April 24, 2014

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper: Pat Boone and Elvis

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Trout is all smiles everywhere he goes at Nationals Park, whether it is during the game as he settles at first base after a single, or in the dugout with his team mate Albert Pujols, who has just hit his 500th home run–congrats big fellow. Bryce Harper by contrast has found little to smile […]

Alexander Cartwright, The Life Behind the Baseball Legend, by Monica Nucciarone

April 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Spring 2014 edition of the Baseball Research Journal came in the mail just as I was finishing Monica Nucciarone’s fine book, Alexander Cartwright, The Life Behind the Baseball Legacy. The Journal includes an article by Richard Hershberger about Alexander Cartwright, which examines the proposition whether Cartwright “invented baseball.” Having just read Nucciarone’s book, it seemed to […]

1930 All-Star Game: National League Outslugs Americans In Homer-Filled Contest

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

NATIONAL LEAGUE OUTSLUGS AMERICANS IN HOMER-FILLED CONTEST Klein Swats Two Four-Baggers For Seniors  VANCE, WALKER COMBINE   FOR SIX HITLESS FRAMES BROOKLYN, July 8.—Phillies slugger Chuck Klein took advantage of a stiff breeze blowing toward Bedford Avenue and carried the National League’s offense on his back for the first three innings of the seniors’ 8 to […]

Lazzari’s Sports Roundup: 2014 Predictions

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, it’s that time of the year, folks–time to offer some MLB predictions. Yeah, it’s the usual “crapshoot”; trust me–this yearly undertaking is more difficult than trying to type while wearing boxing gloves. Anyway, here’s how they’ll finish in 2014…… AL EAST T.B. Rays Boston Red Sox N.Y. Yankees Toronto Blue Jays Baltimore Orioles AL […]

Can Matt Williams Manage the Expectations

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Who Me? That was the collective reaction of the Washington Nationals in 2013 as they came out of Florida with their ace Stephen Strasburg on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the magazine predicting a World Series win for the team. Last season proved that something was missing in the Nationals clubhouse and Davey Johnson […]

Do You Enjoy Baseball as Much as You Used to?

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This question is aimed at people who started following major league baseball before the late ’90s, that is, before the Internet became a big deal, before every game of a season was televised, and before the home run boom really got going. Was MLB more enjoyable in the earlier years? If it was, did that […]

Throwing Hard Easy: A Review of Robin Roberts’ Memoirs

March 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball fans often get lost in the recollections of former players retelling their life journey through the game. A great example of this hardball trip down memory lane is Throwing Hard Easy: Reflections on a Life in Baseball by Robin Roberts with C. Paul Rogers III (University of Nebraska Press). First published in 2003, the […]

Roger Peckinpaugh, Joe Cronin…Ian Desmond?

March 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During the two decades when the Washington Nationals fielded quality Major League teams (1912-1933), the infield was invariably anchored by excellent shortstop. Clark Griffith, as manager and owner of the team during those years, valued the gritty ballplayer who could do it all and his on-the-field leaders included such great players as George McBride, Roger […]

Which Independent Players Will Make It to Opening Day? 51 Have Been in Major League Camps

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One year it was Chris Coste, another Jon Weber and last season Scott Rice and Chris Colabello. The names change, but the stories are similar.  Players who have devoted years of determination and grit to beat the odds of climbing all the way from Independent Baseball leagues, through the affiliated minors and perhaps…just perhaps…squeezing their […]

Derek Jeter in Shortstop Perspective

February 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When Derek Jeter retires at the end of the 2014 season, he will do so as the most respected player in the last twenty years, not to mention the model of baseball professionalism and a proven winner. Pending the Yankees’ outcome in 2014, Jeter has played in the post-season every year of his major league […]

Justine Siegal Champions “Baseball for All”

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of girls say baseball is their favorite sport. They love playing it. If so, why do girls drop out of baseball? The answer comes from Justine Siegal, a pioneer baseball player who now directs a nonprofit organization called “Baseball for All,” which makes opportunities for girls as players, coaches, umpires, and leaders. Justine […]

Earl Pruess: The Browns’ “Moonlight” Graham

February 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

“Moonlight” Graham is a name which came to the forefront due to the book “Shoeless Joe” and subsequent movie “Field of Dreams.”  Graham, as most know, was a baseball player who got into one game for the New York Giants back in 1905 and never played in the majors again. Graham was not the only […]

Who Were the Most Productive Offensive Players in 2013?

