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A Grey Area of Professional Baseball

June 22, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

If you get a paycheck for performing a task, by definition you have lost your amateur status. Congratulations, you are a professional. But that status is not necessarily desirable. It’s no secret that MLB players are high-status and minor league players less so. Minor league ball encompasses different strata of status. Some minor leagues rank […]

Deconstructing the Juan Soto Horizon

June 6, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Driving up to Baltimore yesterday morning I enjoyed listening to Jim Duquette opine on Juan Soto, Joe Girardi and a host of other baseball issues that dominated the day. The consensus about whether or not Soto gets traded is now one of those vastly complex scattergrams, a worm hole in which one could get lost […]

Saying Goodbye to Juan Soto

May 17, 2022 by · 1 Comment 

Juan Soto has been the soul of the Washington Nationals since he first blasted his way through the DC organization’s minor league system as a 17- and 18-year old. In 2018 Soto brought the wide grin, the goofy setup in the batter’s box, and the infectious love of the game to Washington. And DC fans […]

Was Lifetime Ban a Raw Deal For Benny Kauff?

April 22, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

BANNED FOR LIFE: The Benny Kauff Story Benny Kauff was known as the “Ty Cobb of the Federal League.” The 5-foot-8, 175-pound, left-handed hitting outfield won the FL battling titles in 1914 and 1915, hitting .370 and .342. The 24-year-old put together a sensational year in 1914 while playing for the Indianapolis Hoosiers. Besides hitting […]

Win, Lose…or Draw? Romancing the No-Decision

April 22, 2022 by · 1 Comment 

Hall of Fame worthiness is a subjective if not downright arbitrary judgment. Why is this so-and-so in the Hall when that so-and-so isn’t? You probably have your favorite oversight, I have mine: namely, Tommy John. Now you might think I’m referring to his 288 victories or his eponymous status regarding Tommy John surgery (for the […]

A Restless Farewell

April 14, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s closing time and the moment where Ted Lerner, as the CEO of the Washington Nationals, will bid adieu. His family has announced that they intend to sell the Washington Nationals team and have begun the process of inviting bids and negotiating the final sale. Dylan ends his ballad, “Restless Farewell,” about his early tribulations […]

Andrew McCutchen – Three Steals From Some Exclusive Company

April 9, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Last month, the Milwaukee Brewers signed 35-year-old free agent, Andrew McCutchen. In 2021, McCutchen hit only .222 for the Philadelphia Phillies but belted 27 home runs and had 80 runs batted in. If McCutchen can steal three bases in 2022–he stole six in 2021– he will become only the 32nd player in Major League Baseball […]

Tommy Davis Was “A Magician With The Bat”

April 9, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver called Tommy Davis “a magician with the bat.” In 1973, former Orioles third baseman and 10-time All-Star George Kell said, “Tommy is one of the game’s few remaining pure natural hitters.” Kell admired Davis’ ability to hit to all fields, torment both lefties and righties and adjust to situations. The […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time PNC Park (2001-2021) Team

April 2, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2001, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to their beautiful new home PNC Park and many baseball fans have called it the most beautiful ballpark in America. If only the ballpark had a team worthy of it. In the 21 seasons that PNC Park has been the Pirates’ home, only four have been winning ones and […]

One of the Most Intriguing Players In Baseball History

March 15, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Pete Reiser of the Brooklyn Dodgers is one of the most intriguing players in baseball history. In 1941, he batted .343 and won a batting title at age 22. He also led the National League in runs, doubles, triples, total bases, slugging, and OPS. He was the starting centerfielder in the All-Star Game and finished […]

Wee Willie Sherdel: Most Underrated St. Louis Cardinal?

March 8, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

John Coulson, author of Wee Willie Sherdel: The Cardinals’ Winningest Left-Hander, says the pitcher may be the most underrated St. Louis Cardinal of all time. Sherdel won 153 games for the Cardinals between 1918-1930. “That fact that Sherdel’s record has stood for all these years is amazing,” says Coulson. “The Cardinals have had some outstanding […]

A Letter to Fans About the Lockout, or, The View From Left Field

March 2, 2022 by · 2 Comments 

I would prefer to have ever Major League sports franchise operated and funded by a Municipal Sports authority that supports that city’s baseball or basketball team with luxury taxes on high end real estate in the city. And furthermore, in my book, baseball’s ownership mostly voted for Trump, whereas only a large chunk of the […]

The Little Giant’s Biggest Achievement

February 28, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Mel Ott requires no introduction to crossword puzzle aficionados thanks to such clues as “Hall of Famer Mel _ _ _” or “NY Giants slugger Mel _ _ _” or “Baseball’s ‘Master Melvin’ _ _ _.”  Puzzle designers love prominent people with three-letter surnames. Muhammad Ali and Umberto Eco, among others, are neck and neck […]

From the Archives: The Battle For George Sisler’s Soul

February 11, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1910, 17-year-old phenom George Sisler signed a contract with Akron of the Ohio-Pennsylvania League between his junior and senior years of high school. Sisler was a minor, however, and his father Cassius demanded that Akron void the contract. Sisler enrolled at the University of Michigan and began playing ball for the Wolverines. In September […]

Ballparks Database Update: More No-Hitters!

