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St. Louis’ Forgotten Champions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:57:32 +0000

On Sunday afternoon, October 7, 1928, at Sportsman’s Park, the St. Louis Cardinals were about to play the New York Yankees in the 3rd game of the 1928 World Series, finding themselves already down 2 games to none. This was the “Murderers Row” Yankees, with Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Combs, Hoyt, Pennock, etc. They played in […]

1928 Negro National League Season Review – It’s in the Stars

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:32:20 +0000

For both Black History Month and the 90th Anniversary of the 1928 Negro National League season, below is a recap of the 1928 NNL pennant race. The Stars’ Wonderful First Half The 1928 NNL consisted of the following teams (in order of their 1927 records): Chicago American Giants (won 1st half, playoffs and World Series […]

Identifying the Largest Gaps Between Teams and Their Farm Systems

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:31:46 +0000

In the process of conducting research for the “Minors vs. Majors” chapter for my upcoming book “Hardball Retroactive,” I tabulated the overall won-loss records among the minor league affiliates for every Major League franchise since 1963. Further investigation allowed me to ascertain the largest gaps between MLB teams and their farm systems, divided into two […]

Could Nationals Park Be a “Thing?”

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:38:18 +0000

Naming rights are a very boring topic in the vast universe of what falls under the constellation known as “baseball.” Who really cares what you call the stadium as long as baseball is played there, unless you care about the old place names like Fenway Park and player names like Smoky Joe Wood and Dizzy […]

Corrections That Are Moving Towards a Rational Marketplace

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:22:29 +0000

You can almost hear the unsigned players grinding their collective teeth. After years of escalating salaries, there may be a principle at work that confounds the dumb-struck baseball player, namely a rational economy. When the average American was getting their economic bell rung in 2008-2010, losing their homes, their jobs and their emotional well-being, baseball […]

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Announced for March 22 Release

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:11:13 +0000

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Releases Worldwide on March 22, 2018 OOTP 19 features dramatic 3D enhancements, a redesigned interface, new scouting systems, ultra-realistic artificial intelligence, 2018 Opening Day rosters, and more! Available For Pre-Order Now With 10% Discount & Early Access Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of, the Major […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1946 NNL & NAL

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:29:53 +0000

In 1946 the Negro leagues began to face the inevitable. The Brooklyn Dodgers finally broke Organized Baseball’s 60-year-old color line, signing several black players for their minor league system—including the best player in the 1945 Negro American League, the Monarchs’ shortstop Jackie Robinson, and arguably the best player in the 1945 Negro National League, the […]

Soft Salary Cap or Soft Headed Under the Cap?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:24:03 +0000

There are two weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida and Arizona. Yet the most prized pitching prospects, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta remained unsigned as do Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. Among position players, J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer are the four most notable unsigned […]

Winter Leagues and Serie del Caribe updates

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:57:40 +0000

The latest on the Winter Leagues’ final series and Serie del Caribe 2018 are at the link below: I will be updating this link daily from now (Jan. 25) through the Serie del Caribe finals on February 8.  You can stay tuned by accessing the link (it’ll continue to be the same URL) above. […]

From the Archives: Gone Fishin’—The Sobering Case of “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:01:33 +0000

The following was originally published on the site on June 23, 2009. When “Shufflin’ Phil”1 Douglas arrived on the baseball scene in 1910 at the tender age of 20 he brought with him size and a fastball impressive enough to draw comparisons to Walter Johnson’s. Douglas, a product of Cedartown, Georgia, was a big man, […]

All Quiet Along the Potomac??

