1. My Baseball Christmas List

    What do I want for Christmas? A million bucks in small bills. I realize that is not going to show up under my tree, so let me think again...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 413 reads 6 comments

  2. Should There Be a Height Limit for Weight Classes in Boxing?

    After all the crying I witnessed in a recent article, I thought this would be a fair question for debate. The article in question was “Could Manny Pacquiao Beat Paul Williams at 147?″ ...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 1,228 reads 10 comments

  3. Is Joe Mauer the Best Player in Major League Baseball?

    I recently took a written beating for saying that I thought Joe Mauer was helped greatly by being a catcher, in his recent naming as the American League's Most Valuable Player for 2009...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 406 reads 27 comments

  4. Could Manny Pacquiao Beat Paul Williams at 147 Pounds?

    Manny Pacquiao has seemingly improved with every fight. He has taken a good deal of punishment throughout his brilliant career, however not nearly as much as he has delivered to his adversaries...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 2,450 reads 46 comments

  5. Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Willy Taveras

    This is the sixth installment of the grading of the starters for the Cincinnati Reds' 2009 performances. Willy Taveras is my biggest disappointment of the Reds' acquisitions last season...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 274 reads 0 comments

  6. Is Albert Pujols the Best Cardinal Player Ever, Including Stan Musial?

    As you know, Albert Pujols won his second consecutive National League Most Valuable Player Award. He didn't just win it, he won it unanimously. Every single voter had him as their No. 1 pick...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 1,039 reads 6 comments

  7. Is Floyd Mayweather, Jr. the Best Boxer of All Time?

    That may be a foolish question to some boxing fans, experts, and enthusiasts. There have been scores of great fighters, hundreds of very good fighters, and thousands of good fighters...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 6,450 reads 144 comments

  8. Joe Mauer: Is the Twins Catcher's Position the Main Reason He Won the MVP Award?

    In a showdown of American League's "best," it probably comes as a surprise to very few (living outside of New York) that Joe Mauer won the Most Valuable Player Award walking away...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 667 reads 139 comments

  9. Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Jonny Gomes

    This is the fifth report card I have given out to the starting players for the Cincinnati Reds. I started it by giving first baseman Joey Votto an A, followed by Brandon Phillips, whom I graded a solid B...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 242 reads 2 comments

  10. Why Jason Bay Should've Accepted the Boston Red Sox' $60 Million Offer

    ESPN.com reports that Boston Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay refused an initial offer by the team and will dive into the pool of free agency to test the depth of its waters...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 1,080 reads 16 comments

  11. Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Scott Rolen

    While Scott Rolen is still in the "honeymoon" stage with the Reds, I will be evaluating him on a 40-game season. His hitting is better than average, which should be expected for a .284 lifetime hitter...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 144 reads 2 comments

  12. Tim Lincecum Wins National League's Cy Young Award By Default

    ESPN has just announced that Tim Lincecum has become the first MLB repeat winner of the Cy Young Award since Randy Johnson won four in succession from 1999-2002. Lincecum, in my opinion, won the award by default this season...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 519 reads 32 comments

  13. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. -Manny Pacquiao: Who Is the Best?

    What does Manny Pacquiao have that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. does not? The answer to that is a simple one-word response: respect. Far too few boxing fans hold Pretty Boy Floyd in any respectful light, whatsoever...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 3,047 reads 74 comments

  14. Ramon Hernandez Re-Signed by Cincinnati Reds: $3 Million More Down the Drain

    Wow. Just as I thought the Reds had given up on any hope they had for Ramon Hernandez, he slides in the back door. Cincinnati just signed him to a one-year contract (with options) worth $3 million...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 135 reads 2 comments

  15. Did You Know That Miguel Cotto Is Really Fernando Vargas?

    A boxer's identity is something they have worked long and hard to achieve. Whether they want to be perceived as charming, polite, and gracious such as the identity crafted by the Golden Boy, ...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 1,228 reads 41 comments

  16. Why Is Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Hated By All Boxing Fans?

    It is difficult for me to see why so many boxing fans hate Floyd Mayweather, Jr. When I say "hate", i don't mean dislike, tolerate, detest or even abhor. I believe many would like to see Money dead...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 434 reads 55 comments

  17. Are You a Hardcore MLB Fan? Check Your Trivia Knowledge Here

    Do you consider yourself a hardcore fan of baseball history? Is your head filled with frivolous information such as the time of day the "shot heard round the world" occurred? I like to consider ...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 184 reads 3 comments

  18. Would Mark DeRosa Be a Nice Fit With the Cincinnati Reds?

    I repeat my assertion that the Reds need a solid shortstop to be an authentic contender for the Central Division championship...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 205 reads -7 comments

  19. If You Can't Play, Coach: Do Bad MLB Players Really Make Good Coaches?

    I am sure you have heard the ages old adage, "If you can't play, coach." I have been hearing that from the time I followed the sport in the late 1950s...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 368 reads 4 comments

  20. Is the Gold Glove Given to the Best Defensive Players in MLB?

    What is a Gold Glove exactly? It is an award created in 1957 by Rawlings (the most popular baseball glove maker at the time) to show defensive excellence at each of the nine positions...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 371 reads 16 comments

  21. Should Instant Replay be used by MLB in the Same Manner as the NFL?

    Should instant replay be used in MLB as it is in the NFL? That is a question that should be addressed, the sooner the better. Not just for the integrity of the game, but for the sake of “what's right is right...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about almost 5 years ago 124 reads 3 comments

  22. Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Paul Janish

    For good or bad, Paul Janish inherited the position of shortstop after Alex Gonzalez was sent to Boston. Janish fits the description of "slick fielding, weak hitter" all to well...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about 5 years ago 316 reads 6 comments

  23. The True Account Of Fred Merkle's "Boner"

    Note: This was found in the diary of a Mr. O. C. Schwartz at an estate sale So much has been said about what is commonly called "The Merkle Boner" that, being an eyewitness to the account, I should set the matter straight once and for all...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about 5 years ago 1,548 reads 2 comments

  24. Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Brandon Phillips

    Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips is next up to be graded on his performance this season. Phillips has been as steady as anyone this season. The longest stretch of the season for him without a hit was six games...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about 5 years ago 174 reads 7 comments

  25. What Is Baseball? A Recollection Of Memories

    Baseball means so many different things to different people. Not just a nine inch (circumference) circle shaped object with cork at the center, wrapped in yarn with white cowhide sewn with red stitches...

    Cliff Eastham Written by Cliff Eastham about 5 years ago 1,843 reads 18 comments