1975 Red Sox remind us of a much different time

Bill Foley(@Foles74) Contributing Writer For some reason my dad really disliked Johnny Bench. I’m not sure why, but he still doesn’t like the Hall of Fame catcher of the Big Red Machine. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck) That, I believe, is the reason I am a Red Sox fan. Sometime in the mid-1970s, my dad, who grew up cheering for Mickey Mantle, abandoned the Yankees for the Sox....
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Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of the Tigers’ relentless scoring machine, outlasting...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Plate Discipline — Center Field

View image | gettyimages.com Center field is the premier position in baseball history. There are a few notable exceptions, but when you look at the best of the best they are usually center fielders. Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Ty Cobb are obviously sure fire Hall of Famers. Unfortunately, today’s game doesn’t have the same star power in center. In fact, there...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-seeding the NBA Playoffs by Record Only: Would it Work?

There has been a lot of talk about the way the NBA has gone about formatting their playoffs. People have long complained about a lesser conference getting certain teams in just because eight from that part of the league have to. Theoretically, and very often, it means teams from the “stronger” conference have a few teams left out who have better records than a few who get in...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-seeding the NBA Playoffs by Record Only: Would it Work?

There has been a lot of talk about the way the NBA has gone about formatting their playoffs. People have long complained about a lesser conference getting certain teams in just because eight from that part of the league have to. Theoretically, and very often, it means teams from the “stronger” conference have a few teams left out who have better records than a few who get in...
Via Crossover Chronicles
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Dad, Why Do You Care So Much About The Mets?

An MMO Fan Shot by Jim Firman I am a happily married father of four kids and one grandchild. I love my family, my job and my life. I know baseball is just a game and there are many, many more important things in life. Yet, for some (mostly inexplicable) reasons, it really matters to me whether the Mets win or lose. My kids don’t understand why. So I am writing this open letter...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Book review: The good, bad and ugly of Billy Martin, baseball’s ‘flawed genius’

An excerpt from my Chicago Tribune review of Bill Pennington’s fine book. Highly recommended. ****** In the epilogue, Pennington writes that a case could be made that Billy Martin merits consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant work as a manager. Yet as the book’s title points out, Martin was a “flawed genius” with many demons that probably kept him from...
Via Sherman Report
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees retire numbers as a marketing tool to fill seats: Mike Francesa

Yogi Berra is not Mickey Mantle. The Yankees retire numbers to put butts in seats: Mike FrancesaSam adds, "Both were 3x MVPs. Yogi got 86% of the HOF vote to Mantle's 88%. Mike is fine with never-MVP Derek Jeter's number being retired. The retiring of Yogi's number should not even be a point of discussion when you are fine with Mariano and Jeter's numbers being retired."Follow us...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Essentials for visiting Louisville: more than a horse race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) When the azaleas and dogwoods burst into springtime bloom, thoughts in Louisville turn to parties, fashion and fast horses in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby. This city along the Ohio River spends weeks celebrating a two-minute horse race on the first Saturday in May. It has a growing reputation as a foodie destination, with fare ranging from corn...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The new MLB seasons brings new Tommy Bahama gear

The 2015 baseball season is on the horizon and the outlook for all 30 teams is sky high. In addition, we're getting new fresh gear from Tommy Bahama. The new and up and coming Tommy Bahama 2015 MLB Spring Training shirts for both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues are now available in two different styles – the classic silk camp shirt and a long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Spring...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Running out of numbers to retire, Yanks may jettison letter "C"

What is it with an Evil Empire that everything is supposed to be immortal and last forever? It's one thing to retire the jersey of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. With all due respect... It's another to retire Jorge Posada's number. Now, the team's GM wants to retire a Yankee tradition. Says the Gray Lady:General Manager Brian Cashman reiterated on Thursday what he said on at least...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Astrodome debuted revolutionary stadium design

Houston, we have a solution. Famous for its humidity, Houston unveiled a revolutionary, futuristic, and air-conditioned sports refuge with the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. Debuting in 1965, the Astrodome’s moniker reflected the 1960s Space Age, when Houston dominated the world’s attention as the headquarters for NASA’s manned flights in the Mercury...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Dick Donovan

