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Newsday’s Ken Davidoff listed the five worst baseball markets  in a recent column: Tampa Bay, Arizona, Oakland, Miami, and Washington. It made me think of the Montreal Expos and whether MLB really did their best to save baseball in the Province of Quebec. I am not sure any of those cities...
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One thing we love in this country is second chances and redemption stories.   How many comebacks has Mel Gibson made?  I just saw a commercial for a movie of his - I mean, it was about him with a beaver puppet that he thinks is alive, or something like that - but it’s a comeback non-the-...
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This article could go in depth about how I feel about the DH being in baseball at all, but I’ll spare you of my ramblings.  This is more about how the DH is misused by teams across the American League. AL teams, at the moment, are using valuable roster spots and salary on a players who can’t...
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  Jays Slugger Jose Bautista Says White Sox Pitcher Threatened Him "The White Sox were dragged into a Toronto Blue Jays controversy about sign-stealing on Wednesday when Jays slugger Jose Bautista told reporters in Toronto that an un-named Sox relief pitcher threatened him while accusing the...
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Obviously all the GMs read my article... On Monday I wrote an article about the weight of a heavy contract.  Obviously all the GMs read my article, so I hope that doesn’t deter them from making a big splash.  In times like these, it’s important for everyone to spend wisely.  Trust me...
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I guess I’m going to have to write this again. And I’m sure I’ll take heat for it—again. Miguel Cabrera is the most talented player the Tigers have had since Al Kaline retired. Check that; Miggy is the most talented since Kaline was in his prime. We’re talking some 45+ years. Cabrera is a...
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For generations baseball has been known as the American pastime but for how long? To quote the greatest movie ever, BasEketball, “Now you kids with your loud music, and your Dan Fogleberg, your Zima, hula hoops and pac-man video games, don't you see? People today have attention spans that can only...
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Can baseball save America again? The economic news of the last few days has been sobering.  For decades, baseball has played in interesting role in America in times of economic woe. We found a great article by Eric Spitznagel that captures the roles of baseball, fans and the economy. Read on...
Is he trying too hard to live up to his contract? Last night on the ESPN game between the Red Sox and Yankees something interesting was said by one of the sideline reporters, I believe it was Tim Kurkjian.  He said that one factor of Beckett’s struggles last year was caused by him trying too...
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I'm not sure if you've had your eyes open this week, but if you have, you might have notice that it's Shark Week.  Shark Week is a celebration of one of the planet’s most fearless killers.  Silently, they approach and get their target before the prey is aware they are even in danger. This...
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Brian Cashman addressed A.J. Burnett with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN yesterday. "We signed a pitcher who was .500. That is what his career record was. He’s a .500 pitcher. He can be electric and dominant. He’s an inconsistent guy. But what he does is give you innings, sometimes...
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Not too long ago I watched the movie "Chasing 3,000”.  The movie is a story of two brothers, Mickey and Roger, and their journey from California to Pittsburgh to see Roberto Clemente reach 3,000 hits the last week of the ‘72 season. I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous and slightly...
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It’s the summer of 1972 and Tigers general manager Jim Campbell is trying to squeeze one more championship out of the core of the bunch that won the World Series four years earlier. Ever since that glorious year of 1968—the Year of the Tiger—Campbell has been wringing the roster, like a wash...
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Trivia question. Who was the last drafted and signed Yankee pitcher to win 12 or more games in either his rookie or second season (not named Andy Pettitte) before Hughes turned the trick last year? (This does not count El Duque, Irabu, or Wang, as they had pro experience before signing). How about...
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August 2, 1979, 32-year-old Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees is killed in the crash of his private plane in Canton, Ohio. The following day the Yankees will honor their captain before their game against the Baltimore Orioles. Fans will give Munson, who helped the Yankees to titles in 1977 and...
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