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The Underrated Moose Skowron

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Home run hitters tend to have nicknames. Babe Ruth was “The Bambino,” Dave Kingman was “Kong,” David Ortiz ”Big Papi” and Frank Thomas the “Big Hurt.” Bill “Moose” Skowron was a power hitting first baseman for the Yankees in the 1950s, but his nickname had nothing to do with anything he did on the field. “My grandfather shaved off all […]

R.A. Dickey’s Streak Ends, Looking Back at Doc’s

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Braves ended R.A. Dickey’s streak of 14-consecutive quality starts that fell just short of Dwight Gooden’s team record set in 1985. Ironically, it was the Braves that ended Doc’s on July 4th of that season. That was the infamous 19 inning game that ended at 4:00 AM. Dickey’s streak has been over two seasons, […]

Pedro Martinez: The Best Ever?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

During the same week that it was revealed Ryan Braun failed a drug test and John Rocker admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his career, the player I thought most about was Pedro Martinez. Martinez officially announced his retirement earlier in the month. To be fair, most thought of him as retired after he didn’t pitch in 2010. So now […]

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 […]

Gary Brown Video, Hall of Fame Game, Forgotten Yankee, Yanks Should Wait Till August

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Reports are swirling that Carlos Beltran is headed to San Francisco. The main piece in the deal could be San Jose outfielder Gary Brown. Brown is the first round pick of the Giants from 2010. He was the Big West Conference Player of the Year for Cal State Fullerton that year as well. John Klima of Baseball Beginnings rated Brown as […]

The Best Expansion Player Picked?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Fun question to ponder on a Saturday afternoon – who’s the best player ever taken in an expansion draft?less than a minute ago via Chromed BirdColin Wyerscwyers Interesting question by Colin Wyers of Baseball Prospectus Here is how I tackled it 1. Reviewed all the players taken in the 1960, 1961, 1968, 1976, 1992, and […]

Baseball and the President

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Since today is Presidents Day I got motivated to do some research into the history of baseball with the commander in chief. Thanks to the Baseball Almanac, I found some of these interesting tidbits: -On 06-26-1869, President Ulysses S. Grant brought the first professional team (all members of the Cincinnati Red Stockings were paid ballplayers) […]