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Wrigley Field is Starting to (Almost) Look Normal

Depending on the angle, Wrigley Field is starting to look like, well…Wrigley Field. Recap: new murals up (today) at Wrigley (below). Above is yesterday. No murals>murals (both images via @WrigleyBlog) pic.twitter.com/GeLkpLZq1Z — MLBcathedrals (@MLBcathedrals) March 27, 2015 Of course, some banners hanging from the front facade doesn’t make up for the fact that the famed...
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Oakland A’s to Hold Pride Night

It’s no secret how The Hall of Very Good feels about Glenn Burke.  Last year we unveiled an award in his namesake and have written multiple articles and stories to try and bring his story to light.  So when I saw the following announcement on the Oakland A’s website, I couldn’t help but feel some serious…feels. On June 17th, The Oakland A’s will be celebrating the LGBT...
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Former Linebacker Reports to Spring Training

Wednesday, Brandon Magee reported to Spring Training for the Boston Red Sox and even though he is about a month late…team officials are cool with it. You see, up until Tuesday, the outfield prospect was a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “He’s a strong kid,” Boston’s director of player development Ben Crockett said. “He’s really athletic. And certainly you can...
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Madison Bumgarner Channels Paul Bunyan

Not since Jim Thome have we seen a Major Leaguer so adept at channeling Paul Bunyan. And while Madison Bumgarner has a long way to go to become the Hall of Fame-caliber player Thome is (he’s got the suspenders and flannel down pat)…he’s doing alright in the axe-wielding department. The 2014 World Series MVP got all choppy in a recent commercial for Carhartt and while I’ve...
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Andrew McCutchen Loses Signature Dreadlocks

According to the Bible, Samson’s power derived from his long, flowing hair.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Andrew McCutchen’s skills come from other means. Wednesday, the 2013 National League MVP chopped off his signature lengthy locks. Why? “No big reason, really,” McCutchen said. “It’s just time for a new change.” And in case you were wondering, the outfielder’s...
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Philadelphia Might Have a Taker for Ryan Howard

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to unload Ryan Howard…and they might just have an interested party. The team has made it public that they’d be willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million they owe Howard and the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League appear to be willing to take them up on the offer. But there’s a catch…they’d like to get their fans to...
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Who Would You Pick to Play Roger Clemens?

Not to be outdone by the news that the Disney Channel is preparing a Mo’ne Davis biopic…Teddy Schwarzman (the dude behind “The Imitation Game”) has announced he’s planning a film based on the career of should-be Hall of Famer Roger Clemens. Okay, okay, the story of the embattled seven-time Cy Young Award is by no means competition to that of Davis, but, man…can you think...
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Roy Halladay Rips Into A-Rod Via Twitter

What does a retired Major Leaguer pitcher do to stay relevant? Bash Alex Rodriguez, of course! And while I usually hate attempts to be relevant, I’m a big fan of what former star pitcher Roy Halladay has been up to. I always thought it was a shame how Halladay went; as a Sox fan he was my least favorite pitcher to face and as a result the Blue Jays still make me cringe a bit–after...
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That Time Some Dudes Broke Into The Astrodome

The Harris County Domed Stadium, er, Houston Astrodome hasn’t hosted a baseball game since October 9, 1999, yet…everyone still knows its name. Come to think of it, outside of WrestleMania X-7 in 2001 and playing house to Hurricane Katrina victims four years later, the dome, once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” hasn’t seen much action since the Astros made the nearly...
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Wisdom and Links: Just Links This Time

Since last week had no links, this week will JUST have links! Makes sense, right? So, here we go: Some guys broke into the Astrodome in 2012. And they have photos from their adventure.   The story of the Fake Ned Coletti twitter account and how it was shut down. Don’t worry, it’s back now, partly because of this article by Jorge Arangure Jr., leading his editor to declare him...
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Disney Channel to Make Mo’ne Davis Biopic

Not since Henry Rowengartner, have Hollywood executives been so enamored by a teenage pitcher. According to Variety, the Disney Channel is planning on producing “Throw Like Mo”…a biopic of Mo’ne Davis, the 2014 Little League World Series’ standout superstar. “Mo’ne is not only a topnotch athlete in three different sports,” Naketha Mattocks, VP of original movies for...
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Randy Johnson Unloads Southern California Crib

Famed rock and roll photographer (and five-time Cy Young Award winner) Randy Johnson sold his oceanfront Dana Point house for $6.25 million. Johnson and his wife put the Southern California home on the market in November for $6.85 million, but considering “The Big Unit” made a reported $175.5 million(!) during his baseball career, a loss of $600,000 has got to be comparable to...
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Rays Prospect Forced to Shave Off Impressive Beard

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Ryan Brett made a lot of pre-season “best of” lists. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with the second baseman’s .297 career batting average through five minor league seasons. The fuss was all about Brett’s impressive lower face foliage. On Monday, however, after being sent to the team’s minor league camp, the “Duck Dynasty” lookalike was forced...
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Wisdom and Links: NCAA Basketball Tourney Teams and their Best Baseball Alums

