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Matthew Stewart’s High Cheddar: Volume 1

The Worst Pitch I Ever Threw Hi. My name is Matthew. This spring and summer, I’m going to spend every Sunday talking to you about baseball and sorta-related-to-baseball things. Well, most Sundays. Probably at least three or four Sundays. Shawn has been gracious enough to provide me with this column space; very much appreciating internet real estate on a rather fine and classy...
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March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Erik Sherman (Part Two)

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with New York Times best-selling author Erik Sherman about the life and times of Glenn Burke, Major League Baseball’s first and only openly gay player, and their book Out at Home. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: How Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke Made Bryant Gumbel Nervous Baseball Has an Amazing...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Yankees Skipper Doesn’t Support Goose Gossage

Not long after Goose Gossage went all-in on Jose Bautista’s bat flips and Bryce Harper’s respect for the game, he apologized. Kinda. Turns out, he’s just an self-proclaimed “old school guy, man”…let’s the fella some slack. So, everything is cool, right? Wrong. Wednesday, the Hall of Famer, who is currently serving as a special instructor for the New York Yankees followed...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: Baseball Alums of 2016 March Madness Schools

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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March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Vlad Guerrero Asks Twitter for Help. Again

The baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 hasn’t been inducted yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vladimir Guerrero from looking ahead to 2017. In case I have the honor of being selected to Cooperstown, which cap will you like me to use in the plaque?. — Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) March 14, 2016 If you’re keeping track, Guerrero split time between four different teams...
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March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper finds unlikely supporter in Curt Schilling

“Baseball’s tired.” It was the quote heard ‘round the internets. Two simple words. Whether you agreed or disagreed with what Bryce Harper said, you probably voiced your opinion on social media - but there’s no way you were as vocal as Goose Gossage. Just days after going all  “get off my lawn” in regards to Jose Bautista’s bat flips and Buster Posey getting taken...
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March 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward Paid What for His Uniform Number?

When Jason Heyward signed with the Chicago Cubs, there was only one issue…his number (22) was already on the back of Addison Russell. Now, they say fancy things are the way to a women’s heart and while I’m not sure who “they” are…I’m pretty sure the same can be said for 22-year-old middle infielders and their uniform numbers. Heyward took part in an ESPN Twitter Q&...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Erik Sherman (Part One)

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with New York Times best-selling author Erik Sherman about his upcoming book Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with ’86 Mets. Also on the docket…Erik’s dream subjects, his special bond with previous subjects Mookie Wilson and Steve Blass and, of course, his pick for the best baseball movie of all-time. (Download The Hall of...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Johnny Damon latest ballplayer to endorse Trump

Following in the footsteps of his fellow former New York Yankee Paul O’Neill, Johnny Damon is the latest baseball player to join Team Trump. “I want (Donald Trump) for president,” Damon told the Daily News. “I’m a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues...
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March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

John Cena’s Grandfather Played Major League Baseball?

It’s been more than eighty years since babe Ruth swung a bat during in a Major League Baseball game, yet that doesn’t stop people from comparing their star to the Hall of Famer. The latest offender? WWE. “John is Babe Ruth, he’s everything to us. And a real warrior,” CEO Vince McMahon said about John Cena. “It’s just in him and he loves it so much, even when he was...
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March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links presents the Blue Jays version of “30 Teams, 30 Posts” (2016)

This year, the Blue Jays have one of the biggest challenges in sports: trying to keep the ride going. What is “the ride”? It’s the thrill and exhilaration that fans gets when their team, for the first time in years, makes a true playoff run. It rewards the fans who have stayed, brings back the fans who have strayed, and creates a whole new generation of fans, too young to remember...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Introducing the Salvador Perez Wedding Cake

As a shock to no one, Salvador Perez is entering 2016 on a roll. First, the Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher’s iconic postgame celebration was introduced as the centerpiece of the team’s new marketing campaign and immortalized in the form of a 3D billboard. Sunday, the 2015 World Series MVP’s bucket dumping antics became edible. @SalvadorPerez15 @Royals Made a cake in...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Don Mattingly apologizes for famous porn stache

After realizing he was once deemed a symbol of all that is good, clean and sexually dynamic in the Mustached American community, Don Mattingly’s conscience may have talked some sense into his quivering, now bare upper lip. As previously reported, during an interview with the Associated Press, the former Mustached American New York Yankees first baseman revealed himself to be a...
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March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Josh Suchon

