These picks and $4.50 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks: East 1. Boston — Sizemore, win more 2. New York — A close second 3. Tampa Bay — Another “so close” season 4. Baltimore — One of these years, but not 2014 5. Toronto — Still the best team in Canada Central […]Read More My Amerian League picks for the 2014 baseball season
Let me repeat that headline: This year’s spring training baseball caps are hideous. As my long blogging layoff will attest, I’ve paid little heed to the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues these past few weeks. So what I saw on a television set in a neighborhood shop a short while ago hit me harder than it […]Read More This year’s spring training caps are hideous
The fabulous Uni Watch blog has a great rundown on the new batting practice caps that major league teams will be wearing this year. The design comments by Paul Lukas are excellent, and I give him a tip of the cap for noting the unbalanced use of serifs in the “P” on the Pirates’ cap. […]Read More Hits and misses: The new MLB batting practice caps
The high priests have looked to the sky and determined that the Baseball Solstice will coincide with Christmas this winter, to be celebrated from sundown on Christmas Eve to sundown Christmas Day. The Baseball Solstice, noted in this blog a year ago, marks the midpoint of the long layoff in play between the final out […]Read More O Holy Cow: The Baseball Solstice coincides with Christmas
There’s nothing “tender” in the dispensing of major league contracts to baseball players. San Francisco last week declined to offer a contract to Brian Wilson, the fierce and funky closer who in 2010 helped the Giants win their first World Series since the franchise bolted New York for the West Coast. Wilson has been rehabbing […]Read More Who’s the more aggrieved Bay Area athlete – Alex Smith or Brian Wilson?
I was a bit late in catching up to the news today that Matt Cain was named National League starter for the All-Star Game tomorrow in Kansas City. That surprised me, because I figured R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets would likely be chosen by virtue of his higher victory total. What didn’t surprise […]Read More Did R.A. Dickey get hosed by not being named National League starter for the All-Star Game?
Opening Day in baseball always brings up memories for me, most of them taking me back to the finger-stinging cold that usually accompanied an Indians opener on the shore of Lake Erie. And somehow this week popped into mind Gomer Hodge, a utility infielder who was the toast of Cleveland in April 1971. Keep in […]Read More Gomer Hodge and other forgotten baseball heroes of Opening Day
On these posts I’ve complained, whined and kvetched about how America’s major television networks and the media overall are obsessed with the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. Super Bowl XLVI is upon us, and we have another Boston-New York matchup with the Patriots and Giants. The network executives must be mighty pleased that those two big northeastern […]Read More New York vs. Boston again – but I’m OK with that
A colleague at work and a huge baseball fan, my friend Kelly Jones is making a bid for the MLB Fan Cave for this baseball season. She’s put up a YouTube video making her case, which you can watch here. That way you can find out why she talks through her mitt so much! (Good […]Read More My friend Kelly makes a bid for the MLB Fan Cave
Since proposing that fans celebrate the “Baseball Solstice” last week, I’ve received a good amount of feedback and I really appreciate it. The response impels me to keep the idea going by suggesting how baseball fans might observe the solstice, which will be Friday, Dec. 30. Over the past week I’ve been thinking about the right […]Read More How to observe the Baseball Solstice