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2015 Dodgers – Mets Series a Unique No-Hitter Matchup

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A friend recenty noted to me that the Mets are in the post-season this year, but had the embarrassment of having two no-hitters tossed against them this year. He wondered if there had ever been a similar team before? So I did a little research, and I think I’ve found that there have been only […]

ML”what would”B: What if Sandy Koufax Was Never Plagued With Arthritis?

November 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just put up another ML”what would”B post on More Than a Fan. In every ML”what would”B alternative history post, I discuss what would have happened if a famous event in baseball history had gone differently than it did in reality. For my latest post, I wrote about what would have happened […]

My Interview with Andrew Mele, Author of The Boys of Brooklyn

August 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently had the honor of interviewing Andrew Mele, the author of the book, The Boys of Brooklyn. The book is about how baseball was very important to Brooklynites back in the days of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider. It explains how a lot of baseball players from Brooklyn played in a park called […]

Harvey vs. Scherzer is Like Deja Vu All Over Again

August 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tomorrow’s bout between the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers at Citi Field would most likely be ignored outside of New York and Michigan but for the anticipated match-up of two of the game’s best pitchers—24-year-old phenom Matt Harvey and 28-year-old all-but-guaranteed-to-win-the-AL Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer.  Granted the Tigers don’t have anything clinched yet, […]

Hardly a Miracle

August 12, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Even before the Boston Braves completed their historic comeback from a 15-game deficit on July 4 to overtake the New York Giants, win the National League pennant going away and sweep the heavily-favored Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series, manager George Stallings was being called the “Miracle Man.” After only 13 games, 10 of […]

ML”what would”B: What if the Dodgers Never Moved?

June 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just put up another ML”what would”B post on More Than a Fan. In every ML”what would”B alternative history post, I discuss what would have happened if a famous event in baseball history had gone differently than it did in reality. For my latest post, I wrote what would have happened if the […]

My First Ever Movie Review

May 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m sure you’ve all heard about the movie “42” that recently came out in theaters. Well, I decided to do a movie review of it! The movie “42: The True Story of an American Legend” is the story of how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and joined the major leagues, the first black […]

The Kid from Santa Barbara

April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m sure you know who has the most career home runs (Barry Bonds with 762), who has the most career wins (Cy Young with 511), and who has the longest consecutive hitting streak in baseball history (Joe DiMaggio with 56). However, do you know who holds the record for most games played in as a […]

Would Korean War Casualty Carl Tumlinson Have Replaced the Ageing Pee Wee Reese as the Dodgers Shortstop?

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Dodgers Hall of Fame shortstop, Pee Wee Reese, played his last full season at that position in 1956, aged 37. Charlie Neal (1957) then Don Zimmer (1958) were his immediate replacements. Not until the emergence of Maury Wills in 1960 did the Dodgers have a shortstop who, in any way, resembled the great Pee […]

Swinging Out of the Box: The Case For Alphonso Soriano

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With more Kevin Youkilis trade rumors today, and teams scrambling for productivity at third base, I have an easy, but controversial idea for the Cubs to move the huge contract of Alphonso Soriano. The best thing for Alphonso Soriano, and the Cubs for that matter, would be to start playing him at third base. I […]

The Glory Days: How MLB’s First Expansion Unfolded

May 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Major league baseball’s first modern-day expansion did not just happen overnight. It was not simply the result of a shrewd job of blackmailing by William Shea and renowned baseball man Branch Rickey; they did not hold Commissioner Ford Frick and 16 team owners hostage by threatening to start a new league. The shadow of the […]

History in the Making, Or Just Another Ballgame?

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg were taken in the amateur draft twelve months apart. Each was a Boras client deemed difficult to sign and likely to command a record signing bonus. Each was acclaimed as a unique talent well worth whatever it took. The fact that they came in succeeding years was deemed extremely rare. […]

Audio Interview With Chattanooga’s Aaron Miller

April 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On April 3rd, I had an opportunity to interview Chattanooga Lookouts pitcher Aaron Miller. He was a first round selection in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Prior to the 2011 season, Aaron was ranked as one of top ten pitchers in the Dodgers organization. This interview focuses on the injury he suffered last year and […]

Glory Days of the 50s and 60s

January 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Oh, for the good old days when Major League Baseball meant two leagues, 16 teams and a playoff format spelled WORLD SERIES. That’s right … the best team in each league, best-of-seven, and Shazzam! Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around talking about walking five miles to school in two feet of snow. […]

In an Instant

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

What if you were known for one thing most of your life? What if that one thing was not favorable? That’s the story Ralph Branca tells in “A Moment in Time” with David Ritz. Read this book because: 1. Good or bad, baseball is one of life’s few constants. (Well, almost.) There’s nothing like the […]

Simple Pleasures

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, what better time to “take time for paradise”?  That’s the name of Bart Giamatti’s classic book from 1989. It was re-released earlier this year. If you are fond of nostalgia, take a look back at what the former baseball commissioner had to say. Read this book because: 1. It is […]

Graig Nettles , Una Pared En La Serie Del 77‏ (Graig Nettles, A Wall In The Series Of 77)

October 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Estamos en tiempo de Serie Mundial. Los recuerdos de grandes momentos vienen a nuestra mente,revolotean una y otra ves.  Grandes batazos, espectaculares atrapadas, momentos inolvidables. la Serie mundial del béisbol de las grandes Ligas es para mi de lo mejor que puede suceder en el deporte y algo esperado todo el año. Una de esas […]

Rickey was Right On

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In teaming with Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier, Branch Rickey helped make Barack Obama’s presidency possible. That’s one reason why Jimmy Breslin decided to write a biography on Rickey. One could surmise Rickey’s decision to team with Robinson was about morality. After all, he broke the news in a pulpit. In truth, this was […]

