New York Yankees great Derek Jeter might have retired from baseball, but he’s keeping himself busy. One way he’s doing that is by writing a series of middle-grade novels inspired by his experience as a kid. The first book, The Contract, hit stores in September. The second installment, Hit & Miss, will be available on April 28. And we have your exclusive first look at the book!
His team had just won the 2014 American League East, the Orioles' first division title since 1997, and here was Baltimore centerfielder Adam Jones, a pie in each hand and a determined look on his face, slowly stalking the on-field postgame revelers. He glanced to his left and right, carefully considering who should receive one right in the kisser. Whap! Unsuspecting teammate Nick Markakis, holding his one-year-old son, Toby, got the first pie, and a jubilant fan in the first row of the stands got the second. "I wish I had more," says Jones, who at 29 has won four Gold Glove awards, a Silver Slugger, and has made four All-Star teams. He has also become known as the guy who has taken the time-honored tradition of smashing a pie in a teammates' face after a game to a whole new level.
On a nasty, icy say in New York City, when the talk of the town seemed to be the Patriots and their deflated footballs, many New Yorkers gathered to discuss our national pastime at the New York Public Library.
Saturday was the sixth-annual SABR Day, which takes place at chapters across the country, including in New York. The conference opened with some sadness. Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away the night before. But there was excitement, too, as folks SABR’s Casey Stengel Chapter began to settle in to hear a great lineup of speakers. The three panels on the agenda included one about baseball legend Frank Robinson, another about what it's like to be an MLB scorekeeper, and a presentation about new information about Babe Ruth.
Spring Training is just a few weeks away — and the Washington Nationals look like their in it to win it in 2015.
At a press conference today, the Nats introduced Max Scherzer as the newest member of their rotation. The 30-year-old right hander spent the last five seasons with the Detroit Tigers, but after going 21-3 over 32 games in 2013 and winning the Cy Young famously refused to sign a contract extension. He dipped a bit in 2014, posted an 18-5 record in 33 games, but the drop off didn’t scare the Nationals. Washington signed Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract, which was finalized this afternoon.
“I want to win, and that’s why I’m here,” Scherzer said. “I think this team is capable of winning, and winning a lot.”
Since the Hall of Fame elections earlier this month, I have been thinking a lot about what players are most likely to make it to the Hall of Fame after they retire.
The Hall of Fame elections are based on record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character, and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played. This year, three pitchers who combined to win nine Cy Young Awards (Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz) and a member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club (Craig Biggio) were elected.
They’re all deserving of their place in the Hall. But what about today’s players? Who is playing right now that will one day end up in Cooperstown? I’ve picked who I think are the top five most likely current players to get called to the Hall.
The Baseball Writers Association of America has elected four new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A year after Atlanta Braves pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were called to the Hall, their rotation-mate John Smoltz was selected, along with two other pitchers who redefined the position — Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson — and Houston Astros star Craig Biggio.
This was the first time on the Hall of Fame ballot for Smoltz, Martinez, and Johnson. Biggio got in on his third ballot. Johnson, though, was nearly a unanimous pick with 97.3 percent of the vote. Martinez earned 91.1 percent, Smoltz 82.9 percent, and Biggio 82.7 percent.
A player must receive at least 75 percent of the votes cast to be enshrined in the Hall. In 2014, Biggio just missed the cut with 74.8 percent. This year, it was all-time great catcher Mike Piazza coming up just short (he received 69.9 percent of the vote).
The four newest members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 26. Here are some stats on these certified legends to tide you over until the summer ceremony: