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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Baseball brainstorm: How MLB’s stars could play a bigger role in deciding the season

The fate of Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is up in the air as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. At the very least, its form will have to be altered. That is not what anyone wished for, but if public health eventually stabilizes enough to allow for sporting events, an unusual season could carry a small opportunity for America’s most tradition-bound game. A season that is already inherently different is a chance to float a trial balloon, to see how different the sport can be before we denounce it as too different.

So, we assembled the Yahoo Sports baseball staff in Slack, put the more pressing pandemic-related questions to the side for a moment, and took to the whiteboard, so to speak: What experiments could baseball run in 2020 that might stick around?

So, any of you think you can top these for bad ideas?

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, home run derby, re-entry

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Baseball brainstorm: Brackets? 7-inning games? How MLB could experiment in a short season

The fate of Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is up in the air as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. At the very least, its form will have to be altered.

That is not what anyone wished for, but if public health eventually stabilizes enough to allow for sporting events, an unusual season could carry a small opportunity for America’s most tradition-bound game. The baseball world is constantly obsessing over the tug of war between adaptation to the contemporary entertainment environment and adherence to the rules, numbers and structures that, over more than a century, have created a rich framework around the sport. A season that is already inherently different is a chance to float a trial balloon, to see how different the sport can be before we denounce it as too different. (When the NBA began a lockout-shortened year on Christmas Day, for instance, many were convinced every season should start on Dec. 25.)

So, we assembled the Yahoo Sports baseball staff in Slack, put the more pressing pandemic-related questions to the side for a moment, and took to the whiteboard, so to speak: What experiments could baseball run in 2020 that might stick around?

So, how would you handle such matters?

QLE Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, brackets, seven-inning games, shortened season

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Peralta opts for security in $15.5M deal with Brewers

PHOENIX (AP) — Freddy Peralta gave his mom an unforgettable Mother’s Day in 2018, striking out 13 while winning his major league debut as she looked on at Coors Field.

Two years later he gained financial security for his family, finalizing a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The deal for the 23-year-old right-hander covers two years of club salary control and his three years of arbitration eligibility. There are a pair of team options that if exercised would raise the value to $30 million over seven seasons.

If he turns into a star, the Brewers will have him at far under market value. But for now, he has a contract guaranteeing nearly 30 times the $533,258 he earned last year.

Judge Robert Cannon would have been proud…..

 

 

QLE Posted: February 29, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, contracts, freddy peralta

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Counterpoint: The Astros’ Sign-Stealing Scandal Is Actually Good for Baseball

For those of you curious to see a hot take in the wild:

Baseball is crumbling. The Houston Astros, arguably MLB’s most successful team of the past decade, have been exposed as rampant cheaters. Their punishment is next to nothing, as commissioner Rob Manfred suspended the manager (A.J. Hinch) and general manager (Jeff Luhnow) involved in their scheme while letting the players skate. His grand crisis-control strategy was to downplay the importance of the Astros’ World Series win by referring to the trophy as a “piece of metal.” The past is tarnished, as the Astros’ 2017 championship and 2017 and 2019 pennants will forever be considered unfairly won. The present is chaos, as the game’s biggest stars have united in revolt against baseball’s establishment. The future appears lawless, as MLB has revealed itself to be a world where cheating players face no discipline—unless other players take matters into their own hands for vigilante justice. So, yeah, I get why some people might think that the Astros’ scandal has been bad for the sport.

With that said: I have never been more interested in baseball than I am right now. And I don’t think I’m alone! It’s February, and every sports fan I know is locked in on following the latest spring training developments. We are hooting and hollering every time a new baseball player goes in on the Astros. We are eager to debate which teams will bring down baseball’s newest menace. Why do you think my editor asked me, a football writer, to write about baseball? Because we can’t stop clicking on articles about baseball! You’re here, aren’t you?

Baseball is locked in a battle between good and evil—you know, that struggle that’s been the crux of virtually every movie, TV show, and book since the beginning of time. The Astros are the hunted, and MLB’s 29 other teams are the valiant squads looking to bring them down. The sport might seem like it’s self-destructing, but I have three reasons to believe that the Astros’ sign-stealing saga will instead act as a much-needed shot in the arm.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, contrarians on parade, sign-stealing

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rob Manfred offers little insight, shows contempt for reporters in press conference

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke at a press conference, addressing the Astros cheating scandal and other topics on Sunday evening. It did not go well.