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 21:29:31 +0000

The Potomac River is laced with ice near Nationals Park, but it is likely that life abounds beneath the serene white exterior that catches the afternoon sun from the south.  Yes, the water is moving despite the ice and things are heating up hot stove wise. There was the brief flurry of rumors that had […]

Winter Leagues Status – January 3, 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:06:31 +0000

January 3 – “regular season” play in the Winter Leagues has wrapped up and the winter “post-season” is getting underway (Puerto Rico is an exception – see below).  Here’s the status of the various leagues, and which clubs are still playing in January: DOMINICANA – the final standings for the rol regular , the regular […]

The Epic Pitching Duel That Changed the Future of Two Franchises

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 19:16:28 +0000

October 7, 2011 and the melting pot that is South Philadelphia is stirring. From the Parisian redesign of Rittenhouse Square to the William Penn statue at Broad and Market; from South Street to the Mexican and Asian influences of Washington Avenue; from the African-American neighborhood of Point Breeze to the hipsters’ hangout in Northern Liberties, […]

From the Archives: Punch Drunk—The Art Shires Story

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:00:21 +0000

The following was originally published on this site on May 18, 2009. Former major league first baseman Art Shires was many things; dapper, over-dressed, well-spoken, loud-mouthed, confident, cocky, entertaining, clownish; a hard drinker and a harder fighter. But was he also a murderer? A Dallas District Attorney thought so and charged him with that crime […]

Winter Meetings/Hot Stove/Gio Gonzalez

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:02:31 +0000

A recent article by Pete Kerzel about the possibility of the Washington Nationals trading Gio Gonzalez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando lit my stove. The rumor is an annual one that excites hope that Washington GM Mike Rizzo is a magician, that he can get something of value for Gio and we won’t have […]

Winter Leagues Update – Nov. 26

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 02:41:51 +0000

Play continues south of the border as the Latin American winter leagues enter their final month of “regular season” action.  Here’s the latest: MEXICO – first-half play in the LMP (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico) concluded on Sunday, November 19.  First-half results were: Naranjeros de Hermosillo were awarded first place, and the eight points that go […]

From the Archives: Bob Lemon and the Hall of Fame

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:01:07 +0000

(Editor’s Note: The following was first published on this site on January 21, 2008.) A couple days ago Dr. Michael Hoban posted an article about strange Hall of Fame voting in which he wondered why Bob Lemon was suddenly regarded as a better pitcher than Allie Reynolds in 1972 after Reynolds received more votes in […]

From the Archives: Harry Lunte—The Man Who Tried to Replace Ray Chapman

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:01:58 +0000

On August 16, 1920 the Cleveland Indians prepared to take the field against the New York Yankees to start a crucial three-game series at Yankee Stadium that pitted the first-place Indians against the third-place Yankees. Cleveland was a mere four percentage points ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the standings; New York stood within […]

Swans and Dolphins

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:51:37 +0000

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are an event that dates to the beginnings of the 20th Century and before the advent of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), were one of the prime venues for addressing the state of the game. In their earliest history, the meetings effected momentous rules changes that made major alterations in […]

Serie Del Caribe 2018

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 21:05:37 +0000

November 3 – there’s no need for “baseball withdrawal” after an exciting World Series in the U.S. — there’s plenty of baseball action south of the border.  Here are some highlights from the leagues playing in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. CUBA– Serie Nacional 57 second-half action is underway.  Defending champs Granma, along with Artemisa, won their […]

From the Archives: Touring the Bases with…Jim Bouton

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:10:00 +0000

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton ended his controversial book Ball Four with those lines in 1969 and the nation has been in his grip […]

On the 2017 MLB Records: Home Runs, Strikeouts, Complete Games, Relievers, and Time

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:49:20 +0000

The 2017 Major League Baseball season saw several records set — not season or career records for individual players, but rather records for MLB as such. The one that has understandably gotten the most attention is regarding Home Runs. Overall, more HRs were hit this year than in any season in MLB history — yes, […]

A Season Skitters Between Matt Wieters’ Wickets

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:11:36 +0000

Scroll to the end of the Washington Nationals 2017 season and you will see at the bottom of the final box score this entry: “Fielding E: Wieters 2 (throw, catcher interference). PB Wieters” Therein lies their season. Javier Baez, whom Ron Darling described throughout the series as swinging at the ball as soon as he […]

Bell Jar Baseball

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 18:41:38 +0000

Watching the Washington Nationals in the playoffs is like reading Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar. You root for the protagonist as she descends further into depression, but there is no escape, no uplift that takes you away from the slow descent, only further slipping into a bottomless pit. Washington fans deserve better than classic levels of depression. […]

