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If Greenies Are Banned There Needs to Be Tradeoffs

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Since steroids became a topic of conversation I always felt that amphetamines were the real culprit behind the pinball numbers displayed at a ballpark near you. Sure, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire had the talent to use PED’s and go from 40 homer players to 65 plus, but what about the reliever that […]

Elijah Dukes, Winning, and Character

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Earlier today this site caused a stir with Howard’s endorsement of the Mets signing just released outfielder Elijah Dukes. One of our readers, Mark, had this to say about it: Having a guy like this on the team would sap all enjoyment of the season for me. Would you be happy with at team of […]

Marcus Thames Has More Power Than the Babe

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

This from our good friend Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball.com Marcus Thames has hit 101 career homers. No batter ever reached the 100 homer plateau in fewer at bats than Thames’ 1,549. That’s one Thames homer every 15.3 at bats. In comparison Barry Bonds didn’t hit his 100th homer until his fifth season where he had […]

Average Career Study Tells the Tale of Steroids

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Found an interesting “tweet” from Jimmy Scott of “Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight” regarding a scientific study on the length of an average MLB career. According to new study by a University of Colorado at Boulder research team, the average career of a major league baseball player is 5.6 years. It also revealed that one […]

Will A-Rod Be Recognized as Baseball’s HR Champ?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Obviously the events in Haiti have rightfully dominated the news the past few days.  Before that terrible earthquake, Mark McGwire shook the sports world with his emotional confession to MLB Network’s Bob Costas. Whether you feel McGwire did enough to earn forgiveness is your opinion, but one matter about the interview really irritated me. McGwire […]

McGwire Apology Should Be Coup de Grace of Steroids

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Mark McGwire finally apologized for using Performance Enhancing Drugs. There will be no shock from the baseball community (at least there shouldn’t be), regarding the revelation that McGwire used steroids throughout his career, including his then record setting home run season of 1998. We now know what should have been obvious for year: Mark McGwire […]

Unlikely NY Playoff Heroes

Friday, October 16th, 2009

You got my prediction for the series so now it’s about time to “play ball”. Each Friday I am going to start to look back on famous events and players in New York baseball history. Some I may interview, others I may research, and there will be some that I add my own personal experience. […]

A-Rod Learning No One “Dies” From Lousy Postseason

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Brent Mayne found an interesting quote in his latest Art of Catching newsletter. As he talked about big leaguers managing stress he brought up El Duque, who is renowned for his postseason accomplishments in this town: “Sometimes a hitter gets a hit, sometimes I strike them out, but in neither case does anyone die.” Orlando […]

Johnny Damon and the Hall of Fame

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer? Josh of Jorge Says No discussed the possibility. Damon, despite the recent injury, is on pace this season to set a personal best for home runs and RBI’s at the age of 35. Recently he has talked about playing another 3-4 years which should easily allow him to […]

In 100 Days………………

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

In honor of President Obama’s speech last night commemorating his first 100 days in office, I thought I’d take a look into my crystal ball and see what the Major League Baseball landscape might look like 100 days from now, Saturday, August 8th, 2009. - The Yankees, on national television, will beat the Red Sox […]

Should the other 103 names be released?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The biggest question in the Alex Rodriguez steroids debacle is who outed Alex’s name and why weren’t the other names leaked, too? The fact that Alex’s name was the only one leaked lends credence to a vendetta atmosphere, and in my opinion the most likely candidate being someone in the Federal Government. Nearly every step of […]