Johnny Vander Meer and MLB’s Most Unbreakable Record

Baseball is filled with crazy statistics and ridiculous records. Some of these records set by the all time greats are so impressive that one might think they might never get broken (any pitching record set before 1920). But there is one record that stands above all other records in professional baseball, and its held by someone who you’ve probably never heard of. When the term...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Review: "Pedro" by Michael Silverman and the man, Pedro Martínez.

Jorge CamargoContributing Writer"Pedro" was released last Monday.Compared to most of the fans of the 20th century, I am extremely young to say that I've been suffering as a member of the Red Sox Nation. I've seen the Red Sox win three World Series, pitch four no-hitters and the greatest clutch-hitter in Red Sox history perfom in October; but I must say that the most remarkable memories...
Via RedSoxLife
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday’s win feels like a watershed moment for the Mets

It’s easy to identify big moments late in the season or in the playoffs. But identifying watershed events in the first month of a baseball season is another matter entirely. It’s possible we witnessed one of those Monday night in Miami. Coming into the season, most people had the Mets and Marlins pretty much even. A fair summation of expectations were that these two teams...
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Maltz Museum Exhibit Uses Baseball as Prism to View U.S. History

In his book, “God’s Country and Mine,” historian Jacques Barzun said “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” In the 20th century, the story of baseball is the story of America: From the rise of cities that spawned the teams to the availability of leisure time for fans to watch the sport, to the way social changes in the game and...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Sorry oldtimers – Kershaw tops all Dodger pitchers

Fans of the game, specifically Dodger fans, more specifically older Dodger fans, of which I am one by the way, may not like what I’m about to write here, but Clayton Kershaw is already the greatest pitcher in Dodger history. Sorry members of the Sandy Koufax marching and chowder society. And yes, when it comes to post-season time, Kershaw has shown himself to be, well, mortal....
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Of The Best: A Look At The Twins Top World Series Performances

The Minnesota Twins past four years felt like college without the fun. Four years of the front office, like parents, boasting about the potential the team/kid possessed. Four years of a stagnant GPA/win total. Four years of increasing tolerance, be it of the alcohol variety, or for losing. School is out, as is our patience. Opening day always brings renewed optimism though. The...
Via Hot Stove MLB
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. It was all so surreal, almost overwhelming. In New York last month to receive his 2014 Cy Young Award, Kluber sat at a dais alongside Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken - heavy-hitting Hall of Famers all. And when John Smoltz, soon to be enshrined in Cooperstown, introduced...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Koufax confident Kershaw will bounce back from October woes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Sandy Koufax is confident that Clayton Kershaw won't be remembered for his playoff struggles. The 79-year-old Koufax was at the first full-squad workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, and the Hall of Famer said he was certain Kershaw would have success in future Octobers. Kershaw, like Koufax, has won three Cy Young Awards. But Kershaw has lost four...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bidding adieu: Baseball's most bittersweet goodbyes

You just never know when the time will come that you have to hang up your spikes, pack up your equipment bag for the last time, and walk out of that locker room without looking back again. Then again, sometimes you do! Some players last long enough in the game that you can see the light at the end getting brighter as the summer shifts to fall and then winter. And it's not always...
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January 23, 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...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

LeBron James Turns 30

By Sam Henry December 30th is the birth date of three of the greatest athletes of all-time in their respective sports.  On this day, baseball’s legend Sandy Koufax, golfer Tiger Woods and NBA superstar LeBron James celebrate their birthdays. However, today LeBron James steals the limelight of the sports world as he turns 30 years old.  As for the birthdays of Sandy Koufax and...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw is the Gold Standard

If there was any doubt coming into the 2014 baseball season it has been put to rest: Clayton Kershaw is the new gold standard for major league pitchers. The Dodgers’ southpaw hurler picked up his third Cy Young award in four years with one of the most dominating and impressive seasons in recent memory, putting up dazzling statistics that would have surely been even more incredible...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1963 Roger Craig

1963 JELL-O ROGER CRAIG The years 1961 through 1963 represent the golden age of cereal-box cards. The Post company plastered the backs of packages of Toasties, Rice Krinkles, Grape Nut Flakes, and the like with cutout cards of all the stars (and many lesser lights) of the day. And the sugared-up kids of the early sixties broke out their safety scissors and did their level best to...
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bumgarner a throwback to pre-pitch count era

