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MMO Flashback: Changing The Dynamic, One Catcher At A Time

Former Mets catcher and future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza turns 46 years old today. We’ve written dozens of great articles about Mike over the years, and after searching our archives I found one I think you will all like. So please enjoy this article by Taryn “The Coop” Cooper, originally published in March of 2012. 1969. 1973. 1986. 2000. Tom Seaver. Rusty Staub. Tug McGraw...
Via Mets Merized Online
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Yanks undefeated thanks to Seabuscuit juju

Last week, as the Yankee barge was tanking against the Astros, bullpen cog Shawn Kelly came across a giant horse head mask, probably while clearing out an old bin of A-Rod's party supplies.  As everyone knows, horse head masks - made by the company known for the Yodeling Pickle - serve as powerful male sexual enhancements, famous for turning women's loins into...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
28 days ago  |  Discuss

La Russa inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Tony La Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. La Russa, now the Diamondbacks chief baseball officer, was enshrined Sunday in ceremonies at Cooperstown. La Russa won 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  -- Tony La Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. La Russa was enshrined Sunday in ceremonies at Cooperstown. La Russa won 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division titles, six pennants and World Series...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Eddie Grant Began with the Tribe, Ended in the Argonne

He grew up Boston. He was memorialized in New York City – and much later, in San Francisco. But Eddie Grant began his baseball career – in a strange way – with Cleveland before becoming the answer to a tragic trivia question. Edward Leslie Grant was born May 21, 1883, in Franklin, Massachusetts. After his graduation from high school, he went to Harvard. After the school year...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Death of John McGraw

John McGraw was to baseball what Henry Ford was to the automobile. They did not invent their industries. They reinvented them. Straddling the line separating the 19th and 20th centuries, McGraw ended his career as a baseball player by performing the additional duties of manager, first with the Baltimore Orioles and then with the New York Giants. He was full of fire, brimstone...
Via The Sports Post
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cox, La Russa, Torre elected to Hall of Fame

A trio of former managers who won World Series Championships were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimou vote of the Expansion Era Committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000 games. Torre is one of five managers to win at least four World Series titles, which he...
Via Tireball.com
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

This Week In Baseball: Doc Becomes Youngest 20 Game Winner, Yanks Release Rizzuto

AUGUST 25: 1922: Leading 25-6 after 4 innings, the Cubs hold on to beat the Phillies, 26-23. The Phillies left the bases loaded in the ninth. The 49 total runs is the most ever scored in a single game. 1956: The Yankees pick up Enos Slaughter off waivers and in turn give an unconditional release to fan favorite Phil Rizzuto. 1983: The Louisville Redbirds (AAA-Cardinals) become the...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Recapping the 1913 World Series

2003 was the 100 year anniversary of the first official World Series, in which the Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was commemorated with a historic series of its own, as the Florida Marlins upset the New York Yankees in 6 games, giving veteran manager Jack McKeon his first World Series after managing several teams for many years. Obviously, ever since then, there...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The Odd Stories That Could Only Happen to the Cubs: Harry Pulliam

Our journey through the odd history of the Chicago Cubs begins in the year 1908, the very year they last won the World Series. On September 23 of 1908 the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants and the Cubs were in a heated pennant race. The Cubs (90-53) and Giants (87-50) were tied in first place, though the Cubs had played six more games than the Giants at this point. On this fateful...
Via World Series Dreaming
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Napolean Lajoie’s start and finish to his career in Philadelphia

Thinking about the late 1800s for a second, it is crazy to imagine major league baseball without an identity. The National League was the major league, as the American League did not come to fruition until 1901. The emergence of the new league forced many players to jump to the AL, as owners like Connie Mack were able to offer higher pay and multiyear contracts. Of course, John McGraw...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Though he played before, Willie Keeler a poor man’s Ty Cobb

Today would be the 141st birthday for Hall of Fame OF Willie Keeler. Keeler had the highest batting average in a single season for a left hand hitter in the history of baseball, hitting .424 in 1897, when he was a teammate of John McGraw. His 5 ft 4 stature was small even for that time, hence the nickname “Wee Willie”. He played that way, as a slap hitter, and was known for not...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucky Harris and the significance of his 8 stints as MLB manager

\ Bucky Harris was an underrated MLB manager because of the fact that he finished his career with a losing record and was the manager of several of the Washington Senators teams that were not very good. His career spanned 29 years out of 33 from 1929 to 1956. He was a player manager for 7 of his first 8 seasons, winning a World Series title and then an AL Pennant in his second season...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Today in 1899, The Brooklyn Superbas Were Born

