Jim Thome and Chipper Jones highlight my Hall of Fame ballot

December 21, 2017

Every year around the Holidays I’m forced to reconsider my stance on steroid users and their place in baseball history as I submit my IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. I once thought my view of PEDs would change as time moved on but it hasn’t, and so again I’ve left Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens off my ballot. In my opinion, neither player has adequately addressed their connection to performance-enhancing…


Major League Baseball aiming to implement fan code of conduct

August 22, 2017

Major League Baseball intends to implement a universal code of conduct for fans who attend games beginning next season. The code is expected to be ratified by owners in November. The catalyst behind the code is an unfortunate incident earlier this season in Boston where fans at Fenway Park yelled racial epithets and taunts at Orioles’ center fielder Adam Jones. Similar policies for acceptable fan behavior already exist in the…


Baseball Card box break: Topps 2017 Chrome Baseball

August 17, 2017

I‘ve been collecting baseball cards for the better part of three decades and consider myself a qualified judge of card design, so I feel comfortable describing the Topps’ 2017 base set as uninspiring and poorly crafted. The silver cross boxes on the bottom and the squooshed 3D logo set to an angle, it’s just not crisp. Thankfully, the cards look much better in Topps’ Chrome series. There’s just something about…


Philadelphia writer and Temple graduate awarded spot in Baseball Hall of Fame

July 30, 2017

Claire Smith was a pioneer in the world of baseball journalism, a voice of resistance to all forms of exclusive behavior in media and sport. During a Hall of Fame presentation at Doubleday Field on Saturday, Smith was rewarded for her efforts with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, given to her for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. She is the 68th recipient of the award from the Baseball Writers’…


Gordon: This July 4th celebrate the sport that unifies our nation

July 3, 2017

We live in a time of divisiveness and opposition, an era where far too people concern themselves with arguing their opinion while ignoring those of others. On Tuesday we celebrate our nation. Sure, we have our differences, but one of our gathering places is the ballpark. It’s a place where differences are put aside. A place where we gather as a nation to mourn and memorialize (post 9/11), but also…


Opinion: Schmidt's comments on Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera

June 6, 2017

Philadelphia legend and color analyst Mike Schmidt was a guest on the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday and spoke candidly about his opinion on Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera. “Almost exact opposite,” Schmidt said, answering Angelo Cataldi’s question about contrasting his playing style with Herrera’s. Cataldi pressed further, asking Schmidt if he believes Herrera is the type of player the organization can build around. “My honest answer to that would be no…


Cochrane an obvious choice for Philadelphia Athletics All-Time Team

May 25, 2017

The Philadelphia Athletics have several offensive positions where there’s no question about the best player in franchise history – catcher is one of those positions and Mickey Cochrane carries the title. A fiery backstop from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Cochrane was acquired by Connie Mack and the Athletics from Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 1924. He immediately made an impact, hitting .331 during his rookie campaign in 1925 while placing…


My Hall of Fame ballot, again without Bonds and Clemens

January 23, 2017

Here is my Hall of Fame ballot for the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. I included commentary about each and insight into as to why each belongs in Cooperstown. If you’ve followed along with my ballots over the past couple years you already know my tough stance against PED’s and I don’t see myself changing my opinion anytime soon. I submitted just four names this year; IBWAA guidelines allow…