Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Trae Lewis: Whose cheat is it anyway?

The following opinion piece is a contribution from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. Before I dive into my thoughts on the most recent snubbing of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, I’d like to take you back to the ancient year of 1992. It was a […]

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, […]


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  

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 […]

A-Rod Riding Three True Outcomes to Redemption

Alex Rodriguez is 39 years old, playing with a pair of surgically repaired hips, and entered the 2015 season having last taken a swing in a major league game in September of 2013. Truth be told, the Yankees probably hoped he’d never taking another one, which would have saved them some of the $64 million […]

Paying big attention to baseball’s shortest players

I am vertically challenged. I look up to Ken Rosenthal, not only figuratively, but literally. Dustin Pedroia towers above me. I am Mini-Me It is with that in mind, I pay homage to baseball’s little guys. Nine to Know: Players under six feet tall This past season, 34 players under six feet tall, qualified for […]

20/20 recipients of the 2014 Willie Mays Award

The number of players with seasons of 20 homers and 20 steals are drifting down once again to their rightful numbers, meaning it needs to be a pretty extraordinary event which is why I would like present players who have 20/20 seasons with the “Willie Mays Award.” Here are the five seasons in which there […]

Nine to Minoso

Minnie Minoso 11/29/25 (?) – 3/1/2015 Orestes in Peace In a New York Times article in early April, 1962, as Minnie Minoso was joining the St. Louis Cardinals, Arthur Daley had a column entitled, “The Irrepressible Minnie.” A perfect title for a man played baseball and lived life with boundless enthusiasm. In the middle of […]