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Listen: Gary Carter on AM 1240 WGBB 4/22/2007

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

With the passing of Gary Carter, I thought I would celebrate his life and career by sharing my interview with him from April 22nd, 2007 on 1240 AM WGBB. When Carter was diagnosed with cancer, I wrote about my personal connection with #8. You can download this interview here or listen below. You can also […]

Sunday Hot Stove @ 8pm

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Great show tonight. I am kicking it off with former big league reliever Jim Mecir. Jim is a local product from Long Island. Hear him discuss his time with the Yankees in ’96 and the Moneyball A’s. Steve Keane of the Kranepool Society will discuss John Franco‘s induction into the Mets Hall of Fame. Finally, […]

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 […]

Holding Writers More Accountable for Their HOF Vote

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier today with 86% of the vote. Although he had a tremendous career, I believe Larkin is a very good player that falls short of Hall credentials. It’s now time to put the Hall of Fame debate away for another year, but there is one last […]

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% […]

Listen: Kicking of 2012 With the Hall of Fame at 9pm

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I kick off 2012 live from the studio of 1240 AM WGBB. As always, its our annual Hall of Fame show as I discuss this year’s candidates, predict who will be selected, and give the results of our NYBD Hall of Fame ballot. My headline guest will be former Atlanta Braves outfielder and MVP, Dale […]

Jorge Posada Has a Chance at the Hall of Fame

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Reports last night indicate that Jorge Posada will finally hang up his spikes this season. Five years from now we will be debating his Hall of Fame merits, something that already started the last couple of years. I wouldn’t vote for Posada, but there can be a case made for his inclusion into the Hall of Fame. […]

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 […]

Give the Gift of the New York Baseball…For Free!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I have worked with Notice Software, the company that produces app, to create a couple of updates. In case you don’t know, I have an app for the iPhone, Droid, and iPad that allows you to connect with the website, radio show, and a new “Best of NYBD and Mike Silva” app. You can click […]

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 […]

Disrespect and Disgrace Apparent at Veterans Committee Election of Ron Santo

Monday, December 5th, 2011

It’s finally happened. Thirty-seven years after playing his last game, Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer. I’m so disgusted I want to puke. Not at the result, mind you. While I’m on record as not being a supporter of Santo’s worthiness, but I am for the process involved, especially the Hall of Fame in general and […]

My 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

 VOTE IN THE 2012 NYBD HALL OF FAME BALLOT It’s that time of the year again when we debate the Hall of Fame. Although I am not a member of the BBWAA, I always like to share my perspective on how I would vote if I were granted the privilege. When I select players I look […]

Jim Kaat’s HOF Candidacy

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We have been discussing the Veterans Committee “Golden Era” selections over the last few weeks. Gil Hodges and Allie Reynolds have been the two names discussed that are close to home here in New York. Jim Kaat, also on the ballot, is a name we haven’t delved deeply into, but that all changes now since he deserves a closer […]

Selig’s Final Act Should Be Reinstating Pete Rose

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

David Brown of Yahoo’s Big League Stew caught up with Pete Rose earlier this week. Rose gave Brown a lengthy and honest interview that is a must-read for any baseball fan. Today, instead of managing in the big leagues, Rose spends his days signing autographs and attending dinners with baseball fans through his web business at PeteRose.com. When […]