This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2011
Two teams suffer historic collapses down the stretch; the St. Louis Cardinals reign supreme one last time with Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols; and the McCourts' power struggle brings down the Los Angeles Dodgers. These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout the 2011 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 27, 2010-January 2, 2011
Previewing the 2011 Hall of Fame class; Oney Guillen Tweets again; Alfredo Simon goes trigger-happy on New Year's Eve.
January 3-9, 2011
Reviewing the 2011 Hall of Fame vote; Michael Young gets asked to change positions—again; Ryne Duren, in memoriam.
January 10-16, 2011
Trevor Hoffman retires; The real fun begins for Frank McCourt; Pablo Sandoval slims down (or so we're told).
January 17-23, 2011
Gil Meche give up on his last $ 12 million; Milton Bradley's offseason assault on a L.A. woman; Curtis Granderson goes to New Zealand; Vernon Wells goes to Disneyland.
January 24-30, 2011
Did the Mets know what Bernie Madoff was up to?; Bloomberg's top baseball players, by the buck; Brian Wilson appears on Lopez Tonight in full naval regailia.
January 31-February 6, 2011
The five most improved—and least improved—teams of the offseason; The Diamondbacks pass on the humidor—for now; Andy Pettitte steps down.
February 7-13, 2011
Does Albert Pujols as a Kansas City Royal make sense? Some last words from 101-year old Tony Malinosky; Elijah Dukes' pot conspiracy; Mark Buehrle barks off on Michael Vick.
February 14-20, 2011
Miguel Cabrera falls off the wagon; Is the players' union brainwashing Albert Pujols?; Is Gary Sheffield a worthy Hall-of-Famer?; The Twins stick it to the Braves with a commemorative bobblehead doll.
February 21-27, 2011
The passing of Duke Snider; Did the Red Sox send a private investigator after Carl Crawford?; Is contraction of MLB teams back on the table?; Charlie Sheen invites Brian Wilson to his pad.
February 28-March 6, 2011
Garret Anderson retires; Who's the George Steinbrenner of Iran?; Mark Wohlers escapes fire.
March 7-13, 2011
This Great Game invades the Cactus League; Are the Teasers of 2010 ready for 2011?; Japan's major leaguers are homesick for a devastated homeland; Mitchell Page, in memoriam.
March 14-20, 2011
Baseball's least deserving MVPs; Will the Mets be on the hook for $1 billion?; A year after the nap, Ken Griffey Jr. finally faces the press.
March 21-27, 2011
Spring Trained: Who's ready and who's not for 2011; Is MLB facing a debt bubble?; The Barry Bonds trial begins.
March 28-April 9, 2011
Manny Ramirez concedes after receiving strike two from the PED police; Who threw out the first pitch at MLB's 2011 home openers; A Giant fan clings to his life after getting beat up outside of Dodger Stadium.
April 10-17, 2011
Barry Bonds: Guilty!; Is expanded video replay on the horizon?; What MLB cap was not seen over five days visiting Southern California theme parks?
April 18-24, 2011
MLB takes over the Dodgers; Mike Leake's stolen T-shirt adventures; Did the 1918 Cubs throw the World Series?; Our suggestion for a great road trip game for baseball fanatics.
April 25-May 1, 2011
The misadventures of Roger McDowell and Derek Lowe; An ejected Ozzie Guillen vents his frustration via Twitter during the game; What MLB can do to get fans out of the man cave and into the ballpark.
May 2-8, 2011
The year's first two no-hitters; The year of the comeback player?; Is it time for MLB to padlock the liquor cabinet?
May 9-15, 2011
Albert Pujols and Jim hendry enjoy an embrace, but how telling is it?; Did Bartolo Colon get juiced up during surgery?; Alex Rodriguez's bad day at batting practice.
May 16-22, 2011
So Long, Harmon Killebrew; An arrest in the Brian Stow case; The Pirates get heated over a local tavern's beer promotion; Jason Giambi, 40, goes vintage with three home runs.
May 23-29, 2011
Scott Cousins ends Buster Posey's season, and the controversy only gets worse; baseball's five most brutal home plate collisions; Fred Wilpon barks off on the Mets' underachievers; Wilson Valdez pitches the Phillies to victory.
May 30-June 5, 2011
Brian Sabean sounds off on Scott Cousins; Whay are so many Yankees on baseball's list of the most overrated players?; How many teams are exceeding MLB's debt ceiling?
June 6-12, 2011
After Derek Jeter, who's the next best bet for 3,000 hits?; Interesting choices in the 2011 MLB Draft; Can Jose Reyes actually catch Chief Wilson? Our farewell to Jim Northrup and Jose Pagan.
June 13-19, 2011
Our take on the latest realignment proposal; Ten Rookies of the Year whose careers never took off; The Braves try to muddy up Jose Reyes' momentum.
June 20-26, 2011
Frank McCourt's options of keeping the Dodgers (they're aren't many); Who's on pace for big numbers in 2011; Jim Riggelman quits the Nationals after getting them above .500.
