As Greg Maddux Stories Go, This Is A Hard On To Top

When Greg Maddux was elected to the Hall of Fame today (thanks in part to you!!) the news was less that he'd made it, but that someone hadn't voted for him. We're in the second wave now: Maddux stories. Like his arm, they're better than most. » 1/08/14 9:44pm 1/08/14 9:44pm

Should Steroids-Era Sportswriters Be Kept Out Of The Hall Of Fame…

Jeff Pearlman has an interview up with Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, one of the most accomplished baseball writers working. It's long and covers numerous subjects, but it only addresses steroids in two areas: Verducci's groundbreaking 2002 cover story on PEDs in MLB, and whether hindsight makes him view the… » 1/04/13 3:00pm 1/04/13 3:00pm

The Verducci Effect Is Overworked And Broken Down

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci came out with his annual "Year After Effect" column yesterday, based on his hypothesis that that young pitchers tend to break down the season after an increased workload. Specifically, a pitcher 25 and under is supposed to be at risk if he pitched at least 30 more innings than his… » 1/19/12 1:55pm 1/19/12 1:55pm

Someone Wrote The Craziest Thing You'll Ever Read About Tom Verducci

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks leers literarily at SI's man: "He didn't intend to harass Verducci, although in hindsight the behavior he exhibited did appear suspect to most casual eyes. ... On the walks, he said he would track his (the World) movements, studying his gait and his smile, hoping to see the… » 12/12/11 11:35am 12/12/11 11:35am

If Tom Verducci Thinks Justin Verlander Pitched Like Bob Gibson, Tom…

Look, please, for pity's sake: Justin Verlander pitched a mediocre game last night. Craggs already said his piece about the frantic efforts of the sports press corps to sculpt the pile of horse poop Verlander left on the pitcher's mound into a living, breathing unicorn. The relentlessly genial Joe Posnanski is… » 10/14/11 11:43pm 10/14/11 11:43pm

The Tigers Needed A Moment To Spray Champagne In Tom Verducci's Face…

Your morning roundup for Oct. 7, the day we discovered the toilet bike. Video via Gunaxin. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors. » 10/07/11 9:45am 10/07/11 9:45am

Tom Verducci Did Vote For Marvin Miller, Despite What Crazy Old Coot…

Murray Chass, senior writer for, recently threw heat at HOF Expansion Era committee member Tom Verducci for apparently voting against Marvin Miller. Verducci fired back, and thus the post became unique to the Chass oeuvre in that someone actually read it. » 12/08/10 3:15pm 12/08/10 3:15pm

Tom Verducci Has Found His Latest Anti-Drug Mascot: Joe Mauer

Oh, lookie. Here's Tom Verducci, once again on the cover of Sports Illustrated, once again turning real live baseball players into toy soldiers whom he can draft into his own personal war on steroids. » 6/24/09 5:30pm 6/24/09 5:30pm

The Evil Umpire: Who Once Called Pitches For Randy Johnson?

Tom Verducci wrote up Randy Johnson in last week's Sports Illustrated and included this odd — and oddly unnoticed — anecdote: » 5/26/09 4:00pm 5/26/09 4:00pm

Roger Clemens Will Be Ready To Pitch...Right After His Sadomasochistic…

New excerpts from Torre's "The Yankee Years" (insert Tom Verducci yelling "It's not a memoir!" right here) have surfaced. One anecdote tells us how Roger Clemens achieved that anguished look on his face while he pitched. » 1/29/09 1:40pm 1/29/09 1:40pm

Media Approval Ratings: Tom Verducci

Even though we can't quite dig up the same outrage he has about steroids, we've always found Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci a must-read during the baseball season. » 4/11/08 1:05pm 4/11/08 1:05pm

Tom Verducci Really, Really Wants To Play Baseball

You might remember, from a couple of years ago, when Sports Illustrated baseball guru Tom Verducci played for five days with the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training. It was a clever idea, and well-written, as was his piece this year about serving as an umpire. But, like an athlete who has been forced to retire… » 5/24/07 12:00pm 5/24/07 12:00pm

So Much For That Fresh Start!

We're actually pretty big fans of Sports Ilustrated's Tom Verducci — who never gets enough credit (or blame, depending on your perspective) for being out front of this whole steroid story from the get-go — but we feel maybe he's gotten a bit too caught up in it all. He's become such an anti-steroid activist that he… » 5/11/06 5:00pm 5/11/06 5:00pm

The Jet Lag Games

We'll admit: All this talk about the World Baseball Classic is starting to get us somewhat all a-twitter. Not only are we being promised meaningful baseball a month early, but everyone appears to be showing up: Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, even Roger Clemens, delaying his I'll-retire-I-mean-it-Houston… » 12/06/05 2:45pm 12/06/05 2:45pm