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Halo Headlines: Rotation overload; ZiPS projections teased

The February 3, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a closer look at the team’s overloaded but underwhelming starting rotation, an early glimpse of the team’s 2016 ZiPS projections, and more… The Story: Eight is enough? A look at the Angels’ rotation candidates MWAH Says: Jeff Fletcher breaks down each contender for the Opening Day rotation, concluding that...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Beyond 61*

When Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled for supremacy in the single-season home run category in 1961, the spotlight that shone on them placed the excellence of the Yankee ballclub in the shadows. Elston Howard had a career high .348 batting average, Whitey Ford went 25-4, and Tony Kubek accrued a 19-game hitting streak in June. Ford won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox fan wants to ditch rare piece of memorabilia because he hates the Yankees

A diehard Red Sox fan is looking to sell a rare piece of sports memorabilia that was recently returned to him, all because of his hatred for the Yankees.According to a recent Forbes.com story, Ken Chowder, a documentary film writer living in Copenhagen, is looking to dump a baseball signed by both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Chowder got the two legends to sign the ball when he...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hall-of-Fame Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle used to flip his bat, too

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista may have done it best but evidently the bat flip has been around a long time.Check out a pair of videos that show Mantle flipping his bat after what appear to be flyouts:Those are frustration bat tosses, as opposed to the epic celebratory flip like we saw in the 2015 posteseason by Joey Bats after crushing a three-run homer against to help...
Via Fox Sports
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim O'Toole, star pitcher on '60s Reds teams, dies at 78

Jim O'Toole, a star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s, has died after a long battle with cancer. O'Toole was 78.The team said O'Toole died Saturday at his home, a day after celebrating Christmas with his large family.The lefty started the opening game of the 1961 World Series, losing to Yankees ace Whitey Ford 2-0. He also lost Game 4 to Ford, as a New York team featuring...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every player who has hit 50 or more home runs in an MLB season

Who are the players that have hit 50 or more home runs in an MLB season?
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Legendary NY writer Pepe, co-author of Mantle autobio, dies at 80

NEW YORKPhil Pepe, a revered baseball writer who spent more than five decades chronicling sports in New York, has died. He was 80.Pepe died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, his son, David, told The Associated Press.A longtime New York Yankees beat writer who covered Hall of Fame stars from Mickey Mantle to Reggie Jackson, Pepe also authored...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Longtime New York sports writer Phil Pepe dies at 80

NEW YORK (AP) Phil Pepe, a revered baseball writer who spent more than five decades chronicling sports in New York, has died. He was 80. Pepe died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, his son, David, told The Associated Press. A longtime New York Yankees beat writer who covered Hall of Fame stars from Mickey Mantle to Reggie Jackson, Pepe also...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rare Mantle rookie card fetches more than $500K at auction

DALLASA rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card has sold at auction for more than $500,000.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the pristine card sold Thursday night to a collector who wanted to remain anonymous for $525,800. A Heritage statement said the price set a record for a Mantle rookie card.The '52 Mantle rookie card has long been the most valuable postwar baseball card...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rare 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card sells at auction

DALLAS (AP) A rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card has sold at auction for more than $500,000. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the pristine card sold Thursday night to a collector who wanted to remain anonymous for $525,800. A Heritage statement said the price set a record for a Mantel rookie card. The '52 Mantle rookie card has long been the most valuable postwar baseball...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mazeroski, Pittsburgh, and the 1960 World Series

At 3:37 p.m. on October 14, 1960, Bill Mazeroski became a blue-collar legend. A stellar second baseman with eight Gold Gloves, Mazeroski played his entire 17-year career in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, never more prominent than in the moment he slammed a Ralph Terry pitch into the stands at Forbes Field. And thus, the Pirates won the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees...
Via The Sports Post
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the best sluggers in 2015 MLB season

If hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports, hitting for power is especially difficult. Few can eschew specialty pitching and defensive shifts and put up numbers that make most players envious. Let’s take a look at today’s magnificent seven. 7. Carlos Gonzalez Coors Field today isn’t the way Coors Field used to be. Humidors aside, the park remains a hitter’s...
Via The Sports Daily
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every member of the 500 home run club