Today in the 1898-1899 offseason, a remarkable thing happened: as the ownership groups in Baltimore and Brooklyn swapped part shares in each other’s clubs, the Orioles effectively merged with the Dodgers, with the class of the two ballclubs going to Brooklyn and the dregs staying in Baltimore — with the exception of star Baltimore third baseman John McGraw, who refused to leave...
Via Fangraphs
February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Earl Weaver passes

Credit: Getty Images Hall of Fame Manager Earl Weaver has died at the age of 82. Know for his diminutive size, in-your-face approach, and salty language, Weaver managed the Baltimore Orioles for all or part of 17 seasons from 1968 – 1986, including four American League Pennants and one World Series title in 1970.  This despite playing in an era in which the Boston Red Sox and...
Via Reading Between The Seams
January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacob Ruppert and the Birth of an Empire

4/22/1915 | Ruppert (right) and NYC Mayor John Purroy Mitchel take in the Yankees’ home opener (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Any great empire does not rise out of mere happenstance or a stroke of good fortune, but through the bold visions and shrewd calculations of a single catalyst.  The Macedonians had Philip, the Romans had Augustus, the Brits had Elizabeth, and the...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
January 14, 2013  |  Discuss

MMO Flashback: Changing the Dynamic, One Catcher at a Time

With the recent acquisition of Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets added one of the top two catching prospects in the minors, the other being Mike Zunino. Could d’Arnaud be the next great Mets catcher to lead the team to a World Series as Jerry Grote, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza once did? It’s a good question and one that will be answered in the years to come. Catching is the subject...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Site News: A New Project - 1975 Fleer Pioneers of Baseball.

Inspired early on in my card collecting and blogging ways by Blue Heaven's Ernest Reyes and his quest to put together a set of Allen & Ginter N28s, I aimed significantly on the cheaper side of things and decided I would eventually like to put together the 1975 Fleer Pioneers of Baseball 28-card set. I soon thereafter went to eBay and picked up a pair cheaply. Mike "King...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Caleb Thielbar Added to Minnesota's 40-Man Roster

From the PGCBL and John McGraw The Minnesota Twins have added relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar (Little Falls 2007) to their current 40-man roster. Thielbar was one of eight players the Twins recalled on November 20. Read the full release from the Twins here. Thielbar, 25, is the first player from the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs organization to make a Major League Baseball roster...
Via Summer Ball
November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

World Series position-by-position preview

It has only taken 109 years since the invention of the modern World Series, but the Tigers and Giants will finally face off for the ultimate baseball prize. (Of course, John McGraw, the great Giants manager of the first quarter of the 20th Century, went to his grave believing that the Giants and Tigers should have played in the 1908 World Series. If Fred Merkle had touched second...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

World Series position-by-position preview

It has only taken 109 years since the invention of the modern World Series, but the Tigers and Giants will finally face off for the ultimate baseball prize. (Of course, John McGraw, the great Giants manager of the first quarter of the 20th Century, went to his grave believing that the Giants and Tigers should have played in the 1908 World Series. If Fred Merkle had touched second...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Romero Named Mariners Minor League Player of the Year

From the PGCBL and John McGraw The Seattle Mariners have announced that infielder Stefen Romero (Glens Falls 2008) has been selected as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik. The full release can be viewed here. Romero...
Via Summer Ball
October 08, 2012  |  Discuss

The wild card play-in will be exciting and fun and all kinds of wrong

What are the playoffs, really? What is their purpose? It's easy to say that they exist to determine the best team in any given sport, but I'm not really sure that's the best description. In baseball, at least (which is where our American version of playoffs come from and what I'm talking about today, so let's stick with baseball), the playoffs started as a way...
Via The Outside Corner
October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Changing the Dynamic, One Catcher at a Time

1969. 1973. 1986. 2000. Tom Seaver. Rusty Staub. Tug McGraw. John Franco. Keith Hernandez. Darryl Strawberry. Tommie Agee. Steve “Hendu Cando” Henderson. Ron “The Dive” Swoboda. Endy “The Catch” Chavez. Robin “Grand Slam Single” Ventura. While the Mets storied 50 years have included characters and some pivotal moments, their pitching staffs have boasted several homegrown...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Frankie Frisch showed the Cardinals how to win

Frankie Frisch (1898-1974) died on this date 38 years ago. He was the driving force in the St Louis Cardinals teams known as the “gas house gang” which won four NL Pennants and two World Series titles with the Cardinals as well as four more NL Pennants and two World Series with the San Francisco Giants. Prior to Frisch’s arrival in St Louis, the team had only amassed one NL...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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