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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Orioles, Anthopoulos, Pirates

On this date in 1999, Cal Ripken Jr. landed on the disabled list for the first time in what was, at that point, a 19-year career, due to a back injury. Ripken had already voluntarily ended his likely unbreakable streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, though the DL trip served as evidence that baseball’s Iron Man was at least mortal. Ripken would eventually become a first-ballot Hall of Famer, of course, appearing on 98.53 percent of ballots after a career that saw him hit .276/.340/.447 with 431 home runs, a Rookie of the Year Award, two MVPs, eight Silver Sluggers, a pair of Gold Gloves and 19 consecutive All-Star nods. We’ll stick with an Orioles theme to kick off this week’s look at the baseball blogosphere…

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: A’s, Tanaka, Norris, Kluber

On this date in 1972 (as can be seen on Leo Panetta’s NationalPastime.com), salary arbitration was born, as the owners agreed to add the arbitration process to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, ending a 13-day strike in which 86 games were missed. The arbitration process has become an integral part of the MLB offseason, influencing many trades and roster decisions in addition to providing many players with their first opportunity at nine-figure paydays. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere…

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Rays, Gausman, Cardinals

On this date in 1972, the Mets traded outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to the Expos in exchange for 28-year old All-Star right fielder Rusty Staub, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.  ‘Le Grand Orange’ spent a good amount of the 1972 season on the DL, but he was a key player of the Mets’ pennant-winning team in 1973.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Tillman, Rays, Lindor

On this date in 2001, Todd Helton signed a nine-year, $141.5MM contract extension with the Rockies, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.  That year, Helton would go on to earn yet another All-Star selection, his second in what would be a string of five consecutive seasons.  According to Baseball-Reference, Helton earned upwards of $161MM over the course of his career which spanned 17 seasons in Colorado.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Minoso, Montero, Wieters

On this date in 1972, the Yankees and Red Sox made a significant trade that redounded to the benefit of the Yanks. While it is still debatable whether reliever Sparky Lyle left a Bambino-like curse when he was shipped to New York in exchange for first baseman Danny Cater, there is little question which side won the deal. Cater was a replacement-level player for three years in Boston, while Lyle racked up a 2.41 ERA over 745 2/3 frames in seven seasons, throwing plenty of important postseason innings along the way.

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Tanaka, Orioles, Castro

On this date in 1975, the Dodgers signed their once arch-nemesis Juan Marichal as a free agent, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.After two regular season outings, the former San Francisco superstar and future Hall of Famer walked away from baseball.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Davis, Anderson, Medeiros

In 2006, a Canadian team made up mostly of minor leaguers shocked the baseball world by beating Team USA in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.  Center fielder Adam Stern hit an inside-the-park homer to help the Canadians post their biggest victory in its national history of baseball.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: D’Backs, Blue Jays, Nats

On this date in 1993, two and half years after accepting a life-long ban from being involved in the day-to-day operation with the team, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was reinstated, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.  Steinbrenner had been exiled from baseball by commissioner Fay Vincent in 1990 for hiring Howie Spira, a known gambler, to snoop into the life of star outfielder Dave Winfield.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Lee, Bucs, D’Backs

On this date in 2005, Tom Umberg, a California state assemblyman, introduced legislation which would require pro franchises to use disclaimers if they do not play the majority of home games in the location used in their name, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes.  Umberg’s “Truth in Sports Advertising Act” was designed to keep the local team from changing its name to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Umberg, of course, was unsuccessful in his efforts.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Alomar, K-Rod, Lamb

On this date in 1990, Major League Baseball locked out its players after the two sides were unable to come to terms on a new Basic Agreement. Ultimately, commissioner Fay Vincent was able to get both sides on the same page and a new deal was hammered out on March 19th. Much of spring training was lost and Opening Day was pushed back by about a week, but, of course, things could have been a whole lot worse.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..

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