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Three handsome youths are en route to Phoenix to sign up with the Riverside team.
How was Volquez eligible for ROY votes in 2008? He had pitched 80 innings over parts of 3 seasons prior to that year.
Beltran was so good last year you figured he'd just keep chalking up the credentials, but he may suddenly be through.
Noticed while (unsuccessfully) digging around for information on pro baseball in Phoenix in 1914: The York White Roses moved in mid-season to Lancaster, PA and became the Lancaster Red Roses.
I see you smiling, fans of 15th century English history.
Joey Gallo is now striking out in 42% of his plate appearances (since his promotion) and hitting .297. Some how. That's incredible. If the ball goes fair, it's probably a hit. If my math is right, he's made 17 outs in play since getting promoted. To go along with 22 hits and 36 strike outs.
Cesar Tovar is one of 13 players (since 1916) to pitch and catch in the same game. The list:
Jake Elmore, Jeff Mathis, Rob Johnson, Jamie Burke, Wiki Gonzalez, Shane Halter, Scott Sheldon, Rick Dempsey, Rick Cerone, Jeff Newman, Cesar Tovar, Bert Campaneris, Dee Moore.
Famously terrible hitter Bob Buhl had two doubles in 1956. For the rest of his career, he had no extra-base hits, which (along with his last four hits of '56) gave him 60 singles in a row. Don't know if he's the leader, though.
I just watched an episode of Pawn Stars where a guy tried to sell a 2004 Red Sox championship ring belonging to Brandon Puffer, supposedly one of 51 player rings made. The name didn't ring a bell, so I checked BB-Ref, and sure enough he had no appearances for the team, and his player page does not show a stint with the Sox. However, only 50 players are listed on the 2004 squad. Any ideas how he might have gotten a ring? His name was on it, so it wasn't a mistake.
Brandon Puffer, a righthanded relief pitcher, never played a game for the 2004 Red Sox. But he was given a World Series ring and that valuable piece of jewelry will be the centerpiece of a popular television show tonight.
Here's the story behind the story:
Puffer was acquired from the San Diego Padres on July 2 that season. The Sox also obtained lefthander Jimmy Anderson that day and decided to send Puffer to Triple A Pawtucket.
Puffer pitched credibly for Pawtucket and was summoned to the majors on Sept. 2. Puffer did not get in the game and was designated for assignment the next day because the Sox wanted outfielder Adam Hyzdu on the roster.
Despite not actually playing in a game, Puffer was on the roster for a day and was given a ring. The 18-carat white gold ring was encrusted with diamonds and adorned with a ruby "B."
The first seven spots of Tampa Bay’s batting order, listed by position, went CF-SS-LF-3B-1B-DH-RF — or 8-6-7-5-3-0-9. Maddon, the Rays’ quirky manager, called it a “Tommy Tutone lineup” before the game, in reference to that band’s early-80s hit “867-5309/Jenny.”
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