When Jeff Kent announced his retirement recently, baseball lost much more than a great second baseman. It lost a great mustache. Amazingly, Kent’s ‘stache is not one of the handful of fuzzes that has its own entry in our Unfortunate Facial Hair pantheon. But don’t be fooled: his was truly fabulous fur. And it is […]

Here’s a note I found at the bottom of a Philly.com gossip column: Twelve-time all-star and Norristown native Mike Piazza is writing a memoir that Simon & Schuster plans to publish in 2010. The slugging catcher, recently retired, said in a statement, “I look forward to having the chance to take people behind the scenes […]

Meeeeeeeeeemories…. Light the corners of my miiiiiiiinnnnnndddd… Misty, watercolor meeeeeeemoriiiiieeeeesss…. Of the way we were… 

Today, Mike Piazza announced his retirement. I’m not exactly sure what is appropriate to say in this instance. Here, we have indisputably the greatest hitter to have ever worn a New York Mets uniform, arguably the greatest hitting catcher of all-time, and a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. On the other, we have a guy whose body broke […]

In this week’s Metro column, I boldly made the following claim: [Manny] Ramirez is arguably the best active player to have never received an MVP award. He’s certainly the best active player to be so consistently snubbed; of similar players, he has the fewest top-five finishes without ever finishing in the top two. But of […]

Of the many unfortunate facial hair patterns out there (and as we’ve seen, they are legion) the Fu Manchu will always hold a special place in baseball’s UFH pantheon. The craze began in earnest in 1975, when seven members of the Brewers sported the look, and has never quite died out. Favored mostly by catchers […]

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December 5, 2011

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