Quote of the day

If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.

~Mike Schmidt

National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

National Baseball Hall of Fame Library


Countdown to Spring Training

Pitchers and catcher report one month from today.  Almost there!

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This day in baseball: Feller’s request

Here’s a story you don’t hear every day:

On January 18, 1950, Indians pitcher Bob Feller suggested to team management that he take a pay cut because he did not feel that his 15-14 record from the previous season merited an increase.  Feller was granted his request, and his salary was cut $20,000 to $45,000.  The following season, however, Feller made a comeback, finishing with 16 wins and a 3.43 ERA.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons


Bud Selig Is “Comfortable”

Bud Selig is down to his last handful of days as commissioner of baseball.  Selig took over baseball as chairman of the executive council in 1992, following Fay Vincent’s resignation. Though he insisted that he would never take the job permanently, Selig was elected commissioner in 1998 and will have been in charge of baseball for the second-longest term in baseball history. Only Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who held the job from 1920 to 1944, was commissioner longer.  On Sunday, January 25, Rob Manfred will take over as the new commissioner of baseball, thus ending Selig’s long run.


Quote of the day

We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.

~John F. Kennedy

The White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association


Belle and Sebastian: “Piazza, New York Catcher”

The title of this song amuses me, as Mike Piazza only gets a passing mention in the song, and that mention references a rumor from 2002 that alleged that Piazza was gay.  Other references to baseball are more philosophical and mythical.  Honestly, the song isn’t about baseball nearly as much as one would think.  All in all, I found this tune to be a rather sleepy one.


BBA Live!

This past weekend, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance launched a new baseball talk show podcast, BBA Live!  For the inaugural show, they discussed topics such as the Hall of Fame and morality in baseball, gleaned over some of the off-season moves that teams have made around the league, and more!  If you are interested in giving it a listen, just follow this link: http://t.co/u0S4bjZHdW