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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 15, 2015

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Photo: Rob Grabowski – USA Today Sports

The Oscar nominations are out. I find a way to tie them into the Hall of Fame vote and Paul Konerko.

How do I do that?

It is what I do on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

 

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A Early Look at Future Hall of Fame Candidates

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Craig Biggio finally got his “call to the hall” and should set an example for players who didn’t get that call on their first try. Other notable players are still on the ballot, and should receive legitimate consideration for induction in the future.

 

By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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The BBWAA elected four players into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the class of 2015: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. This is the first time that the BBWAA has elected four players in 60 years, as these four players truly exemplify what the MLB Hall of Fame is all about.

Now that the official results have been released, we can now take a look at not only some of the guys who will return on the ballot in the upcoming years, but also some future eligible players who present a very interesting case for their enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 7, 2015

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High Heat Stats

Andy of High Heat Stats joins the podcast to discuss the Hall of Fame vote, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez and putting aside any steroid policing by voters.

It is a meeting of baseball Twitter minds on  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 6, 2015

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It is the Hall of Fame episode!

I take a look at my predictions BEFORE the announcement, then I listened to the announcement on MLB Network, then I reacted to the election of Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

It is a Cooperstown bound episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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2015 MLB Hall of Fame Voting: Who Deserves to Get In?

The MLB Hall of Fame will announce which players will be part of the Induction Class of 2015. The question leading up to the announcement is which players make the cut in this loaded group of talent.

The MLB Hall of Fame will announce which players will be part of the Class of 2015. With players such as Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez being added to the ballot this year, the question remains as to which players will ultimately make the final cut this year?

By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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It is very possible that history is made with regards to this year’s MLB Hall of Fame induction class. In the past, the committee has been hesitant to vote in more than three players in one class, and it has been very rare to see more than three voted in at one time. In the past, the committee voted in four players twice (1947 and 1955) and five players only once (1936- the first year of the voting process).

As the decision day quickly approaches, there is speculation that the BBWAA could possibly end the long drought and elect five players this year. With this year’s ballot having a ton of players who could make a legitimate case to be inducted, I decided to go to the process of picking my own ballot (which doesn’t count for the BBWAA), and after taking the time and effort to research my ballet, I realized that it was a much harder process then I anticipated it would be. 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 29, 2014

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John Smoltz has a great case for the Hall of Fame. Hopefully the numbers game won’t push him off.

Meanwhile the best way to see Bonds and Clemens inducted is for them to keep living and a few other people to die off.

It is a life and death episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 25, 2014

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It is December 25th. HAPPY RICKEY HENDERSON’S BIRTHDAY!

The second best leadoff hitter of his time, Tim Raines, deserves to join Rickey in the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Did collusion help keep him out so far?

Tidings of comfort and joy in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 13, 2014

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AP Photo

Dick Allen was kept out of the Hall of Fame by a single Veterans Committee vote.

That didn’t sit well with me nor with author Dan Epstein. The creator of such classic books as Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes joined me to discuss Allen’s legacy.

It is an honor the past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 8, 2014

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The Veterans Committee failed to vote Dick Allen and Tony Oliva to the Hall of Fame by one vote.

That didn’t sit well with me on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 6, 2014

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ESPN

Buster Olney wants to take a stand on the Hall of Fame vote. Really? Just cast a vote or not. It isn’t a brave stance.

Plus why you should be glad I’m NOT Jon Lester.

That and more on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 1, 2014

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Barry Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame!

There! I said it! And I want him in.

Don’t agree? Then first listen to today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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I Give The Captain More Accolades: Jeter To Play Last Game In The Bronx + Last Series In Boston

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead/Analyst – with assist to Jonathan Hacohen, Website Founder) 

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I understand the “Jeter Fatigue” that has gone on all year, and half of me just wishes that he never mentioned that he was done after the 2014 campaign.  I just hate giving any ammunition to the ‘hater’s’, and definitely when I have agreed it was overkill at some points.  

But then I would have missed his brilliant series at Safeco Field, that was worth the price of admission, if I hadn’t known it was his last year.

