March 30, 2015

60 Years Ago, When the Wait for “Next Year” Finally Ended: 1955 Pre-Season Pennant Race Handicaps

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“Wait Till Next Year.” Sixty years ago, that was the mantra at Ebbets Field because the Dodgers had lost every World Series they had been in—1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953—not to mention having lost the first two playoffs ever for the National League pennant, in 1946 and 1951, and not being counted […]

Casey Stengel Asserts Life Cereal Really is for Adults: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 22, 2015

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A big change is coming to the MLB All-Star Game, as it was recently announced that the paper ballot will be no more and all votes cast will now be exclusively online. But why stop there? How about using this as a catalyst to breathe new life into an event that could stand a more […]

“Baseball’s Untold History: The People”

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PRESS RELEASE: Founder and President of Seamheads.com Launches Baseball History Series Summer Game Books Releases BASEBALL’S UNTOLD HISTORY: THE PEOPLE by Michael T. Lynch Summer Game Books launches a new series of baseball history books from Michael T. Lynch, the founder and president of Seamheads.com beginning April 8, 2015 with the first volume: Baseball’s Untold […]

Boston Red Sox Top Prospects: A Brief Recent History

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In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have annually had one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. This should probably not come as a big surprise, given the substantial resources the organization has at its disposal when it comes to player development. Baseball America is the foremost publication available to baseball junkies when it […]

Remembering Jennifer

March 1, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 44 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life […]

The ’72 Yankees: A Different Kind of Bronx Tale

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It was the high point of the era of Murcer, Clarke and Lyle; the Scooter on WPIX; Bob Sheppard; the Mayor’s Trophy Game and family swaps. For several years we had watched them from afar; grainy, black-and-white images on our Zenith television screen. For my father, older brother Mike and I that all changed on […]

MLB Ballparks Database Updated With Data Through 2014!

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We at Seamheads.com are proud to announce another new update of the Seamheads.com MLB Ballparks Database, created by Seamheads.com co-founder Kevin Johnson and designed for the Internet by Dan Hirsch, fellow Seamhead and founder of TheBaseballGauge.com.  And this year’s version includes fantastic new data! The database includes the following through the 2014 season: Descriptive data […]

Playing Out the String

February 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The micro-economy of Major League Baseball is ever-changing. The first model was the neighborhood bully on the playground, in which the richest teams threw their weight around, purchased the best free agents and dominated the sport in the process. Bud Selig’s tenure as Commissioner has seen the arrival of more tools for competitive balance than […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1931 Eastern Negro Leagues

February 11, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

New to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database: the 1931 eastern black teams. Once again, there was no league on the east coast. As in the case of 1930, we are at this time including only games between these independent eastern clubs, so the Homestead Grays and the Cuban House of David, who played western NNL […]

Carl Erskine and His Harmonica: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 8, 2015

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It’s finally just about here. By the time next week’s version of these notes post, pitchers and catchers will have begun reporting at Arizona and Florida locales en masse. It’s been a long and cold winter (especially if you are on the East Coast), but the start of spring training represents a connection to spring […]

Hardball Retrospective – Sustained Mediocrity

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About the Book 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. Consequently, Reggie Jackson is listed on the Athletics roster for the duration of his career while the Mets claim Tom Seaver and the Cardinals declare Steve […]

Jim Rice, the Real-Life Hero: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of February 1, 2015

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Baseball has its generations, defined by segments of players who represent their particular wedge of history in the game. No matter what the rule differences are or the milestones that are reached, it’s the players that make their own time unique and memorable. It’s always difficult to see subsequent generations lose members but their legacies […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1930 Eastern Negro Leagues

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We’ve added games between the 1930 eastern Negro league teams to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. It was an astonishing year in black baseball history, a year that saw the first Negro league games played at night, the first Negro league games played in Yankee Stadium, and the sudden emergence of one of the greatest […]

Is the Strategy of the Scherzer Move Too Obvious?

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The official signing of Max Scherzer went down yesterday in Washington and reading the tea leaves of Mike Rizzo’s intentions remains one of the top off-season topics. Does he trade Zimmermann, Fister, or Strasberg? It is only a matter of time before MLB Trade Rumors posts a reader survey asking which one will leave the […]

Of Bagwell, Mize and McCovey

January 10, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

A subsidiary storyline from this year’s Hall of Fame balloting was which player who fell short might have been best positioned by the vote for election in 2016, when the ballot will include for the first time Ken Griffey, Jr. The answer is … Mike Piazza. But why not Jeff Bagwell–arguably the best first baseman […]

Rating the 2015 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 6, 2015. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win […]

Why John Smoltz is a No-Brainer Selection for the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Nobody has ever been unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even those like Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, whose production and legend place them in a totally different stratosphere, didn’t receive 100 percent support for their enshrinement. Thus, the annual ballot typically has a number of candidates whose merits are the fodder for […]

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds Deserve Hall of Fame Induction

