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The 2014 American League Gold Glove Awards, Strictly by the Numbers

The finalists for the 2014 Rawlings’ Gold Glove Awards were announced on Thursday afternoon, and if you’re here on the internet with me, you know how much people hate the Gold Glove Awards. Part of that is for good reason. For a long time, the Gold Glove Awards were pretty much a joke. Rafael Palmeiro […]
Via Fangraphs
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking back at why this Orioles postseason run is so special

Go here for the Kansas City Royals version. The future has finally arrived for the Baltimore Orioles. Life isn't easy for AL East co-tenants not named the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, who account for eight World Series titles since 1996. But another cycle of rebuilding, some savvy moves by general manager Dan Duquette, dashes of genius by manager Buck Showalter, and of course...
Via Fox Sports
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Time For A Rule Change In Baseball?

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/http://www.economist.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook!   In a recent article for Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci made a convincing case for the abolition of extreme defensive shifts in baseball, and by “made a convincing case” I of course...
Via In The Neutral Zone
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Time For A Rule Change In Baseball?

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/http://www.economist.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook!   In a recent article for Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci made a convincing case for the abolition of extreme defensive shifts in baseball, and by “made a convincing case” I of course...
Via In The Neutral Zone
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Reed’s Historic Season in Numbers

Kentucky Wildcats 2-way star A.J. Reed just wrapped up one of the greatest regular seasons even see by a UK athlete. Here is the latest update on his season totals, courtesy of Brent Ingram of UK Media Relations. * Leads the NCAA in homers (23), slugging (.768) and OPS (1.259). * All 23 homers have come in 42 games against weekend opponents, hitting .397/.520/.917 on the weekends...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Reed’s historic season continues; Finalist for Dick Howser Trophy

Kentucky Wildcats star A.J. Reed, the NCAA leader in homeruns, slugging and OPS, and the SEC leader in RBI, wins and innings pitched, has been named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in college baseball, it was announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Reed is also a member of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: April 4, 1994

1994: The Royals committed three errors and could only muster five hits as they dropped a 6-3 Opening Day decision to Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Starter Kevin Appier allowed a home run to the second batter he faced, Mike Deveraux. Appier was not sharp, as he allowed seven hits and two walks in five innings while picking up four strikeouts. But he left the game with...
Via Pine Tar Press
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Five Best Opening Day Performances In Royals History

While Opening Day is a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s always great to have actual baseball back, the funny thing about Opening Day is that people who should know better (myself included) tend to make sweeping judgments about the performance in one game. When Salvador Perez went 4-4 on Monday (#SalVP—tell your friends), it got me to wondering what the best Opening Day performances...
Via Pine Tar Press
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s in Store for the HOF in 2015?

The votes are in, and Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are in. Craig Biggio is out, barely. Jack Morris‘ 15 years of ballot eligibility are up, and his candidacy will be turned over to the Veterans’ Committee. Rafael Palmeiro didn’t receive the minimum 5% of the vote necessary to remain on the ballot. […]
Via Fangraphs
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Should a Little Thing like PED Use Keep Great Players Out of the Hall of Fame?

(Image: Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Earlier today, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas had been elected to the Hall of Fame.  In recent years, the annual HOF inductee announcement has been accompanied by various BBWAA voters explaining why they did or did not vote for “steroid era” players.  For example...
Via Brewers Bar
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas make Hall of Fame; Craig Biggio misses by two votes; Rafael Palmeiro off ballot

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas all received more than 75% of the vote and have been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class. Maddux received 97.2% of the vote Glavine received 91.9% of the vote Thomas received 83.7% of the vote This is the first time since […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Are You And What Have You Done With Ken Davidoff?

I hardly ever agree with Ken Davidoff. I actually can’t remember the last time I did. But I have to give him credit. He nailed it 100% with his Hall of Fame ballot, or more specifically, his explanation of it. You can read the whole thing here. I can quibble with a choice or two, but he was dead on with his reasoning. About his vote, he wrote, “I am a judge, but not a cop, an...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

It is National Judgment Day among America's scions of morality, the sentries who keep impurities out of the Hall of Fame

Cotton Mather was a punk. Those creampuffs who sent the Salem witches to the gallows, or the cranberry bogs, or whatever - they were K-mart cheapos when it comes to indignation. To be a true moral superstar, you must write about sports. And today is National Judgment Day: When the professional Gammonites of America elect their human beacons of super-purified morality to the Baseball...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lou Olsen's 2014 Hall of Fame Picks

For the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame, we have 36 names to choose from.  As is tradition, every member of the voting committee gets to list ten names.  In order for someone to make it into the Hall, they must appear on 75% of the ballots.  To quote the classic comedy Caddyshack, “some people, simply do not belong”.  The fact that Richie Sexson and Eric Gagne appear on this...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Benjamin Christensen's 2014 Hall of Fame Picks

The time for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame vote is upon us once again. While I may not have an actual vote in the process, it doesn’t mean that I can’t throw down who I would pick if given the opportunity. Since all of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of American (BBWAA) get up to 10 votes, I will be picking the same amount out of the pool of 36 players...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

On PEDs, the Hall of Fame, and Murray Chass

Murray Chass may have retired from the New York Times in 2008, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his baseball opinions with people through his blog. In a post on Thursday, he implored Baseball Hall of Fame voters to not reward managers of players who used performance enhancing drugs like Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa, while he seems to give Bobby Cox a free pass for whatever...
Via Mets360.com
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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