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Free agency is the best thing that’s ever happened to baseball

Free agency is the best thing that’s ever happened to baseball
February 13, 2017 No Comments »

Want a reason that Marvin Miller should immediately be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame? It’s the best rule change in the history of baseball. It’s called free agency. Because of free agency, something that no one other than ... 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 »

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality
September 6, 2016 No Comments »

According to his manager, Steve Yeager went down “like he’d been felled by a bullet.” Fans near the on-deck circle who had a view of the incident were stunned and silent. Some turned away and a few were brought to tears. ... Read More »

How Joe Jackson threw the World Series

How Joe Jackson threw the World Series
April 5, 2016 No Comments »

Joe Jackson batted .375 with 12 hits in the eight games of the 1919 World Series. He led the Chicago White Sox with six runs batted in and hit their only home run. Excellent performance by one of baseball’s best ... Read More »

The Walking Eddies: A Patient Infield That Never Was

The Walking Eddies: A Patient Infield That Never Was
February 19, 2016 No Comments »

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” — Hippocrates For a long time walks in baseball were considered a mistake, an accident caused by poor aim. The pitcher was wild and if he couldn’t throw three strikes before he threw four balls, Mr. ... Read More »

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years
May 16, 2014 No Comments »

Are some people magic? It’s hard to believe that it’s possible, but if anyone ever was it’s Lawrence Peter Berra. You know him as Yogi — the world knows him as Yogi — and he’s been charmed his entire life. However, despite ... Read More »

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter
February 5, 2014 7 Comments »

At the start of the 1962 season, Sandy Koufax was a .500 pitcher with an ERA just below four runs per game. Far from being a superstar or a household name, Koufax was considered a disappointment, a 25-year old lefty ... Read More »

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week
January 14, 2014 No Comments »

If a pitcher wins 20 games today they’re automatically a favorite to win the Cy Young Award. They’re the ace of their staff, too. But what if your team has four 20-game winners? That happened with the Baltimore Orioles in ... Read More »

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?
January 30, 2013 2 Comments »

Baseball fans love to argue about the Hall of Fame. No one really cares (nor knows much) about the Football Hall of Fame or any of the other Hall of Fames. But Cooperstown is magical. It’s the oldest of the ... Read More »

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look
December 17, 2012 11 Comments »

Early in January, the results of the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting will be announced, in what should prove to be the most anticipated and talked-about election results in the history of that institution. The reason the results will ... Read More »