# Major league baseball
Paying Tribute To Roger Angell, A True Baseball Legend
Roger Angell, the Hall of Fame writer who many consider the best of all baseball essayists, died on May 20 at the age of 101. As a boy, Angell was in the stands at Yankee Stadium to see Babe Ruth hit. As a writer, Angell was there for shortstop Derek Jeter’s final game. Angell’s longevity with the game, his passion for the game, and his elegant, witty chronicling of the game are simply without peer.
How MLB All-Star Voting Can Better Represent The Fans
Major League Baseball just began the fan voting for the 2022 All-Star Game, the 92nd Midsummer Classic. At this point, we need to finally admit the entire voting system is completely and utterly wrong.
5 Tampa Bay Rays Players Refuse To Wear Rainbow Logos Celebrating The Team’s Pride Day
According to a report by Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin, each team has the latitude to express pride awareness in their own way. For The Tampa Bay Rays, that expression was determined to be some color modifications of the team's logos. Team officials told Tpkin that they decided to show their awareness by placing the newly reformatted rainbow-striped logos on their hats and jerseys for certain games this month and that this weekend's series against the Chicago White Sox were chosen to be a couple of those games. However, not all of the team's players were in agreement with the on-field expression.
Have We Seen The Last Stolen Base By An MLB Pitcher?
Marcus Stroman is a very good pitcher and one of MLB’s best defenders on the mound, but he isn’t much of a hitter. In 2021, he had an .098/.164/.137 slash line. That’s not much worse than most pitchers, and it’s certainly not why he gets paid, but suffice it to say that he doesn’t spend a lot of time on the basepaths.
Blackburn And Barrera Are Oakland's Bright Spots So Far
The A’s low attendance has been a story garnering national attention early in the 2022 campaign. The team’s decades-long struggle to get a new stadium seems to be coming to a head. The Howard Terminal project had another positive vote this month, and the team continues to consider sites in Las Vegas. The uncertainty around Oakland’s future creates a lot of negative coverage of the franchise.
MLB Racism Controversy: Tim Anderson, Jackie Robinson, and the Suspension of Josh Donaldson
Major League Baseball suspends Josh Donaldson for referring to Tim Anderson as “Jackie.”. A May, 2019 article from Bleacher Report, “Tim Anderson Says He Feels Like 'Today's Jackie Robinson' Amid Tension with MLB,” stated the following: On Tuesday, Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated provided comments from Anderson, who said he wants to knock down MLB's ’have-fun barrier.’ "I kind of feel like today's Jackie Robinson," he said. "That's huge to say. But it's cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I'm getting to a point to where I need to change the game."
Translating Don Carman's Clichés Into The 21st Century
Don Carman was a left-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Texas Rangers from 1983-1992. During his 10-year career, he compiled a modest 53-54 won-loss record and a 4.11 ERA. It is not for his prowess on the Major League pitching mound that we celebrate Carman today, however. Carman was not only a left-handed pitcher, but he was also a left-handed thinker.
In Defense Of The Wave
On May 1, during the seventh inning of a 6-4 game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, it happened. Someone, somewhere in the stands started it, and then literally tens of thousands of fans joined much to the disbelief of onlookers.
What's In A Baseball Name? Some Are More Unusual Than Others
If there’s any sport known for having players with fantastic names, it’s baseball. Many of the most iconic baseball players in MLB history came packaged with nicknames so synonymous with the player that it’s hard to imagine the man without the moniker: “Dizzy” Dean, “Babe” Ruth, “Lefty” Grove (and Lefty O’Doul, and Lefty Gomez), Ted “The Splendid Splinter” Williams, Willie “The Say Hey Kid” Mays. The list goes on and on.
Making Sense Of The A's Surprisingly Good Start
After Monday night’s home opener, a 5-1 victory over the last-place Baltimore Orioles, the Oakland A’s record stood at 6-5. Not bad for a team predicted by FanGraphs to go 70-92 in 2022, after an offseason that saw long-term manager Bob Melvin depart for the perceived greener pastures of the San Diego Padres. Also, out the door were Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt, all via trade. Meanwhile, free agents Mark Canha, Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, Mitch Moreland, Yan Gomes, Andrew Chafin, Jake Diekman, Sergio Romo and Yusmeiro Petit all left, too.
