Alan Trammell is proof that the Hall of Fame should revise its election rules

Alan Trammell fell short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 15th and final attempt this month. He belongs in Cooperstown, as I've written and said many times, on the strength of a career closely resembling that of Barry Larkin, who needed only three attempts to gain entry through the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The BBWAA's oversight should be mitigated...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Murray Chass Continues to Confound

The age old question of “I wonder how Murray Chass is going to f*** up this year’s Hall of Fame vote this year?” has loomed since the ballots were sent out back in November. Welp…wonder no more. Sunday, the former New York Times writer-turned-(don’t call me a) blogger revealed his 2016 Hall of Fame vote. Vote. Singular. Ken Griffey Junior. That’s it. Now, as reviled as...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

To Hook or Not to Hook: Three One-Act Dramas

It’s 24 years ago, and for the Minnesota Twins the World Series is on the line. Jack Morris has finished his ninth shutout frame, but it looks like that won’t be enough. The Atlanta Braves have also held Minnesota scoreless, and Game Seven of the Series is likely headed for extra innings. John Smoltz having departed in the eighth, it will be all down to the bullpens. Except...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

After two games, the World Series is over

We're headed to New York, but we really shouldn't bother. The Kansas City Royals have already won the World Series. Well, not really since we're only two games in, but they will, and it will probably happen before we even have to go back to Kauffman Stadium. The Royals took a 2-0 series lead last night in the World Series with a combination of stellar defense, an outstanding...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Cueto's gem stirs up memories of Morris' legendary Game 7

Believe it or not, Johnny Cueto's two-hitter in the Royals' 7-1 victory over the Mets on Wednesday was the first complete game by an AL pitcher in the World Series since Jack Morris in 1991.Who can forget that one: a 10-inning shutout in Game 7 to lift the Twins past the Braves for the championship. You can watch the entire epic performance in the video below.Like Cueto, Morris was...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every World Series MVP since 1985

Twenty-nine players have received World Series Most Valuable Player honors since 1985 (with 1994 being omitted due to the player's strike that season). Can you name them all? 
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Perconte: “Why the Baseball Hall of Fame Should Consider Me”

Recently, I read where there have been over two hundred Little League home runs in the history of Major League Baseball. I beg to differ. They are basing that on a batter scoring on his batted ball with at least one error on the play. For it to be a true Little League home run, I believe it should include at least two errors. Just saying. Anyway, I want to keep my pursuit out there...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Strike Cost the ’94 Indians a Trip to the Playoffs?

It should come as little surprise that we’ve spent much of this awkward, disappointing baseball summer talking about what happened 20 years ago. Like a warm security blanket, the 1995 Tribe has become the franchise’s (and, honestly, fans’) go-to in times of stress and worry. Consequently, an onslaught of recognitions and tributes online and at the ballpark have rained upon...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

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

Rubbing Mud: Jack Morris, DRA, and Progress by Matthew Trueblood

Shining a new light on the Hall of Fame case that sabermetrics loved to hate.
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Of The Best: A Look At The Twins Top World Series Performances

The Minnesota Twins past four years felt like college without the fun. Four years of the front office, like parents, boasting about the potential the team/kid possessed. Four years of a stagnant GPA/win total. Four years of increasing tolerance, be it of the alcohol variety, or for losing. School is out, as is our patience. Opening day always brings renewed optimism though. The...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson joining FSD Tigers analyst rotation

The Tigers broadcast booth is going to take on the look of a major league pitching staff in 2015. According to FOX Sports, the Tigers will add former players Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson to the color analyst spot in addition to Rod Allen which I assume will be a rotated spot based on FSD’s own wording. Former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Kirk Gibson and former...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson join Rod Allen as FSD Tigers analysts

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce a rotation of the analyst chair for the 2015 Tigers season. Former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Kirk Gibson and former MLB pitcher Jack Morris will join Rod Allen in a rotation that will provide Tigers fans with an array of perspectives from hitting, pitching and management. Mario Impemba will continue to provide play-by...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

