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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19 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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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Flashback: Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. share the field for Mariners

Back on August 31, 1990, two generations of Griffeys suited up for the Seattle Mariners and made history. At the time, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. were the very first father/son duo in MLB history to play together in the same game. As Michael Clair of MLB.com noted in his CutFour piece celebrating the Griffeys, that's a remarkable achievement that has only happened one other...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Column: Bring on Expos II! Montreal deserves another team

For many baseball fans, the lasting image of the Montreal Expos is a cash-strapped team that played before mostly empty seats in a sterile stadium known as the Big Owe. Steve Rogers prefers to remember the good times, when the continent's most European city was as giddy over the national pastime as anywhere in the United States. ''It was a really great baseball city,'' Rogers said...
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May 29, 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

Five Great Stand Up Sports Bits

In comedy, it is important to find subject matter that people can relate to. Many comedians bring sports into their comedy. It is a common ground for many sports fans and comedy fans. Many Chicago comics (myself included) find ways to mock the Cubs, tease Sox fans, or remind Blackhawk fans about the size of their bandwagon. National comics are no strangers to bringing sports into...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Canadian Baseball Scribe

How does a fine Canadian boy like yourself grow up to be a baseball writer? What happened to hockey? Were you ever in jeopardy of being disowned? I grew up playing basketball and I liked watching baseball. One of the biggest things about baseball was that I was big into numbers, even as a little kid; I used to carry around a Little Professor calculator. So, that was my favorite...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ Prospect Chaz Frank is an Excellent Role Player

Every baseball team has role players; guys who can come in and fill numerous roles adequately. Outfielder Chaz Frank definitely prides himself on being just that kind of guy. While mastering the lost arts of bunting for base hits and being an effective base runner, the young outfielder was one of the Lansing Lugnuts’ most exciting players to watch last season. Joining the team...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ Derrick Loveless Preparing to Build Off Breakout 2014 Season

Every season presents an opportunity for prospects to get better. While many fans follow some of the highest ranked players in the system, there are always a few talented guys that are flying under-the-radar. That was just the case for outfielder Derrick Loveless until a breakout 2014 season gave the speedy outfielder the recognition he deserves. Loveless made a big transition last...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Substitution Rules

In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Hall of Fame Fallout

It’s that time of year again. With the annual MLB Hall of Fame voting only mere days behind us, you know darn well what this week’s piece is going to focus on. In fact, this special edition of the Wind Up is dedicated to discussing the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame vote. Let’s begin, shall we? First, the good news: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz along with...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann: "Close the Hall of Fame and start over" (Video)

On Wednesday evening, ESPN's Keith Olbermann targeted the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for what he considers to be a broken voting system for electing players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Olbermann, players being excluded for suspected steroid use in recent years (most notably Mike Piazza in the most recent balloting) are "the lucky ones" because...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The worst 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots

This is a column I put together every year, and I relish it. Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame generates a level of fervor and outrage that is foreign to that we see with other Halls of Fame across sports. Yet, each year, the outrage continues and, if anything, gets louder. This year, the BBWAA got it right. Four players – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Hall Of Fame Enshrines Four Players

The National Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York today announced their 2015 class of inductees. The following four players will be enshrined in the Hall this coming summer: Randy Johnson (97.3%), Pedro Martinez (91.1%), John Smoltz (82.9%), and Craig Biggio (82.7%) as their inductees. A 75% threshold is required for election. Thus, the historical trend of no one receiving...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Internet Baseball Writers Select Five For HOF

As the MLB Hall Of Fame gets set to select its 2015 inductees, the Internet Baseball Writers Association Of America (IBWAA) selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%) as their inductees. A 75% threshold is required for election. Curt Schilling finished in sixth place, with 65.64%...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

One man's opinion: Eight 2015 Hall candidates merit induction

ST. LOUIS -- Start with the no-doubters: Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Next, check two who are not quite automatic but still very deserving: Craig Biggio and John Smoltz. Then, add two more who would be obvious if not for the shadow of steroids innuendo: Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza. Finally, check two more who you believe remain worthy: Tim Raines and Curt Schilling. And there...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

A Process Of Elimination: My 2015 Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot

It is time once again for the Baseball Hall of Fame election process to take over baseball’s airwaves. And while the process over determining inductees has turned away simply from on-field evaluations to a mixture between old-fashioned baseball card stats and an assimilation of a morality based war on “baseball crimes”, the voting game has never been more convoluted. For the...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Will Get Snub From the 2015 Hall of Fame Part 1?

Now that we are at the end of 2014, it is time to reflect on the year that was. It is also almost time for the Baseball Writers of America to vote on who will be inducted into the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame. Everyone has their opinion on who will get elected and who won’t. So let’s make a case for some of the players who could be snub in 2015. Alan Trammell The former shortstop played...
Via Baseball Essential
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Index

It seems like I write an article like this every year. Outside of fantasy baseball, the baseball Hall of Fame is easily my number one interest. Several years ago, I wrote a book called The Hall of Fame Index. One of the unfortunate problems when writing a book that uses complex statistics is that the world is always changing. Book publishing is a static industry and the book does...
Via The Fantasy Fix
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

My Hall of Fame Ballot and the Problems with the Voting Process

The Hall of Fame debate to me these days is less about who is deserving and more about why they should or shouldn’t be disqualified. For several years now, each new candidate comes with their own set of speculations as opposed to qualifications. Every candidate that played in the steroid era will always have suspicion or doubt cast upon them, warranted or not This is one of the...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Voting is Already Getting Stupid

We’re just weeks away from the Hall of Fame announcement and, yup, you guessed it…voting is already getting stupid. Everyone remembers (in great detail) far too much about the fiasco from last year and, it would seem, this year is going to be no different. Consider this…thanks to the HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo, we know that there are already writers opting not to vote for...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 6, 1992

1992: George Brett’s inside-the-park home run capped the Royals’ comeback in a 3-2 win over the White Sox at Royals Stadium.Kansas City trailed 2-1 as they entered the bottom of the seventh. Chicago starter Kirk McCaskill had held the Royals to five hits in the first six innings, but the White Sox went to their bullpen, bringing Roberto Hernandez into the game. With one out,...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

#SDSocialSummit Recap

On Sunday, the Padres invited 40 or so fans who are active on social media to attend #SDSocialSummit, where we would get to chat with each other face to face and also ask questions of key decision makers. The team fed us and put us up in a suite in the Western Metal Building. While the free food and seats are much appreciated, you should know that my price for loyalty is a lot higher...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

FenwayNation's HOF Picks For The IBWAA

As we await the official results of the 2014 Hall of Fame balloting this afternoon, we thought it would be interesting to reveal our unofficial picks via our membership in the Internet Baseball Writers Assocation of America (IBWAA). We decided to make just seven player choices: Billerica's Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Hypothetical Hall of Fame Ballot – Andy

I like that it is difficult to get into the Hall of Fame. To me it’s better to keep a great player out than to be too loose with your entry standards and let a less than excellent player in. Now, the Baseball Writers Association of America took that to an extreme in 2013 by not inducting anyone. But I might be the only person in America who wasn’t overly offended that Craig Biggio...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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