Remember the Tino Martinez/Armando Benitez brawl? It happened 17 years ago today

Today, May 19, 2015 is the 90th anniversary of Malcolm X's birth, the 50th anniversary of Pete Townshend writing "My Generation" (on his 20th birthday, no less!) and the 17th anniversary of the greatest baseball brawl of my lifetime -- Yankees vs. Orioles! ESPN's Buster Olney mentioned the fight fact this morning. Here is a link to GIFs showing the best part of the fight, and I have...
Via Subway Squawkers
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Mariners Are Feeling A Lot Like 1995 Mariners

M’s Bullpen Concerns Growing Who remembers 1995?  I know I do.  The Seattle Mariners were playing again after labor issues cancelled the remainder of the 1994 season and also delayed the start of the ’95 season in the process. So young, talented and steroid free back then. The Mariners were a team that many felt could be contenders that year.  They added a free agent at...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

April 9, 1996 – Yankees Win Snowy Home Opener

Mark Lennihan/Associated PressEven before Joe DiMaggio threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the snow flakes started falling on the cathedral in The Bronx. The Kansas City Royals were in town, and despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, the Yankees were going to do whatever they could to ensure that a baseball game was played. Andy Pettitte would take the hill as the Yankees starter...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tino Martinez returns to Yankees

Constantino Martinez is back with the Yankees, this time as a minor league instructor.Martinez, 47, will work with the Yankees’ prospects, occasionally traveling to each minor league team throughout the course of the season.Martinez has become more visible over the past year or so, as he tries to ease his way back into baseball. He was an intense player for those mid-nineties Yankees...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Tino Martinez rejoins Yankees as a minor league instructor

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tino Martinez is back with the New York Yankees as a minor league instructor. Martinez will be at minor league spring training until it ends this weekend. He is expected to continue the role at times during the season by visiting the Yankees' minor league teams. The former Yankees' star said Monday he enjoys working with the prospects. Martinez was honored with...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Countdown To Cardinals: 21

Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 21 First player/coach to wear #21:  Clyde Barfoot (1923) Last player/coach to wear #21:  Allen Craig (2014) Player/coach to wear #21 in the most seasons:  Curt Flood (11) Number of players/coaches to wear #21: 56 Last time not worn: 1986 Other interesting names tied to #21:  Paul Dean (1934-37), Joe Medwick (1947-48), Tito...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Week that Was In Cardinals Spring Training (Part II)

You’ve got a job. Maybe kids. Maybe school. And 1,000 other things to worry about – it’s hard keeping up with all the stories coming from practice baseball camp in Florida. We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the news that made news this past week that was in Cardinals spring training. Story: Wainwright gets hurt. #HOTTake: He can’t run and he can’t lift weights...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Toward Postseason

The Red Sox made a big leap toward the postseason by taking three from the Yankees in the Stadium behind solid pitching and strong hitting. It was Boston’s first sweep in the Big Apple in 15 years, and started with perhaps Pedro Martinez’ best of many great performances. On September 10 he tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win, walking none and fanning a career-high 17. Pedey fanned...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

3 Things That Actually Happened On A Baseball Field

Always a fun thought experiment? Try and think what past news events would have absolutely blown up the internet if they happened today. Deep down a rabbit hole of MLB.com on YouTube, I present three videos that you probably forgot about, but actually happened. 1) Tommy Lasorda. Can you imagine anything close to this happening today? 2) Was this intentional? If not, was this on...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

1991: Mike Boddicker and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners while Brian McRae drove in two runs in the Royals’ 3-0 win at the Kingdome in Seattle.Boddicker only allowed two hits and three walks in six innings. Although he only struck out one hitter, he got the Mariners to hit into three double plays. As a result, the Mariners did not have a runner reach third base...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Forgotten Yankee

The 2014 New York Yankees season has been all about their past. The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour 2014 is almost over and the Yankees have held ceremonies for past players such as Tino Martinez, Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and manager Joe Torre. There is one player who is wrongly absent from this list. He spent his entire career in pinstripes, helped bring home World Series titles...
Via Total Sports Blog
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Do Fear the Reaper: The Yankees have become a nostalgia act

I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends/ A chance to share old memories and play our songs again. /When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name. / No one recognized me, I didn't look the same...Today, the Yankiverse honors Joe Torre, the last truly successful Yankee manager - latest in a progression of oldies parties designed to fill the void of an...
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

