July 29, 2015

Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros’ 2015 Top Draft Pick, Talks Baseball

July 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year, the Major League Baseball draft introduces a new group of top prospects to the professional game. Plucking the best young American players helps annually rejuvenate the level of top up-and-coming talent. One of the most notable entries this year was shortstop Alex Bregman, who is poised to become one of the National Pastime’s […]

10 Unwritten Rules Of Baseball History

July 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For perhaps as long as baseball has been around, it’s had unspoken customs and rules that have helped dictate on-field action. These rules have not necessarily been systematically cataloged, though multiple books exist on the subject. With the help of newspapers.com, it’s getting easier to find more of baseball’s unwritten rules, or at least what sportswriters […]

A Delightful History–“Willie’s Time” by Charles Einstein

July 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In Willie’s Time, Charles Einstein weaves a fine tale from the strands of the stellar career of the ‘Say Hey Kid’ and the fine mesh of society’s changes over a period of twenty-two years. Ingeniously divided into sections representing the five presidencies that came and went during Mays’s career, we see the ballplayer grow from […]

60 Years Ago–No Spahn Sighting in Brooklyn

The Milwaukee Braves pulled into Brooklyn on July 22 in second place for what would be a make-or-break-the-season four-game date with the Dodgers. Having played 92 games to a less-than-impressive 50-42 record for a second-place team, the Braves had only 62 to go and trailed by 13½. Anything less than winning three of four would likely […]

2015 and ’69 Mets–Deja Vu All Over Again?

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

How well do Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard stack up against Seaver, Koosman and Gentry and can the New York Mets find enough offense to make the miracle work again like it did in 1969? As the Mets and the Nationals square off against one another in a three-game set in Washington, DC, […]

Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Reed Reilly Has His Eye on the Major Leagues

July 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball teams can never have too much pitching. Consequently, there is an annual arms race to see who can draft, sign and trade for the hurlers that will hopefully create the indomitable staff needed for a true run at the World Series. In particular, the Boston Red Sox place great emphasis on this part of […]

Ginger Beaumont To Be Honored On Monument

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday July 19, 2015, a monument will be dedicated in honor of former baseball star, Ginger Beaumont. The event will begin at noon, at beautiful Beaumont Field, located on Milwaukee Ave. in Burlington, Wisconsin. The public is welcome to attend. Ginger’s granddaughter Jean Cognato will be attending the event along with Beaumont’s great-granddaughter. Jean […]

At the All-Star Break 60 Years Ago: Yankees Look Poised to Run Off With AL Flag

July 13, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

At the end of play on Sunday, July 10, 1955, when the major league baseball season adjourned for the annual All-Star Game, the pennant races in both leagues had a clear favorite to advance to the World Series. On the strength of their 22-2 start to take a 9½-game lead as early as May 10, the […]

Is It Fitting the Pieces or the Personalities That Make Great Trades Possible?

July 13, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

The New York Yankees have brought up Rob Refsnyder from Scranton, PA to play second base and it was about time. The Bombers have put a little space between themselves and the rest of the AL East and making a few final adjustments should position them as serious playoff contenders. As glad as the Yankee […]

Alex McKeon: Boston Red Sox Catching Prospect Chats Baseball

July 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox have high expectations every year and rely on the veteran foundation of their roster for their success. That being said, the team also places tremendous value on the cultivation of young talent to use at the big league level and as potential trade chips. A recent addition to this player development […]

Is the Decline in Major League Baseball Offense Over?

July 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Offensive production in major league baseball has been steadily declining since it peaked in 2000.  It appears that it may have reached a low point in 2014.  At the midpoint of the 2015 season, offense is showing a slight increase over last year. The numbers below illustrate key hitting and pitching statistics for the peak […]

Hype, Hyperbole, and Harper

July 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The fireworks were nestled all snug in whatever fireworks are nestled in before heading skyward several hours later from barges on the Potomac River. The Nationals were playing an 11:05 am start time for the Fourth of July game in the Nation’s Capital. The San Francisco Giants had been invited to share in the festivities […]

Montana Baseball History: A Review

July 5, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Ever since becoming America’s national pastime, baseball has found a way to thrive in all parts of the country, no matter how remote, crowded or challenging the terrain. This includes the beautifully mountainous Montana, which is a state that may not boast any major league teams, but as it turns out has a rich history […]

MLBPA-MLB Statement On Yankees, Alex Rodriguez

July 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have amicably resolved their potential dispute regarding Rodriguez’s entitlement to bonus monies under the provision of his player contract covering historical statistical accomplishments. As part of this resolution, Mr. Rodriguez and the Yankees have […]

Seventy Three Days and Counting

July 2, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

On April 19, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 4-3 and moved into first place in the American League West Division.  Seventy three days later, they are still there.  At one point in May, they led the division by 7 games and finished the month 5 games ahead.  They encountered some rough spots […]

Why Alex Rodriguez’s Milestone Moments Drew Yawns

June 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez recently had his 3,000th base hit and the historic moment drew a collective yawn. A sign of how unpopular baseball is? Hardly. Look at the television ratings the game is drawing at a local level. The national pastime is doing just fine, thank you. So, why was this milestone […]

An Interview with the Incomparable Mike Schmidt!!!!!

June 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Now, as most of you know, my favorite baseball player of all time is Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, which is why I am absolutely elated to tell you that I just interviewed him! Shoutout to my principal at Golda Och Academy, Mr. Adam Shapiro, for making this possible. Anyway, I can’t produce […]

How Much Will They Pay to See the Max and Mondo Show?

