April 23, 2018

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Evar Swanson, the Fastest Player in Baseball History

April 15, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Speed is a quality in baseball that can achieve the swiftest of the swift legendary status. From Hans Lobert racing a horse, to Cool Papa Bell allegedly being able to turn off the lights and be under the covers before the room got dark, there are scores of examples of players showcasing blinding speed. However, the fastest man the game has ever seen may well be little-known outfielder Evar Swanson, who circled the bases in 13.3 seconds between games of a double header in 1929, which is a record that still stands to this day. Swanson was a freakishly good athlete, who grew up in Illinois, graduating... [Read the full story]

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A Great Game Ruined

April 17, 2018 · by · 2 Comments 

This past Saturday (April 14, 2018) my family and I ventured to FNB Park in Harrisburg, PA for the contest between the home town Senators, the Nationals affiliate in the AA Eastern League, and the Bowie Baysox, an Orioles affiliate. As life-long Baltimore fans, we were eager to see the Baby Birds play, and the game was everything we could ask for. Two batters in, the Baysox took the lead on a home run to left center by first baseman, Corban Joseph, the brother of Oriole catcher, Caleb Joseph. The Senators tied it in the bottom of the first off top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, despite Harvey’s... [Read the full story]

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From the Archives: Touring the Bases with…Jim Bouton

October 28, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton ended his controversial book Ball Four with those lines in 1969 and the nation has been in his grip ever since. The book was a best seller and was named one of the “Books of the 20th Century” by the New York Public Library, but its success didn’t come without a price. When his career ended in 1970 (he made a brief comeback in 1978) the former Yankee hurler affectionately known as “Bulldog” was exiled... [Read the full story]

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Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

Minors

Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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A Great Game Ruined

April 17, 2018 by

This past Saturday (April 14, 2018) my family and I ventured to FNB Park in Harrisburg, PA for the contest between the home town Senators, the Nationals affiliate in the AA Eastern League, and the Bowie Baysox, an Orioles affiliate. As life-long Baltimore fans, we were eager to see the Baby Birds play, and the game was everything we could ask for. Two... Read more of this article


Did a Young Robin Yount Almost Quit Baseball for a Career in Professional Golf?

April 9, 2018 by

Robin Yount forged a 20-year Hall of Fame career with the Milwaukee Brewers as a shortstop and then outfielder. He accumulated over 3000 base hits and won two Most Valuable Player Awards. However, that almost didn’t happen, as he threatened to quit baseball at the age of 22 to go join the PGA as a professional golfer. Yount was a legend in Milwaukee... Read more of this article


Is it 1924 All Over Again?

April 3, 2018 by

For decades the spring dawned in Washington, DC with false hopes that the local nine might have hidden talent. Then, as quickly as you could say “Shirley Povich,” reality was restored by the end of April.  But a new century has created a reality that bends like a pretzel and just when you think you have a firm grasp on space and time, suddenly... Read more of this article


Chance Sisco’s Violation of One of Baseball’s Dumbest (Unwritten) Rules

April 2, 2018 by

The 2018 major league baseball season is not even a week old and there is already a strong candidate for the dumbest story of the year. With his team trailing 7-0 in the ninth inning on April 1st, Baltimore Orioles’ rookie catcher Chance Sisco laid down a bunt for a single against a shift employed by the Minnesota Twins to take away holes for his... Read more of this article


2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees’ Highs and Lows

March 26, 2018 by

The National Baseball Hall of Fame boasts a robust 2018 induction class, with six former players being enshrined. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who was tapped by the Veteran’s Committee, and Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman, who were elected by the writer’s ballot will all have brand spanking new plaques in Cooperstown... Read more of this article


Revisiting an Interview with Branch Rickey

March 18, 2018 by

An interview can reveal a lot about its subject as long as the right questions are asked. There is little more fascinating than coming across such sources that had largely disappeared into the ether. One of the most interesting men in baseball history was Branch Rickey, the forward-thinking Hall-of-Fame front office man (he also played and managed),... Read more of this article


Frank Howard, Bryce Harper, and a Tip of the Hat to That

March 8, 2018 by

Frank Howard only played in Washington for seven years after coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1965 trade. Bryce Harper is likely to play only seven seasons as well–the hour glass emptying steadily on what is likely his last in DC. In terms of longevity and in several important statistical categories, there is an eerie similarity... Read more of this article


Which Former Major League Players Have Become Stars in Korea?

March 4, 2018 by

Making it to the major leagues is a monumental task that is accomplished by a mere fraction of the players who are lucky enough to have professional careers. Getting there and staying there for any length of time is another matter altogether. For many, opportunity ends up being in other professional leagues. Many know about the success some find in... Read more of this article


The Forgotten Bash Brother

March 3, 2018 by

Gary Sanchez is the forgotten or third wheel of the bash brothers. Yesterday’s enormous home run that ended up clearing the scoreboard made fans both of the Yankees and of the rest of the league realize that there is another bash brother in Sanchez. In 177 total games, Sanchez has 53 home runs. Of those 53 home runs, 20 of them came in 2016 when Sanchez... Read more of this article


Mickey Mantle’s Forgotten Twin Brothers

March 2, 2018 by

In baseball, it’s rare for a player to be deified to the level of former New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle, who could seemingly do it all on the field. However, few baseball fans are aware that he had two younger twin brothers, Roy and Ray, who also played professional ball, but never reached the same heights as the Mick. Mantle was the... Read more of this article


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Say it Wasn’t So: When Shoeless Joe Jackson Became Baseball’s Number One Draft-dodger

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Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

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Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

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The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby... 


An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

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Growing up rooting for a baseball team, and striving to get into position to one... 


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