To start, the press conference was not broadcast officially on MLB’s own TV channel (it aired the 1988 movie Bull Durham instead), nor could any mention to it or link to the live stream be found anywhere on MLB.com. When the actual questions began, Manfred’s answers were circuitous or simply illogical given other comments he has made in the past. On more than one occasion, he showed contempt for reporters for doing their jobs — and, some might argue, doing his job — holding players and front office personnel accountable.

Last month, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal broke a story about the Astros’ “dark arts” and “Codebreaker” operation, based on a letter Manfred sent to then-GM Jeff Luhnow. Diamond was among the reporters present for Manfred’s press conference on Sunday. Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Manfred addressed Diamond, saying, “You know, congratulations. You got a private letter that, you know, I sent to a club official. Nice reporting on your part.” MLB’s response to the depth of the Astros’ cheating ways was lacking and, without Diamond’s reporting, we would have known how deeply lacking that response was. It is understandable that Manfred would be salty about it, since it exposed him as doing his job poorly, but it was an immature, unrestrained response from someone in charge of the entire league.

Onto the actual topic at hand, Manfred said he felt like the punishment doled out to the Astros was enough. Per Chris Cotillo, Manfred said Astros players “have been hurt by this” and will forever be questioned about their achievements in 2017 and ’18. Some players disagree. Former pitcher Phil Hughes even suggested the players have a work stoppage over this issue.

So, what does Manfred have to do at this point before the owners decide it isn’t worth it to keep him around?

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, press conferences, rob manfred

Friday, February 07, 2020

What If Minor League Baseball Had Bowls?

This summer, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, home of the Daytona Tortugas, will host the Florida State League All-Star Game. The Jack, as it’s known, got its name because Daytona Beach was the first Florida city to allow Robinson to play in a 1946 spring training game. Over fifty years after that game, the Jack was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. 

The All-Star Game will showcase some of the best and youngest players in the minor leagues, celebrating baseball’s future on a stage remembering its past. Except, while the players may continue onward and upward to bigger stages, Major League Baseball wants to leave The Jack behind. You see, the Tortugas are on the chopping block, one of 42 teams MLB has proposed cutting after the 2020 season in order to upgrade facilities that have “inadequate standards.”

As Dave Heller, president and CEO of Main Street Baseball — which operates four teams, three on the list — told SB Nation, MLB’s justification of “inadequate standards” requires some suspension of disbelief.

“We are trusting that they’re telling the truth when they say this is really about facilities standards, and the 25 percent — their figure — of minor league baseball parks that are not in compliance with MiLB facility standards,” Heller said. “All four of my clubs are easily in compliance with that.”

Mind you, there’s a champion of Triple-A baseball overall every year, and I’m not sure who cares about that other than those of us lucky to follow the team that’s won said title.

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, bowls, minor leagues

MLB: Montreal sharing plan ’100 percent’ best way to keep Rays in Tampa Bay

ORLANDO — Major League Baseball officials and owners now see the season-sharing plan with Montreal proposed by the Rays as the best way — “100 percent” — to keep a team, albeit part time, in the Tampa Bay market, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

“People continue to believe that the two-city alternative they’re exploring is viable and could be a really good solution for keeping baseball in Tampa Bay,’’ Manfred told the Tampa Bay Times after a scheduled owners meeting.

“I continue to be impressed by the energy that they’ve devoted to the project. And to the fact there is significant receptivity among our group, and excitement in some quarters about the possibility.’‘

Manfred said Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg had made a strong case to the owners, which mirrors the comments team officials have made publicly about the Montreal plan being their primary focus.

There’s no way that this idea isn’t going to backfire on everyone involved, is there?

 

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, manfred is thinking about it, montreal, rays

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

MLB Umpires to Explain Replay Review Decisions Via Microphone for 2020 Season

Umpires in MLB will begin communicating the decisions for video reviews to fans by microphone during the 2020 season, according to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.

Gomez added umpires “may also explain rules, if necessary.”

MLB’s Replay Operations Center is tasked with conducting the reviews and relaying the decisions to umpires on the field. Allowing an umpire to explain the outcome—much like an NFL referee—should provide a level of transparency for fans.

