As Major League Baseball clubs spend and trade this holiday season, preparing for 2016, this edition of the Notes looks back on a trade propelling the Baltimore Orioles to a championship and reviews something this week that never happened before. Although the Chicago Cubs backed up a bank vault for outfielder Jason Heyward, other teams wheeled […]
I’ll admit that I’m a sappy sentimentalist when it comes to seeing baseball’s old timers. Who could forget Ted Williams’ appearance at the 1999 All Star Game? And so I was looking forward to Major League Baseball’s presentation at this year’s All-Star Game of the Four Greatest Living Baseball players. Initially I thought, “Great, we […]
It’s been almost 50 years since the Cincinnati Reds dealt Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles. Here’s an article I wrote almost seven years ago that examines that historic trade. December 9, 1965: Reds right fielder Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. When Cincinnati Reds owner Bill DeWitt […]
Hey baseball fans! Today’s blog is about a very interesting award that was only around in the 1950s. It isn’t really that well-known, but if you read my Frank Malzone interview, you should know that he won the Sophomore of the Year Award. The Sophomore of the Year Award was created in 1953. It was awarded […]
Earl Weaver won his final contest, at least as much as it can be won. The Hall of Fame manager died aboard a cruise ship—it was an Oriole-themed cruise—on the day of the Orioles FanFest. I’m sure that the Baltimore Convention Center will see its share of tears, wept unashamedly by grown men who wouldn’t […]
During the decade of the 1950s occurred what american baseball analysts named a “rise of the hitters”. Running the racial integration, joined organized baseball with all the figures of importance included the Caribbean, guaranteeing the presence in major league baseball of sluggers as Mays, Aaron, Banks, Minoso, Clemente or Frank Robinson who, along with Williams, […]
Ten days ago I wrote that we won’t be witnessing any real milestones in wins for a long time unless Jaimie Moyer makes a successful comeback, and even that’s no guarantee. Using Bill James’ “Favorite Toy” at ESPN.go.com (called “Career Assessments” now), I deduced that CC Sabathia has a 45% chance of reaching the 300-win […]
Tony LaRussa retires and Davey Johnson returns. It might seem that the trade off leaves the managerial ranks about the same, but there is a changing of the guard occurring in the leadership of Major League Baseball. LaRussa’s 33 years as manager is unequalled except by Connie Mack–whose 53 years in the dugout is one […]
Former outfielder Tom Shopay had the pleasure and the misfortune to play for either veteran or very good major league teams during his career. It allowed him to have some great teammates and experience a winning environment, but it also invariably meant that he never got much of an opportunity to establish himself as an […]
Hay temporadas que son consideradas como el tope de una carrera. En ellas un pelotero lo hace todo por su equipo, desde animar a los compaÃ±eros en el dugout hasta discutir con los Ã¡rbitros. El jugador pareciera estar dotado de una fuerza excepcional que le hace alcanzar logros paralizantes.
Nolan Ryan was far from the perfect pitcher. He walked the most batters in baseball history (2,795), 52% more than the next highest total belonging to Steve Carlton (1,833). He lost the most games of any pitcher (292) except for Cy Young (316) and Pud Galvin (310), two players who peaked in the 1800s. He […]
Inicios de octubre de 1970 desplegaba varias pÃ¡ginas de suspenso para mis 9 aÃ±os de hiperkinesia desbordada. Haber seguido los juegos del Mundial de FÃºtbol por televisiÃ³n y el Campeonato Nacional Juvenil de BÃ©isbol en el estadio de CumanÃ¡, encendÃa toda la fruiciÃ³n de mi expectativa ante la Serie Mundial de aquel aÃ±o. Toda esa curiosidad galopaba en paralelo con el reto de la tabla de dividir y la regla de tres que significaba el cuarto grado. La maestra InÃ©s llenaba el aula con su conocimiento transparente y su pedagogÃa que saltaba entre los pupitres. Cualquier asomo de miedo a las matemÃ¡tica me lo borrÃ³ en el primer instante que escuchÃ© su voz. Me habÃa tocado el turno de la tarde, por lo cual debÃa estar atento en mis juegos y correrÃas por calles y caÃ±averales de regresar a casa antes de mediodÃa.
The score was 1 – 0 heading into the seventh inning in last night’s All Star Game before the NL broke through for three runs. Â The low score became an issue this morning after the TV ratings were released. Â They were lower than any since 1972. Â What does it say? Â It is reminiscent of the […]
Cuba and Puerto Rico are never as close as when Pudge and Livan Hernandez are Nationals battery mates. Â Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy said watching the two seasoned pros, “It’s like they are playing catch in the park.” Â They are two of the most senior players in the game and still two of the most fun […]
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, […]
What coulda been–a man taken from us WAY too soon…. It’s been 35 years since the very memorable 1975 baseball season–one that saw future Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver win Cy Young Awards, Frank Robinson become MLB’s first black manager, and another “no-no” thrown by Nolan Ryan. It also featured the Tigers […]