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From Babe to . . . Bryce? Baseball’s Next Hero

July 22, 2020No Comments

The time is ripe for baseball to find its new hero. Here’s why it should be Bryce Harper.

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Who The F*#k is Frank Tanana?

June 18, 20201 Comment

For a guy who pitched 21 seasons and ranged from dominant to solid, he remains something of an unknown in baseball history. So who the f*#k is Frank Tanana?

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The Great Phall: the Decline of the Philadelphia Phillies

June 3, 2020No Comments

We take a look at the moment a single tendon snapped and took a franchise down with it.

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Let It Be: Armando Galarraga and History

May 14, 2020No Comments

Why MLB should leave Armando Galarraga’s near perfect game as is— for reasons more important than baseball.

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Ian Kinsler vs. Dustin Pedroia: Two Careers Worth Comparison

April 19, 2020No Comments

Comparing the careers of two second basemen who deserve a closer look.

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My Favorite Player: Mark Lemke

April 12, 2020No Comments

It’s easy to love a star. But here’s why the Lemmer was my favorite player as a kid.

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One Time, One Pitcher: Who Throws for Your Life?

April 8, 20201 Comment

Everything’s on the line. You’ve got One Game, One Series, One Season, and only one pitcher to use. Who is your choice?

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All Leather, No Wood: the Mark Belanger Story

March 21, 20202 Comments

Who was this oft-overlooked defensive star, and why isn’t he more known than he is?

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Nick Markakis: Generic Brand Greatness

February 29, 2020No Comments

Could 3,000 hits be enough for Nick Markakis?

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Forbidden Loves: Right Player, Wrong Uniform.

February 14, 20201 Comment

“How can you not be Romantic About Baseball?” – Brad Pitt, Moneyball Ah yes, Valentines Day. Love is in the air, flowers are being distributed, and bad movies are being paraded everywhere. Most importantly, though, pitchers and catchers have reported to camp, ready to begin the epic journey towards baseball’s ultimate prize, the World Series. […]

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Pulling the String: the Johan Santana Story

January 6, 2020No Comments

We reflect on Johan Santana, who came out of nowhere to dominate the baseball world only to fall apart in a cloud of injury late in his career, leaving us to wonder: what could have been?

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Why Ichiro Matters: An Emerald among Diamonds

May 28, 2019No Comments

When baseball historians get into the “greatest player of all time” debates, typically they cop out to two things:  Accomplishments, and Context.  Often times, one is used to dampen the other.  For example: Ty Cobb ACCOMPLISHMENT: Arguably the greatest contact hitter of all time, he holds the all time batting average record of .367, and […]

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Welcome To The Show: The Curious Case of Jason Heyward (so far)

June 11, 2018No Comments

It was a sunny day on April the 5th, 2010.  The Atlanta Braves were set to take on the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field, and the stands were buzzing.  All eyes were on right field, where a lanky 20 year old rookie was starting in his very first big league game.  This kid was different, […]

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