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My Baseball Schedule

Many have asked about my travels, so here it is:

  1. 9/13 Long Island Ducks Fireworks end-of-season game — 7:05 p.m.
  2. 9/14 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  3. 9/21 Baseball Talk Radio Show WGBB 1240 AM — 9:00 p.m.
  4. 9/27 New York Mets vs. Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium final tribute — 1:05 p.m.
  5. 9/28 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  6. 10/5 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  7. 10/5-10/9 Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame tour.
  8. 10/12 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  9. 10/19 The Writer’s Round-Up speaking engagement, deSeversky Conference Center, Old Westbury, NY., 6-8 p.m., discussing my baseball writing.

Until then, see ya at the park!

Ralph Branca on Baseball Talk

If you want to hear our EXCLUSIVE interview w/ Brooklyn Dodger legend
Ralph Branca, tune in to BASEBALL TALK w/ Carl the Cabbie & Dugout
Joe today, Sunday 9/7 at 12 Noon EST. If you have a question for him
just call in at 646-478-4570. He’ll be on from about
12:10-12:30 PM.

CLICK HERE to listen (live or archive)

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HOF Game: Saved or Not?

Save the Hall of Fame Game                                                Contact:

Kristian Connolly


Commissioner Selig Arranges Meeting Between Dupuy, Idelson and in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, NY (July 21, 2008) — The campaign today announced that Commissioner Bud Selig has arranged a meeting between founder Kristian Connolly, Major League Baseball president Bob Dupuy, and Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson in Cooperstown during the Hall of Fame’s Induction weekend, which begins this Friday, July 25 and goes through Sunday, July 27.

The meeting will take place at the Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

“While the ultimate goal was to sit down and talk with Mr. Selig directly, the opportunity to meet with Mr. Dupuy and Mr. Idelson is certainly a very positive development in the campaign to have the nearly 70-year-old Hall of Fame Game tradition continue,” said Connolly. “I thank Mr. Selig for arranging this meeting, and I cannot help but view the upcoming meeting as a validation of the campaign, as a recognition of the impact that passionate baseball fans from all over the country can have on the national pastime’s direction and future, and as a signal of MLB’s and the Hall of Fame’s willingness to rethink the decision to end the great baseball, American and Cooperstown tradition of the Hall of Fame Game.” had sent Commissioner Selig three separate letters asking for
“the opportunity to discuss with you the passion that exists for keeping a great American and baseball tradition alive … and have an open discussion about options for retaining Major League Baseball’s participation in the Hall of Fame Game, as it has been since 1940.”

Full text of’s three letters to the commissioner, as well as the prior two responses from Mr. Selig, can be found in the “Press Releases” or “Letters” sections of the

Save the Hall of Fame Game!

HOF Jerome Holtzman


Red Foley 1928-2008

For all the print people, the name Red Foley says it all. Someone I admired.

Celebrated official scorer passes away at 79

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 15, 2008) – Long time newspaper writer and baseball aficionado Red Foley passed away yesterday after battling illness for the past year. Red worked with the Ducks from 2000-2007 as an official scorer, something he had done at the Major League level for many years. Most of us that came in contact with Red have stories to tell or fond memories of time spent in his presence. There aren’t too many characters like Red Foley that you come across in life and we’ll miss him.
On Friday night, the Ducks will fly the flags at half staff and observe a pregame moment of silence in his memory.
Courtesy Long Island Ducks.

Homerun Derby ’08

Here’s this years field for the Homerun Derby. Who’s your favorite to win?


Lance Berkman

Houston Astros
281 22  <!– 400K–>
Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers
56 22  <!– 400K–>
Josh Hamilton

Texas Rangers
39 20  <!– 400K–>
Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays
16 16  <!– 400K–>
Justin Morneau

Minnesota Twins
124 14  <!– 400K–>
Grady Sizemore

Cleveland Indians
100 22  <!– 400K–>
Dan Uggla

Florida Marlins
81 23  <!– 400K–>
Chase Utley

Philadelphia Phillies
122 25


Past Winners of Homerun Derby:

2007 VladimirGuerrero 17 400K
2006 Ryan Howard 23 350K
2005 Bobby Abreu 41 350K
2004 Miguel Tejada 27 350K
2003 Garret Anderson 22
2002 Jason Giambi 24


Until then, see ya at the Homerun Derby!

