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High Schoolers Outslug Jose Canseco

You could call Jose Canseco’s post-baseball career a “traveling sideshow” and, honestly, you’d be spot on. The 52-year-old’s latest journey has him pitching for the Pittsburg Diamonds and serving as the team’s part-time designated hitter. And while Canseco’s performance on the field has been lackluster, off the field…he’s made a few headlines. First, the embattled...
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Jake Peavy Jams with Grateful Dead Founding Member

Jake Peavy has been a Grateful Dead fan for years. In fact, a couple of seasons ago, the San Francisco Giants pitcher even missed a team flight so he could catch a concert. So it makes sense that, even in the middle of a pennant race (the Giants are currently sitting atop the National League West), that the righty would do everything he could to jam with the Dead’s longtime bassist...
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Is Flo Rida the Reason the Braves Stink?

When it comes to hip hop…Atlanta is, undoubtedly, a hotbed of talent. So, when the Braves were looking for an anthem to get their fans excited at Turner Field, you know exactly who they went with, right? Outkast? Nope. Goodie Mob? Nuh uh. Ludcris? Negative. They went with this and, most certainly, jinxed themselves. The #Braves are 18-41 when playing Flo-Rida's "My House" in the...
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The HOVG Podcast: Brett Rapkin

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk Brett Rapkin, the writer and director of the movie “Spaceman”. The filmmaker talks about working with Josh Duhamel, hanging out with Fergie and, of course, the enigma that is former Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Got to throw out the first...
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Bartolo Colon Draws First Big League Walk

It’s been a big year for Bartolo Colon, but moreso at the plate, than on the mound. Sure, sure, he’s doing alright on the bump and was selected to his fourth All-Star Game, but back in May, dude hit his first career home run and Monday night…the plump pitcher drew his first walk. And it only took him 282 plate appearances to get there. At age 43, after 19 seasons and 281 plate...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Choice of Music is Questionable

After pitching a scoreless ninth Sunday night at the St. Louis Cardinals, Aroldis Chapman was played off the mound by The Prodigy’s “Smack by ***** Up”. Yikes. Outside of that being a horrible song for any occasion, the Chicago Cubs might want to re-consider what they play after their star reliever (who, incidentally, was involved in and suspended for an October domestic violence...
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WISDOM AND LINKS: The Meaning of Baseball in the Olympics

We are right in the middle of the Olympics, and while baseball isn’t being played in Rio, it will be in Tokyo and perhaps in 2024 and beyond (it may end up depending on who wins hosting rights for Olympics, but that’s another story). Given that it’s unlikely that any Major Leaguers will take part in the games, and even less likely that MLB would outright stop the season for...
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FOR SALE: The A-Rod Lamp

After the sudden retirement of Alex Rodriguez it would be totally acceptable for New York Yankees fans to be suffering from withdrawal. Thankfully, IKEA (yes…IKEA) has something to cure those doldrums. That’s an A-Rod lamp, folks. Well, technically, it’s an ARÖD…but you get the idea. Seriously, though, look at that sleek design, the neutral color, the various points of...
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Taiwanese Animators Go After A-Rod

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Taiwanese Animators, but when it was announced that Friday was going to be Alex Rodriguez’s last game…I had a hunch they’d show up. And they did. Like a lot these videos, there are plenty of things that make you scratch your head.\ This one was no different. Consider these. Rodriguez batting against a gloveless Boston Red Sox...
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The HOVG Podcast: Jim Morris

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with “The Rookie” Jim Morris. The science teacher-turned-pitcher talks about his journey from the classroom to the Major Leagues, getting jeered at Yankee Stadium and, of course, hanging out with Dennis Quaid while his life got the Disney treatment. Also…Jim talks about being hazed as a rookie and hanging out with Fred McGriff and...
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Jose Canseco's bats recovered after being stolen

Waking up to find out your bats have been stolen has to be every slugger’s nightmare, right? For Jose Canseco…it was a reality. Just 40 min ago at 430 am cops knock on my room door in Pittsburgh California. 2 guys broke into my suv and stole my bats.i still got it lol — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) August 10, 2016 Now, I know what you’re thinking…what does the former...
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Bridgeport Bluefish Enlist nWo

While the internet was losing its collective mind about Tim Tebow looking for a new gig and minor league teams were scrambling to be the first to sign the former quarterback to a contract, one team was busy introducing their new manager. Managers, rather. Yup…three of them. Introducing our next Guest Managers…nWo! @TheRealXPac @SCOTTHALLNWO @RealKevinNash — https://t.co/7o4oqLFt8U...
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Tim Tebow already fielding offers from baseball teams?

