June 24, 2018

Patches Below the Waterline to Put Washington Back in the Winners Circle in 2018

June 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Boswell likened the addition of Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals bullpen as adding sheet metal instead of tin foil to a significant hole in their bullpen. Herrera is hopefully the first of several moves that the Washington Nationals front office will surprise us with this summer as they look to address the new reality […]

Former Pitcher Russ Ortiz Recalls His Baseball Career

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Pitching is one of the most difficult endeavors in baseball. It was particularly daunting in the early 2000s, as offenses were operating at high-octane levels. That makes the career of Russ Ortiz all the more impressive, as the right-hander won 99 games in one six-year stretch on his way to a wildly successful 12-year major […]

Mambo Soto! A Vision of Robles and Soto Playing DC Baseball With a Salsa Beat?

June 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Juan Soto’s two home runs at Yankee Stadium last night not only cast a spell over the Bronx crowd, but over the future for the Washington Nationals. The young slugger is intriguing enough in his own right. He IS Bryce Harper as a 19-year old. The comparisons can be made now as the young Dominican […]

Has Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Made the Leap?

June 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox gambled they were making a shrewd move when they traded star reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 for prospect left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Although he had flashes of promise over the ensuing three seasons, injuries and inconsistency made him into somewhat of an enigma. Now 25, the southpaw […]

Firing On All Eight

June 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A friend recently opined that it is difficult to appreciate the arc of history when one is in the middle of it.  You cannot know how the moving hand will compose an ending, but last night, with temperatures around seventy degrees, Max Scherzer was cruising like a V-8 Oldsmobile out on an old country highway, […]

Bill Sampen: Pitcher Recalls Successful Career with Montreal Expos

May 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Although major league baseball has been gone from Montreal for over a decade now, the legacy of the game remains vibrant there. Fans have to rely on memories instead of being able to root for a team able to make new ones. Fortunately, there are ample fond recollections and players from  the past. Among them […]

Still Active Former Top Prospects: Where Are They Now?

May 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year the baseball world is put on notice by the publishing of various “top prospect” lists. These herald the best and the brightest of that year’s group of young players toiling in the minor leagues and hoping to eventually make their way to the big league limelight. Some receive their promotion rather quickly, and […]

Active Major League Players Who are Locks for the Baseball Hall of Fame

May 7, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is the sport’s Mount Rushmore. Only the best of the best and the most talented, memorable figures in the game’s history gain admittance, with fewer than 350 having been elected in the near 90 years of the existence of the shrine. There are future Hall-of-Famers playing now, but who […]

19-Year Old Juan Soto vs. 19-Year Old Bryce Harper

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The 25-year old Bryce Harper is on a pace to hit more home runs than in any prior season. It is fun to watch and no slugger since Frank Howard has put on a power display in Washington, DC, quite like this one. But as Harper crushes balls that approach Hondo’s mythic proportions, there is […]

Interview with Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pitcher Nick Kingham

April 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This interview originally appeared in 2012 in Toppsprospectalert.com Stockpiling quality young pitching is always a priority for a losing team trying to change their fortunes and culture. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who last had a winning season in 1992, have recently drafted highly touted arms like Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole to jump-start their rebuilding process. However, the team is also […]

Long-Term Battery Combinations

April 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Submitted by Howard Johnson The most comforting words that can be heard by any hard-core fan of professional baseball is the annual mid-winter pronouncement that “Pitchers and catchers will report on ….” Given those are the two positions involved on every pitch of every game, each performs within the confines of a space rigorously defined […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

April 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Is it 1924 All Over Again?

April 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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

April 2, 2018 by · 4 Comments 

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 […]

2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees’ Highs and Lows

March 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Revisiting an Interview with Branch Rickey

March 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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

March 8, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

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 […]

Which Former Major League Players Have Become Stars in Korea?

