Baseball Roundtable Book Review … Bronx Epitaph – How Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech Defined the Yankee Legend
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by David
1w ago
Bronx Epitaph – How Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech Defined the Yankee Legend By Steven K. Wagner State University of New York Press (2023) $27.95       Whether you are a fan of Lou Gehrig, a follower of the Yankees or just would  like to know the back story behind one  of baseball’s most iconic  moments, Steven Wagner’s “Bronx Epitaph – How Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Speech Defined the Yankee Legend” has something for you. It is a well-researched and well-written  tale that uses the words of Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech to lead us through the story of th ..read more
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Baseball Roundtable Fan Hall of Fame Ballots In – Readers Throw a Shutout – Scott Rolen Top Vote-Getter
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by David
2w ago
Scott Rolen, top vote-getter in Baseball Roundtable Readers’ Hall of Fame Balloting. Photo: User Darwin’s Bulldog on en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons The Baseball Roundtable (unofficial) Fan Hall of Fame Balloting is closed and the  votes are counted.  The end result? Roundtable readers threw a shutout – with no player reaching the 75 percent support needed for induction in the official balloting. In this post, I’ll pass on the results of the reader voting, as well as share a few observations on the differences ..read more
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Baseball Roundtable 2023 John Paciorek Award Honoree – Glenn Williams, Who Never Suffered an O-For
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by David
2w ago
Each year, since 2014, Baseball Roundtable has announced a John Paciorek Award (JPA) honoree. The JPA recognizes players who have had short, sometimes very short, major-league careers, but whose accomplishments, nonetheless, deserve recognition.  Past winners have included:  a player whose every MLB hit (three in nine career at bats) was a home run;  a player who had only one MLB at bat, but earned  a World Series ring and a Purple Heart; a player who had just two home runs in 61 MLB at bats, but is also one of just two players in MLB history to homer in their first and fin ..read more
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Eddie Collins … King of the Sacrifice and Much, Much More
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by David
3w ago
As the off-season drags on, Baseball Roundtable continues to randomly peruse the MLB record books. My thoughts often turn to “unbreakable” records.  Readers know what I mean, career marks like Cy Young’s 511 wins, Walter Johnson’s 110 career shutouts Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 strikeouts, Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases or Barry Bonds’ 688 intentional walks. Photo: Bain News Service, publisher, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons In this post, we’ll take a look at another of those seemingly unreachable career marks, Hall of Famer Eddie Collins 512 sacrifice hits (bunts). No one is even w ..read more
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Baseball Roundtable Talks with MLB Official Scorer Sarah Johnson
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by David
1M ago
When it comes to communications, Sarah Johnson is a researcher, analyst and strategist, with the ability to tell a story in creative and compelling prose. With a Master’s Degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), attention to detail and a Renaissance-style curiosity, Johnson’s writing has covered topics ranging from Minnesota’s role in the Battle of Gettysburg to the renowned Gothic Cathedral of Cologne (Germany) to Lima, Peru’s growing status as a “foodie” destination to the career of MLB pitcher Charles “Chief” Bender. Her work has appeared in such vari ..read more
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Baseball Roundtable Looks at MLB’s Multi-Homer Game Leaders – the Obvious and the Unexpected
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by David
1M ago
As Baseball Roundtable (impatiently) awaits that fan-centric phrase “pitchers and catchers report,” I continue to somewhat randomly peruse (and present) hardball  statistics and stories. (Yes, even on Christmas Eve.)   In this post, I’ll take a look at the long ball, specifically players – both familiar and obscure –  who are at the top of the record books when it comes to multi-homer games. VOTE IN BASEBALL ROUNDTABLE’S FAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME BALLOTING Before we get started, a reminder. There is still time to cast your Baseball Roundtable Hall of Fame Fan Ballot. To ca ..read more
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Update on Baseball Roundtable Hall of Fame Fame Fan Balloting
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by David
1M ago
There is still time to cast your ballot in the Baseball Roundtable (unofficial) Hall of Fame Fan Ballot – and register for a chance to win the Baseball Card and Bobblehead prize.  Voting remains open until January 3. To Cast Your Baseball Roundtable Hall of Fame Fan Ballot, click here.  For a post with bios and commentary on the players on the ballot click here.  To this point, with 36 fan ballots cast, Todd Helton leads the pack at 70.6 percent, followed by first-timer Carlos Beltran at 55.9 percent and Scott Rolen and Billy Wagner at 52.9 percent each.  The chart below c ..read more
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Ranking Fifteen Tense 1-0 Games … and More
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by David
1M ago
Walter Johnson. Photo by pingnews.com It’s the dreaded baseball off-season and, as usual, Baseball Roundtable is drawn to random musings driven by the baseball record book.  And – also as usual – as I approached this task, one thing led to another.  In this case, a look at Hall of Famer https://missafricausa.org/n0h3wz0deo Walter Johnson’s record in 1-0 games, led to a foray into unique 1-0 contests in MLB history. Let’s start with Johnson, in his 21 MLB seasons, The Big Train took the mound in 65 1-0 contests – putting up a 38-26 (with  one no-decision) record.  His 65 ..read more
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Baseball Roundtable 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame (unofficial) Fan Ballot
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by David
2M ago
The 2023 Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Baseball Hall of Fame ballots are out – and that means the 2023 Hall of Fame Debate Season is officially underway!  Eligible BBWAA members have until December 31 to cast their ballots (they can vote for up to ten candidates), with results announced  January 23, 2023 and the 2023 Induction Ceremony slated for July 23.  This year’s traditional ballot includes 14 holdovers from last year, along with an equal number of  newcomers.  This also means the Baseball Roundtable (unofficial) Baseball Hall of Fame Fan ballot ..read more
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Arenado, Betts and Realmuto Return to Heavy Metal Club
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by David
2M ago
Regular readers know that Baseball Roundtable has a particular fondness for players that bring “lumber and leather” to their game. This post/update will focus on players who have captured what the Roundtable sees as baseball’s “Heavy Metal Doubleheader” – winning a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove in the same season.  You have to admire those players who can earn recognition as the best at their positions both defensively and offensively. Note: The Hillerich and Bradsby Silver Slugger Awards were first presented in 1980 (the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were launched in 1957), so the list of d ..read more
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