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National Pastime Archive: July 2008


  • Prospect Q&A - Brandon Hicks, Atlanta Braves

    The main things pro teams look for in a shortstop are the abilities to field and throw. The Atlanta Braves knew they had a player who could perform both of those tasks in 2007 third-round pick Brandon Hicks, who showed good range while playing for Texas A&M and flashed a 90-plus mile per hour heater as a pitcher in junior college. What they might not have realized was just how much pop Hicks had in his bat. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 21 2008

  • KILL - Prospect Q&A - Brandon Hicks, Braves

    The main things pro teams look for in a shortstop are the abilities to field and throw. The Atlanta Braves knew they had a player who could perform both of those tasks in 2007 third-round pick Brandon Hicks, who showed good range while playing for Texas A&M and flashed a 90-plus mile per hour heater while doubling as a pitcher in junior college. What they might not have realized was just how much pop Hicks had in his bat. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 21 2008

  • Signature Stories - Nomah!

    Nomar Garciaparra used to be one of the best players in baseball and a legend in Boston, but has settled into Major League Baseball's version of mediocrity over the past few seasons. Let's forget all of that for a moment and go back to the summer of 1996, when the sky was the limit and Nomar was tearing the cover off the ball as a member of the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 21 2008

  • KILL - Signature Stories - Nomah!

    Nomar Garciaparra used to be one of the best players in baseball and a legend in Boston, but has settled into Major League Baseball's version of mediocrity over the past few seasons. Let's forget all of that for a moment and go back to the summer of 1996, when the sky was the limit and Nomar was tearing the cover off the ball as a member of the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 20 2008

  • Amateur Hour - USA Baseball, etc.

    USA Baseball announced 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 Olympic Team - including a star college pitcher - just days after its collegiate National Team defeated international powerhouse Cuba twice during Haarlem Baseball Week in The Netherlands. Tom Stad also checks in on the NCAA summer leagues and keeps you up to date on the latest additions to Buster Posey's trophy case in this week's Amateur Hour. Published July 18 2008

  • KILL - Amateur Hour - USA Baseball, etc.

    USA Baseball announced 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 Olympic Team - including a star college pitcher - just days after its collegiate National Team defeated international powerhouse Cuba twice during Haarlem Baseball Week in The Netherlands. Tom Stad also checks in on the summer leagues and keeps you up to date on Buster Posey's trophy case in this week's Amateur Hour. Published July 18 2008

  • KILL - Amateur Hour - The national scene

    USA Baseball announced 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 Olympic Team - including a star college pitcher - just days after its collegiate National Team defeated international powerhouse Cuba twice during Haarlem Baseball Week in The Netherlands. Tom Stad also checks in on the summer leagues and keeps you up to date on Buster Posey's trophy case in this week's Amateur Hour. Published July 17 2008

  • Prospect Q&A - Dominic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies

    The same traits that make Dominic Brown one of the Phillies' best prospects could have kept him off the baseball field altogether. As a high schooler, he put his 6' 5" frame and above-average speed to use as a wide receiver and was good enough to score a football scholarship offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Luckily for the Phillies, baseball is Brown's first love and he opted instead to sign with them after they selected him in the 2006 draft. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 17 2008

  • KILL - Prospect Q&A - Dominic Brown, Phillies

    The same traits that make Dominic Brown one of the Phillies' best prospects could have kept him off the baseball field altogether. As a high schooler, he put his 6' 5" frame and above-average speed to use as a wide receiver and was good enough to score a football scholarship offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Luckily for the Phillies, baseball is Brown's first love and he opted instead to sign with them after they selected him in the 2006 draft. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 17 2008

  • Cooperstown Bound? - Fred McGriff

    If there were a sports Hall of Fame for best nicknames, Fred McGriff would certainly be a first-ballot inductee. Coined "The Crime Dog" by ESPN's Chris Berman, McGriff became synonymous with his nickname and it stuck. But a good nickname is not the only reason baseball fans remember McGriff, who hit 493 career home runs and will be eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement for the first time in 2009. By Nick Leco. Published July 16 2008

  • KILL - Cooperstown Bound? - Fred McGriff

    If there was a sports Hall of Fame for best nicknames, Frederick Stanley McGriff would certainly be a first-ballot inductee. Coined "The Crime Dog," after TV's fictional police canine, by ESPN's Chris Berman, McGriff became synonymous with his nickname and it stuck. But a good nickname is not the only reason baseball fans remember McGriff, who'll be eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement for the first time in 2009. By Nick Leco. Published July 15 2008

  • My Five - X-Factors

    If you read as much sports as I do, you are definitely over the bombardment of snub columns, complaints about the home-field advantage and selection process of the All-Star Game by now. Since the boys at the networks had those angles covered in a New York minute, I'm just going to kick back, enjoy the show and reserve my words for the games that count in the standings. By Sean Raposa. Published July 15 2008

  • KILL - My Five - X-Factors

    If you read as much sports as I do, you are definitely over the bombardment of snub columns, complaints about the home-field advantage and selection process of the All-Star Game by now. Since the boys at the networks had those angles covered in a New York minute, I'm just going to kick back, enjoy the show and reserve my words for the games that count in the standings. By Sean Raposa. Published July 15 2008

  • Prospect Q&A - Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles had lofty expectations for right-hander Chris Tillman when they acquired him from the Mariners in the Erik Bedard deal, but he's far exceeded them so far this season, earning All-Star honors in the double-A Eastern League despite being one of the circuit's youngest players. If he keeps it up, it won't be long before the 20-year-old finds himself atop the pitcher's mound at Camden Yards. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 13 2008

  • KILL - Prospect Q&A - Chris Tillman, Orioles

    The Orioles had lofty expectations for right-hander Chris Tillman when they acquired him from the Mariners in the Erik Bedard deal, but he's far exceeded them so far this season, earning All-Star honors in the double-A Eastern League despite being one of the circuit's youngest players. If he keeps it up, it won't be long before the 20-year-old finds himself atop the pitcher's mound at Camden Yards. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 13 2008

  • KILL - My Five - X-Factors

    If you read as much sports as I do, you are definitely over the bombardment of snub columns, complaints about the home-field advantage and selection process of the All-Star Game by now. Since the boys at the networks had those angles covered in a New York minute, I'm just going to kick back, enjoy the show and reserve my words for the games that count in the standings. By Sean Raposa. Published July 13 2008

  • MLB midseason predictions

    With the All-Star break just around the corner, it's time to peer into the crystal ball and make my predictions for how the rest of the season will play out. Though baseball is an unpredictable game, I'm putting it all out there now in hopes of looking really smart when it's all said and done. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 12 2008

  • KILL - MLB midseason predictions

    With the All-Star break just around the corner, it's time to peer into the crystal ball and make my predictions for how the rest of the season will play out. Though baseball is an unpredictable game, I'm putting it all out there now in hopes of looking like a modern-day Nostradamus when it's all said and done. By Jay LeBlanc. Published July 11 2008

  • Amateur Hour - Summer on Cape Cod

    Ten towns scattered across the Massachusetts peninsula make baseball truly a part of the summer fabric, as the Cape Cod Baseball League attracts the top college talent in the nation. The players who choose to spend their summer on the Cape are all focused on the same goal: they want to impress pro scouts. By Tom Stad. Published July 11 2008

  • KILL - Amateur Hour - Summer on Cape Cod

    Ten towns scattered across the Massachusetts peninsula make baseball truly a part of the summer fabric, as the Cape Cod Baseball League attracts the top college talent in the nation. The college players who choose to spend their summer on the Cape are all focused on the same goal: they want to impress pro scouts. By Tom Stad. Published July 11 2008