Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball campaign would play out in the end. Now, I am acutely aware of the pitfalls of such leaps of “faith” (if you can even call it that), but everything seemed to be pointing in...
October 30th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Are Sports Leagues Finally Getting Serious About Domestic Violence?

As said often since the NFL was put on blast for its handling of the Ray Rice ordeal, plenty of us had never actually seen a man strike his significant other outside of movies and television. Though we don’t have to be detectives to conclude that something happened when a sports figure is at least...
October 23rd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

Fear Factor: The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals And The NLCS Mirror Match

Over the past four years, the destinies of the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have often run parallel. When one team was not winning the National League crown, it was the other doing it instead. Yet for the first time since the Giants’ classic comeback in the 2012 NLCS — and the...
October 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game, Major League Baseball is slow to embrace change. When the decision was made three years ago to expand the postseason even further and create a second Wild Card spot in each league,...
October 1st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the career of Derek Jeter along with it. In the winter of his days as a New York Yankee, there has been a tug of war between the push to show appreciation to his career and to also...
September 26th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball fan from New York, Oakland or Philadelphia is familiar with the man known as “Mr. October.” Being one of those Philadelphia baseball fans, here’s what I’ve...
September 16th, 2014 | Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Ron Washington And The End Of An Era For Texas Rangers Baseball

When things go to hell in the world of a team and its season, fans have various ways of dealing with the disaster. Some stay right in the midst of the mess, right in the heat of the fire with their team, game after game, knowing in their hearts that it will not get any better and that the season is...
September 8th, 2014 | Baseball, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Fascinating Life Of Ichiro Suzuki

Every so often, an athlete comes along who simply mesmerizes fans. Ichiro Suzuki is one of those athletes for me. From the moment he took his longstanding legend in Japan to the Seattle Mariners, he hooked me in. Maybe it was his cannon arm from right — so surprising from such a diminutive baseball...
September 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | 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

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

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 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

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

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars — Volume 1

The marathon of the Major League Baseball season lends itself to both patience and context in some very constant fashions. For example, here in June it is too early to declare anybody having established himself as a “frontrunner” for anything, but it is not too early to declare a few teams...
June 4th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: A Flyer, A No-Hitter And A Hits Explosion In Philadelphia

In my 30-plus years on this planet, I have been to countless Major League Baseball games — the vast majority of them in Philadelphia, either at the now demolished Veterans Stadium or the current home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park. I honestly have no idea how many MLB games I’ve...
May 28th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Terms Of Endearment With Troy Tulowitzki

As long as there are seasons for sports to exist, there will always be a healthy side of “what ifs” to go with the main course of the games. One of the most consistently served items on the Major League Baseball menu is “What if Troy Tulowitzki was healthy?” and it has been a question that has...
May 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More