1. Johnny Damon's Delusional Belief That He Belongs in the Hall of Fame

    Johnny Damon considers himself a future Hall of Famer. Speaking to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times , Damon claimed his statistics merit election to the Hall...

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  2. Barry Bonds: When He Saw a Strike, the San Francisco Giant Struck

    Barry Bonds ' San Francisco Giants teammates were frustrated. It was the middle of May, 2004, and opposing managers refused to pitch to the greatest of all home run hitters. Then-Giants catcher A...

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  3. Barry Bonds: MLB Must Delete His Records or Move on from Him

    Face the facts: Barry Bonds holds the record for most career home runs. He also has hit more home runs in a single season than any other player. Merely look at the record books or sites such as Baseball-Reference...

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  4. Maris and Mantle: Back-to-Back and Wall-to-Wall Home Runs at Yankee Stadium

    The New York Yankees were hosting the Chicago White Sox for a twi-night doubleheader on July 25, 1961. The second-place New Yorkers trailed the Detroit Tigers by one game...

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  5. Rafael Soriano Will Close Because the Yankees Don't Need a "Fullpack"

    Joe Girardi thinks that he didn’t tip his hand when he used Rafael Soriano to close out the final game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays ...

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  6. Philadelphia Athletics Had Only 2 Pitchers Win More Than 2 Games in 1916

    The Philadelphia Athletics won the 1914 American League pennant. Despite being highly favored in the World Series, they were swept by the "Miracle" Boston Braves...

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  7. New York Mets Deserve Plaudits but Receive None from New York Tabloids

    I have followed the New York Mets since 1962. I am not a Mets fan, but despite that fact, the way the New York tabloids have treated them and continue to treat them is obscene...

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  8. MLB Players' Actions on the Field Have No Effect on Fan Violence

    Cole Hamels admitted that he intentionally tried to hit Bryce Harper . Some individuals claim that violence on the field breeds violence in the stands. They couldn’t be more incorrect, at least with respect to baseball...

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  9. Hall of Fame's Rule 5 Must Be Used to Make Tommy John and Jim Kaat Members

    One of the guidelines for Hall of Fame voters is Rule 5, which states, "Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played...

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  10. Cole Hamels Followed in the Tradition of Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale & Sandy Koufax

    Cole Hamels continued the old baseball tradition by deliberately throwing at Bryce Harper. When Hamels watched baseball as a youngster, pitchers routinely initiated rookies to the big leagues by throwing at them...

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  11. Mike Lupica's Disingenuous Attack on Andy Pettitte Is Disgusting and Wrong

    Mike Lupica is right. Andy Pettitte can’t have it both ways because it is impossible to have it both ways when the same testimony is presented each time. Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk saw it coming...

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  12. Bonds and Bonds: Barry Set the Father-Son HR Mark in San Francisco

    On July 5, 1989, the San Francisco Giants hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates at Candlestick Park. With the Giants comfortably ahead in the ninth inning, 6-1, the Pirates had runners on first and third with one out...

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  13. Barry Bonds Enraged Prosecutors by Not Being Intimidated or Subservient

    William Rhoden of the New York Times presented some interesting ideas about Barry Bonds in a column a little more than one year ago...

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  14. Barry Bonds Moves to Have His Felony Conviction Erased

    One’s feelings toward Barry Bonds are irrelevant. CBS.com reports that Bonds has filed an appeal in an attempt to rectify an injustice. Okay, that’s not exactly what the headline states...

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  15. Mariano Rivera: Greatness, Respect, Desire and Future Saves

    Marty Appel, in Pinstripe Empire, makes an understatement that sadly will never be more appreciated than it is today...

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  16. Mickey Mantle Almost Won a World Series Award That Didn't Exist in 1952

    Mickey Mantle finished the 1952 season, his second with the New York Yankees , batting .311/.394/.530. He led the league with a .924 OPS, but no one knew it at the time...

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  17. Before Jered Weaver, There Was Bo Belinsky, Who Pitched Los Angeles' First No-No

    Before there was Jered Weaver, there was Bo . At the age of 64, Bo Belinsky died of a heart attack. There were many mourners present for services at Trintiy Life Center in Las Vegas...

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  18. New York Yankees Must Re-Evaluate "Babying" of Prospects Betances and Banuelos

    Shoeless Joe Jackson’s glove was called "The Place Where Triples Go To Die". The New York Yankees are rapidly becoming the organization known as the place where young pitchers have their careers short-circuited...

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  19. Andy Pettitte's Testimony Produces Reasonable Doubt and a Win for Roger Clemens

    As Willie Nelson used to sing, " The Party's Over ." According to the New York Times , Andy Pettitte , exhibiting his class, character and honesty, testified that he was only ...

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  20. New York Yankees' Kevin Brown Understands Amar'e Stoudemire's Frustration

    "You just can't do this, there's no doubt about it. You've got to keep your emotions in check," lamented New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, via the Associated Press...

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  21. Joe Pepitone Caused the Biggest Brawl in Yankee Stadium History

    Joe Pepitone was blamed for starting one of the most violent brawls in Yankee Stadium history when he charged toward Cleveland Indians ' pitcher Gary Bell on Aug. 22, 1963. It wasn't completely his fault...

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  22. Alex Rodriguez Demonstrated Professionalism with the New York Yankees

    Near the end of the 2002 season, Mel Antonen and Cesar Brioso of USA Today evaluated Alex Rodriguez 's second season with the Texas Rangers ...

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  23. A-Rod's "Clutch" Home Runs Compared to Mickey Mantle's and Yogi Berra's

    Alex Rodriguez has been give the reputation as a player that rarely produces when it counts, which is ridiculous. Until his 1956 Triple Crown season, the same was said of Mickey Mantle...

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  24. New York Yankees' Phil Hughes and Freddie Garcia Must Go, but Who Replaces Them?

    Back in the good, old days, whenever a girl said that she was too busy to see me Saturday night and I continued to call her and she remained busy, my mother would say, "What do you ...

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  25. Bill Skowron's Final World Series Performance Hurt the New York Yankees

    "Batting sixth and playing first base, No. 14, Bill Skowron , No. 14." Skowron stepped into the batter's box against the ace left-hander on the Yankee Stadium mound in the second inning of a scoreless game...

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