This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2014
Baseball finally and fully embraces comprehensive video review of close calls; Derek Jeter makes the rounds in his final year on the field; the Kansas City Royals perform a Cinderella run to the World Series, only to be denied by a Giants team winning for the third time in five years. These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout the 2014 baseball year.
December 30, 2013-January 5, 2014
Our picks for the Hall-of-Fame class of 2014; What's all the fuss over the HOF voting process—and why?; Adam Eaton’s rude exit from Arizona.
January 6-12, 2014
Alex Rodriguez gets suspended for the entire 2014 season; Amid controversy, Cooperstown welcomes in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas; So long, Jerry Coleman.
January 13-19, 2014
MLB puts its final touches on comprehensive video review—for now; Clayton Kershaw becomes baseball's first $30 million-a-year ballplayer; The Cubs unveil their first mascot in nearly a century—and get laughed at.
January 20-26, 2014
Masahiro Tanaka signs with the Yankees; The union seeks to kick Alex Rodriguez out; Why aren't some Hall of Famers represented by a team?
January 27-February 2, 2014
Five free agents who are having a hard time finding a new team, and why; Baseball approves protective caps for pitchers; Michael Young and Lance Berkman retire.
February 3-9, 2014
Alex Rodriguez gives up and accepts his 162-game suspension; R.I.P., Ralph Kiner; The fading financial weight of ballpark naming rights.
February 10-16, 2014
How great is Derek Jeter?; Roy Oswalt retires; MLB ends mandatory pensions for non-player personnel; Goodbye, Jim Fregosi.
February 17-23, 2014
Back-to-school comments from those suspended for Biogenesis; Is steroids worse than gambling?; A Cuban ballplayer swings (and misses, thankfully) at a pitcher's head; the Phillies rat out a college player who refused to sign.
February 24-March 2, 2014
Will the Teasers of 2013 succeed in 2014?; How the new home plate collision rule work; Cleveland's leading newspaper says Wahoo has got to go.
March 3-9, 2014
Would the owners consider agent Scott Boras as their next commissioner?; Ian Kinsler rants on the Rangers; Ex-minor leaguers seek to overturn MLB's antitrust exemption.
March 10-16, 2014
Fun facts about baseball and Australia; Boston prospect gone wild in Florida; Rooms with a view of a minor league ballpark.
March 17-23, 2014
Who's ready and who's not for the 2014 season; Why the epidemic of torn ligaments (and, by extension, Tommy John surgery)?; The Dodgers and D-Backs do battle Down Under.
March 24-30, 2014
The ten most memorable moments in Wrigley Field history; MLB toughens the PED penalties (again), but is it still the ultimate deterrent?; Baseball returns to Montreal, if only for a weekend.
March 31-April 6, 2014
Expanded video replay gets off to a rocky start; Miguel Cabrera's projected career numbers; Marlins president David Samson tells his fans to stop complaining and better prepare their next visit to the ballpark.
April 7-13, 2014
The ramifications of a seven-inning game; Baseball yawns at the latest pine tar controversy; Pictures from Safeco Field; The list of those throwing the ceremonial first pitch at all 30 home openers.
April 14-20, 2014
Yasiel Puig's sometimes harrowing (and sometimes not) journey comes out in the open; Has MLB lost its grip on the transfer rule?; Martin Maldonado knocks the cover off the baseball—literally.
April 21-27, 2014
After Albert Pujols, who's next to hit his 500th home run?; Which teams are the most popular in your county?; The Chicago Cubs celebrate 100 years at Wrigley Field—and Sammy Sosa isn't invited.
April 28-May 4, 2014
Are pitchers taking us back to 1968?; Baseball's best loved—and most hated—local TV broadcasting crews; Uncovered footage from the 1919 World Series.
May 5-11, 2014
The five most dominant season performances at Coors Field by a Rockies player; The rebirth of Francisco Rodriguez; Apple takes a bite out of non-MLB affiliated podcasts.
