Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

Starting Lineups: Don’t Hurt The Hall, Help The Big Hurt

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be made public. There is a chance that by the time you read this, the class will already be revealed. And while there is the presence of one absolute member-to-be by the name of Maddux, there is yet another group of the greatest of the past two decades that...
January 8th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The 10 Best Pitched Seasons Of The Last 20 Years

Earlier this week, a few of the talents here at TSFJ came together to honor the career of Roy Halladay, and in the process of doing so, the question came up of if he truly was the best pitcher of his era. He had a few classic years, but where did his best work fall into the mix? And what’s more,...
December 13th, 2013 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Closing In On Home Plate Collisions

Enough is enough. Today, Major League Baseball will have its first public address about what has long been its most dangerous element: home plate collisions. After years of seeing catchers become the type of target practice that the government relegates as only safe to perform in uninhabited parts of...
December 11th, 2013 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Roy Halladay: The Workhorse Who Made You Believe

Yesterday, Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. We here at TSFJ only felt it appropriate to honor one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. So here are a few words shared by Toronto Blue Jays fan Alex...
December 10th, 2013 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

The 3 Reasons Why The $153 Million Dollar Deal For Jacoby Ellsbury Makes (Yankee) Sense

As they always tend to do, nobody quite makes waves like the Yankees in December, and they have decided to get this one started off in their traditional fashion. A week after making the first big splash of the free agent season by acquiring catcher Brian McCann for $85 million, the club handed out another...
December 3rd, 2013 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Correcting The Call To Cooperstown

Yesterday, the ballot for the 2014 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame was released, and while its contents have been well-known for some time now, it is still an impressive selection to behold nonetheless. It rings out as a who’s who of 1990s baseball, as the door begins to officially close even further...
November 27th, 2013 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Andrew McCutchen Can Carry The World On His Shoulders

Yesterday, what’s been known for months was made official: Andrew McCutchen was crowned as the Most Valuable Player of the National League for 2013. It was a year where he came back to finish what seemed like impossible business just a few years back — making the Pittsburgh Pirates winners. But...
November 15th, 2013 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: MLB Buyers Beware — A December Disclaimer

It is the part of the year where the MLB turns from the field and to the boardroom. Now, the batting averages don’t scare pitchers as much as they frighten general managers. With free agency prepared to kick off, the direction of where many teams will set their sails over the next few years will...
November 6th, 2013 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Hope’s Exit Is A Sports Fan’s Nightmare

Hope is the most valuable asset we have as human beings. No storm will go on forever. Brighter days are ahead. The idea that something better is out there drives us to get up in the morning. It improves a morning commute on the way to a gig that just isn’t cutting it anymore. The soul burns with hope....
October 31st, 2013 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Craig Breslow And Baseball’s Cruelty

In Chad Harbach’s novel “The Art of Fielding,” Westish College catcher Mike Schwartz wonders to himself, “What other sport not only kept a stat as cruel as the error but posted it on the scoreboard for everyone to see?” None. Baseball and baseball alone remembers its individual...
October 25th, 2013 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More