Thursday, April 19, 2018

California Baseball Weekly: Offseason Report Card

Every week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Now that the Eric Hosmer is headed to Peoria and Padres camp, we’re putting our hands on the range to see which of the Golden State’s five franchises had the hottest of an exceptionally cold offseason. Welcome back to baseball after one of the longest, most...

The real Hall of Famer is Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Nintendo 64

Junior may have been a close-to-unanimous selection to Cooperstown this week, but his namesake video game was even more prolific. By Andrew J. Pridgen Like Andy Dufresne, Ken Griffey Jr. crawled through a river of shit of the PED era and came out clean on the other side. He was duly rewarded Wednesday with a close to unanimous election to...

An Unequal Exchange

Latin America gets a lot less than it gives from baseball. Written By Kyle Magin Latin America supplies baseball with some of its best players and most passionate fans. In return, it gets jack shit. Events over the course of this offseason are illustrative: Vlad Guerrero got his Hall of Fame call from a lackey translator. Baseball is played in...

Donald Trump can’t throw a baseball

It’s a small thing, sure. But it’s also a really big small thing. The president refuses to step up and do the one symbolic thing that presidents have done for more than a century. To be a kid again. To stop and hear the crowd’s collective whisper shiver to a roar. To walk inches above the earth in the...

The changing narrative on Barry Bonds in the dawn of the new age of the long ball

Will the Giants slugger finally get the recognition and redemption he deserves? By Andrew J. Pridgen Barry Bonds stood up from his seat on an unseasonably balmy July evening Friday in San Francisco to an impromptu standing ovation from a 2/3rds full stadium there to watch their last-place ballclub square off against the equally dead-to-rights Miami Marlins. AT&T Park, a...

The necessity of Congress playing baseball today

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could...

The Night Roy Halladay Was Almost Perfect

What did Roy Halladay knew on October 6, 2010? By Andrew J. Pridgen I watched Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter at a bar near my house in Park City on October 6, 2010. My team, the Giants, were just starting their own playoff run against the Atlanta Braves on the other side of the league. Due to a trio of young aces coming...

California Baseball Weekly: The Dodgers are the Only Winning West Coast Team

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 jersey hangers who play for the Padres. Best Record...

Pints and Picks: MLB Who to Bet and Who to Forget 2017

Didn’t Kris Bryant just throw the ball that raised a million W flags at once? Looks like we’re back at it to find out which teams will eclipse their win total in 2017. Play Ball! Written by Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, Until about a month ago, I thought this baseball season was going to be a letdown. Last year...

California Baseball Weekly: Insult to Injury in San Francisco

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 future batting cage managers who play for...