Archive for the ‘Baseball’ Category

Starting Lineups: Would There Be More African-Americans In MLB If Michael Jordan Made The Majors?

Last night on ESPN’s telecast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian discussed the topic that comes up every mid-April. The issue of the low percentage of African-Americans in Major League Baseball has circled around the sport for too long,...
April 15th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42

Sixty-seven years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in an MLB game. Then in 1997, the MLB officially retired the number — with active players at the time grandfathered in if they wore 42. And now, with Mariano...
April 11th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Could A Moment In Modern Sports Ever Match Henry Aaron’s 715th HR?

It was a 1-0 count and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves with a runner on first. It was a long day for the Braves right fielder walking to home plate. Heck, it had been a long few seasons for the batter as his steady progression towards a hallowed record took an...
April 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Starting Lineups: My Biggest Baseball Pet Peeve

Like many young American males, the first organized sport I ever played was baseball. OK, technically tee ball. Same thing. On top of that, baseball games were the first professional sporting events I ever attended in person, with my father taking me to now demolished Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia...
April 4th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Would You Have Cheered Or Jeered Ryan Braun?

Ryan Braun went to the plate for the first time in a regular-season game since July 2013 yesterday. Because of his belated contrition and the slimy, winding path it took for him to get there, the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder had one of the most unique Opening Days in recent memory. Not only is Braun’s...
April 1st, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

14 Questions To Shape MLB Opening Day 2014

With two false starts to the 2014 Major League Baseball season already under our belt, today is the day the that ribbon to the spring is truly cut and the full slate of games gets under way. As they always do on Opening Day, hopes spring eternal around the MLB. Also as always, there is a buffet worth...
March 31st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Because You Need To Check Out The Dope Basketball Art Of @BBSketch

Growing up in a small Oklahoma town meant that I knew I was sheltered from many things as a kid. When I got to college and beyond, I got exposed to things like White Castle in Chicago, ethnically ambiguous women in the Bay Area and dope sneaker stores in Ohio. My life has changed dramatically ever since...
March 24th, 2014 | Baseball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 10-1

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here, Nos. 50-26 here, Nos. 25-11 here and the top 10 below.] What more can be said about where this list is at now? Over the past two weeks, as I have dissected...
March 19th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Books And Brews: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World – The Dodgers-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast

Author: Joe Konte Book: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World What it’s about: Hatred and baseball. In that order. Brew of the week: Maredsous 6 Where it’s from: Belgium I love hating the Dodgers slightly less than I love my girlfriend, which I guess I’m obligated to say considering...
March 18th, 2014 | Baseball, I'm So Hideous, The Book Club | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 25-11

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here and Nos. 50-26 here.] We are finally rounding third with the top 100 baseball players of 2014, and predictably it’s getting tighter and tighter the closer...
March 13th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 50-26

  [Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here and Nos. 75-51 here.] It is the midway point in of the top 100 baseball players for 2014 countdown, and now the climb toward the top moves into the top 50. Quite honestly,...
March 10th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 75-51

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here.] As the case always is, the game’s elite talent is spread around the diamond at every stop and in every role. While thus far only the first half of the list is being revealed,...
March 7th, 2014 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 100-76

  To say that winter has been rough this year would be like saying Willie Mays was just a “decent” ballplayer. But somewhere in the world, where sun is shining with God’s favor, baseball is being played. And with the season on the verge (and hopefully a true and just spring along with it), it...
March 5th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Ultimate MLB, 30-Team Mount Rushmore

Recently, the craze has been to fill out a “Mount Rushmore” of (fill in the blank) sports immortality. In reality, it is most often a hopeless, fruitless endeavor that has one or two easy answers and then opens up to an endless stream of debates and arguments — which is perfect. So, in my endless...
February 21st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Fam | Read More

Who’s Really Watching Sports? Q&A With Paulsen Of Sports Media Watch

Television ratings are discussed nearly as much as player statistics these days in sports media. They are also some of the most misunderstood statistics in the world. Debates rage about their accuracy, yet select ratings seem to move the meter more than others. Plus, when it comes to market sizes, hype...
February 20th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Tennis | Read More

Derek Jeter And His Everlasting ‘It Factor’

  Derek Jeter may be the best player ever who was never the best player in baseball at any point in his life. Think about it: From Bonds and Griffey, to Rodriguez and Pujols, to Cabrera and Trout, there’s never been a time where anybody sat down and said in any inarguable manner that “Derek Jeter...
February 13th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The 10 Best Hitters In Major League Baseball

Last week, a challenge was levied to by our editor-in-chief to me: Can you rank the 10 best hitters in baseball? Initially, I was a bit reluctant, because far too often, ranking the best hitters in the game can get equated to ranking the best players, which is not what this is (I’ll do that in a month...
February 3rd, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

S.L. Price, Richard Ben Cramer And The Last Words On Alex Rodriguez

If you haven’t read S.L. Price’s meditation on renowned writer Richard Ben Cramer and his failures with Alex Rodriguez, you should. People who like great writing should read it. People who like great writers should read it. People who aspire to be great writers themselves should read it. Two...
January 17th, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

No Losers In The Clayton Kershaw Cash-Out

The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a mind-blowing sum to their ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw today, which will net him $30 million a year over the next seven seasons. That’s a new record for annual take-home pay, and in a game that is not shy at all about showing where the money is at, that’s saying something. What...
January 15th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: A-Rod Paves Braun’s Road To Remdemption

Is Alex Rodriguez’s failure a blessing in disguise for Ryan Braun? Rodriguez has proved to have nearly as irresistible of an ability to throw dirt on his own grave as he did to do virtually everything imaginable on a baseball field a decade ago. Yet, as he fights to save his already scarred-beyond-repair...
January 15th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More