 by

Both the Atlantic League and the host Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish had already gone to extraordinary lengths to make Sunday’s Ken Shepard Day an memorable experience.  Extra steps were taken this week in light of the sudden death of the popular Bluefish general manager only nine days ahead of the event when kidney cancer claimed him at the tender... Read more of this article


Closer By Committee in DC?

September 7, 2014 by

“Closer by committee” is used only to describe a dysfunctional reality. It has no upside, no silver lining and when spoken in early September, it can mean nothing good. So when Matt Williams announced that the Washington Nationals were relieving Raphael Soriano of his ninth inning duties, and seeking a new answer so late in the season, the... Read more of this article


Rickey & Robinson: A Review

September 7, 2014 by

Announcer Vin Scully is the unquestioned dean of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball because of his work with the team for well over half a century. However, there is another person, just one other, who should be regarded in that same class, and that is writer Roger Kahn. Best known for his work as a Dodgers’ beat writer and for penning such seminal... 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... 


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As of Monday afternoon, August 18, the San Francisco Giants hold the second National... 


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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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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... 


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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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