January 15, 2022 by · 2 Comments 

We at Seamheads.com are proud to announce another new update of the Seamheads.com MLB Ballparks Database! The database includes data through the 2020 season; three-year and one-year park factor LH/RH splits dating back to 1905; and every no-hitter from 1875-present. The following is what you’ll find on the updated no-hitters pages: No-hitters thrown in 2021 […]

From the Archives: “The Kid” Becomes ‘Grata’ Again

December 14, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

This is the third of a series of articles I wrote about infamous trades of the past in which a superstar player was dealt for multiple players of lesser talent or value. This was originally posted on March 18, 2008. December 10, 1984: Expos catcher Gary Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, […]

Dear MLB: Your Problem is Relevancy, Not Boredom (although that’s easily fixed, too.)

October 18, 2021 by · 6 Comments 

Dear Major League Baseball, Much has been written recently about your “boredom problem.” Longer games with less action have resulted in declining attendance and declining television ratings, but the solution to your on-field problem is so simple that a Little Leaguer could tell you what it is, whereas a board room full of consultants obviously […]

October’s End

October 14, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Orange October The Chicago White Sox played in the postseason for the second straight season this year, something they have never achieved before in 120 years of baseball. The Sox won the “Field of Dreams” game on national TV in August, giving baseball fans everywhere (OK, except maybe New York) and generations of movie fans […]

Winter Ball: A History of Baseball, Cuba, and Race

October 6, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2020, Cuban baseball players took center stage in the pandemic-shortened season. The Chicago White Sox won more than half its games twice in the 2010s. But they finished last season with a .583 winning percentage (roughly a 94 win pace over a 162 game schedule). The club made the playoffs for the first time […]

The Last Living Boston Braves Player and an Unexpected Find

August 30, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

When Del Crandall died on May 5, 2021, an era died with him. According to his obituary in the Boston Globe, he was the last living Boston Braves player. Crandall broke in with the Boston Braves as a fresh-faced 19-year-old in 1949 but had his best seasons after the team moved to Milwaukee in 1953. […]

Field of Fire

August 13, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

The White Sox needed this one. For about 102 years the White Sox have needed this one. The Sox got a two-run home run from All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the New York Yankees 9-8 in the “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa Thursday night, a […]

An Historic Trading Deadline–Can It Happen Again?

August 2, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

If ever a Major League Baseball team traded eight players from its Major League roster in a single day, I can find no mention of it. And yet that is what the Washington Nationals did on July 30, 2021. The Chicago Cubs dealt nine on the same day, which was documented as the highest number […]

Hondo

July 21, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

Frank Howard is a big man. Now in his mid-‘80’s, he was an All-American basketball player at Ohio State University before signing a bonus baseball contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. Two years later, he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. At 6’7” and somewhere between 275 and 300 pounds, […]

Isn’t It Time Congress Seriously Examines the Monopoly Power of Major League Baseball

July 2, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

In December of 2020, with results being certified in the much contested election that saw the defeat of Donald Trump, and with two senate seats still hanging in the balance in Georgia, Major League Baseball, Inc. unilaterally ended its cooperative relationship with Minor League Baseball. For decades, the relationship between Minor League and Major League […]

DC Loves the Long Ball

June 25, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Gather round children and I will tell you tales of Frank Howard, of how the “Capital Punisher,” could hit a baseball to the moon and back. It was the late 1960’s and the Washington Senators remained perennial cellar dwellers as they had been since the Great Depression. But a giant of a man named Frank […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part IV

June 12, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World […]

The Titanic Hits Bottom

May 17, 2021 by · 5 Comments 

We got on Amtrak yesterday, hoping to find out just how bad the Nationals minor league organization actually has become. Our destination: Wilmington, Delaware, home of the High-A Blue Rocks. Almost every outlet that judges minor league talent, deems Washington’s the worst in the game. After our trip to Wilmington, it is fair to say […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part III

May 13, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World […]

Beholding the Beauty of the Not-Quite-Normal 2021 Season

April 18, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

The sun was surprisingly warm as we sat along the left field foul line, a dozen rows up from the emerald green field at Camden Yards. The crowd was sparse, socially distanced, but still keenly focused on the game set to begin on the field. There has been little to draw large crowds to Baltimore’s […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part II

April 13, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World […]

A Small Piece of the Brent Honeywell Story

April 11, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

It’s all over baseball today as the Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees. Brent Honeywell, once the most highly touted pitching prospect in baseball four years ago, took the mound for the first time since 2017, when he suffered a long series of arm injuries. One of those injuries was particularly ugly, when […]

Cyclones’ Roller Coaster Ride: Team Braved Turbulent 2020, Begins New Era

April 5, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

MCU Park was alive on Sept. 10, 2019. Players and coaches gamboled toward one another, shared hugs, and posed for photographs. Draped in their untucked, dirt-stained jerseys, they hoisted the trophy and champagne bottles, ebulliently signaling they were “number one” by extending their index fingers. The Brooklyn Cyclones were right to celebrate—they had just captured […]

You Don’t Miss Your Water

April 5, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

Yermin Mercedes? Who included him on their list of 100 best MLB prospects?? And yet there he is, emerging on the grandest stage of all. He garnered eight hits in his first nine at bats, where he may yet position himself with Sam Horn and other legendary April wonders. Or is he the real deal? […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part I

March 26, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? A few that come to mind right away were the Atlanta Braves of the ‘90s. […]

A Fond Farewell to The Baseball Gauge

February 3, 2021 by · 12 Comments 

Hello, friends and fellow Seamheads. As some of you have noticed our partner site, The Baseball Gauge, is no longer around. This has been in the works for a while, but only because our good friend and genius behind the goodness that was The Baseball Gauge, Dan Hirsch, has moved on to bigger and better […]

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