Welp…that didn’t take long. Hours minutes after word came out that Tim Tebow was looking to pursue a baseball career, minor league teams banged the Twitters with offers galore. One of the first … the unaffiliated Schaumburg Boomers. .@TimTebow offered contract by @boomersbaseball https://t.co/8nl81B1Skr pic.twitter.com/p7U1TOpFbA — Schaumburg Boomers (@boomersbaseball...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Looking at Baseball Career

Sometimes…you’ve just gotta know when to quit. Onetime NFL quarterback (and current host of FOX’s “Home Free”) Tim Tebow has, apparently, officially decided to hang up his football cleats and try on a different pair. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the former Heisman Trophy winner has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles for nearly a year to, hopefully, transition...
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The Best of the Bad Ichiro Swag

With a triple in the seventh inning off Colorado Rockies reliever Chris Rusin Sunday night, Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th hitter in Major League history to reach the 3000 hit milestone and just the second (Paul Molitor was the other) to do it with a three-bagger. And with that historic hit will, inevitably, come the parade of licensed (and not licensed) memorabilia commemorating...
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Youk, Arroyo Join Pearl Jam at Fenway Park

You can never accuse Pearl Jam of not playing to the home crowd. While playing a show at Wrigley Field in 2013, they welcomed “Mr. Cub” to the stage. Later that summer, while in Pittsburgh, they trotted out then-Pirates closer Jason Grilli. Friday night at Fenway Park…it was this guy. Nothing like coming back to @fenwaypark for a @PearlJam show. No better atmosphere by @RedSox...
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Bryce Harper Drops $2.7 Million on House

It’s been a busy month for Bryce Harper. First, the reigning National League MVP showed up at All-Star festivities in San Diego newly affianced and now, dude’s a home owner. All the while, the stud outfielder is doing his best to try and keep his Washington Nationals atop the National League East. But…about that house. Harper just dropped a cool $2.7 million on a five-bedroom...
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Minor League Team to Celebrate Top Gun

Earlier this summer, America celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Top Gun”.  Saturday…it’s the Potomac Nationals’ turn. Because reasons, Washington’s Single-A affiliate will don jerseys inspired by the Tom Cruise blockbuster and play host to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. @MiLB @PNats42 Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night 8/6. Do you have the need for speed?https://t.co/9QKO0NMepr...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Jeff Katz

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen welcome Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz back to the podcast. Jeff joins the boys to talk about how Hall of Fame Induction weekend affects the town of Cooperstown, re-caps the 2016 inductions of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza and looks ahead to the Class of 2017. Also, Jeff purposely avoids getting financial advice from Lenny Dykstra. (Download...
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Kevin Youkilis and Brother to Open Brewpub

The last time we heard from Kevin Youkilis, injuries were forcing him to cut short his 2014 stint playing pro ball in Japan.. Now retired from baseball, the onetime “Greek God of Walks” serves as a special assistant to Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein (who knew?) and, along with his brother Scott, is opening a high end brewpub. Loma Brewing Company near Kevin’s home in Los...
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Yasiel Puig, Ken Rosenthal Share a Moment

After a crazy day of trades (the most deadline deals since 1995), sometimes it’s hard to get all your facts straight. One player that wasn’t traded, but definitely (maybe?) was on the move… Yasiel Puig. After it was reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was not on the team flight to Denver, the rumors started swirling. Was the 25-year-old indeed being dealt? Was...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: Hall of Average 2016

Last year, around Hall of Very Good induction time, I inaugurated the Hall of Average. It’s the place for the people who are not “of Fame” or “Very Good”, but just average. Of course, that still means they are better than 99.99% of everyone who has ever lived. For my methodology, check last year’s installment. And now, our inductees: LENNY GREEN: A career .267 hitter...
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HOVG REWIND: July 31, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – The fifty-day old baseball strike is settled when the owners and players agree on a pooling system for the compensation of free agents. The All-Star game will mark the end of baseball’s first ever mid-season work stoppage. 1990 – At County Stadium, Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan gets his 300th victory, defeating...
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Roger Maris Belt, MVP Award Stolen

Nearly 55 years ago, Sal Durante caught Roger Maris’ record-setting 61st home run. The 19-year-old would sell the ball for $5000 to a restaurant owner who, in turn, returned it to the New York Yankees slugger. Now, that ball (and the bat Maris used to hit it) resides in the Hall of Fame. Two items of Maris’ that never made it to Cooperstown…his 1960 American League MVP plaque...
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For Sale: Mike Trout’s Old Ride

Your average Mike Trout fan is going to show their appreciation in a variety of different ways…a replica Number 27 jersey on their back or, perhaps, a life-sized Fathead on their wall. The folks from Goldin Auction are hoping to attract more than just the “average” fan of the Los Angeles Angels superstar. On the auction block at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention...
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