Replays, earned runs and shortstops at second base: Rangers-Astros 23 May 2009

May 30, 2009

Last weekend saw the first instalment of Interleague play during the 2009 MLB season.  There are plenty of reasons to dislike the now traditional sight of AL and NL teams coming together outside of the World Series, but it does at least give fans in two-team cities and states the chance to gain bragging rights for a few weeks. 

The Lone Star Series is one such example.  The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers come together to try to gain Major League wins and to capture the ‘Silver Boot’ trophy.

(Click here to read more, including a completed scorecard of the game).


The London Twilight Baseball League of 1976

May 30, 2009

As well as the regular blog content, BaseballGB publishes occasional Full Articles to provide a more in-depth look at the game. 

In the latest such article, Joe Gray looks at the London Twilight Baseball League of 1976, a project led by Jeff Archer. While the league was short-lived, its innovative nature gives it historical importance and also provides lessons for baseball in Britain today.

The article has been written for Project Cobb (the Project for the Chronicling of British Baseball).  Find out more at the Project Cobb website.

BaseballGB reviews Baseball’s Great Experiment by Jules Tygiel

May 27, 2009

Baseball is rightly proud of the Jackie Robinson story.  When he ‘broke the colour line’ on 15 April 1947, he didn’t just set in motion the desegregation of baseball, he helped to pave the way for seismic changes throughout American society. 

Jules Tygiel’s book has been widely regarded as one of the seminal texts on this subject since it was first published in 1983.  It is therefore an important addition to any baseball fan’s collection. 

Read the full review here.

MLB has let itself down again

May 10, 2009

Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers are not the only ones affected by the star slugger’s positive drug test.  Baseball is taking a battering and Selig and company are failing to stand up for the sport.

Read more here.

Dodgers can survive Manny’s suspension

May 10, 2009

Mark George, a British Dodgers fan, was as shocked as anyone to hear about Manny Ramirez’s positive drug test.  However, he’s convinced that the absence of their star slugger doesn’t mean his team will fall apart.

Read Mark’s comments here.

BaseballGB reviews Boston Red Sox and the Meaning of Life by Mark Rucker

May 10, 2009

There have been countless books devoted to the Sox over the years and Boston Red Sox and the Meaning of Life is the latest. Great moments, players and memorable quotes from the history of the franchise are brought together in the second instalment of this new series.

Read a full review here.

Keeping Score – A Saturday night classic

May 2, 2009

Last Saturday’s 16-11 game between the Yankees and the Red Sox was a classic.  Read about the game from a scorekeeping fan’s perspective here.