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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4 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Archives

Per Box Items: 24 packs per box 8 cards per pack 2 on-card autos per box The 330 card set, 300 base and 30 short print, feature card designs from three classic Topps sets. There are 100 cards each with the 1957, 1976 and 1983 Topps layouts. The card fronts have a color picture of the names player with the borders and graphics of that year’s design. The card backs are all photo...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Topps Series 2

Per box items: 36 packs per box 10 cards per pack 1 autographed or relic card per box 2015 Topps Series 2 does not bring anything new to the game. Rather it is a continuation of the base set. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player. The picture is ‘framed’ with a complementary team color pin stripe. The border is a stylized gradient of the team primary color...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 16, 1995

1995 – WOW! Manny Ramirez’s majestic blast off of A’s star closer Dennis Eckersley deep into the bleachers in left field sends the Indians home with a come-from-behind walk-off victory and a sweep over Oakland, 5-4. The 23-year-old slugger, in just his third season in the Majors after being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1991 draft, delivered the parting shot in...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

One & Done: LaMarr Hoyt had the right stuff on the mound in 1985

In the world of sports, athletes often dedicate their entire lives to reaching the pinnacle of their profession, but for many, life at the top can be short-lived. Sometimes all a player gets to experience at the highest level is one minute on the court, one trip to the plate, one shot on goal or one checkered flag, but more often than not, that fleeting moment in the spotlight is...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Don't be alarmed by that cheetah in the Rangers' dugout

Thursday marks the Texas Rangers' Wildlife Education Day in Arlington and perhaps the first time a cheetah has stepped foot (paw) inside a MLB dugout. Oakland A's pitcher Drew Pomeranz was... surprised: Said A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, "Your average cheetah at the ball park." Said* all-time stolen bases champ and former Athletic Rickey Henderson of the blazing fast cat: "Rickey...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting Old Cardinals: Lou Brock

As the trade deadline approached on June 15, 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals were below .500 and languished in 7th place in the NL standings. A hot finish to 1963 was getting them nowhere in 1964. Desperate to jump-start his team, Cardinals GM Bing Devine began scouring the trade market. He found a willing partner in Cubs GM John Holland, who was looking to add pitching to his own...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees announce Old-Timer’s Day lineup and no ‘Core Four’ members on roster

The New York Yankees on Thursday announced the lineup of former Bronx Bomber greats expected to attend Old-Timer's Day on June 20 when Willie Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park. This year's Old-Timers' Day will feature its usual share of former icons and legends. Seven Hall of Famers will be involved, including Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Review

Per Box items: 24 packs per box 10 cards per pack 2 autographs per box 2 relics per box 6 short printed cards per box 1 top-loader mini box containing 10 mini cards The 350 card set features art style drawings of the featured player in either posed or action scenes. The card fronts are bordered with a olive and tan frame. The set name is in the top left corner and the player and...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

So far so good for Coco Crisp as A's left fielder

Outfielder Coco Crisp has spent much of his career roaming center field, but the A's are using him as a left fielder now that he's returned from off-season elbow surgery.After making his season debut last week while the A's were in Minnesota, Crisp has now played six games as a left fielder...and things are going well defensively.In addition to picking up a rare outfield assist ...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

On this day: Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's stolen base record with 939th career swipe

Rickey Henderson aka the "Man of Steal" stands alone atop Mount Stolen Base with 1406 career swipes, 438 more than Lou Brock who is second on the all-time list with 938. No disrespect to Brock, 19th century Billy "Sliding Billy" Hamilton (914), Ty Cobb (897) or Tim Raines (808), but Rickey was the best ever on the base baths and he wasn't shy to say so (check the video). Nevertheless...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Rock Discusses Blacks in Baseball

Back in 1975, African-Americans made up over one-quarter of all Major League Baseball Players. That number dropped to just over eight percent for Opening Day of the 2013 campaign. There has been a lot of talk about why the number of black players, and the interest among blacks in baseball, have both decreased. It’s a conversation worth having. It’s also a topic that comedian...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2014 Topps High Tek

Per Box items: 1 pack 8 cards 1 on card autograph The 53 cards in the set are acetate. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player superimposed over one of several different backgrounds. The fronts also contain the player name, position and team logo. The card fronts are trimmed in a complementary team color. The card backs have a zoomed in cropped picture of the player...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Remy: Mookie Betts Like Rickey Henderson In His Heyday (Video)

Mookie Betts has been generating a lot of buzz lately — especially after a spectacular performance in the Boston Red Sox’s home opener — and he’s already drawing comparisons to Hall of Famers. NESN’s Jerry Remy said before Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals that Betts’ skills at the plate, on the base paths and in the field elicit visions of former...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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