Why isn’t Lee Smith in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Poor Lee Smith did the worst thing any baseball player can do if he wants to be immortalized in Cooperstown: He stopped playing. And in the eyes of Baseball Hall of Fame voters, he keeps getting worse every year. Considering he’s now 57 and hasn’t played since 1997, it’s hard to see what Smith has done wrong in the eyes of voters. But he went from receiving more than 50 percent...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Case for Lee Smith

Full disclosure. I grew up in Illinois and I hate the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field, the little “c” on their hats, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and the fact that they call themselves the “Lovable Losers”…they all get my goat (reference intended). There are some Cubs I have liked however. Nomar (naturally, but I would never consider him a “Cub”), Andre Dawson, Leon Durham and...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

George Brett: Pine Tar Incident better than hemorrhoids

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- George Brett travelled to upstate New York to make his annual appearance for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend, but Saturday morning also served as an anniversary of sorts. On July 25, 1983, the Royals legend submitted arguably his signature moment -- and it didn't come at the plate. It came in the Kansas City dugout after hitting a...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Thirty-Two Years Ago Today: The Pine Tar Game

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, with no electricity and, thusly, no chance in hell of having television or the Internet, you’re probably quite familiar with The Pine Tar Game by now. Here’s a little video to jog your memory if you thought I was taking a shot at Michael Pineda. That’s right folks, the infamous game wherein George Brett hit an eventually game-winning...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Rivalry Special: Interview with Yankees legend Goose Gossage.

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto obtained in the Baseball Hall of Fame gallery.Earlier this morning I had the opportunity to talk to Yankees legend, Goose Gossage. For the younger readers who may not know a lot about Gossage, he is a right-handed relief pitcher who entered the Hall of Fame in 2008. Gossage spent most of his career with the New York Yankees and the San Diego...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees’ legend and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage talks baseball past and present

As part of Hormel Foods’ No-hassle Major League Tailgate Tips promotion, I had the distinct pleasure and honor of speaking with former New York Yankees’ reliever and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage by phone Friday.Photo credit: www.goosegossage.comGossage pitched for nine different teams across 22 seasons in the big leagues. He spent six seasons with...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching Changes On The Horizon For The Yankees

Way back in April 1979, the Yankees lost future Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage to a thumb injury, the result of a locker room altercation with backup catcher Cliff Johnson. Starter Ron Guidry, the ace of their staff,  volunteered to take over  the Goose's role as closer. The Yankees took Guidry up on his offer, but only for two relief appearances in early May, one that resulted...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Continue Fight Against The Evil Empire

  From 1976-1980, there was no more bitter of a  rivalry in all of sports than the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals.  In four out of five seasons the Bronx Bombers took on the Boys in Blue for the American League Championship.  As far as American League rivalries go, no other teams have meet more frequently in this series than the Yankees and Royals....
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Fastball: Documentary to be Released About the “Seminal Pitch”

It may take a director days, weeks, even months to figure out the perfect title for a film. However, this time it was rather easy. “Fastball.” Sounds boring doesn’t it? Well, it could be if you’re not a baseball nerd like myself. “Fastball,” according to CBS Sports, is a documentary “that aims to celebrate baseball’s seminal pitch.” There are many recognizable faces...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Murray State Pitcher John Lollar’s Leg Kick

Nolan Ryan had a high leg kick. Marichal had a distinct kick. Goose Gossage extended a leg. Orlando Hernandez lifted his leg a little bit. Murray State pitcher John Lollar might have them all beat in the leg kick department. As for his overall pitching abilities…he’s still working the kinks.   Murray State’s Game 1 starter, John Lollar, made for some interesting photo opps...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Celebrating Yankees’ heroes should be fun

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they would be retiring the jersey numbers of Andy Pettitte (No. 46), Jorge Posada (No. 20) and Bernie Williams (No. 51) this coming season. The club will also conduct a ceremony for former captain Willie Randolph, giving him a plaque in Monument Park. The press release including the dates of the events is here.Once the three numbers...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Dellin Betances and Craig Kimbrel earn Goose Gossage Awards

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) has announced today that Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees has won the American League Goose Gossage Award as the year's best relief pitcher and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves has earned his fourth consecutive nod as the best relief pitcher of the National League for 2014. See the link for the details. The General Chapter of...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 BBA awards ballot part 2 -- American League

