Honorary 1962 New York Mets – Chris Davis

In a recent game, Chris Davis played 3rd base and batted sixth for the Texas Rangers. In the lopsided contest the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins by a score of 20 to 6. That’s a winning margin of fourteen runs. The Rangers got more hits and scored more runs in

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Tony Cloninger

I want to wish former major league pitcher Tony Cloninger, born seventy-one years ago today, the happiest of birthdays. Tony Cloninger pitched for three teams during his twelve-year career, and enjoyed his greatest success while playing for the Braves. He is a member of a very exclusive baseball fraternity: successful

Hitting For The Cycle – Part 3

In this, the shortest and last of my three-part series on hitting for the cycle, I want to recognize the four teammates on the Oakland Athletics whose combined efforts on July 28, 2011, resulted in a natural one. Here they are: First, Hideki Matsui singled Next, Josh Willingham doubled David

Hitting For The Cycle – Part 2

In this, the second of a three-part series, I will define a “natural cycle” and highlight a few of the players who have hit them. Natural cycles occur when the player hits the single first, the double second, the triple third and the home run last. My research revealed this has been

Hitting For The Cycle – Part 1

This is the first of a three-part post on hitting for the cycle, which occurs when a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. The hits do not need to occur in this sequence, and in fact rarely do. From 2006 to 2010, an

Progress Report # 1

In late March I invited a group of friends to voice their opinions on a series of predictions pertaining to the San Francisco Giants current baseball season. This took the form of responding to a series of statements with one of three opinions, “under,” “the same” or “over.” As we

Prince Fielder

I watch a lot of San Francisco Giants games. I was watching one on Sunday, September 6, 2009 when this scene unfolded. The game featured two teams going in opposite directions. The Giants, in the midst of a resurgent season in which they put the baseball world on notice that

Honorary 1962 New York Mets – Ian Stewart

We’ve all had our tough days. I consider myself very lucky that my difficult moments are not broadcast to hundred of thousands of people. With a tip of the hat to transparency and fairness, I’ll share a few of them now. One time, many years ago, while working my first

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Carlos Beltran

As I write this it’s 2 am and for some unexplained reason I’m up with energy to burn. Maybe it’s because I have an urgent need to analyze the just completed big trade between the Mets, who sent veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Giants, for blue-chip pitching prospect Zack

Catchers Rule!

I’ve gone to a lot of baseball games with my sister Nancy. She’s not a huge baseball fan, but she’s willing to go to a ballgame and knows what’s happening on the field when she gets there. She’s easy-going and enjoys chatting with the other fans. There’s just one thing,