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Madison Bumgarner is a throwback to the days before pampering and pitch counts. Tall, with droopy hair and the look of a gunslinger, he strung together a sequence of World Series performances seldom seen since the games were played in daylight, kids in school listened on radios and Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Mickey Lolich dominated. What a fitting way to...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bumgarner’s legend growing

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. ¬– After another gem performance in the World Series, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner is in a league of his own. USA Today praised him as “the Sandy Koufax of Northern California” and said “he’s Bob Gibson in black and orange.” One thing is certain, Bumgarner is something special. With the World Series tied at 2-2, Bumgarner...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Case for Mickey Lolich

Consistency is the yardstick by which excellence is measured. Mickey Lolich, a Detroit baseball icon, demonstrated consistency, ergo, excellence in a career that, perhaps surprisingly, has not yet warranted admittance to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lolich was a perfect fit for the blue-collar metropolis that defined American industry in the 20th century by churning out Cadillacs...
Via The Sports Post
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Yom Kippur: The day Sandy Koufax said he wouldn’t start a World Series game

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. In honor of this very solemn holiday, where Jews spend the day in synagogue asking for atonement for the sins of the past year, I am going to do my annual post on Sandy Koufax. Among Jews, he is remembered as more than a great pitcher because of what he did, or more accurately, didn’t do on Yom Kippur...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 2014 Jacob deGrom

2014 TOPPS FINEST AUTOGRAPH REDEMPTION #2 The baseball-card hobby slept on Jacob deGrom. Just about every middling to marginal prospect in the sport is afforded an autographed rookie card in one of the numerous brands under the Topps umbrella, but deGrom and his Samsonian locks were nowhere to be found in the early 2014 sets. He appeared in the 2014 Bowman and Bowman Chrome issues...
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy Throws Immaculate Inning

I feel like we’ve been here before. The scene is Tropicana Field and the event…an immaculate inning.  However, this time it wasn’t Tampa Bay Rays reliever Brad Boxberger striking out the side Wednesday night, it was New York Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy doing the deed. In the seventh inning, the righty joined Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Randy Johnson and a number of other...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1980 Pete Falcone

1980 TOPPS PETE FALCONE The Mets record book is one part strict classicism and two parts dark magic. Most of the canonical season and career records are held by your Seavers and Strawberries and such. But many of the more obscure and occasional marks belong to short timers and journeymen. Take, for example, the team record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game. Just this...
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Hutton -- a baseball lifer and enjoying every minute of it

Fifty years ago Tommy Lasorda, then a scout, signed a teenager to the hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. His name? Tommy Hutton. Two years later when Hutton became a September call-up, he played one inning behind Sandy Koufax. His first full season in the big leagues, he shared the same field as Roberto Clemente. Willie Mays was at the tail end of his career. Mike Schmidt and Gary Carter...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Hutton -- a baseball lifer and enjoying every minute of it

Fifty years ago Tommy Lasorda, then a scout, signed a teenager to the hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. His name? Tommy Hutton. Two years later when Hutton became a September call-up, he played one inning behind Sandy Koufax. His first full season in the big leagues, he shared the same field as Roberto Clemente. Willie Mays was at the tail end of his career. Mike Schmidt and Gary Carter...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

10 things you probably didn't know about Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw

One of the few things we don't know about Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is whether his legend will surpass that of fellow Los Angeles lefty Sandy Koufax.  That's subjective and debatable but through the mind-bending dominance Kershaw has displayed thus far in his seven major-league seasons, the 26-year-old has forced that Kershaw-Koufax conversation (go here...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

5 for Friday: Tommy John, 40 years after the surgery that saved his career

You could make a reasonably compelling argument that former big-league pitcher Tommy John has had the most interesting career in baseball history: Enters the league at 20. Wins 124 games with 28 shutouts and an ERA under 3.00 before he's 32. Then he blows his elbow, which can only be fixed by a tendon replacement surgery that's never been done before. And not only does John fully...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers-Diamondbacks Preview

Clayton Kershaw's worst performance of the season came at Chase Field three months ago, but he's been the best pitcher in baseball since. Kershaw will try to find some rare success in the desert by continuing his dominance Wednesday night, when the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers attempt to sweep their two-game set from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw (15-3, 1.82 ERA) has already...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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