The Arizona Diamondbacks ended last season the same way they have ended for the last six years. Just looking forward to the possibility of next season. It hasn’t been since 2011 that the Diamondbacks have played meaningful October baseball. The Diamondbacks have started off red hot and since then have cooled down, but those series wins weren’t against any pushovers.Read More
Back on May 14, 2016, ESPN released one of their legendary 30 for 30 documentaries titled, Believeland, which highlighted the disappointment that Cleveland sports fans have endured since its last championship in 1964. Well, just over a month later, the 52-year drought finally ended when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history and give Cleveland something to smile about for the first time in over half a century.Read More
We are about one month away from the 2016 MLB All-Star Game festivities in San Diego and the race to vote for your favorite baseball players is heating up. Players like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Salvador Perez are just a few of names that will be suiting up for the American and National League come this July at Petco Park.Read More
One of the biggest story lines in Major League Baseball right now is the youth and dominance that the New York Mets starting rotation possesses. The pitchers that make up the club's intimidating rotation include Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Bartolo Colon. With the exception of Colon who is 42, each one of these pitchers are under 30 years old. Starting in 2013, the Mets have seen "ace" qualities in three of these starting pitchers.Read More
For those of you that don't already know, last August, a small-town kid from the middle-of-nowhere, Ohio decided to uplift his roots for a new and exciting opportunity in Phoenix, Arizona. If you haven't already figured it out, that small-town kid was me. I had never lived anywhere but Ohio during my lifetime, and outside of missing my family, friends, and sports teams (lacking Fox Sports Ohio in Arizona is REALLY cramping my style), the experience has been pretty incredible.Read More
Let’s all be honest with ourselves for a second, we aren’t experts and until our work is published on a major baseball publication, we won’t be. So, that’s why I’m not going to waste your time with numbers and stats that you don’t care about. I was told that Our Sports Report is about guys and their sports “opinions”, so that’s what you’re going to get. This is my first time writing for OSR and no better debut than during my favorite time of the year, the MLB Playoffs. So here it is, my thoughts, my opinions and yes, my World Series Champion…Read More
From the likes of Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano to Miguel Cabrera and Clayton Kershaw, baseball has seen it’s fair share of mega contracts over the last few years. Over time, I’ve always known that baseball contracts would continue to swell up like a balloon, but like a naïve baseball fan, I didn’t want to believe it. Just a few days ago, the Miami Marlins went above my own expectations as they signed their stud 25-year-old outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, to a record-breaking contract of $325 million over a 13-year period. Even though this is currently the largest and longest contract in American sports history, I believe that these lengthy and pricey deals will only get bigger as baseball does the same.Read More
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As sports fans, we don’t commonly associate an athlete to their statistics, but more the jersey number that they represent. To take it a step further, football has 7, basketball has 23 and baseball has 42. Some of the most famous jersey numbers in baseball came from the New York Yankees and while that is a testament to their greatness, the closely awaited retirement of Derek Jeter puts more than just the team’s future at shortstop in jeopardy.
At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Derek Jeter will officially retire from the New York Yankees and the game of baseball, as you already know. After the incredible career that Jeter has put together, it is pretty much a forgone conclusion that “The Captain” will be a Hall of Famer and have his #2 retired by the Yankees, but once he does, no number from 1 through 9 will ever be worn by a future Yankee ever again.
Prior to Jeter’s heroics, the Yankees retired the numbers of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe Dimaggio (5), Joe Torre (6), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra & Bill Dickey (8) and Roger Maris (9). That is some pretty impressive company that Jeter will most likely be joining, but it also means that we will never see a single-digit number grace a Yankee uniform ever again. I understand that this is a very miniscule problem that future Yankees will face due to their respect for the game, but if you ask me, it does raise the question of whether or not jersey numbers should still be retired.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about honoring the great ballplayers that made baseball what it is today, but as the game progresses and numbers continue to be retired, what happens when you don’t have enough numbers to field a full roster? I know that is strictly hypothetical and will probably never happen, but just think about it.
If we look at baseball 200 years from now, there will probably have been 20 more Miguel Cabreras, 15 more Clayton Kershaws and 3 more Babe Ruths. That isn’t even counting other future ballplayers that will be some of the game’s greatest and will have had their numbers retired as well. The New York Yankees currently have 17 retired numbers (18 after Jeter) and in 100 years, that number will probably double. After another 100 years, chances are that the historic and successful Yankees will have almost 60 numbers retired and unless baseball wants to allow triple-digit jerseys, these teams, especially the Yankees, are going to have to find a different way to remember and honor the past. I enjoy seeing Bob Feller’s #19 hanging up at Jacobs Field (Don't correct me, it will ALWAYS be Jacobs Field) as much as the next Indians fan, but once these teams run out of numbers, this problem will need to be solved.
Chances are pretty good that nobody agrees with me and Major League Baseball already has a plan in place for this, and if they do, good for them. It will be odd to never see a Yankee single-digit number ever again and maybe this will be an issue in a few hundred years, but as for present day, let’s just lean back, enjoy our peanuts and recognize the greats that brought baseball to its current promise land.