Name: Richard Edward Donovan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1962-1965 Number: 30 Accolades: 1962 All-Star, Top 5 MVP 1962 DOB: 12/07/1927 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1962) 20 10 .667 3.60 34 34 16 5 250.2 255 100 23 47 94 1.21 .254 Career 39 35 .527 4.12 106 90 28 8 637.2 679 292 75 110 273 1.24 .262 The Indians teams of the 1960...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

For KC pawn shop owner, an actual Lombardi Trophy is just the start of his inventory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It's awkward to grip and slick to the touch, seven pounds of pure silver, each turn reflecting the lights above with an almost holy glow. And then you laugh, quietly. In a larger man's hands, you think, the Lombardi Trophy could be swung like Thor's hammer. "Anything that's old, neat and cool," Don Budd says proudly,  "I do." Mickey Mantle smiles down from one...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Young Ernie Banks vs. Mickey Mantle in Homerun Derby

It is a shame that so much of the footage of Ernie Banks is from later in his career. His knee problems led to him being heavier and looking less athletic. Unfortunately, there aren’t many highlights available from earlier in his career. I can’t remember ever seeing any footage of Banks playing shortstop. So I was glad to stumble upon these classics from Homerun Derby from 1960...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks Passes Away At Age 83

Ernie Banks (1931-2015)When I began following baseball as a young kid in the halcyon days of the late1950s, there were a few players who stood out as special. There was, of course, our hometown hero Ted Williams—but also Wille Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks. I took a particular liking to Banks, since we shared an unusual first name—and he was so much more interesting...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Balancing Baseball’s Past, Present and Future

Far too often, in contemporary culture, we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy the here and now, what is directly under our noses. People walk the streets, sit in packed stadiums, at movie theaters, and in parks with phones, tablets and laptops glowing brightly and illuminating their slack-jawed visages. Words are not spoken, only shared via rapidly tapping thumbs and fingertips upon...
Via Baseball Essential
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Selleck has a history with baseball

A prime time powerhouse on the roster of Reagan Era television programs, “Magnum, P.I.” invokes images of Aloha shirts, a red Ferrari, and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap worn by the title character, Thomas Magnum. Tom Selleck played the character “with a shaggy charm that manages to cut through most of the cops and robbers blarney,” according to James Brown in the Dec. 11...
Via The Sports Post
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Berra, Mantle Both Winners on Sunday

While Hanna-Barbera has maintained that their popular cartoon character Yogi Bear is not named after the popular New York Yankees catcher…”Yogi Berra” the racehorse clearly is. Matter of fact, the three-year-old colt is actually owned by Jessica Steinbrenner, the daughter of the late Yankees owner, and the man who hired Berra to manage the team back in 1984, George Steinbrenner...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa rips fan for comparing Troy Tulowitzki to Mickey Mantle

Mike Francesa rips fan for comparing sometimes walking injury Troy Tulowitzki to liver impaired Mickey Mantle.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Millionth Run

Baseball is a game marked by milestones of achievement—3,000 hits in a career, 100 RBI in a season, 300 pitching victories in a career. It’s also a game marked by milestones reached when opportunity meets happenstance. Players attain an illustrious position in the annals of baseball history simply by being in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong...
Via The Sports Post
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Honus Wagner card auctioned for more than $400,000

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card has sold at auction for $403,664. Neither the buyer nor the seller of the T206 card was announced by SCP Auctions, which said online bidding ended Sunday. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card sold for $268,664 and a bat used by Jackie Robinson during 1949, when he was voted NL MVP, sold for $201,851). An autographed...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hero worship versus sports as entertainment

It has not shocked me in recent weeks to read stories about Jayson Werth getting ten days in jail or the varied reports on people like Bill Cosby or Adrian Peterson. Those who are fortunate enough to become very good at high visibility skills such as sports and entertainment are artificially built as superstars. But they are people. Just as we are all people. Hero worship has...
Via The Flagrant Fan
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

28 Things Every Yankees Fan Should Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!  Over the years, the New York Yankees and their fans have had more things to be thankful for than other fans and the teams they root for.  So, with a nod to that elusive 28th World Championship, here are 28 things Yankees Universe should "thank the good Lord for" (or, whomever your higher power is), in no particular order:1. George Steinbrenner ("The Boss")2...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro sports leagues gradually embrace gambling

We've come a long way since Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were banned from baseball for associating with gamblers - not betting on games or tipping them off about injuries, but by shaking their hands as Atlantic City casino greeters. Professional sports leagues that once professed zero tolerance for gambling are moving steadily toward accepting betting on their games...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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