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The second in a four-part series honoring this year’s inductees.
A new book looks at the many obstacles along the route to becoming a major-league city.
Randy Johnson was one of the most dominant pitchers of his or any era, but his peak wouldn’t have been possible without continual mechanical tinkering.
Chris Sale pitches well once again, and once again looks disgusting doing it.
How much does pitching on a downhill plane affect a pitcher’s ability to get ground balls?
Pitchers continue to get injured while batting, so should baseball continue to require NL pitchers to hit?
Barry Bonds continued his domination of Internet NL Player of the Year voting by winning the IBA NL Player of the Year for the third straight year and the sixth time overall. Bonds has finished at least third in Internet NL Player of the Year voting after every season except 1999, when he was limited to less than 450 plate appearances by an injury.
Winning a close race with Barry Zito and Derek Lowe, Pedro Martinez followed in the footsteps of Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens by winning his fourth Internet Cy Young Award.
There are some obvious storylines specific to the Arizona/St. Louis matchup, as derived from the generic list above. Let’s lay those out, and address them one by one:
The Diamondbacks would really prefer to have a healthy Luis Gonzalez.
The Diamondbacks are backing into the playoffs.
The Cardinals are peaking at exactly the right time.
I spent a few hours this morning on the air with Mike Rosen of KOA Radio in Denver. Looking back on the segment–which included Rockies president Kelly McGregor and owner Jerry McMorris–I realize that I probably didn’t articulate just how optimistic I am about this team this year. In an NL West with no great team, the Rockies are a good one, and perfectly capable of winning the division.