All posts by Dan Holmes

The only way to improve the pace of play in baseball

The only way to improve the pace of play in baseball
February 22, 2018 No Comments »

“Baseball’s too slow. It’s boring.” Have you heard that one? Yeah, I have too. It’s a problem for the future game. This offseason we heard from Major League Baseball on the issue, though it was a small rule change that ... Read More »

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?
February 15, 2018 No Comments »

The career of Derek Jeter is a perfect illustration of the multitude of factors that go into a Hall of Fame discussion. And rightly so. The contemporary Nomar Garciaparra seemed to be better than or on par with Jeter in ... Read More »

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player
December 18, 2017 No Comments »

Now that Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the 1984 Tigers have two members so enshrined. That takes care of one of the greatest single-season teams in baseball history, giving them representation ... Read More »

Does defense matter in baseball?

Does defense matter in baseball?
December 1, 2017 No Comments »

The headline is click bait. Of course defensive matters in baseball. Doesn’t it? I’m writing this article because I noticed strange things while browsing Baseball-Reference.com recently. From 1996 to 2003, the New York Yankees won six pennants and four World ... Read More »

Remembering Bobby Doerr: The last link to Depression Era baseball

Remembering Bobby Doerr: The last link to Depression Era baseball
November 14, 2017 No Comments »

The oldest Hall of Famer passed away today, leaving behind a legion of fans despite having played his last baseball game more than six decades ago. Bobby Doerr (1918-2017), played 14 seasons, all of them for the Boston Red Sox, ... Read More »

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles
November 8, 2017 1 Comment »

The most important player on the field is the pitcher. The baseball is literally in his hand to start every play. Starting pitchers log the most innings and face the most batters. They’re the most crucial members of a team. ... Read More »

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache
October 29, 2017 1 Comment »

Wally Pipp has been reduced to an answer to a trivia question. He’s a footnote on the career of a great player. But Pipp deserved better: he was an excellent ballplayer who simply happened to have a headache at the ... Read More »

Eddie Collins nearly tops our list of greatest second basemen

Eddie Collins nearly tops our list of greatest second basemen
September 18, 2017 No Comments »

Eddie Collins buried his bats during the off-season in shallow holes in his backyard that he called “graves” in order to keep them “lively.” That’s odd, for many reasons, but also odd because Collins played during baseball’s “dead ball” era. ... Read More »

Remembering Eddie Grant, who died in World War I after playing under John McGraw

Remembering Eddie Grant, who died in World War I after playing under John McGraw
September 18, 2017 No Comments »

There was always something unusual about Eddie Grant, but he was comfortable with that. He didn’t mind being different. In a brief life that stretched only 35 years and a few months, Grant accomplished many things: scholar, athlete, lawyer, soldier. ... Read More »