The Spectacle Blog

Dean Chance, R.I.P.

By on 10.11.15 | 11:56PM

Former big league pitcher Dean Chance was found dead in his home in Ohio today. He was 74. 

After minor league stints with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators, Chance made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels late in their inaugural season in 1961. Chance would win 14 games in 1962. He and Bo Belinsky led a pitching staff that gave the New York Yankees a run for their money that season. His best season came in 1964 when he would win the MLB Cy Young Award (at the time there weren't separate Cy Youngs for each league). Chance led the AL in wins (20), ERA (1.65), innings pitched (278 1/3), complete games (15) and shutouts (11). At 23, Chance would be the youngest pitcher to win a Cy Young until Dwight Gooden won the NL Cy Young at the age of 20 in 1985. 

Chase Utley is Gonna Get Booed in NYC Tomorrow UPDATE: Utley Suspended 2 Games

By on 10.11.15 | 1:11PM


Los Angeles Dodgers secondbaseman Chase Utley has become public enemy #1 for this slide into second base which resulted in a broken leg for New York Mets shorstop Ruben Tejada during Game 2 of the NLDS last night.

Adding insult to injury, the MLB replay officials saw fit to overturn the out call despite the fact that Utley never touched second. The Dodgers rallied for four runs and won the game 5-2 evening the series at 1-1.

Considerable debate has ensued as to whether MLB will need to review the neighborhood play in the way they revised plays at the plate after San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey sustained a fractured leg during a home plate collision in 2011.

It has also been pointed out that Utley took out Tejada on a similar play in 2010 although Utley did apologize to Tejada and Tejada had no objection to Utley's actions. However, I don't think the Mets will feel any such generosity this time around.

Vin Scully on the DL

By on 10.10.15 | 3:51AM

Los Angeles Dodgers fans will miss the voice of beloved broadcaster Vin Scully on radio during the post season. He is recovering from an undisclosed illness and medical procedure, the Dodgers announced. Scully, who has broadcast Dodgers games for 66 years, was expected to call radio games in L.A. and New York, his home town. He has not traveled in recent years.

Scully missed the final series of the regular season against the San Diego Padres because of the illness. The Dodgers have announced that Scully is “resting comfortably” after his procedure, but provided no details.

The Los Angeles Times reports that while there is no official word on what the 87-year-old Scully’s ailment is, sources have said that it is not life-threatening, a full recovery is anticipated, and Scully is expected to be able to return for his final season in the booth in 2016.

TV networks are covering the post seasons so there was to be no Dodgers TV coverage, but the Dodgers broadcast team will do radio broadcasts. The other two members of this team are Rick Monday and Charley Steiner.

Jason Chaffetz Still Having Bad Luck With Hearings

By on 10.9.15 | 2:52PM

Obviously, I'm partial to Paul Ryan ., if only because of his deep blue eyes and his super-sexy economic policy, but Jason Chaffetz ., who is also rumored to be running for Speaker now that Kevin McCarthy . has dropped out, seems like an intriguing choice as well. He's not well known, but he's young, mostly acceptable to several warring factions of the Party and he has had a few high-profile opportunities of late.

Iran Has Held Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian in Captivity for 444 Days UPDATED

By on 10.9.15 | 2:35PM

However I might feel about The Washington Post describing me as "an establishment hater", it does disturb me that Iran has now held one of its reporters Jason Rezaian in captivity for 444 days.

Of course, 52 American hostages were held in captivity by Iran for 444 days at the American embassy in Tehran until the day Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.

Iran presently holds several Americans in captivity in addition to Rezaian including former FBI agent Robert Levinson, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.

If the Obama Administration had any resolve they would have made the release of all Americans held in captivity a pre-condition for negotiating a nuclear deal. But if the Obama Administration can't keep a red line in Syria how can we expect them to draw a line in the sand when it comes to Americans being held in Iran?

Mariners Fire Lloyd McClendon

By on 10.9.15 | 2:24PM

The Seattle Mariners have fired manager Lloyd McClendon. After nearly reaching the post-season in McClendon's inaugural season at the helm of the Mariners last year, they took a step back this year with a 76-86 record finishing 12 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

McClendon had a year remaining on his contract. However, the Mariners recently hired Jerry DiPoto as their new General Manager. DiPoto had been the GM with the Los Angeles Angels, but had abruptly resigned last July amid tensions with longtime skipper Mike Scioscia. Needless to say, DiPoto wants his own man in there and McClendon isn't it.

The Washington Post Calls Yours Truly “An Establishment Hater” Re: Paul Ryan for Speaker

By on 10.9.15 | 12:54PM

My mother shot me an e-mail to inform me that the Washington Post's Daily 202 had quoted my blog post encouraging Paul Ryan to run for Speaker of the House.

So here's how The WaPo describes yours truly:

The American Spectator’s Aaron Goldstein, an establishment hater, says Ryan has proven he has the backbone to stand up to President Obama.

An establishment hater? Who knew? I think many AmSpec readers would probably dispute that particular label given my skepticism of both Ben Carson and Donald Trump.

John Lennon Would Have Turned 75 Today

By on 10.9.15 | 10:18AM

It is amazing to consider that had John Lennon not been felled by an assassin's bullet, he would have celebrated his 75th birthday.

I know folks in these quarters were turned off by his politics especially the utopian sentiments expressed in "Imagine", but that only represented a sliver of the man he was.

A genius was taken away from us nearly 35 years ago.

Here is what I wrote about Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his assassination.

With that in mind, I have posted a video of "Mind Games" which was shot in and around Central Park near where he lived and ultimately died.

As it happens, my Dad lives in this neighborhood. I am heading down to NYC to see him this long weekend to comemorate the anniversary of his life saving emergency triple bypass. No weekend is complete without at least one walk through Central Park. Indeed, we frequent many of the spots shown in the video. Had he lived we probably would have got to meet him and maybe shared a few laughs and maybe even a song or two.

Get Well Soon Vin Scully

By on 10.9.15 | 10:06AM

I am saddened to hear that Vin Scully will be unable to broadcast any of the Los Angeles Dodgers' post-season games. Scully underwent a medical procedure, the nature of which has not been disclosed. But he is said to be "resting comfortably."

Scully, who turns 88 next month, missed the final week of the regular season due to a cold, but it evidently developed into something which required further medical attention.

In August, Scully announced that the 2016 season would be his last in the broadcast booth. Scully has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950 when they played in Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.

The Dodgers host the New York Mets for Game 1 of the NLDS this evening and Charley Steiner and Rick Monday have been given the impossible task of filling in for a living legend.

In the meantime, let's hope Vin Scully gets well soon and is back where he belongs come spring training.