All posts by Dan Holmes

Baseball’s Pudgy Pitchers: Long before Big Sexy there was Fat Freddie

Baseball’s Pudgy Pitchers: Long before Big Sexy there was Fat Freddie
September 6, 2017 No Comments »

Long before Bartolo Colon was turning heads with his wide ass, soft belly, and large frame, there were other “big-boned” pitchers in baseball. One of the best was Freddie Fitzsimmons, who, like “Big Sexy,” won more than 200 games in ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Cecil Travis

The Hall of Fame case for Cecil Travis
September 6, 2017 No Comments »

Cecil Travis spent nearly four years serving in World War II and came back with injured feet after they had froze in the Battle of the Bulge. That unfortunate experience may have cost Cecil Travis a chance at the Hall ... 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 »

VIDEO: Disco Demoliton Night at Comiskey Park in 1979

VIDEO: Disco Demoliton Night at Comiskey Park in 1979
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

There’s never been anything quite like it. Between games of a doubleheader on July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox, led by promoter extraordinaire Mike Veeck, asked a local disc jockey to blow up disco records in center field. What could ... Read More »

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

Throughout his Hall of Fame career, manager Tommy Lasorda was a colorful character, known for entertaining fans and the media. In this clip from the early 1980s, Lasorda tussles with the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies, a fuzzy green fella ... Read More »

VIDEO: Don Baylor’s two-run homer in ninth inning in Game Five of 1986 ALCS

VIDEO: Don Baylor’s two-run homer in ninth inning in Game Five of 1986 ALCS
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

Most people remember Dave Henderson’s home run in the top of the ninth inning of Game Five of the 1986 American League Championship Series for the Boston Red Sox. The homer tied the game and kept the Angels from winning ... Read More »

Marlins All-Time Team

Marlins All-Time Team
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

The Marlins have won two world championships in their brief history, despite having never finished in first place. They traded their greatest player away in a deal that will go down as one of the worst in baseball history, however Read More »

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 »