September 30, 2014

Adam LaRoche, Going Out With a Bang

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2014 MLB Post-Season will profile many of the game’s most brightly shining stars, most of whom have come to regard the October stage as their own. Albert Pujols, now of the Angels, and Miguel Cabrera are cornerstone players who seem always to be playing in October. They are destined for the Hall of Fame […]

Is the Nationals Pitching Really the Best in the NL and Can It Carry Them to the World Series?

September 24, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

With the playoffs just one week off, it is time to trot out those post season axioms that truthfully only work in retrospect. A month from now in all sagacity we will be able to say how clear it was that the experience of the Tigers and Cardinals would play up. Or maybe it will […]

Wichita’s Job Is Done, Somerset Next as Indy Powers Try to Add Postseason Championships

September 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems doubtful anyone would put up much of an argument that the two best teams in Independent Baseball this season, considering the level of play in their separate leagues, have been the Wichita (KS) Wingnuts and the Somerset (NJ) Patriots. Wichita has finished its quest, winning six of seven playoff games to earn its […]

The Ecstasy & Agony of Being a Red Sox Fan: A Review

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Being a fan of the Boston Red Sox can be much more than just following the statistics and the standings. Some adherents see their moods and even their very outlooks on life impacted by the baseball team from Beantown. It’s a rite of passage and a birthright for many, and Stanley Harris has outlined his […]

All the Ghosts of Baseball Past Deserve Their Moment This October in Washington, DC

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a compelling celebration of the moment for the Washington Nationals after after their 3-0 win over the Braves in Atlanta clinched a second NL East title in three years. But reflection is the default mental state for those of my generation and it was not long before I was thinking back on all […]

The Incomparable Tony Suck

September 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, a stinker by any other name would be just as foul. One of the worst baseball players of all time had a name that fit him like a glove. We’re talking about the […]

Is the .300 Hitter a Vanishing Breed?

September 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

In the year 2000, 26 players hit for both power and average to reach the Triple Crown milestones of 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a batting average of .300.  In 2013, only three players reached all three milestones and in mid-season in 2014, three were on target for all three and six more were […]

In Praise of Timeless Bears

September 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the greatest baseball movies and American comedies of all time has been largely laying low in tall outfield grass for 38 years. Despite its commercial success,The Bad News Bears is rarely mentioned on critics’ lists of classic movies. It’s high time it was put on the pedestal it deserves. Recently, I attended a […]

Atlantic League Honors Ken Shepard’s Memory And Bridgeport Pays Tribute to Its General Manager

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Both the Atlantic League and the host Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish had already gone to extraordinary lengths to make Sunday’s Ken Shepard Day an memorable experience.  Extra steps were taken this week in light of the sudden death of the popular Bluefish general manager only nine days ahead of the event when kidney cancer claimed him […]

Closer By Committee in DC?

September 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

“Closer by committee” is used only to describe a dysfunctional reality. It has no upside, no silver lining and when spoken in early September, it can mean nothing good. So when Matt Williams announced that the Washington Nationals were relieving Raphael Soriano of his ninth inning duties, and seeking a new answer so late in […]

Rickey & Robinson: A Review

September 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Announcer Vin Scully is the unquestioned dean of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball because of his work with the team for well over half a century. However, there is another person, just one other, who should be regarded in that same class, and that is writer Roger Kahn. Best known for his work as a Dodgers’ […]

Independent Baseball Ties Its Record With 40 in Majors After John Holzkom’s Meteoric Climb in 10 Weeks

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 200 players have made their way to the major leagues after playing Independent Baseball although very few debuts have carried the significance of John Holdzkom’s first appearance, which came this week with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The fact the giant Californian struck out all three St. Louis Cardinals hitters he faced in the eighth inning […]

Astros Fire Manager after Posting Winning Month in August

September 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

In the final game in August, the Houston Astros rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers, 3-2 to post a record of 15-14 for the month, matching their previous best month in May.  The next day, Manager Bo Porter was fired by General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, […]

The ’64 Phillies and the Whiz Kids Precedent: Beware the Big Mid-September Lead

September 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies are, of course, famous for blowing a 6-1/2 game lead with only 12 games remaining. Fourteen years earlier, the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies–known as the “Whiz Kids” because of their relative youth and inexperience at the big league level–held an even bigger 7-1/2 game advantage with only 11 games remaining and wound […]

Now Pitching for the Royals, Clayton Kershaw

August 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Much has been said about Clayton Kershaw’s historic season. From his 41 inning scoreless streak to his 206 ERA+, he’s been compared to Sandy Koufax and many other all-time greats. He’s having the kind of season that we haven’t seen since Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, and Maddux were at their peaks. Halfway across the country, the […]

Call-Ups Start With Edwards, Herrera, Axelrod; Some Thoughts on Who May Follow to Majors

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jon Edwards started the parade of Independent players getting a late-summer major league reward when the Texas Rangers added him to their pitching staff–and giving the young-but-determined Pecos League its first major leaguer–then the postseason-bound Los Angeles Angels added right-hander Yoslan Herrera (Lancaster, PA, Atlantic League) to their staff and Cincinnati did the same with […]

No One Can Survive Walking the Plank

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m currently on vacation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I was supposed to stop off at Gettysburg, PA for a reennactment of the Battle of Gettysburg that took place during the American Civil War, but the reennactment got cancelled. So, in order to fill that void, I’m going to be talking about a Hall […]

How Are the Yankees Still in Playoff Contention?

