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The Art of the Steal: What’s Happening with Stolen Bases?

September 10, 20201 Comment

Crime is down on the base paths . . . why? Is it a good thing?

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STRIKING OUT: Let’s Get Real About the 2020 Season

July 9, 2020No Comments

Let’s have a frank discussion on why we should rethink the 2020 season.

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The Blame Game: the Uphill Struggle of the MLBPA

May 24, 2020No Comments

Here we go again. For many fans, the 1994 strike seems so long ago. MLB and its players morphed into the unstoppable force and the immovable object, and for the first time in 90 years, the most hallowed tradition in American sports history, the World Series, evaporated like rain on Arizona pavement. So much damage […]

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Classic Gone Sour: the Astros and the 2017 World Series Legacy

February 19, 20201 Comment

Why, when it’s all said and done, it really is up to us, the fans, to deliver the heaviest punishment to the Astros.

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Time to be Brave: Why the Tomahawk Chop Should Go

February 2, 20202 Comments

We take a look at why it’s time for the Tomahawk Chop to go.

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Good Signs: Rob Manfred’s Handling of the Astros

January 16, 20201 Comment

“I think Pandora’s box has been opened, and misery loves company..” – Karl Ravech … Don’t make me agree with the Ravi-Train. The thing is though, he’s right. Just as everyone was saying their fond farewells to a decade of baseball that seemed to right the ship a bit, after the turbulent 90’s and 2000’s, […]

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Single Issue Voter: An Irritating Trend

November 22, 2019No Comments

Sooo friendly reminder, that it’s only November, and there’s still plenty of time for this article to age badly. I hope it does, because the fact that i’m even writing it is silly, but it’s a major “ism” of mine, and while I have many of these, this one really grinds my gears. This. This […]

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Letting the Kids Play: How the New School Stars will Save the Game

August 13, 2019No Comments

“BASEBALL WAS MADE FOR KIDS, AND GROWN-UPS ONLY SCREW IT UP” – BOB LEMON It’s hard to get baseball people to agree on just about anything, especially these days.  Whether you’re a student of the new school, or a guardian of the old ways, something always has one side upset, and the other relentlessly defending […]

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Striking the Record: Why Labor Talks are on the Right Track

June 22, 2019No Comments

When you think about it, 1994 feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?  The “world wide web” was only 4 years old, Boyz II Men ruled the world, and the Atlanta Braves owned the National League. Oh yeah, and they stopped playing baseball in August, cancelled the World Series, and forever painted labor negotiations as […]

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Full Extension: What Ozzie Albies Contract Says about Baseball Today.

May 16, 2019No Comments

There are two universal truths when it comes to being a baseball fan: Your team is spending too much on aging players Your team isn’t spending enough on high end players For every Angels fan, lamenting about how much Albert Pujols is being paid, there’s an Atlanta Braves fan, opining over the free agents that […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: What’s Needed, and What’s Too Much?

February 9, 20191 Comment

If you’ve been following baseball over the past two years, you’ve heard a lot about things like “pace of play”, robotic strike zones, pitch clocks, and other modifications to on-field play that can speed the game up and appeal to todays younger crowds.  I happen to be a (not so) esteemed member of this generation […]

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Let’s All Just Chill a Minute on “Fixing” Baseball.. For Now.

June 14, 2018No Comments

Everyone.  Relax.  Take a breath, and really think about this statement: BASEBALL IS FINE… MOSTLY. The sport that has survived gambling, the great depression, systemic racism, steroids and labor strikes is not going to be destroyed by “the kids and their short attention spans”.  There’s quite literally nothing “broken” about the game in the current […]

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The Al-tidote: Why Pujols Symbolizes Baseballs Healing Process from Steroids.

June 7, 2017No Comments

“The First one through the wall always gets their nose bloody” – Moneyball Of course I had to pull a quote from the movie of which this blog is named, but it is appropriate, I think, in this case.  It was June 3rd, 2017, on a clear night in Anaheim, California, when the first step […]

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Off-Base: Why Goose Gossage is Wrong about the Future of Baseball

March 13, 2016No Comments

“The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f— they went and they thought they figured the f—ing game out. They don’t know s—.” – Goose Gossage Ah yes, the ‘New School […]

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My 2016 Wish List: Bringing Everyone to the Table

January 29, 2016No Comments

Here we are, wrapping up January, and we are just now beginning to feel winters stinging winds and isolating cold.  For the baseball fan it is normally a time of longing, when we count in months rather than days to the start of the next season.  When the economists of the game compulsively watch their twitter […]

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Why A-Rod Deserves A (Partial) Pardon

September 30, 2015No Comments

“you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” When asking about controversial or polarizing figures in the great American past time, one does not have to reach too far to find them.  It is a game obsessed with legacy and history, propping up heroes and tearing down […]

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Pete Rose: Why (for all it’s flaws) the Hall of Fame doesn’t need him, and shouldn’t take him.

July 20, 20152 Comments

“LET PETE IN! LET PETE IN!..”  The defiant chant from a Cincinnati  crowd as their hero, Pete Rose, took to the field in a pre-game ceremony at the 2015 All-Star Game.  He is a symbol of better times in Reds baseball, when “The Big Red Machine” dominated the game in the 1970s by brute force […]

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