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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: August 13, 2021 at 02:01 PM (#6034265)
Stay dumb, bash brothers!
   2. Traderdave Posted: August 13, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6034266)
The excerpt reads like "The Gospel About Dave Parker, According to Dave Parker."
   3. djordan Posted: August 13, 2021 at 02:19 PM (#6034268)
re #2, Yeah, I know. As I submitted this, I thought to myself that I could've found a more specific excerpt for the piece. The Pirates clubhouse was all music, the Reds hardly any. The heavy-metal/hair-band stuff took him a little by surprise when he arrived in Oakland. I thought it was a cool quote that sort of foreshadowed an event in the clubhouse later during the season.
   4. The Duke Posted: August 13, 2021 at 10:50 PM (#6034344)
That was a fun read. Imagine that - a black guy thinking TLR is a good manager. He’d be drummed out of the union today.
   5. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: August 14, 2021 at 11:52 AM (#6034377)
djordan, thank you for sharing. Cobra & djordan’s other co-authored book Fastball John (about John D’Acquisto) were both excellent. It’s always a treat when we get any extra stories from Dave Parker or D’Acquisto. I see this was originally published on the mlb bro site back in late May. I hope more of these extra chapters are published.
   6. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: August 17, 2021 at 12:26 PM (#6034733)
That was a fun read. Imagine that - a black guy thinking TLR is a good manager. He’d be drummed out of the union today.
Are black folk genetically predisposed to like multi-inning relievers and hate drunk-driving (actually sleep-driving, but that's not supposed to be a thing)?
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 12:52 PM (#6034737)
Are black folk genetically predisposed to like multi-inning relievers

You could make a case that Lee Smith is the patron saint of high-inning high-save closers.

NAME         SAVES  INN/GR
Rivera         652    1.12
Hoffman        601    1.05
Smith          478    1.23
Rodriguez      437    1.03
Franco         424    1.11 
   8. GregD Posted: August 17, 2021 at 02:12 PM (#6034752)
assume the comment on LaRussa and race is about his criticism of anthem protests, no idea whether his more-recent "clarifications" have helped or hurt things on this issue. Certainly that's a striking difference with someone younger like Kapler
   9. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: August 17, 2021 at 02:39 PM (#6034756)
La Russa has some bad history with some black players. Of course La Russa has lots of bad history with lots of different people, so it's a bit hard to determine if race plays a role in his mind. In February 1999 Ron Gant explicitly accused TLR of being a racist. Gant did retract the next day, but that statement still gets brought up, or at least alluded to, from time to time.

The only group of baseball people who seem to have an unconditionally positive relationship with TLR are owners. I don't know if TLR is just really good at playing politics, or if owners happen to see something in him that is mostly invisible to the rest of us.

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