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On this date in 1974, In a Class A minor league contest, Portland Mavericks manager Frank Peters rotates his starting nine so each player takes a different position on the field for every inning. The innovative strategy works as Portland posts an 8-7 victory over the Tri-Cities Ports, their Northwest League opponents. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.
- Blue Jays Plus goes under the hood to look at Brett Lawrie and oblique injuries.
- Camden Depot gives some dap to Steve Pearce.
- NYY Fans wants the Yankees to proceed carefully with David Robertson.
- L.A. Sports Hub heaps some big praise on Clayton Kershaw.
- Maniac Ball grades the Angels’ depth.
- Steel City Buzzin’ says the Pirates have to boost their payroll big time in 2015.
- Know Hitter says Justin Verlander will be key for the Tigers’ championship chances.
- Baseball Hot Corner wonders if staying in the zone is sustainable.
- Best Coast Baseball spoke with Branch Barrett Rickey about his life and legacy.
- Inside The Zona explains why Mark Trumbo hasn’t hit many homers recently.
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On this date in 2006, Sean Casey grounded out to left field. Yes, that’s right. The unique 5-7-3 play was the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, believing he was robbed of a hit, when the ball actually glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede‘s glove reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna. Ozuna’s throw to first base just beat the runner to the bag. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.
- Mariner Brainstorm talks Chris Young.
- Beisbol’s looks at Alex Gordon‘s MVP candidacy.
- MetsBlog defends Lucas Duda.
- Blue Jays Plus hopes Toronto will catch up with the times.
- Inside The Zona wants to know who’s steering the ship.
- Grading On The Curve has three prospects making the case for promotions.
On this date in 2008, Josh Hamilton became only the sixth major leaguer to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. Rays manager Joe Maddon’s decision to give the Rangers slugger a run-producing free pass in the ninth inning proved to be successful when Tampa Bay went on to win the game in Arlington, 7-4. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Inside The Zona says the D’Backs could explore a Trevor Cahill trade.
- Blue Jays Plus believes in Anthony Gose.
- Did The Tribe Win Last Night says shutting down Nick Swisher makes sense.
- Camden Depot wants to know why Ryan Webb is in Norfolk.
- Baseball Hot Corner breaks down the NL Cy Young race.
- Beisbol’s talks Kenta Maeda.
- MLB Reports turns in their roster tree on the Dodgers’ hitters.
- Maniac Ball discusses some potential September call ups.
On this date in 2006, Red Sox ace Curt Schilling surrendered ten extra-base hits to the Royals, tying an American League record. The nine doubles and homer equals the dubious mark set by Dale Gear (1901 Senators) and Luis Tiant (1969 Indians). Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Camden Depot says Caleb Joseph is a future All-Star.
- Inside The Zona wonders if Chase Anderson‘s hot start is sustainable.
- Beisbol’s breaks down Clay Buchholz.
- Wahoo’s On First looks back at the Indians’ deadline.
- Nats GM spoke with Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Hamrahi.
- Your Van C’s runs down the Blue Jays’ top prospects.
- Rays Colored Glasses looks at Willy Adames.
- Royals Blue talks about Sung Woo Lee and his story.
- Grading On The Curve fears Jose Ramirez won’t reach his potential with the Indians.
On this date in 1987, home plate umpire Tim Tschida threw out Twins pitcher Joe Niekro after discovering an emery board in his possession (here’s footage of the incident). The 42 year-old knuckleballer received an automatic ten-day suspension from the American League for defacing the ball. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Sports Injury Alert looks at the injury side of the Yoenis Cespedes deal.
- Rays Colored Glasses defends the Price trade.
- Maniac Ball looks at the Angels and the 2015 luxury tax.
- Mariner Brainstorm is high on Austin Jackson.
- Camden Depot feels the O’s gave up too much for Andrew Miller.
- MLB Reports examines the A’s payroll.
- Wahoo’s On First wonders if defensive shifts have robbed Carlos Santana.
- It’s Pronounced Lajaway defends the Indians’ offense.
- The Baseball Stance likes what Brian Cashman did in July.
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On this date in 1998, Sammy Sosa hit his first career grand slam, establishing the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam. Sosa belted 246 career home runs before notching his first grand slam. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Outside Pitch chatted with David Peralta.
- Beisbol’s Org explains how pitchers can (try to) beat Jose Abreu.
- Camden Depot looks back at Dan Duquette’s 2013.
- A’s Farm caught up with Oakland exec Grady Fuson.
