Thursday, November 21, 2013
Condolences to his family.
Baseball players’ union head Michael Weiner has died 15 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.
The union says Weiner died Thursday at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J.
Weiner was a plain-speaking labor lawyer known for his casual dress and easygoing manner. He took over as head of the powerful union four years ago and helped smooth its often-contentious relationship with MLB management.
A succession plan was put in place last summer that will lead to former big league All-Star Tony Clark taking over Weiner’s role as executive director.
Posted: November 21, 2013 at 08:07 PM | 34 comment(s)
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sad news coming out of Ohio on Monday night: Wally Bell, who just finished working the Cardinals-Pirates NLDS series last week, has passed away of an apparent heart attack, according to the Youngtown Vindicator.
Posted: October 14, 2013 at 07:59 PM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Baseball historians know him as a businessman who helped bring Major League ball back to Milwaukee, but Edmund B. Fitzgerald is better known for his family connection to one of America’s most famous shipwrecks.
Posted: September 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM | 29 comment(s)
Friday, August 30, 2013
Pulli made baseball history on May 31, 1999, after Florida Marlins outfielder Cliff Floyd, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, smashed a line drive that struck the top of the left-field scoreboard and bounced back onto the field.
The second-base umpire, Greg Gibson, initially called the play a double, but the crew changed the ruling to a home run after the Marlins argued. The Cardinals then protested, and Pulli, the crew chief that day, went to their dugout to study a replay on a television camera. The replay showed that the hit was a double. The Cardinals won the game, 5-2.
Though it did not change Pulli’s call, the National League objected to the use of the camera in making it. “Use of the video replay is not an acceptable practice,” the league president, Leonard Coleman, said in a statement. “The integrity of the game requires that judgments be left to on-field personnel.”
Posted: August 30, 2013 at 07:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
Monday, August 12, 2013
Paging Dr. Gillick…Dr. Gillick to the Morgue, please…
Picture this: It is November 2008. The Philadelphia Phillies (the Philadelphia Phillies!) are the toast of the town. They have silenced the Eagles chants that used to drift through the stands like beachballs on stifling late summer afternoons. They have brought to the tortured Philadelphia sports fan the championship that improbably eluded all four major sports franchises for 25 long years. Their jewel of a ballpark will be stuffed to the bleachers for the foreseeable future with sellout crowds full of casual fans, pink-hatted girls and kids wearing Hamels jerseys. They have achieved the very rare feat of stocking their beloved roster primarily with elite players that they drafted and developed themselves. They are the World Fucking Champions. They are regularly referred to as one of the juggernaut franchises of major league baseball, along with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers. [...]
Those days, when you could bike down 10th street and hear the roar of the sellout crowd from Oregon Street an hour before the game, seem increasingly remote. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Phillies are kind of bad. And as the Phillies owners and fans ponder the seemingly shocking implosion of the team and the bleak future that awaits them over at least the next few years, they should look no further than the disastrous moment when Amaro was given total control over the decision-making following the 2008 world championship. Within four short years, Amaro took a club that was minting money, whose farm system was consistently ranked among the best in the game, and whose major league team was the undisputed king of the National East, and turned it into a hot, expensive mess that will almost certainly spend the next several years looking up at the rest of the division.
This is how it happened.
RTFA, especially if you like me enjoy rubbernecking at car crashes.
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