Posts from — February 2005
by Glenn Dickey
WHEN YOU think Billy Beane, think Branch Rickey and Bill Walsh. The Aâ€™s general manager always acknowledges his debt to each man.
BIO: Glenn Dickey – 33 years as a sports columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle; author of 16 books, the last being “Champions: The Story of the First Two Oakland A’s Dynasties – and the Building of the Third.” He’s written more than 300 magazine articles, and he’s been a columnist for Pro Football Weekly since 1972. He’s also been featured on several radio and TV shows and am currently a frequent panelist on “The Last Honest Sports Show,” which airs Saturday night on Channel 44.
February 27, 2005 No Comments
By A.J. Hayes
Itâ€™s ironic that one of the most repeated clichÃ©s about catchers is that they wear the â€œtools of ignorance.â€ Because as any serious baseball fans knows – while catchers play the most physically demanding position on the field, catcher is also the gameâ€™s most cerebral.
There is a reason catchers become managers more often than any other position players after their playing days conclude – because throughout their careers they have been the brains of their respective organizations. Catchers do more than squat and catch what the pitcher hurls. The top and most respected catchers in MLB have the power to dictate the pace of a game. They call pitches, provide on-field leadership and intelligence.
Note: Anthony Hayes is one of the most knowledgeable baseball writers in the Bay Area. For the past few seasons you have read his work in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Game Day Special Baseball Section. We are fortunate to have Anthony joining us this year on our site.
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February 25, 2005 No Comments
Baseball we have a problem, no it is
not in Houston but at 245 Park Avenue
New York at the Office of the Comissioner
and this could get uglier before it gets better.
By Amaury Pi-GonzÃ¡lez [Read more →]
February 21, 2005 No Comments
This is a difficult question to answer with a simple yes or no. The true answer may not be known for years to come or at the very least until this season plays out.
In the spirit of the upcoming Oscar awards, letâ€™s create categories of interest and give a special baseball award called, â€œThe Budâ€ (in honor of the commish) to the winner of each category.
Click Below for the awards and my analysis of the winter moves. I welcome your reactions.
February 18, 2005 No Comments
JosÃ© Canseco’s controversial
book should be out later this
month of February. A lot of
people are upset at JosÃ©’s
accusations, but who are
we to say they are not true?
By Amaury Pi-GonzÃ¡lez [Read more →]
February 8, 2005 No Comments
The Super bowl has past, the one day I wait for each year, because it signifies that there is nothing in the way of the impending baseball season.
Within the next two weeks the teams will all have reported for training in Arizona and Florida.
I remember reading that the Brooklyn Dodgers trained in both Havana and Panama in 1946 and 47 because the city fathers in Vero Beach Florida wouldn’t permit black players to live or train in Vero Beach.
59 years is not that long ago when considering periods of history, baseball mirrors life and American culture in so many ways, segregation was just one of them, which should never be forgotten.
Steroids and how they helped bodybuilers win championships weren’t ignored by baseball players who also were looking for an edge.
This morning Jose Canseco is back in the news revealing more of the sacred secrets of the clubhouse.
One thing is common when reading all the comments about Jose’s revelations about his teammates steroid use: no one is calling him a liar.
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February 7, 2005 No Comments