Hall of Fame

Orestes “Minnie” Minoso: A Reflection

by M.C. Antil on March 13, 2015

We were driving back to Comiskey Park. It was 1980; April to be exact. I was roughly a year into the first real job of my life, as a low-level ticket-hawker, gofer and all-purpose grunt for the Bill Veeck-era Chicago White Sox. And on that day Minnie Minoso and I were seated in the front seat of […]


Nolan Ryan and the Baseball Gods

by M.C. Antil on October 11, 2012

I’ve always found it deliciously ironic that Texas Ranger head honcho and franchise icon Nolan Ryan often sits during games with his fellow Texan and political soul-mate, George W. Bush.  Because it was Bush who inspired the late Texas governor and noted Lone Star hip-shooter Ann Richards to quip famously about the one-time frat boy-turned-chief executive, “He […]

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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 […]


R.I.P. – Bob Welch

by M.C. Antil on June 12, 2012

A few years ago when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he found himself excluded from the exhibit that listed the band’s lineup and former members, Bob Welch jokingly chided himself for being “the invisible man.” Yet the irony was that while Welch may have been kidding about the […]


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 […]


Quotable — Bill James

by M.C. Antil on November 19, 2011

This is not a post about noted baseball historian and stat-geek extraordinaire Bill James, as much as it is a quick tribute to Stan Musial. For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Musial lately.  Maybe it’s just my growing impatience with so many of the pampered, coddled, limo-riding, entourage-wielding and mind-numbingly overpaid ballplayers we now have running […]


Let’s get this out of the way up front, shall we? Jim Thome is the single nicest guy to ever don a Major League Baseball uniform.  End of story.  No one I’ve ever heard speak of the man has ever said anything less.  He’s a great teammate, a wonderful role model, and an amazing ambassador […]


R.I.P. — Big Walt Dropo

by M.C. Antil on January 11, 2011

A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, Hall of Famer and Cleveland Indian legend Bob Feller passed away.  The Baseball media, deservedly so, busied itself paying homage to Feller, not just for his performance on the mound, but for his being the first major league player to volunteer for active duty following Pearl Harbor. But […]


(Editor’s note:  This was originally posted the first week of October, 2010.  However, in light of some of this winter’s moves — not the least of which were the Yankees re-upping of Derek Jeter and the Rangers’ signing of Adrian Beltre, while shifting Michael Young to full-time DH — I decided to re-visit it.  If anything, it’s […]