Join the Oakland A's with a full-time role off the field
(Noah Graham / Getty Images) (ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) The Oakland Athletics are looking to fill a position in the HR department at their spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona.
Designated Hitter, You Say? How About A Designated Pitcher? Runner? Fielder?
I have been a Philadelphia Phillies, and therefore a (mostly) National League fan, ever since the A’s moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City in 1954. My loyalty to the National League was reinforced when the American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973. While I am not usually a Luddite who resists all change to the National Pastime, I was then, and remain now, of the opinion that the designated hitter takes too much of the strategy out of the game.
Happy "Meet The Mets" Day
Today we look back on the debut of the New York Mets on this day in 1962.Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. To paraphrase The Beatles, “It was 60 years ago today, that the New York Mets began to play.” That’s right, on April 11, 1962, the consolation prize offered to the city of New York in the aftermath of the abandonment of Gotham by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants took the field for their first game. Ironically, they did so against the St. Louis Cardinals in the city that had, before Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham decided to follow the historic advice of New York Tribune publisher Horace Greeley to “go west” with their young men, been the western boundary of Major League Baseball.
Why Baseball Needs A Longer Season
Ernie Harwell broadcast games on the radio for four big-league teams.mwiguide, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. The baseball season is not long enough. I do know how crazy a statement that is. The season hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already saying we need more time? Even in an abbreviated fashion, Spring Training is still a month long this season, then six months for the regular season, and another month for the post-season, and we are talking about eight months. That is a solid 65 to 7 per cent of the calendar at minimum, and we are talking about a sport from which the term “dog days of summer” derives?
The A's May Be Selling, But They Know What They're Doing
The Oakland A’s have a cyclical history full of highs and lows. The core of a young team moving from Kansas City in 1968 blossomed into a three-time World Series champ. Owner Charlie Finley then dismantled that team and a fallow period followed, as the team averaged 100 losses across three seasons to close the 1970s.
50 Years Ago, For The First Time, MLB Players Went On Strike
Johnny Bench, MLB's 1972 home run leaderUnknown author. In 1972, Major League Baseball players held a strike that meant losing regular-season games for the first time in the history of the sport.
Passing On The Art Of Scorekeeping To Future Generations
Whenever I entered the ballpark in my hometown of Philadelphia, whether it was Connie Mack Stadium, Veterans Stadium, or Citizens Bank Park, those were always the first words I would hear: “Scorecard lineup here!” Our first stop after walking through the gates was always at the kiosk that was selling the day’s program with that scorecard inside and the little Phillies red pencil that came with it.
The Baseball Reliquary: The "Other" Baseball Hall Of Fame
Author's note: This is an excerpt from CLASSIC BASEBALL: TIMELESS TALES, IMMORTAL MOMENTS, a collection of baseball articles by John Rosengren. It originally appeared in VICE Sports, August 2015.
Three Years Ago Today, The Phillies Introduced Bryce Harper
The Philadelphia Phillies introduced right fielder Bryce Harper on March 2, 2019, at the team’s Spring Training facility in Clearwater, Fla. At the initial press conference, Harper shook hands with Phillies owner John Middleton and general manager Matt Klentak. The sun was shining brightly as Harper took a seat next to his agent Scott Boras on top of the dugout at Spectrum Field. Philly is a football-first city; however, when the Phillies announced the signing of Harper to a 13-year deal for $330 million, excitement about baseball returned to the City of Brotherly Love. In his new Phillies jersey, Harper talked about how he could not “wait to be a part of the Phillies for a long period of time.”
Black History Month: The Best Black Players In Phillies History
To say that the Philadelphia Phillies were not a progressive organization during the early years of racial integration in Major League Baseball might be an understatement. The last team in the National League to field a Black player, the Phillies ushered that player, shortstop John Kennedy, onto and then off the roster after just five games and two plate appearances in late April and early May of 1957.