Peter Gammons: Griffey and Piazza defined different temperatures of cool

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—On Friday, when Ken Griffey and Mike Piazza dine with the members of sports’ most select and earned society, they will fully grasp what this means. They will see how Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Johnny Bench and all the rest of the men with the HOF suffix act as peers, […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]

Abolish Interleague Play

The following contribution comes from University of Virginia student, Jake Lighter. You can read more from Jake on Baseball Essential.  Abolish interleague play. Demolish it. Disfigure it. Then burn it’s decrepit carcass. Interleague play is ruining baseball. Or at the very least partially responsible. Contrary to the thoughts of those younger than 25, regular season […]

Nine to No-No: Notes from the Cole Hamels No-Hitter

Cole Hamels, in what may be his last game as a member of the Phillies, tossed a complete game no-hitter blanking the Cubs, 5-0. Dexter Fowler walked twice for the Cubs. Nine to No: The Cole Hamels Masterpiece Cole Hamels threw 129 pitches, 83 for strikes, Hamels averaged 88.7 mph reaching a high of 95.9 […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Chris-mas

Three games deep into the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Chicago Blackhawks, two games to one. But as a very sad NY Rangers fan, I’m back and fully engaged with baseball. Yet, I couldn’t help but notice that two pitchers, one from Tampa Bay and one from Chicago are dominating their […]

I am so tired of Spring Training “news”

I read and write about baseball 12 months a year, in the words of the Beatles I write, “Eight days a week.” For me, the worst month of the year for baseball is March. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Spring Training for the ballplayers. I don’t want to shorten it, I don’t want to change […]

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 […]

Wins and Complete Games have little meaning, but still interesting

I’m in the camp with those who no longer count wins as a meaningful representation of the quality of a pitcher. I also no longer believe that a complete game is a relevant statistic in this new era of pitch counts and dominant middle and late-inning relievers. Yet it’s still a fun way to spend […]

Madison Bumgarner and baseball’s other SI Sportsman of the Year recipients

Since it’s first issue in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews, Giants catcher Wes Westrum, and umpire Augie Donatelli on the cover, Sports Illustrated has been sports most influential magazine. Since its inaugural year, SI has annually presented the “Sportsman of the Year.” The first recipient was Roger Bannister, the track star who ran […]

Will Clayton Kershaw be a unanimous Cy Young Award winner?

There are good pitchers, there are great pitchers, and there are pitchers whose seasons were so outstanding that no matter how many other good and great pitchers there were that season, they still won the Cy Young Award unanimously. Was Clayton Kershaw good enough to join this select group? Here are Clayton Kershaw‘s 2014 numbers: […]