I had the honor of being selected to present at the annual Women in Baseball Conference this weekend, sponsored by SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) and the International Women’s Baseball Center. The event was hosted by Rockford University in Illinois, who are very involved in women’s baseball and research, including building a museum dedicated… Read More “A Great Day For Baseball”: Presenting at the Women’s Baseball Conference
I discovered Dinger Bats a couple of months ago during a chaotic time at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when quarantine was imposed and stay-at-home orders had been issued. More importantly, MLB Spring Training had been abruptly cancelled and the future of the baseball season was in doubt. Sports equipment entrepreneur and owner of… Read More Dinger Bats: Handcrafted in the USA
Billy Martin would have been 92 years old today had he not died in a car accident on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th 1989 in Upstate New York. I want to pay tribute to a man whose life was baseball, and reflect on his remarkable 38-year career as a Major League Baseball player and manager, and… Read More Billy Martin: A Baseball Life
Collegiate baseball on Cape Cod, Massachusetts has been a mainstay and summer tradition since 1923. The “Cape Cod Baseball League” was officially sanctioned by the NCAA in 1963 for college athletes, and that is when it took off as a way to view the top college talent in the country from June to August every… Read More It’s Not Summer on the Cape Without Baseball
When I heard that Lexi Pence of “Let’s Get Lexi” and wife of Hunter Pence, was releasing a coffee blend through her new venture, Pineapple Labs, I just knew I had to try it. As a woman in the baseball community and fellow coffee enthusiast, I figured this would be a fun and creative way… Read More Hunter and Lexi Pence Hit One “Out of the Park” with Coffee Blends
With the start of Spring Training just around the corner, some teams are still scrambling to put together a coaching staff as the dust settles from the MLB cheating scandal that emerged in early January. Starting with the Houston Astros’ shocking fall from grace, which resulted in the firing of their highly-regarded GM Jeff Luhnow… Read More Where Does MLB Go From Here?
Cheating is as old as the game of baseball itself. It has evolved over 150 years of professional baseball to become an art form. Whether it be stealing signs, doctoring the baseball, or loading a bat, the objective has always been to gain an advantage on the opponent. Throughout the decades, we have seen the… Read More In Baseball, If You’re Not Cheating, You’re Not Trying
The MLB regular season may be over, but the grind never stops when it comes to writing about baseball. As the San Francisco Giants search for their next manager, it’s become clear that a new breed of manager has emerged. In my first article as a Contributor for Fansided on Around the Foghorn, I raise the… Read More MLB Managers: Still Skippers of the Ship? + Offseason Updates
Take a look at the best moments of the River Cats first half. Part 2 coming soon!!
Scouting has been a part of professional baseball since the 19th century. In those days, baseball teams had to rely on word-of-mouth tips and the scouts they employed to ferret out baseball talent across the country. There was no amateur draft until 1965, so teams signed players largely on the recommendation of scouts, and often… Read More Where Have All The Scouts Gone?
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is a man obsessed. His fixation with pace of play rule changes has become all-consuming. It must keep him awake at night, tossing and turning, trying to come up with the next idea to shave a couple of minutes off a Major League Baseball game. Currently, Manfred’s in a lather because… Read More Commissioner Rob Manfred Wants MLB Pitchers to Play “Beat The Clock”
Tonight at Scottsdale Stadium, the Giants prospects showcased their talent under the bright lights in the Arizona Fall League. RF Heath Quinn and C Matt Winn both started tonight’s game, with Quinn going 1 for 4. Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley took the mound for the Scorpions, who is currently ranked No. 8 overall on MLB… Read More Giants Prospects Shine but Scorpions Can’t Strike Mesa
There’s another cheating controversy swirling around MLB, and the Houston Astros are once again at the center of it all. This time, it involves stealing signs using electronic devices (phone/camera). Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the “spy” is Kyle McLaughlin, who’s not listed as an official Astros employee, but was photographed aiming a… Read More There’s Cheating in Baseball? (Tell me something I don’t know)
The minor league season is a long and grueling one. The 140-game regular season is the most baseball that these young men have ever played in their lives. By all accounts, it’s exhausting. There are very few off-days and countless hours of travel, mainly by bus. Minor league baseball players are considered professionals. They are… Read More The Minor Leagues: Why Winning is Important
With Matt Olson’s walk-off heroics in extra innings tonight, the Oakland A’s find themselves just one game behind the mighty Houston Astros, who were all but a shoo-in to win the Division a month ago. Since the All-Star break, the A’s have gained momentum and have been winning, and winning, and winning….. The players believe… Read More What A Difference A Bay Makes
Summertime has a rhythm uniquely its own. The subtle cadence of warm, summer nights – crickets chirping, bullfrogs croaking, and the crack of a wooden bat as it meets a baseball. All of these things evoke the timeless, leisurely pursuit of summer. For the amateurs on the field of play, Little Leaguers and summer collegiate… Read More The Real Boys of Summer
This past weekend, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York inducted six former players. Every year, the Hall of Fame balloting stirs controversy – who deserves to get in, who doesn’t, and who’s been snubbed. While this seems to occur year in and year out, there are some baseball payers who will… Read More Smoky Joe Wood: Remembering a Baseball Legend
