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Can Derek Jeter Hit .400?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Steroids created a lot of “video game” type of results over two decades. Two records that still were elusive to jacked up hitters was Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams .406 batting average. When ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst  John Kruk said Derek Jeter can hit .400 earlier this month, everyone blew it off as crazy.  Thirty-four games […]

Which Reserve Clause Star Would Be Most in Demand?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Baseball Prospectus found an interesting interview with Ted Williams from August 23rd, 1940. In it he’s asked who he would sign with if he were a free agent; Williams answered “the Dodgers” because he “knew he’d be a hero in Brooklyn.” That was only two years into Williams’ career, but it got me to thinking out of all the […]

Do You Think You Can Pitch to Ted Williams?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Since August, I have been sharing pictures from my trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Today, I figured I would post a display of Ted Williams‘ strike zone that is on display. Do you think you can pitch to him?

Baseball and War

Monday, May 30th, 2011

When we talk about war in the modern game its normally in relation to Wins Above Replacement (WAR). We never consider the impact real war, and those who fought to serve our country, had on our National Pastime. When NFL star Pat Tillman volunteered to fight in Afghanistan it was a headline story. How many […]

Listen: Gil Hodges and the Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I rounded out Sunday’s show with a return guest, and friend of the show, Joe D’ Agostin. Joe runs a Yahoo Group which supports Gil Hodges for the Hall of Fame. This is a tough call. Gil was certainly a big part of the great Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the fifties. If you look at […]

Baseball and Military Service

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The other day Rob Neyer of ESPN discussed a story regarding Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo who is suppose to serve in the Korean military before his thirtieth birthday. This service is for two years and would cut into Choo’s prime. Some pointed out that losing Coo would be a blow to Cleveland, especially since he […]

HBO Hits a Home Run with Ted

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

HBO has been putting together great sports documentaries for years. Last night, I took the opportunity to watch their latest masterpiece Ted Williams. The documentary gave great insight into the baseball mind of legend and a man who struggled to fit in with society. Ted Williams brought a passion for greatness like no other player […]