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Happy New Year to those of you who I haven’t been in touch with lately, I hope all is well with you and yours.

For those of you who are not aware of it, I’m working these days at, the website of the great Hall-of-Famer Peter Gammons (yes, it fills me with joy to write those words). While some of you go to warm locations, for me is my island paradise with the only thing missing being the ability to get drinks with umbrellas from the poolside bar.

Here are some of my recent articles:

Alex Rodriguez – The 60 Minutes Report (VIDEO)

This is the video of the report that was shown on 60 Minutes. I watched the great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the not-so-great Golden Globes and then I watched this. You should too.

Comparing the BBWAA vote and IBWAA Hall of Fame votes

Both the newer Internet Baseball Writers Association of America‘s (IBWAA) and the traditionally authoritative Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) released their 2014 Hall of Fame election results last week. As a member of the IBWAA, I was particularly interested in seeing if there would be a difference in the results.

The MLB Chen Guangbiao Business-Card Generator

Looking to enhance your business card? Chen Guangbiao doesn’t want to just buy The New York Times (not just an issue but the whole damn operation) but according to his business card that circulated on the web, he’s pretty well accomplished. His card lists him as China’s “Most Influential Person,” “Foremost Environmental Preservation Demolition Expert,” and “Most Charismatic Philanthropist.” has a business card generator that lists all sorts of great titles. I tried it out on Alex Rodriguez, Harold Reynolds, Bryce Harper, Bud Selig, Peter Gammons, and myself (Humblest Space Alien Debate Moderator).

The Yankees have finished third 13 times, and then they…

Here’s what the Yankees did each season after they finished in third place.

The last three seasons of Mantle, Mays, Ruth, Yaz, Aaron, Musial, Joe D, Ott and Ted

Mickey MantleWillie MaysBabe RuthCarl YastrzemskiHank AaronStan Musial,  Joe DiMaggioMel Ott and Ted Williams all achieved their greatness long before their final three seasons. Some of these guys hung on long past their expiration dates, some knew when it was time. Some stayed for the money, some the fame, some the camaraderie of their teammates and the adulation of the fans. All left loving the game.

Quality Starts and Ultimate Quality Starts for HOF Candidates

Before the Hall of Fame votes were announced I looked at Quality Starts and Ultimate Quality Starts for the starters on the ballot.

2014 is the 100th anniversary of…

Here are 14 baseball facts from 1914, 100 years ago that include Babe Ruth, Bill Veeck, Joe DiMaggio, and Weeghman Park.

IBWAA Selects Four in 2014 Hall of Fame Vote

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America‘s (IBWAA) 2014 Hall of Fame election results,

Remembering Jerry Coleman  (video)

Jerry Coleman was not just a beloved member of the baseball community, but a true American hero. Here is Jerry and people talking about him (as well as some of his more famous misspeaks).

Happy New Year! Welcome to baseball 2014

Orel Hershiser struck out 2014 players in his career and more 2014 fun.

Sen. Tim Kaine’s New Year’s resolution is to be better in baseball trivia

The Washington Senators may now by the Texas Rangers (or the Minnesota Twins), but that doesn’t mean I can’t be a fan of these two great senators in Washington: Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio who quiz each other regularly on baseball trivia.

The 2013 Worst Hitters Against Lefties

Of the bottom 10 teams against lefties this season, three made the postseason: the one-and-done Reds, the four-and-done Braves and the NL Champion Cardinals whose problems hitting lefties was truly exposed in the postseason.

Remembering the members of the baseball community we lost in 2013

Appreciate those around us. Now.

Major League Thank You Notes

A number of players and teams used newspapers (remember those things?) to thank fans. Here’s a bunch.

Relievers used by each team in 2013

The Astros used 24 different relievers, Anthony Swarzak through 96 innings in relief, only one member of the White Sox earned a save last season (and he’s gone), and many more bullpen goodies.

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My week on 12-14 to 12-20

December 20, 2013

As you folks know by now, I’m wintering on writing just about every day, M-F. Here are some highlights from this past week: The shortest day of the year and baseball’s short players Thinking about Wee Willie Keeler, Freddie Patek, Dustin Pedroia, Eddie Gaedel, and less than kinds words for Randy Newman. The […]

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My week on

December 13, 2013

I’ve been wintering at, the website of Hall-of-Famer Peter Gammons and writing just about every day. Here are some highlights from this week Please take a visit Where have all the right-handed power hitters gone? 2013 saw the fewest right-handed 30+ homer hitters, in a non-strike season, since 1992. Why hasn’t the David Ortiz […]

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The Boston Red Sox Are Front Page News

October 31, 2013


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Bill Chuck on

October 25, 2013

The Cardinals and Red Sox pitchers are throwing hard cheese If you are familiar with the fun commentary of Dennis Eckersley, you know that I’m talking about the heat that was generated by the pitchers in Game 2. There was one number that blew me away: 75% of the Cardinals pitches 95+ mph were for […]

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Two Malden Mayors Make a Bet

October 25, 2013

Mayors of two Maldens made a friendly wager on the title at stake between the Cardinals and the Red Sox. In Missouri, Malden Mayor Ray Santie said it all started when Gary Christenson sent him an email from his city of the same name near Boston to make a bet on this year’s World Series. […]

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Remembering Bill Mazer

October 25, 2013

I grew up listening and learning from legendary sportscaster Bill Mazer. He had a tremendous influence on my knowledge and my love of sports. Bill died this week at the age of 92. WNYW sports anchor Duke Castiglione (son of Red Sox radio play-by-play anchor Joe Castiglione) looked back at the life and career of […]

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Gold Glove Finalists Announced

October 25, 2013

The finalists have been named for this year’s Gold Glove Awards. The Orioles led with six finalists, the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers have five each, and all four Tampa Bay Rays infielders were named. The Gold Glove winners are decided by a vote of league managers and coaches and for the first […]

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Gubernatorial Bet

October 25, 2013

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick have placed a friendly wager on this year’s World Series. Nixon put up a four-pack of Cardinal Cream Soda from Fitz’s Bottling company, a box of Bissinger’s Chocolates and Italian pastries from Missouri Baking Company on the Hill. Patrick is wagering seltzers from Polar Beverages; New […]

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