July 7, 2015

Montana Baseball History: A Review

July 5, 2015 by · Leave a 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

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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 […]

“Pennant Race/The Long Season” by Jim Brosnan

May 10, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Jim Brosnan was a solid pitcher, most effectively in relief, for the Cubs, Cardinals, Reds, and White Sox, concluding his career in 1963 with his brief sojourn in the junior circuit. His best year by  far was in 1961 with the pennant winning Redlegs when he went 10-4 with 16 saves. Brosnan, who passed away […]

A Perfect Mother’s Day

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Hey baseball fans! Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this special day, I’m going to talk about a very special perfect game that was pitched on, you guessed it, Mother’s Day! Dallas Braden‘s mom, Jodie Atwood, never watched her son play in the MLB, but after she passed away from cancer during Braden’s senior year […]

Corey Black: An Interview with the Chicago Cubs’ Pitching Prospect

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Right-handed pitcher Corey Black is one of the up-and-rising prospects in baseball. With his ongoing development and steady production, he finds himself knocking on the door of the major leagues for a team with one of the most promising futures—the Chicago Cubs. Now 23, Black was selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth […]

The Jackie Robinson of the American League

May 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, but he broke the barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, a National League team. So who was the first African American on an AL team? Well, this Hall of Famer played for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues, missed time due to World […]

Are the Houston Astros Back?

May 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros completed the month of April with a 7-game winning streak and a record of 15-7, their best opening month since 1986 when they finished on top in the NL Western Division.  They lead the American League West Division by four games.  The big question now is if it will last.  This is […]

Baseball’s Weirdest Game

April 30, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

April 29, 2015 The Weirdest Day You could hear a pin drop. You could hear faraway laughter. Or whispers. You could hear the echo of a baseball smacking into a glove, off a bat or against an empty seat. It was baseball in a vacuum, in the Twilight Zone, in the land that fans forgot. […]

You Gotta Have Heart

April 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

FanGraphs Jeff Sullivan asked the question the other day, “Have the Nationals Lost Their Edge?” The edge in this instance is the statistical advantage that the Nationals enjoyed going into the season over the other teams in the NL East. Having lost six in a row since righting the ship briefly at the end of the […]

Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

April 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby Franklin County, Pennsylvania to throw out the first pitch for the club’s 35th home opener on April 15th, which may not seem extraordinary in any way, except this local lawman threw the actual first pitch in Suns’ history. Dane Anthony, still […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1903 Season Replay

April 27, 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, Mordecai Brown is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Reds claim Sam Crawford and the Phillies declare Nap Lajoie. I calculated […]

New Mexico’s Pueblo Baseball League: A Review

April 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Although other sports may get more viewers on television or fare better in straw polls about popularity, make no mistake about it, baseball is the National Pastime and an integral part of the history of the United States. The game has impacted countless regions of the country and its people over the years. It is […]

“Baseball is a Funny Game” by Joe Garagiola

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Joe Garagiola’s first book, Baseball Is a Funny Game, was published in 1960, an era of the national pastime was coming to an end. A gentle breeze of change had begun wafting over the landscape of baseball in 1953, when the Boston Braves, conceding the Hub’s hegemony to the Red Sox, decamped for Milwaukee […]

Small Triumphs Writ Large

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

What may have been most remarkable about Calvin Griffith was his candor. When the former owner of the Minneapolis Twins said of his new Minnesota home–where he had relocated the old American League Washington Nationals franchise that dated to 1901–that there he had found thousands of hard working white folks, he was giving vent to […]

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