Double talk

Last night in the Yankees 2-1 loss to the Rays, Derek Jeter picked up his ninth double and the 534th of his illustrious career tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most in franchise history. Nine to Know: Yankee leaders in doubles Rk Player 2B From To G PA 1 Derek Jeter 534 1995 2014 […]

Ceremonial first pitches: Rickey, Caroline, and the Mayor (with nine VIDEOS)

  The ceremonial first pitch has now become as ubiquitous as NFL concussions…every game you watch, there’s another one. But, there is a particular honor in throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. As the season progresses, various celebrities of varying magnitude make the toss, some clearly better than others. Throughout the season, here […]

Thirty-eight is not as young as it used to be

There are so many reasons why those of us who love baseball and its magnificent history resent the inflated bodies, egos, heads, and stats of PED users. One specific area in which their digressions distorted the game was in their successful reversal of the aging process. I think of this as we ponder the Red […]

Numbers for Derek Jeter entering his final season

“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” wrote Derek Jeter on his Facebook page and with those words we all felt a premature sense of loss. Jeter has played 19 seasons and has made the All-Star team 13 times, won five Silver Slugger awards, five Gold Glove Awards, and five World […]

The last three seasons of Mantle, Mays, Ruth, Yaz, Aaron, Musial, Joe D, Ott and Ted

Like most athletes, baseball players don’t age well, at least those who did not chemically enhance themselves. Not only that, most ballplayers don’t know when to, or simply won’t, call it a career. That’s one of the reasons why I have such respect for Mike Mussina who walked away from the sport as a 20-game […]

Peter Gammons: History in the making as Red Sox and Tigers meet for first time in postseason

The Tigers and Red Sox are two of the original eight American League teams. Each franchise was owned by a Yawkey. “I realize they were both in the American League,” says Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, “but it still seems remarkable that (Saturday night) will be the first time they’ve ever met in the post-season.” […]

Power is Often the Last Thing to Come

Don Mattingly was 18 years old in 1979. He’d signed with the Yankees that June and played 53 games in Oneonta, N.Y., and when he hit 3 homers and by his admission “hit a lot of balls down the left field line” the powers that be in the organization worried that he wouldn’t hit for […]