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Derek Jeter (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Jeter Is Not Only A Legendary Player, But A Man Of Class

As far as the Yankees go, he was not Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio or Mantle … but he was good enough to be Derek Jeter. And that was more than enough for not only Yankees fans, but all lovers of the National Pastime.

02/20/2014

Walter Johnson (1887-1946), pitcher for the Washington Senators, makes a speech during the celebration of his 20th year with the team at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. in November 1927. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Who Are The Greatest Pitchers Of All Time?

Who are the greatest right-handed pitchers? The greatest left-handed pitchers? The greatest big-game pitchers? Father Gabe Costa breaks it all down.

02/06/2014

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Amid Super Bowl Hoopla, Tanaka And A-Rod Still Make Headlines

Baseball seems far away; this latest snowstorm and recent blasts of frigid air certainly remind us that it will be a while before we hear “Batter up!” And yet, two names have not really gone away.

01/23/2014

Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros reacts after getting his 3,000th career hit against the Colorado Rockies on June 28, 2007 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Case For Biggio In Cooperstown This Time Around

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will soon announce their selections, if any, for the class of 2014 inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I personally hope Craig Biggio gets into Cooperstown this time around.

01/07/2014

Tony La Russa and Joe Torre (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Three Cheers For Tony, Bobby And Joe

Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre’s inductions will mark an elite class of managers entering the Hall of Fame in 2014.

12/15/2013

Mike Piazza (credit: Ezra Shaw /Getty Images), Craig Biggio  (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Who Will Be Elected To The Baseball Hall Of Fame In 2014?

2014’s Baseball Hall of Fame class will be eagerly debated. There’s plenty of worth candidates. Is it Mike Piazza’s time?

12/02/2013

Tom Seaver throws out the first pitch prior to the inaugural game at Citi Field in 2009. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: 20 Baseball Trivia Questions To Stump Your Friends

Can you identify the subject of these “quotes” which refer to Hall of Famers? Be careful — a few of them are tricky.

11/18/2013

Yankees logo on grass (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Remembering Tony Lazzeri, The Forgotten Yankee

It was Lazzeri who played alongside the iconic figures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and who preceded the great Joe DiMaggio as the first great Italian-American ballplayer.

11/05/2013

Baseball legend Ted Williams (1918 - 2002) of the Boston Red Sox swings a bat at a ball during a pregame practice as Walter 'Smokey' Baker, the 13-year-old son of Red Sox pitching coach Del Baker (1892 - 1973), watches circa 1945 in Boston.  (Photo by Getty Images)

By The Numbers: In Honor Of The WS, Remembering Musial And Williams

In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to reminisce a bit about the two players who I feel were the greatest all-time members of their respective teams. I write of Stan Musial and Ted Williams.

10/22/2013

The 2013 Postseason logo is seen on the field before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The World Series And The ‘Footballization’ Of Baseball

Theoretically, a team could play 20 postseason games before winning it all. Given all this, I wonder if the World Series has become anticlimactic. It takes so long just to reach the Fall Classic.

10/08/2013

Mariano Rivera (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Yankee Goodbyes And A Special Recollection

Looking ahead with the realization that Rivera and Pettitte will be gone, that other key players are well past their primes and that the team will be mired in medical and/or legal issues, it brings a certain amount of trepidation for Bombers fans.

09/24/2013

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

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