Father Gabe Costa
Where does one draw the line? Either a retired number is something special or it’s not.
I decided to compare Banks with nine contemporaries (seven of whom are also in the Hall of Fame with Banks).
We don’t hear too much about Hornsby anymore, so I thought I would dedicate this installment of By The Numbers to him. And, boy, did he put up some numbers.
There’s another part of Craig Biggio’s road to the Hall of Fame that should be highlighted: the Seton Hall University baseball program.
Happy New Year! This means, of course, that the Hall of Fame announcement is right around the corner.
Had he lived, Joseph Paul DiMaggio would have turned 100 years old on Nov. 25. His career has been celebrated in print, film clips and music, while his legend has been passed on from generation to generation.
Stanton is now 25 years old. At the end of his contract he will be 38. On the “average,” will he be worth $25 million a year?
There are many more books I could have suggested, but hopefully the spring will be here before we know it.
In this installment of By The Numbers, I recap 10 Fall Classics — starting in 1958 — which I vividly remember and which, for me, are frozen in time.
Father Jack Radano is a lifelong Yankees fan. He spent many years laboring at the Vatican and is presently a professor at nearby Seton Hall University. I asked him to give his thoughts on Derek Jeter’s last year.
If you were tasked with picking an all-time MLB lineup, what would it look like? What would be the parameters for selection?
So as we mull over this year, let us also take a premature look at next year in anticipation of life without Jeter in 2015.
It’s the offense’s move. I suspect we will not see a major reaction or response from batters this year, not as long as they stubbornly insist on making hard outs rather than trying for soft hits.
Is Wagner still the greatest shortstop of all time? A year ago, I would have said “Absolutely!” Now I am not so sure. This brings us to Derek Jeter.
I suspected that I would know most of the “answers,” but it was interesting to hear these responses and observations about “daddy” from Julia herself, and how they confirmed what I had read before.