After the decision to uphold Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from the baseball, do fans finally have closure? Should a horse have been Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year? And is it too early to say that newly-retired Abby Wambach is one of soccer’s greatest athletes ever?
With tensions thawing between the U.S. and Cuba, baseball is being used to bridge the gap between the two nations. Bill Littlefield talked with Penn State professor John Affleck about what it was like when the school’s baseball team took to the diamond in Havana last month.
Pete Rose had hoped that the fourth MLB commissioner to hear his plea for mercy might let him back into the game. On Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred said no. Bill Littlefield says it’s a case of failure to reconfigure.
Baseball’s winter meetings have seen various players change teams. Aroldis Chapman is not among them, though he was supposed to be. Bill Littlefield has since turned his attention to Chapman’s story, detailing what’s taking place on and off the field for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.
Ever wanted to hit a golf ball from home plate? San Diego Padres fans recently got the chance to do just that when Petco Park was converted into a nine-hole golf course. This inspired Only A Game to look back at other times when ballparks hosted sports other than baseball.
Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.
Torii Hunter is retiring after 19 seasons in MLB. Hunter earned nine Gold Gloves and played in five All-Star Games during his career. But Bill Littlefield will remember Hunter for something other than his impressive stats.
Is taking a scholarship away from a student-athlete an appropriate form of punishment? Is it possible to appreciate a player who might not be able to appreciate you? And is it acceptable that professional teams are getting taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon? Bill Littlefield is joined by Patrick Hruby and Kate Fagan.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter recently announced his retirement at the age of 40, bringing an end to his 19-year career. Hunter’s decision prompted Only A Game to take a look back at athletes who had successful careers well into their 40s.