Having said that, the change is unlikely to eliminate the controversy that can grow from contentious calls on the field.

It takes hard work to come up with such a bad idea…..

 

QLE Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, microphones, replay, reviews, umpires

Monday, January 27, 2020

Justin Verlander laughed at after saying Astros were ‘technologically and analytically advanced’

Justin Verlander was at the annual Baseball Writers Association of America banquet last night, on hand to accept the 2019 Cy Young Award. Normally such things are pretty routine events, but nothing is routine with the Houston Astros these days.

During his acceptance speech, Verlander made some comments about the Astros’ “technological and analytical advancements.” The comments were greeted by some laughter in the room as well as some groans. At least one person on hand claimed that other players present were visibly angry.

It’s hard to tell the context of it all without a full video — maybe Verlander meant it as a joke, maybe the reactions were more varied than is being described — but here’s how reporters on hand for it last night are describing it:

....

If it was a joke it was ill-timed, as not many around the game think the sign-stealing stuff is funny at the moment. Especially in light of the fact that, despite having several opportunities to do so, Astros players have failed to show any accountability for their cheating.

You don’t normally see people go all-in on being the bad guys from mediocre 1980s teen comedies, do you?

QLE Posted: January 27, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, bbwaa, dirty rotten cheaters, justin verlander

Saturday, January 18, 2020

“Hire ’Tek!”: Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven’t yet landed on a name.

Their fans have one in mind.

Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston’s front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek at a town hall event Friday during the team’s winter festival.

Members of the team’s leadership group were hit with “Hire ’Tek!” chants throughout the night, and principal owner John Henry was interrupted several times by fans voicing their support. Henry paused and nodded in acknowledgement, and new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom used the opportunity to appease the crowd.

Given how this week has gone so far, something tells me this could end up backfiring rather quickly…..

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, jason varitek, managerial search, red sox

Thursday, January 16, 2020

L.A. City Council to vote on asking MLB to award Dodgers championship trophies

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 “and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he expects the council to approve it. As of late Wednesday, the city clerk had not yet determined what day the resolution would come up for a vote.

Cedillo, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said neither the Dodgers nor his constituents had requested the resolution.

“This is an equity and justice thing,” Cedillo said. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.

One of those rare things that manages to unite people across the ideological spectrum in Southern California is the utter uselessness of Los Angeles’ municipal government- this serves as a demonstration of why…...

 

QLE Posted: January 16, 2020 at 12:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dirty rotten cheaters, dodgers

Saturday, January 04, 2020

The case for packaging Mookie Betts and David Price in a straight salary dump

The idea sounds positively repellant on first blush—package David Price and Mookie Betts to the Dodgers (because let’s be realistic, it can only be the Dodgers) in a salary dump.

No top-tier prospects. No impact players to give the Red Sox a chance in 2020. Just money coming off the books, and not all of it bad. How can a big-market team justify such a defeatist move when it negates the massive financial advantage the franchise holds over its rivals?

But the more I think about it, the more I believe that not only is the concept of a package deal acceptable, but it’s the best course of action the Red Sox can take.

The reality is that trading Price alone, while making long-term financial sense, severely decreases the likelihood that the Red Sox will contend in 2020. He probably represents the safest bet among the trio of overpaid wild cards in the Red Sox rotation, and removing him means either adding another starter on par with the recently signed Martin Perez—his next ERA below 5.00 will be his first in three years—or turning to an opener.

Somewhere, the transit commissioner from SimCity 2000 is yelling his head off…...

 

QLE Posted: January 04, 2020 at 01:40 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, david price, dodgers, dollah dollah bills, y'all, mookie betts

Friday, December 27, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-27-2019

Bridgeport Times, December 27, 1919:

Harry Frazee, the Red Sox president, doesn’t seem to be much perturbed about Babe Ruth’s holdout. Ruth is under control for 1920 and 1921 at a salary of $12,000 a year, but his manager recently has announced on the Coast that Ruth would not report to Boston unless he got a new contract for $20,000 next season.

“Ruth still is under contract to the Red Sox,” said Frazee at his New York office yesterday, “I have not heard a word from Ruth that he is dissatisfied with the contract he signed last spring, and I imagine if Ruth is sorely dissatisfied he would tell me first.”