It’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Time, so, today, I’ve compiled a list of the best baseball player from every team that qualified for this year’s “Big Dance”. They didn’t necessarily graduate, but they did go there. I’ve tried as hard as I could to make sure that these guys actually played for these schools and didn’t just merely go there during the off-season for...
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Richmond Flying Squirrels to Wear Jaws-themed Jerseys

There’s been a ton of talk this off season about themed uniforms and stadium promotions. So much, that it would probably be easier to make a list of teams not having a “Stars Wars” night. That said, this promotion is a winner. Specialty jersey alert! The Squirrels will honor a classic movie as Shark Week hits #RVA early on June 13th. pic.twitter.com/FSTNiWTt9T — Squirrels...
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That Time Carrot Top Introduced Himself to Derek Jeter

I’m sure I’m not alone (or at least I hope I’m not) when I say I enjoy stuff like this, but I absolutely get a kick out random chance encounters documented via social media. Remember when, not that long ago, free agent pitcher Brian Wilson showed up on Twitter with Las Vegas legends (Sin City’s longest running headliners) Penn and Teller? Now there’s this. Just made a...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Honky Tonk Man Visits Brewers Camp

Clearly avoiding the team’s pinkeye avoidance policy, Honky Tonk Man made his semi-annual trip to visit the Milwaukee Brewers. 1 on 1with former @wwe intercontinental champ @OfficialHTM #MLB meets #WWE I think I might have a second career haha pic.twitter.com/jRY7JbdTOD — Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) March 14, 2015 Grew up watching @OfficialHTM! Finally got to meet him! pic...
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Milwaukee Brewers to Avoid High Fives. Seriously

Nearly 38 years ago, Los Angeles Dodgers teammates Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke were credited, by some, with inventing the “high five”. Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers outlawed the congratulatory gesture. The reason? An outbreak of pinkeye. “We’ve been going through it for a while and it seems like a couple of more show up every day,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We can...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a Wizard in the Batter’s Box

Hey, remember that video of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. mashing home runs? Now the 15-year-old big league prospect is showing he can hit the low balls like pops did. The junior Guerrero is said to possess more talent than his should-be Hall of Fame father did at the same age and many believe he might even make it to the Majors as a teenager. But here’s the best part, “VGJR” is...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Not Everyone Was Amused by Will Ferrell’s Stunt

Not since August 4, 1982, when Joel Youngblood saw action (and got hits!) for both the New York Mets and Montreal Expos, has Major League Baseball witnessed a player suiting up for two different teams on the same day. Thursday, Will Ferrell did Youngblood a few times better…playing for ten teams. The actor started his day shortly after noon in Mesa, Arizona, as a member of both...
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Mo’ne Davis Hits the Court with the Globetrotters

Seven month ago, Mo’ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a winning game in the Little League World Series. Since then, the thirteen-year-old’s life has been one crazy thing after another. First it was the non-stop television appearances, including a visit to “The Tonight Show” where she struck out host Jimmy Fallon. Then, it was the cover of Sports Illustrated, being featured...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

War Vet, Amputee Tries Out For Tigers

Monday, Daniel “Doc” Jacobs tried out for a spot with the Detroit Tigers.  But unlike the countless others that hit the field in sunny Lakeland, Florida…dude is a disabled Navy veteran. You see, nearly nine years prior to his tryout, Jacobs was on a battlefield in Ramadi, Iraq when an IED exploded beneath him.  His body was left shattered, his left leg amputated from the...
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Wisdom and Links: A Modest Proposal

Gentlemen and ladies, we are faced with a crisis. Too many of our goddamn aces are getting hurt. This spring, for example, we have seen Yu Darvish injured, likely in need of Tommy John Surgery. He is but the latest. It seems like, year after year, our great pitching heroes go down, struck down by their own cruel bodies and the fact that mankind was not made to throw a baseball like...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Reggie Jackson to Auction Off Yankee Stadium Letters

Thanks to Reggie Jackson the New York Yankees fan who (thinks he) has everything can now, literally, buy a vowel…or six. Before Yankee Stadium was demolished, it was sold off, piece by piece to whoever wanted to own their own slice of team history. And one of the buyers was “Mr. October” himself. “There were a few items I wanted to purchase before the old Yankee Stadium was...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincy Fan Drops a Grand on Old Griffey Jr. Locker

I’m not sure why anyone would buy this…but they did. Presumably, the buyer is a huge Ken Griffey Jr. fan and feels like they got the deal of the century, but, me? All I see is a lot of red and even more dust. Sunday, one lucky(?) Cincinnati Reds fan dropped $1200 so they could remember the nearly nine unfulfilling seasons the then-oft injured future Hall of Famer spent in ...
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