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Will We Ever See a 100 Stolen Base Player Again?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Shortstop Billy Hamilton is one of the Reds top prospects. This year he’s starred at the Low-A Dayton affiliate. The offensive numbers don’t jump out at you as he’s struck out 117 times, rarely walks, and has a rather pedestrian .670 OPS. There is, however, one number that is rather impressive. After two stolen bases […]

Newark Baseball Appears on the Brink

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Every Friday I take a look at what is going on with Independent Baseball. Today, I took at look at the Newark Bears and wonder if there still is a future for this troubled Can-Am League team. Baseball in Newark has a rich tradition that dates back to 1902. There were the Newark Indians, Newark […]

Jeter’s Wire, Rickey Speaks, Cone in Mets Booth, Is Lowe the Right Fit

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Bob Raissman talks with David Check of MLB Productions about the upcoming documentary on Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit. “Derek Jeter 3K,” as it will be called, will have an inside look at his quest for 3,000 hits starting with the rehab in Tampa. You will get to see Jeter behind the scenes and wearing a wire during his […]

Home Run Drill, Rickey Still Has It, Phony Erin Andrews, Bombs By Straw

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby last night, but should that be a surprise? Cano does a drill instituted by Yankees Hitting Coach Kevin Long called the “home run drill.” It focuses on swing consistency by having the same short, compact path throughout the swing. This allows a player to maximize his power without […]

Old Timers’ Day, Koufax Last Hit, Saturday Baseball

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Want to get your juices flowing for Old Timers’ Day at the Stadium later today? Check out this video with highlights from last year’s festivities. It includes interviews with Cecil Fielder, Ron Blomberg, Rick Cerone, Nick Swisher, Bob Turley, and Jerry Coleman. *** Davey Johnson tells a story about how he got the last hit […]

Rickey “Don’t Do Signs”

Monday, February 14th, 2011

More from Shannon at Mets Police. This is Bobby Valentine talking about his methodology of giving signs at third base. He also talks about how Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson wasn’t a fan of signs. Hysterical - take a watch.

Rickey Henderson: True or False

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This is a fun clip I found via Fangraphs where ESPN’s Mike & Mike quiz Rickey Henderson on some of the stories that are attached to his Hall of Fame career. Henderson discusses why he framed a million dollar check, how you get frostbite in the summer, and the false names he registered under on […]

Watch: 2010 Celebrity All Star Softball Game

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I am not a big fan of the All Star Game, but some of the events leading up to it are fun. I actually enjoy the Celebrity Softball Game more than the Home Run Derby. Watch a couple of highlights from the Celebrity Softball All Star Game. Among the participants with a New York connection […]

Vote: NYBD Strat-O-Matic Yanks All Star CF

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Mickey Mantle Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 1964 32 143 567 465 92 141 25 2 35 111 6 3 99 102 .303 .423 .591 1.015 178 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 6/28/2010. Rickey Henderson Year Age G […]

Rickey or Winfield on MSG’s “The Lineup”

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Wanted to chime on the discussion about the best left fielder in New York history which was voted on by the panel over at MSG’s “The Lineup.” I think the #1 spot is a fairly easy call as I would give it to Rickey Henderson. Bill James says it best when he wrote in his […]

Reyes of Hope

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

It’s become fashionable to bash the Mets, after all, they make it so easy. Despite all the concerns regarding their depth, player development and health, there is still reason to believe they could contend for a playoff spot in 2010: Jose Reyes In the latest stop on the Mets “PR Tour”, members of the media […]

Crawford News Should be Music to Yanks Ears

Monday, January 25th, 2010

It always is interesting how, when information provided by this site is criticized, but later found accurate, there aren’t many mea culpa sent our way. I wasn’t expecting an apology from St. Petersburg Times columnist Joe Smith, but the news via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe about Carl Crawford was good enough. Apparently Mr. […]

Memorable September Call Ups

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Josh Thole has started his big league career with a splash hitting .421 in his first 19 at bats. It made me think about September call up’s that made an impression. Not all were top prospects like Thole, but I thought each that came to mind had an interesting story. Here they are in no […]

Could ZiPS Projections on Straw and Munson Mean HOF?

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Earlier this month Baseball Think Factory used ZiPS Career Projection to assess what would have happened to the careers of Darryl Strawberry and Thurman Munson. I figured on a rainy Saturday this might make for good discussion for two reasons: first, to see what their careers would look like without the off the field roadblocks […]

Rickey on Reyes, Scoreless Streak, Hinske, Curveball

Monday, July 27th, 2009

- Phil Hughes entering the Yankees bullpen might turn out to be the reason for its turnaround. Obviously 21 consecutive scoreless innings is the story, but how he has helped Joe Girardi establish some consistent roles is equally, if not more, important. - Jeff Francoeur has 14 RBI’s in 12 games. Again, I am not […]