Category Archives: Oakland A's

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975″


Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975. Doug Feldman. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Throughout the majority of the 1960s the St. Louis Cardinals were the premier team in the National … Continue reading

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Why Do Teams Leave their Host Cities? Major League Baseball in St. Louis as a Case Study


Between 1902 and 1954 the American League and the National League franchises in St. Louis competed for control of the fans in the city. The National League’s Cardinals eventually won that competition, forcing the Browns to leave for Baltimore where … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … Continue reading

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Roger’s 2013 Mid-Season Power Rankings


We are now at the mid-point of the 2013 major league baseball season—time flies—and I feel the need to offer my power rankings for the best teams as the season pauses for the All Star game. Some of my favorite … Continue reading

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Roger’s MLB Power Rankings at the Start of 2013 Spring Training


Major League Baseball is just now beginning Spring Training for the 2013 season. It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. I’m looking forward to the spring and baseball returning. Accordingly, I thought I would take the time to prepare my … Continue reading

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Does the MLB Commissioner Have the Right to Overturn Owner’s Trades/Sales/Deals?


The question above is one that many people have debated during the last couple of weeks as the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays undertook a megadeal that swapped several star players for top prospects. In mid-November 2012 the Marlins … Continue reading

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Five MLB Teams that Should Have Been in the Minor Leagues


When a player does not perform to a level that the team he plays for demands he typically is sent back to the minor leagues for more training, rehabilitation, etc., or is released outright. Too bad we can’t do that … Continue reading

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Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley: What About MLB Hall of Fame Enshrinement?


  Bill Veeck Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley are two of the most interesting, original, and provocative owners in Major League Baseball. Both had adept promotional skills, and remarkably similar beliefs, yet observers of the game have assigned them remarkably … Continue reading

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My Favorite Weird Baseball Promotions


My longtime friend Mike Green and I attended the Nationals-Orioles game on Saturday afternoon—I loved the fact that the Nats won 4-2—and we began talking about the weirdest, strangest, most ridiculous promotions we could think of. Since we had collaborated … Continue reading

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What are the Best World Series You Remember?


I have five World Series that I have loved for many years. Without question, number one for me was 1969 when the New York Mets captured the championship by beating the highly favored Baltimore Orioles in five games. The Miracle … Continue reading

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