The Honorable Mentions, Part II

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

Past Time: Walter “The Big Train” Johnson

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

Gray Expectations: Sonny Gray to the Yankees

Sonny Gray has joined the New York Yankees, where expectations are always high. With the waiver deadline fast approaching, the Yankees and Athletics pulled the trigger. In one of those rare deals that appears on the surface to be a win for both sides, the Oakland Athletics have parted ways with their 27-year-old starter.  They … Continue reading Gray Expectations: Sonny Gray to the Yankees

Segura’s Shortstop Chops Stops ‘Stros

Say that three times fast... In fact, say it once each for the three incredible plays Jean Segura made last night to keep his team in the game. With the score tied at 7, the Astros opened up the bottom of the ninth with a double by Josh Reddick.  With Reddick in scoring position and … Continue reading Segura’s Shortstop Chops Stops ‘Stros

Past Time: Hitter’s Paradise — Cobb, Mays, and Donnie Baseball

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

Coming Soon: The 25 Best Hitters of the Free Agent Era

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

Bring on the Second Half!

With the All-Star Game behind us, it's time to get back to the race.  I always love that before the mid-summer's classic, it feels like teams are just churning it out, winning games as much as possible for that future result. After the All-Star Game however, the season feels more like a downhill run.  There's … Continue reading Bring on the Second Half!

The New Faces of Baseball

If you're a casual fan of baseball, or maybe you've lost touch since the scandals and bad juju of the steroid era, I invite you to check out the All-Star Game tonight. Major League Baseball is chock full of young talent with likeable personalities. This new crop is fun to watch. Names like Carlos Correa, … Continue reading The New Faces of Baseball