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Derek Jeter (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Was This Derek’s Last Year?

His quiet leadership and “intangible” qualities have endeared Jeter to his teammates and his fans.

09/12/2013

A baseball sits on the infield grass (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Truly Touching Baseball Story

Below is a “baseball story” which an old friend sent to me a few days ago. I suspect it will get you — right in the heart.

08/29/2013

Alex Rodriguez (Photo credit should read Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: No Chemical Issues Today… Just Numbers

For today’s By The Numbers, I thought I would take a look at the eight sluggers in history who have, thus far, clubbed 600 or more home runs.

08/19/2013

Alex Rodriguez (R) and Derek Jeter (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Rocking Chairs Beckon — A Tale Of 2 Yankees

The only thing they have in common is that they excel on the diamond. And even then, the battles in which A-Rod is embroiled in clearly call into question the validity of Rodriguez’s achievements. He is presently in the fight of his life.

08/06/2013

Joe Girardi (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Looking Toward The Dog Days Of August

With the season nearly two-thirds completed, teams are now focusing their attention on the future. Here are some of the specific factors/questions that need to be considered.

07/22/2013

A general view of the miniature scale model of Ebbets Field at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. (Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport)

By The Numbers: Just Who Was Arky Vaughan?

Vaughan was selected for nine All-Star squads and finished third in the National League MVP voting in both 1935 and 1938.

07/09/2013

Pete Rose (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Listing The All-Time MLB Leaders

For this installment of By The Numbers, I thought I would take a look at the all-time hitting and pitching leaders, just to get a feel for some of the numbers.

06/26/2013

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: ‘The Ultimate Blast’ — An All-Time Great Home Run Derby

Since the Midsummer Classic will be preceded by a home-run contest on the previous day, I offer this fantasy all-time Home Run Derby called “The Ultimate Blast.”

06/17/2013

Jackie Robinson "42" Flag (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Look At The Legend Of Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green

Elijah “Pumpsie” Green was born in Boley, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1933. In 1959, at the age of 25, he would take the field as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

06/07/2013

Don Larsen (Photo by Vincent Laforet/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Breaking Down The Subway Series From A Historical Perspective

Before interleague play, the term “Subway Series” was pretty much reserved for the World Series. But no city has had the number of Subway Series that The Big Apple has.

05/29/2013

The plaque of Lefty Gomez is seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Taking A Closer Look At The Legendary Lefty Gomez

For today’s blog I would like to highlight one of the funniest, most lovable, most quotable pitchers to ever wear the pinstripes — Lefty Gomez.

05/13/2013

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Who Was More Dominant — Babe Ruth Or Ty Cobb?

Can we compare apples and oranges? Ty Cobb won 11 batting titles (BA) in 13 years while Babe Ruth copped 13 slugging (SLG) crowns in a 14-year stretch. Yet, I wonder, can we determine which of the two Hall of Famers was more dominant?

04/30/2013

Justin Verlander (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: One Man’s Opinion — Why The Tigers Needed To Keep Verlander

Overall, the Tigers should be very satisfied with hanging onto Verlander for at least another five years. Although the price tag was high, he is a vital contributor to the team’s success.

04/01/2013

Jim Johnson (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Total Average Concept

All the hype of batting statistics does not answer the question of Orioles success according to the TTAw concept of sabermetrics. The numbers never lie.

03/26/2013

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By The Numbers: Who Was Cactus Gavvy Cravath?

Have you ever heard of pre-Babe Ruth era slugger “Cactus” Cravath?

03/17/2013

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