Thank you for everyone who has viewed my blog as I ranked 20 in this weeks “Latest Leaders”
I was #21 when I wrote this but it got changed and it resulted in me moving up a spot, but I’m not changing the dedication. I’ll just stick to 21.
Here are the rankings for the Fan Blogs.
1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. Rockpile Rant
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
7. Rays Renegade
8. Plunking Gomez
9. King of Cali
10. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
13. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. Redbird Chatter
16. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
19. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
20. Braves World
21. Unfinished Business
22. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
23. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
24. The Closer
25. A Misplaced Astros Fan
26. Phillies Red Pinstripes
27. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
28. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
29. Baseball Canadiana
30. Statistician Magician
31. Baseball Bats
32. The 1 Constant…Baseball
33. All Baseball All The Time
34. crzblue’s World
35. Flair For The Dramatic
36. Bringing Diamond Back(s)
37. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
38. Between The Chalk
39. District Boy
40. King Yankees
41. I Live for This
42. Up in Section 360
43. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
44. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
45. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
46. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
47. Mets’ Main Man
48. Totally Tribe
49. The Season Experience
50. Perfect Pitch
I dedicate my ranking to Number 21 off the Braves, Warren Spahn.
Here is a description of him from his Wikipedia Page:
Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was an American left-handed pithcer in MLB who played for 21 seasons, all in the NL. He won 20 games each in 13 seasons, including a 23-7 record when he was aged 42. Spahn was the 1957 Cy Young Winner and was the runner-up three times, all during the period when just one award was given. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
in 1973, with 83% of the total vote. (His eligibility was delayed,
under the rules of the time by 2 years of token minor league play).
Spahn was regarded as a “thinking man’s” pitcher who liked to outwit
batters. He once described his approach on the mound: “Hitting is
timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”
Spahn won more games
(363) than any other left-handed pitcher in history, and more than any
other pitcher who played his entire career in the post-1920 live-ball era. He is acknowledged as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history. The Warren Spahn Award, given to the major leagues’ best left-handed pitcher, is named after him.
His major league career began in 1942 with the Braves and he spent all but one year with that franchise, first in Boston and then in Milwaukee. He finished his career in 1965 with the Mets and the Giants. With 363 wins, Spahn is the sixth-winningest pitcher in history, trailing only Cy Young (511), Walter Johnson (417), Grover Cleveland Alexander (373), and Christy Matthewson (373), and Pud Galvin (364) on MLB’s all-time list.
Spahn also threw two no-hitters, and won 3 ERA titles. He appeared in 14 All-Star Games, the most of any pitcher in the 20th century.
Spahn acquired the nickname “Hooks”, not so much because of his
pitching, but due to the prominent shape of his nose. He had once been
hit in the face by a thrown ball that he was not expecting, and his
broken nose settled into a hook-like shape. In Spahn’s final season,
during his stint with the Mets, Yogi Berra
came out of retirement briefly and caught 4 games, one of them with
Spahn pitching. Yogi later told reporters, “I don’t think we’re the
oldest battery, but we’re certainly the ugliest.”
Spahn was known for a very high leg kick in his delivery. Photo sequences show that this high kick served a specific purpose. As
a left-hander, Spahn was able not only to watch any runner on first
base, but also to not telegraph whether he was delivering to the plate
or to first base, thereby forcing the runner to stay close to the bag.
As his fastball waned, Spahn adapted, and relied more on location,
changing speeds and a good screwball. He led or shared the lead in the
NL in wins from 1957-1961 (age 36 through 40).
Spahn was also a good hitter, hitting at least one home run in 17
straight seasons, and finishing with an NL career record for pitchers,
with 35 home runs. Wes Ferrell, who spent most of his time in the American League, holds the overall record for pitchers, with 37.
W-L Record: 363-245
Again Thank you for the support and Congrats to everyone else who made it!