In their annual Midseason Top 100 Prospects list, Baseball America ranked 21 year-old Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada at number one. The Cuban phenom first made headlines in March of 2015 when the Boston Red Sox outbid rival New York Yankees by inking him to a deal which included a record-setting signing bonus of $31.5 million. While this deal may have hurt the Sox by causing them to pay a large luxury tax, it looks like it might just be worth it.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
Ladies and gentlemen, you have no idea how much joy it gives me to type that title. I even went back and forth on whether to use the word “playoff” or “playoffs” (it’s gotta sound right, ya know?). I’ve been looking forward to writing this very edition of The Cubs Column ever since I began writing this thing two seasons ago.Read More
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Ohio Legislature has held its first hearings on a resolution that urges baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, to reinstate Pete Rose. As you know, reinstatement would make Pete Rose eligible for the Hall of Fame.Read More
Every Christmas there has always been a special tradition in the Ashcraft household. For as long as I can remember, my mom and dad have always put a calendar for the coming year in me and my brother’s stocking. While I always received a sports themed calendar, my favorite one of all had to do with the history of baseball and even listed some of the most famous player’s birthdays. Just like any other sports nut, I immediately looked to May 12 (my birthday) and realized that I shared a birthday with one of the greatest winners and quotable individuals in baseball history, Yogi Berra.Read More
Hey baseball fans, Opening Day FINALLY ARRIVED!!! In the latest 'Our Sports Report' Podcast, Matt Shock & Curt Ashcraft talk about all of the happenings leading up to Opening Day, how the Cubs & Indians continue to start off each season with disappointment, and they even make their final World Series picks!Read More
As a young kid, I was always amazed by the comedy genius that was Chris Farley. It is a shame that one of the funniest men to ever live had to pass away so young, but thanks to technology, some of his best work still lives on. One of my favorite Farley skits was when he played a motivational speaker on Saturday Night Live known as Matt Foley. Foley was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, never could string together any kind of good luck, and most importantly, he lived in a van down by the river. The wonders of Farley and SNL made the skit a major hit and almost unbelievable, but don’t tell that to the Toronto Blue Jay’s top prospect Daniel Norris, who not only throws a 96 MPH heater, but he too lives in a van, this time behind a Wal-Mart.Read More
For those of you that haven’t heard, ESPN is reporting that Josh Hamilton has relapsed again. Hamilton, who has battled drug and alcohol addiction since suffering an injury in the minor leagues, supposedly told league officials a month ago that he had used cocaine and alcohol. According to the Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com, “There’s no word of a failed test. Word is, Hamilton told MLB about relapse.” Hamilton is expected to be out until at least May as he underwent shoulder surgery earlier this month.Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached that magical time of the year where the smell of baseball can be detected upon the icy breeze. That’s right, Spring Training is just around the corner! With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, it’s high time we take a look at what the Cubs could look like this season.Read More
For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite baseball players has always been Yadier Molina. I understand that I am a diehard Cleveland Indians fan and that most of Cincinnati probably hates me right now, but there is just something about the way he plays and the passion that he exudes every night that I can’t help but like.Read More
Call me crazy, but I feel as if I’ve been here before. Yes, a little less than a year ago I sat at this very computer and openly complained about the hiring of Rick Renteria as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs. I questioned why they didn’t go after a big name manager. I questioned just what in the world Ryne Sandberg did to tick off Theo Epstein, ruining his chances of becoming the next Cubs manager. And here I am now…wondering…Read More
After 162-regular season games and multiple divisional and league championship series wins, it is finally that time of year again. October is almost in the books and it is down to the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants as they fight for the right to call themselves World Series champs. Even though both of these teams came in as Wild Card winners, it has been a tale of two different stories that has made up this year's fall classic.Read More
Now, let me explain. To me, Derek Jeter is more than a player. He is more than his team's all-time hits leader, five-time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger recipient. He is...Read More
As the curtain is drawing to a close on the career of one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball, I can’t help but wonder: what would things be like if Derek...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.