March 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 Forgotten Bash Brother

March 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Mickey Mantle’s Forgotten Twin Brothers

March 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Jackie Robinson: Revisiting an Interview With a Baseball and Civil Rights Legend

March 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The age of the internet is a blessing in that it allows for the preservation of so many primary sources—the collection of video, audio and written materials from our past. This is particularly important to baseball history, where there is so much to keep track of. On April 14, 1957, legendary player and civil rights […]

History of a St. Louis Baseball Franchise: The St. Louis Stars

February 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

St. Louis Stars The St. Louis Stars were born when Richard William Kent, Sam Sheppard, Dr. J. W. “George” McClelland and Dr. G. B. Keys purchased the NNL St. Louis Giants franchise after the 1921 season. Dick Kent was a very successful businessman, who went from being a shoe shine boy to a real estate […]

Could Amazon.com Nationals Park Be a “Thing?”

February 9, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

Naming rights are a very boring topic in the vast universe of what falls under the constellation known as “baseball.” Who really cares what you call the stadium as long as baseball is played there, unless you care about the old place names like Fenway Park and player names like Smoky Joe Wood and Dizzy […]

Corrections That Are Moving Towards a Rational Marketplace

February 5, 2018 by · 4 Comments 

You can almost hear the unsigned players grinding their collective teeth. After years of escalating salaries, there may be a principle at work that confounds the dumb-struck baseball player, namely a rational economy. When the average American was getting their economic bell rung in 2008-2010, losing their homes, their jobs and their emotional well-being, baseball […]

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Announced for March 22 Release

January 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Releases Worldwide on March 22, 2018 OOTP 19 features dramatic 3D enhancements, a redesigned interface, new scouting systems, ultra-realistic artificial intelligence, 2018 Opening Day rosters, and more! Available For Pre-Order Now With 10% Discount & Early Access Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the Major […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1946 NNL & NAL

January 29, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

In 1946 the Negro leagues began to face the inevitable. The Brooklyn Dodgers finally broke Organized Baseball’s 60-year-old color line, signing several black players for their minor league system—including the best player in the 1945 Negro American League, the Monarchs’ shortstop Jackie Robinson, and arguably the best player in the 1945 Negro National League, the […]

Soft Salary Cap or Soft Headed Under the Cap?

January 25, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

There are two weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida and Arizona. Yet the most prized pitching prospects, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta remained unsigned as do Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. Among position players, J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer are the four most notable unsigned […]

Winter Leagues and Serie del Caribe updates

January 25, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

The latest on the Winter Leagues’ final series and Serie del Caribe 2018 are at the link below: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2017/08/serie-del-caribe-2018/ I will be updating this link daily from now (Jan. 25) through the Serie del Caribe finals on February 8.  You can stay tuned by accessing the link (it’ll continue to be the same URL) above. […]

All Quiet Along the Potomac??

January 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Potomac River is laced with ice near Nationals Park, but it is likely that life abounds beneath the serene white exterior that catches the afternoon sun from the south.  Yes, the water is moving despite the ice and things are heating up hot stove wise. There was the brief flurry of rumors that had […]

Winter Leagues Status – January 3, 2018

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January 3 – “regular season” play in the Winter Leagues has wrapped up and the winter “post-season” is getting underway (Puerto Rico is an exception – see below).  Here’s the status of the various leagues, and which clubs are still playing in January: DOMINICANA – the final standings for the rol regular , the regular […]

The Epic Pitching Duel That Changed the Future of Two Franchises

December 23, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

October 7, 2011 and the melting pot that is South Philadelphia is stirring. From the Parisian redesign of Rittenhouse Square to the William Penn statue at Broad and Market; from South Street to the Mexican and Asian influences of Washington Avenue; from the African-American neighborhood of Point Breeze to the hipsters’ hangout in Northern Liberties, […]

From the Archives: Punch Drunk—The Art Shires Story

December 17, 2017 by · 8 Comments 

The following was originally published on this site on May 18, 2009. Former major league first baseman Art Shires was many things; dapper, over-dressed, well-spoken, loud-mouthed, confident, cocky, entertaining, clownish; a hard drinker and a harder fighter. But was he also a murderer? A Dallas District Attorney thought so and charged him with that crime […]

Winter Meetings/Hot Stove/Gio Gonzalez

December 11, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

A recent article by Pete Kerzel about the possibility of the Washington Nationals trading Gio Gonzalez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando lit my stove. The rumor is an annual one that excites hope that Washington GM Mike Rizzo is a magician, that he can get something of value for Gio and we won’t have […]

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