May 12-18, 2014
Are little leaguers being overworked into future Tommy John surgeries?; Have the bases become too hard on the baserunners?; Make that a two-hitter for Yu Darvish.
May 19-25, 2014
Jerry Reinsdorf turns on pal Bud Selig in the search for a new commissioner; Julio Franco, 55, hits away in the Independent League; Why don't the Giants play one more game at Candlestick Park?
May 26-June 1, 2014
The best and worst of May; Why some are red over Cobb County's green-lighting of the Braves' new ballpark; Dr. James Andrews' nine recommendations for avoiding Tommy John surgery.
June 2-8, 2014
Jon Singleton inks a big deal for the Astros before his first major league at-bat; The passing of Don Zimmer; TGG goes to Petco Park.
June 9-15, 2014
Ten players who would like to start the season over; So long to Bob Welch; A year later, the Nationals, Blue Jays and Angels are proving 2013's pundits right.
June 16-22, 2014
Will Tony Gwynn's death send a message to baseball's smokeless tobacco users?; Alex Torres dares to wear a oversized protective cap; The origins of Chief Wahoo.
June 23-29, 2014
Our picks for the best, worst and most surprising players and teams in the first half of 2014; Bad baseball wives in the news; The Wilmington Blue Hawks get no-hit—on consecutive nights.
June 30-July 13, 2014
If we picked the 2014 All-Stars; Only one of 14 "expansion era" teams is above .500 all-time, and it is...; The Dodgers are ordered to pay up to Bryan Stow.
July 14-20, 2014
Wild minor league numbers on the year to date; in defense of Derek Jeter's omission from the Yankees' list of greatest hitters; Bud Selig says a lot of nothing for the last time (we think).
July 21-27, 2014
The Atlantic League attempts to speed up the game—will MLB follow?; Why baseball's top choice for the next commissioner is saying no; Is the shift on the chopping block?
July 28-August 3, 2014
The best and worst from July; Fallout from the trading deadline; Who's Brandon Poulson? The Orioles and Nationals fight over local TV revenue.
August 4-17, 2014
Rob Manfred is elected baseball's next commissioner; Why Jerry Reinsdorf needs to go; How bad are the Rockies without Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez?
August 18-24, 2014
Who's going to win the NL MVP (We don't know either)?; How not to unfurl a tarp at Wrigley Field; What Commissioner Tom Werner would have done.
August 25-31, 2014
Five places we'd love to see Giancarlo Stanton get traded to; The best and worst of August; Jesus Montero, the scout and the ice cream sandwich.
September 1-7, 2014
Why baseball's business holds the upper hand on football; Ron Washington steps down in Texas, but why?; Four Phillies pitchers, one no-hitter.
September 8-14, 2014
The Biogenesis 14, one year later; Hey Chris Davis, your Adderall exemption has expired; A painful Thursday for players trying to duck the beanballs.
September 15-21, 2014
Ten things you probably knew—and didn't know—about Derek Jeter; Baseball strikes out in the record book again; The real Crash Davis.
September 22-28, 2014
Baseball's longest active postseason droughts; Derek Jeter's last appearance is a hit; Phil Hughes says no thanks to an easy $500,000 bonus.
September 29-October 5, 2014
A wild, successful start to Kansas City's postseason; The longest playoff game; Where have all the ironmen gone?; Adam Dunn retires.
October 6-12, 2014
Why the Giants and Cardinals are so good in the postseason; Don Mattingly sits Yasiel Puig in their final game; What obscure channels are showing postseason baseball?
October 13-19, 2014
Five teams who've taken advantage of the wild card in October; Travis Ishikawa channels Bobby Thomson and wins the pennant for the Giants; Proof of a growing strike zone.
October 20-26, 2014
The death of Oscar Taveras; Are the Giants' groundskeepers trying to slow down the Royals at the World Series?; Multiple defections from the Rays' brain trust.
October 27-November 2, 2014
The Giants win it all again—are people starting to get sick of them?; TGG's free agent All-Star team; Joe Maddon escapes from Tampa Bay—destination: Wrigley Field.
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