Video: Peter Gammons with David Ortiz and Hank Aaron

Peter Gammons sits down and talks with David Ortiz and Hank Aaron following the presentation of the Hank Aaron Award for best hitter…

THANK YOU TO THE MLB PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM WINNERS

2015 Recipients Willie Mays     2013 Recipient   Ernie Banks     2010 Recipient   Stan Musial   2005 Recipient Frank Robinson     2003 Recipient   Roberto Clemente 2002 Recipient   Hank Aaron 1991 Recipient   Ted Williams 1984 Recipient   Jackie Robinson 1977 Recipient   Joe DiMaggio 1945 Recipient   Moe Berg  

Coffee and Clippings: Hank Aaron headlines Negro Leagues Baseball Museum gala

Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) of the Kansas City Star covers Hank Aaron as he is set to headline the Negro League Baseball Museum Gala this Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City… Aaron — a Mobile, Ala., native, whose career started with the Negro Leagues’ Indianapolis Clowns in 1952 — still has the major-league records for […]

Nine oddities from the list of 500-home run hitters

The great thing about baseball is that when you look at any list of 27 ballplayers you can find loads of odd numbers amongst their stats. This is certainly true when you look at the 27 sluggers with 500+ homers. Nine to Know: From the 500-homer list Babe Ruth had 113 sac bunts, but two […]

A-Rod Hammerin’ Fastballs, Reaches 30 HR Mark for 15th Time

Heading into the 2015 season, the over/under on Alex Rodriguez‘s remaining career home runs would have been well under 30. The 39-year-old, hobbled by surgically repaired hips and brought low by a PED scandal that complicates his first-ballot Hall of Fame credentials, hadn’t taken a swing in an MLB game since September of 2013. The […]

Todd Frazier and the elite 20 HR and 20 double club

Twenty homers and twenty doubles is a pretty good season. Last season, there were only 46 players who had these totals by season’s end and there were only 22 that reached the 25/25 mark. This season, five players have already reached the 20-20 mark by the All Star break and just the outstanding Todd Frazier […]

How Bryce Harper Became an Offensive Beast

Bryce Harper doesn’t have the World Series ring he clamored for during spring training — not yet, anyway — but he’s laying waste to pitchers in 2015 at a level that would make him a worthy clean-up hitter for the All-Millennium team. Harper, whose early-career brilliance has mostly been obscured by Mike Trout‘s all-time best […]

An anniversary of why baseball stats matter

There is an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times that does a very good job of attracting attention and creating buzz entitled Don’t Let Statistics Ruin Baseball. The author, Steve Kettmann, is suggesting that all the attention to statistics interferes with a fan’s enjoyment of the game. He complains that too many baseball writers […]

Happy 81st birthday, Hank Aaron

Today, February 5, 2015, is Hank Aaron’s 81st birthday. Here’s 44 to Know about #44 Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in the majors he wore uniform #5 (and made $5,000 in salary) Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, the same city as fellow Hall of Famer Willie […]

Home Run Leaders by era

Pre-Historic Era – Harry Stovey finished his career in 1893 with 122 œhomers Dead Ball Era – Roger Connor, retired in 1897, with 138 homers National Pastime Era – Babe Ruth, finished his career in 1935 with 714 homers Integration Era -“ Hank Aaron, finished his career in 1976 with 755 homers Steroid Era – Barry B*nds, […]