This is the time of year that the usual assortment of baseball books as tie in to the new season surface. Generally, the quality is mixed. The 2014 sports season is a departure. Generally, the quality is excellent. So let’s take a look. Continue reading
With the season upon us and baseball in the air and on the tongue, herewith a primer for novices and super experts. Enjoy, and keeps those letters and suggestions coming.
A-Rod A shortening of one-time Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s name.
Adjusted ERA formula for pitcher’s ability to prevent runs from being scored – adjusted for league and home park factors. AERA, adjusted earned run average.
Advance The moving ahead of a base runner to the next base as a result of a hit, error, sacrifice, balk, etc. Continue reading
The roots of the rivalry extend all the way back to the first time the teams faced-off on May 7, 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston. They weren’t the Yankees and Red Sox then but instead had more geographically correct names: the Highlanders — they played on the hilly terrain of upper Manhattan; and the Pilgrims — in tribute to their New England heritage. Continue reading