December 29, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Chances are Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are not going to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next summer in Cooperstown, NY, but they deserve the honor. The argument against Clemens and Bonds is valid. They, allegedly, juiced. Both men faced action in court and both beat perjury raps. If you are […]

Joe DiMaggio Selling Christmas Coffee Makers: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of December 14, 2014

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Although the major league baseball offseason is in full swing, there are plenty of other things keeping the game in the news. That’s one of its best traits, as there is always something of interest or value that fans can discover or rediscover on a regular basis. There is simply no other sport that can […]

The Minnie Minoso Dossier

December 3, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Minnie Minoso, who turned 89 on November 29, is being considered for the second time in recent years by the Veteran’s Committee for inclusion into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Although often remembered for the sideshow of playing three games as a designated hitter for the White Sox in 1976 at the age of 50 and pinch […]

“A Million Dollar Deal”

November 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

It’s been almost 50 years since the Cincinnati Reds dealt Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles.  Here’s an article I wrote almost seven years ago that examines that historic trade. December 9, 1965: Reds right fielder Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. When Cincinnati Reds owner Bill DeWitt […]

Alvin Dark and the Persistence of Racial Stereotypes

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It was inevitable that Alvin Dark obituaries after he passed away on November 13 would include the controversy provoked by a pair of Long Island (New York) Newsday columns in the midst of the 1964 pennant race in which, as manager of the competing San Francisco Giants, he was quoted as saying that “Negro and Spanish-speaking players […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1926 Eastern Colored League

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The newest addition to the Negro Leagues DB, the 1926 Eastern Colored League (the Negro National League and World Series will arrive later), showcases the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants’ breakthrough season. After three years of playing .500 ball in the ECL, Dick Lundy (.355) and company rode the arms of Claude Grier (12-7, 3.21) and […]

Happy Birthday, Doc Adams!!!

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This morning I am getting ready to attend a celebration of a bicentennial. The last bicentennial I recall that I participated in any type of celebration was the 1976 celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I was nine and that year was the first World Series I remember watching. I bet my […]

Will DC Ever Learn What It Takes to Win?

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Kansas City bullpen has been flawless and their performance could spell the difference for the Royals in the 2014 World Series. Everyone who loves the underdog is pulling for them, but for Washington fans there is an object lesson in watching Kansas City that is almost certainly being lost. The Washington Nationals are on […]

The Greatest World Series Never Played

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Murderer’s Row and the Gashouse Gang. The M&M Boys and El Birdos. The New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals have fielded some of the greatest and most colorful teams in World Series history. Five times they’ve collided in the Fall Classic; twice their Series went the full seven games. Their meetings have been rare […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1936 Negro National League

October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we add the 1936 Negro National League to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. The season started with a major defection: the Chicago American Giants, founding members of the league back in 1933, and the oldest continuously existing professional club in black baseball (dating back to 1911), decided to go independent in 1936. Most […]

Oh Atlanta: The Sounds of Little Feat, Hank Aaron and Ted Turner

October 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Nineteen Seventy-Four.  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 […]

Thanks, Paulie

October 3, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Goodbye, Paulie. The final weekend of baseball’s regular season saw the last game of a legendary American Leaguer who was tough in the clutch, a perennial All-Star, a favorite among fans and peers and a World Champion. We’re speaking, of course, about White Sox slugger Paul Konerko. That Konerko’s farewell season played out in the […]

There Goes My Childhood

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Derek Jeter played in his final game Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Realistically, this weekend’s series in Boston acted more as a denouement following the climax of Jeter’s farewell tour last Thursday night in the Bronx. For those of you who have had no access to any form of media over the last five days, […]

If Diamondbacks Have Their Way, Record of Independent Players In Majors Will Continue to Climb

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The D-Backs’ thirst for quality prospects outside of the June draft and foreign environments saw them purchase 18 contracts during the regular Independent season, now they have picked up the services of eight more players through their annual fall invitation-only tryout camp.  A second such event geared largely for the older talent in the Atlantic […]

“They broke all the records, but we won the game.”

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

So said Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gino Cimoli in the frantic aftermath of one of the most exciting games of ball ever played. The 1960 World Series has long been considered one of the most memorable Fall Classics. However, while it is of course most remembered for Bill Mazeroski’s sayonara home run in the last of […]

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 […]

How Major League Owners Justified Opposition to Integration in 1946

September 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sixty-eight years ago, even as Jackie Robinson was clearly demonstrating he belonged in the major leagues while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Montreal, major league owners marshaled the same argument expressed in an internal e-mail by the owner of the NBA Atlanta Hawks—that black fans at his arena were hurting his team’s bottom […]

Something Smells Rotten in the TV Rights Dispute in DC

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maximizing profits and income is what businessmen do. But somehow, when they are caught doing it as baseball owners it takes on an uglier dimension because they operate in a protected environment. MLB, Inc. is an enterprise that operates outside the scrutiny to which normal business owners are subject. The largely un-examined, private country club […]

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