Some teams are bad, but at least they have one or two good players to root for. The teams on this list didn’t even have that. A brief synopsis is given of the seven teams in the history of major league baseball that had no player with at least 2.0 WAR.
Archive for the ‘Nostalgia’ Category
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1934: The Buffalo Bisons hit five homeruns in one inning against Albany, including four in a row to set two still standing International League records. Heinie Miller started the second inning with a walk and was driven in when Butch Myers hit the first home run. The next two batters recorded outs, after which Greg Mulleavy, Les [...]
1946: Roy Campanella made his professional debut after signing with the Dodgers. Playing for Nashua (New Hampshire) in the Class B New England League, the future Hall of Famer went 3-4, which included his first homerun.
1965: The Eastern League’s Elmira Pioneers and Springfield Giants played a then record 27 inning game which lasted six [...]
We take another trip down memory lane and look at batting orders from the 1930 season. They are more like 1961 than 2009, with the team’s best hitter more likely to bat fourth than third.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes a new ballot format for the BBWAA. Also, the candidates for the Hall are prioritized. I’m writing for those people who already discern flaws in the Hall’s procedures; who do not want to settle for an adequate system but would like to help move towards making an excellent system; and who are interested in brainstorming ideas to achieve this end.
More and more teams are putting their best hitter third in the line-up. But is that the only change that has been made in how line-ups are constructed compared to fifty years ago? In Part II of this article we discuss who bats in the number two spot in the line-up is often more important than whether your best hitter bats third or fourth.
More and more teams are putting their best hitter third in the line-up. But it didn’t used to be that way. In this first part of a two-part article, we compare today’s new line-up philosophy with that of 1961.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes specific ways to improve the voting process and the quality of the electorate. This is a revised and updated version of an article that appeared here last year.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. The 5% rule for eliminating candidates from the BBWAA ballot was an ill-conceived failure from day one and continues to hamper efforts to get deserving players elected to the HOF. This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009. If you were here then you’re excused from reading it again.
Minor League Baseball recently published a complete list of organizational field staff assignments for the 2010. The list is dotted with a number of former All-Stars, major Award winners and even a Hall of Famer. For those inclined to reach back into their memory banks, or out of nothing else but curiosity, a list of [...]
What is a Hall of Famer? A “Hall of Famer” is one of the top 232 players retiring in 2004 or before (not including banned players such as Pete Rose and Joe Jackson). So, why does the Hall of Fame continually fail to elect Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo and many others who clearly rank within that circle? This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system.
This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009.
Today is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, and many people across this world are celebrating the Luck of the Irish, enjoying corned beef and cabbage their one time for the year, and getting their drink on.
This day also marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the greatest natural baseball player who ever lived. A [...]
With the Senior Circuit monuments behind us we can now move on to the AL and see what faces-of-stone each franchise has to offer.
Clearly my nephew’s personal Mount Rushmore is far greater than anything I could ever come up with for myself, but it got me thinking; what would a Mount Rushmore of Yankees look like? Or one composed entirely of Cardinals? Or the Giants? Any team with a long history would make for fun and lively debate.