Archive for June, 2010

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by KerryWhisnant

Now that interleague play has been completed, the first Whisnant Rankings of the season are unveiled. They use Runs Created and account for strength of schedule, home field advantage and park factors.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by Chuck

Cliff Kachline, long time staff historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and one of the founding fathers of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), passed away on Monday at the age of 88.
Kachline began his career in baseball as an editor at The Sporting News in 1943, where remained until retiring in [...]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by JoeDelGrippo

Phil Hughes, aka as Phranchise, will start Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners and Cliff Lee. Hughes, though, had his last start skipped out on the West Coast trip through Arizona and Los Angeles.
The reason? After throwing mostly in relief last year, he is on an innings limit this season, with the Yankees likely [...]

Monday, June 28th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
Branch Rickey needs no introduction. His name and credentials are legendary and border lining on the most significant in baseball history.
His on field actions, however, leave a little bit to be desired.
Take June 28th of a meager one hundred and three years ago. Mr. Rickey, then catching for the [...]

Can Mark Prior make it all the way back?

Monday, June 28th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is on the wire from FOX SPORTS:
Right-handed pitcher Mark Prior, who came out of USC with a hype along the lines of Stephen Strassburg, is still trying to piece his injury-plagued career back together.

Prior, 29, will work out for major league clubs at USC on Wednesday. Prior, who has not pitched in the big [...]

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
On this day 51 years ago with the players voting for the All Star Game starters, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron becomes the first player to be unanimously voted into a starting spot for the Mid-Summer Classic.
To this day he is the first and only player unanimously elected by his peers, [...]

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 by JohnBowen

John Bowen looks at the best individual seasons at each position for the Detroit Tigers from Cobb to Ordonez.

Monday, June 21st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

Texas has as much or more offense as anyone in baseball and for the first time in….well…forever, they seem to have some legitimate pitching to go with those ball smashers.

Monday, June 21st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is for Your Need to Know:
Breaking the hearts of football fans everywhere, Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall selection in that year’s NFL Draft, Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson shocks the sports world by signing with the Kansas City Royals.
Jackson, the 105th overall pick in the 1986 baseball amatuer draft, apparently felt playing for [...]

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 by Chuck

Everyone knows the stories of Chris Coste and Bobby Scales; long-time minor leaguers who finally got their chance in ‘The Show” after many years of minor league bus rides and flea bag hotels.
But for every Coste and Scales there are a hundred other stories of guys who persevere for years in the bushes with minimal [...]

Efficiency Not Money Separates Good and Bad Franchises

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by Shaun

Too often fans want to put too much emphasis on results, which is understandable, particularly in the case of a team that hasn’t won anything since Boyz II Men topped the charts. The point is to win, after all. But, especially in the early going of a new regime taking over a franchise in pitiful shape, we must remember to look more at the philosophical direction of the franchise and what the front office is doing to set the team up for success.

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

And in doing that, he was able to grab the touchstone of his former self. To repeat, not many athletes get that chance, and the few who do often crumble under the pressure. We’re seeing Dontrelle Willis go through the same thing right now. Utterly broken and given up by 2 teams, Dontrelle is trying to find what he once had before, but lost. Can he make his way back to the pitcher he once was?

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
On this day 35 years ago then Red Sox Super Rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 of his teammates in a 15 to one smashing of the Tigers.
Lynn hit 3 homers, a triple and a single on his way to an American League record 16 total bases in a [...]

More Minor League Stories and Legends

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by Chuck

A few days ago, I posted an article touching on some of the Minor League’s more notable or legendary players.
Today I’ll run a few of the more interesting individual or team achievements, starting with the consensus vote of the best and worst minor league teams in history.
In MiLB’s survey of the greatest team in history, [...]

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 by Chuck

As if things aren’t bad enough already.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, currently residing 11 1/2 games behind and in last place in the National League West, find themselves faced with an upcoming schedule which can only be described as evil.
Beginning tonite in Boston, the Dbacks play their next eighteen games against teams currently in, or close to, [...]