Fireworks in the Steel City

July 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the Pittsburgh Pirates resurgence this summer, I’m reminded of one of the most abysmal pitching performances I’ve ever come across in all my years as a baseball fan. Unfortunately, it happened to my grandfather, Nelson Greene, in the only game he ever pitched in the Steel City. It’s difficult to imagine any modern day […]

Koufax or Ryan? Tough choice for Torborg

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t ask Jeff Torborg to choose between Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. The only man to catch no-hitters thrown by both can’t make up his mind. A former back-up catcher for the Dodgers and Angels, Torborg caught a perfect game thrown by Koufax in 1965 and no-hitters thrown by Bill Singer in 1970 and Ryan […]

Juan Marichal recibio leña en Caracas (Juan Marichal received firewood in Caracas)

El 13 de junio se cumplen 48 años del no hit no run de Juan Marichal sobre el equipo de los Colt 45 de Houston. ese dia Juan demostró todo su potencial como futuro Hall de la fama. Ese dia Marichal subió al monticulo con una racha de 5 victorias en fila y termino el […]

If I Ran Baseball-Interleague Edition

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Recently a few managers have come out against interleague play, stating the uniqueness has worn off, and that interleague play is tired.  I disagree.  I think it’s great that some interleague “traditions” have stuck around, like Cubs/White Sox, A’s/Giants, and Marlins/Rays.  Ok, so maybe Marlins/Rays isn’t the most exciting matchup, but it’s still the battle […]

Audio Interview With Dodgers Prospect Scott Van Slyke

May 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On May 6th, I had an opportunity to interview Chattanooga Lookouts first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke. He was recently selected Southern League Hitter of the Week (April 18th-24th). Scott currently leads the Southern League in batting average, doubles and extra-base hits. This interview focuses on the offensive and defensive changes he’s made during the 2011 […]

Rivalries and Respect

April 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rivalries and Respect. Do those two words belong together in the minds of most fans or players? At first blush, I have to admit that I didn’t see it either. You hate your rivals don’t you? You can’t stand anything about them. You don’t like their colors, their field, their stadium, their players, their managers […]

2011 Preview: Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A Dodgers Affiliate) Interviews with Top Prospects and Coaches

April 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

On April 5th, the Chattanooga Lookouts held their annual Media Day. I had the opportunity to interview Chris Withrow, Kyle Russell, and Franklin Stubbs. I’ll be posting interviews with other Southern League prospects and coaches throughout the season. Click on links to listen to audio ________________________________________ Chris Withrow: Starting Pitcher (#4 Prospect in Organization) Withrow […]

What was He Supposed to Do?

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Who knew a World Series could bring such pain? Fresh off toppling the rival Yankees in 1955, Dodgers Walter O’Malley could only rejoice for so long. Decisions loomed. Death, in a sense, was palpable. O’Malley staved off it off as long as he could. In “Forever Blue,” Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D’Antonio guides readers through […]

At Home with the Browns

January 10, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Hello. My name is Jeff and I’m a certified Brownsaholic. Don’t ask me why. The star-crossed franchise hasn’t existed in its St. Louis form since 1953, when the club was sent packing to Baltimore to become birds. George Sisler may be the only Brown that your average baseball fan can name. And I’m from New […]

Some Background Information About the Mookie Wilson Grounder to Bill Buckner in October 1986

January 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know about Buckner and game 6 of the 1986 World Series. But on October 14, 1986, a profile of Buckner by Ross Newhan noted that in 1985 he had “set a big league record for assists by a first baseman with 184.” But, Newhan also noted the long-term impact from “April 18, 1975, […]

Scenes and Quotes From San Francisco and the Giants Clubhouse After Winning the 1962 Playoff

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A while ago I hunted down the San Francisco Chronicle from the day after the Giants beat the Dodgers to win the 1962 N.L. pennant. It’s been overlooked by the World Series that followed, but the race was a thriller that nearly matched 1951’s, and was the start of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry in California. To […]

An Over-the-Shoulder Preview

October 24, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

If it had been the Giants and the Yankees, the World Series would have had old world flavor and been a big television draw.  The money lenders cannot win them all.  Still, it will be an old fashioned World Series, one in which the very strong pitching of both teams will do much to decide […]

Broken Promises

September 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“I won’t lose again.” Adam Wainwright said those words two starts ago, upset with how he had been performing and looking at a four-game losing streak.  He was able to win last time out, continuing the vow, but last night, that promise was broken. The two-out problem bit the Cardinals again.  In the second, Wainwright had […]

Memories of the Shot Heard Round the World

August 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

I suspect everyone my age with an interest in baseball knows where they were when Bobby Thomson hit his historic home run in 1951.  I was in my 11th grade physics class at South High School in Denver.  I was an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan growing up and listened to part of the game on […]

Touring The Bases With…Brent Mayne

August 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Catcher Brent Mayne was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (#13 overall) of the 1989 amateur draft and made his major league debut only a year later, rapping an RBI single off Twins pitcher Scott Erickson in his first major league at-bat.  Mayne spent 15 seasons in the big leagues with […]

Cardinals Struggling In LA

June 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

You know, when the offense is clicking, you think things are just going to roll on forever.  However, even with an offense like the Cardinals’, when you take out a couple of pieces, the Jenga tower apparently falls down. Another game without David Freese or Colby Rasmus turns into a 1-0 loss.  Chris Carpenter deserved […]

That Night, They Were Men

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently I was showing the photo album of my bar mitzvah to some long-lost cousins who only vaguely remembered attending it. Even with the help of the photos, I don’t remember all that much about it myself. I do know that it was the last time I ever spoke–much less chanted–in Hebrew. I ate, danced, […]

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