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Joe Posnanski

  1. The Biogenesis Sudoku game

    May 13, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    The Biogenesis nightmare is a magnificent thought puzzle featuring slimy people from all walks of life. If you have a notebook handy, I’ll get you started and you can play along.

  2. If the Devil ever gives me one pitcher to play for my soul …

    May 12, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    Joe Posnanski on the best pitcher he’s ever seen … and so much more.

  3. Ron Washington may have ordered the worst intentional walk ever yesterday

    May 12, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We now have a scale to measure this — The Intentional Walk Rage System — and Ron Washington darn near broke it yesterday

  4. The Royals still aren’t hitting home runs

    May 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    eric hosmer getty

    The Kansas City Royals have hit 14 home runs in their first 36 games this year. That is not just the worst home run rate in baseball by far in 2014, it’s among the worst in recent baseball history.

  5. Papi’s popup, Yu’s missed no-no and the stupidity of errors

    May 10, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Darvish Odor Rios AP

    1. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe that ball absolutely should have been caught.

    And …

    2. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe it should not be ruled an error because neither guy touched the ball.

    This is the stupidity of errors in 21st Century America.

  6. Ned Yost almost broke the Intentional Walk Rage System last night

    May 9, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    All intentional walks stink. Some, however, stink worse than others. As a service, Joe Posnanski has created the Intentional Walk Rage System to gauge these things. Ned Yost darn near broke the thing last night.

  7. Which major-league managers were the best players?

    May 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Cincinnati Reds

    Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB managers by how good they were during their playing days.

  8. The Timeless Game (and, maybe, the myth of closers)

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    95 percent pie chart

    If the number is always 95 percent, is there anything special about modern closers?

  9. Michael Pineda and The Obviousness Factor

    Apr 24, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

    michael pineda pine tar

    Joe Posnanski says not to overlook The Obviousness Factor when it comes to Michael Pineda and pine tar.

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

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    stevebalboni

    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.

  11. 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.

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

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Mar 18, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

    indians logo

    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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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?

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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 —…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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