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Chopcast: Billy Wagner talks career, new book

ATLANTA By the time Billy Wagner arrived in Atlanta prior to the 2010 season, he already owned 385 saves and seven All-Star appearances. Overcoming a wealth of personal challenges and, in his words, immaturity issues, Wagner entered the final season of his illustrious career with his childhood favorite team. Wagner delivered, too, posting some of the best numbers of his career...
Via Fox Sports South
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Ex-Brave Wagner extols virtues of humility in new book

Billy Wagner has a message, and it has nothing to do with throwing a fastball. "There's no way I can talk to somebody who is working construction or working at a minimum-wage job, trying to feed a family and worried that he's going to lose it, and have that person relate to the fact that somebody like me can pitch for 10 minutes four nights a week and became a millionaire...
Via Fox Sports South
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: Mystery Met Episode 5

Here we go with the final Mystery Met contest of the 2013 regular season. The first person to drop the correct answer in the comments section below by Wednesday, September 18 wins a 2007 Topps Heritage Billy Wagner Clubhouse Collection jersey card. Hurry, before you are mathematically eliminated from contention… Related Posts:Mets Card of the Week: Mystery Met Episode 1Mets Card...
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Additional Contributors to Rising Strikeouts

Baseball fans, generally, are aware that strikeout rates have been increasing over the period of several years. I wouldn’t say they’re yet “out of control” — it’s not like we’ve got a league of Mark Reynolds against Billy Wagner — but some people have raised some concerns, and, additionally, they’re still trending up. There’s no telling how high the strikeout...
Via Fangraphs
March 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Baseball Card of the Day: Billy Wagner

You may see a common time thread in the cards I’m showing: Through the K-Rod years and the whatever we have now years, I’ve grown to miss Billy Wagner. Have cards from another era (earlier/later)? Send them! Learn more about this series here. (Written 7/16) Tweet
Via 213 Miles From Shea
July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Reliving The Billy Wagner Trade

So it’s been about a two and a half years since the Mets and Red Sox completed a trade that sent Billy Wagner to the Sox for two players to be named. The deal was also contingent on the Sox not picking up his $8 million option for the next season. At the time, the trade made sense to some considering the Mets decided to go through one of their classic injury phases. It always irked...
Via BigAppleMetsTalk
March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Wagner says Phils called, but he's still retired

Retired relief pitcher Billy Wagner maintained his stance on retirement even though the Phillies approached him after the 2011 season, he told the New York Post this weekend.
November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Billy Wagner Redux

When acting as the General Manager of a baseball team, it is typically in one’s best interest to leave no stone unturned when it comes to building out a roster. Even though a move might seem obvious, (signing Albert Pujols to play first base, for instance), diligence on the part of the scouts and the front office is not only a necessity, but good business.   That’s why it...
Via NBC Philadelphia
November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

HBT: Phillies tried to lure Wagner out of retirement

Billy Wagner retired in 2010, but that didn't stop Philadelphia from trying to lure him back for next season.
November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Called Billy Wagner After Season

The Phillies had an outside-the-box idea before signing Jonathan Papelbon this winter.  The team called closer Billy Wagner after the season in hopes of coaxing him out of retirement, writes Mark Hale of the New York Post.  Wagner told Hale, "It was after the regular season...just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything.  I just told them...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
November 28, 2011  |  Discuss
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