This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2009
Alex Rodriguez gets exposed as a steroid user; The New York Yankees and Mets struggle to adjust to their new ballparks; and the Pittsburgh Pirates desperately avoid setting a record for futility. These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout the 2009 baseball year. Do note that these archival pages are shown in the "old" TGG design format; as a result, some links may no longer be active.
December 29, 2008-January 4, 2009
Milestones to look for in 2009; The debut of the MLB Network; Dodgers to Andruw Jones: Get lost.
January 5-11, 2009
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice voted into Cooperstown; Should J.C. Romero have been banned from the World Series; The death of Carl Pohlad.
January 12-18, 2009
Michael Young's bittersweet lunch with Ron Washington and Jon Daniels; The worst sleeve patch design in baseball history.
January 19-25, 2009
Jeff Kent retires; Mark McGwire's brother plans to tell all with a new book; A rough winter for free agents.
January 26-February 1, 2009
Joe Torre's new book ruffles some Yankee feathers; The Manny Watch continues.
February 2-8, 2009
Alex Rodriguez gets outted from the steroids closet; Bud Selig's $500,000 expense account.
February 9-15, 2009
The A-Roid controversy, continued; Wayne Huizenga looks back at 1997...and 1998.
February 16-22, 2009
Alex Rodriguez faces the press; Ken Griffey Jr. returns to Seattle.
February 23-March 1, 2009
Don Fehr does damage control; the Oakland A's say no to Fremont; Was that really Andy Phillips trying to make it with a porn star?; Bret Saberhagen, player agent.
March 2-8, 2009
A Dutch surprise at the WBC; Derek Jeter plays against the Yankees; Omar Vizquel, alligator wrestler.
March 9-15, 2009
The Dutch beat the Dominicans—again!; Players we may have seen the last of; Japan's Colonel Sanders curse.
March 16-22, 2009
Sizing up the second World Baseball Classic; How the best of 2008's call-ups are performing in spring training; Whitey Lockman, in memoriam.
March 23-April 5, 2009
Who's ready—and who's not—for the 2009 season; Japan wins the WBC (again); Curt Schilling retires; the Florida Marlins finally get their ballpark; Goodbyes to George Kell and Johnny Blanchard.
April 6-12, 2009
The death of Nick Adenhart; The small decline in major league salaries; Vin Scully begins his 60th year of broadcasting.
April 13-19, 2009
The opening of Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium; The passing of Harry Kalas and Mark Fydrich; The Nationals' misspelled jersey; Milton Bradley's worst-case scenario debut at Wrigley Field.
April 20-26, 2009
Why are so many home runs being hit at the new Yankee Stadium?; Zack Greinke's consecutive scoreless innings streak; Boston's 100-year old bat boy; The Marlins' dynasty of profit continues.
April 27-May 3, 2009
More accusations against Alex Rodriguez, but he doesn't want to go there; Carl Crawford's stolen base splurge; Patrick Schuster's four straight prep no-hitters.
May 4-10, 2009
The passing of Buzzie Bavasi; Julio Franco finally retires; Barry Zito's lousy start.
May 11-17, 2009
Cal Ripken Jr. wants to shake down Alex Rodriguez; What's wrong, David Ortiz?; Baseball's first two home runs overturned by video review; Casey Blake makes fun of Brian Wilson (oops!).
May 18-24, 2009
The next wave of 3,000-hit players; Baseball's most valuable fans; A brawl in Kansas City only Jerry Springer would love.
May 25-31, 2009
Will anyone win 300 games after Randy Johnson?; The Cubs take out their frustrations on the Gatorade dugout dispenser—over and over again; Baseball savior Sonia Sotomayor makes the Supreme Court.
June 1-7, 2009
Randy Johnson's 300th win; Sammy Sosa: Put me in Cooperstown, then I'll talk about steroids; the end of Alex Rios in Toronto; Tony La Russa rails against Twitter.
June 8-14, 2009
How the last ten number one draft picks are doing; A seagull takes one for the Indians; the razing of Tiger Stadium; Jason Giambi goes from steroids to yams.
June 15-21, 2009
Sammy Sosa gets outted from the steroids closet; Ivan Rodriguez sets the record for most games caught; Fenway Park's 500th consecutive sellout.
