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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 […]

NYBD Hall of Fame Results, No Doubt Selections, Predictions

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2012 inductees later today. Over the past month I have encouraged readers and listeners to vote in our own BBWAA-style ballot. Here are the results. Jeff Bagwell 61.7% Barry Larkin 57.7% Tim Raines 55.7% Edgar Martinez 43.6% Jack Morris 40.3% Mark McGwire 29.5% Alan Trammell 27.5% Lee Smith 26.8% Rafael Palmeiro 24.8% Don Mattingly 22.8% Bernie Williams 20.1% […]

Voting for the Hall of Fame Based on “Feel”

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Forget any stats - advanced or otherwise- let’s do a fun exercise and vote for the Hall of Fame based on “feel.” This isn’t easy since you would have to see someone play for a majority of their career. As mentioned before, if I had a Hall of Fame Ballot it would include  Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jack […]

Vote: NYBD 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

We are a little over a week away from the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its 2012 selection. Each year, I give the readers of NYBD an opportunity to cast their own BBWAA-style ballot. Last year Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar garnered the most fan support, but not the requisite 75% needed for induction. In December, Gil Hodges received the most […]

Don Mattingly and NL Mgr of the Year, Reyes Negotiation Strategy, Rule V

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I was extremely skeptical of Don Mattingly taking over as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Yankees star didn’t have any minor league experience. He was given coaching jobs with the Yankees and Dodgers due to his name and relationship with Joe Torre. When he went up for the Yankees job against Girardi it was made […]

Beware Verlander, The Future Starting Rotation, Munson and Teixeira HOF Credentials

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The dog days of August start to build separation in the standings. In the AL Central, both Detroit and Cleveland made deadline deals. Cleveland made the big splash landing Ubaldo Jimenez, who will start Friday versus Texas. It may not be soon enough as the combination of newly acquired Doug Fister, and Jacoby Ellsbury‘s walk off home run […]

Q&A With Brandon Tierney, New Host for 95.7 KBWF

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

It was reported the other day that former ESPN 1050 radio host Brandon Tierney would be joining former San Francisco 49er Eric Davis on SportsRadio 95.7 KBWF for the 2-6pm afternoon drive. It’s the radio home for the Oakland Athletics and the San Jose Sharks. BT, who also was on SNY’s WheelHouse, was one of my […]

Don Mattingly the Second Baseman?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Don Mattingly is arguably one of the best defensive first baseman in the history of baseball. His production from 1984-1989 is right up there with the greats in Yankees history. Many remember that Mattingly started his Yankees career in left field before moving to first base. What they may not know is Mattingly was nearly […]

Listen: Posada, Kevin Long, and Donnie Baseball @ 6pm

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

We have a Yankees centric show tonight at 6pm as my headline guy is Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. Long recently released a book called “Cage Rat” which talks not only about hitting, but his journey from Arizona State standout to hitting coach for the Yankees. Long time journalist Mike Shalin discusses his unauthorized biography […]

Mattingly Highlights on his 50th Birthday

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Don Mattingly highlights on his birthday courtesy of MLB Productions Check out some of his great catches, home runs, and even a play he made as a left fielder!    

Donnie Baseball’s Mangerial Stint Off to Auspicious Start

Friday, April 1st, 2011

We all know how good Don Mattingly was as a hitter during his peak, but his managerial debut got off to an auspicious start. Take this fact according to Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball. Don Mattingly won his managerial debut for the Dodgers, as LA topped the Giants, 2-1. San Francisco committed three errors in the […]

Managerial Musical Chairs?

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

NYBD contributor Frank Russo threw me an interesting tidbit from a National League executive. The sudden retirement of Joe Torre may not be a complete surprise, after all the McCourt divorce has destroyed the Dodgers from the inside, but it could lead to multiple changes across the landscape that impacts the local teams. There is […]

Jeter Plight Conjures Up O’Neill/Mattingly

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Those who follow the Yankees can’t help but remember the Paul O’Neill/Don Mattingly lineup debate from 1994 when looking at the plight of Derek Jeter. That year O’Neill led the American League in batting, while an aging Don Mattingly continued his steep decline from stardom that eventually led to his retirement in 1995. That year […]

Mets Beat Yanks in Inaugural SOM All Star Game

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

We capped off the three day All Star Break last night with a fun project here at NYBD: The Strat-O-Matic NYBD  All Star Game between the Mets and Yankees. The players were selected by the fans as they voted for various individual player seasons between 1962-2009. You can check out the starting lineup and rosters […]

Vote: NYBD Yanks Strat-O-Matic All Star 1B

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Don Mattingly Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 1985 24 159 727 652 107 211 48 3 35 145 2 2 56 41 .324 .371 .567 .939 156 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 6/23/2010. Tino Martinez Year Age G […]