Brooks Robinson Is Only A Hall of Famer on the Playing Field

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:46:10 +0000

I know it’s practically sacrilegious to write this, but Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is a terrible advocate for retirees. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve met Brooks Robinson. He signed an Orioles cap for my father-in-law. He was arguably the greatest third baseman the game has ever known. But as the president of the […]

Sports Book Reviews

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:39:44 +0000

The seasons keep changing and the sports books keep coming. They are focused on all kinds of subjects, approaches, dealing with different sports. Herewith, for your reading, exciting tomes dealing with baseball, football, tennis. Hank Greenberg in 1938 by Ron Kaplan (Sports Publishing, $24.95, 235 pages) is an important book for its subject, its time […]

Cuba Ball 2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:55:22 +0000

Cuban right-handed pitcher Pedro Luis Lazo holds the record for the most wins in the Cuban National Series. Our Cubaball tour encountered him in his hometown of Pinar Del Rio after the evening’s game against Industriales had been cancelled due to rain. The huge man stood beside a swimming pool and talked about his career, […]

Remembering Elston Howard

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:21:24 +0000

“A man of great gentleness and dignity” –on his Plaque in Monument Park “He deserves credit and where would I be without him?  Phew! He can give me a job in the outfield and he can catch, too.  Good kid, too. He’s good.”—Casey Stengel With all the newspaper headlines today documenting angst and anger and […]

The Member of Congress Who Can Help The Retirees w/o MLB Pensions

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:39:32 +0000

Florida United States Representative Matt Gaetz (Republican — 1st District) can help Orlando’s Bill Denehy, Pensacola’s Jim Hutto and 500 or so former players who don’t receive pensions from having played Major League Baseball (MLB). Denehy, who coached Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell at the University of Hartford, was once a bright pitching prospect. He was famously […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1945 NNL & NAL

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:13:08 +0000

Last week the Negro Leagues DB added the 1945 Negro National League and Negro American League. In the NAL the Cleveland Buckeyes, led by Sam Jethroe (.339/.435/.559) and player-manager Quincy Trouppe, ended the two-year run of the Birmingham Black Barons as league champions. The Buckeyes were the eleventh attempt (in 24 years) at fielding a […]

Tony Clark’s Legacy Could Be Significant If…..

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:22:08 +0000

Bob Sadowski was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox in the 1960s. In a career that spanned 115 games, 54 of which he started, Sadowski won 20 games, collected eight saves and had a 3.87 Earned Run Average over 439 and two-third innings. Sadowski, who resides in Sharpsburg, Georgia, turned 79 earlier this year.  […]

This Joke Isn’t Funny

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:12:58 +0000

Have you heard the one about the retirees group that doesn’t advocate for retirees? It’s unfortunately not a joke. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is a Colorado Springs -based organization located on Mesa Avenue whose mission is to, not surprisingly, take care of baseball alumni. So I am completely puzzled as to […]

Remembering Red Barber

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:05:11 +0000

“Red was perhaps the most literate sports announcer I ever met.” – Vin Scully In my early and middle years of writing sports book, I called on Red Barber to blurb them. He never failed. He along with Mel Allen those long ago summer  nights spun the tales of New York City Baseball and hooked […]

Only Thing Older Than The Longest Game Is MLB’s 95-Year-Old Anti-Trust Exemption

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:45:10 +0000

(And That Should End Too!) Everyone in Pawtucket, Rhode Island probably knows that on June 23, 1981 the longest game in professional baseball history between the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox ended after 33 innings, eight hours and 25 minutes of playing time. It had started at McCoy Stadium two months earlier, and […]

Giancarlo Stanton’s Impressive HR Lead

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 02:10:45 +0000

I was struck recently not only by the number of homeruns, 54, that Giancarlo Stanton has hit so far this season, but by the lead he has over the guys with the second most: Aaron Judge and Khris Davis had 39 each, until today when Judge hit two more for a total of 41. So […]