Football 101: No. 6, Lawrence Taylor
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
2d ago
The Football 101 makes a triumphant return this week. Now that I’ve finished a certain book we will have two essays this week! Here’s the complete archive. Thanks for reading, and thanks for subscribing! After this week we’ll continue with a new Football 101 essay every week to finish out the Top 5. And if you want to track the countdown, Brilliant Reader Ed B put together this awesome spreadsheet. Of course, would love for you to subscribe for the big finish! We have lots of great stuff coming here on JoeBlogs. Subscribe now One day before the New York Giants took Lawrence Taylor with t ..read more
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Scott Rolen and the New Hall of Fame
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
2d ago
Well, awesome surprise, Scott Rolen DID get elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. I’ve got some thoughts about it, some of which may surprise you, but first, let’s go through the entire Hall of Fame ballot very quickly. Scott Rolen, 76.3% — Elected by five votes. Todd Helton, 72.2% — Missed by 11 votes. Billy Wagner, 68.1% — He has two more years to get to 75%. Andruw Jones, 58.1% — He made a nice jump from 44.1% and has some real momentum now. Gary Sheffield, 55% — He jumped up from 40.6%, but he has only one year left and I can’t see him moving much next year ..read more
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A Hall of Fame Thread
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
3d ago
Hi everybody. So they’re about to announce this year’s Hall of Fame class. Fingers crossed we get a Hall of Famer this year! At 7 p.m. Eastern, I’ll come on this thread, write some Hall of Fame thoughts, answer any questions you might have, we’ll have some fun. See you at 7 ..read more
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It's Hall of Fame Day!
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
3d ago
OK, my book is in, my slate is relatively clear, our PosCast ALS Fundraiser is going smashingly, I just got some new unopened baseball and basketball card wax packs for the next two PosCasts, and it’s Baseball Hall of Fame Day. What could possibly be better? Well, alas, I don’t think anyone is going to get elected today. It’s possible we could get one and not entirely impossible that we could even get two inductees. But it’s likelier that at the end of the day, we will just hear sad trombone sounds. For now, I’ll give you a big ol’ Hall of Fame rundown, and then tonight, right after the 6 p ..read more
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I Finished Why We Love Baseball!
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
4d ago
OK, I just sent a final draft of WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL to the publisher. I can breathe again. Obviously, there will be plenty of things to do from here but the real work should be done now. Yesterday, the final day, I added something to the introduction that I want to share with you. See, I’m absolutely in love with this book. I’ve loved every one of my books for various reasons, but there’s a joy with this one that, I have to say, is just a little bit different from all the others. I’ve had a hard time pinpointing the exact reason. I do think this is the happiest book I’ve ever written ..read more
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I Got a Cory Snyder Rookie Card!
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
1w ago
Yes, I know what you’re saying to yourself. You’re saying: Hey, Joe is writing about Cory Snyder or something … he must be done with this book he keeps talking about. Yeah, you would think so. But, no, I’m not done with it. I’m still at least a good two days’ work away from finishing. I absolutely should be working on the book right now. But I opened up a pack of 1987 Topps baseball cards yesterday and got this Cory Snyder card. So here we are. I blame Mike Schur, obviously. A few weeks ago, Mike made the fateful discovery that you can buy old boxes of unopened baseball card packs. When ..read more
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Talkin' Baseball on MLK Day
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
1w ago
Well, this will be a wild week. The main thing: This week I finish the rewrite of WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL and send it to the publisher. There’s still a lot to do, but I promised myself I’d finish it this week, and I will. As I’ve said before, I’m so excited to get this book out into the world. So I’ll be working, like, 18 hours a day on that one. I’m PosCasting today with Mike Schur, more on that in a minute. I’m finishing a big story on the rule changes in baseball this year. Will tell you more about that when I’m done with it. I now believe these might be the most substantive on-field change ..read more
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Football 101: No. 7, Walter Payton
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
2w ago
Happy New Year! OK, so by now you know the deal on the Football 101. Here’s the complete archive. Thanks for reading, and thanks for subscribing! We’ll have a new Football 101 essay every week throughout the NFL season, leading right up to Super Bowl Sunday. And if you want to track the countdown, Brilliant Reader Ed B put together this awesome spreadsheet. I’ll remind you that right now you can get an annual subscription to JoeBlogs for 20% off. So that’s fun! Just click the button here: Get 20% off for 1 year Before we get into the greatness of Walter Payton — probably the most complet ..read more
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A Carlos Correa Redux, and More Baseball Thoughts
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
2w ago
As you might know, I’m in the final days of writing my new book, WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL, a countdown of the 50 (plus!) most magical moments in baseball history. This is the part of writing a book where I basically think about nothing else. I’ll be talking to my daughters about school or something, but I’ll be thinking about Josh Gibson. I’ll be getting an estimate on a car repair, but I’ll be thinking about Johnny Vander Meer. I’ll be trying to go to sleep, and my mind will be buzzing about, say, the best barehanded catches in baseball history. I dream about baseballs bouncing off of Jose Can ..read more
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Turning 56!
Joe Posnanski
by Joe Posnanski
2w ago
Happy Mark Buerhle day to me! (Photo by G.N. Lowrance/Getty Images) So I was looking for a little inspiration today as I turn 56. I went to this site called “Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age.” They only had listed four accomplishments for age 56, which right away seemed a bit light. When you type in another age, say 23, the whole box fills up with glorious achievements — John Singleton directed “Boyz ‘N the Hood,” and Jack Nicklaus won the Masters and Orson Welles did his “War of the Worlds” radio thing and John Keats wrote “Ode to a Grecian Urn,” and so on. Four t ..read more
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