Should Barry Bonds be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame?

Nomination for Major League Baseball’s 2013 Class for the Hall of Fame have been released. And not since Pete Rose has there been a more controversial grouping of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons, and Sammy Sosa, whose careers have been tainted by steroid use. Okay SF Giants fans, spill the beans…should #25 go to Cooperstown or not?

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Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates battle for worst MLB team in 2011

I have an ongoing bet with my friend Bernard who, for lack of a better location, is an avid, yet long-suffering, fan of the Seattle Mariners. Last year I won our annual bet that the Pittsburgh Pirates would lose more games than the Mariners. This year I offered “points” like a two-three-game head start, but Bernard turned me down. He thinks the Seattle nine are still the worst and can win the bet without any help or head start. See his comments. Continue reading “Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates battle for worst MLB team in 2011”

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Remembering Roberto Clemente

It was a tragic day for the City of Pittsburgh to awake that New Year’s Day to the news of Clemente’s death.

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For lunch we sat at the Jackie Robinson booth today at McCovey’s in Walnut Creek. It was an appropriate spot for January 1, as the memento casing at that table is a shrine to Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash 37 years ago today, on a humanitarian relief mission to Nicaragua.

A standout from my childhood and teens. In the Springs, circa 64-67, when there was a daylight doubleheader after a rainout, I would play hookie to watch Clemente from a front row seat in the “boxes” in the grand stand of right field at Forbes Field circa.

It was a tragic day for the City of Pittsburgh to awake that New Year’s Day to the news of Clemente’s death. Catcher Manny Sanguillen never got over the loss of his friend, making a point to play right field for the Pirates as his career waned.

Most sports simulations rank “The Great One” (coined by Pirate radio announcer for KDKA, Bob Prince) along side of Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers, who hit for more power but did not have the defense prowess of Roberto’s right arm that prevented runners from taking extra bases.

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30 Stadiums in 30 Days

Joe Pfeiffer will attempt to break the record by attending 30 different Major League Baseball games in 30 consecutive days in 30 different stadiums. Starts today at SBC in San Francisco. See his site at thirtyinthirty.com for the wild itinerary and details for Joe’s charity of choice, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

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