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Vin Scully to announce Dodgers games in 2015

I said it last year at this time and I’ll gladly say it again…those sounds you hear echoing through Chavez Ravine are the dulcet tones of one Vin Scully announcing he’ll be returning next season for his 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast booth. The team made the announcement Tuesday night during their game against the Atlanta Braves and did it in three different...
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WATCH: Melky Cabrera breaks windshield with home run

The Toronto Blue Jays responded to the 14-1 shellacking they received at the hands of the Boston Red Sox last Monday by flipping the score and offering up a whipping of their own. Leading the charge was Melky Cabrera who, not only hit home runs from each side of the plate, but, also, sent one fan home with an insurance claim. In the sixth inning, the outfielder cleared Fenway Park’s...
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John Rocker Responds to Critics

Saturday, John Rocker broke the internet when he offered up the next best thing to being on the stage during the Hall of Fame Induction…a night of free drinks! And, it should have been no surprise to anyone (especially Rocker), that the media ate up like the circus it was.  That said…here’s how the former Atlanta Braves reliever responded to his critics, er, everyone. Snub...
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Former Brewers Prospect Gets Final Rose on The Bachelorette

In the 2002 MLB Draft, Josh Murray was selected in the second round (48th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Now, almost a dozen years later, the former Minor League infielder-turned-financial advisor received the final rose from Andi Dorfman on this year’s installment of “The Bachelorette”. “When I decided to give up my first love – baseball – all those years ago, a...
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Brewers Bobbleheads Show Up…Closer Still MIA

By now, you’ve heard about the nightmare that is the saga of the 15,000 misspelled Troy Tulowitzki jerseys that led the Colorado Rockies had to cancel Saturday’s giveaway, right? Well…the Milwaukee Brewers were almost in a similar bind. As of late Saturday night, the team had yet to receive the Jim Henderson bobbleheads they were giving away to all the fans who showed up Sunday...
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Rocker raffles night of drinking with him in Cooperstown

Hall of Fame weekend brings out a ton of former big leaguers.  From Hall of Famers to Pete Rose…it’s a veritable smorgasbord of All-Stars from years past. This year, however, is a little different.  Probably thinking there’s a way to cash in on the glut of Atlanta Braves fans making the trip north…there’s also John Rocker.  And, sure, it’d be easy to suspect that Rocker...
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WATCH: Benches clear twice during minor league game

Things got a little out of hand Friday night between the Double-A affiliates of the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins. Up 5-1 in the ninth inning, Birmingham Barons infielder Jeremy Farrell crossed homeplate and bumped into Jacksonville Suns pitcher Matt Ramsey, who was backing up the play.  According to Suns manager Andy Barkett, it was Farrell that ignited the brawl by jawing...
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Zack Greinke Makes History (Kinda)

When striking out the side just isn’t enough to get you out of an inning, you do what Zack Greinke did Friday night…you strike out a fourth batter. In the third inning of their win over the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher struck out Hector Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco to become just the 67th different pitcher to strike out four batters...
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Barry Bonds Turns 50

Thursday, home run king Barry Bonds turned 50. And, that night, the seven-time National League MVP celebrated the milestone with friends and family. Joining the recently slimmed down slugger…Rich Aurilia (who played with Bonds from 1995-2003 and in 2007), his son Nikolai and Randy Winn (2005-2007), my guess is that Jeff Kent skipped the affair. Happy belated birthday, Barry.
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Like Her Dad, Josie Canseco Loves Social Media

Confession time.  I’m like a lot of you…I’ve poked some fun at Jose Canseco online.  But, as time has passed, I’ve come to realize something. Unlike a number of former big leaguers out there on the Twitters (looking your way John Rocker and Chipper Jones), I think the former American League MVP actually gets it.  I mean, dude is sitting at more than half a million followers...
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Looking Ahead to The Hall of Fame Class of 2015

What’s interesting about the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is the same thing that got us excited about the Class of 2014…there are some definite no-brainers, shoe-ins if you will. Truth is, I don’t know if the Hall of Fame has had back-to-back-to-back years (yup, already looking your way, 2016!) with so many quality, legitimate first ballot candidates. But, as was the case the...
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A Look Back at July 24, 1983

In 1955, team owners were in a bind…they were losing too much money on baseballs that were stained and smudged with the pine tar being used on bats. To combat that loss, baseball implemented a rule…MLB Rule 1.10(c). It was a simple one really. Basically, you can treat your bat with anything to help “improve the grip”. But here’s the catch. That material cannot extend past...
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Former MLB all-star Chuck Knoblauch charged with assault

Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday night…accused of assaulting his ex-wife. The former Major Leaguer was charged with misdemeanor assault on a family member after allegedly grabbing his ex-wife Cheri by the arm, smashing her head into a wall and throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.  According to police, Cheri had a large bruise on her arm, a large...
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The San Diego Chicken Off the Field: A Brief Overview of Baseball’s Ambassador To The World

I am only being somewhat facetious when I say this: The Famous Chicken may be baseball’s greatest ambassador of the last 35 years or so. Sure, plenty of actual baseball players have done great things and a few of course have even become mainstream stars of American culture. But tell me… has any baseball player, or really any baseball-related person period… known as few bounds...
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This A-Rod Parody Wins the Internet

To coincide with Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game appearance, Nike put out a pretty cool spot honoring the New York Yankees captain. And, as is customary…here come the parodies.  First out of the gate (and honestly, it should be the last) is this nearly spot on “tribute” to Jeter’s former teammate Alex Rodriguez from Funny or Die. F13K A-Rod (RE2PECT Parody) from Funny Or Die
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Talkin’ Baseball with The San Diego Chicken – Part Two

When we last left our friend Ted Giannoulas (aka The San Diego Chicken), he was on top of the world because for one night he was the highest paid athlete on the globe. The future is looking pretty bright for our flexible, tri-colored friend.  If you are wondering what else there could possibly be for a man in a chicken suit to accomplish…well then grab yourself a beverage and...
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Talkin’ Baseball with The San Diego Chicken – Part One

This marks a very big first for The Hall of Very Good.  You are about to embark on a two part interview with our first ever celebrity inductee, Ted Giannoulas.  Of course, you probably know him better as his alter ego, The San Diego Chicken. The San Diego Chicken has been a staple of Major League Baseball mascots for nearly four decades and Giannoulas has been inside that suit...
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What They’re Saying About The San Diego Chicken

It’s been 35 years since the 2014 celebrity inductee The San Diego Chicken was “hatched” in front of more than 47,00 fans.  Today, he’s as beloved as he was in front of that initial crowd at Jack Murphy Stadium. Former San Diego Padres pitcher John D’Acquisto;  “I can remember that The San Diego Chicken was like the 26th man on our roster as the ‘Head Rooster’....
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The Baseball Cards of The San Diego Chicken

The Hall of Very Good’s inaugural celebrity inductee was “hatched” in front of more than 47,000 fans in 1979.  A couple years later, he made his way on to baseball cards. The San Diego Chicken appears on a card in four separate Donruss sets with an actual offer on the back of the card where you could send the card to The Chicken himself to autograph it. In 1982, The Chicken...
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Cubs Fans Get Schooled Outside Wrigley Field

Mark Faea. Jason Yatung. Just a couple of names that Chicago Cubs fans are hoping can turn around the century-old sinking ship that is their franchise. The problem? They’re not real. Taking a page from the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” playbook, Matt Lindner from Chicago’s RedEye Sports hit the streets outside Wrigley Field to prove what many of us already know…people will say anything...
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Tanner Vavra Continues to Contribute

Heading in to the 2014 season, expectations were limited with regard to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team’s fortunes would likely turn on the performance of a staff of young, highly heralded pitching prospects. The offense, meanwhile, could very well struggle to score enough runs to keep the Minnesota Twins’ Midwest League affiliate competitive. That hasn’t exactly been the...
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Tanner Vavra Looking to Re-capture Early Season Form

Heading in to the 2014 season, expectations were limited with regard to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team’s fortunes would likely turn on the performance of a staff of young, highly heralded pitching prospects. The offense, meanwhile, could very well struggle to score enough runs to keep the Minnesota Twins’ Midwest League affiliate competitive. That hasn’t exactly been the...
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Jeff Francoeur Gets Got Once Again

Rarely is the sequel as good as the original and, hardly ever, is it better.  This is not one of those times. Back in April, Jeff Francoeur’s teammates with the El Paso Chihuahuas convinced him that reliever Jorge Reyes was deaf.  And the best part…they kept up the charade for weeks.  So, on the eve of Francoeur getting promoted to the San Diego Padres…his teammates struck...
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Talkin’ Baseball with Tanner Vavra

Starting today, The Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award will be an annual award presented to a person who has made a significant impact on the game of baseball or has overcome adversity to succeed on the field.  And it’s with great honor and pleasure that The Hall of Very Good™ announces Tanner Vavra as the inaugural recipient of The Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award. At the...
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The Hall of Very Good™ Announces Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award Recipient

Monday, The Hall of Very Good™ added three members when it announced its Class of 2014.  Joining Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva and The San Diego Chicken in The Hall this summer will be the inaugural Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient. But, first…about Glenn Burke. From 1976-1979, Burke played parts of four seasons in the Majors, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers...
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