April 20, 2014

Book Review: “1954″

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

“1954″ is the latest book from J. G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Bill Madden. Madden has covered Baseball for the New York Daily News for over 30 years and his most recent book, Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, was a New York Times Bestseller. As the title suggests, “1954″ chronicles the 1954 Baseball Season. […]

Tampa to Montreal? Trotting Out the Same Old Tired Narrative

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s almost comical, the idea of moving the Tampa Bay Rays to Montreal, but a lot of people have been talking about it with a straight face. MLB has fewer new plot lines than Hollywood and the one where the Commissioner’s Office comes in all Snidely Whiplash and threatens to move the team unless a […]

NBA Star Tracy McGrady, Japanese, Cuban Hurlers All Part of Buildup to New Atlantic League Season

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2014 Independent Baseball season debuts next week with the startup of the Atlantic League season, which once again opens about three weeks ahead of everyone else on the non-major-league-affiliated map because of its 140-game season. The interest in the Atlantic League seems especially high ahead of Thursday’s (April 24) openers not only to eventually […]

Book Review of 1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season

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Hey baseball fans! I recently had the honor of reading the book, “1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season” by Raymond Sinibaldi. The book talks about the Red Sox winning the 1967 pennant after a long and hard season, with four teams in contention for the pennant by the season’s final week. But the Red […]

ML”what would”B: What if the ’81 Strike Never Happened?

April 15, 2014 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 write about what would have happened had […]

What’s in a (Stadium’s) Name?

April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Have you ever noticed that some of the names of the baseball stadiums of today’s times are named after companies? Well, back in the old days, stadiums were named after other things. With that, here are a few famous baseball stadiums from the 1900s with interesting names. Stadium Name: The Polo Grounds […]

Playing for the Name on the Front of the Jersey

April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

On Thursday night, at Nationals Park, the ace of the Washington Nationals staff answered anyone who had been naive enough to question where his fastball had gone. It was back and it was beautiful to behold. He looked every bit the part the ace of a very talented mound corps in DC in his most […]

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Regarding Recent Public Remarks of Club Personnel About Stephen Drew & Kendrys Morales

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New York, NY, Friday, April 11, 2014 … Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Tony Clark, today issued the following statement regarding recent public remarks by Club officials about Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales that clearly violate the parties’ collectively bargained agreements. “I am angered that numerous, anonymous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally […]

Adjustments Paying Off for Chris Colabello, Who Still Speaks Highly of Years in Independent League

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Speaking of 2011 Independent Player of the Year Chris Colabello, the seven-year Can-Am League (Worcester, MA and Nashua, NH) vet currently hitting cleanup every day for Minnesota, has another honor, sharing American League Player of the Week honors with the Los Angeles Angels’ now-injured Josh Hamilton. Colabello, who has already been used at first base […]

Little Louie Packed a Big Punch

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Did you know that there is only one Hall of Famer born in the South American country of Venezuela? This shortstop enshrined in Cooperstown played for the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox from 1956-1973 and was elected into the Hall in 1984. His name is Luis Aparicio. 22 years after he […]

There’s No Fooling the Radar Gun

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A traffic judge in Prince George’s County once said that “you cannot fool radar because radar spelled backwards is still radar.” So when Stephen Strasburg wants to quibble about his fastball velocity and say the problem is with the gun, tell it to the judge Stephen. Strasburg’s fastball velocity has been in steady decline since […]

Opening Day 2014

April 5, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Opening Day. The celebration of American culture resounds more than the play on the field as the giant flag is unfurled during the National Anthem. There were no jets flying overhead this season as in years past because budget concerns have taken precedence over the pomp and ceremony befitting a great nation parading forth its […]

The 1979 California Angels

April 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Angels’ franchise entered its 19th season without a single playoff berth. However, the club finished second in the previous campaign and expectations were high as GM Buzzie Bavasi acquired Rod Carew and Dan Ford in separate deals with the Minnesota Twins during the off-season. Jim Fregosi prepared for his first full season at the […]

My Top Five Favorite Baseball Players in History

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’ve written lists about who should be on baseball’s Mt. Rushmore, who I think are the most underrated Hall of Famers of all time, my favorite uniforms, and more. But today’s list is going to be possibly my most important list in Baseball with Matt history. It is time for you to know… my all-time […]

Audio Interview With Chattanooga Infielder Darnell Sweeney

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Darnell Sweeney was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round of the 2009 amateur draft, then by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2012 amateur draft.  The switch hitter spent the entire 2013 season with the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, where he batted .275 with 11 homers, 77 RBIs […]

Audio Interview with Chattanooga Pitcher Jarret Martin

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Jarret Martin was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 2008 amateur draft and again by the Orioles in the 18th round of the 2009 amateur draft.  He’s now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, pitching for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Q: You’ve recently made the transition from starter […]

Independent Count in Majors Doubles in Two Years And Opening Week Performances Are Dazzling

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Baseball’s Opening Day is such a celebration some have suggested it should be a national holiday. No group has more reason to be happy with the first few days of the season this year than the Independent Baseball industry because a record 20 of its former players were on active major league rosters and another […]

Major League Baseball Players Association, Major League Baseball & Mariners Donate $225,000 To Oso Slide Recovery Efforts

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are donating $225,000 to assist with the recovery from the massive mudslide in Snohomish County on March 22, 2014 that has claimed the lives of more than two dozen people with many others still missing. The donation will be made to the […]

