Former Blue Jay Brett Lawrie does amazing thing for girl who cried for him

While seeing your favorite player traded away from your team is tough on adults, they can at least understand that it’s part of the business of baseball.  Rarely are there a Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, or Craig Biggio that spend an entire career with one team.  When the Toronto Blue Jays traded Brett Lawrie (who is Canadian by citizenship) to the Oakland A’s, it was hard on their...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians 2015 Hall of Fame Hopefuls

The 2015 Hall of Fame class will be stacked with some of the greatest players in all of baseball history, although very few are former Cleveland Indians. Depending on how patronizing the BBWAA voters decide to be, Craig Biggio (3rd year), Randy Johnson (1st), Pedro Martinez (1st) and John Smoltz (1st) should all be in easily while Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens and Barry...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wow. The next Cooperstown class is going to be solid

Thirty four players on the ballot. Let's face it: A few have no hope. But what a class... (Yankee connections in blue; not counting the Crime Dog.)   Rich Aurilia, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Roger Clemens, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Randy Johnson...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez highlight Hall of Fame ballot

If everything goes according to plan, 2015′s Hall of Fame class (combined with last summer’s new members) might just be the best back-to-back induction classes in decades.  All told, you’re looking at 17 newcomers joining 17 holdovers to create another potential record-setting ballot. As you might recall, Craig Biggio missed joining Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Analysis of 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

The ballot for the 2015 is set to be released for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Of the four major American sports, the Baseball Hall of Fame is the most highly regarded. Since there are no set criteria for a player to be inducted, most baseball fans have varying opinions on what constitutes a Hall of Famer. The 2015 class has the potential to be one of the strongest in a long time....
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio vs Derek Jeter: who’s better?

Craig Biggio is one of the best second baseman in MLB history, and his stats prove that Derek Jeter has been the talk of baseball for the past few weeks as his career starts to wind down. There’s no doubt that Jeter will be a Hall of Famer, but really, in my opinion, if Craig Biggio has not gotten in yet, then Jeter should have to wait as well. That being said, there is no chance...
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Year in High Strikes to Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve accomplished something Tuesday night. He played in a major-league baseball game! Wow! And even more incredible than that, he broke the Astros’ single-season record for hits, previously held by Craig Biggio. There are still another two weeks left to play. Of course, not all hits are the same, and we don’t usually spend […]
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Altuve's big game lifts Astros over Indians 3-1

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. The major league hits leader is just one hit shy of tying the franchise record of 210, set by Craig Biggio in 2008. Cleveland's wild-card hopes continue to fade with a fourth straight loss. They entered the...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Hall of Fame makes restrictive change to balloting

Changes to HoF voting are afootCredit: National Baseball HoF As the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame swells up due to a glutton of candidates with questions surrounding them with regard to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED), changes are coming.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors today announced two key changes to the ballot process...
Via Reading Between The Seams
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking Ahead to The Hall of Fame Class of 2015

What’s interesting about the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is the same thing that got us excited about the Class of 2014…there are some definite no-brainers, shoe-ins if you will. Truth is, I don’t know if the Hall of Fame has had back-to-back-to-back years (yup, already looking your way, 2016!) with so many quality, legitimate first ballot candidates. But, as was the case the...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: The Future Is Now For This Newly Revived Ball, And They're Having The Time Of Their Lives Living It.

The Houston Astros have had their ups and downs in baseball. I always remind people that it was just under 10 years ago that the Astros lost the World Series to the Chicago White Sox... meaning that they actually had to be a quality enough ballclub to get to the World Series, and lose to the White Sox. When people step back and think about that statement, they're kind of left going...
Via The Sports Blogette
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s Ceremonial First Pitch Did Not Go As Planned

It seems like Nolan Ryan may have lost a step if his first pitch was any indication on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Check out the former ace on the mound tossing the ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio which ended up just a bit outside. Even for a 67-year-old, the pitch was not pretty. [Fox Sports] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio not a good one (video)

A momentous event celebrating two of the most beloved players in Houston Astros history may have not gone off without a hitch, but fans of the team must have been thrilled to watch Nolan Ryan throw a ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio before Tuesday’s game at Minute Maid Park. Before the Astros took the […] The post Nolan Ryan’s ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio not...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan Misfires Big Time on Ceremonial First Pitch to Craig Biggio

Nolan Ryan is one of the best executives in the game today. He did wonders with the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros are hoping he can do the same for them. He is also one of the best pitchers to ever take the mound. Not too many guys can lay claim to a resume like his--11X strikeout champ, 8X All-Star,  World Series champion, jersey retired by three teams, hall of famer...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan's first pitch for the Astros is just a bit outside

Nolan Ryan showed he's still got no-hit stuff when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch Tuesday. However, what Ryan didn't hit was the catcher's glove. Or come anywhere close to it. The 67-year-old Ryan, now a consultant for the Astros, took the mound before the season opener with the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. On the receiving end was another Astros legend, Craig Biggio, who...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan throws wild first pitch at Astros opener (Video)

Hall of Fame pitcher (and newly named executive advisor for the Houston Astros) Nolan Ryan threw an extremely wild ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's season opener against the New York Yankees. Astros great (and future Hall of Famer) Craig Biggio served as catcher for the ceremonial pitch, but was unable to stay in front of it as Ryan's pitch was nearly five feet wide...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan Throws Out First Pitch, Misses the Plate By a Mile

Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch in Houston as the Astros played the Yankees in their home opener. The Hall of Fame pitcher and current Astros executive struck out an MLB-record 5,714 batters and has the most no-hitters of all-time (7), but on Tuesday he couldn’t hit the plate. Craig Biggio, who recently missed being voted into the Hall of Fame by 2 ridiculous votes, could...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan, Biggio to be battery mates once again

Houston baseball legends Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio will be teaming up once again to deliver the ceremonial first pitch during the Astros' Opening Day festivities on Tuesday. Biggio, whose rookie season in 1988 was also Ryan's last with the Astros before moving on to the Texas Rangers, caught the Hall of Famer's 100th career win, and the two will be battery mates again Tuesday prior...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan to throw out first pitch to Craig Biggio for Astros opener

Astros legends will be part of the Opening Day first pitch ceremonyCredit: Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle While the Houston Astros team on the field is definitely built for the future, the teams ownership and management is giving a nod to the past.  After bringing Nolan Ryan back as a special adviser to his son, team President Reid Ryan, he has been tapped to throw out the...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Kenny Lofton

For the next 26 days, DTTWLN  will profile and break down the roster of arguably the most exciting sports team that Cleveland has ever seen; the 1995 Cleveland Indians. The ’95 Tribe won 100 games in a strike-shortened 144 game schedule, won their first Central Division title and made the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1954.  Six players made the American...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: 2014 Season Preview

Standing O Sports is previewing all 30 Major League teams seasons, division by division, team by team. Up next is the American League West and the Houston Astros. What Happened Last Season The Houston Astros first season in the American League was a forgetful one. For the 3rd consecutive season, Houston set a franchise record for losses in a season, this time with 111. Astros...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #34

We’re just a couple days away from Cactus League play with the Cubs!  Follow our countdown lineup for some fun until Opening Day. Kerry Wood‘s Incredible Performance Everyone knows this game even if they’re not a Cubs fan.  I’ll wait for you to watch this video for two hours: Yes, this was a National League game, which meant Kerry Wood got to face the pitcher’s spot...
Via World Series Dreaming
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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