December 11, 2017

Winter Meetings/Hot Stove/Gio Gonzalez

December 11, 2017 by · Leave a 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 […]

From the Archives: Bob Lemon and the Hall of Fame

November 18, 2017 by · 3 Comments 

(Editor’s Note: The following was first published on this site on January 21, 2008.) A couple days ago Dr. Michael Hoban posted an article about strange Hall of Fame voting in which he wondered why Bob Lemon was suddenly regarded as a better pitcher than Allie Reynolds in 1972 after Reynolds received more votes in […]

From the Archives: Harry Lunte—The Man Who Tried to Replace Ray Chapman

November 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

On August 16, 1920 the Cleveland Indians prepared to take the field against the New York Yankees to start a crucial three-game series at Yankee Stadium that pitted the first-place Indians against the third-place Yankees. Cleveland was a mere four percentage points ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the standings; New York stood within […]

Swans and Dolphins

November 5, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are an event that dates to the beginnings of the 20th Century and before the advent of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), were one of the prime venues for addressing the state of the game. In their earliest history, the meetings effected momentous rules changes that made major alterations in […]

Serie Del Caribe 2018

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

November 3 – there’s no need for “baseball withdrawal” after an exciting World Series in the U.S. — there’s plenty of baseball action south of the border.  Here are some highlights from the leagues playing in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. CUBA– Serie Nacional 57 second-half action is underway.  Defending champs Granma, along with Artemisa, won their […]

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 […]

On the 2017 MLB Records: Home Runs, Strikeouts, Complete Games, Relievers, and Time

October 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 Major League Baseball season saw several records set — not season or career records for individual players, but rather records for MLB as such. The one that has understandably gotten the most attention is regarding Home Runs. Overall, more HRs were hit this year than in any season in MLB history — yes, […]

A Season Skitters Between Matt Wieters’ Wickets

October 13, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Scroll to the end of the Washington Nationals 2017 season and you will see at the bottom of the final box score this entry: “Fielding E: Wieters 2 (throw, catcher interference). PB Wieters” Therein lies their season. Javier Baez, whom Ron Darling described throughout the series as swinging at the ball as soon as he […]

Bell Jar Baseball

October 7, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Watching the Washington Nationals in the playoffs is like reading Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar. You root for the protagonist as she descends further into depression, but there is no escape, no uplift that takes you away from the slow descent, only further slipping into a bottomless pit. Washington fans deserve better than classic levels of depression. […]

Brooks Robinson Is Only A Hall of Famer on the Playing Field

September 30, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

I know it’s practically sacrilegious to write this, but Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is a terrible advocate for retirees. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve met Brooks Robinson. He signed an Orioles cap for my father-in-law. He was arguably the greatest third baseman the game has ever known. But as the president of the […]

Sports Book Reviews

September 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The seasons keep changing and the sports books keep coming. They are focused on all kinds of subjects, approaches, dealing with different sports. Herewith, for your reading, exciting tomes dealing with baseball, football, tennis. Hank Greenberg in 1938 by Ron Kaplan (Sports Publishing, $24.95, 235 pages) is an important book for its subject, its time […]

Remembering Elston Howard

September 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“A man of great gentleness and dignity” –on his Plaque in Monument Park “He deserves credit and where would I be without him?  Phew! He can give me a job in the outfield and he can catch, too.  Good kid, too. He’s good.”—Casey Stengel With all the newspaper headlines today documenting angst and anger and […]

The Member of Congress Who Can Help The Retirees w/o MLB Pensions

September 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida United States Representative Matt Gaetz (Republican — 1st District) can help Orlando’s Bill Denehy, Pensacola’s Jim Hutto and 500 or so former players who don’t receive pensions from having played Major League Baseball (MLB). Denehy, who coached Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell at the University of Hartford, was once a bright pitching prospect. He was famously […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1945 NNL & NAL

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week the Negro Leagues DB added the 1945 Negro National League and Negro American League. In the NAL the Cleveland Buckeyes, led by Sam Jethroe (.339/.435/.559) and player-manager Quincy Trouppe, ended the two-year run of the Birmingham Black Barons as league champions. The Buckeyes were the eleventh attempt (in 24 years) at fielding a […]

Tony Clark’s Legacy Could Be Significant If…..

September 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Sadowski was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox in the 1960s. In a career that spanned 115 games, 54 of which he started, Sadowski won 20 games, collected eight saves and had a 3.87 Earned Run Average over 439 and two-third innings. Sadowski, who resides in Sharpsburg, Georgia, turned 79 earlier this year.  […]

This Joke Isn’t Funny

September 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you heard the one about the retirees group that doesn’t advocate for retirees? It’s unfortunately not a joke. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is a Colorado Springs -based organization located on Mesa Avenue whose mission is to, not surprisingly, take care of baseball alumni. So I am completely puzzled as to […]

Only Thing Older Than The Longest Game Is MLB’s 95-Year-Old Anti-Trust Exemption

September 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(And That Should End Too!) Everyone in Pawtucket, Rhode Island probably knows that on June 23, 1981 the longest game in professional baseball history between the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox ended after 33 innings, eight hours and 25 minutes of playing time. It had started at McCoy Stadium two months earlier, and […]

Giancarlo Stanton’s Impressive HR Lead

September 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I was struck recently not only by the number of homeruns, 54, that Giancarlo Stanton has hit so far this season, but by the lead he has over the guys with the second most: Aaron Judge and Khris Davis had 39 each, until today when Judge hit two more for a total of 41. So […]

