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Negro Leagues DB Update: 1931 NNL + 1922 Eastern Independent Teams

July 21, 2019 · by · 2 Comments 

We’re happy to announce the latest update to the Seamheads Negro Leagues DB, one of the largest updates we’ve ever made. It includes: 1) The 1931 Negro National League (plus inter-regional games between NNL and eastern independent teams). This was the last year of the original NNL. Its death knell sounded when the Kansas City Monarchs decided they would drop out of the league. Having pioneered night baseball with a portable light system in 1930, owner J. L. Wilkinson decided that taking his team (and lights) on the road for long stretches of the season would be more profitable than playing... [Read the full story]

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The Last At-Bat of Legendary Baseball Hitters

August 17, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball is defined by its legends; players who are still remembered decades after their last appearance in a game and their ultimate deaths. Despite the amazing feats some of these players accomplished, when the bell finally rang to signal the end of their careers, their swan songs were lackluster by comparison. In particular, here are twelve of the greatest hitters of the first half of the 20th century. Their final big-league at-bat were quiet departures from the game that had made them so famous and caused them to become part of its collective memory for all time. Honus Wagner–... [Read the full story]

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Trevor Bauer, Sam McDowell, and A Rod’s Birthday Cake

August 1, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

So, in a fit of anger or frustration or both, Trevor Bauer heaved the baseball over the center field fence. So, what? Sure Bauer should have just handed the ball to his manager, Terry Francona, but it’s not as if he refused to give it to him, and gave him the finger instead. When someone such as Max Sherzer tells his manager to get back in the dugout because he’s not coming out, isn’t that more “disrespectful,” to use the word du jour, than sailing it over the wall? In fact, we applaud that, saying, “Max is a bulldog!” We say nothing when a pitcher gets pulled from the game, then... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

WAR and Win Shares and Charlie Blackmon

March 23, 2019 · by · Leave a Comment 

It appears that WAR, in attempting to assign a single number to represent a player’s season, has a problem with fielding.   And the problem is not so much with the player’s defensive WAR score – but rather with trying to COMBINE this score with the offensive WAR.   A very good or very poor fielding score appears to seriously distort the player’s total WAR score. As an example, Matt Chapman had a great fielding season at third base in 2018 and his situation illustrates quite well why WAR does a relatively good job of evaluating his offensive value (oWAR) and his defensive value (dWAR)... [Read the full story]

Minors

Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

June 30, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted by Steve Dunn Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. One of the more unique games in minor league history was played nearly 61 years later at Principal Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. With widespread flooding in central Iowa, the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds played a Triple A Pacific Coast League game that drew an official attendance of zero. “The only other... [Read the full story]

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The Last At-Bat of Legendary Baseball Hitters

August 17, 2019 by

Major League Baseball is defined by its legends; players who are still remembered decades after their last appearance in a game and their ultimate deaths. Despite the amazing feats some of these players accomplished, when the bell finally rang to signal the end of their careers, their swan songs were lackluster by comparison. In particular, here are... Read more of this article


Nick Hagadone: Baseball, Coffee and Hard Work

August 4, 2019 by

It takes a great deal of confidence for a professional baseball player to succeed. There are few things that can better help tap into potential. Throughout his career, pitcher Nick Hagadone bet on himself and his talent and has seen it pay off again and again. Growing up in the suburbs of Seattle, Hagadone loved the Mariners and quickly developed as... Read more of this article


Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

August 4, 2019 by

Like a lot of movie fans, I’m very excited about the forthcoming Mister Rogers biopic, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, which opens on November 22. There is another Mister Rogers out there who is the complete antithesis of the legendary children’s television show host. Steve Rogers was a former... Read more of this article


Trevor Bauer, Sam McDowell, and A Rod’s Birthday Cake

August 1, 2019 by

So, in a fit of anger or frustration or both, Trevor Bauer heaved the baseball over the center field fence. So, what? Sure Bauer should have just handed the ball to his manager, Terry Francona, but it’s not as if he refused to give it to him, and gave him the finger instead. When someone such as Max Sherzer tells his manager to get back in the dugout... Read more of this article


How Jeter Can Be Like Teddy Ballgame

July 30, 2019 by

On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On July 26, 2020, it’s a near certainty that former New York Yankees shortstop and current Miami Marlins chief executive officer and part owner Derek Jeter will join him. What’s not nearly as clear is the kind of induction speech Jeter, who grew up in Kalamazoo, will give.... Read more of this article


Like Complete Games, Respect for Elders Is a Thing of the Past

July 24, 2019 by

Jim Golden, 83, is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who resides in Topeka, In 69 career games, including 20 starts, Golden won nine games, two of which were shutouts, and saved one other. In 208 total innings, he threw five complete games. These days, fans are fortunate if they see a starter go five or six innings. A native of Eldon, Missouri,... Read more of this article


Carl Nichols: Former Catcher Still Continuing His Baseball Dreams

July 20, 2019 by

The Baltimore Orioles were one of the most dominant teams in baseball, winning their division five times and playing in three World Series (winning one of them). A good portion of their success was owed to their dogged pursuit of top-flight talent through the major league draft. One player they tabbed to join their dynastic organization was Carl Nichols. A... Read more of this article


Harry Frazee, William Howard Taft, and the Lasker Plan

July 15, 2019 by

Most baseball fans know that Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis became Major League Baseball’s first commissioner in 1920.  But if Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee had gotten his way, former President William Howard Taft would have gotten the job two years earlier. Read more of this article  Read More →


Chicago National League Ball Club of 1876 Honored On Monument

July 3, 2019 by

On May 18, 2019, a monument dedication was held at Little Cubs Field in Freeport, Illinois. The black granite memorial honors the Chicago National League Ball Club of 1876 known as the Chicago White Stockings and today’s Chicago Cubs. The public was invited and joining the event were family members of the catcher of the 1876 Chicago White Stockings,... Read more of this article


Vinnie Pestano: Former Side-Arm Reliever Reflects on Successful Major League Career

June 30, 2019 by

Right-handed pitcher Vinnie Pestano was on a sure-fire major league trajectory in college when a severe injury cast everything into doubt. Fortunately, a team recognized his inherent talent and took a chance on his recovery, and he bounced back to have a solid six-year career in the big leagues. A side-armer, Pestano grew rapidly as a closer for Cal... Read more of this article


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Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

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Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted... 


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