National Passed Time: Dave Bergman

Foul, foul, foul, foul, foul, ball, ball, foul, ball, foul, foul, foul, three-run walk-off home run. These thirteen pitches make up what Sparky Anderson called, “the greatest at bat in baseball history.” And the man who stood there keeping that at-bat alive was a light-hitting 31-year-old first baseman who joined the Detroit Tigers as part of the trade that featured reliever...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FOX Sports North announces 2015 Twins spring training TV schedule

FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday the spring training telecast schedule for the 2015 season. The regional sports network will televise 12 games, 10 of which are home games from CenturyLink Sports Complex. Coverage begins March 4 when the Twins play an exhibition game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.                         ...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot – Brad’s Picks

Here’s a little game called Judge(s), Jury(s), and Executioners that the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) perform every year. The masses call it the MLB Hall of Fame Ballot. Many will never see it, many will face it, and very few will survive it, but the agony is in the purgatory of being on the ballot year in and year out knowing you are worthy of consideration...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Alan Trammell: The Forgotten Candidate

The amazing thing about the 1984 Detroit Tigers, other than being one of the most dominant start-to-finish teams in MLB history after starting 35-5, is that nobody on that squad is a Hall of Fame player.  You start to run through the names and there are guys who helped a lot but you know aren’t the Hall of Famers.  Guys like Dave Rozema, Willie Hernandez, Kirk Gibson and Chet...
Via Baseball Essential
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Vote now! Morris or Oliva: Hall of Fame 15-year reject bracket final

Jack Morris or Tony Oliva? We're down to the final: We started with the last 16 MLB stars who fell off the Hall of Fame ballot after failing to score the needed 75 percent of the votes to earn a plaque in Cooperstown during their 15 years of eligibility.
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January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Voting is Already Getting Stupid

We’re just weeks away from the Hall of Fame announcement and, yup, you guessed it…voting is already getting stupid. Everyone remembers (in great detail) far too much about the fiasco from last year and, it would seem, this year is going to be no different. Consider this…thanks to the HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo, we know that there are already writers opting not to vote for...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at what's ahead for Wofford basketball

After a season-opening loss at Stanford, the Terriers came out with a bang, winning their next five contests. The streak, which was unfortunately broken with a four-point setback in a close tilt with William and Mary last Saturday, began with the nationally-televised 86-73 triumph over Iona on Nov. 18. Wofford then took a Bridgeport, Conn., round-robin tournament, which was a part...
Via Talkin' Terriers
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wofford helps make Korean War vet's long-deferred hoops dream come true

You can never underestimate the power of veteran leadership on a college basketball team. At Wofford, they're taking that philosophy to a whole new level. When the Terriers host Ohio Valley in a regular-season game on Nov. 25, they'll do so with Korean War veteran Jack Morris on the bench, serving as the team's honorary coach alongside longtime Wofford head coach Mike Young. Wofford...
Via Fox Sports
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 7 of World Series: 'A gift for everyone'

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen's brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren't nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey's game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #98 – John Smoltz

With the dawn of the 2014 MLB Postseason, we’re joined by one of the best playoff pitchers of the last generation – John Smoltz. After an illustrious career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz moved to the broadcast booth and has been a consistent presence covering the sport. In today’s podcast, we talk about John’s TV career, his duel with Jack Morris, and which pitcher is most...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Actor Cheers on Tigers…Trolls Royals Fans

It’s not uncommon for an athlete or musician to tweet about their favorite baseball team. Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, typically, isn’t one of those guys. Until Tuesday night. The Chelsea, Michigan native hit social media to show off his baseball knowledge, cheer on his hometown Detroit Tigers and, perhaps, even troll some Kansas City Royals fans in the process. Don’t care...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris to join Allen, Impemba as analyst on FSD

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce that former Major League Baseball pitcher Jack Morris will join Rod Allen and Mario Impemba in the booth as an additional game analyst for six games, starting Sept. 8. Morris was a five-time All-Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1991) and played on four World Series Championship teams (1984 Tigers, 1991 Twins and 1992-1993 Blue Jays). He...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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