1. Roger Clemens Challenged Congress, Which Infuriated Those in Power

    Whether you admire Roger Clemens or you despise him doesn't matter. Clemens had the temerity to make statements to Congress that some members allege were false...

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  2. Mark Reynolds Is as Valuable to the Orioles as Tony Gwynn Was to the Padres

    In 1987, Tony Gwynn led the league with a .370 batting average. He scored 119 runs, drove in 54 runs, stole 56 bases and won a Gold Glove. He finished ninth in the MVP voting. "Ninth!" Gwynn said, via the New York Daily News in 1996 ...

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  3. Joe Girardi Is Tough, Smart and a Great Fit as the Yankees' Manager

    Joe Girardi is tough. Just ask someone that is even tougher. It was 1989. Girardi was a rookie catcher with the Chicago Cubs and Don Zimmer was his manager...

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  4. Andy Pettitte: The New York Yankees' Left-Handed Ace Has Never Been Scared

    “As far as baseball, I've never been scared," Andy Pettitte told The New York Times back in 1996. "When I faced our lineup then, I was definitely nervous. I remember shaking out there on the mound...

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  5. Elston Howard Helped the Yankees' Hated Rival, the Red Sox, Win the 1967 Pennant

    The media have determined that the New York Yankees ' greatest rival is the Boston Red Sox . Fans agree, although the Red Sox cannot add a defeat to the Yankees' most precious 27-13 World Series record...

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  6. New York Yankees Pennant Streaks, World Championships and Hall of Famers

    It becomes more remarkable with the passage of time. From 1949-64, the New York Yankees had pennant-winning streaks of five (1949-53), four (1955-58) and five (1960-64)...

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  7. U.S. College Baseball Players to Play a Cuban Team in Havana This July

    Almost five years ago, Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times wrote what has become a revealing article titled “Baseball Looks to Create a Possible Portal to Cuba...

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  8. Why Some Yankees World Series Wins Are More Valuable Than Others

    In 1968, the New York Yankees won 83 games and lost 79, which is a .512 winning percentage. They finished in fifth place, 20 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers and 17 ½ game ahead of the 10th place Washington Senators...

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  9. 'Fearless' Ferris Fain: Two Batting Titles and a Knock at Reggie Jackson

    "Reggie Jackson doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame any more than my grandmother does," Ferris Fain said in 1995. "How many runners did he keep from advancing with all those strikeouts?" Fain had a point about strikeouts...

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  10. New York Yankees: Joe Girardi Could Learn About Baseball from Willie Mays

    It was the first inning of the first game of the season. The Tampa Bay Rays had runners on second and third with two outs. When the right-handed batting Sean Rodriguez stepped into the batter’s box, Joe Girardi ordered C...

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  11. YES Management Made Yankees Broadcasters Look Like 'Subservient Jackasses'

    According to Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News , early in March, YES president Tracy Dolgin proudly announced that YES is "a homer network." Dolgin explained that a "homer" is the antithesis of an objective announcer...

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  12. Tony Conigliaro Missed the Chance to Be Ranked with Williams, Yaz or Mantle

    When he was 19 years old, Mickey Mantle batted .267/.349/.443 with 13 home runs and a stint in the minors. When he was 19 years old, Tony Conigliaro batted .290/.354/.530 with 24 home runs...

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  13. Jim Rice Attacked Joe Morgan When He Was Lifted for Spike Owen

    Nineteen-eighty-eight is relatively recent in terms of baseball history, but an incident that occurred on July 20, 1988 would never occur in 2012. The Boston Red Sox were leading the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in the eighth inning at Fenway Park...

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  14. Curt Schilling Belongs in the Hall of the Very Good, Not in the Hall of Fame

    The Veterans Committee elected Jim Bunning to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1996. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. There will not be any comments with respect to Bunning's political career, but his election to the Hall of Fame was an error...

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  15. Clayton Kershaw's Poor Final Tuneup Proves He's Baseball's Best Pitcher

    Do you want to know what makes Clayton Kershaw baseball's best pitcher? It can be summed up simply by something Kershaw said after his poor outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks a few days ago...

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  16. The Only Time the 1988 Dodgers Beat the Mets Was When It Counted Most

    In 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets played a three-game series at Dodgers Stadium from May 20-22. The Mets swept the series. From May 30 through June 1, the teams met for another three-game series, this time at Shea Stadium...

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  17. Kemp, Kershaw, Ethier and Gordon Might Not Be Enough for the Dodgers

    It is not my purpose to knock the Los Angeles Dodgers . One of my favorite all-time New York Yankees , Don Mattingly , manages them, but the Dodgers probably won't be in the playoffs this season...

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  18. Dee Gordon Is Embarrassing the 'Experts' That Said He Was Too Small to Excel

    Don't believe it for one second. Don't have any doubts. Phil Rizzuto and Freddie Patek prove it. Dee Gordon will soon be a star Some teams shied away from pursuing him because Devaris "Dee" Gordon is 5'11" inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds...

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  19. Felix Mantilla Threw the 1959 Pennant to the Los Angeles Dodgers

    The newly transplanted Los Angeles Dodgers had finished a dismal seventh their first season away from Brooklyn...

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  20. Gil Hodges, Contrary to the 'Experts' Lack of Expertise, Did Dominate

    In 1949, at the age of 25, Gil Hodges became the Brooklyn Dodgers ' regular first baseman. From 1949 through, and including, 1957 —which is the last year that the Brooklyn Dodgers existed—Hodges batted ...

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  21. Joe DiMaggio Was Loved by Fans and Even the Boston Red Sox

    “I watched every move Lou made on and off the field,” Joe DiMaggio said after he had been introduced by baseball commissioner Ford Frick at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony...

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  22. New York Yankees Won the 1957 Pennant and Also Finished Seventh

    The New York Yankees were American League champions in 1957, but some individuals that were not fond of the Yankees claimed that they finished seventh as well as first...

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  23. Curtis Granderson Isn't as Great as Bernie Williams but He's More Valuable

    There is no way that anyone can convince me that Curtis Granderson is better than Bernie Williams, but there is no way that anyone can convince me that Bernie Williams was more valuable than Curtis Granderson...

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  24. Curtis Granderson Would Like a Repeat of Last Year's Season Opener for New York

    One of the most underrated New York Yankees is Curtis Granderson . In a few days, it will be one year since he led the Yankees to their opening day victory against his former team, the Detroit Tigers , on a day when the wind-chill was 31 degrees...

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  25. New York Yankees: Failed Attempt at Winning 6 Consecutive World Series Titles

    During the last week of Aug. 1954, the New York Yankees trailed the first place Cleveland Indians by five and one-half games...

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