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 GammonsDaily.com, 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 GammonsDaily.com 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:
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.
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.
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.”
Slate.com 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).
Here’s what the Yankees did each season after they finished in third place.
Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Mel 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.
Before the Hall of Fame votes were announced I looked at Quality Starts and Ultimate Quality Starts for the starters on the ballot.
The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America‘s (IBWAA) 2014 Hall of Fame election results,
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).
Orel Hershiser struck out 2014 players in his career and more 2014 fun.
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.
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.
Appreciate those around us. Now.
A number of players and teams used newspapers (remember those things?) to thank fans. Here’s a bunch.
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.