As of the end of the 2015 MLB season, 27 players have hit 500 or more home runs in their careers. How many can you name?
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: New York Yankees career leaders in games played

Can you name the top 10 leaders in games played for the New York Yankees?
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mickey Mantle rookie card sells for nearly $500K

I hope you’re sitting down. Back in August, the sale of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 baseball card made headlines when it sold at auction for a whopping $382,400 - a record of sorts for the iconic piece of cardboard. Until now. Sunday, another Mantle Topps rookie card (also graded PSA 8) broke the bank after selling on eBay for - get this - $486,100 plus $250 shipping...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: These Royals Might Look Familiar

Let’s talk about contact. It’s what everybody else is doing, right? The Royals make a lot of it. They did all season, and they still are in the playoffs, even against Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. No team this season posted a lower strikeout rate; no team was even particularly close. Contact is the skill around which the Royals lineup is built. Right around the end of the regular...
Via Fangraphs
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Fans: Forget the Mets, Watch a Baseball Movie Instead

With the World Series beginning tomorrow, the off season for the Yankees is in full swing. They made a quick exit from the post season, but in fairness there were already 20 teams at their winter homes when the Yankees were eliminated. Now that the Fall Classic is set (Mets and Yankees, in case you didn't know), perhaps you're  not interested in watching any of it without the Yankees...
Via Lady At The Bat
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Most home runs in MLB postseason history

There are 10 players who have hit 16 or more home runs in postseason play. Name them all. Hint: Of the ten, four are still active.
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

1957 American League MVP controversy

One was a lanky outfielder whose presence in the batter’s box automatically elicited cheers from the Fenway faithful. The other was a mainstay in pinstripes, compiling legendary statistics while riddled by injuries throughout his career. Ted Williams. Mickey Mantle. Coming off his Triple Crown season of ’56, Mantle won the 1957 American League Most Valuable Player Award....
Via The Sports Post
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Dean Has Arrived: Dean Chance

By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer -  As he peered out toward the pitcher’s mound on a sunny July day in 1964, Mickey Mantle was a bundle of nerves. Hours earlier, he had rehearsed this moment in his head; then he even talked about it during batting practice. Albie Pearson overheard Mantle talking to Roger Maris behind the batting cage: “When Chance pitches...
Via Angelswin
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Remembering Dean Chance

One man who had a hard time forgetting standout Angels pitcher Dean Chance was Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. Once, after he swung and missed at a Dean Chance darting fastball away at the knee, Mantle turned to Angel catcher/pitch-caller Bob Rodgers and pleaded, “C’mon, Buck.  This ain’t fair!” Mantle went 13-for-53 in his career against Chance for a .245 average. Dean struck...
Via Monkey with a Halo
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Letter to the Yankees: "I hate the Yankees"

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWSSeptember 30, 2015 Wednesday  Dear Editor: Re: "Yankee fan and proud of it," by Carolyn Holub, Saturday Letters. Holub said she was taken aback because a reference to the "hated Yankees" was used in a story about Yogi Berra. She wrote that The News shouldn't label and make judgments. It should just report. Well, that's what they were doing. I'm 73 years...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Letter to the Editor: The Italian Yankees

Providence JournalOctober 3, 2015 Saturday Dear EditorI was saddened to hear of the passing of New York Yankee great Lawrence “Yogi” Berra. Yogi was not only a talented player, as a big part of 10 World Championship teams, but a true ambassador for the wonderful game of baseball, and a gentleman. When I was young, every Sunday during the summer included going to Olivo’s...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Letter to the Editor: Yankees need gimmick

Herald News (Passaic County, NJ)August 31, 2015 Monday  Dear Editor,As a New York Yankees season ticketholder for nearly 30 years, I was in the Bronx last week watching theYankees lose a game 15-1. Besides the atrocious score, I had trouble deciding which part of the experience that night bothered me the most. Was it not getting a cap for my son on Cap Night because the Yankees give...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

World Series ball raises $30K for batboy Kaiser Carlile’s memorial

The generosity of one man through his donation of an autographed World Series baseball has helped raise $30,000 to raise funds for the creation of a memorial statue in honor of Kaiser Carlile, the nine-year-old batboy who tragically died after being accidentally struck by a bat during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan., in August. Carlile, the beloved...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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