Appreciating John Schuerholz

I wasn’t thrilled when I heard the John Schuerholz was hired as GM. Yes, he had a World Series title on his resume but the Royals descended into mediocrity after their ’85 championship, thanks to some questionable trades by Schuerholz. You’ve heard of the David Cone for Ed Hearn swap, one of the 10 worst... Continue Reading →

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201 pitches

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. "He ought to will his body to medical science," said Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, who was in attendance at Candlestick Park for the epic... Continue Reading →

Rowland’s HOF ballot, or why ESPN’s Ian O’Connor (and MLB’s Ken Gurnick) shouldn’t have one

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 -- a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young... Continue Reading →

Bobby in the HOF

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 in the broadcaster's wing. Another former Brave player and manager, Joe Torre, was unanimously voted in by the Veteran's Committee, as was Tony LaRussa, who played... Continue Reading →

Does anyone besides Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens want to see their HOF induction speech?

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 some genuine louts in the HOF, and other players who probably shouldn't be there, but why add more?) Can you imagine a more soulless induction... Continue Reading →

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