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Remembering Hideo Nomo's 1995 MLB All-Star Game performance

By Eddie Maisonet, III There isn't a baseball fan around who didn't try to emulate Hideo Nomo's pitching windup back in 1995. I remember the first time I tried to do it — I'm pretty sure I damn near threw my hip out. My mom saw me "practicing that Nomo" in the backyard as I attempted to perfect the windup with a tennis ball pitched at the fence. She had a puzzled look on her...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Home Run Derby: Joc Vs. Machado And The Rain

The 2015 Home Run Derby doesn’t contain Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, or Mike Trout, three of the four hitters with more than 25 homers this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. 5:00 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio 1. Pujols vs. 8. Bryant 2. Frazier vs. 7. Fielder 3. Donaldson vs. 6. Rizzo 4....
Via Dodgers Digest
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Joc Pederson End the Dodgers’ Home Run Derby Futility?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a long and storied history in the Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, most of those stories are along the lines of, “Wow, those guys aren’t very good at the Home Run Derby, are they?” This Monday, National League Rookie of the Year candidate Joc Pederson will be the sixth Dodger to participate in the Derby. In seven previous appearances (Mike Piazza...
Via Baseball Essential
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson to participate in Home Run Derby

The Dodgers have a terrible history when it comes to All-Star Game Home Run Derby contests. Yasiel Puig did not hit one last year. Mike Piazza put up goose eggs in 1993 and 1994. Matt Kemp hit two in 2011 and only one in 2012. Can rookie outfielder Joc Pederson do any better? Although he has 20 home runs, regular season homers don’t necessarily translate to derby performance. Pederson’s...
Via Fox Sports
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers rookie Pederson now sixth among NL outfielders in All-Star vote

It seems as though fans are starting to notice Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson. With nine days left to vote for the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball released its penultimate voting update. Pederson moved into sixth place among National League outfielders in votes -- the highest he’s been all season.Though he’s probably too far behind the top three to start the game, his monstrous...
Via Fox Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday - All-Time Greats - Catchers

View image | gettyimages.com Stephen Vogt and Russell Martin are off to a fast start and fantasy baseball owners are loving it!  Martin was the 11th catcher selected (17th round) in Yahoo leagues, while Vogt went 15th (21st round), even with his mutli-position eligibility.  Vogt is hitting .307/.413/.605 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI, scoring 20 runs, while Martin is slashing...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 11, Marlins 1: Kendrick and Ethier lead the way

Sure, the Dodgers’ offense was, again, amazing, but did you see that home run by Giancarlo Stanton? Yeah, it moved. He became just the fourth player to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium. He joined Willie Stargell (who did it twice), Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire. That’s some choice company. Unfortunately for the Fish, that was about it, as the Dodgers took them down by a score...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pederson's great start reminiscent of Piazza

Joc Pederson might be the most-heralded Dodger rookie since Mike Piazza. He’s putting up numbers even better than Piazza did in April of his rookie year of 1993. The former Dodger had a slugging percentage of .520 that April and a .354 on-base percentage. This April is almost over and Pederson is slugging .556 and has a .458 on-base percentage -- due in part to his 16 walks which...
Via Fox Sports
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Trying To Find A Winning Formula

As I drove through the Arizona desert, my mind began to drift towards what kind of lineup the Dodgers may put together; not just during my visit in spring training, but also when they take the field; against the revamped San Diego Padres, on April 6th. There were marquee subtractions in Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Dee Gordon, but in return the Dodgers would replace them with...
Via TopSportsReport
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

When To Call Up Julio Urias? Remember The Lesson Of Adrian Beltre

When Dodger fans talk about “the one that got away,” at least over the last 30 years, they generally mean one of two things. They mean Pedro Martinez, dealt to Montreal for Delino DeShields in 1993 in one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, or they mean Mike Piazza, traded to the Marlins in 1998 thanks to the backhanded maneuvers of a television executive. (Sigh...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets’ 14 days until Spring Training countdown

In 14 days, the Mets will be playing the Atlanta Braves at 1:05pm Eastern Time for their first Spring Training game in 2015. Therefore, leading up to that game, here is a Mets countdown from 14 to 1. 14: The number wore by Gil Hodges. Hodges played for the Mets in 1962 & 1963, and managed the team from 1968-1971. On April 11, 1962, he hit the first homerun for the ballclub...
Via Mets360.com
February 18, 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Catching Up With Lance Parrish

He was among the greatest hitting catchers of all-time, played in eight All-Star Games, won six Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves and earned some Hall of Fame votes in 2001—his only year on the ballot. He captained the ship of one of the greatest seasons ever assembled and he is a completely forgotten piece of Tribe history. Wait a second…Lance Parrish played for the Indians...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 107 – HOF, projections, NRIs

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I kick off the new year with some fresh, hot takes (not really). The Hall of Fame results always inspire discussion, no matter how some may dislike it or disagree with the voting. We’re not members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, but Jared did a mock vote and I tweeted out my selections...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann: "Close the Hall of Fame and start over" (Video)

On Wednesday evening, ESPN's Keith Olbermann targeted the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for what he considers to be a broken voting system for electing players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Olbermann, players being excluded for suspected steroid use in recent years (most notably Mike Piazza in the most recent balloting) are "the lucky ones" because...
Via Holdout Sports
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Thread: Mike Piazza Shut Out Again!

The BBWAA have elected four players into the Hall of Fame and they are Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson. Total bummer…. Full details coming. 9:00 AM As a Hall of Fame voter, I received emails from several teams over the years lobbying for my vote for one of their players. Seattle wrote me about Edgar Martinez and Boston did likewise for Jim Rice. There...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets On The 2015 HOF Ballot

On the Hall Of Fame ballot this year, there are seven players that at one point in their careers played for the New York Mets. This piece will look at each player and their chances to be elected into the Hall this year. Pedro Martinez, RHP Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies Career Stats (1992-2009) 219-100, 2.93 ERA, 46/17 CG/SHO, 2827.1 IP, 3154 K, 1.054 WHIP, 86.0 WAR Best...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Resurrection Of Troy

Just when you think you have everything figured out, baseball always reminds us that we don’t. A deal once thought dead and buried now has new life, as it seems the Mets and Rockies have been talking Troy Tulowitzki. It might be five percent … it might be one in a million. But Lloyd Christmas is encouraged and that’s all you need to know. No talks are believed to have been...
Via Metstradamus
December 19, 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

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Obligatory Star Wars Click-Bait, Links and an Offseason Service Announcement

You may have been able to see me flip the hell out after the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Well, today, I bring some Star Wars to “Wisdom and Links”, thus allowing us to reap those sweet, sweet page-views as people search for “Star Wars” on a search engine. Now, I’m not going to do the cliches like picking the baseball players with Star Wars names (Zelous...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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