On Speed, Stolen Bases, and Lead Off Hitters

In his excellent treatise on the history of scouting,  Dollar Sign on the Muscle,  author Kevin Kerrane devoted considerable attention to the pioneering ways of Branch Rickey, who not only invented the modern-day farm system (which was the beginning of the end of the minor leagues’ status as autonomous entities), he also developed the first methods of evaluating and developing...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics walk, require steady runs for health

Walking into the O.co, Oakland Athletics fans will witness a menagerie of past players in the far distance of the outfield. These numbers, resting eternally while the comforting Oakland sunshine beams off this catalog of past heroes and recent champions, reminds A’s fans of one relatively recent player to don an Athletics jersey. His name was Rickey Henderson. Henderson, American...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

David Terao is the Rickey Henderson of American University Wrestling

The American University wrestling team dropped two tough home matches to the Duke Blue Devils and the Columbia Lions on Sunday afternoon in Bender Arena. But eighth-ranked senior 125-pounder David Terao continued his hot streak with two wins, including a highlight-reel fall to finish Britain Carter of Columbia. After starting the day with a workmanlike 11-5 decision over Thayer Atkins...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Henderson: A man that lit up the baseball diamond

Growing up a fan of the Oakland Athletics in the late 1980s and early 1990s was an experience. The personalities on that team came out in droves on the television screen and when you are sitting at the Oakland Coliseum with Mount Davis as the backdrop. Of course, the likes of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart were the faces of this all-time great team...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Celebrating Rickeymas 2015!

The following has been a paid fake advertisement: (We see our host singing a song to a computer screen opened to Rickey Henderson’s Baseball Reference Page, he does not notice us)           God rest you merry Athletics,           Let nothing you dismay           For Rickey the Man of Steal           Was born upon this day          ...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: A Large Market Team ?

  During the Toronto Blue Jays wonderful run to the playoffs this fall, many fans flooded sports talk radio and social media with their thoughts about how the team would be able to go on a free agent shopping spree this off season.  The sharp rise in attendance, along with record television ratings and a huge boost in merchandise sales, the commenters said, would lead to record...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Triple Threads

Per box items: 7 cards per mini boxEvery mini contains an autographed relic and a relic card. One of which is s Triple Relic 2015 Topps Triple Threads (TTT) base cards are thicker than standard issue card size.The card fronts feature a color action shot of the named player on a multi-tonal gray background. The border-less cards have simple silver foil highlights for the player name...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: MLB players with 3,000+ hits

How many of the 29 players in MLB's 3,000 hit club can you name?
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Supreme

Per Box Items: 2 cards 2 autographed cards per box The cards are thicker than standard issue size. The card designs are very modern and feature color action shots of the player superimposed on a gray-scale background. The player profile is glossy sheen while the rest of the card front is in a matte finish. The die-cutouts give a sense of depth and relief to the cards. The set name...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals great Lou Brock has leg partially amputated due to infection

Lou Brock, one of the most beloved players in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals, has reportedly had his left amputated just below the knee due to an infection relative to a diabetic condition. First reported by St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel, Brock, 76, is recovering well and actively participating in therapy. He is taking steps with a walker and will be fitted for a...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

We need to revisit what a fan is

My name is Michael Saltzman and I am a San Francisco Giants fan. Like all fans, I have died hard with my team. I have survived the torture of 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1993, 1989 and 1987. I have also enjoyed the highest of highs with the championships of 2010, 2012, and 2014. That’s what fans do. They figuratively live and die with their team. Through the good times, through...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series roster

Can you name all 26 members of the Blue Jays' 1993 World Series winning roster?
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Most career stolen bases in MLB postseason history

Fourteen players have stolen at least 13 bases or more in postseason play. Name them all! Of the 14, five are tied at 13 total stolen bases. 
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Home run admiration & bat flips: Style or poor sportsmanship?

