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Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future […]

The Ryan Braun Debacle

August 19, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

As a lifetime Brewer fan and—until recently—a defender of Ryan Braun’s (yes, I was taken in by the ferocity of his public statement in February of 2012 .  Call me an idiot, or, in the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “What a gull-a-bull.  What a nin-com-poop.”)  I feel compelled to comment on the unfortunate situation […]

A Grooved Pitch—Hall of Famer vs. Three Game Cup of Coffee Youngster

June 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday, May 26, 1912, the sixth place American Association Milwaukee Brewers opened a series against the second place Minneapolis Millers, facing future Hall of Fame member Rube Waddell. The eccentric Waddell is known to most baseball fans. Although on the downside of his career, he was still a pitcher to be reckoned with. During […]

Paul Hartzell: Tales of a Pitcher

April 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At 6’5 and 200 pounds, right-handed Paul Hartzell personified a classically built pitcher. He was chosen by the California Angels in the 10th round of the 1975 MLB draft after having attended Lehigh University. The Angels were helmed at the time by future Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams and pitchers Frank Tanana and Nolan […]

Mantle In Milwaukee: Sixty Years Ago

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Milwaukee commuters wrestling their way down highway 43 may not know that the pavement between Locust and Burleigh Streets is hallowed ground, the former site of Borchert Field, home of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers for much of the first half of last century. Borchert Field was an old, rickety ballpark with crazy dimensions: the […]

The Greatest Pitching Duels of the Century

March 10, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Sticking to my policy of reviewing only books I can highly recommend, I bring you a gem by Jim Kaplan, long-time “Sports Illustrated” writer and author of a dozen previous baseball books, including a fine biography of Lefty Grove. His new volume, titled The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching […]

2011 AL East Positional Analysis And Ranking: Closer

March 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I am in the midst of a series examining the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the AL East, on a position-by-position basis. The players at each position are being ranked in relation to their peers within the division, with each team being assigned points based on where their player ranks in comparison […]

Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

January 19, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

As things currently stand, the New York Yankees will go into the 2011 season without Andy Pettitte as part of their starting rotation. We’ve known for some time now that this could be a real possibility as he had stated at the end of the 2010 season the same sentiment he’s made at the end […]

The Promising Life and Tragic Death of Austin McHenry

November 30, 2008 by · 17 Comments 

Considered one of the best left fielders in the game after his brilliant 1921 season, Cardinals outfielder Austin McHenry saw his career reach a premature end on July 31, 1922 at the age of 26. Tragically, he would lose his life only four months later. By the time he was 25 years old, St. Louis […]