Don't be alarmed by that cheetah in the Rangers' dugout

Thursday marks the Texas Rangers' Wildlife Education Day in Arlington and perhaps the first time a cheetah has stepped foot (paw) inside a MLB dugout. Oakland A's pitcher Drew Pomeranz was... surprised: Said A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, "Your average cheetah at the ball park." Said* all-time stolen bases champ and former Athletic Rickey Henderson of the blazing fast cat: "Rickey...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton steals despite struggles

On Wednesday night Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder, Billy Hamilton, stole his 34th and 35th bases of the 2015 season, despite hitting for a measly .223 batting average and .268 on-base percentage on the year. Hamilton had his Major League debut back in 2013. He played in 13 games that season and stole 13 bases while hitting at a .368 clip. Hamilton hit .250 last season and stole 56...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickey Henderson had an eventful MLB debut on this day 36 years ago

On this day in baseball history in 1979, future Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson made his major league debut for the Oakland Athletics. Although the A’s lost to the Texas Rangers that day by a final score of 5-1, Henderson had a solid day in which he picked up two base hits and stole the first of an MLB record 1,406 bases in his illustrious career. From there, “The Man of Steal”...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting Old Cardinals: Lou Brock

As the trade deadline approached on June 15, 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals were below .500 and languished in 7th place in the NL standings. A hot finish to 1963 was getting them nowhere in 1964. Desperate to jump-start his team, Cardinals GM Bing Devine began scouring the trade market. He found a willing partner in Cubs GM John Holland, who was looking to add pitching to his own...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees announce Old-Timer’s Day lineup and no ‘Core Four’ members on roster

The New York Yankees on Thursday announced the lineup of former Bronx Bomber greats expected to attend Old-Timer's Day on June 20 when Willie Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park. This year's Old-Timers' Day will feature its usual share of former icons and legends. Seven Hall of Famers will be involved, including Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose...
Via The Other Paper
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Review

Per Box items: 24 packs per box 10 cards per pack 2 autographs per box 2 relics per box 6 short printed cards per box 1 top-loader mini box containing 10 mini cards The 350 card set features art style drawings of the featured player in either posed or action scenes. The card fronts are bordered with a olive and tan frame. The set name is in the top left corner and the player and...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

So far so good for Coco Crisp as A's left fielder

Outfielder Coco Crisp has spent much of his career roaming center field, but the A's are using him as a left fielder now that he's returned from off-season elbow surgery.After making his season debut last week while the A's were in Minnesota, Crisp has now played six games as a left fielder...and things are going well defensively.In addition to picking up a rare outfield assist ...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

On this day: Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's stolen base record with 939th career swipe

Rickey Henderson aka the "Man of Steal" stands alone atop Mount Stolen Base with 1406 career swipes, 438 more than Lou Brock who is second on the all-time list with 938. No disrespect to Brock, 19th century Billy "Sliding Billy" Hamilton (914), Ty Cobb (897) or Tim Raines (808), but Rickey was the best ever on the base baths and he wasn't shy to say so (check the video). Nevertheless...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Rock Discusses Blacks in Baseball

Back in 1975, African-Americans made up over one-quarter of all Major League Baseball Players. That number dropped to just over eight percent for Opening Day of the 2013 campaign. There has been a lot of talk about why the number of black players, and the interest among blacks in baseball, have both decreased. It’s a conversation worth having. It’s also a topic that comedian...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2014 Topps High Tek

Per Box items: 1 pack 8 cards 1 on card autograph The 53 cards in the set are acetate. The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player superimposed over one of several different backgrounds. The fronts also contain the player name, position and team logo. The card fronts are trimmed in a complementary team color. The card backs have a zoomed in cropped picture of the player...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Remy: Mookie Betts Like Rickey Henderson In His Heyday (Video)

Mookie Betts has been generating a lot of buzz lately — especially after a spectacular performance in the Boston Red Sox’s home opener — and he’s already drawing comparisons to Hall of Famers. NESN’s Jerry Remy said before Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals that Betts’ skills at the plate, on the base paths and in the field elicit visions of former...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2015 Topps Series One

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes takes a look at the 2015 Topps Series One set. Read on to see the cards, the inserts and what the writer pulled from his first box of 2015 cards. Per box items: 36 packs per box 10 cards per pack 1 autographed or relic card per box The card fronts feature a color action shot of the player. The picture is ‘framed’ with a complementary team color pin...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

