The list of hitters that didn't make my top 25 of the free agent era continues. In case you missed my first group of ten, you can find it here: In the group of ten batters below, we have several more that truly deserved it, or will deserve it someday. Let's start with a mighty … Continue reading The Honorable Mentions, Part II
Making my list of the 25 best hitters of the free agent era has been absolutely agonizing. Seriously. I've poured over stats time and time again. I've said to myself, "Okay... done. Get writing," only to shuffle the order several more times. I spent more time weighing key stats between two players -- sometimes falling … Continue reading The Honorable Mentions, Part I
On August 2, 1907, a great disturbance was felt by all Major League hitters. Ty Cobb said this of Walter Johnson, the 19-year-old rookie who debuted that day: "The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed … Continue reading Past Time: Walter “The Big Train” Johnson
Hank's last hurrah: On July 20, 1976 -- 41 years ago today -- the great Hank Aaron hit the final home run of his career, number 755. This total was of course the highest total at the time, as he had surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth just two seasons earlier. Aaron's career was one of the … Continue reading Past Time: Hank Aaron, Vin Scully, and Triple Crown Cobb
On July 18th: 1927: Ty Cobb doubled for his 4,000th hit. He, of course, is only one of two men to ever reach the 4,000 threshold along with Pete Rose. Cobb got the hit off of Sam Gibson of the Tigers, his former teammate. Cobb had played for the Tigers for the previous 22 seasons, but … Continue reading Past Time: Hitter’s Paradise — Cobb, Mays, and Donnie Baseball
Nolan Ryan, Christy Mathewson throw no-hitters on this date.
This is the post I've been waiting to unleash on the world. Over the next several weeks, I will post one to two blogs a week dedicated to a single countdown: The 25 Best Hitters of the Free Agent Era. Why the time constraint, you ask? Well, I believe that baseball from the 1920's is … Continue reading Coming Soon: The 25 Best Hitters of the Free Agent Era
It's more rare than the no-hitter. It's been done less times than the perfect game. In fact, it's just as rare as the unofficial "rarest play" in baseball -- the unassisted triple play -- happening only 15 times in the history of recorded Major League Baseball. I call it... The Swing of Dreams. So what … Continue reading The Swing of Dreams