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, […]

Chap: From the CHUMPS to the CHAMPS?

Here’s what the Yankees received from the franchise that made even Santa blush with the gift giving they gave not just to New York but to other teams as well. Remember Kansas City and Johnny Cueto?   The acquisition of Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees bullpen makes them a legitimate contender to win the AL […]

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 […]

Legends of the Game: Tom Seaver

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 @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]

Legends of the Game: Team by team career RSAA leaders, NL

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 @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]

Legends of the Game: Decade by decade RSAA leaders

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 @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game are […]

How many starters does a team need?

How many starting pitchers does a team need? Just five…if you are really, really lucky. Let me start by writing that one of the most shocking stats of the season is that so far the Brewers, Padres, and Red Sox have managed to make it through the first six weeks with just five starters each. […]

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 […]

OPENING DAY: Dillon Gee and the New York Mets

It’s official, the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg will be facing Dillon Gee and the rest of the New York Mets on Opening Day, March 31 at Citi Field. Gee will be the 23rd OD pitcher for the Mets following Jonathan Niese who last year became the 22nd pitcher to start on Opening Day game […]

Separate Eras: How does the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 compare to those of years past?

This contribution was provided by Dylan Blanke-White. Follow him on Twitter @DylanWhiteLR. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have emerged from the settled dust as the inductees of 2013 Hall of Fame Class. The contenders for this year’s Hall of Fame class hail from an era of uncertainty, resulting in debate and controversy. The […]