Tag Archives: Cleveland Indians

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003″


Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003. By Henry D. Fetter. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2003. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since this book was published a decade … 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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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick”


Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick. By Paul Dickson. New York: Walker and Co., 2012. 448 pages, photographs, acknowledgments, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Hardcover with dustjacket, ISBN: 978-0-8027-1778-8, $28.00 U.S. Paul Dickson’s Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick is a most welcome … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “‘If You Were Only White’: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige”


“If You Were Only White”: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige. By Donald Spivey. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. As the editor for the “Sports and American Culture” series at the University of Missouri Press I was delighted to … 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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Requiem for the “Sizzler”


George Sisler, also known as the “Sizzler” because of his hot bat, was the greatest player ever to don a St. Louis Browns baseball uniform. First baseman for the Brownies between 1915 and 1927 Sisler compiled a .340 lifetime batting … 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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Cleveland Rocks; Well at Least the Indians Do


It’s like the plot from Major League, the classic 1989 Tom Berenger/Wesley Snipes/ Charlie Sheen film about the hapless Cleveland Indians going from worst to first. The 2011 edition of the Indians looks powerful at this point in the baseball … Continue reading

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