National Baseball Hall of Fame


Bill King
If you’ve ever listened to sports in the East Bay then you likely know the voice of legendary broadcaster, Bill King, who is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. His name is synonymous with Bay Area sports. A rare three sport broadcaster, King called Championships for the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors and the Oakland A’s. Wednesday his name was finally, and it had been a long time coming, announced as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions” to the game of baseball. King passed away in 2005 and is receiving this award […]

Holy Toledo! Bill King is headed to the Hall!


Mike Piazza
On September 21, 2001 Major League Baseball resumed play after stopping play for 11 days. The terrorists’ attacks of 9/11/01 had left the entire country in shock and the city of New York in complete disarray. The mourning period for the thousands of lives lost that day, now 15 years later, still continues but on a much more mild scale. The first game played in the city New York was between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. The stadium was filled with American flags, mourning people and a still a sense of American pride. The […]

OTD in Baseball History: Mike Piazza hits most iconic HR ...


Future Hall of Famer Beltre should remain with Rangers Third baseman Adrian Beltre has spent nearly a third of his 18-year big-league career with the Texas Rangers. He will be eligible for free agency next fall, but he would like to finish his career with the team he has had his best years with. The aging Beltre will be 37 this season, and while that may seem old for a contract extension, he’d like to remain with the team he’s called home for the last five years, saying recently, “If they want me, I guess I will probably be here.” President of baseball operations […]

Rangers should extend Beltre’s contract sooner than later



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Is the designated hitter a legitimate position in baseball? As baseball continues to evolve, even purists need to adjust to change. It’s doing so more quickly than it has in the past. Everyone involved with the game needs to learn to agree and keep up, which includes the argument of the designated hitter. The designated hitter position has been around for 43 years and people still debate whether or not the rule should exist. With all the changes that happened so quickly over the past 15 to 20 years, why is this the one that no one can agree on? […]

It’s time to accept the designated hitter as a legitimate ...


Halladay
The Case of Halladay v. Clemens on Twitter Just in case you missed it, there were athletes fighting on Twitter – well, kind of – and no it did not have anything to do with Curt Schilling making some asinine statement about “disproving evolution” (do NOT listen to him! Talk about crazy!). No, this little battle was between former pitchers Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens, who were once teammates on the Toronto Blue Jays when Halladay was just coming up in the league. Both are Hall of Fame caliber pitchers, however, Halladay who retired in 2013 isn’t on the ballot […]

Twitter feud: Halladay vs. Clemens (ICYMI)


The Kid, polls, Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. aka  The Kid and Mike Piazza are elected into the Hall of Fame The 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of American, will consist of center fielder Ken Griffey Jr and one of the game’s greatest catchers, Mike Piazza. “The Kid” as Junior was usually called was an icon in Washington playing for the Seattle Mariners for the first 11 seasons of his career. I remember during the 1995 playoffs I actually rooted for Seattle because I had a total crush (at 14) on the kid […]

“The Kid” goes into the HOF in record-breaking style



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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins are now scheduled to play a two game series in Puerto Rico on a day that is very dear to my heart, Roberto Clemente Day. I grew up hearing about the legend that was Clemente, my mother having grown up a baseball fan in Pittsburgh in the 1950-60’s. Needless to say he was her favorite player. I’ve got some funny stories about a little girl at the ballpark about that but those can be told another time. She remembers school shutting down for game seven of the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski […]

Pirates, Marlins to play in Puerto Rico on Clemente’s Day


Yogi Berra
You can’t say that New York Yankees legendary catcher Yogi Berra didn’t live a long, uneventful or amazing life. All of those adjectives are true. Yet, what is truly hard to believe is that the legend is truly gone. The Yogi Berra Museum made the announcement at approximately 11:00 pm PT Tuesday night that the three-time American League MVP had in fact passed away. Both the Yankees and Major League Baseball confirmed the report. It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90. #YogiBerrapic.twitter.com/0BSctBzhTb — Yogi Berra […]

In memory of Yankee legend Yogi Berra, dead at 90


shoeless joe jackson
Update: September 1, 2015 6:45 am PT It’s unfortunate, at least in my opinion, but “Shoeless” Joe Jackson will not be reinstated into Major League Baseball, despite the efforts of the curator of the Greenville, South Carolina museum dedicated to the memory of the famed ballplayer. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the petition sent by curator Arlene Marcley in a letter that was retweeted by LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin. Manfred’s letter declining to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, courtesy of @HOVG: http://t.co/bLPUPEIjSY — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2015 Part of Manfred’s letter reads, “I have reviewed our records […]

Update: Manfred denies latest attempt to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson



Jay Bruce, Reds
Monday the ninth player in the history of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 200th homer run. It came on the first pitch from San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy, an 89 mph four seam fastball. The ball sailed 406 feet into right field, just clearing the wall. Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce had hit his 200th home run. But he said that he doesn’t really think about that kind of stuff, “It’s crazy to think about it, but honestly I don’t think too much about where I stand or where it stands in history just because you’re so consumed by the […]

Jay Bruce joins elite group of Reds with 200th HR


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You wouldn’t know it, mainly because the media have been focusing on three of the greatest pitchers who dominated during and despite a time of unprecedented offensive production in the Major Leagues, but Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are not the only ones being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. Long-time Houston Astros’ catcher turned one of baseball’s all-time best second basemen, Craig Biggio, will also become a member of the Hall of Fame in 2015. While this might not seem like a bigger deal than the three pitchers he will be being inducted with, […]

Craig Biggio: Houston’s Hero


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On this day in 1977 in MLB history, my all-time favorite player (that’s played in my lifetime), Dennis Eckersley, pitched a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians who defeated the California Angels and pitcher Frank Tanana by a score of 1-0.  As you all probably know Eck went on to become one of the greatest closers of all-time with the Oakland Athletics but he started his career as a starter and threw a no-hitter for Cleveland on May 30, 1977. He is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Now my trivia question for you is this …..  Who was […]

On this day in MLB history 1977 … Can you ...