America’s Pastime thrives but continues to be squeezed by sports that have encroached on its turf. It used to be that from mid-May to October, baseball was in its own world with kids from 8-80 devoting all their time listening on the radio, watching “The Game of the Week” on television, collecting and trading cards, and analyzing […]

Trade Deadline Emotions

In about 48 hours the baseball landscape will have permanently changed for 2015 while the 2016 season will start to be carved out. Teams desperately attempting to play for a spot in this year’s playoff circus will be doing almost anything to secure a banger or a hurler who can hit that tater to win the game or whiff […]

Pretenders and Contenders

As July ends and almost two thirds of the season completed, it’s time to be honest and assess your home town favorite. AL Pennant Race Contenders: Kansas City – Unlike last year when they didn’t make a move at the trade deadline, obtaining Johnny Cueto may just be the final piece to push them past New York […]

Hall of Fame

Sunday, Cooperstown inducts four new members to the Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. The three pitchers collected nine Cy Young Awards and finished in the top five numerous times. In addition to being All-Star selections, the three were important, integral pivotal hurlers for their teams. Each in his […]

CHI so long AGO

In the final year of Mayor William Hale Thompson’s tenure the Cubs finished 84-70, a distant third to their rival the St. Louis Cardinals, but there were signs of good things to come in 1932. The Cubs lineup was loaded with good hitters, leading the National League in Runs (828), Batting (.289) and Slugging (.422). […]

Tigers Tigers Not Burning Bright

Even though the Tigers are just a game under .500, they are 4.5 games behind in the wild card race. Injuries, age and missed opportunities in years past seem to be catching up to Detroit. Justin Verlander, age 32, is finally back in the rotation but he was thumped once again (6.62 era) to remain winless. The Tigers are […]

Tommy John: The Nerve of Him

Every team’s pitching staff owes a debt of gratitude to Tommy John‘s courage, who rebounded from arm trouble in 1974 over four decades ago and returned in 1976 to the major leagues, the Major Leagues, THE MAJOR LEAGUES after having revolutionary surgery. He pitched competently enough to continue his career for another 14 years. Today his surgery is […]

A GM at the trade deadline

The whispers, rumors, and gossip start in early June but immediately after the final out of the All Star Game recorded (F-7 in your scorecard), trades become the real deal as franchises assess themselves and their postseason potential. MLB made a great move by pushing the deadline from June 15th to July 31st which has allowed teams more time […]

Reminiscing over the 1970 All-Star Game in Cincinnati

This isn’t necessarily a story about the proverbial “Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!”, childhood memories for a “Baby Boomer” but “hey!” or rather “Say Hey!” why not?!… …especially when the thoughts turn to Summer, baseball cards and the All-Star Game. Summer vacation was already three to four weeks deep in heat, sweat, fun and […]

The Rose/Fosse All-Star collision: 45 years later

In 1970, Pete Rose mad dash home in the All Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in his hometown of Cincinnati is perhaps the quintessential play defining “Charlie Hustle’s” career. His roll block of Cleveland Indians’ catcher and rising star Ray Fosse gave the Nationals a hard fought extra inning victory and forever stamped Rose in […]