“But I do not intend to get into a discussion with Ruth. His winter manager is trying to get him as much publicity as he can, and I don’t intend to help him.”

I’ve always known Frazee was a doofus - he wouldn’t have sold Ruth otherwise - but I had no idea he was such a dishonest doofus. The Ruth trade was already a done deal at this point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 27, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, lying liars

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2019

Washington Evening Star, December 26, 1919:

A long-distance telephone conversation with Owner H.H. Frazee of the Red Sox early today brought forth a strong denial that Babe Ruth had been traded to the New York Yankees or that there was a deal on with the New York club for him.
...
[Frazee:] “For Ruth, I would expect at least five star players. I think Babe is worth that many, because he is a great drawing card as well as the champion home-run hitter of the game. However, it now looks as though Babe would remain in Boston, because there are no clubs in the American League that could give me the men I want for him.”

Unless…Let me hit you with this idea, Harry. What if - hear me out on this - what if you trade him for a bunch of money and no star players?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2019 at 09:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bad ideas, dugout, history, lying liars

Monday, December 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2019

Pittsburgh Press, December 23, 1919:

RUTH MAY BE WITH YANKEES

Babe Ruth, “home run king,” aspiring movie actor, and ambitious heavyweight, may run around the pastures in the Polo Grounds next season. A deal is rumored which will bring him to the Yankee fold. Harry Frazee, owner of the Redsox, who is contemplating an argument with the dissatisfied fielder did not deny the possibility. “I’ll sell anything I have for the right price,” he was quoted as saying.

Harry. Stop. Don’t do this. This is a bad idea, Harry. You know the thing people say to Nanette? That.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Why some MLB executives think a leaner minor-league system is best for baseball

SAN DIEGO — Baseball’s minor leagues are a bloated and antiquated system that does not adequately serve either the player or his development, according to several Major League Baseball executives, who support a proposal to eliminate a quarter of minor-league teams and a movement to rethink how the sport may better prepare its next generation.

“The system has been around for a long time,” Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said. “We have a lot of great partners. A lot of great relationships. There’s a great history within the game for the minor leagues. It’s part of the fabric of what we’re doing. But, it’s been a while since we talked about what’s the optimal way for us to develop players.”

MLB and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues are negotiating a contract that would replace the current agreement, which expires after the 2020 season. As part of that negotiation, MLB submitted a proposal that would pare the number of affiliated minor-league teams by 42, most of those in Class A or below. The remaining teams would be realigned, primarily by geography.

In response, Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball, the communities of the teams that could lose their affiliations, and various politicians — including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — have vowed a fight to maintain the status quo. A slew of lawsuits from eliminated teams and their fans have been predicted. Sanders appeared to threaten the standing of baseball’s antitrust exemption. In a recent address that opened the minor-league version of baseball’s winter meetings, O’Conner said, “Big storm clouds loom on the horizon.”

Mind you, this would mean more if I had any belief that any general manager could publicly defy the interests of ownership today and still have a job tomorrow….

 

QLE Posted: December 16, 2019 at 01:04 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, contraction, minor leagues

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

How Can MLB Create Excitement Around the Winter Meetings?

The landmark event of the offseason is about to begin, but the landmark deals of the offseason don’t seem likely to take place during it. With the Winter Meetings kicking off in San Diego this Sunday, SI’s MLB crew takes a look at what the league could do to generate more excitement around the wintry baseball convention.

Wait- should we really have excitement break out during the Winter Meetings?

 

QLE Posted: December 04, 2019 at 10:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, winter meetings

Friday, November 22, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2019

Pittsburgh Press, November 22, 1919:

St. Louis Cardinals recently approached Cincinnati men, and proposed a deal whereby the Reds would get Outfielder [Jack] Smith, a player much admired by Pat Moran, in exchange for Pitcher Jimmy Ring. The deal sounded fine to Moran, but now it has been intimated that the Cards do not want Ring for their own use, but, if they secure him, plan to trade him, McHenry and Hornsby to the New York Giants for Benny Kauff, Art Fletcher, Heine Zimmerman and four other players, for whom McGraw figures he has no further use.