February 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Numerous methods have been devised to measure offensive performance.  The most common are batting average, on-base percentage and slugging average.  Since none of these averages provides a complete picture by itself, a more comprehensive measure of offensive performance is useful.  Such a measure would include the following elements: The ability to get on base. The […]

Retroactive All-Stars: Fun With Numbers

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With 13 retroactive All-Star games in the books over nine years (remember that 1916 and 1917 were three-game series), I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the outstanding and not-so-outstanding performances so far. If you’re looking for a hitter who has dominated the game’s elite pitchers, look no further […]

Ain’t No Cure for the Wintertime Blues

January 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The snow is piled up and it hasn’t been above freezing since last weekend. What’t the cure for the wintertime blues? The Bob Davids annual SABR meeting in Rossyln, Virginia is about as good as it gets. The Bob Davids Chapter is the original SABR chapter, the largest and most active and this year’s meeting […]

A Simple Proposal For Instant Replay

January 23, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Like most baseball fans, I’m quite intrigued by the possibilities of expanded instant replay starting this season. I wrote a long blog several years ago about the need for it, and I’m not going to go through all of those arguments again. I’m very happy to see that John Schuerholz, the chairman of the committee […]

Barney Dreyfuss Remembers A Pete Dowling Story

January 20, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

I have always enjoyed reading reminisces of old ball players (and owners in this case). When time permits and I have enough information, I check on some of them—-many times finding baseball people’s memories are not that much better than my own weak ones. I came across this story in the Milwaukee Daily News of […]

If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

January 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The sabermetric question that remains with Jack Morris left out of the Hall of Fame Jack Morris supporters frustrate the sabermetrically inclined because he is a symbol of the anecdotal evidence they have fought hard to eliminate from their analytic process. One of the first rules of sabermetric analysis is raw statistics of players from […]

Hall of Fame Stands By Neutrality on Steroid Era

January 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

On December 26, the esteemed writer Joe Posnanski posted a thought-provoking blog titled “Time for a Hall of Fame Stand,” in which he urged the Hall of Fame to take a firm position either for or against giving steroid users a chance to be elected. I suggest you read it either before or after reading […]

Re-Examining an Interview with Branch Rickey

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1955, Sports Illustrated’s Gerald Holland interviewed perhaps the most famous front office man in baseball history—Branch Rickey. Although widely credited for integrating the majors by signing Jackie Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, that shouldn’t define Rickey, as he had a long an diverse career in the sport. It took him quite a […]

“He’s A Great Humanitarian, He’s A Great Philanthropist”

December 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

It was early. I was at the House of Blues on a morning in late July ’96 representing my employer, the advertising department of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. House of Blues was to provide the AJC with a check for the ads they’d run with us that week. I was there for the check and to […]

An Annotated Article on Baseball in New York City in 1854

December 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Here, from the New York Times of December 19, 1854, is an article on the status of baseball in and around New York City as of that date. I’ve added various notes, comments, and annotations in brackets to help give a sense of the sport’s status in 1854, seven years before the Civil War started. […]

Come On Baby, Let’s Go Downtown

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!” And there Bob Dylan was: in the soft drink’s birthplace, Atlanta, Georgia. It was August 3, 1996. 110 years before, Coca-Cola was first served at the soda fountain of Jacobs Pharmacy at Five Points, in the heart of Atlanta’s downtown. But that was old history; Atlanta was intent on making new […]

Oh Atlanta: Little Feat’s Celebration And The Baseball Beat

December 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

1974. It was a rich year for Atlanta’s cultural scene and its place in the national spotlight. In January, the same month Bob Dylan played two nights at the Omni, Maynard Jackson, was sworn in as the city’s Mayor. Jackson, a singular and formidable politician, was the first black man elected to the top office […]

