Edgar Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction speech

I enjoyed watching Edgar Martinez play while growing up.  I would say that watching and hearing about Edgar was how I truly came to understand what a designated hitter was.


2013 Boston Red Sox poem

After the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, Dick Flavin, known as the poet laureate for the Red Sox, released this poem written in their honor.  I love this guy’s energy and sense of humor.  It’s a lot of fun to listen to him read it.


Cal Ripken in rap

Today marks twenty-four years since Cal Ripken, Jr. set a new major league record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game (September 6, 1995), breaking the record previously held by Lou Gehrig.  In honor of the anniversary, the Baltimore Sun published a piece that features clips from a long list of rap songs (over 50 total) that mention Ripken in them.  I don’t often think of rap when I think of baseball, but I suppose when you make a mark like the one Cal made, rappers are going to notice you.

Check out the piece here.

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Cal Ripken, Jr in 1996 (by Joe Shlabotnik)


Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone has the privilege to enjoy a day off, today.


Infographic: Major League Home Runs, 1998-2012

I’m not sure what the original intention was behind this graphic by Hartwell.  If the idea was to use it for comparisons, it seems like an awkward way to lay it out.  If does look cool, though, so if that was the whole point, well… mission accomplished.

MLB Home Runs graphic


Creating plaques for the Baseball Hall of Fame

This video from 2015 is fascinating to watch.  What a job that must be for Matthews International, to have the privilege to make these plaques!  The Hall of Fame is already a treat to visit, but the story behind the creation of the plaques makes it all the more awe-inspiring.


Infographic: Mariano Rivera

This Tier10 infographic on Mariano Rivera is awesome.  Not only are there a lot of details and statistics about the man himself, you will also find instructions on how to make a cardboard baseball glove.

Click on the image to get to a larger version of the graphic.

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