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George Mitrovich's man Hunter RenfroeDick Flavin

Last December, when the Red Sox signed free agent Hunter Renfroe to a modest $3.1 million dollar contract (if 3.1 million bucks can be deemed "modest," and in baseball terms that's just what it is), I ...

Baseball, its problems, and why I watch Dick Flavin

Until a bit more than a month ago, all the talk around baseball was about the rash of no-hitters and the pandemic of strikeouts plaguing the game. Then, all that talk of no-nos disappeared from the radar ...

Mudcat and the KidDick Flavin

The death recently of former big-league pitcher Mudcat Grant brought to mind an unforgettable story he shared about Ted Williams shortly after the great slugger's passing in 2002. Grant was the featured ...

Spin rates and pay rates Dick Flavin

There is an old adage that the difference between baseball in the minor leagues and the majors is that, in the minors, they find out what you can do and in the majors they find out what you can't do. As ...

Johnny Pesky rememberedDick Flavin

I've been thinking about Johnny Pesky lately -- for no special reason, really. It's just that old guys like me like to muse once in a while about the long vanished days of our boyhoods. Johnny was one ...

Another no-hitter? Ho-Hum Dick Flavin

Do you suppose Eliot from Jordan's Furniture is getting a little edgy these days? More to the point, has anyone checked his insurance man's blood pressure lately? Baseball has witnessed an unprecedented ...

Ty Cobb's comebackDick Flavin

Could Ty Cobb be coming back into fashion after all these years? Maybe. The man with the highest batting average in the history of baseball, the guy who was considered by his peers to be the greatest ...

The dreaded Mendoza Line Dick Flavin

Mario Mendoza was a big-league baseball player. He was not an all-star and was seldom even a starter. He'll never get into the Hall of Fame without buying a ticket. He is, however, a baseball immortal. His ...