While he has struggled for some of this season, he had hits in his 1st AB, all three games of that series I attended, and reached base 9 times in 3 straight Yankee wins, giving me yet more memories for my favorite current Pinstriper.

I was there in person for that, and bought my only t-shirt of the year from a street vendor afterwards.

While everyone is not a Yankees fan. and are growing tired of the talk, this is the greatest Yankees player in my years of watching the sport. So, because I have a forum to write about him, Damnit I will!!

Sure I had grown up on Don Mattingly  (the last captain of the team prior to #2).. Heck…he is still my favorite player of ALL – Time, but Jeter came into the mix about the same time I graduated from high school.

I am sure I can say this about a lot of “Bronx Bombers’ fans my age.  I wanted to be a New York Yankee while playing organized baseball.  It was my dream.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 28, 2014

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Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

It was Hall of Fame weekend.

Frank Thomas thanked everyone including YOU, Greg Maddux made an interesting joke, Tony LaRussa failed to mention Canseco and Joe Torre‘s legacy is worth marveling over.

Plus talk about the rule changes for voting on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Carlos Santana, Yohan Pino, Josh Harrison, Doug Fister, Rick Porcello, Mike Zunino. Jimmy Nelson and Charlie Blackmon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 26, 2014

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Kathy Willens/AP

Talking Hall of Fame on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Looking forward to the speeches, next year’s ballot and when Barry Bonds eventually gets in (and he will.)

Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, David Price, Ben Zobrist, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Holliday, Jose Bautista and the amazing Felix Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 16, 2014

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Jeff Topping Reuters

Today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast. is a tribute to Tony Gwynn, the best hitter of his generation and one of the easiest players to root for in baseball history.

May he rest in peace.

Derek Norris, Travis Wood, Troy Tulowitzki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mike Trout, Chris Tillman, Jonathan Lucroy and Madison Bumgarner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 21, 2014

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Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

What current managers belong in the Hall of Fame?

Which current managers are a World Series title away from Cooperstown?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 24, 2014

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John Iacono/SI

Greg Maddux… people will remember you as a Brave… not a Cub.

Maybe that’s why I picked a picture of you pitching as a Dodger for the website.

Writers… a unanimous Hall of Fame vote is NOT a vote for best player of all time.

That and a few other things have my goat on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 24, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 10, 2014

Photo: Susie Felber

Photo: Susie Felber

Author, comedian and my good friend Ritch Duncan joined me on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

We discussed what he would do differently to elect players in the Hall of Fame and other topics including exploding birds and throwing potatoes.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 10, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 8, 2014

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Marc Serota, Jamie Squire and
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It is the Hall of Fame election episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine are all in (seen here in some of their more obscure uniforms.)

Biggio was left off and some people left Benitez on.

The Morris debate is over but the need for a unanimous entry remains.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 8, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 5, 2014

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It is THE SUNDAY REQUEST on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

With a super crowded ballot, your pal Sully thinks that 5 new members of the Hall of Fame will join Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa in Cooperstown this summer.

That isn’t necessarily good news for Jack Morris.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 5, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 26, 2013

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Today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast was recorded at the beach at Aptos, California… an ideal place for Christmas time.

I talk about things in baseball that frustrate us that we just have to get over. Granted that is easier to do when the weather is beautiful and your team is the World Champions.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 26, 2013

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 24, 2013

Photo Credit: Dr. Edith V. Sullivan

Photo Credit: Dr. Edith V. Sullivan

It is the Christmas Eve episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Today, I go over my wish list for the 2014 season, including what I want for the Red Sox, the Hall of Fame and all of baseball.

All I want for THIS Christmas is a hat.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 24, 2013

Passing The Torch From Greatest MLB Player To Player During The Years 1979 – 2013: From Brett To Cabrera

Cabrera has had back to back AL MVP seasons in 2012 and 2013.  He has also won 3 straight AL Batting Titles.  Cabrera is the best player offensively in the universe.  He has put up 10 straight 100+ RBI campaigns, but he has racked in 276 RBI, and also 88 HRs.  The 11 Year Veterans totals would have even been higher in 2013, but he fought a torn groin for the last half of the year.

