The Future Could Be Now In New York

by Ken Napzok No one should take joy in the injury of a player, so there is no suggestion here that these young Yankee arms are. However, the sad tale of Luis Severino’s struggle to get back to top pitching form took a turn for the worse this week when it was discovered that he needed Tommy John surgery and would miss all of 2020.  … Continue reading The Future Could Be Now In New York

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THE BIG HIT | What The Forkball?

by Ken Napzok Ha.  I mean, really now.  Haha.  The most bizarre and troubling baseball offseason in most recent memory has finally come to a close. Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps. Yasiel Puig is still looking for work. And it’s time to not just look ahead — but move ahead.  But… yeah…. wow.  The crown jewel trade of Mookie Betts and David Price … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | What The Forkball?

THE BIG HIT | So Much for a Quiet Offseason

by Ken Napzok “That escalated quickly.” – Ron Burgundy, legendary newsman. We all saw this storm forming far off the coast, but we just didn’t know how hard it was going to smack the shoreline. Then it hit and the winds of scandal, drama, gossip, and good ole fashion conspiracy theories slammed into the sport with the speed and ferocity of Pete Rose breaking Ray … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | So Much for a Quiet Offseason

THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

by Ken Napzok Baseball. Cheating. The timeless game and the eternal sin. Since the dawn of the game, no matter how rudimentary of a state the sport was in, cheating has been present. In fact, it just might be fair to say that baseball and cheating have one of the longest, most functional relationships in history. Love gurus and relationship therapists should whip out their … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

THE BIG HIT | The Greatest Baseball Moment of the 2019 Season

by Ken Napzok The greatest moment of the 2019 baseball season did not take place on a Major League field. There wasn’t a multi-million dollar stadium full of fans watching and it was not broadcast on a major network with Joe Buck’s voice taking us through it. It was not in the World Series or down the stretch run days of September. There was no … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Greatest Baseball Moment of the 2019 Season

5 Things the 2019 Division Series Round Taught Us (that we can pretend we always knew)

by Ken Napzok “I love playoff baseball!” is a sentence — correction proclamation — we’ve all heard a lot this past week. Since the Wild Card games on October 1st, the baseball world has been treated to some absolutely thrilling postseason play. Throw all those fancy words best saved for a Roger Kahn baseball book at the wall because all of them will stick. This … Continue reading 5 Things the 2019 Division Series Round Taught Us (that we can pretend we always knew)

THE BIG HIT | High Stakes, Going Home, and the Magic Recipe of the Postseason

by Ken Napzok What a season the first week of the playoffs was.  Big time pitching, clutch hitting, and the cream looking like it’s rising to the top. The 2019 postseason has already been a buffet of greatness for even the most discerning baseball aficionado. This is what your childhood baseball dreams are made of. But what really makes a great postseason? What is the … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | High Stakes, Going Home, and the Magic Recipe of the Postseason

THE BIG HIT | The Agony of Baseball

by Ken Napzok Oh, the agony of the baseball.  These players work so hard and play for so long and then — boom — a fastball catches the meat of a bat and it all comes crashing down. The cheers turn to jeers and hope fades long before the opposing player rounds third.  That’s baseball. The wonderful agony of baseball. What happened this weekend in … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Agony of Baseball