August 26, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman must be sorcerers. That can be the only explanation for the New York Yankees’ ability to hang around the periphery of American League playoff contention. Their rotation lost starters CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Ivan Nova for the season, and only recently got Michael Pineda back from the 60-day disabled […]

Who Is the Leading Candidate for American League MVP?

August 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Whether you like the one-game wild card playoff or not, you have to admit one thing. It sure is doing its job. After the Angels routed the Athletics on 9-4 on Sunday night, Los Angeles reclaimed a one-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. Before the advent of the one-game playoff, this three-game […]

The Top MLB Prospect from New Jersey: Anthony Ranaudo

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Anthony Ranaudo, 24, was born on September 9th, 1989 in Freehold, New Jersey. A budding prospect, Ranaudo achieved “The Dream” by being called up to the Boston Red Sox on August 1st, 2014 in order to make to his first career big league start against the New York Yankees, the team Ranaudo grew up rooting […]

Former Atlantic Leaguer Nearly Perfect in Class AA Game While Raben, Fox Continue Huge Displays of Power

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Independent Baseball’s player contributions to Major League Baseball never cease to amaze.  Sometimes, it seems almost impossible to study a minor league box score without the names of one or more players popping up because they have spent time improving their skills in a non-affiliated league. One such event in recent days was nothing short […]

In the Moment in Washington

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ten wins in a row in the tenth season in a row? Are the numbers and stars aligning? Has anyone called the fortune teller yet, or maybe we should just “pinch ourselves and squeal and know that it’s for real, the hour that our ship comes in?”* Baseball returned to Washington, DC in 2005 and […]

The Toddfather

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The Colorado Rockies are a fairly new franchise when it comes to MLB teams, having only started competing during the regular season in 1993. With that being said, there is only one ballplayer who played a mile above sea level who has had his number retired by the Rockies: Todd Helton! In […]

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 20

August 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I guess you could say that a couple of things have happened since the last time we discussed these power rankings two weeks ago. The Los Angeles Angels have surpassed the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Nationals have doubled their lead over the Braves, and the Kansas City Royals went from being 4.5 games behind the […]

Giants in Position for Wild-Card Slot Despite Significant Slide

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As of Monday afternoon, August 18, the San Francisco Giants hold the second National League wild-card slot, leading the next-closest teams by 1.5 games. What I find most interesting is that the Giants are still on pace to make the playoffs, despite potentially one of the sharpest within-season declines after a strong start, in the […]

The Underrated Squad: Part One

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, I will be introducing a new series which primarily focuses on the underrated professional baseball player in the MLB! Over the course of the next year, we will construct a roster of twenty-five ( 25 ) underrated players that deserve more attention by not only the fans, but by front offices, scouts, and even […]

A Review of No No: A Dockumentary

August 17, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

On June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates’ right-handed pitcher Dock Ellis no-hit the San Diego Padres 2-0 while under the influence of LSD. For many, this type of incident would define a career or a life. Incredibly, this was just another moment in the fascinating story of Ellis, which is beautifully told in the new documentary […]

The Radio Guy and The Judge, Cookie and The Brat

August 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

We take for granted today that broadcasters on both radio and TV will dissect game situations, offer opinions on strategy, and feel free to second-guess managers and criticize players for mistakes–all of which helps to educate those of us listening at home (or in our cars) on the many nuances of a complex game. It […]

The Rare Emergence of Jordy Mercer: Is He Here to Stay?

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

League-wide, shortstops have notoriously been the least productive hitters of any position player on the diamond. This isn’t a new phenomenon though. They’ve been consistently under-producing offensively since umpires have been calling balls and strikes. Shortstop is undeniably one of the toughest positions to play at the Major League level. It requires an absurd amount […]

Book Review: The Last Best League

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year, the top college baseball players gather about 70 miles southeast of Boston to hone their skills and showcase their talents in front of amateur scouts from all 30 Major League Baseball teams. This is the Cape Cod League, the most prestigious of all the college summer leagues, made of 10 teams that play […]

Where Washington Is Always in First Place

August 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS reporter Sheryl Attkisson opined that in today’s world our best journalists could not bring the corrupt and crazed Richard Nixon to heel for the vast sins of Watergate. Perhaps, but for my money there is one department at The Washington Post that never lost its Woodward and Bernstein edge, where the ghost of Shirley […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1920/21 Cuban League

August 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest addition to the Seamheads Negro Leagues DB covers the 1920/21 winter league season in Cuba. Heading the bill that off-season was none other than the biggest name in baseball at the time, one George Herman Ruth, fronting the New York Giants. The Babe was a little late, showing up only for the last […]

York Revolution Max Out Every Indy Team’s Goal With a Title and Five Players in the Major Leagues

August 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Various Independent Baseball leagues have different objectives in that they may cater to the more youthful professionals with time on their side to develop or to the more experienced players, but every team  is in agreement that it has two objectives every season.  One is to win a championship and the other is to get […]

Charlie Dressen’s Worst Day at the Office (Part II): To Walk or Not to Walk Thomson, Was That Ever the Question?

August 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What if, surely knowing that Bobby Thomson was not a good match-up for Ralph Branca, Dodger manager Charlie Dressen decided to walk him with first base open, putting the potential pennant-winning run on base, and have Branca take on Willie Mays instead? What factors might have led Dressen to make such a decision–the emphasis on […]

Should Teams Be Aiming to Get Jacob Turner?

August 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If all you did was look at the numbers you used to see on the backs of baseball cards, it would be easy to understand why the Marlins were frustrated enough with 23-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner to designate him for assignment. Season W L ERA G GS IP SO BB HR 2014 4 7 5.97 […]

Next Page »