The Greg Maddux Anomaly, Part II: Maddux at His Best–NL’s Best Pitcher in the 20th Century

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Notwithstanding his recognized place as one of the greatest pitchers in history, Greg Maddux is not a name one normally associates with being one of the most dominant pitchers in history.  This Baseball Historical Insight makes a case, however, (which I acknowledge is likely a minority viewpoint) for Maddux when he was at his best […]

1921 All-Star Game: Players, Crowd Honor Chapman Before American League Earns Decisive Win

November 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

PLAYERS, CROWD HONOR CHAPMAN BEFORE AMERICAN LEAGUE EARNS DECISIVE WIN Teams Combine for 18 runs and 29 hits Speaker, Sisler, Gardner Lead The Way CLEVELAND, July 16.—A stirring tribute to the memory of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, the popular player felled by a Carl Mays pitch last August, was the highlight of today’s All-Star […]

Scalding 50-Game Stretches in MLB History and How Teams Did Immediately Before and After

November 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The story of the 2013 L.A. Dodgers is well known. After starting off with a 30-42 record, which left them last in the National League West on June 21 (9.5 games behind first-place Arizona), the Dodgers caught fire. From June 22-August 17, L.A. put together the best 50-game stretch in 71 years – 42 wins […]

The Most Discouraging Franchises of the Last Decade

November 22, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

This idea isn’t as much about the worst teams over the 2004-2013 span as it is about the franchises that have done the most to strip away hope from their fans in the last decade. The surest way to do it is by losing games, but a franchise can also achieve it by lying to […]

Ty Buttrey: Boston Red Sox’s Pitching Prospect Primed for Big Things

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

High school baseball prospects can be difficult to gauge, especially when they are pitchers. After all, these youngsters are usually not yet finished growing or filling out their frames. Nobody can truly tell what they will be when they reach full maturity. Whenever a team covets a high school player enough to do whatever they […]

Fantastic New Features and Data Coming Soon!

November 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve been a fan of Seamheads.com for any length of time you know that we boast some of the most comprehensive and well-researched databases on the Internet.  I’m thrilled to announce that we have some exciting updates coming that will enhance those databases even further. We’ll also be launching another groundbreaking database next year […]

1920 All-Star Game: American League Throws Haymaker and Knocks Out Senior Circuit

November 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AMERICAN LEAGUE THROWS HAYMAKER  AND KNOCKS OUT SENIOR CIRCUIT Ruth, O’Neill Provide Key Blows Only Williams Solves A.L. Hurlers BOSTON, July 17.—The American League came out strong in the first round of today’s match at Braves Field and before the senior circuit knew what had hit it it was staggered, bleary eyed and bereft of […]

One Way to Properly Value Baseball’s Wild Card

November 8, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Major League Baseball said the advent of the Wild Card Game in 2012 would improve competitiveness by giving added value to winning your division and decreasing the value of being the wild-card team that survives the play-in game to reach the division round. The Wild Card Game does this, but it’s also a gimmick, a […]

Counterintuitively Successful: Boston’s ‘Teen Years–The 1912-18 Red Sox

November 5, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Our 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox have been described as a team that came out the best in the major leagues with more a workman-like, rather than a star-studded, line-up (notwithstanding Big Papi and Dustin Pedroia), almost as though they overachieved for the talent they had–especially after having lost 93 games last year. […]

1919 All-Star Game: National League Wins Nail-Biter, Survives Late Rally

October 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

NATIONAL LEAGUE HOLDS OFF JUNIOR CIRCUIT IN ANNUAL CONTEST OF GAME’S BEST Collins’ Three Hits Not Enough Winning Run Stranded At Second In Ninth BOSTON, July 19.—In what seasoned cranks will view as the most competitive All-Star game since its inception three years ago, the National League gamely staved off a late rally by the […]

World Series Start Times: MLB’s Shortsighted Gamble

October 25, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Woe to the child sports fan who has the misfortune of living in the Eastern Time Zone.  The 2013 World Series is only two games old, and I doubt there’s a kid on the East Coast under the age of 16 who’s watched beyond the 8th inning of either game.  Both games began at 8:07PM […]

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