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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
At tonight’s all-star game, MLB will recognize the career and contributions of Glenn Burke, a speedy outfielder who became the first baseball player to be out to his teammates, and the first to acknowledge it publicly after his career ended.
Burke left the game in 1979, citing the burden of keeping his personal life private.
The future in sports journalism here - flannel-based reporting!
Welcome to Just a Bit Outside, coming to FOXSports.com on Wednesday. I’ve been doing this “work” for a long time now, and over the last 70-some years I’ve developed some pretty strong opinions when it comes to covering baseball on the Ultranet. You know, I was there at the beginning, covering such luminaries as Gus “No Shoulders” Wagner and Dale “Murderer” Sisler for the website of the Baltimore Picayune-Democrat, and I’ve seen it ...
Billy Bean should not have written that book.
One year after Major League Baseball issued a policy prohibiting players from harassing and discriminating against others players based on their sexual orientation, Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former outfielder Billy Bean to be MLB’s first ambassador for inclusion.
The announcement was made on Tuesday at the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, following Selig’s annual Town Hall Chat on the set of the MLB.com stage at the Minneapolis Convention Center. ...Read More...
So if you thought the Chad Curtis story wasn’t creepy enough, there is the Mel Hall story.
“Mel Hall loved sex. Sex is what drove him,” said McMillan. According to a high school teammate, Hall impregnated two girls by the time he was a high school senior. The best guess of Texas authorities for the number of children he eventually sired is eight.
McMillan added, “He was a young guy who made a lot of money real fast, and he wanted to buy his way through life.”
So that was Mel Hall: a ...
There are all sorts of ways the Derby could be improved, of course. Just ask someone, they’ll tell you. Suggestions range from “Not having it” to “Not televising it,” though I’m partial to something like a Double Dare obstacle course. Hide the baseball in a gigantic nose with fake boogers, and make David Wright have to find it before he can hit it over the fence.
But what about an Inside the Park Home Run Derby? I’m not the first person with the idea, nor I will be the last. But I can’t ...
“We are extremely disappointed that Major League Baseball is allowing the Astros to conduct business in this manner with a complete disregard for the rules governing the draft and the 29 other clubs who have followed those same rules,” said Close, who serves as a family advisor to Aiken.
The standoff could lead the Astros to lose their reported $6.5 million agreement with Aiken and $1.5 million deal with their fifth-round pick, high-school right-hander Jacob Nix, who also is advised by ...
Posted: July 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM | 119 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1914:
A dispute over the color of uniforms is said to have a large part in the breaking up of the California State league, which has disbanded.
The freeholders of Modesto got up and declared themselves. The had had an independent team known as the Modesto Reds, which wore red uniforms; they put it in the state league and the uniforms were changed in color. If the State league backer would consent to Modesto’s team wearing red uniforms they would back the game; if ...
The “Hopefully The DNS Server Connections At Our Houses Are Fixed or Something” All-Star OMNICHATTER
NL: Adam Wainwright
AL: Felix Hernandez
7:30 PM ET (game won’t actually start until 8 PM at the absolute earliest, because of festivities and FOX)
Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 416 comment(s)
Or as pulse of the notion, Keith Hernandez said about the death of Tommy Ramone: “Hey, you come and go. They had a good run.”
From his vantage point in the New York Mets’ broadcast booth, former NL MVP Keith Hernandez has an unusual analysis and an equally drastic solution.
“They should get rid of four teams,” he said. “Too many players. There’s too much dilution of talent. The pitching’s not better. It’s the same.”
“I think that the residuals of steroids and aluminum bats has affected how ...
Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 172 comment(s)
On the vote
“The Hall of Fame committee told me to watch [the Baseball Think Factory Hall of Fame Gizmo] because it’s been pretty accurate over the last couple years. It’s a good judge, a good gauge, but don’t buy into it 100 percent.”
“You talk yourself into it, and that final day, you get really nervous about things, so I’m just really happy I got in on the first ballot and don’t have to worry about it anymore.”
On Jose Abreu
“I don’t have any questions about him. He’s a tremendous ...
Posted: July 15, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
Monday, July 14, 2014
Only the Charleston RiverDogs can have Bobble-Leg Night, complete with a bobbling replica wooden leg to go with Bill Veeck’s bobbling head. And celebrate by destroying as many Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus CDs as possible..Bill Veeck, the father of RiverDogs co-owner Mike Veeck, lost a leg in an artillery accident while serving in World War II. He enjoyed making jokes about his condition as a way to inspire others at ballparks and beyond….It’s the 100th anniversary of his birth,” Veeck said ...
I haven’t seen twins neglected like this since Poto and Cabengo!
Rod Carew, the hall of famer and former Twin who was named to 18 All-Star Games and will make the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field, served on the Expansion-Era Hall of Fame committee that in two weeks will induct ex-managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in Cooperstown, N.Y.
But with a proviso.
“I told the president of the Hall of Fame that the only way I would be on that ...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 06:01 PM | 43 comment(s)
Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba.
Eventually, the players who leave the island establish residency in another country and are declared free agents. Workouts are scheduled, sometimes attracting 200 scouts and executives if the player is a big enough star.
Sometimes, a player may work out for a specific team, as Abreu did for the Reds when they wanted to see if he could play third base or left field (he couldn’t, at least not to their satisfaction, and with Joey Votto set ...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Finally we get to talk about what really matters: transfer rumors!
Oh, and there are some games too:
July 15: KR Reykjavik vs Celtic & other Champions League Qualifiers
July 16: Lanus vs Atletico Mineiro (Recopa Sudamericana Leg 1), Philadelphia Union vs NY Red Bulls, Champions League Qualifiers
July 17: Europa League Qualifiers, Hearts vs Man City (Friendly)
July 18: RB Leipzig vs PSG (Friendly), Tijuana vs Puebla, Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM
July ...Read More...
