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Joe Posnanski

  1. The Royals: A history of (no) power

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    You probably know this, but the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago.

  2. How rare is the Royals’ season-opening homerless streak?

    Apr 9, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    The Kansas City Royals have not hit a home run all season. That’s seven games, that’s pretty rare stuff.

  3. Don’t diminish Hank Aaron’s greatness by calling him The Home Run King

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Henry Aaron is NOT The Home Run King. That sounds like I’m going to follow with some rant about Barry Bonds breaking his record and how terrible that was … but I’m not. My thought here has nothing to do with that. Henry Aaron is not the Home Run King because that silly title would do nothing but diminish his greatness.

  4. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

  5. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    1954

    Joe Posnanski tells the story of the man who hit .400 with 72 homers in The Home Run Summer of ’54.

  6. Who’s the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame?

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    No, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer

    Rube Marquard is the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame. I was going to say “probably the worst” or “arguably the worst” but let’s be honest: It’s a lot more than probable. And while “arguably” casts a wide net — anything, arguably, is arguable — there are not many good arguments that another pitcher…

  7. One game, one pitcher … who do you choose?

    Mar 27, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    Somebody asked me this question on Twitter: If I could have any pitcher from any time pitch one game (say a seventh game of the World Series or the ubiquitous “pitching for your soul” scenario”) who would I choose? I immediately typed: Pedro. 1999. This is always my fallback position. Back in the Trivial Pursuit…

  8. The Cleveland Indians, Louis Sockalexis, and The Name

    Mar 18, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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    When I was a kid growing up in Cleveland, I believed — completely, wholeheartedly, without reservation or pause — that the Cleveland Indians were named to honor a Native American ballplayer named Louis Sockalexis, who played for Cleveland in the late 19th Century. When I became an adult and a sportswriter, I believed — completely,…

  9. Gary Nolan one of many careers saved by Dr. Frank Jobe

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    AP FRANK JOBE

    By now, most baseball fans know the story of Tommy John surgery. In 1974, John — a solid pitcher for a decade — blew out his elbow while pitching for Los Angeles against the Montreal Expos. “Blew out his elbow” is not a medical term, of course, but there was no need for medical terms…

  10. Derek Jeter’s great, but let’s compare to Alan Trammell

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT

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    SOCHI, Russia — Well, the overwhelming thing that is the Winter Olympics has completely thrown me off my 100 greatest baseball players ever schedule. So it goes. We’ll pick up where we left off after I return and recover and get back on U.S. time. I predict this will be sometime in July. In the…

  11. Derek Jeter’s greatest feat? Staying irrepressibly likeable as a Yankee (and baseball) icon

    Feb 13, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

    jeter-reuiters

    Has any player since Cal Ripken or Hank Aaron or Joe DiMaggio been so respected simply for being himself?

  12. The unforgettable two lives of Ralph Kiner

    Feb 7, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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    There are countless Mets fans who probably have no idea just how good a hitter Ralph Kiner was in his prime. In a way, there can be no greater tribute. Ralph Kiner died on Thursday. He was 91 years old. He was a broadcaster for the New York Mets for 53 years. And he rarely…

  13. Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Bosch, and disliking everyone in the “60 Minutes” report

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    The trouble with liars, as the old line goes, is that they don’t have the decency to lie all the time. Somewhere in his parade of nonsense, paranoia and self-aggrandizement, it seems evident that Anthony Bosch told some truths about Alex Rodriguez and performance enhancing drugs. It just doesn’t seem practical for him to have…

  14. A Rose By Any Other Name

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    There are many people in and around baseball who believe that Pete Rose should never be reinstated and should never be allowed in the Hall of Fame. They have a very strong case. 1. Pete Rose as manager of the Cincinnati Reds gambled on baseball games when he knew — fully and completely understood —…

  15. This is the year Hall of Fame ballot reality catches up with Jack Morris

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

    Jack Morris Tigers

    I, like many, believe four players will get elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today: Greg Maddux will be elected almost unanimously (I suspect at least four people will not vote for him), Tom Glavine will be in the mid-to-high 90s in percentage, Frank Thomas will go in comfortably and Craig Biggio will just…

  16. The massive Hall of Fame post

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Hall of Fame ... has never really married its two founding visions.  Some people still view it as Alexander Cleland’s place for parents and children to enjoy the history of baseball and maybe go to the field for a catch. Some view it the way Ford Frick did, as baseball’s “Hall of Great Americans,” to honor players who represent the fundamental principles that make up the spirit of the American people.

    Part I: A short history First, just a little bit of history. The Baseball Hall of Fame, more or less, was the brainchild of two people. The first knew nothing whatsoever about baseball. The second romanticized the game beyond all reason. You can think about whose spirit still lingers over Cooperstown, N.Y. The first was…

  17. RIP Jerry Coleman

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    Calvin Trillin has written on more than one occasion that the best hamburger in the entire world is broiled and served at Winstead’s in Kansas City, and he insisted that his evaluation had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he grew up in Kansas City. I agree with him. Winstead’s (Steakburgers since 1940!)…

  18. Time For a Hall of Fame Stand

    Dec 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Ted Williams

    In June 1966, Ted Williams did something amazing. Nobody saw it coming, perhaps not even Williams himself. He was in Cooperstown, giving his Hall of Fame speech, and he was visibly moved by the day. Williams had never been able to let go of the anger he felt toward sportswriters — even before his last…

  19. Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…

  20. Retired Numbers and The Yankees

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Billy Martin

    You may have heard … it looks like the New York Yankees will retire Joe Torre’s number. That is absolutely the right thing to do — heck Billy Martin’s number is retired — and it brings us just a little big closer to one of the cooler number things in sports: Very soon the first…

  21. Mark Prior and The Heartbreak Club

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    There were two eye-opening bits of news here in this story about Mark Prior retiring. 1. I honestly thought he retired five years ago. 2. Mark Prior is still only 33 years old. The second of those bits is even more shocking than the first. He is STILL only 33? If Mark Prior had stayed…

  22. Reviewing the good and bad of today’s Hall of Fame vote

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Bobby Cox cigar

    First the good news: Three managers, all deserving and perhaps even overqualified, were elected into the Hall of Fame on Monday. If you are going to have managers in the Baseball Hall of Fame — and you are — then Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are all obviously deserving Hall of Famers.…

  23. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  24. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  25. Three thoughts on what ‘valuable’ means (yes, it’s more AL MVP discussion)

    Nov 15, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    So here’s the explanation from Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, who voted Mike Trout 7th on his MVP ballot: I am a strict constructionist re: “valuable”. If the award were Player of the Year, Trout would get my vote. I’m of the school that in order to have “value” you have to…

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