Respect the game, play it right. You hear these things and a lot fans hate it. It’s the old man’s phrase, the cranky ballplayer near the end of his career. He doesn’t know how to have fun and wants you off his front lawn. Bat flips and watching home runs have been a hot topic over the past couple of seasons. How high is too high on a flip? How long is too long to admire your...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Stolen Base Is Still Missing

One of the great things about baseball is that it’s always changing. The changes don’t happen quickly, in most cases, but the game being played today is quite a bit different from the one being played 10 years ago, and the one 10 years before that, and the one 10 years before that. Baseball has eras where no one could hit and eras where even a shortstop could launch 20 homers...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Why haven't stolen bases returned?

One of the great things about baseball is that it's always changing. The changes don't happen quickly in most cases, but the game being played today is quite a bit different from the one played 10 years ago, and the one 10 years before that, and the one 10 years before that. Baseball has eras during which no one could hit and eras during which even a shortstop could launch 20 homers...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Manny Ramirez

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #3 Manny Ramirez. One...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod reaches 30 HRs for 15th season, ties Aaron for record

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has reached 30 home runs for the 15th season, tying Hank Aaron's major league record. Rodriguez hit his 684th career home run in the sixth inning Tuesday night, lifting New York into a 1-all tie with Baltimore. The 40-year-old Rodriguez hadn't hit the 30-homer mark since 2010. He didn't play last year while serving a season-long drug suspension...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Random Thoughts For the #Yankees Stretch Run, by @nyypete

Heading to the stretch run can anybody make any sense of this team? Consider: 1. The Yankees have stolen eight bases in 12 attempts since the all star break. Rickey Henderson used to do that in one weekend series. Stolen bases are only the tip of the iceberg. When bats get heavy as the season rolls along and Earl Weaver's favorite offense, the three run home run, comes to a screeching...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Rickey Henderson sets single-season steals record

Rickey Henderson is arguably the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, and there's even less debate about his status as the majors' best basestealer. On this date in 1982, Henderson broke Lou Brock's single-season record with his 119th steal. And Henderson wasn't content with simply setting the record; he stole a total of four bases that day in the Oakland A's loss to the Milwaukee...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cautionary Tale of Former Yankee Kevin Maas

The debut of a top prospect provides a wave of hope and optimism. Youth generates excitement and the expectations are sky-high. A strong showing out of the gates and the fans are ready to enshrine him into Cooperstown. The star shines brightly and the good times appear to be eternal and the struggles attached to most rookies are non-existent. Twenty five years ago, Kevin Maas, the...
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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Nolan Ryan becomes charter member of 5,000-strikeout club

Nolan Ryan made history plenty of times during his major-league career. But on this date in 1989, Ryan did something no other pitcher had ever done: record his 5,000th strikeout. It was his first season with the Texas Rangers, for whom he later would serve as president and CEO. On the historic night against the Oakland Athletics, the 42-year-old Ryan fanned fellow future Hall of...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Cardinals' Lou Brock joins 3,000-hit club ... against Cubs

Hall of Famer Lou Brock retired as the majors' all-time leader in stolenbases --€“ before being passed by the "greatest of all time" Rickey Henderson. But Brock had to get on base in order to steal all those bases. And on this date in 1979, Brock collected his 3,000th hit. In the bottom of the fourth inning, he literally singled off Chicago Cubs right-hander Dennis Lamp. The ball...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Finest

Per Mini-Box Items: 6 packs 5 Chrome cards per pack 1 Chrome autograph card The 100 base set cards feature a color action shot of the named player superimposed over a background with a “breaking glass” graphic. The cards have think black border and small triangle on either the left or the right side of the card. The card front have the set name and team logo along the card bottom...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Links: July 31, 2015

Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy: When You Think About It, Trivia Isn’t Trivial (Part 1) (Hardball Times) – John Paschal pens a fun three-part series (Part 2, Part 3). Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, and Odrisamer Despaigne, Tony Clark, and Brad Ausmus all get mentions in the first installment, which focuses on player names. And if you like names, you...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss
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