June 27-July 3, 2011
If TGG picked the All-Stars; The American League reigns yet again in interleague play; Ed Attanasio's airport encounter with Bob Costas; Looking back at Major League, the movie.
July 4-10, 2011
Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits; The passing of Dick Williams; A fan falls to his death at Rangers Ballpark.
July 11-17, 2011
The Feds err badly against Roger Clemens; Is the All-Star Game losing its star luster?; Unexpectedly great grabs at the Home Run Derby; What's up with Joe Buck? (We'll tell you.)
July 18-24, 2011
The L.A.P.D. catch two new suspects in the Bryan Stow beating case; 815 sellouts and counting in Dayton; Is Stephen Strasburg due for an early comeback?
July 25-31, 2011
Hits, misses and surprises at the trading deadline; The sad death of Hideki Irabu; Craig Counsell's hitless challenge to Bill Bergen; Hanley Ramirez wants to swipe away Jeff Conine's nickname.
August 1-7, 2011
Is Alex Rodriguez bluffing over his poker playing?; Tony LaRussa sees an unfair home advantage at Milwaukee's Miller Park; Can Hank Greenberg tie Lou Gehrig's RBI record, 74 years later?
August 8-21, 2011
After Jim Thome, who's next to hit 600 career home runs? Mike Jacobs receives baseball's first suspension for HGH use; Carlos Zambrano quits (again), returns (again); What's the real crowd count at Dodger Stadium?
August 22-28, 2011
Baseball survives a week of earthquakes and hurricanes on the east coast; Jim Thome returns home to Cleveland; The death of Mike Flanagan; The Yankees hit three grand slams against Oakland.
August 29-September 4, 2011
Sizing up the 2011 MVP candidates; Roger Clemens' prosecutors get a second chance; Will Chinese money bail out Frank McCourt?; The Giants' payroll manager steals from the underachieving rich and gives to herself.
September 5-11, 2011
Ten years after 9/11, Brad Thomas recalls how a Michael Cuddyer home run saved his life; Baseball's anathema with doubleheaders; Another losing season clinched in Pittsburgh.
September 12-18, 2011
After the Astros, then there were two: Who's left who hasn't lost 100 games?; It's getting dysfunctional with the Marlins in Miami; The City of Detroit stiff-arms Tiger Stadium II, again.
September 19-25, 2011
Mariano Rivera becomes the all-time saves leader; Will baseball ban energy drinks?; The Mets decide to move the fences in at Citi Field; "Alias", starring Florida closer Leo Nunez.
September 26-October 2, 2011
Atlanta and Boston are out, St. Louis and Tampa Bay are in after two of baseball's biggest September collapses; Why Adam Dunn and Eugenio Velez has Bill Bergen's ghost smiling; Jose Reyes' safe route to the batting title.
October 3-9, 2011
The Phillies' (and Ryan Howard's) painful exit from the postseason; The Rangers advance on Adrian Beltre's three home runs; Tim Lincecum's $200,000 apartment clean-up bill; The Best and Worst Hitters, Pitchers and Teams of the Year.
October 10-16, 2011
After the fall, the finger-pointing goes out of control in Boston; Is this Tony LaRussa'a last ride?; Nelson Cruz goes wild against the Tigers; Sammy Stewart apologiez to Oriole fans.
October 17-23, 2011
The best and worst of Albert Pujols early in the World Series; Dwight Gooden's "highs" and lows during the 1986 Fall Classic; Congress aims to rid the majors of chewing tobacco; The most dysfunctional minor league team of the year.
October 24-30, 2011
Is Game Six of the World Series the greatest ever?; How Bill Buckner is making a financial killing off his 1986 error; What happens to the "World Champion Texas Rangers" swag?
October 31-November 6, 2011
Tony LaRussa retires; TGG's annual all-star free agent team; Jose Canseco v. Lenny Dykstra—well, almost; The passing of Bob Forsch and Matty Alou.
November 7-13, 2011
Reviewing our preseason picks—we're we right or wrong?; Who we think we'll win the 2011 postseason honors; Wilson Ramos is kidnapped in Venezuela.
November 14-20, 2011
The Astros are sold—and are American League-bound; baseball expands its postseason to ten teams; Xavier Paul becomes a member of the Australian Baseball League...and doesn't even know it.
November 21-27, 2011
Where can the Oakland A's move?; Mud slings over Albert Pujols' agent; the death of Greg Halman in the Netherlands; Reviewing the MVP vote.
November 28-December 4, 2011
Bobby Valentine becomes the new Red Sox manager; the SEC investigates the Miami Marlins; The long list of potential buyers of the Dodgers.
December 5-18, 2011
Barry Bonds' posh punishment; Albert Pujols signs with the Angels; Ryan Braun gets nailed for steroids, until further notice; The late Ron Santo finally makes it to Cooperstown.
December 19-25, 2011
The Best of the Comebacker: A look back at the wild and wacky of 2011.
December 26, 2011-January 1, 2012
Will a shutout be thrown in this year's Hall of Fame vote?; Oakland trades away its 2012 season; Saying goodbye to Don Mueller.
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