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Mike Silva Hall-of-Fame Ballot

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

My Hall-of-Fame Ballot (If I had one) 1) Edgar Martinez- It might take the BBWAA some time to appreciate the designated hitter, just like they needed some time to warm up to relievers. His production from 1995 to 2003 is right up there with all the all-time greats. Even the move to spacious Safeco Field didn’t […]

Watch: Mike Piazza on MSG Celebrity Row

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

During last night’s Knicks-Nuggets game at the Garden, Mike Piazza appeared at halftime with Jill Martin on the MSG Network. You can watch the segment below, but some of the highlights were Piazza saying he and Johnny Bench are tied as “the best hitting catchers of all-time,” how he would like to go into the […]

BBWAA Will Not Induct Anyone Until 2014

Monday, December 19th, 2011

It’s been nearly 15 years since the BBWAA elected to not enshrine someone in Cooperstown. During the 1996 election, Phil Niekro received 68.3% of the vote, followed by Tony Perez (65.7%), and Don Sutton (63.8%). Ironically, all three would be enshrined by 2000.  I believe there is a good chance no one will be inducted by the […]

Oakland Moneyball Trio in Historical Context

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

When the movie Moneyball was released in September, the main gripe by the public was how Michael Lewis never addressed how that team was built on the foundation of great starting pitching. A couple of weeks ago I debated with Chris Plummer at the Perpetual Post who was the best member of the A’s during that […]

A Bullpen Session With Greg Maddux

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Greg Maddux is fifth all-time in wins with 355. Think about it, that is only eight less than Warren Spahn, and eighteen less than Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander; pitchers that played in an era where you went the entire game. Maddux did spend a large chunk of his career with the division winning Braves, […]

Pedro Martinez: Most Dominant Pitcher Ever?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Earlier in the week I called Pedro Martinez the “Sandy Koufax of our generation.” This was done just by the eye test. I remember how feared and dominant Martinez was as a member of the Red Sox. Even as he declined during his days as a Met, Martinez still put together one of the better pitching performances in […]

Book Dishes Dirt on MLB, Seagulls, Per Diem, Mark Newman

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Fans of gossip are probably familiar with Perez Hilton, which delves into the lives of celebrities, but there is a site called TerezOwens.com which appears to be doing the same for athletes. I know some like this sort of thing, and others don’t; regardless, it’s become part of the landscape so we have to talk […]

You Can’t Blame the Yanks for Irresponsible Contracts

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A usual meme you hear from fans, writers, and even baseball executives is how the Yankees are the ruination of baseball. Yes, it’s frustrating to see them outspend the next highest payroll team by fifty million dollars or more, but that is a recent development thanks to the YES Network and the explosion of the […]

CC Sabathia: Best Bet for 300 Wins?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This tweet from Tyler Kepner of the NY Times got me thinking: CC Sabathia has 148 wins and turns 30 tomorrow. Last pitcher with as many wins before age 30 was Greg Maddux, with 151. He won 355. Earlier this year author Dan Schlossberg talked on my show about the art of winning 300 games. […]

Rivera For Cy Young

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Interesting question posed to Tim Kurkjian this morning. Does Mariano Rivera have a shot at the Cy Young? The short answer is no. Zack Grienke—unless he completely and utterly implodes—is getting it. He all but wrapped it up with the amazing start he had. That said; why isn’t Rivera in the conversation? I know, I […]