Former Braves closer Billy Wagner on his truck being stolen

Former Atlanta Braves​ closer Billy Wagner was only in Atlanta for a few minutes before his truck was stolen.
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Former Braves closer Billy Wagner had his truck stolen in Atlanta

Former Braves closer Billy Wagner was only in Atlanta for a few minutes before his truck was stolen.
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Build a Better WAR metric, part 6

In the previous post about the two-run reliever with the three-run lead, the Fangraphs readers leaned 80-20 toward “a run is a run”, compared to “he did his job”. Let’s make this one similar, but tougher. We have our ace reliever entering the bottom of the 9th inning. This time, our ace reliever gives up a leadoff HR, followed by striking out the side. We have two different...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Voters Please Don’t Overlook Billy Wagner

There are shocks, there are absolute surprises, and then there are one-in-a-million shots-in-the-dark-type of events. Billy Wagner not being selected for the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class is none of these. No one of any prognostication skill thought Wagner would be selected this year, but one day he should be. Billy Wagner holds up […]
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January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Billy Wagner

BILLY WAGNER First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  Houston Astros (1995–2003), Philadelphia Phillies (2004–2005), New York Mets (2006–2009), Boston Red Sox (2009) and Atlanta Braves (2010) ACHIEVEMENTS: 422 career saves…good for fifth all-time and second most among all left-handed pitchers. Sixth all-time in games finished. Seven-time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Cecil Fielder, Wagner, Firpo, Ducky, more

Four players propelled baseballs over the left field roof at old Tiger Stadium. Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire did so in visiting uniforms. Cecil Fielder was the lone Detroit Tiger to achieve the feat. Mammoth power was required to reach that rarefied air. The left field fence was 340 feet from home plate, and the roof above the second deck was 94 feet high. Those...
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November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The merits of voting closers into HOF

Traditionalists wrinkle their nose, old-timers gripe and complain, and some writers refuse to vote for them, but the debate over whether closers belong in the Hall of Fame will continue.  This year, the ballot adds two names to the list who were solely closers (zero career starts between them), Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner. For the younger folks who don’t remember these guys...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Wagner, Mike Sweeney join Curt Schilling as ex-Phillies on Hall of Fame ballot

View image | The 2016 Hall of Fame ballot was released by Major League Baseball on Thursday. The big name on the ballot is former Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. Griffey is likely a lock, but he may be the only one....
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza’s greatest moments as a New York Met

When Mike Piazza gave Mets fans magic moment after magic moment, he didn’t do so for the accolades, he did so for the love of the sport and the fans that endeared him. So it’s only right Around Citi says to hell with the Baseball Hall of Fame vote- let’s look at our five greatest Piazza moments. 5. Piazza’s 200th home run vs. Billy Wagner (Sept. 16, 1998.)  Mike Piazza...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall focus in 2016 turns to Griffey, Hoffman, Wagner

  Next January the Hall of Fame focus will turn to Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner after an unprecedented dominance by starting pitchers over a two-year span. When Griffey left the Seattle Mariners in 2010, there was no farewell tour. The 40-year-old outfielder pretty much drove off into the night: Griffey got in his car, headed out of Seattle in the middle of a...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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