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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tom Brady in a non-Pats uniform? Eh, you’ll get used to it.

This morning the news broke that Tom Brady would not be returning to the New England Patriots. I don’t know where he’s going and don’t really care because football is not my thing — someone said Tampa Bay? — but I am always fascinated when a franchise legend changes teams late in his career. If, for no other reason, than for the jarring photos of the guy in the strange uniform.

Given that the only possible baseball news we’ll get today will, in all likelihood, be bad, let’s take a little walk down memory lane and remember some superstars who finished their careers in duds that did not, by any stretch of the imagination, conform to our historic memory of them. (all photos via Getty Images)

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Ruth started his big league career in Boston with the Red Sox and, obviously, became the biggest celebrity in America as a Yankee. But after the 1934 season it was clear his days as a star were over. Yankees owner Jacob Rupert wanted to trade him, but per his contract, Ruth had to agree to the deal. Ruth wanted to manage, so that agreement would only come if he was sent someplace where that was a possibility.

Boston Braves owner Emil Fuchs offered to name Ruth vice president of the team and called him “assistant manager” to manager Bill McKechnie. He offered Ruth profit sharing too and said he’d be McKechnie’s successor. It all turned out to be a lie, however — Fuchs actually asked Ruth to invest money in the Braves rather than take profits straight up and had no intention of letting him manage — so Ruth decided to retire. Fuchs got him to agree to one last road trip as a farewell. Ruth hit his final three home runs in a game against the Pirates on May 25. He’d play five more games, ending his career on May 30, 1935. He went 0-for-1 with a groundout against the Phillies.

A trip down memory lane, considering various players who ended up with surprising teams.

 

QLE Posted: March 18, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 05, 2020

Giants’ Buster Posey describes biggest MLB change since rookie season

SAN FRANCISCO—On a comfortable evening on Sept. 11, 2009, the world was introduced to 22-year-old Buster Posey.

The Giants catcher struck out against the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda in his MLB debut, but the team’s top prospect would have another chance against the team once again. This time, in Los Angeles on Sept. 19.

He went in to pinch hit for Eli Whiteside in the seventh inning and take over at catcher. Despite grounding out against Jon Garland in his first at-bat of the game, he would later hit a single to right field off Jeff Weaver.

That was 11 seasons and six All-Star selections ago. The game has changed quite a bit since then, Posey said.

 

QLE Posted: March 05, 2020 at 04:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
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