And give them a complete orthognathiccup makeover while you’re at it!
The LA Dodgers are for sale – the victims of a rich guy’s messy finances and even messier divorce. So? How about offering them first to the community rather than have some rich guy scooping them up? The Green Bay Packers don’t have a single owner but instead millions of us. Shares cost $200 and all you get are bragging rights but it sure is fun to brag and say “I am an owner.” When I cheer for the Packers, I ...
Bobby Womack released “Poet II”...Graham Womack releases “The 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame II”.
With the 2011 baseball officially in the books, it is my pleasure to announce the second year of my project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame.
I debuted this project last year (here’s how it came out) with a simple goal. Rather than have my rankings based on some all-powerful stat or my opinion, I decided to go in a different direction and determine the picks ...
If I were Repoz, I would be able to make a clever joke about elminating the infield area between second and third.
NoMaas Offseason Idea #2: Move LF Back
Is it an unorthodox idea? Maybe. But it happens more than you might think. The Mets are doing it RIGHT NOW to Citi Field. The right-center field wall at Petco was altered about 6 years ago. The Phillies moved back their left-field wall at around the same time. Before the 2003 season, the Tigers moved in the left-center field wall at ...
Did any one ever tell you what Connie Mack paid for that magnificent infield of the Athletics—the one that did so much toward winning the world’s championship for that club? Of course not! Well, it actually cost the clever manager of the Philadelphia team just $10.85.
If Selig’s rule had been in effect in 1986 when the American League won the All-Star Game, the Red Sox, not the Mets, would have had home field, and we would have been denied that classic Game 6 ending at Shea Stadium. And if the rule had been in effect in 1975 when the National League won the All-Star Game, Cincinnati would’ve had home field, and fans would have been denied the indelible image of Carlton Fisk’s wave-it-fair walk-off at Fenway in that ...
Not often you get a “Call me Dick” email from a ML owner.
I reaffirmed that it was still beyond me that they could raise prices after such a bad season. This is where Dick helped me understand the increase was not about making more money. The club needs more money as the expenses have been rising, and ticket prices have stayed the same. While the club is “… 19th out of 30 in market size, we are 10th in attendance and 29th in ticket prices.” He restated that the organization is ...
Bob “Shorty” Raudman achieved something most men and boys just dream of — he made it to the major leagues of baseball as an outfielder and wore the red, white and blue colors of the Chicago Cubs in 1966 and 1967.
But Raudman, 69, was in an orange St. Louis County Jail jumpsuit Tuesday, living a nightmare as a victim of dementia. He was jailed for allegedly striking his wife on Sept. 24.
A mental health evaluation was ordered after he was jailed. ...
Frank McCourt agreed Tuesday to sell the Dodgers, abruptly surrendering the team after fighting to retain it over two years and in two courts.
McCourt and Major League Baseball have agreed to seek approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for an auction of the Dodgers. The sale is expected to include the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots, a package bought by McCourt for $421 million in 2004 and likely to sell for two to three times as much now.
Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, said he offered to buy the Dodgers several months ago but declined to enter negotiations when owner Frank McCourt said the price would be in the range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.
“At that price, I wasn’t interested,” Cuban said Tuesday.
Cuban, who has lost out in bidding for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, said he remains interested in buying the Dodgers should that price come down.
On Sunday, the Lansings announced that an offer had been signed for the property. Mike and Denise Stillman, operating as Go the Distance Baseball LLC, plan to preserve the site. A purchase price was not disclosed.
On other acreage, however, the Stillmans say they plan to develop “All-Star Ballpark Heaven,” a baseball and softball tournament facility.
The Orioles’ search for a general manager will continue after Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declined an offer to take over the Orioles.
“I’m working in a great place, a job that I love. It’s just as simple as that,” LaCava told the Baltimore Sun by way of explanation.“I really, really treasure my relationship with [Toronto] general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him.”
A package that drew the attention of the state police bomb squad this morning was determined to contain an unwanted collection of baseball cards. Initial suspicions of the sealed box, left atop a newspaper box outside the post office branch on Chandler Street, prompted police to close off the area.
The sealed box had the word “Free” on the outside. It was heavily taped, and authorities could not easily determine its contents.
Radio City Matinee just had to go and give Jon Gnagy’s Beard a show.
As a kid I was into reading biographies of athletes that were before my time. I was too young to have seen them play, but pictures of giant fro’s and mangy beards caused me to build them up in my head as awesome, wild legends.
Mid (To Late) 70’s Baseball Dudes is an ongoing drawing project. It’ll probably be complete once I have enough to make a cool zine or when I can’t think of anymore dudes to draw.
Let the balloting begin in the 10th year of involving you. Major League Baseball’s A-listers will take home GIBBYs trophies—the ultimate honors of baseball’s awards season—based on votes by you the fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.
The 2011 GIBBYs feature nominees in 19 categories, representing all 30 clubs. That’s one of the things that make these awards so unique. No matter what team you follow, and no matter how your year went, there is at least someone ...
For CC Sabathia, there’s no better place to pitch than Yankee Stadium.
He’ll do whatever it takes to stay on the mound as the Bombers’ ace — even if it means trimming down.
“It’s something I do regardless, and be proactive,” Sabathia said during a conference call after agreeing to a new five-year, $122 million deal with the Yankees. “I just need to go out and be healthy and try to do what I can to be up there for every start for ...
“It’s hard to be in baseball for 30-plus years and not have clashed with people,’’ says Lucchino. “But it’s one thing to be a forceful advocate for your franchise and it’s another to be a guy who accumulates enemies while doing that. I’m sure there are people with whom I disagree on a variety of issues, but I can’t think of too many personal enemies.’’
Lucchino clashes with many but CHB, longtime Globe hatchet man, is not one of them. The way he fawns over Lucchino is ...
After a two-year battle to keep the Dodgers through a bruising divorce and a bankruptcy filing, owner Frank McCourt appears close to agreement with Major League Baseball on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the team.
McCourt would get some control over the sale, people familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The purchase probably would include Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots in a package that could command a record price of $1 billion or more.
We predict the induction of Major League Baseball hitters and pitchers into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We employ a Random Forest algorithm for binary classification, improving upon past models with a simplistic input approach. Our results suggest that the random forest technique is a fruitful line of research with prediction in the sports world. We find an error rate as low as 0.91% in ...
Buzz La Bissinger returns! (checks Sequel-Buzz for further info)
Whether you loved Tony La Russa, as many millions of fans did, or hated him, as far too many millions of fans did, the verdict on him is simple. In the aftermath of Monday’s surprising announcement, three days after his St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, that he was retiring after a 33-year managerial career, we might as well get the boilerplate of his legacy out of the way so there is no confusion:
CC Sabathia isn’t going anywhere after all, not even to test the free-agent waters.
The Yankees ace announced personally Monday that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees, and he will remain in New York. The terms of the deal are unknown at this point.
Many thought that Sabathia would at least excercise the opt-out clause he had in his contract that would let the big left-hander become a free agent this winter. Sabathia was set to make $92 million over the ...
A panel of ten analysts, listed below—including John Dewan, Peter Gammons, and Bill James—examined the 2011 seasons of every defensive player in Major League Baseball and then used the same voting technique as the Major League Baseball MVP voting. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 100.
SECOND BASE—DUSTIN PEDROIA, BOSTON RED SOX (97 POINTS)
Despite already having a ...