The Voyageurs of the Can-Am league may be adding a veteran to their staff: Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who has been known to say a lot, once said that he wanted to be “playing baseball at age 50 — if not professionally, for a semi-pro or local team.” Boyd thinks he was 10 years old […]
In the wake of #38′s retirement, Jason compares the Hall of Fame candidacies of Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. I haven’t analyzed it — mostly because I have close to zero in the way of analysis skills — but I tend to think that they’re both Hall-worthy, with Schilling being the better player overall. His […]
Hall of Fame third baseman, ten time All-Star, and 1949 batting champ George Kell has died. I knew him best as the play-by-play guy for Tigers’ games on WDIV in the 70s and 80s. He was paired with Al Kaline in those days, which made a rare double Hall-of-Fame broadcast combo. Kaline’s unsure commentary made […]
Darren Rovell has discovered the best/worst thing you’re going to think about ordering but won’t at a ballpark this year: But the West Michigan Whitecaps have our eye this year with this — believed to be the single most caloric item ever offered at a ballpark. Here are the important details on this absolute gutbuster. […]
The Merc’s Ann Killion notes the bad timing of Lew Wolff’s anti-Oakland campaign, and reminds us what happened the last time a Bay Area owner trashed his hometown in the runup to the baseball season: Almost two decades ago, Giants owner Bob Lurie originated the “I hate my ballpark and you should too,” public relations […]
Next time you read a column in which some crusty writer complains that players today don’t have the positive team-first attitudes that guys in previous generations did, go searching through some archives. The L.A. Times’ Keith Thursby did, and he found evidence that
Russ Smith’s “Seventeen Ballparks and Counting” post inspired me, so today I run with my own version: Fourteen Ballparks and Counting. These aren’t comprehensive reviews or anything. Just stories and impressions of my limited travels around baseball. Bear with me: real baseball starts soon and then this kind of filler will fall off when it […]
Alex Remington at the most excellent Braves blog Chop-n-Change interviewed yours truly recently, the results of which can be found here. Lots of Braves talk, a little blog talk, and I think I finally came up with a good answer for the “what would you do if you were commissioner for a day” question.
I don’t see a lot of west coast baseball, so a guy like Pablo Sandoval really wasn’t on my radar much before this offseason when, as is often the case, I first started hearing more about him from fantasy previews and things like that. The book on him, it seems, is that he’ll just swing […]
And the second hurdle is cleared: A home, at last, for the Marlins. Miami-Dade County commissioners on Monday put to rest more than a decade quest by voting in favor of a roofed ballpark for the Marlins on the Orange Bowl grounds. Commissioners cast two separate votes; the first came back 9-4, and the second […]
At least according to advertisers and the people who care about them: IT is rare that media buyers form a consensus on anything, but in the case of the neophyte Major League Baseball Network, which had its premiere in January, they seem to agree that they like its chances of becoming a successful player in […]
Things to read as you wonder whether your kids would be in a constant state of contracting and/or getting over colds from October through April if you didn’t live in the Midwest: Sean Smith has five questions about the Los Angeles Angels. Question number six: Is this cleared up yet? Josh Kalk looks at some […]
Having a computer pick your team for you isn’t the end of the world.
News concerning a plethora of players.
In the West, the A’s are better, the Angels aren’t
A look at some Korean and Japanese pitchers from the World Baseball Classic
Otherwise known as the Dickson Baseball Dictionary. Here’s an interview with the author, Paul Dickson.