The first base coach should always be a place for a fan favorite. I make my suggestions for each team.
I yell BACK on this episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Peas and carrots. Burt and Ernie. Beer and sportswriters. Baseball and bowling.
Baseball and bowling?
Baseball and bowling!
According to Major League Baseball, approximately 73 million people attended a game in 2016. The Bowlers Journal estimates 67 million knocked down a few pins last year. Coincidence? Ok, almost certainly. But one can’t deny the long, strong, proud historical connection between these two most American of leisure activities. READ MORE AT PLATE COVERAGE
I feel fortunate to have made some connections with ex-Brewers in the past two years. Not everyone wants to talk of course, and some guys say the number games they played combined with the passage of time make their memories not reliable enough to share. Others have been very giving with their time and memories. One such connection I made is with 1970 cup of coffee pitcher Ray Peters.
Some teams pick badly in the MLB Draft.
But two teams whiffed on picks where they could have put a star in a pennant winning situation.
Essentially they are the Darko Milicics of baseball.
It is a crapshoot on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
The latest installment of the Teams That Should Have Won is the 1993 San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have had a lot of near misses and a lot of recent titles. But a win in 1993 would have been something really special.
Memories of the Stick in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
The Yankees sure are stocked with contenders for mythical “Best-Ever” status. You know the usual suspects: Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, etc. – but they’re basically flush everywhere. In fact, if one were to compose the “All-Time Yankees Lineup,” it might be competitive with a composite “All-Time Major League Lineup” made up of players from every other franchise.
So, just for fun: The NY Yankees vs the rest of the Universe for “all-time” bragging rights. The rules: 1) To be considered for the Yankees lineup, a player must have spent the bulk of his career with the team, or barring that, have his career most closely associated with the team (the team logo on his HOF plaque might be instructive in this regard); 2) There will be no double-dipping: Since Ruth mans right field for the Yankees, he can’t be drafted by the Universe. READ MORE ON PLATE COVERAGE.COM
THE TEAMS THAT SHOULD HAVE WON series continues.
It is tough to feel for the Yankees and their misery needs to be graded on a curve. But I have no doubt that Yankee fans would have given anything to add 2001 to their World Series collection.
27 is not enough on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Some teams find themselves in flux between identity shifts. I illustrate that by shaving my beard.
I take blade to face on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
THE TEAMS THAT SHOULD HAVE WON: The first part of a series on the podcast that I will do for the next 31 Saturdays.
I look at the teams that if they had won the World Series, they would have done so under the best circumstances and with the best collection of players. First team I cover are my Red Sox and I look at the 1978 squad.
First of a month of Saturdays with this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
I listed my thoughts on the greatest players in each franchise’s history. I realized that Francisco Lindor has the outside chance to become the greatest player in Cleveland Indians history.
It is there for the taking.
It is a legacy episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
The Cubs won it all last year. Perhaps you heard. But let’s savor how infrequently a team wins in the year they are SUPPOSED to win!
Perfectly timing titles on this episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Alex Reyes looks like he is going to have Tommy John surgery. These Tommy John surgeries are driving me crazy. Perhaps this is a case for good, clean PEDs.
Get a legal edge on this episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.
— Ryan Brooks (@rybrooks26) February 9, 2017
This is the stupidest idea I have heard of in a while. There are ways to improve baseball that don’t involve starting a runner on second in extra innings.
It is a “Don’t Break What Isn’t Broken” episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Mike Ilitch has passed away. He was everything a fan could want in an owner and helped make the Tigers a point of pride in a difficult time for Detroit.
Now that he is gone, what will the fortunes of the Tigers be moving forward.
It is a Motor City episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
When I first started thinking I’d like to write a book about the Milwaukee Brewers franchise moving from Seattle in 1970, I kept coming back to a simple question: Who were the original players, coaches, executives, and stadium workers? Not just their names, but who were they personally and what did they experience when the Brewers were in their infancy.
I started by looking at names and faces on the 1970 team photo card and decided to pursue interviewing as many of these guys as possible. I was fortunate last year to interview one of the original team bat boys and one of the ball boys. Both had interesting perspectives and memories of not just the players, but also County Stadium, and what it was like to work at Green Bay Packers games as well.
For this week’s Sunday Request, I am going to answer multiple Tweets.
@sullybaseball ive been listening to ur October shows and noticed that ur stance re Chapman ended up having u spend more time talking 1/2
— TheStartingBloc (@thestartingbloc) January 11, 2017
@sullybaseball about him more than any other player who did have a positive influence on the game. 2/2
— TheStartingBloc (@thestartingbloc) January 11, 2017
@sullybaseball that way you can spend more time focusing on players that positively impact the game
— TheStartingBloc (@thestartingbloc) January 11, 2017
Yes, I could have just focused on the positive. But sometimes you need to shine the light on the negative.