- Did The Tribe Win Last Night spoke with Francisco Lindor.
- Inside The Zona discusses Arizona’s top prospects.
- FanDuel wonders if the Rockies will ever move Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez.
- MLB Reports breaks down how the Orioles hitters were acquired.
- Rays Colored Glasses looks at mystery teams for David Price.
- Phillies Nation may have figured out Philly’s problem.
- Twins Fan From Afar wants to see Glen Perkins traded.
- Cover Those Bases wants to fix a few things in the draft.
On this date in 2004, at Wrigley Field, Albert Pujols went 5-for-5, including three home runs and five RBIs, as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 11-8. The Redbird first baseman’s first three-homer career game helped St. Louis to erase a six run deficit. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- SB Nation discusses the Astros’ failure to sign Brady Aiken.
- A’s Farm caught up with A’s catcher Stephen Vogt.
- Inside The Zona makes the case for moving Miguel Montero.
- Redbird Rants spoke with Karl Ravech.
- Blue Jays Plus turns in their mid-season report card for Toronto’s pitchers.
- Sports Injury Alert breaks down the 2014 mid-season DL statistics.
- Baseball Hot Corner likes Arismendy Alcantara in the majors.
- Did The Tribe Win Last Night has some All-Star suggestions.
- Beyond The Box Score likes the way Casey McGehee is performing under pressure.
- MLB Reports looks at pitching payroll vs. positional payroll.
- Beisbol’s has hitters to watch in the second half.
On this date in 2012, Zack Greinke became the first pitcher to start three consecutive games in the same season since Red Faber did so for the White Sox in 1917. The Brewers’ right-hander was the starting pitcher in the team’s final two games before the All-Star break. Greinke started the Saturday prior to the break only to be ejected for arguing a close call at first base after throwing just four pitches, so manager Ron Roenicke let him start the next day’s game. Greinke then made it three straight starts when he took the mound to begin the second half of the season for the Brew Crew. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Inside The Zona wants to see the D’Backs move Wade Miley in the right trade.
- Blue Jays Plus grades Toronto’s offense so far.
- Beisbol’s talks Masahiro Tanaka.
- MLB Reports examines what Tanaka’s injury means for the Yanks in 2014 and ’15.
- Sports Rumor Alert runs down trade targets for the Yankees, including Cliff Lee.
- The Sideline praises A’s GM Billy Beane.
- Infield Chatter has some take aways from the A’s-Cubs blockbuster.
- Baseball Hot Corner has 20 players the Blue Jays could go after.
On this date in 2003, Tampa Bay skipper Lou Piniella was a man of his word. The manager promised his club that if they won three in a row he’d dye his hair and after the Devil Rays topped the White Sox the night before, Lou become a blond. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.
- Camden Depot says the O’s starting rotation still needs improvement.
- Inside The Zona breaks down the Joe Thatcher deal from the D’Backs’ perspective.
- National League Theory breaks down Brewers GM Doug Melvin.
- Orioles Nation doesn’t think the O’s have the pieces needed to land a top-tier talent.
- MLB Reports gives us a roster tree of how all the Angels’ hitters were acquired.
- Infield Chatter proposes a trade that sends David Price to the Cardinals.
- Baseball Hot Corner says the Blue Jays need another righty bat.
- FanDuel looks at who’s hot and who’s not in fantasy.
- Steel City Buzzin‘ looks at the buyers and sellers in the National League.
- Baseball Hot Corner says Derek Jeter shouldn’t be starting in the All-Star game.
On this date in 1897, the Chicago Colts (Cubs) of the National League set the record for most runs scored in a game by one team when they clobbered the Louisville Colonels, 36-7. The Cardinals beat the Phillies 28-6 at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl in 1929 to set the modern NL mark. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.
- Beisbol’s Blog is searching for the real Justin Verlander.
- Camden Depot sees a starter in disguise in David Lough.
- Beyond The Box Score wonders why stars seem to struggle when they change teams.
- Rays Colored Glasses names potential suitors for Ben Zobrist.
- AZ Snakepit says the D’Backs should move on from Addison Reed.
- Redbird Rants spoke with the author of The Sabermetric Revolution.
- Red Sox Ramblings says Boston needs to make a change behind the plate.
- Infield Chatter says the Padres’ next GM will reap the fruits of Josh Byrnes’ labor.
- Rising Apple says the Mets have to keep Daniel Murphy if they want to contend.
- MLB Reports asks if the Orioles should make a blockbuster deal.