Here’s a highlight video I made documenting the first half of the regular season for the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. I hope you enjoy it, and let me know what kind of content you would like to see on Cheap Little Swing in the Minor Leagues for the rest… Read More Sights and Sounds From The Minor Leagues
Cheap Little Swing reporting live from Raley Field in West Sacramento, CA. Home of the Sacramento River Cats, AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Post-game notes: Johhny Cueto (RHP San Francisco Giants) made an excellent rehab start for Sacramento Friday evening. He pitched four shutout innings while allowing four hits and a walk and striking out… Read More Cheap Little Minute
The Illuminati has nothing on baseball. As far as secret societies go, the world of baseball can seem like a dark and mysterious labyrinth. Once you are admitted into the fraternity of baseball, you are expected to abide by unwritten rules of conduct that have been around for over 100 years. There are obvious ones… Read More The Code: Looking Into the Unwritten Rules of Baseball
I recently had a chance to talk with Sacramento River Cats catcher Trevor Brown. Trevor made his Major League debut with the Giants in 2015. We discussed the Giants-Dodgers rivalry at all levels, his draft day, and special baseball moments he’ll always remember. Below is a transcript of this candid interview: Q: Hi, Trevor. Thank… Read More Catching Up With Trevor Brown
Yesterday was the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft, so I thought it would be a good time to post an interview I did with two ballplayers in a men’s amateur baseball league in my area. Watching young men get drafted by MLB franchises, many of them right of high… Read More UNDRAFTED
Throughout the history of baseball, it’s not just the equipment that has changed. The uniforms that baseball players wear have evolved over the 150 years that professional baseball has been played. The baseball cap is iconic, and has become a part of everyday American attire. The image of a baseball player in his uniform is… Read More I Love a Man in Uniform
In this post, I’m going behind the mask to find out more about those mysterious Men In Blue. What makes them angry? What makes them smile? I’ve conducted an interview with a MiLB (minor league) umpire that works in the South Atlantic League. Prepare yourself for candid responses and fascinating insights into one of the… Read More The Umpire Strikes Back!
Trevor Bauer threw down the gauntlet. He publicly stated that he believes some pitchers in MLB are doctoring their balls – and I don’t mean tending to an ailment in a sensitive area! While he says he’s not singling out any one team in particular, he does only mention the Houston Astros in his statement.… Read More Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
The one thing most MLB teams have in common so far this season is injuries to key players. Virtually no team has avoided the injury bug. Whether it’s a starting pitcher needing surgery, or a position player’s prolonged stint on the DL, many teams have been struggling to make up for these losses while trying… Read More Why MLB Should Allow a Regular Season 30-man Roster
2020 was a sad, strange season for Major League Baseball and its fans. In its abbreviated form, it was filled with false starts (and positives) and anxiety-filled stops. For MLB players, it was a season of uncertainty, anxiety, and inconvenience. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred wanted to keep the league on a traditional schedule regarding the… Read More Bridget’s All-MLB Team
1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup plus 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup whole milk 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1-2 tbsp dark rum 1/2… Read More Dirty Horchata Tres Leches Cake
Candy/Popcorn Mix and Candy Corn – Prosecco: Candy corn is one the most polarizing candies out there, but the sugary treat will pair nicely with Prosecco, which helps to mellow out the sweetness and even enhance some of the flavors. Hershey Bar/Kisses — Red Zinfandel According to wine experts, “Hershey’s creamy milk chocolate will seem to have… Read More Halloween Candy + Wine Pairing 2020
This Texas sheet cake (AKA chocolate buttermilk cake) is so velvety, fudgy, and best of all, simple to make – the perfect dessert for any family/friends gathering you’re having this fall. It’s neat because you pour the frosting over the cake when it’s still hot – no need to be patient here. One secret trick… Read More Texas Sheet Cake
What a refreshing, slightly tart, airy and delicious treat! I enjoy making this classic dessert all summer long and into the fall months – there’s so many different combinations you can play with as well. You can choose to purchase a pre-made graham cracker crust in your store’s baking section, or make this homeamde one… Read More End-Of-Summer: Key Lime Pie
2 boxes confetti/rainbow chip cake mix, plus water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes 2 containers whipped vanilla frosting 2 cups M&M’s® chocolate candies 1 cup M&M’s® minis chocolate candies 3/4 cup assorted sprinkles Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray two 8-inch round cake pans; place 8-inch round… Read More M&M Confetti Cake
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup good olive oil 1 lemon, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 yellow onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 (4-pound) chicken,… Read More Ina Garten’s Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken
1. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy This is one of the best sports biographies in my opinion, aside from the athlete or sport it’s about. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, it reveals with stunning insight both the talents and the demons that drove Mickey Mantle. &… Read More Top 10 Mickey Mantle Books