June 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington, DC baseball fans have not seen anything like it in many a year. How long has it been since there a pitcher of Max Scherzer’s ability in the Nation’s Capital? How long since there was a hitter like Bryce Harper? Could having them both to watch be like…Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford? According to […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1905 Season Replay

June 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Frank Chance is listed on the Cubs roster for the duration of his career while the Reds claim Sam Crawford and the Giants declare Christy Mathewson. I calculated […]

The Millers and the Saints: A Review

June 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Fans have traditionally been drawn to the game of baseball for many reasons but one that keeps them coming back over and over again is the fantastic rivalries that develop between teams. These are created by regionalism, annual competitiveness and star players that are compared and contrasted against each other. Not reserved to just the […]

Celebrating Youth Baseball Tradition in West Baltimore

June 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball Players Association and past and present members, including Tony Clark, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, All-Star Adam Jones and others to celebrate youth baseball tradition in West Baltimore New York, NY, Wednesday, June 10, 2015  … The Major League Baseball Players Association will lead a group of active and former Major Leaguers […]

For Father’s Day: Unlike Brad, This Pennington Finds Home Plate

June 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius Bill Pennington New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015 530 pages They say that baseball is about fathers and sons. They say a lot of tripe, but there is some truth in that. I rewatched a few episodes of Ken Burns’ Baseball over spring training in preparation for this year’s baseball […]

13 Not So Famous Baseball Players Banned by Kenesaw Mountain Landis

June 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is still perhaps the most iron-fisted commissioner in the history of professional sports. Hired by major league baseball owners in 1920 to bring order to the game in the wake of the Chicago “Black Sox” scandal from the 1919 World Series, the bushy-browed former federal judge ruled baseball with absolute power until […]

A Live Interview with Ozzie Smith

June 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The Hall of Fame Classic interviews are still coming your way and this special interview is with MLB Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith! If you want to learn more about him before you watch the interview, just click here. If you want to watch the interview, click here. And here’s a link to the […]

Boston Red Sox Problems Deeper Than John Farrell

June 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox start June at 22-29, adrift in last place in the weak American League East. With a payroll near $200 million, Cot’s Contracts estimates the Opening Day number at $184,345,996, much was expected from a team winning the World Series two years ago. Signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two of the […]

Astros Still Flying High after Two Months

June 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At the end of April, the Houston Astros surprisingly led the American League West Division by 4 games with a record of 15-7.  During the month of May, the lead briefly increased to 7 games before settling back to 4 games with a record of 31-20 at the end of May, the most wins of […]

Matt Williams? Merlin the Magnificent or the Stinky Cheese Man?

June 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I got a text message the other evening from a friend that asserted: “I Hate Matt Williams.” It is part of the conventional wisdom in DC that the failures of the Nationals bullpen are the manager’s fault. The message came to me on Saturday night after the first of two bullpen implosions in Cincinnati. Casey […]

Checking In With the Boston Red Sox’s Farm System

May 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a stellar debut, 22-year-old starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has Boston Red Sox fans justifiably licking their chops about who else looms on the horizon of the team’s farm system. There’s good reason for such optimism, as the organization was recently tabbed by Baseball America as having the second-most talent of any other in the […]

A Hall of Fame Classic Interview with Robin Yount!

May 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The Hall of Fame Classic has finished and I have so many interviews for you (nine in total)! They will all be posted on YouTube in the next several days. Today’s interview is with a Hall of Famer, the first of four HOF interviews I have. This specific inductee played his entire […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1904 Season Replay

May 24, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Jack Chesbro is listed on the Pirates roster for the duration of his career while the Beaneaters claim Kid Nichols and the Superbas declare Fielder Jones. I calculated […]

Is That Nuke LaLoosh Pitching in the Carolina League?

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sure, Carlos Correa looks like the monster everyone predicted he would become. He leads the Texas League in batting and his 1.105 OPS jumps right off the page. If you play in a keeper league and have not tucked him away somewhere, you should. The Houston Astros have an embarrassment of riches that Bill Gilbert […]

Arky Vaughan: Baseball’s Forgotten Star

May 17, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

Shortstop Arky Vaughan is a Hall-of-Fame baseball player yet remains one of the least remembered and under-appreciated players in the history of the game. Described by New York Times columnist Red Smith as “baseball’s most superbly forgotten man,” his relative absence from the collective baseball memory can be attributed to a number of things, including […]

Teen Kids News — Baseball Facts with Matt

May 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As some of you may know, I’ve been doing a baseball segment for Teen Kids News, a Fox 5 tv show that airs on Saturday mornings at 9:30am in NJ, and at other times around the country. My segment is called Baseball Facts with Matt.  So far, I’ve done twelve segments, each […]

The Orchid

May 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

It was over a year ago that Tony Kornheiser aptly named Stephen Strasburg “The Orchid” in a piece he penned.  Since then the phenom who was tagged as the “best pitching prospect ever” when he entered the amateur draft in 2009, has struggled to fulfill all of that remarkable potential. Those very unique abilities are […]

Bryce and Frank

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Howard was Washington, DC’s most prodigious home run hitter, leading the American League in long balls in both 1968 and 1970, but his best year was 1969 when he hit 48, though he finished second to Harmon Killibrew that season who hit 49 to lead the Majors. Bryce Harper has hit seven home runs […]

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