April 18, 2014

Throwing Hard Easy: A Review of Robin Roberts’ Memoirs

March 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball fans often get lost in the recollections of former players retelling their life journey through the game. A great example of this hardball trip down memory lane is Throwing Hard Easy: Reflections on a Life in Baseball by Robin Roberts with C. Paul Rogers III (University of Nebraska Press). First published in 2003, the […]

Derek Jeter’s Retirement Should Be Sad News to Fans of the Boston Red Sox

February 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The countdown has begun for the end of one of baseball’s all-time legends. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page that he will end his illustrious 20-year major league career following the upcoming 2014 season. The decision will undoubtedly be a blow to many, but surprisingly, it should be very sad […]

Why I’m Looking Forward to the 2014 Boston Red Sox’s Spring Training

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The cold temperatures do a nice job of breaking a man’s spirit. However, even frigid conditions can’t temper the excitement over the dawning of a new baseball season, which for Boston Red Sox fans will kick off on February 15th when pitchers and catchers report to camp in Fort Myers, Florida. From there, it will […]

Lance McCullers Jr.: Houston Astros Prospect Taking Up the Family Business

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Make no mistake about it. The Houston Astros may have lost 111 games in 2013 but they are definitely a franchise on the rise. Led by an overhauled front office and an impressive farm system that has been getting better by the year, the team will be back in contention in short order. One of […]

Re-Examining an Interview with Branch Rickey

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In 1955, Sports Illustrated’s Gerald Holland interviewed perhaps the most famous front office man in baseball history—Branch Rickey. Although widely credited for integrating the majors by signing Jackie Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, that shouldn’t define Rickey, as he had a long an diverse career in the sport. It took him quite a […]

Chris Martin: Former Boston Red Sox Prospect Reflects on Recent Trade and Career

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When the Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Jonathan Herrera in a recent trade with the Colorado Rockies, they had to give up major league pitcher Franklin Morales and a prospect. That young player was pitcher Chris Martin, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever, who is on the cusp of making his major league debut. The 27-year-old Martin […]

Nick Goody: The Pursuit of Mariano Rivera’s Legacy With the New York Yankees

December 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The New York Yankees’ propensity for courting and signing high-priced free agents can sometimes obscure their farm system, which has delivered numerous players of great importance to the team over the years. Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and the recently departed Robinson Cano are all more recent examples of franchise cornerstones that were also homegrown. One […]

Brian Garman: Getting to Know the Former Milwaukee Brewers’ Pitching Prospect

December 12, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

If you are left-handed and a pitcher, there may be a future for you in baseball. Especially if you have some talent. Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer Brian Garman is finding that out as he works his way towards the major leagues. The 25-year-old southpaw attended Wapakoneta High School in Ohio before moving on and having […]

Mike Ekstrom: Determined Pitcher Still Pursuing His Goals

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Getting to the major leagues can be a monumental task, but staying there can be just as difficult. Just ask pitcher Mike Ekstrom, who has alternately pitched on baseball’s biggest stage and in the high minors for the past six seasons. The right-hander pitched collegiately at Oregon State and Point Loma Nazarene University before becoming […]

Ty Buttrey: Boston Red Sox’s Pitching Prospect Primed for Big Things

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

High school baseball prospects can be difficult to gauge, especially when they are pitchers. After all, these youngsters are usually not yet finished growing or filling out their frames. Nobody can truly tell what they will be when they reach full maturity. Whenever a team covets a high school player enough to do whatever they […]

Danny Bethea: Boston Red Sox Catching Prospect Answers Some Questions

November 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There is fierce competition in the farm system of the Boston Red Sox simply because of the impressive collection of talent the team has amassed in recent seasons. In particular, catcher is a position of great depth, as Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Butler, Jon Denney, Blake Swihart and Christian Vasquez are just a few of the […]

Matty Johnson: The Independent Speedster of the Boston Red Sox

October 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox have developed one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. In doing so, they have accumulated a wide array of prospects of varying skills. Outfielder Matty Johnson, at 5’8 and 165 pounds, may be one of the smaller players in the organization but he is not short on talent. […]

Kyle Martin: Versatile Pitching Prospect Making a Name for Himself with the Boston Red Sox

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These days, the Boston Red Sox seem to collect pitching prospects like someone from high society might accumulate bottles of fine Chardonnay.  With enough impressive young hurlers to conceivably fill several pitching staffs of the future, competition is tight in the Boston system. One of the young arms working hard to earn his chance is […]

Boston Red Sox: Teddy Stankiewicz is Great Addition to Team’s Stocked Farm System

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Through effective drafting and the stockpiling of prospects, the Boston Red Sox currently have one of the best and deepest farm systems in all baseball. The team has found value at all levels of the draft and international signings, with right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz being one of the most recent prized additions to the organization. […]

Chris Colabello: Time Can’t Stop Rookie From Reaching Major Leagues with Minnesota Twins

September 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dreams can be hard to achieve, but fortunately there is no expiration date on their fulfillment. Professional baseball player Chris Colabello learned that this year, as years of hard work finally paid off and landed him in the major leagues. Colabello, a big right-handed first baseman/outfielder, played his college ball for Division II Assumption in […]

Stephen Peterson: Adversity Just Another Obstacle for Milwaukee Brewers’ Prospect

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Left-handed pitcher Stephen Peterson has been a scrapper throughout his baseball career. It has served him well so far, and with any luck it will help him one day make the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers. Out of high school, the southpaw opted to attend Marist University, but transferred to the University of Rhode […]

Leigh Steinberg: The Real-Life Jerry Maguire

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Earlier this summer I had the chance to interview sports agent Leigh Steinberg. While he may be best known for representing NFL players such as Warren Moon, Thurman Thomas, Steve Young and Troy Aikman, he has also worked in other sports, including baseball. Born and raised in California, Steinberg attended Cal-Berkeley, where he met his […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for August 19, 2013: All Hail the Hidden Ball Trick!

