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Rich Stowe

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Rich Stowe has written for many sports-based websites over the years including Informative Sports.com, Sports Nickel.com, Dugout Report.com and was a Featured Columnist for MLB and the New York Yankees for Bleacher Report. Rich is a Lifetime member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA). He is also a self-published author - his book "From Abused Puppy to Beloved Family Member: The Life Story of Jacob the Rottweiler" can be found for the Kindle and in print through amazon.com.

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It is finally over.  The career of the icon and all-time great Derek Jeter has come to an end.  Unfortunately, just like Mariano Rivera in 2014, Jeter's career ends in September and not October. Yes, the "Jeter Retirement Saga" of this past season got a little old at points (just like Rivera's did last year and Chipper Jones' did when he retired).  However, in true Jeter fashion, he gave us a final week to always remember. Jeter entered the last couple weeks of his career in a 0-28 slump but broke out of it with HRs, near-HRs, extra-base hits and several singles.  All of which culminated in his final hit at Yankees Stadium - a...

It finally happened.  The door on an era was finally slammed shut yesterday. The door to the era that was the mid-90s Yankees Dynasty that started to close with the retirement of Jorge Posada and was almost fully closed with the retirements of Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte last season, finally latched shut with a deafening click yesterday afternoon when Derek Jeter announced his retirement following the 2014 MLB season via his Facebook page. I must admit, I was taken aback when I saw the Facebook post from Jeter show up in my feed.  In my heart I wanted Jeter to play forever, but in my mind I knew he had one, maybe two...

In breaking news, Alex Rodriguez has dropped all lawsuits against MLB, the MLBPA, and Bud Selig.  This means that ARod will accept his suspension of the entire 2014 season to include the playoffs. This is probably the smartest thing ARod has done in years.  He basically had a choice - fight the suspension and sue everyone or accept his punishment and hope to one day play again.  He could either be Ryan Braun and the other players associated with Biogenesis who took their punishment quietly or he could be Barry Bonds and Pete Rose who fought tooth and nail, issuing denial after denial after denial (and in Rose's case, it was denials...

  Yesterday at the age of 91, MLB Hall of Famer, Pittsburgh Pirates great, and long-time Mets announcer, Ralph Kiner, passed away. Kiner only played in MLB for 10 years before back injuries forced him to retire.  However, it was a great 10 years.  He retired 6th in career home runs and led the league in home runs for seven straight years (something not even Babe Ruth did).  He also drew over 100 walks in six straight seasons. Even though Kiner's career OBP was the same as Joe DiMaggio's, it took Kiner until his 15th year on the Hall of Fame ballot before he gained induction (he gained induction by one vote!). It...

  The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin on Thursday, February 6th, with preliminary events in snowboarding, skiing, and figure skating.  The Opening Ceremony will be February 7th.  Coverage here in the United States is once again on NBC. The run-up to Sochi has been filled with safety and security concerns for not only the athletes but the spectators as well.  You also have the gay-rights issue taking center stage due to Russia's social policies.  This week you also have shades of Vancouver rearing their ugly heads with several participants in snowboarding injuring themselves on their initial trail runs -...

2013 was a weird year for the New York Yankees and their fans.  Due to injuries, they never had their primary lineup in the field.  However, they were still in the playoff hunt until the last week of the season which goes to show the heart of the players on this team and just how good a manager Joe Girardi actually is.  The Yankees missed the playoffs for only the 2nd time since the 1994 strike and finished 3rd in the AL East with a record of 85-77. 2013 was dominated by the Alex Rodriguez Biogenesis scandal and suspension.  Thankfully, that should be behind the Yankees going into 2014 as ARod has been suspended for the entire season...

The Big Game is upon us.  In just under two weeks, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will go into Met Life Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ and battle it out in Super Bowl XLVIII (that's Super Bowl 48 for you non-Romans out there). The early line has the Broncos favored by 3 (as of 22 January).  The weather is too far out to predict, however, it's the Meadowlands, in February - I'm betting it's going to be damn cold and windy. The Broncos come into the Super Bowl after beating the New England Patriots.  The game wasn't as close as the final score as the Broncos scored on every possession except for one and the defense...

With the results of the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Class recently announced, we can begin to seriously look towards 2015 and which players will be inducted in July 2015, which players will just miss, and which players will simply drop off the ballot. Update (January 2nd 2015): Rich Stowe and Adam Solowiei have released their official IBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame Ballots. To see who they voted for this year you can read 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Predictions, IBWAA Members Ballots Released There will be three newcomers to the Hall of Fame ballot that will garner serious discussion (Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz) and two...

The NFL Playoffs are getting closer to determining who will be taking part in this year's Super Bowl.  The NFC and AFC Championship games are this Sunday and feature four 12-win teams and arguably the four-best teams in the NFL this season:  the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and the Seattle Seahawks. Several writers and the site overall went 4-0 in last week's games.  Here's how the writers of Sports Unbiased have done so far in the playoffs in regards to their picks.     Here are the writers' picks for this week's Championship Games.  Followed by the picks you will find a...

Yesterday, Alex Rodriguez finally received the announcement we all have been waiting months to find out.  The arbitrator reduced his suspension from 211 games to 162 (including any post-season games). ARod, as per his personality, was not happy to say the least and immediately threatened to take the case to federal court. The MLBPA is not supporting him doing this.  In a collective bargaining situation, when an arbitrator and used and the result seems to be fair (i.e. it doesn't appear the arbitrator committed fraud etc), a union has to live with the result.  ARod is going to have a very hard time convincing any judge to even hear...
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