Happy 2022!

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m not holding my breath for an end to the MLB lockout, but I will keep my fingers crossed that a resolution can be resolved in time to have something of a season. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and best wishes for a fulfilling 2022!


This day in baseball: Moises Alou signs with the Giants

On December 27, 2004, the San Francisco Giants signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The Cubs refused to offer arbitration and let Alou go following the 2004 season, citing numerous fights with umpires. Alou’s signing with San Francisco marked the second time he would be managed by his father, Felipe, who was also his skipper when playing with the Expos from 1992-1996.

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Moises Alou, 2005 (Wikipedia)


Happy Holidays!

May everyone have a wonderful holiday full of joy and peace.


Where Are You Baseball

Here’s an amusing short parody of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas.” This gal, username Hey Sara, has an awesome voice and appears to have a few other videos on YouTube featuring her singing. The lyrics of this short tune align with what many MLB fans are thinking and feeling these days.


Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Results from the Hall of Fame Selection Ceremonies are in, and a total of six new members will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022.

The Golden Days Era Committee voted in the following new members:

  • Gil Hodges
  • Jim Kaat
  • Minnie Miñoso
  • Tony Oliva

The Early Baseball Era Committee has elected the following new members:

  • Bud Fowler
  • Buck O’Neil

Congrats to these players and to their families!

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Hall of Fame Selection Ceremonies

For anyone who is interested, this afternoon, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be live streaming the Hall of Fame Selection Ceremonies, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. The ceremonies will reveal results of the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era Committees vote, and of notable consideration for the Hall of Fame is the great Buck O’Neil.

The event will be streamed via NLBM’s Facebook here.

You can find additional information from the Kansas City Star here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my readers in the U.S., I hope you have a great and relaxing holiday!

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This day in baseball: Joe Mauer named AL MVP

Joe Mauer was named Most Valuable Player for the American League on November 23, 2009. In spite of missing the first month of the season with a back injury, Mauer received 27 of 28 first place votes from the BBWAA to become the fifth Twin in history to earn MVP honors.

Joe Mauer in 2008 - Wikipedia

Joe Mauer in 2008 (Wikipedia)


Baseball in space, 2019

When the Houston Astros made it to the World Series in 2019, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station celebrated the game with their own game of baseball. Unsurprisingly, playing baseball in outer space looks a little different than it does here on Earth.

The astronauts were rooting, of course, for the Astros in that year’s Series. Unfortunately for the crew of the ISS, the Washington Nationals came out victorious in 2019.

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Braves are World Champions

Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves on their World Series victory.

More exciting (for me, as a Royals fan, anyways), congratulations to Jorge Soler on winning MVP honors! Soler is just the second Cuban-born player to win the World Series MVP Award.

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Jorge Soler (AP Photo)