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MSG Network Panel of Experts to Determine Greatest Players in New York History

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

From an e-mail I recently received: “The Lineup: New York’s All-Time Best Baseball Players,” a new original series and interactive fantasy game that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York, premiered March 23 on MSG Network with “Catchers,” the first of ten weekly episodes. Each 30-minute episode of “The Lineup” […]

Mike Benacka’s Impressive Climb With Oakland Includes One Scoreless Cactus League Inning

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It is challenging, but fun to try keeping up with every former Independent Baseball player who gets even one day in a major league spring training camp. With 30 teams and split-squad games plus those one-day additions from minor league camps that have become more common in recent years, I have to admit someone may […]

An Open Letter to Barry Bonds

March 31, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Dear Barry, I can now say it with a clear conscience: you’re a BUM, Mr. Bonds. I know, I know–you’ll probably tell me that there’s been no conviction yet and that the perjury/obstruction charges you’ve faced are STILL bogus; after all, you’re Barry Lamar Bonds–home run king, big-shot. You surmised that constant denial would make […]

Tras la máscara (Behind the mask)

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Siempre me ha gustado realizar un ejercicio de fantasía beisbolística. Imagino que estoy en un dugout de Grandes Ligas y dispongo de los mejores diez receptores de todos los tiempos. Sólo puedo utilizar uno por episodio. Sin embargo a la hora de escoger mi receptor del primer episodio empiezo a escuchar voces y gritos, veo […]

2010 NL Central Preview

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The NL Central may not be the strongest division in baseball but the top four teams in for 2010 have all improved over what they were in 2009, at least on paper. There is some depth to this division that didn’t exist before and that should make for an exciting Summer.

Closing Arguments in Washington

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nationals have played their last 2010 spring game in Viera, FL and are headed north.  The jury is still out.  They have won a few more spring games, but benching Cristian Guzman for Ian Desmond will make speed and athleticism a big factor for the 2010 Nationals.  The move is exhibit A in a […]

A Whole New Ballgame

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, we’re just a few days away from that special time of year–opening day–as the the winter “rust” has shed; a new baseball season will begin its infancy before maturing in October. The off-season has seen its usual share of personnel moves and newsmakers; more important, I believe it’s come time for some of us to […]

NL East Preview

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Who can beat the Phillies?  The Braves have some of the best young talent in the game, but no one will catch them.  The arrival in 2010 of young phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward will be highlights in the NL East.  The ultimate story will be Roy Halladay as he carries the Phillies back […]

Meet the New Park Factors – Part I

March 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

“It’s a park that could make you a hero or a bum.” – Stan Musial on the Polo Grounds, 1957 Stan Musial was truly one of the most consistently great hitters baseball has ever seen. With a lifetime average of .331, his slumps were like comets—showing up every few years, then disappearing in a flash. […]

Become a Seamheads.com Subscriber, Win a Prize

March 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Subscribe to Seamheads.com and win a prize! With Opening Day only a week away, I’m in a generous mood and looking to give away free Seamheads.com goodies. The only way to enter is by subscribing to our daily e-mail feed that will send you an update each morning with our latest content.  Simply enter your […]

Touring the Bases With…Frank Sullivan

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One of the tallest pitchers in baseball at 6’7″, Frank Sullivan enjoyed immediate success upon earning a full-time spot with the Boston Red Sox in 1954, winning 15 games in his rookie season.  He tied for the league lead in wins with 18 in 1955 and paced the junior circuit in starts, innings, and batters […]

Remembering Moe Drabowsky

March 28, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

I’m one of those guys who always believed baseball was meant to be fun–REAL fun. After all, it was created as a GAME, right? Baseball currently reeks of economics; players carrying briefcases is now much more common than a good practical joke in the clubhouse. “Players seem to be more serious now,” said Moe Drabowsky […]

Rambling on About My Glory Days – Ballplayers (Kids) Say the Darndest Things

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One never knows when a ballplayer, young or old, will say something that makes your head spin, creates a comment that you don”t forget and teaches a valuable life lesson for the future. My second book was written because I believe sports provide many opportunities for parents to teach life lessons to their kids. Sometimes, […]

Seamheads’ Guess the Photos Contest

March 26, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

One of our readers recently commented on the fantastic photos that are part of the Seamheads.com banner, but was dismayed to learn that I hadn’t identified them in an article.  So he took a few wild guesses, then suggested I hold a contest to see who could name the players in the 13 photos.  I […]

After Years of Fighting Injuries, Randy Williams Is Having an Unblemished Spring

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If Randy Williams turns out to be so fortunate as to spend all of 2010 with the Chicago White Sox, it will be his first such major league campaign, and he will turn 35 before fall. Williams certainly is off to a great start in following up on the second half of last season when […]

Touring the Bases With…Ed Herrmann

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The grandson of pitcher Marty Herrmann, Ed, a catcher, debuted with the Chicago White Sox in 1967, then spent 11 years in the majors before ending his career with Montreal in 1978 as Gary Carter’s backup.  In 1972, Herrmann caught all 49 of Wilbur Woods’ starts, the most for a battery since 1884 when Sam […]

Remembering Steve Howe

March 26, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

The accident scene was so eerily similar to his reckless existence. Steven Roy Howe lay dead on a California highway with his late-model vehicle resting on top of him; a witness told cops that Howe’s truck simply drifted off the roadway. When I first read of the death of this once-promising athlete from Michigan, I […]

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

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Five days in the Florida sun watching baseball without commuting on Metro, conference calls from hell, or stereo political rhetoric.  How can the crowds be so small down here when the grass is so green?

