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Mariners on the verge of a trade, most likely dealing Mike Carp, according to Rosenthal.
Hollow Horn Bear To Be Indian Orator
Hollow Horn Bear, a Sioux, will be orator for the Indians at the laying of the cornerstone of the new monument to be erected in New York harbor in honor of the Indians, next Saturday.
The Chippewa, Crows, Cheyennes, Flatheads, Grosventres, Ariekarans [sic], and Mandans will have representatives present in charge of Major James McLaughlan, veteran Indian inspector.
Wilbert Robinson’s election to the Hall of Fame, I think it may be said, was a capricious selection not justified by his record as a manager.
Harry Wright. . .well, we can give him a little extra credit for inventing professional baseball.
Whitey Herzog, as much as I like him, may not fully meet the standards of a Hall of Fame manager, based solely on the record of his accomplishments.
Billy Martin is the first manager [going chronologically since the 1950s - TDA] we have found whose record—not including his record of punching out strangers in bars—would justify his selection to the Hall of Fame. He’s not overwhelmingly qualified; he would rank near the bottom of the Hall of Fame group. But he’s qualified.
there are four recently retired managers who meet the historical standards of Hall of Fame selection, and three who far exceed that level [Lou Piniella "meets the historical standards"; Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre "far exceed that level" - TDA]
Of the 30 [current] major league managers... there is only one who I think is a fully qualified Hall of Famer at this point. That one is Davey Johnson.
there are three other guys who are very close to that level, and then behind them there are other strong candidates. Dusty Baker has, in my opinion, 94% of a Hall of Fame resume.
In plain English, Dusty Baker may well be as much of an idiot as many of you claim that he is. I don’t really care; it’s not my problem. Good manager or bad, he has enjoyed a significant amount of success over a long period of time.
As best I can measure it, [Jim] Leyland is just one point behind Dusty Baker as a Hall of Fame candidate, 94 points to 93. And yes, I would rather have Jim Leyland managing my team than Dusty Baker, but that’s just my opinion.
Like Baker and Leyland, [Mike] Scioscia does not have a Hall of Fame record at this time, but is very close; I have him at 91... If he can put together one more big season—and God knows he has the talent to work with—Scioscia will have a Hall of Fame record.
Jim Tracy, although I think he is also a very good manager, is only at 25 points.
I don't know if the fact that the entire rotation and Bruce Sutter sucked in '83 and/or everybody just decided to stop hitting in '86 should be held against Herzog. But it certainly isn't a mark in his favor.
Phillies aggressively in pursuit of Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton.
Or they are being aggressive with a silly package.
February 6 87 45 .659 ----
February 5 85 50 .630 3.5
January 31 79 53 .598 8.0
February 10 78 54 .591 9.0
February 18 75 57 .568 12.0
February 17 75 57 .568 12.0
here's Piazza's take on Tom Glavine, his teammate with the Mets for a few years ...
At any rate, I certainly respected his professionalism, and for the most part we managed to get along well enough, I thought. He's Catholic, and we often went to church together on the road. Frankly, I was a little surprised when Glavine later took a backhanded swipe at me in his book Home of the Brave, implying that he'd grown up with a lot less privilege than I had. I thought I'd gotten past all that.
Okay, so here's the weird thing ... I cannot find any evidence that Tom Glavine ever did a book called Home of the Brave. Glavine did "write" a book called None But the Braves: A Pitcher, A Team, A Champion. I have it. But that was published not "later" but rather in 1996, seven years before Glavine joined the Mets and became Piazza's teammate. There's never been a baseball book called Home of the Brave...
Ah, but while checking Glavine's literary oeuvre, I noticed that he plays a big role in John Feinstein's book, Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember. I have it. The season is 2007, and the two pitchers are Glavine and Mike Mussina. Feinstein talked to Glavine quite a bit, and the book is indexed. Maybe this is where Glavine said that thing about Piazza.
Nope. By 2007, Piazza had been gone for a couple of years. The only mention of Piazza in the entire 525-page book comes in a brief aside about 2003, Glavine's first season with the Mets: "Mike Piazza was aging and balking at moving from catcher to first base."
That's Feinstein, not Glavine.
Rob: I hate to say it, but it appears that you’re absolutely right. You’re right, also, that it’s a very weird thing. I can’t explain it. There’s a reference to that book in my notes, but I’m at a loss to say why it wasn’t checked and verified. As I’m sure you’re aware, in a book like this it seems that there are about a dozen items that have to be checked in virtually every paragraph. Fortunately, the Internet age makes it comparatively easy, most of the time. And this would definitely fall under the category of checkable. So I can offer no defense. I can only acknowledge that it was clearly, regrettably, my mistake. Sorry. I’d like to assure you that nothing in the book was published willy-nilly, without accountability, but I’m afraid your catch has challenged that statement. Hopefully, it’s the only error of that kind. Meanwhile, the editor has assured me that the passage will be corrected in the next printing.
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