Back in the Saddle

Yes…I’ve been a bad boy! A bad boy in the
sense that I haven’t written anything and have been sucked up
in my real job. I’m back and will be posting regularly again
like I have in the past. For all the new bloggers out there,
I’ve been with MLBlogs for about three years now and must say
that Mark Newman does a real good job. He’s down-to-earth and
gives everyone a chance in so many different ways. As my old
professor from college told me “don’t burn any bridges.” I
will be at the All-Star Fan Fest on Saturday with camera in
hand. It should be fun and does good for the game. Until
then, see ya at the park!

Save the Hall of Fame Game

the Hall of Fame Game



Selig Is Asked to Meet with in Cooperstown Next Month

COOPERSTOWN, NY (June 20, 2008) — The
campaign today sent a two-page letter to Major League Baseball
Commissioner Bud Selig to request a meeting while the commissioner is
in Cooperstown next month for the Hall of Fame’s Induction ceremony.
The Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend is July 25-28.

In the letter, which was both mailed and faxed to the commissioner’s Milwaukee office,
creator and Cooperstown native Kristian Connolly asks Mr. Selig for
“the opportunity to discuss with you the passion that exists for
keeping a great American and baseball tradition alive, share some of
the sentiment that is out there with regard to the choice that the
league and the players union made in deciding to end it, and have an
open discussion about options for retaining Major League Baseball’s
participation in the Hall of Fame Game, as it has been since 1940.”

Full text of the letter is copied below, and includes
a poem also sent to the commissioner that was written and sent to by baseball fan Dennis Segrue. The poem mimics
Thayer’s famous baseball poem “Casey at the Bat”, and has the Hall of
Fame Game, Cooperstown and Commissioner Selig as its topic.

Earlier this week,
was in Cooperstown for 2008 Hall of Fame Game festivities, including
the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, and its efforts have helped result in
an average of nearly 100 emailed letters per day going to Commissioner
Selig, MLB president Bob Dupuy, Players Association head Don Fehr and
Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson over the past week, all asking them
to reverse the decision to end the annual Hall of Fame Game after 2008.

Bump, Run & Hurt

Joe Girardi is mad. Real mad. If you were watching the exhibition game of the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (not-Devil, but in this case, maybe?), Elliot Johnson of the Rays, took out Yankees catching prospect Francisco Cervelli at homeplate. Cervelli sustained a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely. What has Girardi fired up is that this is just an Spring Training game and there’s no place for this. Good point Joe!

Speaking of no place, can you see Barry Bonds in a Mets uniform? There’s speculation that the Mets are considering to signing Bonds, even though they deny it. I know that Bonds and designer Marc Ecko don’t exchange Christmas cards. If you remember, Ecko owns Bonds’ 756th home run ball and asked America "what he should do with the ball?" The suggestion: ASTERISK!

Boston’s entire 40-man roster is under contract, with Jonathan Papelbon being the last holdout agreeing to a $775,000 one-year deal. Is Hank Steinbrenner still considering his membership in Red Sox Nation now? Maybe is comes with a guaranteed perk!

Until next time, see ya at the park!

More ’08 Events

Some interesting Baseball Dates to write down on your calendar.

Opening Day: April 3

Florida State All-Star Game: Brevard County, Fla., June 14

Midwest League All-Star Game: Midland, Mich., June 17

South Atlantic League All-Star Game: Greensboro, N.C., June 17

California/Carolina League All-Star Game: Myrtle Beach, S.C., June 24

Texas League All-Star Game: Springfield, Mo., June 25

All-Star Futures Game: Bronx, N.Y., July 13

Southern League All-Star Game: Zebulon, N.C., July 14

Triple-A All-Star Game: Louisville, Ky., July 16

Eastern League All-Star Game: Manchester, N.H., July 16

NY-Penn League All-Star Game: Troy, N.Y., Date TBD

Last day to bring player up for "full trial": Aug. 15

Minor League Playoffs: September TBD

Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar: Round Rock, Texas, Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Arizona Fall League: October, Dates TBD

Baseball Winter Meetings: Las Vegas, Nev., December 8

Major League Rule 5 Draft: Las Vegas, Nev., December 11

Until then, see ya at Spring Training.

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