When a young Jim Palmer went to his first Yankee game, he had no idea he’d be facing off against that team’s best player just 10 years later.
Do the Cleveland Cavaliers deserve more attention? Why is Barry Bonds saying he’s regretful? And will allowing pro boxers to participate in the Summer Olympics be good or bad for the sport? Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal and Shira Springer of the Boston Globe join Bill Littlefield.
MLB Network’s Brian Kenny thinks the method used to measure a pitcher’s record no longer holds any meaning. He’s campaigning to #KillTheWin. But others believe the stat is too deeply rooted in the sport’s history to ever disappear.
Baylor University has terminated head football coach Art Briles and demoted president Ken Starr. Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce consider the impact this could have on how universities and football programs handle sexual assault.
Baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller may have finally settled the debate between baseball traditionalists and sabermetricians. The two statisticians-turned-managers shared a story from their book, “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work.”
Did the NFL try to bully the National Institutes of Health? Should Matt Harvey be so harshly criticized for not talking to the press after a loss? Did the NBA get Draymond Green’s punishment right? Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports.com and David Steele of Sporting News join Bill Littlefield.
Tommy Warren was set to join MLB as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1941. But Pearl Harbor interrupted Warren’s plans to pitch in the Majors. Instead, he joined the Navy. Tommy Warren’s son, David, tells his father’s story, In His Own Words.
What questions does the firing of former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez raise about MLB’s diversity problem? Is college football more vulnerable than the NFL to concussion lawsuits? Should fans beg David Ortiz not to retire? Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine and Will Leitch of Sports on Earth join Bill Littlefield.
Baseball’s bunt is dead…maybe. Bill Littlefield delves into the past, present and possible future of baseball’s much-maligned maneuver.
Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce breaks down the wild NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Spurs. Bill and Charlie also marvel at Jaromir Jagr’s ability to turn back time and Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. Plus, will the Cavaliers’ three-point record last until June?