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Marlins Team Barber Gets Jose Fernandez-Inspired Ink

While Donald Trump was in Melbourne, Florida, praising Jose Fernandez, Huge Tandron was in Miami showing off his new ink inspired by the recently deceased Marlins ace. Tandron, who also serves as the Marlins official barber, developed quite a relationship with the pitcher during his time with the team. “Every game (Fernandez) started, he got a haircut,” Tandron said during Tuesday’s...
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Donald Trump Praises Jose Fernandez at Florida Rally

Following his death Sunday morning, you’d be hard pressed to not find someone somewhere praising Jose Fernandez. And I get it. The Miami Marlins ace was a stud pitcher on his way to what could have been one heck of a career. One place you’d not expect to hear his name mentioned is a Donald Trump rally. But during the wannabe president’s latest stop Tuesday in Melbourne, Florida…there...
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Actor Gets Nervous Around Vin Scully

After 67 years in the broadcast booth, Vin Scully has (probably) done/seen just about everything. And, thanks to Baseball-Reference, we know precisely what some of those things are. Emmy Award winner Eric Stonestreet has brushed elbows with, seemingly, just about everyone. Seriously, the “Modern Family” actor has recently tweeted out pictures of himself with Brock Lesnar, Kevin...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco Wants a Shot with the Mets

Must be that time of year. Looking to, no doubt, become a modern day Minnie Minoso, Jose Canseco is again offering up his services to whoever might be listening. Late Saturday night, everyone’s favorite quinquagenarian (and 2016 Hall of Very Good inductee) hit the Twitters…hoping New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was listening. I can take the mets to the promise land Jeff — Jose...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Baltimore Orioles Win at Retirement Gifts

Retirement tours are the worst. Seriously, how many pairs of custom-made cowboy boots and personalized surfboards do a retiring baseball player need? Apparently, as many as the Major Leagues has teams in Texas and San Diego. On his last trip to Baltimore, the Orioles made sure David Ortiz left Camden Yards with a piece of “history”…even if the retiring slugger specifically...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Seth Swirsky

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with baseball Renaissance Man Seth Swirsky. The best-selling author, artist, songwriter and renowned baseball memorabilia collector joins the boys to talk about his famed memorabilia collection, the buying and selling of the famed “Buckner Ball” and that time he might’ve (probably) cost the Boston Red Sox a trip to the World Series...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek Serves as Judge on Chopped Junior

Jason Varitek did and saw plenty during his 15-year big league career. Former Boston Red Sox team captain, two World Series rings…dude even caught a record four no-hitters. But I’m guessing none of that compared to what the former catcher faced Tuesday night. Judge. .@RedSox fans set your DVR'sJason Varitek is a Celebrity Judge on the @FoodNetwork #ChoppedJr Tomorrow at 8pm...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: The Coming Yankee Dynasty

We’re all dead, we just don’t know it yet. Or, rather, most of Major League Baseball’s teams are dead, they just don’t know it yet. Because, well, the Empire is about to strike back. It won’t come this year – although certainly the “Baby Bombers” have surprised – and it might not come next year. But it’s coming: The next Yankee dynasty. Now, to be sure, others...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Motte Names Son After Hall of Famer

In 2012, Jason Motte joined elite company in St. Louis when he finished the season with a career-high 42 saves. But that league-leading total and dope beard were the only two things the former Cardinals closer (and current Colorado Rockies reliever) had with legendary fireman Bruce Sutter. Until now. Jason Motte's wife Caitlin had the couple's second child last month, a boy, and...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wildest Wild Card Races

There was a time in Major League Baseball, not too long ago, when 103 wins couldn’t even guarantee you a playoff spot. But after the 1994 strike, Commissioner Bud Selig solved the “too many teams – too few playoff spots” conundrum by simple multiplication. Adding two extra playoff spots to each league, Selig created the Wild Card spot for the best team that didn’t win its...
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Jason Kipnis Tells Reporter to Stay Home

The Cleveland Indians are seven games in front of the Detroit Tigers in their division and own the second best record in the American League. The Tribe is so hot right now, they’re a couple of weeks away from capturing their first Central crown since 2007…but apparently that’s not enough for some Cleveland writers. “Write it down,” Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes wrote...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: John Costacos

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with famed “Poster Boy” John Costacos. The creator of some of the world’s most popular sports posters joins the boys to talk the pros and cons of political correctness, and shares some of the best stories you’re likely to hear all week. True statement. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Renaming...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Big Papi Merch Out There

