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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...
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15 hours ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  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

Solving the Hall of Fame Conundrum

For a group of people who presumably should be bright, some members of the BBWAA must actually be pretty dull. When it comes to the steroid era of baseball and whether or not certain players should be omitted from the Hall of Fame based on the suspicion they may have used PED’s during their playing careers, some voters complain that they don’t receive necessary guidance from...
Via 24/7 Sports Hub
January 11, 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...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Rafael Palmeiro belong in the Hall of Fame?

Rafael Palmeiro Year(s) on ballot - 3 – received 8.8% of vote last year The Numbers: 20 seasons (with Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles), 2,831 games, .288/.371/.515, 569HR 1,835RBI, 3,020 hits, 1,663 runs, 585 doubles, 132 OPS+, 130 wRC+, 71.8 bWAR, 70.0 fWAR – 4-time All-Star, three times finished in top 10 of MVP voting without winning (high of 5th in 1999...
Via The Sports Blitz
January 06, 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...
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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

Rafael Palmeiro is probably going to fall off the Hall of Fame ballot this year

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun asks whether Rafael Palmeiro is going to fall off the Hall of Fame ballot. And he lands where I land: probably. As Connolly notes, Palmeiro’s support in his three years on the ballot is not trending in a good direction for him. In his first year of eligibility he was named on 11 percent of the ballots. In his second he actually ticked up to 12...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Rafael Palmeiro fall off the Hall of Fame ballot?

As you dive into turkey, stuffing and football on Thanksgiving, I thought we’d look at a baseball issue that may be close to Orioles fans' hearts, but may not get much buzz nationally. The rules for the Baseball Writers' Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot specify that a voter can select no more than 10 players per year. That’s going to be particularly difficult...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Greg Maddux Bust the Unanimous Barrier?

The BBWAA released the Hall of Fame ballot today and I count 6 players that you can reasonably associate with the Cubs: Rafael Palmeiro, Jacque Jones, Sammy Sosa, Lee Smith, Moises Alou and Greg Maddux. Of course, all but Sammy and maybe Lee Smith are more closesly associated with other organziations. Sammy won't be getting in and neither will Lee Smith with Maddux and Frank...
Via Cub Reporter
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

A-Rod pleading ignorance in PED appeal

This is going to come as a huge shock, but Alex Rodriguez is claiming he didn't know the products he was getting from Biogenesis were performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Daily News reports that Rodriguez is pleading ignorance as part of his suspension appeal, saying he thought they were just legal (and, apparently, very expensive) supplements. Understandably,...
Via The Outside Corner
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Biogenesis case proves that steroids will always be around baseball

Baseball's ongoing dilemma with PED's has gone on for more than 10 years and not only it has chance the history of the game forever, it has at somepoints have made it uncomfortable to watch, enjoy, and even be around with. Some of the biggest names in baseball history have had their MLB careers and image either questioned or ruined because of PED''s and some...
Via Sports Blog Net
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez passed up steroids

Pedro Martinez operated during what has become known as the Golden Age of steroids in baseball. The future Hall of Famer won three Cy Youngs, was named to eight All-Star Games and picked up more than 200 wins while heavy hitters like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds ruled the game. All four of those sluggers -- and countless other players -- have since...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez Says He Turned Down Steroids While in Dodgers’ Minor League System

Pedro Martinez operated during what has become known as the Golden Age of steroids in baseball. The future Hall of Famer won three Cy Youngs, was named to eight All-Star Games and picked up more than 200 wins while heavy hitters like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds ruled the game. All four of those sluggers — and countless other players — have since...
Via NESN.com
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals players have no sympathy to suspended PED users

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Those players suspended Monday in the Biogenesis investigation for taking performance-enhancing drugs won't get any sympathy from Royals union representative Aaron Crow. "If all the allegations are true, then I'm glad they got caught and suspended," Crow told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "Cleaning up the game is one of the most important things...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Ginsburg talks PEDs, Comedy, SNL and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-07-25

One of my buddies from college is a comedian, actor and personal trainer in New York City. He’s headlined Caroline’s Comedy club a number of times, been in Saturday Night Live sketches and has also been one of a minuscule number of clean bodybuilders in the world. I’ve been looking for a reason to talk to him, and I figured talking about Ryan Braun was as good a reason as any...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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