Archive for the ‘Baseball’ Category

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which...
August 29th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Andrelton Simmons Is The Man

“The only security a man can have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.” — Abraham Lincoln When the 16th president of the United States said those words, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be talking about a Curaçao-born baseball player and his work. Hell, I...
August 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge Park. This really isn’t just any stairway, however, but one of the few remnants of history that was torn down over five decades ago. When the final and most famous Polo Grounds...
August 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later

Some years just have a different vibe to them. Teams are clicking, the games are exciting, the performances are just a bit more spectacular more often. For Major League Baseball, the summer of 1994 was one of those years. There was a great franchise at the peak of its power in Atlanta that faced an...
August 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Remembering The Greatness Of The Now Struggling Ryan Howard

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 We have all witnessed, with frustration and, for me, sadness, the steady decline of Ryan Howard over the past three years. After bursting onto the scene in 2005, we watched with joy and excitement the Big Piece’s rise and run of success, including six very good years...
August 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

On Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen And Respecting Baseball’s Rules Of Engagement

There are two rulebooks in baseball: the one that moves games along and the one that holds the game itself together. While the balls and strikes are important, perhaps the rules of engagement that bind “the boys” together are more important than any other rules. Things like not stepping on the mound...
August 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead,...
August 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has proven that he will talk to anyone any type of way, and there’s nothing you will do about it but take it. He doesn’t care for your pomp and circumstance. He doesn’t...
July 24th, 2014 | Baseball, Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some tears, I immediately began reflecting upon his illustrious career and what he has meant to baseball … and to me. There’s no doubt that when most people think of baseball, Derek...
July 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

5 Factors To Winning The 2014 MLB All-Star Game For Each League

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s annual entry in its traditional summer showcase — the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event toes the line between exhibition and impact game, due to nothing less than World Series league advantage on...
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Derek Jeter’s “RE2PECT” Tribute Is Why Derek Jeter Matters

Derek Jeter matters. He matters for way more reasons than this picture, obviously, and he matters now perhaps more than ever. No matter what you hear, baseball still matters in America. If it didn’t, talks of a guy like Clayton Kershaw being offered a $300 million contract would cease to exist....
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, J. Tinsley | Read More

2014 MLB HR Derby Open Thread: It’s Back-to-Back For Yoenis Cespedes

It’s Back-To-Back For Yoenis Cespedes Before tonight, the only player to ever win the Home Run Derby in back-to-back years was Ken Griffey Jr. Now we can add Yoenis Cespedes to the list, as the Oakland A’s slugger defended his crown in impressive fashion. Yoenis put in his work for the long...
July 14th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters Debate: The Rev Vs. The Cheap Seat Fan

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s head editor and baseball aficionado, the Reverend Paul Revere, and the lead of the on-site baseball department, Matt Whitener. The debates against the people’s choices...
July 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Rev | Read More

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying...
July 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much...
July 8th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars – Volume 2

The 81st game and technical halfway point of the Major League Baseball season has been met for each of its clubs, while the ceremonial midway mark is two weeks from today as the All-Star Game looms in Minneapolis. And with that, it is time to take the top-of-the-month look at what the 2014 MLB All-Stars...
July 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Did Clayton Kershaw Pitch The Greatest Game Ever?

Early on in the year, it’s seemed like something has been missing in Major League Baseball for some reason. That’s because there was: the ever-present specter of Clayton Kershaw, looming every fifth day to more likely than not showcase pitching brilliance of the most florescent manner. Kershaw...
June 20th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Remembering Tony Gwynn And The Game I Used To Love

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson One of the most telling signs of aging is when a prominent figure of your childhood passes away. That feeling is accentuated even more when that person makes his or her transition at what is considered a “young” age. For me, over the past couple of years, the...
June 19th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Fam | Read More

An Appreciation For Tony Gwynn As A Craftsman

I’ll remember Tony Gwynn as a man in my ballpark until my brain gives out. It’s a shame I didn’t realize it until after his heart did. Gwynn’s dominance at the plate is well-documented. He hit, hit again and hit some more. Proof showed itself on the television screens. Highlights...
June 18th, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and...
June 17th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More