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In a sport increasingly known for money, technology and deeds of avarice, the hidden ball trick has to be one of the rarest and time-honored plays in baseball. It’s something that has been utilized since the earliest days of the game, yet still has a place today. One blog post from several years ago reported […]

Boston Red Sox: Why You Shouldn’t Be Buying Team’s 2013 World Series Chances

August 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Following last season’s 92-loss debacle, this year’s version of the Boston Red Sox have been a breath of fresh air. Heading into last night’s game at 71-49 they already had one more victory than all of last year and hold first place in the American League East. The turnaround can be attributed in various parts […]

Nolan Sanburn: Oakland A’s Pitching Prospect Talks Baseball

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The Oakland Athletics have displayed a knack for producing quality Major League pitching in recent years, with the likes of Tim Hudson, Trevor Cahill, A.J. Griffin and Sean Doolittle just to name a few. Young Nolan Sanburn is hoping he can be one of the next in line to emerge from their system. Sanburn is […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for August 5, 2013: A-Rod Lacks the Good Will to Help Himself

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News is expected today announcing the fate of maligned New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. For his role in the Biogenesis performance enhancer scandal, he is expected to face anything from a lengthy suspension to being banned from the game. He has reportedly vowed to fight to the end, and accept no punishment despite […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for July 22, 2013: Teams Must Be Careful to Not Over-Extend Themselves

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In these heady days of nine-figure contract extensions, it is becoming increasingly less likely to see a player spend their entire career with the same team. Those who do, like the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, can achieve icon status. However, teams seeking to retain their signature players have to be careful not to make […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for July 15, 2013: Is it Time to Change the All Star Game?

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Despite making his major league debut on June 3rd and only playing in 37 games, 23-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig received a huge surge of support to make this year’s National League All Star team. The outfielder has done his best Roy Hobbs impression by hitting a blistering .392 with eight home […]

Tim Roberson: Proving the Depth of the Boston Red Sox’s Minor League System

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The Boston Red Sox have emphasized the cultivation of their farm system over the past two decades, which has led to the maturation of a number of valuable major league players. In recent years, the team increasingly relied more on obtaining veteran players through trades and free agency; causing the value of their player development […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for July 1, 2013: For the Love of the Game

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One of the more endearing aspects of baseball is the way it can attract people and hold them in its gentle clutches for the remainder of their days. In an increasingly fast-paced world, professional players are more likely to be transitory; following the money or just the simple opportunity to stay in the game. No […]

Greg Cadaret Has Left His Mark On the Game

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Left-handed pitchers are one of the most valuable commodities in baseball. Any southpaw with talent has a ready-made major league career ahead of them, which can bring them stardom, or at the very least, allow them to see a lot of the country. Former pitcher Greg Cadaret perfectly fit the mold of the quintessential lefty, […]

The Baseball Historian’s Notes for June 24, 2013: Take the Time to Appreciate Baseball History

June 24, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Even though no players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year, the official start of summer is a good reminder that this jewel of a museum is a great place to visit. Whether it is taking the family on vacation or learning more about the National Pastime, Cooperstown, New York houses […]

MLB’s Most Over and Underrated Players

June 13, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Discussing the most over and underrated players in baseball is an annual exercise that creates a lot of spirited debate and reaction. There’s no scientific formula to determine or verify who falls where; just opinion, eye-tests and carefully manipulated stats to prove points. That being said, the best reason to do it is because it’s […]

Baseball Notes for June 10, 2013

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The big news of the week in baseball was an ESPN Outside the Lines report that Major League Baseball is seeking to suspend 20 or more current players for their involvement with the now defunct Biogenesis of America clinic. Tony Bosch, the company’s founder, agreed to provide MLB with documents to help their cases. Players […]

O’Koyea Dickson is Powering His Way to the Los Angeles Dodgers

June 5, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the news as much as any baseball franchise over the past year-plus. Following a highly-publicized team sale and offseason spending spree, they have stumbled out of the gate and looked lost so far during the 2013 season sitting in last place in the National League West. While things […]

Jen Royle is at Home with the Boston Red Sox

May 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There is little doubt that people living in the Boston area love their baseball. Accordingly, the local media is constantly seeking to provide comprehensive and entertaining coverage of the Red Sox. This has led to the region boasting some of the best broadcasting and sports writing talent anywhere. One of the best is Jen Royle, […]

Baseball History Notes for May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

The 2012 season saw Detroit Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera win the Triple-Crown with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI. Although it’s hard to fathom, he may be headed to an even better season this year, which could see him make history. Cabrera is currently hitting .385 with 14 home runs and […]

Houston Astros’ Rebuilding Process Being Helped by Prospects Like Mike Foltynewicz

May 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With a 1962 New York Mets-esque 13-33 record, the Houston Astros have a lot of holes they will need to fill if they want to have any chance of respectability in the future. Fortunately, they have thrown themselves into rebuilding through player development, and have a number of young prospects who are looking like they […]

Baseball Notes for May 20, 2013

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I had such a good time going over baseball history links last week that I decided to do it again! Here’s hoping this can become a regular feature, as the cool nuggets just continue to pile up. I’ll try to continue bringing a blend of topics to keep it fresh and interesting. As usual, thanks […]

Baseball Notes for May 13, 2013

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Baseball in just about any context is a good thing. During the regular season, the attention of fans is typically riveted to the on-field action, but there are many fascinating nuggets of baseball awesomeness hidden all over in the form of its history. You just have to know where to look to find them. To […]

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