Archive for October, 2010

The Bullpen Two-Step

Posted: 31st October 2010 by Gerry Garte in MLB

I’m pleased to present a bonus guest post from Gerry Garte, who recently volunteered to contribute here every other Friday. Gerry sent this post early because it references the World Series, which heads to Game 4 this evening. _________________ Manager Buck Showalter said it before Game 2 of the World Series: Bullpens do not belong […]

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post by Doug Bird, who began contributing Sunday articles last week. Today, Doug offers a recap of the first two games of the World Series, written before Texas’s 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Saturday. _________________ Game 1: Giants 11, Rangers 7 Yeah, this was the pitcher’s duel […]

Baseball’s Fortunate Son, Part II: Freddy Sanchez

Posted: 30th October 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

With the World Series heading for Game 3 this evening, I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi on a key player for one of the teams. _______________ In my final regular season blog, I identified Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Capps as baseball’s fortunate son. Capps went from a maligned Pittsburgh Pirates […]

Winning the MVP battle, but losing the WAR

Posted: 29th October 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

With Wins Above Replacement being a relatively new stat in baseball, gaining acceptance only in the past decade, it makes sense many awards historically bear loose correlation with the WAR totals from their respective years. In fact, sometimes it’s been off by a wide margin. I bring this up because with the San Francisco Giants […]

Bonus: Joe Posnanski replies to my Jackie Robinson piece

Posted: 28th October 2010 by Graham Womack in Jackie Robinson

For anyone who missed it, I posted something this morning imagining Jackie Robinson on the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s. In putting together my piece on Wednesday, I contacted Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski, who I interviewed in September and who wrote a 2009 book on those Reds. Posnanski got back to […]

Any player/Any era: Jackie Robinson

Posted: 28th October 2010 by Graham Womack in Jackie Robinson

Editor’s note: To read Joe Posnanski’s take on this piece, go here. What he did: Robinson is an all-time hero for breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947, though I’ve noticed something talking to people about him. I’ve heard it suggested Robinson wouldn’t have made the Hall of Fame without being baseball’s first black player in […]

If You Ask Roberto Clemente, Don Hoak Was the Pirates 1960 MVP

Posted: 27th October 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Here’s the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi which looks at one of the more controversial MVP votes in baseball history: 1960, when Dick Groat strangely triumphed over Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays, among others. Joe has another player in mind who could have won. ________________ One of the lingering debates among Pittsburgh […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Larry Walker

Posted: 26th October 2010 by Graham Womack in Larry Walker

Claim to fame: Walker could be the first Colorado Rockie in the Hall of Fame. In his prime, he offered Triple Crown-caliber batting, Gold Glove fielding, a rifle arm, and even impressive speed– lifetime he stole 230 bases to go with 383 home runs and a .313 career batting average. His career OPS of .965 […]

Former Oakland Oaks catcher Billy Raimondi dies at 97

Posted: 25th October 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

Billy and Francis Raimondi with daughter June, courtesy of Mark Macrae Billy Raimondi didn’t have World Series rings, millions of dollars in career earnings, or a single day of Major League Baseball service. What Raimondi had, when he died on October 18 in Alameda, California at 97, was family: A wife of 72 years, a […]

I’m pleased to present a guest post from Doug Bird, who has offered to write a regular Sunday post here. ________________ TBS hasn’t forgotten that the game is the star and not the announcer, Fox still hasn’t replaced the man with the golden voice with someone who actually cares about and pays attention to the […]