On August 19, 1951, Eddie Gaedel walked. Wow. Isn’t that amazing?
Oh, it might help if you knew that he was 3’7″ tall. As part of a publicity stunt from the infamous Bill Veeck, then owner of the St. Louis Browns, he got an at-bat in the second half of a double-header. He jumped out of a cake in between games and donned a jersey with the number “1/8” on the back. He drew a four-pitch walk and promptly retired with a 1.000 OBP. The next day, the MLB office voided his contract, and it required that all future contracts gain its approval before becoming official. Continue reading
Yes, it is time for baseball to show clemency, or mercy, for Roger Clemens. Its endless inquisition into the man’s past offers no gain. Oh wait, it isn’t baseball that is leading the crusade against the Rocket: that has been Congress. How could this possibly be a priority? With all of the problems in this country, they view Roger Clemens’ methods of preparation as an important subject to be looked into? Continue reading
If I’m running a team and I have a catching prospect who can swat the ball a little bit, you bet I’m begging him not to be a backstop. That’s right. Carlos Santana, Buster Posey, Jesus Montero, you name it. Same with the boys of yesteryear like Matt Wieters or even Joe Mauer. Why would I seemingly squander this possible gold mine? Because, in the long-term, catchers who hit simply don’t exist. Either they stop being able to catch or they stop being able to hit.
Enjoy it while it lasts, Joe.
As a man whose baseball consciousness began in the late 1990s, I have a significantly different perspective on Cal Ripken than most people I talk to. The Ripken that I know is the guy who hit .273 with 17 homers and an OPS below league average from 1996-2001. The Ripken that people talk about is the one who hit .276 with 22 homers and an OPS above league average from 1982-1995. Ok, so maybe Ripken’s prime is overrated. Let’s forget that for a moment, because Cal’s impact on the field is an argument for another day. What I want to talk about now is his supposed impact off the field.
Sorry, Cal, Tony Stark was the Iron Man first.