THE BIG HIT | Derek Jeter… One Vote.

One vote.  One. Vote. Derek Jeter is going into the Hall of Fame one vote short of being the second player ever unanimously sent into immortality. He would have joined his teammate Mariano Rivera. Yet one person decided to make a statement about Jeter. A protest? Maybe. An oversight? Nah. A Red Sox fan? Possibly. Right now, we don’t know because Major League Baseball hasn’t … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Derek Jeter… One Vote.

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THE BIG HIT | Winners and Losers of the Winter Meetings

by Ken Napzok Whelp. The Winter Meetings have come and gone. Another General Manager’s Prom is in the books and there were some big… giant… epic moves that really turned heads and inspired think pieces and lil’ think Tweets while getting many fans excited for the new season while causing a little balls of stress to form in the chests of others. So, you know, … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Winners and Losers of the Winter Meetings

THE BIG HIT | So your favorite team signed a big free agent…

by Ken Napzok Ok, let’s get honest.  This is a baseball column that is designed to celebrate baseball while also providing valuable — like 99 Cent Store value — insight and opinion on the comings and goings of this great sport. The purpose here is to look at the stats, stories, and history of the game. I, the humble narrator of this story, always aim … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | So your favorite team signed a big free agent…

THE BIG HIT | the Black Friday Sales of Baseball

by Ken Napzok It’s Thanksgiving time here in the States, the launch of the holiday season, (apologies to Halloween) and with baseball having a little bit of a rough start to the offseason I was all set to present to you all here a nice article of thanksgiving to the things, moments, and players that make up this great game, past and present. A little … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | the Black Friday Sales of Baseball

THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season

By Ken Napzok THE BIG HIT It’s the baseball award season! So gather ‘round, friends, and let’s get ready to crown the legends of 2019 and lock them away forever. All votes are in (and have been since the regular season ended), so let’s start looking at the players currently clearing space on the shelves of their dens.  By the time this column falls into … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season

THE BIG HIT | Congrats Expos *Ahem* Nationals

By Ken Napzok Let’s get personal. I grew up — and still very much am — a New York Yankee fan. I know. I get it. A large percentage of you just cursed my name and stopped reading. Fair enough. I apologize for all the winning they did in the 1920s. And 1930s. And 1940s. And 1950s. Annnddd I’m not helping. (Though at the time … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Congrats Expos *Ahem* Nationals

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