Forgotten Player of the Moment – ERIC HILLMAN

Eric Hillman (by Bill Barnwell) When the baseball-reference sponsorship scheme started, there was one item I felt I absolutely needed to get. For a year, yes, I was the sponsor of the 1993 New York Mets, the worst team (excluding those who were Huizenga’d) of the 90’s. A team so bad that it inspired mediocre New York beat writers to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – SERGE ZWIKKER

SERGE ZWIKKER (by Bill Barnwell) We at VP hate on basketball a little bit because, well, it is easy to hate basketball. My own natural doubts about the game are reinforced by the media telling me, often at the same time, why I shouldn’t care (most middle-aged columnists) and why I should (Stephen A. Smith, Bob Ryan, all other columnists), […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – STEVE ONTIVEROS

STEVE ONTIVEROS (by Bill Barnwell) A few months ago, I was re-reading Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa”, the book primarily about gaijins in Japanese baseball. One of the players prominently featured in the book is mid 70’s major leaguer Steve Ontiveros. This confused the heck out of born-in-84 me, as I remembered Steve Ontiveros playing all the way till […]

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Best of “The Week That Was”

THE BEST OF “THE WEEK THAT WAS” One of the former tent pole pieces at VP was The Week That Was. Basically a collection of random thoughts for the sporting events that had transpired the previous week. Mainly it was an outlet for us to get off our joke that only three people would find funny about a topic that […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JIMMY KEY

JIMMY KEY (by BILL BARNWELL) Bill James once wrote about how just looking at the statlines of an unnamed player could lead you to formulate a vision of the player: what he looked like, how he played, what had happened to him in his career, the role he played on his team. Likewise, there are some names in sports that […]

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REJECTED CAN’T TEACH SPEED CONTENT

REJECTED CAN’T TEACH SPEED CONTENT (by Phil Rippa) Over the course of the now 11 years of doing Veteran Presence/Can’t Teach Speed, we have kicked around quite a few ideas for content. Anything that would be maybe entertaining. Or at least get someone interested enough to click on a link. These are some of the things that I could remember […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – STEVE LARMER

STEVE LARMER (by Bill Barnwell) My first love of sport really came through hockey – I’m pretty sure, in 1991, I could recite the rosters for each team with relatively little difficulty. I scoured the NHL Guide & Record Book each year it came out, memorizing player histories. Somehow, growing up on Long Island, I became a Washington Capitals fan […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – BOBBY THIGPEN

BOBBY THIGPEN (by Bill Barnwell, requested by joel martin) Bobby Thigpen is a perfect example of all that’s wrong about baseball. That a strong enough lead-in for you? OK, maybe he’s not. But take a look at this: Name Team AB AVG OBP SLG ERA Bobby Thigpen CHA 317 .255 .327 .385 1.83 Steve Farr KC 474 .255 .327 .382 […]

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2004 NFL SEASON PREVIEW – NFC NORTH

NFC NORTH Teams listed in order of 2003 finish BB: Bill Barnwell : ED: Ed Agner : PR: Phil Rippa   GREEN BAY PACKERS (2003 Record: 10-6, lost in NFC Divisonal Round) Key Additions: QB Tim Couch (for training camp), FS Mark Roman, DE R-Kal Truluck Key Subtractions: IM Gilbert Brown, DT Rod Walker, S Antuan Edwards, CB Bryant Westbrook, QB Tim […]

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