Tigers Starting Rotation and the Court of Public Opinion

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dontrelle Willis posted a win today in the 5-1 win over the Blue Jay’s in the Grapefruit League.   In a way, this scares me slightly.  I was beating the Willis drum when he was signed back in winter of 2007 but it has been well documented since then about his anxiety issues, lack of performance, […]

Southeastern Conference Champs and Statistical Leaders

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Some baseball guys and gals swear by the old idiom that “defense and pitching wins championships.” Others are more inclined to go with the more recently popular “chicks did the long ball.” Still others believe the best way to win is to out hit your opponents and you most often do that by leading the […]

Cardinals Continue to Battle Injuries

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Things were rolling along.  Matt Holliday was back from his rib cage injury and starting to find his groove.  Albert Pujols was back from his back, relieving a lot of worries in Cardinal Nation.  Everything was great, until yesterday’s game, when Yadier Molina pulled up lame, left the game, and was diagnosed with a strained […]

Post-Season Condensed by One Lousy Day

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a breakthrough that was hailed as the forerunner of even more seismic shifts down the road, a special 14-man committee put together by Commissioner Bud Selig has announced the elimination of exactly one off-day from a postseason schedule that turned last year’s championship competition into a joke. Thus it remains a joke, a bad […]

Dentro del parque (Inside the park)

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“Corre, corre que la pelota se le perdió entre los arbustos”. Los muchachos saltan a un lado del solar de asfalto, el bate todavía rueda sobre la superficie plástica espolvoreada con motas de arenilla que abona algunas plántulas obstinadas que crecen entre las grietas asfálticas. Al fondo, bajo el azul y el brillo de media […]

SABR Partners with Tout Wars

March 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Leading fantasy baseball players will now play for The SABR Trophy The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is pleased to announce a partnership with Tout Wars, the high-profile fantasy baseball experts league. With SABR’s support, the writers and experts who play in Tout Wars’ three leagues will now compete each year for The SABR […]

Remembering Curt Gowdy

March 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

He was a born storyteller–the “guy next door” who happened to become the first legitimate superstar of sports television. When legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy passed away a few years back, it truly signifid the end of an era; colleague Dick Enberg accurately referred to him as “the last of the dinosaurs”–-a man who will be remembered […]

Bo Belinsky-Livin’ the Life

March 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps no one got more mileage from a mediocre career than Bo Belinsky. Winning 28 games while losing 51 over an eight-year period (1962-1970) hardly qualifies one for baseball notoriety, even with a no-hitter. It was in his fourth big league appearance that the legend of Robert Belinsky of New York, New York began. On […]

Stud prospect using baseball to do his part in community

March 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

“I hope I can inspire you, no matter what your age, please know that you too can do something to make a difference in your community everyday.”  Elliot Mast The above mission statement comes from an 11-year-old young man who hails from Altoona, PA.  As he readies himself for his upcoming baseball season, Elliot Mast […]

Remembering Gene Conley

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, the current NBA campaign continues to progress while baseball players now filter into spring training; this overlapping of seasons reminds us of a unique, special individual who once graced both the hardcourt AND the diamond professionally: Donald Eugene Conley. Gene Conley loved sports as a kid–partaking in every athletic event one could imagine while […]

A Pain in the Back

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cardinals split up the squad yesterday and wound up with two wins, including a huge eighth inning that brought them from behind against the Red Sox.  So what’s the major story today? Albert Pujols’s back, of course.  The man gets a hangnail, Cardinal Nation hyperventilates.  With good reason. This is starting to trouble me […]

Dan’s daring predictions for diamond action

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Predicting the future — in any venue — is difficult even for Alison DuBois or others blessed with psychic powers. That is especially true when it comes to baseball, where teams play nearly 200 games and face each one without knowing who will get hot, who will get hurt, or who will perform above or […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Cardinals vs. Astros

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Astro starter, Wandy Rodriguez, couldn’t find a pitch he could get past the St. Louis Cardinals’ all right handed batting order in the first inning and was rocked for 5 runs in a Monday game at Kissimmee..  The big blows were a 2-run double by Ryan Ludwick and a 3-run homer by David Freese.  After […]

Dark Horse Comes Galloping Up the Stretch

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cardinals had a pretty eventful weekend, even with their Sunday game being rained out.  More data points for decisions were made and one possible move was revealed.  Spring training is so much fun, isn’t it? The biggest news of the weekend was likely the announcement that Adam Ottovino is in the running for a […]

Outgoing Is Incoming To The Other Side

March 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

March brings Spring Training- and Madness. Jamie Moyer is trying to play this year. He is the Phillie in Winter. There were a lot of retirements over the past few months: Smoltz, Glavine, Frank Thomas, Garciaparra. It’s like the state offered an enhanced severance package or something. But Moyer keeps plugging along. If he does, […]

Touring the Bases With…Carmen Fanzone

March 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A former versatile infielder turned accomplished musician who once played the “Star Spangled Banner” before a game at Wrigley Field, Fanzone–a flugelhorn player–was originally signed by the Red Sox and spent five years in the majors from 1970-1975, four of them with the Chicago Cubs.  Click here to watch a video of a conversation I had […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Yankees vs. Astros

March 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A sun-drenched, record crowd of 7,020 fans saw the Houston Astros overcome a 4-0 deficit to defeat a New York Yankees split squad 8-6 in Kissimmee Saturday afternoon.  The Yankees struck early against Brett Myers with a home run by Robinson Cano in the second inning and two more runs in the third on a triple by […]

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