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Rare Willie Mays Card Stolen

Attention Willie Mays fans, if you just got a great deal on high-grade Willie Mays 1951 Bowman rookie card…get excited, it probably once belonged to comedian Rob Schneider. Unfortunately…it was probably also stolen. You see, according to TMZ, thieves made off with the former “Saturday Night Live” star’s prized Mays rookie card (valued at roughly $175,000), a pair of other...
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Why isn’t Lee Smith in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Poor Lee Smith did the worst thing any baseball player can do if he wants to be immortalized in Cooperstown: He stopped playing. And in the eyes of Baseball Hall of Fame voters, he keeps getting worse every year. Considering he’s now 57 and hasn’t played since 1997, it’s hard to see what Smith has done wrong in the eyes of voters. But he went from receiving more than 50 percent...
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The Hall of Fame Case for Lee Smith

Full disclosure. I grew up in Illinois and I hate the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field, the little “c” on their hats, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and the fact that they call themselves the “Lovable Losers”…they all get my goat (reference intended). There are some Cubs I have liked however. Nomar (naturally, but I would never consider him a “Cub”), Andre Dawson, Leon Durham and...
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Richard Linklater to Direct Baseball Comedy

Famed director Richard Linklater is heading back to the diamond. Linklater, who brought “Boyhood” to the big screen in 2014 is set to bring his latest offering, a yet-to-be-titled baseball comedy, to theaters April 15, 2016…just in time for Opening Day.  Described as a  “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused”, the movie is said to follow a group of...
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Jim Kaat: Beyond the Numbers

Baseball is a game of numbers and, naturally, new Hall of Very Good inductee Jim Kaat’s lengthy Major League career has been built on there. Here’s a look beyond the numbers of Kaat’s time in baseball. 1960 Following the 1960 season, the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and renamed themselves the Twins. Along for the ride was Jim Kaat…he’d also became the last member...
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The Baseball Cards of Jim Kaat

Baseball fans have been listening to Jim Kaat for the past thirty years, after watching him pitch for 25 years prior. Hard to believe he was once a fresh-faced rookie way back in the Eisenhower administration. Kaat’s long, distinguished career saw him star not only with his arm but also his glove and bat. In a move that is common now but was very unusual for 1973, Topps showed...
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Talkin’ Baseball with Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat played 25 years in the Majors for six teams, including 15 for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins. Along the way, he would collect 283 wins and 16-straight Gold Gloves. In 1962, Kaat would collect 18 wins for the Twins. It would be the first in a stretch of 15 straight seasons where the pitcher would win ten or more games. Following his quarter-century as a player...
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The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to, once again, open its proverbial doors to three new members…longtime member of the Minnesota Twins Jim Kaat, former all-time saves leader Lee Smith and this year’s celebrity inductee, former minor league outfielder (and recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee) “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Jim Kaat played 25 years in the Majors for six teams, including...
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Wisdom and (no) Links: The Hall Of Average

By now you’ve seen stories of some of the new inductees into The Hall of Very Good. I’ve caught a preview…and it’s a fine group. However, this installment of Wisdom and Links is not about that group. It’s not about The Hall of Very Good. It’s about the merely average. Now, sometimes people say “average” as if it’s a slight. But to me, the most “average” Major...
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Former Twins Reliever Channels Luke Scott

A few years ago, former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luke Scott caused a stir when he questioned, among other things, the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Turns out, baseball’s got another birther in the bunch. Prior to the 2015 season, Anthony Swarzak left the Minnesota Twins to sign a deal with Cleveland. After pitching just 13 innings for the Tribe…the 29...
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Cubs Unimpressed By Cole Hamels No-Hitter

The Chicago Cubs hadn’t been no-hit since Hall of Famer stymied them on September 9, 1965. So, when soon-to-be-former-Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels threw a hitless gem against the team on Saturday, the baseball world stood up and took notice. Suffice it to say, the “Loveable Losers” were not as impressed. Dexter Fowler walks twice in loss to #Phillies. Recap: http...
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Uh Oh…Did Mr. October Shove a Fan?

Just because a guy can hit a ball over a fence, he’s not obligated to write his name on something for you. Much less twice. When he’s having dinner with friends. All Reggie Jackson wanted to do was eat dinner with some friends, but, Friday night, his feast turned ugly. According to reports, the Hall of Famer was finishing up dining with friends when he was “besieged by autograph...
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John Rocker is Back in Cooperstown, Baby!

