The Baseball Hall of Fame has plenty of problems as we saw earlier this month. But the fact that Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is in it certainly counts as one, and says a lot about those other problems.
It's hard to get too angry about the Baseball Writers Association of America's decision not to induct anyone from a stacked class of eligible players to the Hall of Fame this year. It's just the Hall of Fame, after all. But it's definitely possible to get angry about it if you try.
I never saw a highlight of that Kenny Lofton home run, never saw the celebratory beatdown or the perfunctory shot of the crowd going bonkers. I never felt like I needed to, either, because I could then and can still see now Kenny Lofton hitting a home run without much recourse to my imagination.
For the second installment in our weeklong celebration of all things Kenny Lofton, Chris Collision recalls the tall tales told by his old professor about the venerable outfielder, which raised more questions than they answered. Was this professor a millionaire? A swinger? A genius? Whatever the case, this man knew a great ballplayer when he saw one.
The Kansas City Royals are a lousy baseball team, and not much better for having traded away some of their best prospects in the offseason's biggest blockbuster deal last month. But, thanks to a combination of corporate fecklessness and unaccountability, the Royals are more depressing as a metaphor than they are as a team.
In the final installment, the three men behind Fire Joe Morgan contemplate their complicated relationship with Derek Jeter, a failed attempt to write a book, and the legacy of one of the most influential sports blogs in history.
In the second installment of a three-part conversation, the Fire Joe Morgan brain trust discusses baseball statistical revolution, hearing back from their targets, and the very special mind of John Kruk.
Fire Joe Morgan was one of baseball's angriest, best, smartest and best-loved blogs. That was never the idea. In this three-part conversation, its three co-creators discuss how FJM happened, what it was, and why they hate David Eckstein so much.
Everyone is getting paid. Some people are getting traded. The Mets ownership group is performing some sort of mean-spirited Dadaist prank on the very idea of baseball. Sam Horn springs fully formed and hungry for burgers from the head of David Raposa. Business as usual.