Ross Barnes Is First Baseball Pioneer Honored in Monument Series

September 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday August 19, 2017 a monument was dedicated and unveiled for baseball pioneer Ross Barnes. The event took place at a little park on Main Street in Barnes hometown of Mount Morris, New York. Gary Passamonte a native of Mount Morris, who has been piecing together information and an extensive collection of baseball mementos on […]

Museum Artifacts More Important to MLB Than Pensionless Retirees

September 10, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Major League Baseball (MLB) cares more about supporting museums than real live, flesh and blood retirees without pensions. What other conclusion can you reach after the announcement on September 8 that the 30 club owners ponied up $10 million to contribute  to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s endowment efforts? According to the Associated Press, the […]

Wheels Come Off for Astros in August

September 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After four strong months, the Houston Astros fell on hard times in August with injuries and poor performance.  The team suffered its first losing month this season with a record of 11-17 in August.  Things should get better in September with players returning from injuries and the acquisition of former MVP and Cy Young Award […]

The Sad, Sad Truth and the Dirty Low Down

August 31, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

When the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convened for its annual convention in Manhattan at the end of June, the New York Times put it front-and-center on the sports page. Sounds like a good thing, but the article featured a photograph of several graying seniors sitting in the first row of a plenary session […]

Summer of ’41: Joe DiMaggio’s Epic 56-Game Hitting Streak

August 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With all the hype and hoopla surrounding Aaron Judge and with all the comparisons to the stir and accomplishments of the Yankee Clipper, what Joe Di did in 1941 stands at the top of the list. So here is the flashback. The 1941 Yankees were a loaded team. They would win 101 games, the American […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1937 Negro American League

August 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a brief, belated introduction to the 1937 Negro American League, which we added to the site last month (July 10, to be precise). For a broader view of that eventful year in black baseball history, see my entry on the 1937 Negro National League, which we added to the DB back in 2015. Meanwhile, […]

Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016

August 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The following article supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on WAR and Win Shares for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. Teams that fail to meet the minimum requirements (4000 PA and 4000 BFP) in any given […]

The Rivalry: Yanks vs Red Sox

August 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Back then, as the story goes, there was a get-together in the woods. A  Red Sox fan, a Cub fan and a Pirate fan were there. They all wondered when their team would make it to the World Series again and decided to call on God for advice. The Cub fan asked first: “When will […]

Can Tropical Wind’s Ever Blow Strong for Cuban Baseball Again?

August 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cuba is a complicated issue and most American fans don’t have the time. For those that do, there is author Peter Bjarkman, faithfully trying to peal back the layers of intrigue and politics until there is only the love of the game that Cubans and Americans share. Peter Bjarkman’s recently published book, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors, […]

How Murderers’ Row Shaped Baseball

August 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert’s “Rough Riders,” as some called them in the late 1920s, were not going head to head against their American League competition, they were playing exhibition games in Buffalo, Omaha, Rochester, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis… Everyone in the little cities and small towns wanted to catch a glimpse of the Babe, Lou […]

Dog Days at Fenway Park

August 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With the crowds having fun at the hub in Boston, with the team gearing up to go deep this October, with a roster loaded with talent and more on the way, a flashback to Sox in the Sixties is almost like culture shock. September 28th, 1960, Red Sox vs. Orioles.  Overcast, dank, chilly the final […]

Remembering The Yankee Clipper

August 5, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

All the hype and histrionics over Aaron Judge and some of the over-reaching comparisons to Joe DiMaggio trigger the need to go back and re-visit what the Yankee legend was all about. He was born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, one of nine children of Rosalie and Giuseppe DiMaggio, a crab fisherman father, an […]

Dusty Watches from the Wings with a Grin

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was another trading deadline where Hollywood and Broadway got all the press. The rest was just community theater. The Dodgers walked away with the biggest prizes and the Yankees did well in a supporting role. But for all of the ink that Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray will generate, Washington Nationals manager, Dusty Baker, […]

Remembering Mel Allen

July 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I had the very good fortune in 1990 to visit the legendary Mel Allen at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. I was there to collect memorabilia for the “Stars of David: Jews in Sports” exhibit that I was the curator and executive producer for at the Klutznik Museum in Washington, D.C. My wife Myrna came […]

Baseball Birthplaces and the Retro World Baseball Classic

July 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Upon the conclusion of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (the fourth iteration of the tournament which began in 2006), I started to wonder how the rosters would have looked in previous years. Using stricter rules for roster construction (basing all rosters on birthplace alone, 20-year periods between tournaments and additional stipulations outlined in the Methodology […]

The Wisdom of Current MLB Policy Toward Cuba, Central and South America

July 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent Henry Chadwick Award-winning baseball writer, Peter Bjarkman, came on the Seamheads Podcasting Network both in 2014 and 2015 during a very different time. President Obama’s easing of travel restrictions with Cuba seemed to herald a new era for Cuban baseball and ideas of innovation and hope sprang anew. Fellow SABR-member Pete Cottrell and I […]

Where Did All the Pitchers Go?

July 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

June was a challenging month for the Houston Astros as four of the five pitchers that were in the opening day starting rotation hit the disabled list. As a result, thirteen of the team’s 27 games in June were started by rookies and the results weren’t pretty. Fortunately, Mike Fiers, the only member of the […]

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