Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

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

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

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

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