Me vs. reality, 2014

The Cooperstown election results came out today, so it’s time to compare my predictions with reality. Here is how I stacked up: Player Me Reality Greg Maddux 99 97 Tom Glavine 94 92 Frank Thomas 85 84 Craig Biggio 76 74.8 Mike Piazza 71 62 Jack Morris 70 62 Jeff Bagwell 62 54 Tim Raines […]

10th anniversary: the A.J. Pierzynski trade

10 years ago today a trade happened that really, truly, madly, deeply helped one team more than the other. This trade was special. Many trades are debacles on the field, but this one happened to be a debacle on and off the field. In fact, it’s arguable that the off-the-field stuff is what really makes […]

25th anniversary: Rob Neyer writes a letter

Today marks a rather strange anniversary. For most of the baseball world, it doesn’t mean a thing. It had nothing to do with any game being played. (Who plays games in November anyway?) It wasn’t any transaction or front officer maneuvering. It was one guy who was underemployed writing a letter to another guy who […]

40th anniversary: Cubs trade Fergie Jenkins for Bill Madlock

40 years ago today, the Cubs began breaking up that old gang of theirs. On Oct. 25, 1973, they traded star pitcher Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers. The Cubs hadn’t had much success since WWII. They won the last wartime pennant in 1945, and then had a winning record in 1946, but then entered the […]

20th anniversary: The Joe Carter game

Twenty years go today, one of the most famous World Series games of all time took place: the Joe Carter game. It was Game Six of the 1993 World Series on Oct. 23, 1993, and the Toronto Blue Jays entered just one game away from becoming baseball’s first back-to-back world champions since the 1977-’78 Yankees. […]

10th anniversary: the Aaron Boone Game

Ten years ago today, one of the most famous games in the history of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry occurred. That’s right, today is the anniversary of the Aaron Boone Game. Or, the Aaron F. Boone Game, if you’re a Boston fan. Though I imagine Boston’s success in 2004 and 2007 has dimmed the pain of […]

25th anniversary: the Kirk Gibson game

Twenty-five years ago today, one of the most famous home runs in baseball history was hit. It’s the sort of game identified simply by that one swing. Today is the silver anniversary of the Kirk Gibson Game. First the background: On paper, the 1988 World Series looked like one of the most one-sided and uncompetitive […]