DEALS ARE PART OF THEIR TRADE

“DEALS ARE PART OF THEIR TRADE ” For fans, the trading deadline Major League Baseball has made the end of July exciting and suspenseful for teams fighting for the postseason and for the franchises trying to avoid falling into the basement.  For teams like the Reds the trade deadline allows them the chance to continue their rebuilding in an […]

Peter Gammons: The reality of positioning for the MLB Draft

JUPITER, FLA.—The 2008 Angels set their franchise record—and, remember, this was a franchise that began playing in the Eisenhower Administration—with 100 wins. The following June, because of free agents lost. They didn’t pick until the 24th selection in the first round, but had five selections in the first two rounds. That first pick, at 24, […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants

I remember the first time I saw Randy Johnson pitch, in relief in Palmer, Alaska in the mid-eighties, which always served as a reminder of the work he put in to win five Cy Youngs, start four different All-star games, win more games in his forties (75) than his twenties (64) and become one of […]

Yankees to retire the uniform numbers of Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte

The New York Yankees are retiring Bernie Williams‘ uniform number 51, Jorge Posada‘s number 20, and Andy Pettitte‘s number 46. In addition, each will be honored with plaques in Monument Park along with Willie Randolph. And if you think the Yankees have retired too many numbers, don’t worry they seem to be moving into double letters: CC Sabathia and […]

The first and last appearances of the four new Hall of Famers

Whenever new Hall of Famers are declared by my esteemed colleagues (okay, “superiors” because they have votes), I like to check how each of the players began and ended their careers. I wrote about about baseball endings, so I’m always fascinated by them, but because of Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and […]

Pedro, Randy, Craig, & Smoltzie: 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Top Ten – David Letterman (VIDEO)

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and John Smoltz with David Letterman (1/7/15)

Around the majors report: hall of fame election

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John […]

Nine batters who had little trouble with the Big Unit, Pedro, and Smoltzie

If as expected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz are named as the newest honorees by the Baseball Hall of Fame we can expect to see a slew of articles, columns, and anecdotes about the brilliance of each of these pitchers. But even the best pitchers had some batters who gave them headaches and […]

Legends of the Game: John Smoltz

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]