On long drives, I often amuse myself by creating off-beat all-star teams. Here is an example: the best Major League Baseball players (and managers) who have the same last name as a U.S. president. I do a lot of driving.
The 2014 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was arguably the most memorable deadline in recent history. With the likes of David Price, Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes and many more stars moving around, experts and fans alike were in full swoon mode.
From the moment I could walk, talk or understand the spoken word, there was only one voice that was in my house, in my parents' cars, even in my ear when I went to camp or snuck a transistor radio into school -- Vin Scully.
"Mommy! Get that ball!" My 5-year old calls out as I'm walking out the door holding a coffee in one hand, a water bottle under my arm, my 40-pound pocketbook over my shoulder, two camp knapsacks over the other arm and a bag of dirty clothes for the dry cleaner.
What can the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame do for an encore of 2014? It needs to continue to honor those who played the game the right way, and still shun those who brought dishonor to the game of baseball.
If the Mets' true vision is be competitive in 2015 -- not this season -- then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.
Ryan Vogelsong got off to a great start. He retired the first nine batters he faced but unraveled in the fourth. Again he got no run support as the Giants got shutout 5-0 by the Dodgers.
You hear a number of sports pundits clamoring about throwing out the records of those who have used performance enhancing drugs. But really, everyone knows how impractical that would be.
On July 26 in Cooperstown, New York, most of the focus will be on Hall of Fame inductees and a prestigious group of managers. There is another honoree, however, to whom attention must be paid: arguably our greatest living baseball writer.
Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn was conspicuously not mentioned at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Could it be because later in his life, Gwynn was critical of chewing tobacco, blaming it for the cancerous tumors that eventually took his life?
Don't look now, but baseball's hottest team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who entered the All-Star break with a 57-37 record, 1 1/2 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
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He consistently got on base and was a canny base runner. He was the teammate to be counted on. Plagued by nagging injuries, he showed up and played no matter how he felt. Although he was an All-Star, he did the little things day after day and challenged his teammates to do the same.
Baseball is halfway through the season and the All-Star Break is upon us. This lull in the normal game routine gives me my own hiatus to reflect upon what I love about baseball.
The All-Star game is the fans' game. They vote for who will take the field, and it's not always the players with the best stats. Yes, this can be frustrating at times, but democracy is a beautiful thing.
I'm going to be a pest this week and get a song stuck in your head, but it's an OK song, so it won't be that bad. And you'll definitely remember the s...