Father Gabe Costa
Tony, enjoy the Big Ball Orchard in the Sky. Give my best to the Babe and Lou.
There is no doubt that the National League (read: Dodgers) took the lead in 1947 in breaking the color barrier. However, it took more than two years for a second NL club to integrate.
Two shutouts while surrendering seven hits in 18 innings. What a difference a ballpark makes! And because of this, we are left with lots of questions — in two parts.
I guess if there is anything in baseball that’s akin to alchemy’s quest to turn base metals into silver or gold, it would be to find a magic formula which would predict victories on the field.
I thought I would round out this discussion by choosing all-time teams: one comprised solely of Yankees and the other with players from the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets.
This is a follow-up from my previous column, where the question under consideration was: Is New York an American League city or a National League city?
Gabe Costa takes an approach which is both subjective and qualitative. He takes a look at both temporal (historical) and spatial (geographical) aspects of this issue in Part 1.
In this installment of By The Numbers, after briefly considering the division in which the Yankees play, I would like to give one man’s view of the Bronx Bombers, and what may happen this season.
Bill James gave us what can be considered as the “seminal” model for sabermetrics when he wrote about Runs Created (RC).
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.
Who are the greatest right-handed pitchers? The greatest left-handed pitchers? The greatest big-game pitchers? Father Gabe Costa breaks it all down.
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.
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.
Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre’s inductions will mark an elite class of managers entering the 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?