Where are his sexual conquests? Didn’t they enjoy the gift baskets?
The best part of this ad might be the grudging acknowledgements of Jeter’s success. Boston bros with no love for the Yankees tip their hats, and Mr. Met might have to go into witness protection after doffing his cap for Jeter.
It’s a moving tribute for a guy who made it through baseball’s most turbulent era without an arrest or a PED scandal. This is Nike’s official salute to Jeter, whose legacy with the company is ...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 59 comment(s)
So a Ground Rule Double IPA can be expensed if you’re a baseball writer? Good to know.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The first thing I planned to do once I got into town and set my suitcase down on Saturday evening was to go get a Jucy Lucy. What is a Jucy Lucy, you ask? It’s a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty in addition to on top. It’s a thing here in the Twin Cities. ....Getting my Jucy Lucy was a process. It started by me getting into the elevator in my hotel and ...
If plate patience was so important, why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?
But the problem with this narrative goes deeper than that. In truth, there is little evidence of any ultimate connection between team plate patience and production, on either side of the ledger. So far this season, the Red Sox (4.02 P/PA), Mets (3.87 P/PA), and Phillies (3.87 P/PA) all have significantly above-average plate patience, and significantly below-average offensive production. The Blue Jays, Athletics, and ...Read More...
Full disclosure, this writer works for me on another site. Also full disclosure: Alex Gordon is my favorite player, and Eugene Cernan is my favorite astronaut.
Alex Gordon, on the other hand, is a little bit more like Eugene Cernan, the 24th—and last—man to walk on the moon. Maybe you’ve heard of him, but probably not. “The 24th Man to Walk on the Moon” doesn’t have much musicality to it. His achievement is far from being as historical as Armstrong’s, but still, he’s been to ...
Yesterday was Joey Gallo Day!
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo has 31 home runs this season, more than anyone in the minors or majors. If we’re being realistic, his power is well past 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. And on Sunday at during batting practice at the Futures Game, he showed off in a major way. He hit 13 balls out during the session, most of the soaring, majestic, sky-scraping variety. Here’s two rounds of his batting practice. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
The Mets’ pythagorian record right now is 50-45. Are they secretly good, or is there a talent-related reason they are so far below that record at 45-50? Wright, Granderson, and D’Arnaud have all begun to live up to expectations. Murphy is better than expected. Lagares has continued to perform at a high level. The starters have been solid, though oversold as a team strength.
Conventional wisdom is that with a record so divergent from the run differential, we should expect a strong ...Read More...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:49 AM | 44 comment(s)
Ensign Cottrell...reporting for double-duty.
For those that may say you never know how prospects are going to pan out, the Yankees have shown that spending money is no guarantee either. Even when they turn out reasonably well, as it has with the Yankees, it doesn’t necessarily tranlsate to more wins overall. Some fans want to see the Cubs sign a star player they can identify with, but be honest here. Would you really be more willing to go to a ballgame to watch Brian McCann or even Jacoby ...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 168 comment(s)
Harrisburg Telegraph, July 14, 1914:
“Baseball-football,” a combination of the diamond and gridiron sports originating in the mind of Herman Brosoweska, director of the [Detroit] board of education’s model playground center, was conceived to satisfy 200 schoolboys.
A very large, but light, ball is used. The pitcher tosses the ball to the batter at a level of one foot above the ground. Football tactics are employed by the batter, who kicks the ball. The usual rules for fielding and base running ...
Posey and Bumgarner became the first battery to hit grand slams in the same game, driving in every run of an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. [...]
Players and coaches credited Posey for stirring a slumping group with his fifth-inning slam. The catcher was more impressed by Bumgarner, who also hit a grand slam April 11.
“You’re just kind of shaking your head,” he said. “I was asking Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) how many pitchers have hit two in one season.”
The answer is two, ...
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
Sunday, July 13, 2014
No, Braves fans, you can’t void his contract for being late.
The Braves have issued a one-game suspension to Dan Uggla, the team announced… Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez declined to comment on the specifics of the suspension but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears it was due to Uggla being late (Twitter links).
... O’Brien speculated yesterday that with [Phil] Gosselin on the way up, the Braves could have designated Ugggla for assignment today. The suspension gives ...
Garrett Richards came up empty in another opportunity to make the All-Star team tonight, when Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was named to replace David Price.
Price, one of the players originally selected for the team, had his start pushed back from Saturday to Sunday because of an illness, knocking him out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, in conjunction with major league officials, had the discretion to replace Price.
They took Rodney, who leads the ...
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I give it 4.5 Rob Neyer flannel shirts out of a possible 5.
First-time directors Chapman and Maclain Way are the grandsons of Bing Russell, the cowboy actor who founded the independent, minor-league Portland Mavericks in 1973, so “Battered Bastards” is an affectionate family valentine rather than a hard-hitting exposé. But the Ways’ family connections probably helped convince a number of erstwhile Mavs to sit for interviews, not least of them Bing’s movie-star son Kurt, who rhapsodizes about ...
Just awful. Nothing else to say.
MILWAUKEE—Sometimes life trumps losing streaks. Saturday was one of those sometimes for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Players spent the morning trying to focus on an ostensibly big game against the rival Cardinals while hurting inside for shortstop Jean Segura, who was informed following Friday’s series-opening loss that his nine-month-old son, Janniel, had died suddenly in the Dominican Republic. [...]
Segura’s return to the team is open-ended. A player can remain ...
Posted: July 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM | 45 comment(s)
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