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Morning Grind: NYC Tobacco Ban Will Be Ineffective

An article by posted on March 24, 2016 0 Comments
Morning Grind: NYC Tobacco Ban Will Be Ineffective

Whether players like it or not, New York City has enacted a smokeless tobacco ban that will prevent them from using chewing tobacco at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. As we see from the quotes, there are players like Lucas Duda, to whom it’ll have no effect. There are others who do use it. We don’t know what, […]

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White Sox Dropped The Ball On LaRoche Situation

An article by posted on March 18, 2016 0 Comments
White Sox Dropped The Ball On LaRoche Situation

Being a father while being a big leaguer must be extremely difficult. You are effectively on the road nine months out of the year and often miss the formative years of your own children. That’s why we hear stories about how players like bringing their kids around whenever possible. There are the stories of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry […]

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The Chapman Suspension Is a Joke

An article by posted on March 1, 2016 0 Comments
The Chapman Suspension Is a Joke

All the media and the fans were up in arms when Ray Rice received a two game suspension for knocking out his fiancée and dragging her out of an elevator. That weak suspension was 12.5% of the NFL season. The same people had similar angry reactions when Greg Hardy only received a four game suspension. […]

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Book Review: “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera

An article by posted on February 26, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera

I’m not sure if it occurs in the first, second or third trimester. But some time while we’re in the womb, all Mets fans—actually all New Yorkers who are fans of NL Baseball—receive the gene that makes us hate the Yankees. However, maybe once every generation, a player dons the pinstripes who we hate…but who […]

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MLB Domestic Violence Policy: Manfred’s Not the One in No-Win Situation

An article by posted on February 20, 2016 0 Comments
MLB Domestic Violence Policy: Manfred’s Not the One in No-Win Situation

Due to the disturbing actions of a couple of players, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Rob Manfred is in a “no win” position when doling out punishment in these domestic violence cases. Nonsense. The only way that Manfred is in a no-win position is if he doesn’t come down hard on Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman. You want […]

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NYC Ban On Smokeless Tobacco Won’t Help Without Culture Change

An article by posted on February 5, 2016 0 Comments
NYC Ban On Smokeless Tobacco Won’t Help Without Culture Change

This is a whole new generation. When I was growing up, we had candy cigarettes (gone) and Big League Chew (still around). While playing baseball, we used to have the candy cigarettes so we could smoke like Keith Hernandez, or we would shove a ton of Big League Chew in our mouths to look like Lenny Dykstra. […]

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Pitching Inside: The Lost Art That May Never Return

An article by posted on February 3, 2016 0 Comments
Pitching Inside: The Lost Art That May Never Return

“People have gotten away from that, people are getting soft these days. I don’t care, if somebody is showing me up or throwing at one of our guys, you are going to get something inside to let you know I noticed that.” – Zack Wheeler in his recent New York Post interview. Remember when the […]

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The Sixth Tool

An article by posted on February 2, 2016 0 Comments
The Sixth Tool

Although it may sound like a M. Night Shyamalan movie, the sixth tool does exist in baseball, and is arguably the most important and yet overlooked tool a player can possess. We know the traditional five tools are hitting for average, hitting for power, base running (speed + skills), throwing ability and fielding ability. Players […]

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Greed is Good… Except If You’re A Baseball Fan

An article by posted on January 31, 2016 0 Comments
Greed is Good… Except If You’re A Baseball Fan

If you’re Gordon Gekko greed is good. If you’re Bernie Sanders greed is bad. If you’re a baseball fan you wonder if MLB’s greed has a direct impact on winning the World Series. Although none of us like to admit it Baseball is a business. But what happens when the desire to make a buck […]

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Bridging the Minority Manager Gap

An article by posted on January 2, 2016 0 Comments
Bridging the Minority Manager Gap

Major League Baseball currently has four minority GMs – Dave Stewart of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Farhan Zaidi of the Dodgers, Al Avila of the Detroit Tigers and Michael Hill of the Miami Marlins. Ken Williams of the Chicago White Sox is the only minority vice president of baseball operations and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves and Dusty Baker are the lone […]

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