Here are my Baseball Bloggers Alliance awards picks:Goose Gossage Award - Reliever of the Year (American League) 1. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals2. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles3. Dellin Betances, New York YankeesWalter Johnson Award - Pitcher of the Year (American League)1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners3. Chris Sale, Chicago White...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

BBA General Chapter Official Ballot - Finis

Last week, the General Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance compiled its official ballot for the Willie Mays Award and Connie Mack Award that goes respectively to the best rookies in each league and the best managers. Today, the chapter finishes the job and selects a ballot for the Goose Gossage Award, the Walter Johnson Award and the Stan Musial Award that goes to...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 BBA awards ballot part 2 - National League

Goose Gossage Award - Reliever of the Year (National League) 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds3. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh PiratesWalter Johnson Award - Pitcher of the Year (National League)1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers2. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals4. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies5. Doug Fister...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

My MLB 2014 regular season awards revealed

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I have the honor of being a part of the groups’ end of regular season award balloting.The process runs similarly to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America where 10 players are balloted for the Stan Musial Award (league MVP), five for the Walter Johnson Award (league Cy Young), three for the Willie Mays Award (league Rookie...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 - before DH

NEW YORK (AP) The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball's batting average hasn't been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments. Big league hitters batted .251 this year, down two points from last season and 20 points lower than the Steroids...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres History with Joe Furtado: Chapter 1 – The Beginning

*Back in 1988, Padres fan and local San Diegan Joe Furtado, started writing a book based on Padres history up to that point. 21 Chapters later he finished it and after a few failed attempts at getting it published, put it back on his shelf never to see the light of day…..that is until now. Padres Public will start posting a Chapter here and there for the rest of the year. We hope...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Jinx continues

The New York Yankees, like all MLB teams, conduct numerous promotional days to draw more fans to their ballparks. The 2014 Yankees have gone a step further this season by holding five separate days to honor a member of past/present teams. The Yankees record in such events fell to 1-4 Sunday as they were held scoreless by the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Derek Jeter Day.An ancillary...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Forgotten Yankee

The 2014 New York Yankees season has been all about their past. The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour 2014 is almost over and the Yankees have held ceremonies for past players such as Tino Martinez, Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and manager Joe Torre. There is one player who is wrongly absent from this list. He spent his entire career in pinstripes, helped bring home World Series titles...
Via Total Sports Blog
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

A Look Back at July 24, 1983

In 1955, team owners were in a bind…they were losing too much money on baseballs that were stained and smudged with the pine tar being used on bats. To combat that loss, baseball implemented a rule…MLB Rule 1.10(c). It was a simple one really. Basically, you can treat your bat with anything to help “improve the grip”. But here’s the catch. That material cannot extend past...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey, Hal, when you were passing out all those Monument Park invitations, you forgot one

So, we have two new members of the Monument Park fraternity this weekend. Congratulations, Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez.We'll have a bunch more plaques put up over the next few years ... we've got Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre and Bernie Williams announced, and that doesn't even figure the inevitable Jeter-Rivera-Pettitte-Posada run. At this rate, they may have to rebuild the old Stadium...

What Can Brown Do for the Padres?

By Brandon Cline This past Memorial Day weekend, the Padres hosted the Cubs and brought back the 1984 uniforms in remembrance of that glorious season in which the Padres got to their first World Series.  The Padres went full bore this weekend.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they wore 1984 uniforms, changed the colors of the various displays on the scoreboards and ribbons to brown...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–May 13, 1978

1978: Ron Guidry outdueled Dennis Leonard as the Yankees downed the Royals 5-2 at Royals Stadium. Guidry ran his season record to 4-0 in this playoff preview by limiting the Royals to eight hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out six. Leonard worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out one. Unfortunately for the Royals, he tired a bit...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

At the rate Monument Park is expanding, by 2030, the Yankees will need to annex the Crimea

Yesterday - finally finished with fighting the Evil Umpire - the Evil Empire announced plans to enshrine Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre, Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez in Monument Park, which is expanding at a rate that would give Vladimir Putin a chubby. Next year, they will add Bernie Williams. Of course, they eventually will toss in Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, Why not...
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