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Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?

Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?
September 8, 2017 10 Comments »

When his name first appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot in 2003, Ryne Sandberg received 244 votes, or just below 50%. In 2004, the former Cubs’ second baseman vaulted to 309 votes. He was elected to the Hall of ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR
August 10, 2017 1 Comment »

This is the third installment of my “Top 20” series, looking at the top players for a specific franchise based solely on Wins Above Replacement. Quibble if you will about advanced statistical methods, but WAR is a handy way to ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR
April 12, 2017 4 Comments »

A few years ago I penned a list article about the New York Yankees top players ranked according to WAR (Wins Above Replacement). I stated at the time that I know very little about how WAR evaluates players. I still ... Read More »

Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, and the Hall of Fame

Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, and the Hall of Fame
February 7, 2017 No Comments »

Joe Mauer hasn’t squatted behind the plate since 2013. But he’ll still be a Hall of Fame catcher someday. Won’t he? The popular Twin, a humble hometown kid, won three batting titles in his first six seasons. He won the Most ... Read More »

Why did Pudge Rodriguez waltz right into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Why did Pudge Rodriguez waltz right into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
January 31, 2017 No Comments »

Earlier this month, Ivan Rodriguez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s not surprising that Rodriguez will get a plaque, but it is quite shocking that the catcher was elected in his first year of eligibility. Catchers have ... Read More »

What the Hall of Fame elections will look like through 2022

What the Hall of Fame elections will look like through 2022
January 18, 2017 No Comments »

Today we learned that a trio of former big leaguers will get their plaques in Cooperstown during the last weekend in July. They are Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tim Raines. All three are worthy in my view. That makes ... Read More »

The 12 Greatest Games Played at Wrigley Field

The 12 Greatest Games Played at Wrigley Field
October 14, 2016 No Comments »

If you ask me, there’s no better place to watch a baseball game than Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field in 1916. Here are the 12 greatest games played at the Friendly Confines. #12. ... Read More »

VIDEO: Willie McGee’s amazing performance in the 1982 World Series

VIDEO: Willie McGee’s amazing performance in the 1982 World Series
September 29, 2016 No Comments »

If you never saw Willie McGee then you missed one of the most unique and gifted players of the 1980s. McGee was a switch-hitting outfielder with blazing speed and bug eyes. He had a painful walk but few could run ... Read More »

VIDEO: Carl Yastrzemski’s last career home run was washed out by rain

VIDEO: Carl Yastrzemski’s last career home run was washed out by rain
September 29, 2016 No Comments »

When Carl Yastrzemski retired in 1983 he didn’t go on a farewell tour. That type of thing wasn’t done in baseball at that time, and Yaz wouldn’t have been comfortable doing it anyway. Carl Yastrzemski didn’t like being the center ... Read More »

Baker and Francona are strengthening their Hall of Fame credentials

Baker and Francona are strengthening their Hall of Fame credentials
September 27, 2016 No Comments »

Let’s play a facts game about baseball managers. FACT: Every man elected to the Hall of Fame as a manager won at least three pennants. FACT: Only four managers who have won at least three pennants have not been elected to the ... Read More »