Well, it’s been a period of transition for the staff here at Baseball Magazine. With the start of a new year, we set our sights on continuing to improve our publication, honing our craft to bring our audience the very best in historical baseball examination, while continuing to put contemporary topics into a historical context.
During our first few months with our digital publication, we sought to bring a monthly issue to the forefront, but as changes needed to be made, staff members leaving, and new ones arriving, rather than just putting something out there just to do so, we pulled back the reigns, and decided to put out a January/February issue instead (available by clicking the cover to the right).
We’ve added the talents of contributing editor, and award-winning author, Dan Schlossberg, and he shares his thoughts on the designated hitter. We have a new member of the Baseball Magazine family, as contributor Wayne Cavadi and his wife recently welcomed baby Brooklynn into the world, and we couldn’t be more excited for them! With all of the excitement in preparing for their new addition, Wayne writes about how and why Tom Seaver up until this year’s Hall of Fame vote, was the gold standard when it came to highest voting percentage.
One of our youngest contributors, Matt Mirro, examines how the excitement over the New York Yankees’ big three bullpen, pales in comparison to the original threesome of Cincinnati’s “Nasty Boys.” Charlie Spencer-Davis argues that Ken Griffey, Jr. indeed had a Hall of Fame career, but by no means, should he have received the highest vote tally of all-time due to the second half of career being middle of the road at best.
Eric Gray takes us down memory lane, reliving Game 7 of the 2012 National League Championship Series, and how Giants’ fans are some of the most dedicated in the game, rain or shine. Jacob Misener checks in and shares his thoughts on the Chicago Cubs/Ryne Sandberg reunion in the Windy City, and what that means for both the franchise and one of their most heralded players. J.J. Keller delves into the world of baseball and drugs, and how the writers who determine who will be forever immortalized in the halls of Cooperstown, seem to hold a double-standard. Associate Editor Dan Hughes takes a look back to celebrate the launch of the most successful league in baseball history.
Also in this issue, I begin a multi-part series on the history of professional baseball in the Rose City, Portland, Oregon. Last but certainly not least, our cover topic for the January/February issue of Baseball Magazine, Christine Sisto brings the Brooklyn Dodgers series full-circle, and shares the impact that Jackie Robinson had on the borough of Brooklyn, and how his loyalties prevented him from ever wearing any other uniform that didn’t say “Dodgers.”
We are excited for the season to get underway, as we are only a couple of weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida and Arizona. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Baseball Magazine, and hope you’ll stay with us throughout the 2016 season and beyond!
Billy Brost, Editor-in-Chief