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Dusty Baker: Did Reds’ Manager Punch Ticket to Cooperstown with 1,500th Win?

For a long time, I never really thought of Dusty Baker as a Hall of Fame manager—or, for that matter, as having any Hall of Fame argument at all. Really, he never quite had the feel of a Hall of Fame skipper. Just as during his playing days when »»

Recent Baseball Deaths—Part III

Here’s the final installment, for now, of my Recent Baseball Deaths series, chronicling those Major League Baseball passings that have occurred within the past couple months. See here for Part I and here for Part II. Jesse Jefferson – Died Sep »»

MLB News: Recent Baseball Deaths – Part II

Here’s the rundown of some more recently reported baseball deaths, ordered by date of death. »»

MLB News: Recent Baseball Deaths – Part I

Since I last wrote about deaths in baseball way back in May, quite a few notable players have passed on – including former All-Stars and even a Hall of Famer. Here’s the rundown of some recently reported passings, ordered by date of death. Ran »»

MLB News: 31-Year-Old Amaury Sanit Makes Major League Debut

It always tickles my tailbone whenever an “old” career minor leaguer makes his major league debut. These grizzled veterans are the epitome of dedication, never giving up long after many of their younger, fresh-faced counterparts have been selecte »»

MLB News: Recent baseball passings

Here’s a rundown of some recent baseball deaths. Jose Ortiz – Died January 20, aged 63 Though he died in late January, Jose Ortiz’s death was not reported until mid-March. An outfielder, he played in the majors from 1969 to 1971 and perfo »»

Looking back: A review of some pre-2010 milestone predictions

From time to time I like to go back into the archives and read some of the older posts I have written. Most of the time I wind up criticizing myself, realizing two years after the fact that I could have written this better, or been more succinct with »»

The Fading of 1990s Baseball: An Update

Last June, I wrote an article detailing the end of an era—that is, 1990s baseball. Fewer and fewer players from that decade remain as the years slowly creep forward. When I wrote the article, there were, by my estimate, 130 1990s players still a »»

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Election: Looking Ahead

With the beginning of the 2011 baseball season right around the corner, there is no better time than now to analyze the upcoming Hall of Fame election which is just eight short months away. »»

MLB News: Recent Baseball Passings

Multiple notable baseball figures have passed away lately, including former All-Stars, well-known managers and the oldest living former baseball player. Francisco de la Rosa – Died January 6, age 45 Pitcher Francisco de la Rosa appeared in tw »»

Ballplayers With The Same Name As The Team They Played On

I was reading about a former Milwaukee Brewers prospect named Brent Brewer when I thought to myself, a Brewer with the Brewers—what other ballplayers have shared the name of the team they played for? And so, this list was born. The following are bi »»

MLB News: New York Yankees Pitcher Andy Pettitte Retires

Pitcher Andy Pettitte has decided to retire after 16 major league seasons. He cited familial responsibilities as the reason for his decision. Pettitte became a free-agent following the 2010 season after going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA for the New York »»

The OTHER Cy Young: Same-Named Ballplayers throughout Big League History

Cy Young, Babe Ruth, even Randy Johnson—all players that were so great, and so unique in their greatness that there can be only one. Right? Well, not quite. Whether it is a minor leaguer named Gehrig or that other Earl Averill, there have been d »»

Manly Baseball Players—With Not-So Manly Names

Sports, including baseball, are thought of as manly endeavors, reserved for the big and the buff, the strongest of the strong and those in peak physical condition. Therefore, to be a top sportsman, logic dictates that one must be big and strong—tha »»

Canton-bound? Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison spent 13 seasons in the National Football League, catching 1,102 passes, gaining 14,580 yards and scoring 128 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Do those numbers merit Hall of Fame induction? Let’s look at some other positives from his »»

MLB News: 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Election Results: Alomar, Blyleven Elected; Larkin, Morris Close

Another year of Hall of Fame voting and excitement is in the books, and so begins another round of review, second-guessing and ridicule about who was elected—and who was not. With 90.0 percent of the vote, Roberto Alomar was selected to the Hall »»

MLB News: Recent Baseball Passings

Since my last posting, there have been 11 more baseball player deaths reported. George Binks – Died November 13, age 96 At the time of his death, George Binks was the oldest living former St. Louis Browns player—he played for the now-defunc »»

Baseball Hall of Fame Voting, 2011: My Predictions

Baseball Hall of Fame Voting, 2011: My Predictions I love the day the new baseball Hall of Famers are announced each January. In fact, outside of Christmas, Halloween, Easter, New Year’s Day, my birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Da »»

Recent baseball passings

I apologize for not writing entries on baseball player passings lately. In these past few weeks, there have been quite a few reported—so, I’ll detail them all here. Valmy Thomas – Died October 16, age 81 Catcher Valmy Thomas played in fiv »»

The San Francisco Giants win the World Series

As you have probably heard, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the first ever for the team from San Fran. They won it because of excellent pitching, timely hitting—and because the Texas Rangers’ offense did not show up. I had predi »»

Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparky Anderson dies

The baseball community recently lost one of its most recognizable living Hall of Famers, Sparky Anderson. Anderson, who led the Cincinnati Reds to two World Championships and the Detroit Tigers to one, died November 4 at age 76. He managed the Red »»

Former Yankees pitcher Dale Roberts passes away at 68

Dale Roberts, who pitched in two games for the New York Yankees in 1967, died on October 8 at age 68. Nicknamed “Mountain Man,” Roberts made his major league debut on September 9, 1967—and exactly one week later on September 16, he appeared »»

MLB News: Major League Baseball to expand playoffs?

The idea of expanding Major League Baseball’s playoffs by adding games to the Division Series or adding teams to the playoff pool is being considered by the player’s union. If the idea comes to pass, a new playoff structure will be implemented »»

Canton-bound? Curtis Martin

Previously, I discussed former quarterback Vinny Testaverde, questioning whether or not he has what it takes to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now, I will be doing the same with former running back Curtis Martin. I will not post whether I belie »»

MLB News: Why the Giants will win the World Series

Don’t you hate it when a guy makes a prediction without any scientific or mathematical basis—a prediction on a whim, more or less—and runs with it, sticking to it no matter what? Me too, but that is exactly what I am doing here. Well, not ex »»

MLB News: Former All-Star pitcher Bob Shaw passes away at 77

Pitcher Bob Shaw, who was an All-Star in 1962, passed away at age 77 on September 22. Over the course of an 11-year major league career, Shaw went 108-98 with a 3.52 ERA. In his All-Star 1962 season, he went 15-9 with a 2.80 ERA. Though 1962 wa »»

Canton-bound? Vinny Testaverde

I thought it would be fun to write a few articles about some football players who might be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the future—or perhaps not. I am not going to say whether I believe he belongs or not, rather I am going to prov »»

MLB News: Former Outfielder Al Pilarcik Passes Away at 80

Al Pilarcik, who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox from 1956 to 1961 passed away on September 20 at age 80. Pilarcik played most of his career with the Orioles, spending 1957 to 1960 with the team. In th »»

MLB News: Former Cubs outfielder Jimmy McMath passes away at 60

Imagine being the youngest player in the entire league one year, then never playing in that league again. That is exactly what happened to former Chicago Cubs outfielder Jimmy McMath, who passed away on July 20th at age 60. McMath was 19 years old »»

MLB News: Ageless Omar Vizquel Wants to Play in 2011

43-year-old Omar Vizquel, who played in 108 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2010, stated that he would like to return to the club in 2011. Luckily for Vizquel, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wants him to return as well. This could be benefic »»

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