Archive for December, 2011

Any player/Any era: Cesar Cedeño

Posted: 29th December 2011 by Graham Womack in Cesar Cedeno

What he did: Cedeño may rank as one of the great “What If?” players in baseball history. Not long after Cedeño debuted with the Houston Astros in 1970, Leo Durocher declared him the next Willie Mays. And while the centerfielder had power good for 199 homers and speed that netted him 550 steals to go with a […]

About three weeks ago, thanks in large part to Baseball: Past and Present, I received an invitation to attend the annual Oldtimers and Active Baseball Players Association of Portland, Oregon dinner. One of the Oregon event organizers members who lived in Pittsburgh during the 1950s and had attended the game at the old Forbes Field read my blog […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Vince Coleman

Posted: 27th December 2011 by Graham Womack in Vince Coleman

Claim to fame: I saw Vince Coleman got a few votes in my recent project on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame, six votes out of 86 ballots to be precise, and I noticed something interesting. I noticed this thing again in a forum discussion on Monday over at Baseball Think Factory. […]

The All-Japanese All-Star Team

Posted: 26th December 2011 by Alex Putterman in MLB

Editor’s note: I’m pleased to present the latest piece from Alex Putterman, a regular contributor here. ______________________ Four weeks ago, I unveiled my all-time all-Jewish all-star team. Now, in honor of the $51.7 million bid that won the Texas Rangers the rights to negotiate with Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish, I present the all-time all-Japanese all-star […]

All I Want For Christmas Is…

Posted: 25th December 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

The 2012 baseball season is approaching, if ever so slowly, and at this festive time of year there is something on everyone’s Christmas list.  This is especially true for the 30 general managers who run Major League Baseball. Some have long lists with not much money to spend, others have short lists with lots of […]

Any player/Any era: Elmer Flick

Posted: 23rd December 2011 by Graham Womack in Elmer Flick

What he did: This week’s column was prompted by Cyril Morong, perhaps the best sabermetrician I know and an economics professor at San Antonio College. For anyone who hasn’t checked it out already, Cyril’s blog is well worth a read, a rare site that combines expert quantitative analysis with good writing. Cyril emailed me recently […]

Two baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Nellie Fox and Rickey Henderson had the misfortune to have been born on Christmas Day. Unfortunately for them and others who suffered the same fate, that inevitably results in fewer presents no matter how well intended friends and family may be. While I admire Henderson’s huge talents, I could never quite warm up […]

Yu Darvish: Dice-Redux?

Posted: 21st December 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

The Texas Rangers won the right to negotiate with Japanese sensation Yu Darvish, submitting a record $51.7 million bid. When will Major League Baseball learn? Scouting reports attest that Darvish throws seven different pitches, all with extraordinary skill. The hype surrounding Darvish is reminiscent of Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox bust who never came close to […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Ron Cey

Posted: 20th December 2011 by Graham Womack in Ron Cey

What he did: Let’s be clear– I don’t consider Ron Cey a Hall of Famer. The point of this column isn’t to mount a hopeless case that Cey belongs in Cooperstown. The power-hitting third baseman didn’t come close to making the Top 50 in my recent project on the best players not in the Hall […]

Hall of Fame project recap

Posted: 19th December 2011 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

A week has passed since I posted the results of my second annual project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame, and things are going well in these parts. We have a new traffic record here with just north of 7,200 unique visitors for the month as of yesterday. More […]