My own view on ballplayers players using steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) was one mostly of disinterest. I will not be compromised into thinking such issues pose measurable threats to America's future.
More than two decades ago, in the early 1990s, the task at hand for some of us in Detroit was still to try to save Tiger Stadium. It's a long story, but in a city with a Third World-level infant mortality rate and many other severe problems, there was a lot more at stake than baseball or nostalgia.
Unfortunately, we're a punitive culture, repeatedly enacting legislation based on emotion rather than reason, and turning a blind eye toward the reality that punishment alone rarely works to alter another's behavior (GTMO, anyone?). We love heroes and we love villains -- and we are rarely right about either.
The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.
It's the most photogenic field in sports. With its diamond grass stage and mound dirt spotlight, baseball is a small-screen dream.
Over the years collisions at home plate have gotten widespread publicity. With a proposed change aimed at protecting player safety, the argument against the effort to stop collisions comes from those who think the change makes the game soft.
This year, baseball fans will get to see one of the most talent-laden ballots in many years. But which players should get in during this competitive year? For the purposes of this article, I will only be examining the pitchers who are up for induction.
Piazza's wait is of course primarily due to the era in which he played, as almost every home run hitter of the 1990s and early 2000s is under suspicion for steroid use.
Human error will always occur in the officiating of any athletic competition, but the most exciting plays are now followed by endless delays. It destroys the certainty and excitement.
Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.
Players wanted to work with sick and underprivileged children. Kings for Kids was born. After a month of winnowing charities, the Kings picked the Child Life Services of Children's Hospital Boston. Then the magic began.
Catchers wear a lot of protective gear -- some in delicate arenas, others just to cover their face from foul tips. I was injured many times in high school and college, and often in the most stupid of ways. In short, it is a miserable job.
It's Game Six of the 2013 World Series. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha steps up to the mound and winds up. Convergent Science, a company based in Middleton, Wisc., examined the physics behind the pitcher's knee-buckling curveball.
One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
Normally, if a person is convicted of a crime and goes into a drug rehabilitation program, he or she often must cope with harsh consequences. But not...
Because of the BBWAA's failure to vote many players into the Hall of Fame in recent years, including none last year, this year's Hall of Fame Ballot has well over ten candidates who have solid to excellent Hall of Fame credentials.