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Friday, October 01, 2021

Brother’s Gonna Work it Out: Dave Parker, Sheff & the 1990 Brewers

“Harry Dalton had heard about my work with young players like Eric Davis, Barry Larkin and Kal Daniels and was hoping I could be a positive influence on Sheffield. Milwaukee offered me a raise, a nice signing bonus, two years guaranteed and an option for a third with a buyout. As we left the room, Barry was very excited. He did a nice job managing the situation. Once we got in the elevator, I took him a little by surprise.

‘Check with Alderson one more time,’ I told Barry.”

djordan Posted: October 01, 2021 at 06:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bud selig, dave parker, gary sheffield, mlb

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

My Prerogative: Dave Parker and the 1989 Oakland A’s

My average at the end of April was around .194. Hadn’t hit a dinger in weeks. The reporters started getting on my manager, Tony La Russa. “What will you do with Parker?” “Is Sandy looking around the league for a bat?”  “How much time are you going to give him to turn it around?”

I had ears. Knew where the clock was in the room. 

Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock….

“How long will you start Parker?”  La Russa didn’t bat an eye.

“September 1. That’s my answer.”  The man stuck with me through the depths of my slump.

djordan Posted: August 31, 2021 at 06:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dave parker, mlb, oakland a's

Friday, August 13, 2021

Paradise City! Dave Parker & the 1988 Oakland A’s

“It’s nice to have some balance, be able to split up our big right-handed hitters,” Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa told the L.A. Times in January 1988. “And there’s another reason we wanted Dave. We looked real hard around baseball for someone who could slap Jose and Mark around in case they get too smart. Dave is the only guy in baseball big enough to do that.”

djordan Posted: August 13, 2021 at 06:21 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Mariners catcher José Godoy becomes 20,000th player in MLB history

History was made Friday night at Petco Park, and it had nothing to do with all the runs the San Diego Padres put on the board against Seattle Mariners in their series opener (SD 16, SEA 1).

In the sixth inning, Mariners catcher José Godoy made his MLB debut and replaced starter Tom Murphy behind the plate. With that, Godoy became the 20,000th player in MLB history. The milestone was not acknowledged at the ballpark, though the Mariners tweeted out a video featuring Jeopardy! legend (and Mariners fan) Ken Jennings celebrating Godoy’s accomplishment.

Wow, 20,000 players, can you name them all?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2021 at 04:39 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

 

 

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