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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 […]

Baseball Sees Itself in Canseco

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Great day I walked on to the field and then flexed for the crowd got a loud possitive cheer loved it — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 21, 2012 The beauty and downfall of social media is that it allows complete transparency into the world of people. The invisible wall that once separated fans from who […]

Tom Brady Was Nearly a Expo, Passed on by the Yankees

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Here is another cool baseball-football connection this Super Bowl week. I am sure this has been talked about before, but Jeff Bradley did a nice piece in the Star-Ledger about Patriots QB Tom Brady and his near baseball career. You know about the three Super Bowl titles, but did you know that Brady was an outstanding baseball […]

Pete Rose Received Two Write-In Votes This Past HOF Election

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Update 10 AM: Repoz from Baseball Think Factory has informed me the other Rose supporting is perennial backer Jack McCaffery of the Daily Times in the Philly area. Original Post Last night, I was joined by Marco Maturo, a member of the BBWAA who spent 40 years covering sports for Gannett, which included 7 years on the Mets beat […]

The Biggest Save of John Franco’s Career

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Earlier in the week I talked about why John Franco deserves to be in the Mets Hall of Fame. It wouldn’t be complete unless we remember what Franco called the “biggest save of his career.” Franco was a huge part of the 2000 team that won the National League pennant. If not for Franco’s 10th inning work […]

The Hall of Fame SS That was Nearly a Met

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The terms “Cincinnati legend” and “lifetime Cincinnati Red” were used to describe Barry Larkin yesterday after his election into the Hall of Fame. He also became the 48th member of the Hall to spend his entire career with one team. Born in Cincinnati, Larkin won the 1990 World Series, MVP in 1995, and become the first shortstop […]

No Justification for Keeping Bonds Out of Hall of Fame

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We could all rest easy now knowing the Federal Government achieved a sentence of two years’ probation, 30-day home confinement, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine in the Barry Bond’s “obstruction of justice” trial. Some reports indicate the U.S. Government has spent in excess of $70 million dollars to investigate Barry Bonds. […]

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 […]

Listen: Weekly Digest, Special Hurricane Time and Edition

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

I move the show to Saturday morning due to Hurricane Irene. Hear me talk to Mike Bacsik, former big league pitcher who gave up Barry Bonds 756th home run. He discusses ihs controversial remarks on Twitter and the transition from athlete to sports fan and media member. Ken Griffey Sr. remembers his time with the […]

Looking Back: What If 1994

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This is a little old, but figured I would share it since we talked about the viability of baseball in Montreal earlier this week. What If Sports ran a sim of the complete 1994 season on the 10 year anniversary of the strike. It’s been 17 years since the players and owners walked out on […]

Top Five Father/Son Combos in Baseball History

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

To celebrate Father’s Day lets try something different: looking at the top father/son combos in the history of the game. You can view the complete list here, but my top five- starting with the best duo- is: 1) Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds- There might not be any list that has a more obvious choice. Bobby would […]

Is Steroid Use an Addiction?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The conviction of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice could be considered the “cherry on top” of the “steroid era.” There are many people to blame for the free and clear use of various performance enhancing drugs, some that were over the counter at various points. One argument that I have made is that PED’s […]

Duke Snider was Underrated

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Although growing up in Brooklyn, and spending the first 26 years of my life there, I never had the affinity for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Growing up a Mets fan, I was more interested in learning about the history of the team in Flushing, versus their ancestors that resided 3,000 miles away. Since the creation of […]

The Internet Will End Steroid Sanctimony

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

First, congratulations are in order to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for their induction into the Hall of Fame. Regardless of what you think about their candidacy, only a small percentage of individuals play Major League Baseball, of that small group, an even smaller percentage are awarded the games highest honor. With that said, I […]

Could the “Steroid Grudge” End in 2013?

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Later today, I will have my annual Hall of Fame show as I reveal the NYBD HOF vote and discuss all the candidates. The last couple of years have sparked much debate as many members of the nineties have appeared on the ballot. Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark McGwire have been penalized […]