1. Alex Rodriguez vs. Graig Nettles for the Best 3rd Baseman in Yankees History

    When Alex Rodriguez's and Graig Nettles' New York Yankees careers are compared, my first reaction is that A-Rod is the greatest third baseman in Yankees' history. Rodriguez owes the Yankees six more seasons...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about over 2 years ago 727 reads 11 comments

  2. Alex Rodriguez Will Rank Behind Mike Schmidt Among Hall of Fame 3rd Basemen

    There are only 10 third basemen in the Hall of Fame. Mike Schmidt is considered the greatest, but after him, opinions vary. When Alex Rodriguez joined the Yankees in 2004, he became their everyday third baseman...

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  3. MLB: Despite the NFL's Ratings, Baseball Is Still the Finest Game in the Land

    This past October, there was a sad confirmation. Monday Night Football beat the playoff game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. Baseball used to be the most popular game in America...

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  4. John Sterling Was Belittled by Atlanta's Broadcasters and by Himself

    From 1982-87, John Sterling worked for Ted Turner's Atlanta Braves , broadcasting the team's games on TBS. Sports editor Buddy McCarter didn't mince words when it came to his opinion of Sterling in a column written in May, 1985...

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  5. Alex Rodriguez's Appropriate Response to Donald Trump's "Bait"

    Alex Rodriguez has learned. One of baseball’s all-time greats demonstrated class and character with his response to Donald Trump’s ridiculous comparison...

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  6. Mickey Mantle Was Not Persecuted by Selective Service or by George Weiss

    On April 3, 1951 Mickey, hitting a robust .462 in the exhibition season, was ordered to report to his draft board for a medical re-examination...

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  7. Don Mattingly's Greatest Season's Biggest Disappointment

    Most people remember the year 1986, but not all New York baseball fans have fond memories of the year, as the New York Yankees finished second, five-and-a-half games behind the Boston Red Sox ...

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  8. Roger Maris: "I'd Rather Have the Dough Than the Record"

    Roger Maris looked straight into baseball writer Joe Reichler's eyes. With what Reichler described as a slight sneer, Maris told him, "I was born surly and I'm going to stay that way...

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  9. Don Mattingly Wanted the New York Yankees to Trade Him to a Winner

    On Aug. 15, 1991, the New York Yankees were in fifth place in the seven-team American League East Division. Their 51-62 record put them 10.5 games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays ...

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  10. George Frazier and the Los Angeles Dodgers Were Happy He Was a Major Leaguer

    George Frazier attempted to put his three World Series losses into perspective. After being charged with losses in the third, fourth and sixth games of the 1981 World Series, the New York Yankees relief pitcher spoke to the media...

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  11. George "Who?" Lost 3 Games for the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series?

    The 1981 strike resulted in a strange situation in which the season was split into two halves. The teams that won the first half of the season would meet the team that won the second ...

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  12. Babe Ruth: A Hall of Famer as a Position Player and as a Boston Red Sox Pitcher

    In 1916, 20-year-old Babe Ruth won 18 games for the Boston Red Sox . He batted .315 and hit four home runs in 92 official at-bats, which calculates to one home run for every 23 at-bats...

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  13. New York Yankees Fan Shot and Killed by Brooklyn Dodgers Fan over 1956 WS

    William S. Christman was a New York City detective. On Oct. 7, 1956, Det. Christman decided to have a drink at Carmichael's Bar and Grill near his Richmond Hill, Queens home after he finished his tour of duty...

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  14. American League's Designated Hitter Rule Creates Confusion to Some Fans

    Forget whether or not you favor the designated hitter rule. That's not what this is about. For years, I have become confused watching American League baseball without quite being certain why I was perplexed...

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  15. Pete Rose: The Most Respected and Admired Player in the Game

    The last time the Philadelphia Phillies had won the World Series was...never. The Phillies were getting ready to face the Houston Astros in the 1980 NLCS, which was a best-of-five series...

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  16. Ron Guidry (25-3) Had a Better Season Than Jack Chesbro (41-12) for the Yankees

    In 1978, Ron Guidry had the greatest season of any New York Yankees pitcher in the team's history. Yes, it was better than Jack Chesbro's 1904 season in which he set a record for wins that will never be matched...

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  17. Lenny Dykstra Explains Why 1993 NL Champion Phillies Weren't Winners

    Lenny Dykstra was sitting with his back to everyone, facing his locker in the visitors' clubhouse. He still couldn't believe it. He certainly would never accept it...

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  18. Reggie Jackson & Bill North, Not Pete Rose, Might Have Ruined Ray Fosse's Career

    Pete Rose had no choice. In the 12th inning of the 1970 All-Star game, Rose bowled into American League catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run...

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  19. Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds' Great, Is Suspended from Baseball Forever

    In the sixth game of the 1917 World Series, New York Giants ' third baseman Heine Zimmerman was forced to chase Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox toward an uncovered home plate...

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  20. Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds and Others Prove MLB Is a Team Game

    There have been many great baseball players that never were on a world championship team, primarily because baseball is a team game...

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  21. Joe DiMaggio Confirmed That to the New York Yankees, Money Trumped Winning

    The New York Yankees have announced that they intend to cut their payroll to less than $189 million by 2014 in order to avoid paying a luxury tax. When the Yankees negotiate with their players in the future, some hard feeling may develop...

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  22. Joe DiMaggio's Job Was to Play for the Yankees, Not to Be Your Role Model

    Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a baseball player. He wasn't the greatest baseball player of all time, but he did pretty well. Just a few players since DiMaggio retired in 1951 are considered his equal or better...

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  23. Babe Ruth Led the Underdog 1928 New York Yankees World Series Celebration

    The St. Louis Cardinals were strong favorites to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series for the second time in three years...

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  24. Babe Ruth's Revenge Against Pete Alexander and the St. Louis Cardinals

    The 1926 World Series ended when Babe Ruth was thrown out attempting to steal second base. The New York Yankees trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning...

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  25. Boston Red Sox Can Collapse Again in 2012 but Not Pay the Price

    Not even Atlanta Braves fans are more excited and relieved than the Boston Red Sox fans at the fact that baseball's commander along with the moguls he oversees, have added a second wild card to each league...

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