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Marvin Miller’s impact on baseball should be honored in Cooperstown

Marvin Miller’s impact on baseball should be honored in Cooperstown
November 28, 2012 1 Comment »

No less a respected baseball observer than Red Barber once wrote that “Marvin Miller, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, is one of the three most important men in baseball history.” If that’s true, and an examination of the ... Read More »

Andy Dirks can deliver his second championship-winning hit of the season

Andy Dirks can deliver his second championship-winning hit of the season
October 24, 2012 No Comments »

If the Detroit Tigers win the World Series it will be the second time that Andy Dirks has been in the winner’s circle in the last 8 months. While most major league ballplayers were taking it easy last off-season, Dirks ... Read More »

Fittingly, Tigers are first Stanley Cup team in baseball history

Fittingly, Tigers are first Stanley Cup team in baseball history
October 10, 2012 No Comments »

Hometown boy Mike Ilitch has his fingerprints all over downtown Detroit. The man who made millions upon millions as a pizza magnate and later real estate tycoon, has tried to transform the city in many ways, most visibly through sports. ... Read More »

Francona name has a history in Cleveland

Francona name has a history in Cleveland
October 7, 2012 No Comments »

There was a time when the city of Cleveland screamed bloody murder when Tito Francona came to town. It was 1959 and the Indians traded slugging outfielder Larry Doby to the Detroit Tigers to get Francona. It’s one thing to ... Read More »

Percentage of runners driven in is an important stat that should get more attention

Percentage of runners driven in is an important stat that should get more attention
October 5, 2012 No Comments »

Some stats are complicated and controversial. (We’re looking at you WAR.) Then some statistics are so simple, so absolutely perfect in their formulation that they are beautiful. But simplicity alone doesn’t equate elegance. The stat has to mean something – ... Read More »

Do teams like the Rangers really choke?

Do teams like the Rangers really choke?
October 4, 2012 No Comments »

In some ways the teams that collapse are remembered just as much as the teams that win. The ’51 Brooklyn Dodgers go hand-in-hand with the New York Giants who famously vanquished them. The ’78 Boston Red Sox are forever linked ... Read More »

American League Playoff Scenarios entering Game #162

American League Playoff Scenarios entering Game #162
October 3, 2012 No Comments »

Entering Game #162 NYY 94 wins BAL 93 wins OAK 93 wins TEX 93 wins NYY W 95 1 vs WC BAL W 94 5 @ TEX OAK W 94 2 vs DET TEX L 93 4 vs BAL NYY ... Read More »

Why are so many baseball movies so bad?

Why are so many baseball movies so bad?
September 24, 2012 1 Comment »

Next April, just in time for opening day of the 2013 season, Warner Bros. will release 42, a movie about how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A look at the trailer prompted me ... Read More »

Cabrera can match Yaz & Ted Williams with historic feat

Cabrera can match Yaz & Ted Williams with historic feat
September 21, 2012 1 Comment »

“If he doesn’t get the MVP this year, it will be criminal.” Those are the words of Al Kaline, a Hall of Famer who knows a little something about baseball and what “Most Valuable” means. Who was Kaline referring to? ... Read More »

Five biggest disappointments of the 2012 baseball season

Five biggest disappointments of the 2012 baseball season
September 16, 2012 1 Comment »

Another regular season is winding down, and with only about three weeks left, it’s not too early to select the big disappointments of the 2012 major league season. Jose Reyes and the Marlins What costs $124 million and doesn’t make ... Read More »