Steve Kallas

The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter, right, tags the Dodgers’ Andre during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 7, 2014.. Ethier was originally called safe but the play was challenged, resulting in an out and the end of the inning. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Kallas: Analyzing A Key Play In Game 4 Of Dodgers-Cardinals NLDS

While everyone knows by now that the biggest play in the Cardinals’ clinching victory over the Dodgers was that three-run homer by Matt Adams, the second most important play seemed to slip through the cracks from an analysis standpoint.

10/09/2014

Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees bats against the Boston Red Sox during the last game of the season at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kallas: If Yankees Mistakenly Don’t Re-Sign Ichiro, Mets Should Go After Him

Wouldn’t it be good to have a future Hall of Famer in that locker room? Wouldn’t it be good to have a guy who has played 19 games in the postseason, and has batted .356 with a .400 OBP in those 19 games?

10/02/2014

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees gestures to the fans after a game-winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kallas: A Look At Derek Jeter And The Effect He’s Had On Young Athletes

In a world where most athletes try to make the game about themselves and try to draw attention to themselves, it was Jeter who deflected attention and only wanted to do one thing: help his team win.

09/30/2014

A Shoeless Joe Jackson game-used rookie bat (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Kallas: It’s Time For Shoeless Joe Jackson To Enter The Hall Of Fame

It’s certainly an incomplete Hall of Fame without Rose, but it’s an even bigger travesty and a disgrace of a Hall of Fame without Jackson.

08/25/2014

Pete Rose (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kallas: If Giamatti Would Have Let Rose In The Hall, Why Wouldn’t Manfred?

If Bart Giamatti was OK with it, then it should be OK with Fay Vincent. And Bud Selig. And, soon, Rob Manfred. We’ll see what, if anything, happens in the near future.

08/22/2014

Roger Goodell (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kallas: Inconsistent Goodell Turns Rice Suspension Into National Disgrace

Commissioner Goodell repeatedly said “you have to respond to facts here” regarding Ray Rice’s suspension. Well, here are some facts.

08/04/2014

Zack Wheeler #45 (L) and Matt Harvey #33 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kallas: Mets Should Be Trend-Setters, Again, By Going To 6-Man Rotation

Use of the six-man rotation across Major League Baseball is a matter of when, not if. Decades ago, the Mets changed baseball. Next year, they’ll be in a position to do it again.

07/31/2014

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Kallas: Attention, Mets — Do NOT Trade Daniel Murphy Or Bartolo Colon

Trading Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy would be a mistake. One is an effective innings eater and the other is a professional hitter. Keep them both.

07/30/2014

Alec Martinez #27 and Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings shakes hands with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers after the Kings' 3-2 victory in double overtime during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kallas: Stanley Cup Final Was Much Closer Than What ‘Experts’ Depicted

So was this actually a close series despite the Kings winning in just five games? You bet it was.

06/16/2014

Tonalist #11, ridden by Joel Rosario, races to the finish line en route to winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. California Chrome #2 tied for fourth in his bid for the Triple Crown. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kallas: Tonalist Was A Monster Right Before Coburn Acted The Clown At Belmont

Initially, there were a number of reasons why Tonalist would win, as I pointed out in a column last Friday where I picked Tonalist to win.

06/09/2014

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza trains at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014 in Elmont, New York. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kallas: Chrome Winning Triple Crown Might Be Bad For Thoroughbred Racing

While it would be a wonderful story if California Chrome and his connections were to win the Triple Crown, I’m simply not sure that it would be the best thing for the industry.

06/06/2014

Henrik Lundqvist makes an incredible save against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kallas: Greatest Save Ever? Henrik Lifts Rangers To Stanley Cup Finals

In 1994, many of us thought indeed that “This one will last a lifetime.” But, thankfully, 20 years later, we can hope that a second Cup in our lifetime is, at least, a possibility.

05/30/2014

Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox bobbles the ball at second base while trying to turn the double play over Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees in the second inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Kallas: Bring Back The Old MLB Transfer Rule — Immediately!

If anything, “instant” replay — whatever you think of it — will help umpires with the “old” transfer rule. Just return the rule to what it used to be. Immediately, if not sooner.

04/25/2014

Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as president of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kallas: Phil Jackson Coaching The Knicks? Keep Dreaming!

Unless Phil Jackson can make the Knicks a “loaded” team, a club that’s ready to win it all, he won’t even think of coaching. And that’s not going to happen.

04/22/2014

The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki throws the ball to second base during the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2014, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Kallas: Yankees Should Trade Ichiro? Are You Out Of Your Mind?

The Yankees may want to hold on to the guy because he could very well end up being a key component this season. All this talk, at least by the television announcers, of possibly trading Ichiro, should stop immediately.

04/04/2014

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