5 Fiercest Beards in Sports

Ever wonder why James Harden left OKC? It wasn’t because Houston offered him mo’ money. It was because Kevin Durant cringed at the sight of the fluffy dog living on Harden’s face! Fine, that’s not true, but beards have become the new favorite accessory in sports. In honor of Harden and the NHL/NBA playoffs, let’s discuss the five fiercest beards in professional sports...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday - All-Time Greats - First Base

View image | Paul Goldschmidt has returned from a season ending injury in 2014 to another hot start, hitting .329/.440/.611 with 12 HRs and 38 RBI in 46 games.  Adrian Gonzalez has swung a hot bat as well in 2015, owning a .341/.417/.628 slash that has led to 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 35 RBI.  All-Time Greats - Catchers   But compared to the All...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Tie for Best Start in Club History with Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 29: Chris Carter #23 of the Houston Astros scores ahead of the throw to Derek Norris #3 of the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Petco Park April 29, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Not since the late 90s and the glory days of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Billy Wagner have the Houston Astros...
Via The Sports Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio Reports To Astros Camp As Instructor

Former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio will be in camp starting Monday through March 20th. Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame in January, in his third year on the ballot. A week after Jeff Bagwell arrived in the Houston Astros’ spring training camp and said he doesn’t expect to get elected to the Hall of Fame, his longtime teammate, newly elected Hall of Famer Craig...
Via Baseball Essential
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Bagwell doesn’t expect to join Biggio in HOF

Jeff Bagwell says he's happy that former Houston Astros teammate Craig Biggio will enter baseball's Hall of Fame this summer, but the slugging first baseman isn't holding his breath for his own enshrinement into Cooperstown.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bagwell back around Astros for 1st time in 3 1/2 years

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) For the first time in 3 1/2 years, Jeff Bagwell is around the Houston Astros - at least until Saturday. ''I just want to get a feel for what's going on,'' Bagwell said Tuesday. ''I've had opportunities to go different places but this is my home. I'll just take it one day at a time.'' The Astros bring noteworthy alumni such as Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens and Craig...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Manfred Urges HOF Voters Not To “Assume PED Use”

During a half-hour Q and A session with some ESPN reporters, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said that Hall Of Fame voters should not assume people did Performance Enhancing Drugs without evidence. “I think it’s unfair for people to surmise that Player A did X, Y or Z, absent a positive test, or proof that we produced in an investigation, or whatever. I just think it runs...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training as guest instructor

  Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year-old Bagwell...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training

HOUSTON (AP) Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell’s Case for the Hall of Fame

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images If I may indulge in the Hall of Fame again this offseason, we find that the Hall of Fame is ground zero in the debate between numbers and conventional wisdom. In the many debates I had online, none was more intense than the debate over my hometown hero Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell may not be ground zero himself in this debate, but he’s pretty darn...
Via The Fantasy Fix
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

If him, then him, the Jeff Bagwell edition

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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The worst 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots

This is a column I put together every year, and I relish it. Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame generates a level of fervor and outrage that is foreign to that we see with other Halls of Fame across sports. Yet, each year, the outrage continues and, if anything, gets louder. This year, the BBWAA got it right. Four players – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Internet Baseball Writers Select Five For HOF

As the MLB Hall Of Fame gets set to select its 2015 inductees, the Internet Baseball Writers Association Of America (IBWAA) selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%) as their inductees. A 75% threshold is required for election. Curt Schilling finished in sixth place, with 65.64%...
Via FenwayNation
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

One man's opinion: Eight 2015 Hall candidates merit induction

ST. LOUIS -- Start with the no-doubters: Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Next, check two who are not quite automatic but still very deserving: Craig Biggio and John Smoltz. Then, add two more who would be obvious if not for the shadow of steroids innuendo: Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza. Finally, check two more who you believe remain worthy: Tim Raines and Curt Schilling. And there...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Jeff Bagwell Should Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame

Glenn Davis was off to the Baltimore Orioles for a three-player package that included Curt Schilling, Steve Finley, and Pete Harnisch thus opening the 1991 Houston Astros‘ First Base position for a young Bostonian with a low-to-the-ground stance named Jeff Bagwell. Hindsight would prove this to be one of the worst trades in Baltimore Orioles history, but that doesn’t dismiss...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Will Get Snub From the 2015 Hall of Fame Part 1?

Now that we are at the end of 2014, it is time to reflect on the year that was. It is also almost time for the Baseball Writers of America to vote on who will be inducted into the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame. Everyone has their opinion on who will get elected and who won’t. So let’s make a case for some of the players who could be snub in 2015. Alan Trammell The former shortstop played...
Via Baseball Essential
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Index

It seems like I write an article like this every year. Outside of fantasy baseball, the baseball Hall of Fame is easily my number one interest. Several years ago, I wrote a book called The Hall of Fame Index. One of the unfortunate problems when writing a book that uses complex statistics is that the world is always changing. Book publishing is a static industry and the book does...
Via The Fantasy Fix
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

My Hall Of Fame Ballot And Reasoning

As I do every time this year, I mail in my Hall of Fame ballot. To grow up loving baseball and to vote for the Hall of Fame is a tremendous thill. It is also a responsibility I take greatly, which is why I don’t understand the rationale of some of colleagues who use their vote as a political statement. If you don’t want to vote, then surrender your vote. I can comprehend checking...
Via New York Mets Report
December 27, 2014  |  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

The Andersen-Bagwell Trade: Who Got the Best Deal?

Hey baseball fans! Big moves are being made all across baseball! Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are heading to Boston, while the Jays just signed Russell Martin and traded for Josh Donaldson. However, I’m not going to talk about those transactions. Instead, let’s discuss one of the the most lopsided trades in baseball history. Trade: Jeff Bagwell of the Red Sox for Larry...
Via Baseball Essential
December 11, 2014  |  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...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 06, 2014  |  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...
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Five Worst Red Sox Trades Ever Made

As we sit on the playoff sidelines—and contemplate a flurry of Winter trades—it might be instructive to look back at the five worst Red Sox trades ever. Keep in mind that Babe Ruth to the Yankees was not a trade, so that doesn't count. OK, here goes:5. Dave 'Hendu" Henderson to the Giants for Randy Kutcher. Yikes! This 1987 trade—one year after Hendu's thrilling HR against...
Via FenwayNation
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell’s $12M Mansion Comes With Incredible Putting Green

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and former Major League Baseball player Jeff Bagwell’s old mansion is no exception. Bagwell has placed his Houston mansion-estate on the market for a whopping $12 million, which includes a massive putting green that would make many country clubs envious. The 16,414-square-foot estate also includes multiple large main rooms, a gourmet country...
Via Back9Network
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jessica Simpson Leg Day, Buy Jeff Bagwell’s House & Mitch Williams Sues Deadspin

  The big question today is: Will I be able to stay awake for the entire UCLA-Arizona State game that starts at 10...
Via Busted Coverage
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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