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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A retrospective on the lost 1994 season

Twenty-five years ago today, the baseball season abruptly ended as the players went on strike, protesting a major overreach by ownership which attempted to consolidate too much power in the hands of the commissioner. Ownership really wanted to implement a salary cap, which then-union executive director Donald Fehr correctly said would come with no benefit to the players. It wasn’t just about that, though. Ownership had been deceitful many times in years past, so the union was distrustful and resentment festered.

There were no playoffs, no World Series in 1994. Awards were given out, but it was little solace for some of the players and teams in the midst of outstanding, potentially career- or franchise-altering seasons. Let’s take a look at exactly who those teams and players were.

A commentary on the statistical consequences of the 1994 strike- see if you can spot the major calculating error in this piece.

 


Monday, July 22, 2019

For Some Players, Not Reaching the Hall Just Brings More Fame

Baseball has kept certain players at arm’s length because of scandals and accusations, but that often has bolstered the players’ popularity.

“It’s the law of unintended consequences,” John Thorn, the official M.L.B. historian, said in an interview, “that if you want to remove or restrict a man’s eligibility for official fame, you may accord him an unofficial fame that’s even greater.”


Friday, July 19, 2019

The moral argument for keeping Barry Bonds out of Cooperstown doesn’t hold up

How can Major League Baseball, which proudly celebrates Robinson’s legacy every season, continue to keep Anson in its most hallowed halls while Bonds remains a pariah? Segregation was far more destructive than performance-enhancing drugs in regards to evaluating talent in baseball. This much is irrefutable. Baseball history would be completely different if players such as Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige had been given the opportunity to suit up against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

“If you’re going to have an asterisk in baseball at all — and the commissioners have already ruled you should not,” Thorn said, regarding the assertion that Bonds’ records should be recognized as tainted, “then that asterisk might more easily apply to every white player prior to 1947 because those players did not face the best possible competition. From my standpoint, moralism ought not to enter into it. You’ve got some very dubious characters already with bronze plaques. It’s a little late to close the barn door, because those cows have already left. If you’ve got Cap Anson in there, then I think your moral barometer is very difficult to keep high.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:37 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Joey Votto discusses admiration for Barry Bonds, desire to be ‘unpitchable’

OAKLAND—I remember watching the clip of Joey Votto on MLB Network. He was talking to Greg Amsinger and Eric Byrnes about hitting. It was during spring training, in a completely relaxed setting. It sounds simple enough, but when he speaks, you listen. And that’s exactly what I did.

From that moment on, I was curious about Votto and what he did at the plate ... among other things, of course.

He mentioned Mike Trout being the best player in baseball during the MLB Network interview, and when he’s asked about that, he admits he looks up to the two-time American League MVP—well, kind of:

....

But one guy Votto really looks up to is Barry Bonds. And while he admitted in the past he isn’t in the same realm as Bonds, there’s one thing he wishes he could replicate from the all-time home run leader.

Sadly, if this season so far is meaningful, this is a goal he’s not going to accomplish.

 

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, joey votto

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No surprise here: Giants legend Barry Bonds can still rake at the age of 54

Barry Bonds continues to be like a fine wine. At the age of 54, he’s still got it.

John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle recently witnessed a show put on by Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader.

Bonds was in street clothes smacking ball after ball with a “whack” noise that Shea said was synonymous with the former Giants slugger.

Bonds was asking Giants’ longtime batting practice pitcher, John Yandle, to bring the heat, and even bring some specialty pitches into the mix with adding “more spin to the breaking balls.”

At the rate things are going for the Giants, why not give him a try?

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, comebacks

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Barry Bonds’ 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

Barry Bonds holds baseball’s all-time home run record, with 762 of those bad boys being hit over the fence. So when he hit that 762nd homer, one could assume that ball would be worth a lot.

And it turns out, it just might be.

And, in this case, it’s all about timing.

When the historic ball first went up for auction in 2008, it sold for $376,612. Not bad. But now it’s possibly worth about double.

Question, for those who may know:

Is this value on the high end, the low end, or where it ought to be?

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, home runs, memorabilia

 

 

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