Please forgive my being so scatter-shot and going all Larry King on you here, but over the last two days I just started writing down some stream-of-consciousness thoughts on what has been an amazing baseball season, and thought I’d share a few of them with you here. My sense is, years from now we will […]


Chipper Jones — A Lasting First Impression

by M.C. Antil on October 3, 2012

Before Chipper Jones rides off into the sunset at some point over the next few days, and in anticipation of the very last regular season game of his brilliant career – which, weather permitting, should be occurring in Pittsburgh even as I write this – I thought I’d share an image which I’ve carried with […]


As I was grazing on a few baseball games over the past few days following Johan Santana’s 134-pitch no-hitter against St. Louis, the first in the 51-year history of the New York Mets, I can’t tell you how often I came upon one home team announcer or color man who, after noting Santana’s historic achievement, started […]


They are, arguably, the most top heavy offensive club in the big leagues, with the widest disparity between good and bad in baseball. The 2012 Atlanta Braves have five very good Major League hitters, one of whom, unfortunately (Chipper Jones), is not only riding off in to the sunset in a few short months, but […]


Statistically speaking, two things I learned this month frankly blew me away.  And they both, oddly enough, had to do with the number 8. First, for the non-baseball fans among you, an aging relic of a left-hander named Jamie Moyer won his first game of the year a few weeks back while pitching for the […]


A day or so ago I wrote about a somewhat remarkable baseball performance that occurred this past week in a Baltimore Orioles game; one that went all but unreported in the mainstream baseball media.  Today, I’ll give you the skinny on another. Most baseball fans by now know that Oriole 1B Chris Davis beat the […]


A Week to Remember in Baltimore

by M.C. Antil on May 12, 2012

I have a number of thoughts about baseball this week, and as I was sitting there this morning looking over my notes I realized four of them are Baltimore Oriole-related. This week the Birds played a game against a guy, Josh Hamilton, who hit 4 HR, then put himself into the A.L record books by also […]


The Secret of the Rays: Getting Defensive

by M.C. Antil on May 10, 2012

Why are the Rays the Rays?  In other words, how do they do it year after year, constantly contending and constantly fighting for supremacy in the utterly brutal American League East — and all the while doing it with a total payroll less than that of the New York Yankee infield?  Granted, they do it with […]

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When I was a kid my father used to say that if you stood on the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway in New York long enough, eventually everyone you know would pass you by. It’s not quite the same thing, but I feel sometimes that the Patio Area in the right field corner of […]


Mat Gamel of the Milwaukee Brewers might be the walking, talking (if you can call it that) embodiment of the incredibly candid opinion I heard a former big league star once share on the conversational powers, if not the overall intellect, of the average baseball player.  As a guy who as a young man had the tools to be […]