Life & Baseball

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Baseball is, at its core, a kid’s game.  Kids love to run around the bases, chase after the ball on defense, and try their best to hit the ball as hard as they can.  People watch MLB because it’s fun, and because the big kids who play the game show Continue reading Life & Baseball

BBWAA Elects Roughly Half of What it Should Have to Hall of Fame

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Today, it was announced that the BBWAA elected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio to the Hall of Fame.  No problem.  They are all very deserving of enshrinement.  It is the self-congratulatory sanctimony of the writers that makes this day less joyous than it should be. The Continue reading BBWAA Elects Roughly Half of What it Should Have to Hall of Fame

The Struggles of Selecting Hall of Famers

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Year after year, the hall of fame election draws all sorts of debate and discussion.  The rules are terrible.  Someone sells their ballot to Deadspin.  Players who everyone thinks should be in are left out.  PEDs are discussed again.  It’s really a terrible time when it should be a great Continue reading The Struggles of Selecting Hall of Famers

So When Will They Bring Sammy Sosa Back?

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The news just came in from the Bay Area scribes that former Giant and should-be Hall of Famer Barry Bonds is going to be a special instructor for the San Francisco Giants during spring training.  I had a bit of fun with the #BondsInstructions hashtag along with the goofballs at Continue reading So When Will They Bring Sammy Sosa Back?

On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

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Last night, we were treated to the Carlos Beltran Show.  You may still be a bit pissed off about the “non-tag” at home plate when Beltran threw a strike to home plate and Yadier Molina sort of just sat there and took the charge from Mark Ellis.  But the point Continue reading On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

PEDs Suspensions! What Performance Helper Is Next?

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On August 4, 2013, Commissioner Bud Selig, through Major League Baseball, announced the suspensions of thirteen players for using Performance Enhancing Drugs. The players that were suspended include: Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Jesus Montero, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli and Antonio Bastardo who are all still on Major League Continue reading PEDs Suspensions! What Performance Helper Is Next?

Integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team

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Those are words that are in Rule 5 of the BBWAA Hall of Fame rules for voting.  The entire rule states: “5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

Turning In a Blank Ballot Is a Slap In the Face

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Anyone that  has followed our blog over the years knows how much I really dislike the process the Hall of Fame takes in electing those who are worthy to enshrinement. From the voters believing that certain players are Hall of Fame worthy, but not in their first year, or their Continue reading Turning In a Blank Ballot Is a Slap In the Face

The Steroid Era Facing Their Toughest Test. The Hall of Fame

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Today is the day many people have been waiting for (or perhaps dreading) for years. The Hall of Fame ballots have been announced, and there are some very big names on this list. You have Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio as well as Mike Piazza making their first appearance on the Continue reading The Steroid Era Facing Their Toughest Test. The Hall of Fame

In a Year Where the Cubs Face a Power Outage, Fans Should Embrace Soriano

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Since signing an eight year $136 Million contract with the Chicago Cubs five years ago, Alfonso Soriano has been the target of fans angst for a number of reasons. Whether their chief complaint is being well over paid (thank you very much John McDonough) or his lack of production, Cubs Continue reading In a Year Where the Cubs Face a Power Outage, Fans Should Embrace Soriano