This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2019

this great game comebacker logo

A monthly look back at the baseball stories that made the news—or perhaps slipped through the media's cracks and didn't quite earn the attention we thought it would warrant.


January 2019
Mariano Rivera gets 100% of the HOF vote with the help of a little arm-twisting; Will anyone sign any top free agents?; The Rays go cash-free at the Trop.


February 2019
MLB starts the pitch clock at spring training; Bruce Bochy declares 2019 as his coda; a final farewell to Frank Robinson, Don Newcombe and Bob Friend.


March 2019
Baseball's new trend: The extension, including a record $432 million deal for Mike Trout; The Blue Jays give their minor leaguers a big pay raise—will the other 29 teams follow suit?


April 2019
Home runs are flying out of the park at a record rate, again; Albert Pujols moves into third place on the all-time RBI list—or is it really fifth place? Did MLB disresepct Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day?


May 2019
Monthly records are set for home runs and strikeouts (soon to be broken again, we're sure); Bill Buckner succumbs to dementia; Is it time for MLB to extend the protective netting even further?; Edwin Jackson signs on to his record 14th team.


June 2019
The bizarre plot to kill David Ortiz—or someone who looks like him; London and Omaha get their major league baptisms; Do the Rays really want to split their season between Tampa Bay and Montreal?


July 2019
The shocking, sudden death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Why does MLB give teams a day off on the Fourth of July? Jake Marisnick forgets about the Buster Posey rule.


August 2019
Another record home run binge produces eye-popping records; The Astros ban Justin Verlander's least favorite beat writer; Stop this “mercy rule” talk.


September 2019
A rousing finish to the Year of the Home Run; Parity? What parity?; The end of the line for Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost and Globe Life Park.


October 2019
Often from behind, the Nationals win it all for the first time ever; Houston, we have a front-office problem; When will the Twins ever win in October?


share this page with a friendShare this page with a friend.

Have a comment, question or request? Contact us at This Great Game.

© 2019 This Great Game.


The Full Comebacker Archive
Check out what's happening in and around baseball as seen through the probing eyes of This Great Game.


Comebacker Archive 2008
The Cubs' quest to avoid 100 straight years without a title, Manny Ramirez' Boston meltdown and the rise of the Rays are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2008.


Comebacker Archive 2009
Alex Rodriguez's steroid confession, two new ballparks in New York and the Pirates' hopes of avoiding a record for futility are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2009.


Comebacker Archive 2010
A revival in pitching, Stephen Strasburg's debut and the Giants' torturous run to a world title are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2010.


Comebacker Archive 2011
Two historic collapses, the Cardinals' improbable October run and the McCourt saga are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2011.


Comebacker Archive 2012
Expanded wild card races, perfect games, no-hitters of all kind and Miguel Cabrera's triple crown run are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2012.


Comebacker Archive 2013
The Biogenesis scandal, the Boston Red Sox' emotional championship run and a record number of extra-innings games are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2013.


Comebacker Archive 2014
Comprehensive video replay, Derek Jeter's final campaign and the Kansas City Royals' Cinderella run to the World Series are just a few of the baseball stories that we commented on throughout 2014.


Comebacker Archive 2015
A new commissioner, baseball attempts to speed up games and a breakout campaign from Bryce Harper are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2015.


Comebacker Archive 2016
The unstoppable Cubs, the death of Jose Fernandez and Chris Sale’s clubhouse ‘rantics’ are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2016.


Comebacker Archive 2017
The red-hot Astros, a record year for home runs and the Indians' record-winning streak are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2017.


Comebacker Archive 2018
The introduction of the “opener,” an impeccable Red Sox campaign from start to finish, and the National League's long-overdue reclaiming of interleague dominance are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2018.


The Ballparks on This Great Game