36 years later, Oakland Athletics back at HoHoKam

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Thirty-six years later, the Oakland Athletics are back at HoHoKam Stadium. After basing at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since 1984, the A's have returned to their former spring training home for spring training 2015, which starts Thursday. Oakland used the original HoHoKam Park from 1977-79, before it became the longtime spring home of the Cubs. Chicago's red and blue...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Three More Weeks of Nothing

Glen McKee – AngelsWin.com Senior Boredom Specialist -  Other than possibly getting a sweet tax return back (and thanks for killing that, Obama) this is the worst goddamn time of the year for a sports fan.  Football is gone, basketball still sucks, hockey is somewhat distracting, and as far as I know various redneck racing sports haven’t started yet (go, Danica Patrick...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tim Raines Should be in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Let’s get this out of the way — Tim Raines is not Rickey Henderson. You know that and I know that. But 45 percent of the Baseball...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Will Get Snub From the 2015 Hall of Fame Part 1?

Now that we are at the end of 2014, it is time to reflect on the year that was. It is also almost time for the Baseball Writers of America to vote on who will be inducted into the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame. Everyone has their opinion on who will get elected and who won’t. So let’s make a case for some of the players who could be snub in 2015. Alan Trammell The former shortstop played...
Via Baseball Essential
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Merry Rickeymas!

The following has been a paid fake advertisement: (We see our host singing a song to a computer screen opened to Rickey Henderson’s Baseball Reference Page, he does not notice us)           God rest you merry Athletics,           Let nothing you dismay           For Rickey the Man of Steal           Was born upon this day          ...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

It's coming, I tell you: Troy Tulowitzki will be the Steinbrenner family's Second Coming of Rickey Henderson

I keep having this sick, spidery sense that I'll wake up tomorrow to find the Gammonites rejoicing and the tabloids sprouting rainbow typeface, and learn the Yankees just obtained Troy Tulowitzki.Since the dawn of time, this has been prophesied.It was always fated to happen... like Ebola, Taylor Swift and pumpkin beer. Right now, a trade for Tulo is mere blogger blather. Then again...
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Remembering the 1989 World Series and Earthquake

A few weekends ago, driving back from Marin (county that shares the Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco) to my home in Sonoma County, I tuned the radio out. I ignored the person in the passenger seat. I wasn’t thinking straight. Something was going through my head. I had just spent the night with family, saw my newborn niece for just the second time and was returning home for...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Still Searching For Answers At Leadoff Spot

Of all the Mets’ off-season questions, the matter of their leadoff hitter is one of the most intriguing. That is especially if their intent is to fill it from within. With no budding Lou Brock or Rickey Henderson in their farm system, or even a Jose Reyes, their best hope is on their current 40-man roster. I say that because there’s no real answer for them in a particularly...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Leadoff Hitter Remains A Nagging Question

Of all the Mets’ off-season questions, the matter of their leadoff hitter is one of the most intriguing. That is especially if their intent is to fill it from within. With no budding Lou Brock or Rickey Henderson in their farm system, their best hope is on their current 40-man roster. I say that because there’s no real answer in the free-agent market and they are reluctant to...
Via New York Mets Report
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–October 2, 1982

1982: The Royals scored two runs in the eighth inning for a comeback 5-4 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.Facing a 4-3 deficit and Oakland reliever Tom Underwood, the Royals fought back. Willie Aikens started the rally with a single to center. Frank White put down a sacrifice bunt that was fumbled by first baseman Mike Davis. White was safe...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Tough to Snooker Sandy in a Trade

Long before becoming General Manager of the Mets, Sandy Alderson was the longtime General Manager of the Oakland A’s. He took over the helm of the A’s after Billy Martin was fired after the 1982 season in which the A’s went 68-94 and finished 5th in the American League West. During his run with the A’s, his teams appeared in three straight World Series from 1988-1990, winning...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

August 4, 1985

Tom Seaver was no longer the pitching phenom with the boyish face, unparalleled precision, and Herculean right arm on August 4, 1985. He was a legend with achievements guaranteeing a passport to Cooperstown. From 1968 to 1976, for example, Seaver had nine straight seasons notching at least 200 strikeouts. He fell shy of the milestone by four games in 1977, the year of the Midnight...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 21, 1988

1988: The Royals scored one run in the eighth and three in the ninth for a thrilling 6-5 comeback win over the Yankees at Royals Stadium.Trailing 5-2 in the eighth, the Royals got a little closer when Kurt Stillwell homered off Yankees reliever Tim Stoddard with one out.The winning rally started with one out in the ninth, when Frank White singled. One out later, Bill Buckner doubled...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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