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Thanks to the great work of Tom Shieber, a more definitive date has been determined for Babe Ruth’s home run in the classic film Speedy (see here for video). In a post over four years ago, I declared the mystery solved, having deduced that Harold Lloyd filmed Babe Ruth’s 54th home run in the second game of a double header […]

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(This updated post was originally published on February 16, 2011) For 19 years, Tampa has been the Yankees’ spring training home, but it still seems like just yesterday when the team’s camp was located down the coast in Ft. Lauderdale. I am sure most fans who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s still reflexively […]

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Over the past few years, Hall of Fame voters have become steroid addled. By refusing to elect candidates with links to PEDs, regardless of substantiation, voters have allowed each subsequent year’s ballot to become increasingly crowded. As a result, some electors have been forced to consider game theory as much as the individual merits of each player when casting their […]

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Playing .500 on the road while cleaning up at home has long been a prescription for success in baseball. No wonder the 2014 Yankees have been such a failure.  With only 10 home games remaining, the Bronx Bombers are at the threshold of their first losing season at Yankee Stadium since 1991, and the offense […]

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Baseball is ruined! Again. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, the culprit this time around is Pitch f/x, a “simple technology” that inadvertently wrecked the game by encouraging umpires to call a more accurate strike zone. Who knew adhering to the rule book could prove so detrimental? Well, besides Tom Glavine, who made […]

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For the second time in three years, the Red Sox have waived the white flag at the trade deadline, which wouldn’t be remarkable if they hadn’t captured a checkered flag in between. In a season already marred by historic failure from a defending champion, by selling off its team, Boston is now all but assured […]

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Defending a World Series title isn’t always easy. The 2014 Boston Red Sox can attest. Last year’s World Series victors just completed a 10-game skid, becoming only the fifth defending champion to post a double-digit losing streak. Can they recover in their title defense? The track record of teams with such a long stretch of […]

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