If you haven’t purchased your “David Ortiz Retirement Tour” merchandise yet (and can’t get to Fenway for Tuesday’s “Bling T” givewaway)…what are you waiting for? With just a few weeks left until we say “goodbye” to the Boston Red Sox slugger forever (or until the postseason), it’s probably about time for you to make your “Big Papi Party” purchases. Here’s...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum is Once Again Without a Team

The Tim Lincecum with the Angels era is over. The team has announced that it has no plans to recall him to the majors again this season, ending his 2016. It also ends his attempted comeback with the Angels from hip surgery, and may very well signal the end of the 32-year old’s career. Nicknamed The Freak because of his dominance at such an early age and his ability to generate...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Jay Mohr

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with podcasting legend Jay Mohr. The comedian and onetime Saturday Night Live cast member joins the boys to conduct the inaugural HOVG fantasy draft. Later, Rich Grisham from Out of the Park lets everyone know who had the best team. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Shawn’s Team C – Joe Torre,  1B...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins to Honor Murdered Minnesota Boy

In October 1989, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling went missing while riding his bike in his hometown of St. Joseph, Minnesota. On September 1, 27 years after his abduction, Wetterling’s remains were found. Friday, the Twins will honor the family of the slain pre-teen with red jerseys and a Number 11 patch on their uniforms. The visiting Cleveland Indians will also honor Wetterling...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fans Already Snatching Up Tim Tebow Mets Jerseys

It wasn’t long after the New York Mets announced that they had inked Tim Tebow to a minor league deal that baseball jerseys started becoming available online. The best/worst part? There’s clearly a market for them. Where do I buy my tebow mets jersey? — White Iverson (@millzy1719) September 8, 2016 When can I get my Tebow Mets jersey — Phillayyy Mignon ™ (@PhilPinto54...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling gets talk show hosting gig

To label Curt Schilling as “polarizing” would be an understatement. Seriously, dude has become the Webster’s Dictionary definition of “like him” or “hate him”…which is why, I’d have to think, the Howie Carr Radio Network agreed to bring the controversial world champ on as a talk show host. And we can all only assume it’ll end well. “We strongly believe that...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Curses Incorporated

I was in Chicago a week or so back, and at the Chicago Sports Museum (attached to a Harry Carey’s restaurant because of course it is) they have a curse room. It’s mainly about the Billy Goat, of course, but it covers all sorts of sports curses from around the world. And then, I realized something I’d realized before but which I had sort of forgotten: Curses are good for business...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco on Bobblehead: Too “Skinny”

Another day…another Jose Canseco headline. Honestly, I’d love to not post so much about the guy, but, let’s face it, finding interesting stories about the 2016 Hall of Very Good inductee are kind of like shooting fish inhabiting a big barrel-like structure full of, well…you know. Anyway. Saturday night, Canseco’s old team (the Oakland A’s) hosted another of his former...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

NWO Leads Team to Victory

While the Bridgeport Bluefish patiently wait to see if Tim Tebow is going to sign with them or not, the Atlantic League team had another trick up their sleeve. Friday night, the Bluefish enlisted Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, professional wrestling’s NWO, to help them beat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. And their jerseys were on point. Hey Yo….are you ready? pic...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Sends Letter to Young Cancer Patient

If you didn’t already have a little bit of a man crush on Anthony Rizzo…you’re about to. The Chicago Cubs first baseman recently caught wind of Parker Hopkins, a 22-month-old from Iowa who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and did exactly what all of us would like to do…but don’t. Dude reached out to Parker, detailed his own battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (he was diagnosed...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout Involved in Car Accident

Remember a couple of years ago when Mike Trout won back-to-back All-Star Game MVPs and with them…a pair of vehicles? Turns out, he’s going need one. Wednesday night, following a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Los Angeles Angels superstar was involved in an accident that injured another motorist south of Anaheim. According to police reports, the accident happened when Trout’s...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco Challenges Tim Tebow to Home Run Derby

Tim Tebow impressed (or didn’t…depending on who you listen to) the nearly 40 big league scouts on hand to watch the former Heisman Trophy winner show off his baseball skills Tuesday. And while Tebow seemingly hasn’t received a contract offer to his liking, there is this. Hey Timmy @timtebow lets do a home run derby to see what got. — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) August 31...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Larry Bowa is not Thrilled with Tim Tebow

Welp, it’s time…and I sure hope social media is prepared. Tuesday, the Tim Tebow Experiment will be fully realized when scouts from an estimated two-thirds of the 30 Major League teams head to Los Angeles to watch the NFL quarterback-turned-broadcaster-turned-hopeful big leaguer show off his stuff. And while the stack is certainly stacked against him (dude hasn’t really swung...
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August 30, 2016  |  Discuss
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