Cabrera has had back to back AL MVP seasons in 2012 and 2013. He has also won 3 straight AL Batting Titles. Cabrera is the best player offensively in the universe. He has put up 10 straight 100+ RBI campaigns, but he has racked in 276 RBI, and also 88 HRs – while featuring an OPS well north of 1.000. The 11 Year Veterans totals would have even been higher in 2013, but he fought a torn groin for the last half of the year.  The 8 time ALL – Star and 5 time Silver Slugger Award Winner has improved even greater on his totals over the last decade.  Cabrera has a Career 3 Slash Line of .321/.399/.967 – with 365 HRs and 1260 RBI in just 1660 Games Played.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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While watching Miguel Cabrera this year, I started thinking about the best players in the MLB over the last 33 years.  I am talking the best player of the game at any point of time. 

I tracked back to 1979 for this article.  I may expand further back in follow-up articles.  I didn’t rank defense as  highly as offense when I came up with the players. 

I agonized over players like Mike SchmidtJim Rice, Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken for some of the years given in specific time frames.  These gentlemen were given every consideration. 

In the end, we are talking about the best player in the game though and it is always subject to debate and personal opinion. 

The criteria had to involve leading the league in several different offensive and/or defensive categories, followed by routinely being in the top 7 in MVP balloting (if not taking home the honor), All-Star Appearances for every year I listed them for and most of them won silver sluggers and/or Gold Gloves as well.

Cabrera’s 3 HR Game – 2013

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Time To Elect Don Mattingly Into Cooperstown

Don Mattingly won 3 straight AL Sporting News Player of The Years - and was the best ALL-Around player in the game from 1984-1986 leading 13 Offensive Categories for the 3 years.  His 145 RBI in 1985 was the most for a LHB since Stan Musial in 1949.  He hit .340 with 656 Hits, 145 2B, 88 HRs, 368 RBI and only SO 112 times in 2131 PA's.  He also led the league in Doubles from 1984-1986.  Mattingly’s 388 Total bases in 1986 had been the most in the Majors since Willie Mays back in the 1962 season.  Mattingly won the first of 9 gold gloves in 1985.  Donnie Baseball also won the AL MVP in 1985 and was boldly robbed in 1986 by the writers voting for Roger Clemens. In 1987, Mattingly hit 6 grand slams and also homered in 8 straight games(including 10 total which was higher than Dale Long and Ken Griffey‘s 8 during their consecutive streaks.)  His average year for the 4 year stretch was .337, with 30 HRs, 45 2B and 120 RBI.  He also averaged 110 runs and 210 hits.  Mattingly only struck out 37 times a year for this span.  He was clearly the best ball player in this era.

Don Mattingly won 3 straight AL Sporting News Player of The Years – and was the best ALL-Around player in the game from 1984-1986 leading 13 Offensive Categories for the 3 years. His 145 RBI in 1985 was the most for a LHB since Stan Musial in 1949. He hit .340 with 656 Hits, 145 2B, 88 HRs, 368 RBI and only SO 112 times in 2131 PA’s. He also led the league in Doubles from 1984-1986. Mattingly’s 388 Total bases in 1986 had been the most in the Majors since Willie Mays back in the 1962 season. Mattingly won the first of 9 gold gloves in 1985.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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Okay, it is time for me to make my argument for my favorite player of all time to be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. 

There will be several people that will say that Don Mattingly’s career stats of: H-2154, HR-222, RBI-1099, AVG-.307 and 9 Gold Gloves are not enough in just 14 seasons. 

I am not counting his 7 game-stint in 1982 with this.  As a rookie in 1983, Don only .hit .283 with 4 HRs and 32 RBIs.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 27, 2013

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The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast today is all about the positives and negatives of Hall of Fame weekend.

The great connection to tradition, even with the bogus creation story, is wonderful.

It would have been nice to have a living ball player or two be inducted this year!

Adam Jones, Daniel Murphy, Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw all owned baseball on July 26, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 11, 2013

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Photo: Joe Nicholson, USA Today Sports

The Hall of Fame resume of Andy Pettitte is the topic for today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Here is the link for the article from Was Watching.

