Some childhood memories and reliving the 1993 Phillies

June 10, 2018

I remember sitting in my parents’ house in October 1993 and laying on the couch fighting to keep my eyes open. I was 10-years-old and watching the Phillies slug it out with the Blue Jays in the Fall Classic. That team was something else, particularly for an impressionable kid captivated with baseball. I remember Billy Penn donning the Phillies’ cap. I remember the “dress down” days at school where we…

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Three MLB players connected to Philadelphia to remember this Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2018

Philadelphia is rich in baseball tradition, so it’s appropriate that the Phillies and Athletics have a strong association with United States military. With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, here’s a look at three former ballplayers with connections to Philadelphia that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms today. Eddie Grant: A Harvard grad, the Phillies purchased his contract from the Jersey City of the Eastern League in August 1906. He…

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Could the Phillies and Orioles ever be division rivals?

May 15, 2018

Tuesday night will mark just the third time in the last decade the Phillies will have visited Baltimore’s Camden Yards. For such a beautiful ballpark so close to Philadelphia, it’s a shame the two clubs don’t face each other more often. But, what if? What if Major League Baseball executed on a recent idea that’s been floating around and expanded from 30 to 32 teams while realigning the current divisions?…

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Trophies, Little League Baseball, and Gary Vaynerchuk

May 4, 2018

I‘ve been on a Gary Vaynerchuk kick for the last year. The man is an absolute hustler and puts out some of the best business growth content on the Internet. If you need a push or an idea, he’s your go-to guy. I had the opportunity to see Vaynerchuk speak live in Philadelphia this past week along with legends Tony Robbins and Les Brown. Think of these three as the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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