Of the 17,808 players (and counting) who’ve run up the dugout steps and onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers. [...] The Cup of Coffee club is filled exclusively with people
who do not want to be members.
posted by Chrysostom
on May 31, 2012 -
"I'm just looking for a second chance. Other people get second chances. Alcoholics. Drug addicts. Spousal beaters. Not gamblers, though. But, if you want to put something on my tombstone that was very important to me, it’s 1,972. That’s how many winning games I’ve played in. So that makes me the biggest winner in the history of sports. No one else can say that." Here, Now
is a short documentary that looks at baseball legend Pete Rose, as he lives his life today. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 23, 2012 -
Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidean determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
So wrote John Updike in his moving tribute to Red Sox legend Ted Williams
-- an appropriately pedigreed account for this oldest
and most fabled
of ballfields that saw its first major league game
played one century ago today
As a team in flux
hopes to recapture the magic with an old-school face-off
against the New York
Yankees, it's hard to imagine the soul of the Sox faced the specter
not too long ago. Now legally preserved
, in a sport crowded with corporate-branded superdome behemoths, Fenway abides
, bursting with history
, record crowds
, and occasional song
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 20, 2012 -
is a clip of Tim Kurkjian, a major league baseball analyst known for his citation of obscure statistics and unorthodox sources. These
players imitating Tim Kurkjian, plus ensuing hilarity. [via]
posted by googly
on Mar 5, 2012 -
"To get something like that, something that belongs to you," Jones says of that monthly pension, "it makes a big difference in your life."
And for that, the 84-year-old Jones has an accomplice to thank.
For he would not have had evidence of the extent of his Negro League service time and his pension eligibility if the Center for Negro League Baseball Research's best gumshoe hadn't been assigned to the case.
posted by Snyder
on Feb 12, 2012 -
In July 2011, Uganda's Little League baseball
team became the first African team to qualify
for the Little League World Series
, which was held in Williamsport, Pa., in August 2011. After beating the the 22-time World League qualifying Arabian American Little League squad from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
, the Ugandan team couldn't take part in the world series after their visas were denied
(NYT; alt: HuffPo
), due to concerns about birth certificate validity
, but that's not the end of their story. The Canadian team from Langley raised funds to travel to Uganda
, giving the Ugandan team the match they were denied
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 20, 2012 -
The 50 Greatest Sports Gifs of 2011
: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jan 4, 2012 -
The Last Act of the Notorious Howie Spira. The conventional shorthand for what George Steinbrenner did wrong, in press accounts of the mudslinging-and-extortion scandal, is this: The Yankees owner had an "association with Howard Spira." It made Spira sound menacing—this known gambler, this criminal element. He was the embodiment of the Yankees owner's dark side: Steinbrenner the Nixon bagman, the convicted-and-pardoned felon. Under questioning in court, Steinbrenner described their relationship in ominous terms. Did Spira "destroy" him? "As far as baseball is concerned, yes," Steinbrenner said. "He did a very good job."
posted by auto-correct
on Oct 29, 2011 -
Here's the deal: If you don't play for, or you are not an employee of, the team in question, "we" is not the pronoun you're looking for.
"They" is the word you want.
is the most overused term in sports.
posted by The Gooch
on Oct 20, 2011 -
It's all 'Moneyball' Now "You didn’t have to spend the day dancing around the drum circle in Zuccotti Park to see Game 5 of the Yankees-Tigers division series in New York — with its constant cutaways to those slick-suited men hunched over their BlackBerrys in the Legends Suites — as more than just a baseball game."
posted by mecran01
on Oct 15, 2011 -
If you are an East Coast baseball fan, there are two reasons to stay up past your bed time:
1) Your local nine are on a West Coast road swing
2) To indulge in one of the true joys of baseball: Listening to Vin Scully call a baseball game.
In the October edition of GQ, Scully looks back on some of his most memorable calls
, in a career that started in 1950 when the Dodgers called Brooklyn home. If reading Scully's recollections isn't enough for you, The website includes audio of the calls in question. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Sep 10, 2011 -
Who was the worst defender in the history of baseball? A commenter in a baseball-fever thread compiles a list of the bottom 100 career dWAR figures of all time
-- in other words, the 100 players who cost their teams the most wins with the glove. (Joe Posnanski on the WAR metric
, for those unfamiliar with it.) The list is an interesting mix of players whose bats allowed them to stay in the game for years despite terrible glovework (Bernie Williams, Manny Ramirez, Dave Winfield) and players who were so bad in the field that they managed to rack up a lot of negative dWAR in shorter careers (Chris Gomez, Dean Palmer.) Toby "Stone Fingers" Harrah is #14 with a -10.9 dWAR. Dick "Dr. Strangeglove" Stuart just misses at -6.1. Some active players have a chance to finish high on the list: Ty Wigginton
is only 33 and has already bumbled away enough balls in 2011 to "improve" his ranking from 24th to 15th.
Worst of all time? No, it's not the Captain -- Derek Jeter is #2 on the all time list with -13.4 dWAR. Can you guess the "winner"?
posted by escabeche
on Aug 30, 2011 -