June 22-28, 2009
Don Fehr steps down from the union; Manny ramirez's return from suspension; How are the Teasers of 2008 doing so far in 2009; Does Tampa Bay really deserve a major league team?
June 29-July 5, 2009
Our choices for the 2009 All-Stars; Bee invasion at Petco Park; Who's Bryce Harper?; Rafael Palmeiro sticks to his B-12 story.
July 6-12, 2009
MLB encourages online ballot-stuffing for the All-Star Game's "Final Vote"; Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter; Alan Embree wins a ballgame without throwing a single pitch; The Reds' worst loss, ever.
July 13-19, 2009
The AL continues its All-Star Game dominance; Who is America's Team in MLB?; Jerry Manuel's bad joke.
July 20-26, 2009
DeWayne Wise saves Mark Buehrle's perfect game; Does Coors Field spoil good hitters?; A new book comes to the defense of the cheaters.
August 3-9, 2009
David Ortiz gets outted from the steroids closet; Matt Holliday's new lease on life in St. Louis; Ichiro Suzuki goes a year without two straight hitless games.
August 10-16, 2009
Is 400 home runs the new 300? The week of the beanball; Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hit leader at shortstop.
August 17-23, 2009
The highest scoring Yankee-Red Sox game ever; Eric Bruntlett's unassisted triple play; Our pennant race stretch run forecast.
August 24-30, 2009
Statistical projections for 2009; Dave Parker wants to be in Cooperstown; Jeff Kent speaks out.
August 31-September 6, 2009
Why Luis Gonzalez wants the 2003 steroids list made public; Ichiro Suzuki's fast track to 2,000 hits; What do David Wright and Gazoo have in common?; Adrian Beltre's last game wearing a protective cup.
September 7-13, 2009
The Pirates clinch their record-setting 17th straight losing season; Derek Jeter becomes the all-time Yankee hit leader; Four Phillies with 30 or more homers.
September 14-20, 2009
Chipper Jones considers retirement; MLB considers gene testing on Dominican prospects; Mark Reynolds at 200 strikeouts, again.
September 21-27, 2009
The ten most memorable Metrodome moments; the G-20 Summit all but empties out PNC Park; Bobby Cox gives it one more year; The fall of Angel Villalona.
September 28-October 4, 2009
Miguel Cabrera's lost final weekend of the regular season; Ted Williams' dead head gets kicked around.
October 5-11, 2009
The Twins and Tigers play a memorable 163rd game; Our picks for the best and worst of the regular season; Bad postseason umpiring.
October 12-18, 2009
Baseball's most overrated players; Alex Rodriguez finally wakes up in the postseason; The first shots fired in the war between the McCourts; Bud Selig rationalizes the drop in attendance.
October 19-25, 2009
Manny Ramirez's controversial NLCS shower; Another elbow surgery for Albert Pujols; 2009 LCS notes.
October 26-November 1, 2009
Hits and misses from the 2009 World Series; Mark McGwire comes back to St. Louis; David Wells barks back at profane Phillie fans.
November 2-8, 2009
The Yankees return to the throne; The best free agents for 2010; Tim Lincecum gets busted for pot; Vicente Padilla shoots himself (accidentally).
November 9-15, 2009
Our picks for the 2009 regular season awards; John Wetteland's bizarre evening in Denton; Sammy Sosa lightens up (literally).
November 16-22, 2009
Sizing up the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year winners; Stephen Strasburg's rough Arizona fall.
November 23-29, 2009
Sizing up the MVP vote; Bud Selig announces his retirement date.
November 30-December 6, 2009
Baseball's ADD epidemic continues; Ed Attanasio's coffee break with Tim Lincecum; So long, Tommy Henrich; Joe Girardi teaches the Jets' Mark Sanchez how to slide.
December 7-13, 2009
Whitey Herzog and Scott Boras trade barbs over Matt Holliday; The frenzied week in free agent signings and trades.
December 14-20, 2009
Who benefits from the Cliff Lee-Roy Halladay trade; Baseball's ten biggest all-time malcontents.
December 21-27, 2009
The best of the Comebacker from 2009: A look back at the wild and wacky events of the year that was.
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