| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:55 PM
When you think of Mark McGwire, you think of numbers, but not those numbers.
You don't think of 583 career homers, or 70 homers in 1998, or one homer in every 10.61 at-bats.
You think, instead, of 19.5.
That is the percentage of baseball Hall of Fame...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 7:35 AM
History, it has been said, is written by the winners.
But sometimes, writers write history, and I’m hoping those with Hall of Fame ballots do that today.
When the names of the newest inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced, I hope...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 11:25 PM
There is no joy in So Cal. The mighty Angels and Dodgers have struck out.
Artie Moreno broke the bank signing slugger Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson in the offseason. He funded a powerful lineup of hitters. But oh the pitching was a disaster. The Dodgers...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 9:42 PM
ST. LOUIS — Six years.
That's how long it has been since Barry Zito has pitched the kind of game he's going to need Friday night, and he hasn't been cryogenically frozen in the interim. He has been getting older, losing velocity off his fastball...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:52 PM
Once upon a time in baseball, it was easy to enjoy greatness.
Today, in the shadow of performance-enhancing drugs (known as PEDs), enjoying the players who stack up awe-inspiring numbers just ain't easy. Players, rightly or wrongly, are under the...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 7:44 PM
While many optimists proclaim that the Steroid Era is over in baseball, former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas remains wary.
"I don't think it's ever going to be over," the future Hall of Famer told me Wednesday before the Cubs-Sox series finale at U.S....
| Jul 9, 2012
| 5:08 PM
The problems troubling the National Football League are not unique to football alone.
Litigation, scandal, gross misconduct — name a professional sport that hasn't had bad headlines within the last few years.
The bounty case and...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 8:06 PM
Julius Peppers hung out in the Gold Coast neighborhood following Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, just like he did after the Bears’ previous home game.
The Bears defensive end, who dined at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse following his team’...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:05 AM
1987 -- Rookie Mark McGwire's two-run homer, his second of the game and 33rd of the season, capped a three-run eighth-inning rally that boosted the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
1992 -- Stuart Scott defeated Brett...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 1:05 AM
1987 - Scott Witlock had a triple and Steve Sawinsky added a pair of triples as Selby, aided by five errors, defeated Eureka 13-9 in American Legion baseball.
1992 - Ruben Sierra and Ken Griffey Jr. each hit a home run and Sierra, Griffey, Pat Kelly and...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 2:16 PM
JOPLIN, Mo -- It's been more than a year since a tornado devastated the community of Joplin. It left many without a home. Some residents still don't have a home.
Habitat for Humanity is trying to change that, and they are getting a little help from...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Gio Gonzalez was 20 when I watched him pitch for the first time. He was at the Phillies' complex in Clearwater, Fla., and it didn't take long to see why Pat Gillick had insisted on him when the White Sox traded for Jim Thome.
You don't have to be a...