Category: Baseball

Ty Cobb: Inconvenient Truths

Ty Cobb: Inconvenient Truths

Cobb as Mon­ster: “Give peo­ple some­thing they want to believe and they will take it and run with it and make it their own. After all, who doesn’t like a mon­ster story—especially one that allows the teller to express his own superiority—to say, ‘I’m not a slave to feel­ings of racism and anger like this pathet­ic man was; I look down upon that kind of behav­ior.’ A scary sto­ry that is also a feel-good sto­ry is hard to beat.”

Charles Leerhsen has done a rare thing: bucked pop­u­lar cant and human nature to deliv­er a breath­tak­ing reap­praisal of the great­est base­ball play­er of all time.…

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Washington Nationals: Wait Till Next Year

Washington Nationals: Wait Till Next Year

Our Hero: Denard Span (CF) bat­ted .302, stole 31 bases, had a fran­chise record 184 hits, made impos­si­ble catch­es all year.

Long-suf­fer­ing Nats fans hoped 2014 would be The Year.

After play­ing door­mat to the Nation­al League East for ages; after blow­ing a sure Divi­sion Series in 2012, we all expect­ed our Wash­ing­ton Nation­als to put a stamp on the 90th anniver­sary of 1924—the last year Wash­ing­ton won the World Series.

Instead we lost the NL Divi­sion Series to a wild card team that had won only 88 games in the sea­son. We lost three games out of four, all by one run—games that could have gone either way.…

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Ryan Zimmerman and the Curse of the Goose

Ryan Zimmerman and the Curse of the Goose

Ryan Zim­mer­man

On June 23rd Wash­ing­ton Nation­als star third base­man Ryan Zim­mer­man went out with a ham­string injury that may side­line him for the rest of the sea­son. The effect on the team’s play was aston­ish­ing. At the close of play on August 1st the com­pa­ra­ble W-L sta­tis­tics were:

With­out Zim (first time): 21-24, .467 (equates to 76-84)
With Zim: 34-19, .642 (equates to 104-58)
With­out Zim (since 7/23): 3-6 .333 (equates to 53-109)

Mark Zuck­er­man of Nats Insid­er wrote on July 23 that from June 30th when they all came togeth­er, the Nation­als were the Nation­al League’s most pro­duc­tive team.…

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