Messrs. October


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

A World Series Most Valuable Player has been named each year since 1955, except of course in 1994, when no World Series was held. The World Series MVP originated as an invention of the old Sport magazine (which had developed the entire genre of mass market general sports magazines several years before Time, Inc. began producing Sports Illustrated). The League Championship Series in each league began in 1969, but there were no formal MVPs named for this new round of post-season play until 1977 for the NL and until 1980 for the AL...

More

Bend Sinister


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

This past September 26, when Dee Gordon came to the plate as the first Marlins hitter to bat after the passing on September 25 of the team’s young star Jose Fernandez, Gordon, who bats as a left-handed batter, took the first pitch as a right-handed batter. That was done in honor of Fernandez, a righty pitcher and batter. After that first pitch from Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, Gordon turned around and hit from his usual side...

More

Circle of Greats 1903 Balloting


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

This post is for voting and discussion in the 87th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1903. Rules and lists are after the jump. (more…)

...
More

What is a #8 Prospect?


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

Baseball America last week issued its annual list of top 100 prospects for 2015. At #8 on that list is 22-year-old Joc Pederson, who the Dodgers have penciled in as their starting center fielder this coming season. Pedersen put up very impressive numbers in AAA this past season, and was rewarded with a September call-up, though he started only three games for the big club. A question that occurred to me in considering the Dodgers’...

More

Circle of Greats 1904 Part 2 Balloting


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

This post is for voting and discussion in the 86th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round completes the addition to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1904. Rules and lists are after the jump. (more…)

...
More

COG Round 85 Results: Cronin No Longer a Ronin


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

A “ronin” in Japanese tradition is a samurai warrior who is homeless, wandering, unaffiliated, as a result of having lost his sponsoring feudal lord. Winning this election (after falling just short in the previous round) brings Joe Cronin out of the cold and into the Circle of Greats, as the 85th inductee into the COG. More on Joe and the voting after the jump. (more…)

...
More

Aramis Ramirez, Centrally Located


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

The 2015 season will be the NL Central Division’s 22nd year of play, having seen its first season of competition in 1994. 1994 was also the season the Pirates of the brand new NL Central Division signed the 16-year-old Aramis Ramirez to a pro contract. Ramirez has remained with NL Central Division organizations ever since, first with the Pirates, then the Cubs and, since 2012, the Brewers. On September 20th, 2014, Aramis played in his 2,051st career regular season game...

More

Circle of Greats 1904 Part 1 Balloting


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

This post is for voting and discussion in the 85th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round begins to add to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1904. Rules and lists are after the jump. (more…)

...
More

Circle of Greats 1905 Results: Remember the Alomar! (or, We Wuz Rob-bed!)


Notice: Undefined variable: excerpt_end in /home/highheatstats/highheatstats.com/wp-content/themes/highheatstats/inc/extras.php on line 409

Roberto Alomar finished fifth in our very first Circle of Greats voting round, back in December, 2012: COG Round 1 and COG Round 1 Results . In this his 63rd round of eligibility Alomar at last, albeit with a runoff victory needed, wins induction into the COG, as our 84th inductee. More on Robbie and the voting after the jump. (more…)

...
More