Author: Craig Calcaterra

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds makes [a] Hall of Fame


OK, it’s not the Hall of Fame. But it’s a Hall of Fame nonetheless. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Few understand the history of Bay Area sports like Barry Bonds, who has lived it and made it.

He’s now getting honored for it.

“It’s great. Being a Bay Area guy, it’s awesome. It’s wonderful,” said Bonds of his selection to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

The story says he got more votes than any other candidate. The story also features Alex Rodriguez telling Bonds that he wants to take Bonds’ home run record. Which, hey, everyone’s gotta have a goal, I guess. Let’s just not wait up for him to do it, OK?

The fifth greatest general manager of all time built a team that won 14 of 16 pennants. Then he was fired.

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Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.

The Yankees had already won a bunch of pennants and World Series titles by the time George Weiss took the reins in 1947. But from that point on, until he was dismissed in 1960 because the Yankees thought he was too old to do the job — the Yankees went on a tear unlike baseball had ever seen, winning 10 pennants and seven World Series championships in 13 years. The team he built around a core of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford — all graduates of the Yankees farm system Weiss ran before taking the GM job — went on to win four more pennants and two more World Series championships.

Go read about Weiss here. Including why, for all of that success, he only ranks as the fifth greatest GM of all time.

Who’s your least favorite player?


That’s the question John Paschal asks over at The Hardball Times. And it turns out it’s a much more complicated question than it seems.

Because why do we hate players anyway? Do we hate them because they’re rotten people? If so, how do we know if they’re truly rotten? Do we hate players because they do well against our team? If so, how deep can that hate really be, given that we likely suspend it the moment that player changes teams or leagues or whatever? Do we as fans have enough invested to justify hate anyway?

Some big questions. Questions which Paschal asks several people, many of whom give small answers. Like, hating a guy because “it’s an objective truth that his face and lips are stupid,” which is what one of Paschal’s correspondents says. Not that that isn’t an excellent reason to hate someone.

Jump into the hate. Embrace it. But don’t try to explain it. That way lies madness.