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Derek McKim
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My Favorite Team
It is All Star game time and fans voted for the favorite players in the game.  Just like every other fan, I have my favorites too.  I will give you mine here but with a twist.  I will exclude all players and former players from my favorite team - Detroit Ti...

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My 2017 Hall of Fame Vote
Wednesday is the announcement for the 2017 Hall of Fame class. I would like give my ballot (if had one ) before the inductees are announced. As a reminder, each voter is allowed to vote from zero to ten players.  A player must receive a minimum of 75%  in o...

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In Memoriam: "Superman" Pennington
Baseball lost a former star on Wednesday, but most fans may have never heard of him. His name is Art Pennington.  He played in the old Negro Leagues in the 1940s primarily with the Chicago American Giants. 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Pennington was a versatil...

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Three Movie Characters That Are More Real Than You Think.
With the Oscars being aired last Sunday night, I think it gives me a good opportunity to talk about baseball and the movies.  There is a been a good number of baseball movies over the years and many of them such as Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, The Natural,...

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Leap Day in Baseball History
It is Leap Day.  Since today only happens once every four years, one is curious if there has been any significant moments in baseball history.  The biggest news item happened back in 1972 when Hank Aaron signed then the richest deal in baseball with the Bra...

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Top 10 Negro League Nicknames
I was thinking awhile back, where has all the great nicknames in baseball have gone? Of course, we do have "El Oso Blanco" (Evan Gattis), but most are just shortened versions of their full names like MadBum, ARod, and Miggy.  Rather boring. In the past, we ...

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5 Negro League Greats You Should Know But Don't
February is Black History Month and to coincide with it, I am going to write a few Negro League based editions. Every baseball fan knows of the old negro leagues and some of its' great players.  We all know who Satchel Paige, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Josh Gi...

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Hall of Fame Centerfield Re-evaluation Needed
On Wednesday Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Can you guess who was the last full time centerfielder to be selected for the Hall by the baseball writers(BBWAA)prior to Griffey?  Kirby Puckett way back in 2001 and before Puckett it was Du...

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My 2016 Hall of Fame Vote
The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Wednesday.  So, I will give you all my ballot (if I was an actual voter) and who I think will be enshrined in Cooperstown in late July. This year's first timers on the ballot include Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor H...
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