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Andy Wolfenson

Andy Wolfenson
Randolph, New Jersey, United States
December 04
I was advised not to tell
Author of the recently released "In His Ex-Wife's Defense," as well as "Deadly Fantasy: A Baseball Story," "In His Own Defense," and "Bloggin' Baseball (from the bench)", all now available on and Kindle. Frustrated wanna-be sportswriter who, in his spare time from traveling from the office to other work locations and attempting to write a succession of wildly-successful novels, occasionally pens blogs about sports, the Yankees, and other topics.

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For the better part of a decade and a half now, I have had what I will call a Love/Hate relationship with former pitcher Curt Schilling. More appropriately, I would term it a Respect/Hate relationship. As a Yankees’ fan, the specifics of the dichotomy of my feelings for him have beenRead full post »

          The city of Chicago, and the world of Major League Baseball, lost their second ambassador over the past five weeks when White Sox legend Minnie Minoso died yesterday at the age of 90. Minoso is best known to this writer’s generation as oneRead full post »

             The topic of Pete Rose and whether he should enter Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame has again become a hot topic, in the wake of Rob Manfred’s recent ascension to the post of MLB Commissioner. Rose was banned froRead full post »

              I am one of the holdouts who still reads newspapers. I do not like to obtain my news in the snippet, sound-bite formats which populate the internet, and instead prefer the feel of actual paper, reading actual newsprint, inRead full post »

JANUARY 24, 2015 9:09AM

Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub", Dies at 83



          Ernie Banks, the man affectionately known as “Mr. Cub”, died last night at the age of 83. A 1977 inductee into the baseball Hall of Fame and a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Banks’ death cRead full post »

            “Deflategate” has become the latest entrant into our collective sports vocabulary, as the NFL office is investigating allegations that the New England Patriots improperly used overly-deflated footballs during last week&rsq/Read full post »

It has been announced that Randy Johnson will be sporting an Arizona Diamondbacks’ hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. While some residents of the great Northwest may cry foul, and that Johnson should be wearing a Seattle Mariners’ hat, the reality is that Johnson did enjoy some of his bestRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2015 8:41AM

If I Had a (Hall of Fame) Ballot ...

Today, the voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be announced. Voting is done by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and no more than ten votes may be cast on any one ballot. To gain entry, a candidate must be named on at least 75% ofRead full post »

The 2015 baseball season is still months away, but as a bitter cold grips a large part of the United States, it seems to be a good time to begin looking forward to the summer game, and to turn our attention to what is shaping up to be an off-season ofRead full post »

Cole Ledford is a student at the Ohio State University. He is unabashedly proud to be a Buckeye, and is as active as student as one can imagine. In addition to his classes, he is the Vice-President of the Intrafraternity Council, Treasurer for the First-year Leadership Initiative, works withRead full post »

Tonight, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants square off in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. With the series tied at three games apiece, the winner of tonight’s game will be crowned 2014 World Series Champions.

The big question, of course, is who will win? Well, ifRead full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2014 8:39AM

My Turn at the Bully Pulpit

Apparently the tenor of this site has continued to shift in a certain direction, so I think it is about time that I joined the fray.

If I don’t like a certain person or people, then by G-d, neither can you.

If I don’t like a certain ethnic group,Read full post »

           Today, Derek Jeter wrote the final chapter to the storybook ending that has been his last season with the Yankees – punctuating the saga with an infield single against the Red Sox, a hit which scored teammate Ichiro Suzuki from tRead full post »

It appears that the issue of performance-enhancing drug usage in professional sports such as baseball and football has, to a certain extent, run its course. Its “time in the spotlight” has faded, replaced by more salacious issues, and while the governing powers will continue to presumablyRead full post »

Perhaps it was appropriate that the final score of yesterday’s Yankees’ game, on the day that they honored their Captain, Derek Jeter, was 2-0. Jeter wears uniform number 2, of course, and the day was meant to be a celebration and “thank you” for his twenty (2-0, get it?) yearRead full post »

The news reports on the fate of major league baseball are growing more dire by the day. Baseball is losing its young fan base, the researchers cry. The dearth of African-American players will be accompanied by an ever-increasing lack of interest in the game from that portion of the population. FootbaRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 12:08PM

"Pay to Play" - as Redefined by the NFL

           “Pay to Play,” to most people, is a political term, and has a negative connotation – improper contributions, campaign contributions made in order to secure favors fromRead full post »

              Last night, former major league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. Knoblauch, a four-time All-Star who spent the majority of his twelve-year professional career… Read full post »

I am going to address this before any of the Yankees' haters have the chance to ... 

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Yankees' tribute to their retiring closer, the great Mariano Rivera. The day in his honor was held on the last regular-season Sunday game at Yankee Stadium,… Read full post »

“Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

          -   Lou Gehrig

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

         -    Jim ValRead full post »

         Yankee outfielder Mickey Rivers once said to superstar teammate Reggie Jackson (whose full name was Reginald Martinez Jackson), “No wonder you're all mixed up.  You got a white man's first name, a Spanish man's second name and a black man's/Read full post »

“I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player."

Well, maybe not.

It is being reported that the OWN Network will be airing a “docu-series” on Michael Sam and his attempts to become the firstRead full post »

At 2:00 this afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will announce what will likely be fines and/or suspension against LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, the result of his racial and bigoted comments as recorded by his ex-girlfriend. The league is under great pressure to take action against StRead full post »

Last nght, Albert Pujols hit career home runs number 499 and 500, making him the 26th person in major league history to join what was once considered to be the elite “500 Home Run Club”. Normally, this would be cause for celebration and for heaping accolades on the Angels’ slugging/Read full post »

Or maybe, he wasn’t bluffing.

            Yesterday, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested for telling TSA agents that he was carrying a bomb with him as he tried to get through security at LAX. Smith now faces up to a ye/Read full post »