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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MLB.com: Who Will Make Hall of Fame From 2019 World Series

.  .  . the most Hall of Famers to play in any World Series was way back in 1932, when 13 eventual inductees played for the Yankees (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing and Joe Sewell) and the Cubs (Kiki Cuyler, Burleigh Grimes, Gabby Hartnett and Billy Herman). Three other Hall of Famers—Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, Cubs manager Rogers Hornsby (in the Hall as a player) and umpire Bill Klem—were also involved in that Series.

Probably fewer this year, but some worthies.


Sunday, October 06, 2019

WaPo: Tom Boswell: Nationals Are Breaking The Rules & Might Steal Dodger Series

Boz missed Talk Like A Pirate Day, but better late than never, eh?

Like a pirate ship sweeping up on a stately frigate with treasure in its hold, the Nats have no intention of playing fair in this National League Division Series or acknowledging any big league code of conduct or unwritten rules of fair play. They want the gold, the diamonds and, blimey, the pearls, too.

Thanks to the bizarre, and probably unfair, dynamics of baseball’s five-game division series — with those five games spread generously over seven days — it is possible for a team with three fab starting pitchers who are game for the heist to come alongside and, “arrrrr,” board a mightier ship. Right now, the Dodgers, their series tied at a game apiece after the Nationals’ 4-2 victory in Friday night’s Game 2, are wondering where Washington got these scary skull-and-crossbones relievers. Avast, there Nationals, you’ve already used Stephen Strasburg (Tuesday) and Max Scherzer (Friday) in relief — as keys to two vital victories. Who’ll be swinging down from the rigging next?


Tuesday, October 01, 2019


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Only 20 Years Old, Soto ‘Way Above His Years’

• Soto is one of only three players with two 20-homer seasons before his 21st birthday. The others were Tony Conigliaro (1964-65) and former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (2012-13).

• Only two players have hit more home runs than Soto (50, entering Thursday) before their 21st birthday—Mel Ott (61) and Conigliaro (56). Soto has a chance to pass both with a strong finish to the season.

• Soto is the only player in MLB history with multiple seasons of 20 homers and 70 RBIs before turning 21.

• Ott, Ken Griffey Jr. and Soto are the lone MLB players to have an RBI streak of seven games at 20 years or younger.

• Ott is the only player with five multihomer games before turning 21. Soto, Conigliaro and Harper each have four.

Soto is in some very elite company on the Age-20 Leaderboard.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: great baseball players, juan soto, washington nationals

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dave Martinez did Sean Doolittle no favors, and now the Nats’ closer is on the injured list

Three times in nine days, the Nats led by three runs in the ninth inning. Any solid pitcher will have a high save percentage with such a cushion if previously used in that role. Hudson, Strickland and Rodney fit that description. Yet Martinez picked Doolittle all three times.

In those three games, Doolittle got only six outs while allowing 10 runs on 13 hits, including five home runs. The Nats lost two of those three, victories they may dearly wish they had back come September.

Hank Gillette Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: davey martinez, sean doolittle, washington nationals

 

 

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