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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

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Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in his playing days. He was revered by the writers (and his teammates) for his toughness, intelligence, skill and leadership on the field, and he dominated the MVP vote during his prime. His year-by-year MVP finishes, 1950-1956: Third, first, fourth, second, first, first, second.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-13-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 13, 1917:

It was learned [in Pittsburgh] yesterday that there is little likelihood of Honus Wagner ever again playing professional baseball. Wagner’s business and legal representative is authority for the statement that the famous Dutchman has about concluded arrangements to enter the oil producing business with Fred Clarke, former manager of the Pirates, regardless of what the Pittsburgh club offers him in the way of salary for the coming season.

Honus played on in 1917, but at 43 years old he was no longer Honus Wagner. Wagner hit .265/.337/.304 as the closest thing Pittsburgh had to a starting first baseman, then retired at the end of the 1917 season.

If he indeed went into the oil business, there’s no mention of it in his SABR bio.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 11 comment(s)
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