Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos
Opening Day is upon us once again. As always, there are a ton
of predictions being made
for the season. [more inside]
In 1990, the avenues of information we have today weren't around. So what was a baseball fan who wanted to know the score of a game elsewhere in the country to do? Compile a list of pay phone numbers at stadiums
and get the score from passers by who picked up
The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler gets to the bottom of the Red Sox's epic collapse:
Inside are tales of alienated potential MVP candidates, pitchers playing video games and eating take out chicken and biscuits instead of being in the dugout, and older players chasing statistical glory.
Kei Igawa arrived in the US with a lot of fanfare in 2007. After failing miserably with the Yankees, he was sent to the minor leagues. Since then, he has existed in an uncomfortable limbo, not completely part of either world.
SI has written an oral history about the making of the movie "Major League".
Charlie Sheen was also interviewed for this piece.
Before his death, Mickey Mantle spoke to Sports Illustrated
about the effect that alcoholism had on his life and career. [more inside]
Bartolo Colon, now of the New York Yankees, underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment
in the Dominican Republic to regain his old form.
The recently retired Manny Ramirez was one of the most inscrutable players in recent history. Ben McGrath of the New Yorker attempted to figure out Ramirez's motivations in this 2007 piece
Donnie Moore was the California Angels' relief ace in 1986. After he gave up a home run
that began the Angels' collapse in the ALCS, Moore's life and psyche steadily deteriorated, until he committed suicide in 1989
. Steve Hofstetter wrote about Moore
and the divergent paths taken by other athletes in similar situations.
Jonah Keri looks at the unconventional methods
being used by the Texas Rangers to improve the durability and effectiveness of their pitching staff.
Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
Wade Boggs is known to like his beer
. Well, now a Tapper
where Boggs drinks beers, throws away girlie drinks, and eats burgers to sober up has been created. [more inside]
Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature
by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be. [more inside]
Cuban players have long been a mainstay in baseball
. After Fidel Castro made it impossible for people to leave the island, the flow of players stopped to a drip. That changed with the defection of Rene Arocha in 1991. [more inside]
was one of the most feared sluggers in the game during his career. In 1998, the home run chase between McGwire and Sammy Sosa helped baseball recover from the 1994 strike. But, when a reporter found a bottle containing andro in McGwire's locker
, some chinks in his armor began to emerge. [more inside]
When people think of the pitfalls of the baseball draft, it is hard not to remember the story of Matt Harrington
. Harrington was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the Rockies and the Padres in successive years, only to go back into the draft after failing to reach an agreement each time. As the years went by, his stock kept falling. [more inside]
was lauded for his heroics with the Mets
. After his career, Dykstra became well-known as a post-career
story. Then the truth started coming out... [more inside]