And seeing the cavalier and dismissive attitude we see towards domestic violence, especially by the coverage of Aroldis Chapman, the shrugs by Hal Steinbrenner and the covering up by the NFL shows that too many people are on the wrong side of history.
That and a few Super Bowl Sunday thoughts and admiring those practicing softball in February on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
For some reason, my kids love the Star Wars prequels. But my being incredulous to liking The Phantom Menace et al made me realize I was doing what I hate when I hear it from baseball fans:
I was discounting what they loved based on MY Nostalgia.
The Force is with my in the Episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Tom Brunansky made a great catch to clinch the 1990 AL East Division for the Red Sox. I remembered looking for a place in New York to watch the game. And comedian Mike Donovan recorded the catch on video. Today those two actions would be taken for granted. In 1990, they took determination to do.
It is a modern technology episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Here is the clip of Mike Donovan’s video.
Took a question from Cubs Fan with an 8.
@sullybaseball What are the top 5 (or 10) moments of the regular season that will stick with you from the 2016?
— cubsfan (@cu8sfan) January 22, 2017
We tend to forget the regular season moments, so let’s savor them while they still are fresh.
Loving the days of Spring and Summer on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
I revealed my Hall of Fame ballot, made my predictions of how the vote would turn out and then looked at the class that will include Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and finally Tim Raines.
Good things come to those who wait on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
To see my Ballot Post, click HERE
Below you will find my personal top-400 dynasty league baseball rankings. In order to be eligible for this list, a player must have over 200 career MLB at bats or 50 innings pitched.
To see my top-100 prospects and players under those limitations stated above, please click the following link: https://mlbreports.com/2017/01/11/2017-top-100-major-league-baseball-prospects/. If you have any questions, please follow and tweet me @dynasty_digest.
|86||Jackie Bradley Jr.||CF||BOS|
|101||Lance McCullers Jr.||SP||HOU|
|259||Danny Velancia||1B, 3B, RF, UT||OAK|
|311||Byung Ho Park||1B,UT||MIN|
|338||Steven Souza Jr.||RF, UT||TB|
|351||Hyun Soo Kim||LF,UT||BAL|
As the baseball season quickly approaches, it’s time to take a look at the top-100 prospects for 2017. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to follow and tweet me @dynasty_digest. You can also find more of my articles at www.dynastydigest.sportsblogs.com.
The football playoffs are starting and there are some playoff teams who do not have a single player I can name.
But I always watch the NFL in January and I do so through a baseball prism.
Thinking of the Boys of Summer in the Dead of Winter on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
For those of you who do not know what the Suffering Index is, here is my explanation.
C- J.T. Realmuto (Miami Marlins): Realmuto had a great year in 2016, but I expect him to maintain, if not improve in 2017. At only 25 years old, Realmuto has plenty of room for growth, but he is moving in the right direction. He has a rare combination of on base potential, speed, and power at the catching position. While I am a little worried about his .357 BABIP in 2016, his 8.8% HR/FB ratio tells me he could really tap into his power potential moving forward. There are plenty of decent offensive players in the Marlins lineup in 2017, so Realmuto should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs or score himself. While he isn’t the most exciting breakout player, the catching position is a tough position to get excited about except for the top 3-5 players.
Projection: .290 BA, .340 OBP, 15 home runs, 65 runs, 65 RBIs, 13 stolen bases
Other Potential Breakout: Tom Murphy
So 2016 is wrapping up. It was a strange year, but a memorable one for Cubs and Cleveland fans.
I look forward to 2017 and some new Sully Baseball features.
Crossing T’s and Dotting I’s on this Episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
My son had a lot of questions for me and how I do the podcast. So he sat down to interview ME.
Enjoy this generational episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
LeBron James supported the Indians during the World Series. That made me think about the contract players should have with the fan base they play for.
Get the spirit of rooting for the home team on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Vanessa Ivy Rose, friend of the podcast and grand daughter of Negro League star and Hall of Famer Turkey Stearnes, returns to the podcast.
We talk about some tough issues about the world today, regard race and perceptions and they ways that sports can raise relevant questions.
Hard questions are not necessarily answered on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Follow Vanessa on Twitter by clicking HERE.
Listen to her previous appearance on the podcast by clicking HERE.
I have often wondered which Negro League players and Cuban stars could have excelled in the big leagues. But what about Sadaharu Oh? What could HE have done in the major leagues?
That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.