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Brandon Phillips, Adam Dunn, Yovani Gallardo and Jeremy Guthrie all owned baseball on June 10, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 11, 2013

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Roger Clemens: A Cardboard God Comes Into Focus

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The picture stands today as the symbol of an era -- and innocence -- lost.

The Topps 1987 Card.

By Saul Wisnia,  Red Sox Correspondent (Read his blog ‘Fenway Reflections’ here):

I took the photo in Cooperstown, after driving from Boston to baseball’s Mayberry with three buddies for my first look at the game’s red-bricked shrine. When we entered the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, just off the museum’s lobby, I instinctively knew which of the immortals I wanted to visit first. Walking through the years to the 1966 induction class, I found him on the wall right alongside Casey Stengel:

The picture stands today as the symbol of an era — and innocence — lost. In it, Roger Clemens and Ted Williams share confident, youthful smiles. Williams is, quite literally, a bronzed God, staring out at the photographer in his tanned, All-American glory. Clemens, wearing a fresh, clean Red Sox uniform, also has the look of a man who knows exactly what he wants out of life.

Williams yearned to be the world’s greatest hitter; Clemens the top pitcher. At the time of the picture, in 1988, both had reached their goal.

Ted Williams Tribute Piece from 2002:

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John Schuerholz Should Be in the Hall of Fame

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

John Schuerholz

Sam Evans (Baseball Writer): 

It’s amazing that both Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson, two of the greatest two-sport athletes of all-time, were both drafted by the same MLB General Manager. John Schuerholz, now the Team President of the Atlanta Braves, drafted Jackson, Sanders, Adam Wainwright, Jason Heyward, Jermaine Dye, and numerous other superstars during his time as General Manager of the Royals and the Braves. Schuerholz is a legend around baseball front offices. Teams he has controlled as General Manager have won their division fifteen times. John Schuerholz has left his legacy in the game of baseball. Schuerholz deserves to be recognized for his career by an induction to the Hall of Fame.

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Is Roger Clemens a Hall of Famer? Try the Tom Seaver Test

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Friday, December.07, 2012

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By Saul Wisnia,  Red Sox Correspondent (Read his blog ‘Fenway Reflections’ here):

Since the list of Hall of Fame nominees was announced in the last month, I’ve been pondering whether first-time candidate Roger Clemens would be earn my vote if I had one to give.

The Rocket has undeniable Cooperstown credentials, topped by a record seven Cy Young Awards, the 1986 AL MVP, and 354 victories. He struck out 4,672 batters during his long career, a total topped only by Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson, and twice had 20-K games in which he didn’t walk a single batter. That combination of power and control also helped Roger Clemens lead his league in ERA seven times.

In my memory bank of Red Sox pitchers, which dates to the mid-’70s, only Pedro Martinez resonates as more dominant over a sustained period of time. But while Pedro was a delicate thoroughbred rarely allowed to reach past the seventh inning, Clemens was a good-old-fashioned workhorse who regularly finished what he started. Read the rest of this entry

Looking to Break the Pete Rose Hits Record: All Eyes Are On Derek Jeter

Saturday November 3rd, 2012

Luke Whitecotton:  Pete Rose likes to talk baseball whenever he gets the chance to. When the subject comes up of someone breaking his all-time hits record, you know that Pete will always express his opinion. Since he is banned from baseball and will not likely ever make it into the Hall of Fame, you can’t help but think if this record is his “hall of fame”. That is likely why he is so protective of it. Pete Rose probably doesn’t want to hear that records are meant to be broken, and his one day will. But do any current active players even have a remote chance at the all-time hits record? There is a player out there who, if everything goes absolutely right, and the stars align could very well break this record. The climb to get there will be astronomical, and when you see the stats one would have to get in order to be successful, you probably will agree there is no way it will happen. Well in baseball if there is a will and a way, a record is probably going to be broken. Cal Ripken broke the record of most consecutive games played, which everyone thought that was unbreakable. Barry Bonds (who with a little help one might say), broke Hank Aaron’s home run record. And maybe one day someone will break the 56 game hit streak. So you see Pete Rose- someone could break your all-time hits record. With a little luck and skill, that guy is playing the game today. His name?  Derek Jeter. Read the rest of this entry

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