White Sox Opening Day: Bloody Marys, Banana Splits and Unexpected Blasts

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March 31, 2014 The Chicago White Sox opened the 2014 season by beating the Minnesota Twins, 5-3, at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday in a game played under sunny skies but a cloudy outlook. The Sox got power from two primary sources, one expected and one that was quite a surprise. Chris Sale delivered the […]

Astros Should Show Some Improvement in 2014

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At the end of the 2012 season, I put together a rather bold projection for the next three years as the Astros struggled for respectability.  I projected an improvement in 2013 to 60 wins, which did not happen followed by 70 wins in 2014.  With only 51 wins in 2013, winning 70 in 2014 appears […]

A Winning Manager Who Knew Baseball Inside and Out

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The San Diego Padres play their first game of the 2014 MLB season today against the Dodgers, so I wanted to talk about the man who was their manager for their first World Series appearance in 1984. Dick Williams didn’t have the best playing career, but he was elected into the Baseball Hall […]

1929 All-Star Game: Junior Loop Wins Second Straight All-Star Tilt

March 29, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

JUNIOR LOOP WINS SECOND STRAIGHT ALL-STAR TILT, REGAINS LEAD IN SERIES Combs, Foxx Lead Swatsmiths  TEAMS COMBINE FOR 17  RUNS AND 32 SAFETIES ST. LOUIS, July 9.—The Americans and Nationals battled to a 5 to 5 tie through four and a half frames before the juniors pushed four more across the dish in the bottom […]

Top Five Predictions for MLB 2020

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Given the announcement of Derek Jeter‘s retirement after this season, one can conclude that he will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. Along with that, I believe there could be some other major MLB events in 2020. Here are my top five: #5: Mike Trout Wins his first MVP Award: In […]

Ian Thomas of Braves May Be Biggest Surprise Among Former Independent Players in Major League Camps

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The biggest surprise among the 51 former Independent Baseball players who started spring training with major league teams may be southpaw reliever Ian Thomas, who spent his first three seasons and part of a fourth after coming out of Virginia Commonwealth University as a non-drafted player in three separate non-affiliated leagues.  He always struck out […]

The Arizonan Baseball Team Will Poison You Like A Snake

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball was today! I did not wake up at four o’clock in the morning to watch the game in Sydney, Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, but I still want to talk about one of the teams playing in the first game of the 2014 […]

After Four Years of Seasoning, Still Another Independent Star Could Be Heading Toward the Minnesota Twins

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The stars all seem aligned perfectly for C. J. Ziegler as last year’s power king tries to become another Independent Baseball product to pull on a major league baseball uniform.  It probably will not come as early as this year, but the leader of last season’s Wichita (KS) Wingnuts bears close scrutiny. Ziegler seems to […]

Book Review: A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

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Hey baseball fans!   I recently had the chance to read A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George F. Will, a book about Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The book was written around the time of the Stadium’s 100th anniversary. Overall, it was a very good book […]

Medlen’s Misfortune is Everyone’s Misfortune

March 18, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

As the 2012 season drew to a conclusion, Stephen Strasburg’s absence from the rotation of the Washington Nationals was one of the more hotly debated issues. Often those heaping abuse on the Nationals decision to bench their prized right-hander contrasted their decision with that of the Atlanta Braves where Kris Medlen was still taking the […]

Two Very Different Pitchers: Two Very Different Books

March 18, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

You would be hard-pressed to find two pitchers more dissimilar than Robin Roberts and R.A. Dickey. Though Dickey is the only one of the pair to win a Cy Young Award, he will never approach the Hall of Fame status of Roberts, who was elected in 1976. Roberts pitched his final major league game at […]

My Top Five Favorite Uniforms in Baseball History

March 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! When I go out onto a baseball field, I enjoy looking well-dressed. For example, I would never wear an all-pink uniform, just because I would look weird. The same thing goes for MLB uniforms. Some of the uniforms in the past are frowned upon by the players who wore them and by […]

Arguably the Best Second Baseman of his Era

March 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! There are three Hall of Famers from Puerto Rico. There was Roberto Clemente, the inspirational and excellent-hitting Pirate, Orlando Cepeda, the Baby Bull who played in St. Louis and San Francisco, and the most recently inducted Puerto Rican Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar! Alomar played for mainly the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Indians in his […]

1928 All-Star Game: American League Embarrasses Nationals In Queen City Rout

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EMBARRASSES NATIONALS IN QUEEN CITY ROUT Manush Poles Out Four Hits AL HURLERS HOLD SENIORS TO THREE SAFETIES CINCINNATI, July 10.—A gray Cincinnati day became even darker for National League supporters when American League sluggers knocked Dazzy Vance from the hill in the second inning with an eight-run outburst that effectively ended the […]

The Big Rude

March 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The team that represented the American League in my favorite World Series (1993: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies) was filled to the brim with All Stars like Joe Carter and Jack Morris and Hall of Famers like Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor. However, perhaps the most important player on the team that season was the AL batting champion […]

Prime Time

March 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m sure that most football fans are familiar with NFL Hall of Fame cornerback and punt returner Deion Sanders. But just like Bo Jackson, Sanders also played in the MLB! He wasn’t as good as Bo, but he still is one of the few prominent two-sport athletes. Neon Deion played for the […]

Trading the Snow for a Bag of Balls

March 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The snow has shut down pretty much everything today, but there are box scores pouring forth on electron beams originating in Florida and Arizona and the weatherman says the outlook is for continuing box scores for at least seven months. The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles played their first exhibition games over the weekend in […]

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