My favorite Paul O'Neill moment is one that never made the highlight reels

Back in the day, I was a big Paul O'Neill fan. And my late father was, too; that was his favorite player of the 90s dynasty years. (My mother thought O'Neill was a big baby for his temper tantrums, though!)Anyhow, I was very happy to see the O'Neill has finally gotten the honor he deserves, getting a plaque in Monument Park. If I hadn't already made previous plans to participate...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The All-Time Seattle Mariners Team – Part One

With the All-Star break approaching next week and the Oregon Sports News taking a short break this week, I thought it might be fun to look at an All-Time Seattle Mariners Team.  To keep with the spirit of the All-Star game, I’ll be looking at single season performance at each position, using FanGraphs’ version of WAR, to assemble the greatest Mariners fantasy team possible....
Via Oregon Sports News
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Remember when a Redsock-Yankees series actually involved two power teams?

Yesterday, Mustang and I were chewing the ol' lard, jawboning about those 16-year-old, barefoot Latino boys who Hal Steinbrenner next week will turn into future Wall Street one-percenters. (Hopefully, the Yankees measured the ears, so we can know how big they'll get.) Those kids never saw Tino Martinez play first base for the Yankees. They were six years old when the Curse crashed...
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony & “Mr. Punk”

I am absolutely blown away by the outpouring of tributes out there right now. Tony was, and will always be, one of my idols but it’s crazy to see how many other people he touched out there as well. I’ve shed tears all week long and probably will continue to do so for a while. Hopefully these stories bring smiles to your face instead of tears. The Card Shows In the mid 80′s...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Fill in the Blank Day at the Stadium

Sports media could not help but repeat and rehash how the Pirates had not won in the Bronx since 1960, and their last trip there was in 2007, the last year of the Torre era.  Case in point: always looking to the past. What no one seemed to care to mention was that Gerrit Cole won in the Bronx.  Had things gone differently and the Yankees signed him in 2008 when they drafted him...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

At the rate Monument Park is expanding, by 2030, the Yankees will need to annex the Crimea

Yesterday - finally finished with fighting the Evil Umpire - the Evil Empire announced plans to enshrine Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre, Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez in Monument Park, which is expanding at a rate that would give Vladimir Putin a chubby. Next year, they will add Bernie Williams. Of course, they eventually will toss in Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, Why not...
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Set to Honor Yankee Legends This Year

The New York Yankees just sent out a press release regarding the upcoming Old Timers Day celebration, retirement of Hall of Fame manger Joe Torre’s number 6, and other Yankee legends including Paul O’Neill, Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams. Just to clarify things the team will only be retiring Torre’s number, but will honor the rest with plaques in Monument...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

“It was 20 years ago today…”

Manny being Manny…in 1994 The Home Opener is hands down the biggest baseball day of the year in each Major League city. No matter the town,  the game is sold out1. It is the one time that every team play in front of a house packed full of their own fans. Bunting is all around the park. Excitement is in the air. Balloons. It is just flat out American: Hot dogs, cracker jacks...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – and then there were three

Three days left until Opening Day…all that stands between us and the regular season is one short weekend, and we’ll be good to go for 2014. Today, we’re going to finish up our season previews with staff predictions and some other clean-up. Yesterday, we touched on some important topics heading into the season – bold predictions from our staff, absurd new food items at ballparks...
Via The Outside Corner
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tino Martinez calls Marlins players he coached ‘soft’

Nearly a year after resigning from his job as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins, Tino Martinez was honest about the issues he had on the job, which included teaching what he felt were undisciplined, “soft” players. Martinez, who clubbed 339 homers over 16 career seasons, spoke with WFAN’s Joe and Evan on Wednesday and […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tino Martinez thinks Miami’s young hitters are “soft”

“I was tough on some of the young players I thought needed to be, not disciplined, but they were walking around like they were 10-year veterans and I was trying to teach them the right way to do things,” Martinez said, on Benigno & Roberts. He added: “I was trying to teach these guys. These guys had a great opportunity. They didn’t belong in the big leagues. They just...
Via The Outside Corner
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Paul Assenmacher

For the next 26 days, DTTWLN  will profile and break down the roster of arguably the most exciting sports team that Cleveland has ever seen; the 1995 Cleveland Indians. The ’95 Tribe won 100 games in a strike-shortened 144 game schedule, won their first Central Division title and made the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1954.  Six players made the American...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Eric Plunk

For the next 26 days, DTTWLN  will profile and break down the roster of arguably the most exciting sports team that Cleveland has ever seen; the 1995 Cleveland Indians. The ’95 Tribe won 100 games in a strike-shortened 144 game schedule, won their first Central Division title and made the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1954.  Six players made the American...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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