1. Walter Johnson Evaluates Stephen Strasburg's Debut with Washington

    Today's blog post has been —ahem —"ghost" —written by one Walter Perry Johnson. Don't mind him. He's been dead for over 60 years and has only the vaguest ideas of what's going on in the world...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 519 reads 0 comments

  2. Armando Galarraga's Even More Perfect Game

    My mom tells me that in her high school English class, during a discussion of how, grammatically, certain words should be modified (i.e. is it "narrower" or "more narrow", "certainer" or "more certain"?) the word "perfect" came up...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 171 reads 0 comments

  3. Omar Vizquel: The Hall of Fame Revisited

    I originally wrote on the subject of Omar Vizquel and the Hall of Fame about two years ago, and I notice that I have gotten a lot of traffic and comments on that post lately, so I thought I would update it a bit...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 2,900 reads 42 comments

  4. Another Long, Boring Yankees/Red Sox Game Finally Ends. Minus the Boring.

    Joe West would have been bored out of his mind last night. Six weeks ago, after the Yankees began their title defense with a three-game opening series against the Boston Red Sox, ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 108 reads 1 comments

  5. Texas Rangers Showing Promise against the Oakland A's

    I had the distinct privilege to see a Texas Rangers' game in person Wednesday night.The AmeriQuest Rangers Field BallPark at Arlington, or whatever it's called these days, is really a heckuva nice place to watch a game...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  6. What's Wrong with Javier Vazquez?

    There are probably fewer things more frustrating to a sports fan than watching an expensive, recently imported veteran player repeatedly fail in his efforts to help the team...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 185 reads 0 comments

  7. An Open Letter to Pitcher Dallas Braden of the Oakland A's

    Dear Mr. Braden, Congratulations on beating the Yankees Thursday afternoon and ending their winning streak at six games. Now shut up. You sound like a fool...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 689 reads 17 comments

  8. Yankees Winning a Team Effort

    Well, it's fun being a Yankee fan these days.The Yankees are currently 9-3, sitting atop the American League East division (albeit tied with the Tampa Bay Rays), with a nice five-game lead over the despised Red Sox and their small fiefdom...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 29 reads 0 comments

  9. Press Release: Meet the SWB Yankees

    *****START***** The Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees just released about 50 tickets for the Meet the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Dinner on April 7 at PNC Field in Scranton. There will be a private batting practice session at 3:45 p...

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  10. Commentary on Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects: No. 16-20

    No. 16: Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs Opening Day Age: 20 ETA: 2011It's tempting to compare Castro to Alcides Escobar. They're both Latin American, NL Central shortstop prospects, tall with wiry frames (6'1", 160 lbs...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 56 reads 0 comments

  11. Baseball America's top 20 Prospects: #11 - #15

    #11. Dustin Ackley , OF/1B/2B, Mariners Opening Day Age: 22 ETA: 2011 After hitting over .400 in each of his three years at UNC, Ackley got a six million dollar signing bonus as the No...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 516 reads 0 comments

  12. Commentary on Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects: No. 6 - 10

    No. 6: Desmond Jennings , OF, Rays Opening Day Age: 23 ETA: Mid-2010 This is why the Rays are in no hurry to shell out tens of millions of dollars to Carl Crawford. After hitting well enough (...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 158 reads 2 comments

  13. Commentary on Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects: No. 1 To No. 5

    A year ago I looked at the Top 20 prospects from Baseball America's annual Top-100 list.  So I figured that now would be a good time, with Spring Training beginning, to do a similar thing. I'll break it up into four posts this time...

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  14. Book Review: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye

    "History binds Josh [Gibson] and Satchel at the hip as the two towering figures of the Negro Leagues, but nature left them as mismatched as yin and yang. Josh was a hitter who mashed pitches, Satchel a pitcher who undid batters...

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  15. Big Re-Hash: Frank Thomas Retires—Now What About the Hall of Fame?

    Most of this material was penned almost four years ago, but since Frank Thomas announced his retirement today , I thought it might be worthwhile to freshen this up a bit...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 247 reads 1 comments

  16. Is Ryan Howard the Greatest Slugger in Phillies History?

    Metro is a newspaper given out for free in some of the larger cities in the northeast. It's a short paper, and intentionally so, as it's usually read on public transportation...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 4 years ago 276 reads 1 comments

  17. San Francisco Giants get Bengie Molina for a Bargain

    Let's get this out of the way right now: Bengie Molina is not a bad baseball player. Granted, he's not great. But he is good...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 5 years ago 167 reads 0 comments

  18. Jon Heyman's Wacky World of Baseball Hall of Fame "Logic"

    Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted a couple of weeks ago that he voted for Andre Dawson, Jack Morris, Barry Larkin, Dave Parker, Don Mattingly, and Roberto Alomar...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 5 years ago 326 reads 5 comments

  19. The 2009 Dec. 20 All-Birthday Baseball Team

    I have posted this column in some form several times over the years, but thanks to the fact that time marches on, I can actually improve my Dec. 20 All-Birthday Team by incorporating some recent seasons from players who share that date...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 5 years ago 97 reads 0 comments

  20. New York Yankees-Los Angeles Angels: 2009 ALCS Preview

    The Yankees easily dispatched the Minnesota Twins last week, but they've got their work cut out for them in facing the Angels of Wherever in the American League Championship Series...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 73 reads 0 comments

  21. Commentary on the Yankees-Twins 2009 ALDS Game One

    The Twins won their division in dramatic fashion last night, as I had hoped they would, since the Yankees have owned the Minnesota Twins for the last several years...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 52 reads 0 comments

  22. Marlins' Super Prospect Mike Stanton Not So Super

    Hey, remember Mike Stanton?No, not that one. He's retired now.I mean Mike Stanton 2.0, or, wait, 3.0.Mike Stanton extreme...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 683 reads 1 comments

  23. A Royals' Disaster: Don't Blame Kyle Farnsworth...Blame Trey Hillman

    The Yankees won their 102nd game of the season last night and will easily have the best record in baseball this year, for whatever that's worth...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 27 reads 1 comments

  24. Kansas City's Royal Spectacle

    Rob Neyer (mercifully back from vacation this week) mentioned today how the Kansas City Royals are seeing a significant increase in attendance this year, this despite fielding perhaps the worst ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 111 reads 0 comments

  25. Chad Gaudin? Seriously?

    Golly, why didn't I think of that?The Yankees have struggled to find an effective fifth starter all year. The top four pitchers in the rotation have all been reasonably healthy and effective, compiling a solid 38-20 record and a 3...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 5 years ago 94 reads 0 comments