That’s how many pitches were thrown by 42-year-old Warren Spahn 53 years ago today. Willie Mays homered on Spahn’s 201st to break a scoreless tie. In the bottom of the 16th. … Continue Reading 201 pitches
The son of a player you rooted for is inducted into the HOF.
No offense to Don Sutton, but is he really more deserving of a berth in the Braves Hall than Andruw, McGriff, Joe Torre, Rico Carty and Leo Mazzone? Andruw hit … Continue Reading Peculiar oversights in #Braves HOF
Even though strikeouts were not his bread and butter, Maddux had more K’s (181) in 1995 than hits and walks combined en route to his fourth consecutive Cy Young. Mad … Continue Reading Maddux and Glavine, in bullets
I’ll never criticize Mad Dog. It’s surprising he chose not to be inducted as Brave, for whom he toiled 11 years. But he was a Cub for 10 years, so … Continue Reading On Mad Dog’s curious decision to go no logo
UPDATE: Ken Gurnick, who covers the Dodgers for MLB, had only one name on his HOF ballot: Jack Morris, probably the least worthy candidate. His reasoning: Morris has flaws — … Continue Reading Rowland’s HOF ballot, or why ESPN’s Ian O’Connor (and MLB’s Ken Gurnick) shouldn’t have one
Bobby Cox unanimously elected to hall of fame. #braves — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013 We assume Mad Dog and Glavine will join him. And, perhaps, Pete Van Wieren … Continue Reading Bobby in the HOF
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post is an idiot, as evidenced in this exchange with John Schuerholz. KD : I have one question, one challenging question for you. You know how … Continue Reading Speed is to steroids as pot is to heroin
As in, “the biggest no-brainers in the history of Earth.” 1. Tim Raines. All the things the stat geeks say about the Hall voters regarding PED’s is true when it … Continue Reading Rowland’s HOF ballot: Part I, the Jon Shibleys
Familiar language from ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who claims the HOF is already compromised by PEDs. I mean, c’mon, no Mike Schmidt or Hank Aaron in the Hall of Fame? By … Continue Reading PED apologists violate their own liturgy
Outside of Suzyn Waldman, that is. Otherwise, who’s going to make the trek to Cooperstown to see two unrepentant frauds take their place among baseball’s greatest players. (Yes, there are … Continue Reading Does anyone besides Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens want to see their HOF induction speech?
Terrific column by ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant — so good he almost makes up for Rick Reilly — on this year’s Hall of Fame balloting. Much to recommend here, particularly this … Continue Reading Tonight’s reading assignment
I don’t believe Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens deserve enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Cheaters shouldn’t prosper. But it’s unfair to lump them together. No question Bonds makes it to Cooperstown … Continue Reading Not all cheaters the same
If you don’t have a Facebook account sign up for one — it’s free, and it’s the least you can do for the voices of the Braves. National Baseball … Continue Reading Last chance to vote for Skip and Pete
Fan balloting starts today for the Ford C. Frick Award, which has been given to the likes of Milo Hamilton and Tim McCarver but not to one of the Bravos’ … Continue Reading Vote Skip, Pete and Ernie
I watched as much as a I could tolerate of the interminable Kevin Millar show on MLB. He and co-host Chris Rose agreed that Big Fraud-i should go into the … Continue Reading Dumbest question of the day w/ a predictably stupid answer
Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one … Continue Reading Five HOF’ers in one decade
Perfect for a winter morning, though I’m angry every time I think of Tim McCarver getting inducted over Skip.
I knew it. Tim McCarver, who has been a national analyst on television networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, … Continue Reading HOF robs Skip, inducts annoying gasbag
The HOF will announce the winner of the Ford C. Frick award tomorrow (not today as originally scheduled). Skip is among the finalists, along with a bunch of guys I’m … Continue Reading Cross your fingers for Skip