Posted on June 3, 2013 by Andrew Martin
One of baseball’s all-time heroes officially returned to the game this week. The slumping Kansas City Royals hired Hall of Famer George Brett, the greatest player in franchise history, to be the team’s new hitting coach.
The Royals, who spent big to bring in veterans like James Shields and Ervin Santana during the offseason, entered the year with playoff aspirations. However, after an 8-20 May, they are back in last place in the AL Central. Brett is being brought in to not only try and provide a spark, but to also buy the team some time. Royals’ fans admire nobody more than Brett. He may be able to create some good will while the team tries to get back on track and salvage their season.
***Speaking of Brett, he was mentioned for his kindness in a recent story about “Door George,” an aging Cleveland-area strip club bathroom attendant. Read more »
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers, Casey Stengel, Eddie Basinski, George Brett, James Shields, Kansas City Royals, Leo Durocher, Mark Grace, Mickey Mantle | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 31, 2013 by Andrew Martin
There is little doubt that people living in the Boston area love their baseball. Accordingly, the local media is constantly seeking to provide comprehensive and entertaining coverage of the Red Sox. This has led to the region boasting some of the best broadcasting and sports writing talent anywhere. One of the best is Jen Royle, who is a dual threat and recently returned to Beantown, which also happens to be her hometown.
Royle is an Emmy-winning journalist who worked for the YES Network in New York and covered the Orioles and Ravens in Baltimore, in addition to work for ESPN and SB Nation among others.
Now that she is back in Boston (with her best friend Truman), she is broadcasting for WEEI and running her own sports site (http://www.sportsreelboston.com/). It’s a compendium of Boston baseball; providing a range of material, including news, game recaps, blogs, videos and fantasy games. Read more »
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Interview, Jen Royle | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 28, 2013 by Daniel Marino
The Mets are playing as poorly as Met fans expected they’d play. There were no high expectations this season. This was to be a rebuilding year for the young Mets. But as we watch this team, we see no exuberance coming from this team. Instead of watching the young and the restless, we are watching the young and the listless. Met fans are prepared for a long season, but they are now left wondering whether the bright future is, in fact, near. Many of their future stars have regressed rather than progressed. With that said, it’s time for the Mets to make some moves. Read more »
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Dan Warthen, Dave Hudgens, Ike Davis, Jeremy Hefner, Josh Satin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LaTroy Hawkins, Lucas Duda, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 27, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The 2012 season saw Detroit Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera win the Triple-Crown with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI. Although it’s hard to fathom, he may be headed to an even better season this year, which could see him make history.
Cabrera is currently hitting .385 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI. He ranks first in the American League in batting and RBI, and is second in home runs. If he were to repeat the Triple Crown, he would not only be the first player to ever win consecutive Triple-Crowns, he would also join legendary Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams as the only players to accomplish the feat more than once.
Another mark Cabrera is eyeing is the all-time RBI record. To date, he is on pace to finish the season with 192, which would break the major league record of 191 set by Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Hack Wilson in 1930. While RBI has seen its reputation tarnished in the advancing sabermetric world, the possibility of Cabrera unseating Wilson to set a new standard would still be a big deal. Read more »
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Babe Ruth, Baseball History, Dock Ellis, Hack Wilson, Jerry Remy, Miguel Cabrera, Rogers Hornsby, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 23, 2013 by Andrew Martin
With a 1962 New York Mets-esque 13-33 record, the Houston Astros have a lot of holes they will need to fill if they want to have any chance of respectability in the future. Fortunately, they have thrown themselves into rebuilding through player development, and have a number of young prospects who are looking like they will be major pieces in the coming years. Among the team’s top young pitchers is Mike Foltynewicz, who is getting closer and closer to a spot in the major league starting rotation. Read more »
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Houston Astros, Interview, Mike Foltynewicz, Prospects | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 20, 2013 by Andrew Martin
I had such a good time going over baseball history links last week that I decided to do it again! Here’s hoping this can become a regular feature, as the cool nuggets just continue to pile up. I’ll try to continue bringing a blend of topics to keep it fresh and interesting. As usual, thanks for reading!
***Baseball has had a lot of mascots over the years, ranging from obnoxious to downright entertaining. But none were more buxom or lascivious than Morganna, the Kissing Bandit. Read more »
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Bo Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., Glenn Burke, Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Bench, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Wohlers, Morganna, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Vladimir Guerrero | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 17, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Baseball teams come to be defined by their players as much as the successes or failures they have with their win/loss records. In particular, the Boston Red Sox have a rich tradition of players who have left indelible marks on the franchise and its fans. One player who is surely in that category is Troy O’Leary, who came to Boston under humble circumstances, but left as a tremendous success. Read more »
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Red Sox, Troy O'Leary | Leave a Comment »