The internet world seemingly caught fire last year when pictures of John Rocker signing autographs and raffling off a night of drinking hit the Twitters. This year, everyone’s favorite bigot is back in Cooperstown and, thankfully…he’s got friends. You've reached bottom of the Cooperstown autograph barrel when it's Dykstra, Klesko, wrong Frank Thomas & Rockhead pic.twitter...
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Japanese High Schooler is Awesome

It all started so innocent. Someone was making a simple video recording of a Japanese high school band performing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” at a baseball game. But, then, at the 0:38 mark, as if summoned by the baseball Gods above, the most fantastic pre-swing routines broke out in the background. It’s so fantastic that it’s even left the jaw of “Batting Stance Guy”...
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Marvel’s Menagerie of Yankee Stadium Appearances

Sometimes, baseball plays a role in a piece of fiction, but not really a big enough one where I can do a full piece on it. Take Marvel, for example. The fact that 95% of their heroes are in New York City means that there are plenty of stories where heroes or villains visit Yankee Stadium but where their visit isn’t long enough or baseball-focused enough to really justify giving...
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WWE Superstar Talks Baseball Cards

We all know about some particular baseball players and their love for professional wrestling. As it turns out, the admiration society goes both ways. Long before Daniel Bryan challenged Josh Reddick to a “Beard Off” (and long before the Oakland A’s outfielder channeled the Ultimate Warrior on television), the WWE Superstar was quite the baseball card collector. And he had good...
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Wisdom and Links: A Primer of Trade Deadline Terms

We are nearing the trade deadline. So, brush up on two of the most important terms for it: First off, you’ll no doubt hear about HUG-WATCH. Hug-Watch (#HugWatch) is when people interpret every semi-unusual removal of a ballplayer from a game and the amount of hugs he then receives in the dugouts as proof of an impending trade. Or maybe they are just injured or have found out their...
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Wisdom and Links: A Primer of Trade Deadline Terms

We are nearing the trade deadline. So, brush up on two of the most important terms for it: First off, you’ll no doubt hear about HUG-WATCH. Hug-Watch (#HugWatch) is when people interpret every semi-unusual removal of a ballplayer from a game and the amount of hugs he then receives in the dugouts as proof of an impending trade. Or maybe they are just injured or have found out their...
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Wisdom and Links: A Primer of Trade Deadline Terms

We are nearing the trade deadline. So, brush up on two of the most important terms for it: First off, you’ll no doubt hear about HUG-WATCH. Hug-Watch (#HugWatch) is when people interpret every semi-unusual removal of a ballplayer from a game and the amount of hugs he then receives in the dugouts as proof of an impending trade. Or maybe they are just injured or have found out their...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: A Primer of Trade Deadline Terms

We are nearing the trade deadline. So, brush up on two of the most important terms for it: First off, you’ll no doubt hear about HUG-WATCH. Hug-Watch (#HugWatch) is when people interpret every semi-unusual removal of a ballplayer from a game and the amount of hugs he then receives in the dugouts as proof of an impending trade. Or maybe they are just injured or have found out their...
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Jose Bautista Rocks the Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Dictionary defines a “Canadian Tuxedo” as, simply, “an outfit consisting of a denim jacket and demin jeans”. So, with that said, ladies and gentlemen…behold the majesty and splendor of Joey Bats! Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun. #WorkHardBeGreat pic.twitter.com/rdUgpXVgDv — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 21, 2015 Now, I have no idea what Toronto...
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Jose Bautista Rocks the Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Dictionary defines a “Canadian Tuxedo” as, simply, “an outfit consisting of a denim jacket and demin jeans”. So, with that said, ladies and gentlemen…behold the majesty and splendor of Joey Bats! Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun. #WorkHardBeGreat pic.twitter.com/rdUgpXVgDv — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 21, 2015 Now, I have no idea what Toronto...
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Jose Bautista Rocks the Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Dictionary defines a “Canadian Tuxedo” as, simply, “an outfit consisting of a denim jacket and demin jeans”. So, with that said, ladies and gentlemen…behold the majesty and splendor of Joey Bats! Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun. #WorkHardBeGreat pic.twitter.com/rdUgpXVgDv — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 21, 2015 Now, I have no idea what Toronto...
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Jose Bautista Rocks the Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Dictionary defines a “Canadian Tuxedo” as, simply, “an outfit consisting of a denim jacket and demin jeans”. So, with that said, ladies and gentlemen…behold the majesty and splendor of Joey Bats! Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun. #WorkHardBeGreat pic.twitter.com/rdUgpXVgDv — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 21, 2015 Now, I have no idea what Toronto...
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Jose Bautista Rocks the Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Dictionary defines a “Canadian Tuxedo” as, simply, “an outfit consisting of a denim jacket and demin jeans”. So, with that said, ladies and gentlemen…behold the majesty and splendor of Joey Bats! Remember these two things: Play hard and have fun. #WorkHardBeGreat pic.twitter.com/rdUgpXVgDv — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 21, 2015 Now, I have no idea what Toronto...
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