It didn’t happen, but that would have been a catastrophic deal for the Cardinals. Zimmerman’s career was over at this point as a result of gambling and game-fixing allegations that hadn’t yet blown up into a big story, Kauff was a few months away from the auto theft indictment that ended his career, and Fletcher was 35 years old. If they had traded Rogers F. Hornsby, a talented young pitcher, and a talented young outfielder for those three, it could have destroyed the organization for years and years.

In fairness, the Cardinals organization was already a trainwreck at this point, but they were only a few years away from winning five pennants in nine seasons. Also, weirdly, when the Cardinals finally did trade Rajah, it was a deal with the Giants involving Jimmy Ring.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2019

Ogden Standard, November 14, 1919:

George Tyler, southpaw pitcher for the Cubs, had an early appointment with a dentist today and before the end of the day he expected to have only two teeth left in his mouth. The pitcher, who did little work for his team last season because of pains in his arm, spent several days of the present week at a hospital at Rochester, Minn., where practically every expert at the institution examined him. All except one pronounced his condition as “almost perfect.”

The expert who made the unfavorable report examined Tyler’s teeth and declared that the lameness in his arm came from “pus sacks” which had formed on his gums. After removal of his teeth, the expert declared that Tyler would be in better condition than he ever was.

Dude. Stop. Don’t.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2019

Washington Herald, October 23, 1919:

An offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the Boston Red Sox team in the American League, by a combination of business men, Representative James A. Gallivan, Massachusetts, stated yesterday.
...
“All I can say is that an offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the team,” he said. “Harry Frazee, present owner, is interested in the combination and if the offer is accepted I have agreed to accept the presidency of the club. Frazee is a close personal friend of mine, as is Ban Johnson, president of the American League.”

Right above that article is this:

“I have received no such offer, and that price wouldn’t interest me, anyhow,” Frazee said. “I am not thinking of selling the team to anyone, at any time or at any price. That’s absolutely the truth.”

There was way too much damage left for Frazee to do: Sell the greatest player in the history of the sport, stop making payments on Fenway Park, get a lien slapped on the franchise, borrow $300,000 from the Yankees, put a second mortgage on Fenway, and sell half of his roster to the Yankees to pay off the loan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2019

El Paso Herald, October 22, 1919:

Carl Mays having shown the way, Babe Ruth now threatens to put on a similar stunt. He is quoted as saying he’s going to turn in his contract which calls for $9000 or so a season to president Harry Frazee and demand one for not less than $20,000. The Babe figures he is the biggest drawing card in baseball and that as such he’s entitled to the money, even if he has to declare his present contract a scrap of paper to get it. Why not? Didn’t Carl Mays set an example and didn’t Mr. Frazee condone it? It’s either Boston pay Ruth his price or sell him to come club that will. Doubtless New York will buy.

Pay the man, Harry. I know it’s expensive. I know it’s a pain. I know you’re frustrated. Trust me, though: PAY THE MAN.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, seriously, terrible ideas

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Several errors led Phillies to this point, and one excuse Friday doesn’t hold up

One of the key points made by John Middleton, Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak at Friday’s press conference was that most of the Phillies’ additions performed but many of the players who were on the 2018 team either did not improve or were worse in 2019.

That’s not news to any Phillies fan. They saw the product. They watched a team they thought last winter was on the brink of contention add a superstar in Bryce Harper, a star-level catcher in J.T. Realmuto and a very good, multi-dimensional vet in Andrew McCutchen and win just one more game.

It really is staggering to look at how few players on the 2019 team sustained or increased their 2018 production. Rhys Hoskins was worse. Odubel Herrera was worse before his season-ending suspension. Maikel Franco was worse. Roman Quinn was worse (and dealt with a slew of injuries again). Nick Williams was substantially worse.

Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Seranthony Dominguez, Edubray Ramos, all worse.

A postmortem on a season that didn’t go as the management was expecting….

 

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, phillies

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a pariah, shunned and scorned by the national pastime.

Now it’s a museum, right across the street from Greenville’s retro minor league ballpark, dedicated to preserving the memory of the man who once lived within its walls.

Shoeless Joe Jackson.

“It is one of the greatest stories,” says Michael Wallach, who leads the museum’s board of directors. “So many of the baseball players in the Hall of Fame, their story is their career. Joe has three parts to his story: before, during and after. All three are romantic stories.”

Well, this is the centennial, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that this idea would pop up again….

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, black sox, shoeless joe jackson

 

 

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