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On this date in 2000, Joe Torre became the fifth manager to win four World Series championships, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Connie Mack, and Walter Alston in the exclusive club. McCarthy and Stengel sit atop the leaderboard with seven World Series rings, a record that will not be tied or topped for a very long time, if ever. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Camden Depot says the Orioles should pick up Nick Markakis‘ option.
- Beaneball discusses Coco Crisp‘s lackluster defense.
- Sports Talk Florida reflected on Andrew Friedman’s best deals.
- Inside The Zona wonders if the D’Backs might go for Chad Billingsley.
- Blue Jays Plus says Adam Lind and John Mayberry Jr. make a great pair.
- MetsBlog is wary of Jay Bruce‘s hitting abilities.
- Baseball Hot Corner is glad to see Tim Hudson in the World Series.
- Rays Colored Glasses is concerned about Tampa Bay.
- Cheap Seats Baseball looks at the Rangers’ outfield.
- Beisbol’s Org discussed Jake Arrieta‘s journey.
- Maniac Ball spoke with former Angels minor league trainer Mike Metcalfe.
Blue Jays star outfielder Jose Bautista was born on this date in 1980. The 34-year-old has made five consecutive All-Star appearances for Toronto and slashed .286/.403/.524 in 2014. He’ll look to extend that All-Star streak to six consecutive seasons and help the Blue Jays get back to the playoffs in 2015. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Camden Depot is focusing on the positives.
- Inside The ‘Zona looks at David Hernandez as a possible non-tender candidate.
- Baseball Hot Corner compares the postseasons of the Royals and Giants.
- MetsBlog wants to see the Mets employ a closer-by-committee.
- Screwball Baseball measures “in the park power.”
- Examiner looked at where the Cardinals’ value came from.
- Beisbol’s discusses Kyle Schwarber‘s future.
- Blue Jays Plus talks Aaron Sanchez.
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On this date in 2013, for the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day ended with the score of 1-0, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes:
“In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank Boston at Fenway Park with the contest’s lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta’s sac fly in the sixth, and Jon Jay‘s fifth inning sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium provides the only run the Cardinals will need to take a 2-0 game advantage to Los Angeles in the NLCS.”
Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Screwball Baseball doesn’t blame Clayton Kershaw for his postseason woes.
- Pinstripe Pundits wonders if Ian Desmond is the Yankees’ answer at shortstop.
- Inside The Zona discusses Patrick Corbin after surgery.
- Blue Jays Plus looks at Colby Rasmus‘ time in Toronto.
- Beisbol’s wonders if James Shields is worth it for the Royals.
- Bless You Boys looks ahead to the Tigers’ offseason.
- Lasorda’s Lair sees Hanley Ramirez back in Dodger blue.
- The Baseball Stance looks at how J.J. Hardy‘s deal affects the Bombers.
- Rays Colored Glasses wonders if Ryan Howard could interest the Rays.
- Royals Blue doesn’t want a repeat of the 1985 World Series.
On this date in 2010, Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton broke Ichiro’s Japanese record for the most hits in a single season when he recorded his 211th hit of the year. The 2003 first-round draft pick of the Red Sox had a rather unremarkable stint with the Rockies in the year prior, but made a major impact overseas. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Pinstripe Pundits stacks up Mariano Rivera‘s 1996 vs. Dellin Betances‘ 2014.
- Inside The Zona handicaps the race for Yasmany Tomas.
- Blue Jays Plus has an unconventional idea for Aaron Sanchez.
- Sports Injury Alert looks at the Orioles’ resilience in the face of injuries.
- Screwball Baseball says current A’s come from Boston and future A’s from San Diego.
- Beisbol’s applauds the mysterious Ken Giles.
- NYY Fans has six steps the Yankees should take to build a better organization.
- Maniac Ball looks at the Angels’ farm system.
- A’s Farm looks ahead to 2015.
On this date in 1995, Greg Harris became the first post-1900 major leaguer to pitch ambidextrously. In the ninth inning, the Expos reliever blanked the Reds as he faced four batters – two as a right-hander (his natural side) and the other two as a southpaw. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Blue Jays Plus goes under the hood with Dioner Navarro.
- Jays Journal says Aaron Sanchez could be a future closer.
- Inside The ‘Zona feels that the D’Backs’ approach might be crazy enough to work.
- Beisbol’s recaps the rise and fall of Kevin Towers.
- Lasorda’s Lair caught up with Eric Gagne.
- Rays Colored Glasses wonders if Jeremy Hellickson and Enny Romero could be dealt.
- Baseball News Source hasn’t been wowed by the Red Sox’s youth movement.
- The Baseball Stance says the Yankees should go for Chase Headley.
- Screwball Baseball talks competitive balance draft picks.
On this date in 2001, a crowd of 41,235 at Shea Stadium witnessed the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the 9/11 attacks. While baseball wasn’t the focus of the evening, Mike Piazza‘s eighth inning home run gave the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Beisbol’s look at free agency’s X factor, Jung-ho Kang.
- Camden Depot takes a deeper look at the O’s rotation.
- Inside The Zona has some ideas for the D’Backs this winter.
- Vavel says Colin Moran is making a name for himself in the Astros organization.
- A’s Farm turns in their 2014 postseason organizational All-Star team.
- Cover Those Bases casts a ballot for Jacob deGrom.
- Blue Jays Plus is keeping the faith.
- Sports Injury Alert looks back on Alex Torres‘ cap.
- Cleveland Sports Talk previews the Indians’ 2015 rotation.
- Screwball Baseball wonders if Alejandro De Aza could be this year’s Cody Ross.
On this date in 2005 Braves center fielder Andruw Jones hit his 50th home run in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Curacao native became the first major leaguer to reach the plateau since Alex Rodriguez hit 57 homers playing shortstop for the Rangers in 2002. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Blue Jays Plus goes deeper into Brett Cecil vs. Sean Rodriguez.
- Inside The Zona says the D’Backs could be a match for Yasmani Tomas.
- Beisbol’s talks Chris Davis and amphetamines.
- Camden Depot has a bone to pick with WAR.
- Beyond The Box Score held their own expansion draft.
- MLB Reports explains why the Marlins’ future is very bright.
- WFAA looks back at the Elvis Andrus for Justin Upton trade that almost was.
- NYY Fans looks at the pros and cons of re-signing Brandon McCarthy.
- Rays Colored Glasses says Evan Gattis would make sense for Tampa Bay.
- Orioles Nation is high on Chance Sisco.
- Ian Thomas Malone argues for the DH.
A year before the first subway line was completed, the Brooklyn Superbas, later to be known as the Dodgers, played their cross-town rivals in a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game played in Washington Park began at 10:30 am with 9,300 fans watching the visiting Giants win the opener, 6-4, and later that afternoon in front of 23,623 patrons at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, Brooklyn won the second game, 3-0.
Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Inside The Zona wonders what will come next for the Diamondbacks.
- MetsBlog wonders if it’s too early to extend Zack Wheeler.
- Wahoo’s On First is fighting the urge to buy in on T.J. House.
- Blue Jays Plus says Jose Bautista should go back to third base.
- Beisbol’s talks Mo’Ne Davis and women in baseball.
- Baseball Stooges has some concerns about Oscar Tavares.
- Camden Depot says J.J. Hardy is contributing in a different way.
- Maniac Ball runs down the Angels’ farm system.
On this date in 1974, in a Class A minor league contest, Portland Mavericks manager Frank Peters rotated his starting nine so that each player took a different position on the field for every inning. Somehow, it worked, as Portland notched an 8-7 victory over the Tri-Cities Ports. 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.