Jan 3, 2015, 8:58 AM EST
Prediction: There are 16 players on this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot who will not receive 5% of the vote and, as such, will be bumped off the ballot.
Oct 24, 2014, 7:20 PM EST
Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are your co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award.
Oct 5, 2014, 9:41 PM EST
Sunday’s hero is now tied for fourth among active players.
Oct 3, 2014, 1:33 PM EST
How do the Royals keep doing this? After watching their Game 1 win in the ALDS, Joe Posnanski still isn’t sure.
Aug 29, 2014, 3:27 PM EST
There can be only THREE!! True outcomes, that is.
Aug 9, 2014, 8:10 PM EST
The Phillies honored former manager Charlie Manuel by inducting him into the Phillies Wall of Fame prior to Saturday night’s game against the Mets.
Aug 2, 2014, 5:41 PM EST
Jim Thome officially calls it quits, retiring as a member of the Indians after signing a one-day contract on Saturday. The Indians unveiled a statue in his honor.
Jun 23, 2014, 2:50 PM EST
Every year during the All-Star break there’s a “Legends and Celebrities Softball Game” and MLB just announced the participants for this year’s event at Target Field in Minnesota.
May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.
Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EST
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.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM EST
Someone needs to explain to 1995 Jim Thome that this is NOT how baseball is meant to be played.
Apr 20, 2014, 9:37 AM EST
Watch as Angels first baseman Albert Pujols moved to within two home runs of the big 500-homer milestone on Saturday afternoon against Tigers closer Joe Nathan …
Feb 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
Jim Thome hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet, but the 43-year-old joined the White Sox front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. That gig involves going to spring training to work with players beginning next week, but looking beyond that Thome told Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that…
Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EST
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in…
Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EST
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…
Dec 23, 2013, 10:34 AM EST
Most players of a certain stature announce their retirement. Not all. Jim Thome is sort of letting retirement happen to him, though not 100% willingly. He was on MLB Network’s Hot Stove show this morning and said that he’s not officially retired and has not ruled out a comeback. I suppose it’s entirely possible that…
Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EST
These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…
Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EST
Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with…
Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EST
So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…
Sep 23, 2013, 4:06 PM EST
A fantastic point here made by Tom Tango, and I have to admit that it has made me (for the nine millionth time) rethink the Baseball Hall of Fame. As you might have heard, Fangraphs asked a bunch of writers to name the three best eligible players not in the Hall of Fame. They asked the writers…
Sep 19, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
Former Phillies infielder and manager Larry Bowa was at Citizens Bank Park for a visit yesterday. CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury notes that there is a chance he could be back on a more permanent basis: Bowa was a star player, a World Series-winning player, a coach and manager with the club. After all these years, he…
Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EST
This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…
Jul 3, 2013, 5:51 PM EST
It’s been three years since Manny Ramirez was last a worthy major leaguer, hitting .311/.405/.510 in 66 games for the Dodgers in 2010. They then shipped him to the White Sox, where he was a disappointment in 24 games, hitting .261/.420/.319. In 2011, Ramirez signed a cheap deal with the Rays, played five games and…
Jul 2, 2013, 3:53 PM EST
Jim Thome wanted to keep playing at age 42, but no major-league offers came in and now the future Hall of Famer has joined the White Sox’s front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. Thome, who played for the White Sox from 2006-2009, will have a role working with both major…
May 9, 2013, 9:14 AM EST
A few fun early season statistics using Baseball Reference’s amazing new “Split Finder.” The Kansas City Royals’ No. 3 through No. 6 hitters have six homers all year … by far the lowest total in baseball. The Royals, even in the midst of a three-game losing streak, are off to a very nice start, and…
- Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal 8
- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 305
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 52
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (305)
- Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents (102)
- Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi (88)
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” (86)