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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...
Via On-Base Talk
15 days ago  |  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...
Via Mets360.com
16 days ago  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
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...
Via Sherman Report
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...
Via Mets360.com
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...
Via Hall of Very Good
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...
Via Mets360.com
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...
Via Fox Sports Florida
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...
Via Fox Sports
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...
Via Fox Sports
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...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Stories from the Past: Q&A with Johnny Goryl

Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer and never was an All Star. He only played in 276 Major League games over six seasons and was just a career .225 hitter. But Goryl played in an era that had the likes of Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and so many other stars...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Giants vs Mets, 12:10 PM

The Mets look to salvage a split of their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday as the two teams meet in a 12:10 PM matinee at Citi Field. Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77) takes the hill for the Mets and will be opposed by right-hander Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71) for the Giants. Gee received his third consecutive loss in the Mets’ 6-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Epstein on Luis Tiant

No one who saw Luis Tiant pitch will ever forget him. Man of a hundred windups, and a “good lookeeng sonafabeech” by his own estimation, ““El Tiante”” was one of the most charismatic players of his era — and with the possible exception of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, no pitcher of the 1970s was more fun to watch. Older- (and stouter-) looking than he actually was, Tiant...
Via Hall of Very Good
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage from 1965 All-Star Game surfaces

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
Via The Outside Corner
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage of the 1965 All-Star Game

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
Via Bloguin Best
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan, The Making of a Pitcher: Speed Bump -1975 (Part 1)

By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer - In a lot of ways, Nolan Ryan’s 1975 season would prove his most challenging.Primarily because it was the first time he missed significant timedue to injury.It started in Minnesota on April 15. He won the 7–3 game, but hisarm felt stiff and there was nothing special about his performance. Thenext morning he woke up to find his...
Via Angelswin
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Tim Lincecum No-Hitter Special Edition

Not a lot of bad things to say about San Francisco Giant pitcher Tim Lincecum's second career no-hitter, thrown Wednesday afternoon against the San Diego Padres. It means that he and the legendary Christy Mathewsonare the only guys to throw two no-no's in a Giants uniform. It means he's just the fourth active pitcher to have two of them (Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle and...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax Share The Mound

So its common knowledge today that Clayton Kershaw pitched what might be the best game of the modern era last night at Dodger Stadium. So, I decided to take his triumphant moment and combine it with one of Sandy Koufax‘s 4 no-hitters. Here they are, some 50 years apart–the greatest Dodger then and the greatest Dodger now (be kind, I’m still teaching myself Photoshop): The...
Via Behind in the Count
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Best coast? The top five New York vs. Los Angeles championship series

New York and Los Angeles may be the two largest media markets and metro areas in the United States, as well as natural geographically opposed sports rivals, but with fewer than 10 title meetings all-time across major American sports, the LA-NY championship matchup is rarer than you might suspect. When the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings face off Wednesday night at Staples...
Via Fox Sports West
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s second no hitter-Detroit, July 15, 1973

By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer - Asked to identify the best pitcher in baseball, Angels broadcaster Don Drysdale replied, “Nolan Ryan has the capabilities, but he’s still a thrower. It’s that way with all young pitchers. It was that way for Sandy Koufax and with me. You start out as a thrower, and then one day a light bulb just pops in your head and you become...
Via Angelswin
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s First No Hitter-Kansas City-May 15, 1973

By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer - Ryan’s 54 strikeouts in April put him well on pace to eclipse Koufax’s 382. He was 3–1 for the month, but following a victory over Detroit in extra innings on May 2, he dropped his next two starts. It wasn’t until May 11, in a rare relief appearance against Chicago, that he got back on track. When the Angels trooped into...
Via Angelswin
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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