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Albuquerque Isotopes broadcaster Josh Suchon about his chilling true crime book Murder in Pleasanton. Also on the docket…the Topes upcoming “Better Call Saul” jersey night, how the Springfield Isotopes got their name on “The Simpsons” and the mystery behind HH Holmes and his infamous “Murder Castle”.  ***NOTE: There...
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March 04, 2016  |  Discuss

We Get It…David Ross is Old

Just in time for the “Jamie Moyer is so old…” jokes to grow stale come the same hackneyed retorts about David Ross’ age. We’ve already seen the 38-year-old get led through the clubhouse (complete with a “G-Pa Rossy” uniform) using a bat as a cane…now comes this. #Cubs gave David Ross some new wheels pic.twitter.com/nyYyTgMokM — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Cyclones Set to Celebrate Full House

It’s that time of year again. The time where minor league teams do their annual reveal of special jersey nights and bobblehead giveaways. The latest to trot out their wears…the Brooklyn Cyclones. Already binge watched Fuller house and still craving more? We've got you covered! #havemercy https://t.co/a8ld7AbYYN pic.twitter.com/s61JshaU3H — Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) March...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

The Famous San Diego Chickens Makes his Return to Baseball Cards

When the Donruss baseball card company was in its infancy, someone (looking your way Andy Strasberg) had the brilliant idea of including trading cards of The Famous San Diego Chicken as part of the set. Now, nearly two decades after Donruss pretty much gave up their piece of the baseball card pie and more than thirty years since he appeared as part of a set, the popular mascot has...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Ichiro Wears Ichiro Shirt to Spring Training

Arrive at Spring Training with a picture of yourself on your t-shirt and, I’m willing to bet, you’re going to end up the subject of ridicule. Even if it looks like the portrait was drawn by a child. Or this guy. Ichiro Suzuki showed up for his sophomore season in South Beach with a picture of himself across his chest, but, naturally…dude made it look cool. Because Ichiro....
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March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Maikel Franco's home run shot breaks teammate's windshield

You would think we would have reached a point where baseball players would make every attempt to avoid parking their cars in any area where long distance home run balls in batting practice would avoid getting hit. Unfortunately for Freddy Galvis, that was not the case Tuesday. A long bomb launched by third baseman Maikel Franco in batting practice prior to the team’s Grapefruit...
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March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Rules For Watching A Spring Training Game On TV

Tuesday, real honest-to-goodness Major League spring training games will happen. As in, like, MLB teams playing each other, not playing college teams or anything like that. You, needless to say, are desperate to see some real MLB players playing baseball against other MLB players. However, there are some things you need to know before you decide to turn on your TV and watch: First...
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March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

What Does a Bad News Bear Say to a Stressed-Out Panda?

As Edgar Renteria, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and J.D. Drew can tell you, playing in the Boston media market is a pressure cooker like no other. Pablo “Panda” Sandoval is discovering that now, as his weight is being scrutinized more than Hillary Clinton’s emails. Sandoval just showed up to Red Sox Spring Training camp looking extra flabby, and not content with straight...
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February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Jeff Kent is Still Causing a Stir

Jeff Kent didn’t make any friends during his time on “Survivor: Philippines”? Sounds about right. Turns out, Kent’s fellow castaways are still talking about the longtime big leaguer more than three years after they competed alongside/against each other on the hit CBS reality show. “**** Jeff Kent,”Jonathan Penner said when asked about his former tribe member. “Jeff...
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February 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Albuquerque Isotoptes to Celebrate Better Call Saul

‘tis the season for minor league teams to trot out their array of promo nights and so far…the Albuquerque Isotopes might have already taken the early lead. Thursday, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies announced that amid their regular schedule of fireworks displays, fifty cent hot dog nights and an appearance by the Zooperstars, they’ll be hosting a “Better Call...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast – AJ Mass

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen go inside the head of Mr. Met (literally) with author and former professional mascot AJ Mass. On the docket…the ups and downs of wearing a gigantic baseball as a head, breaking down Jeff Kent and John Rocker as contestants on “Survivor” and, yeah, that time the Secret Service threatened to kill him. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu Throws Party for Fellow Korean Players

On the field, they’re rivals. But off the field, it would appear, nothing could be farther from the truth. Tuesday, Hyun-jin Ryu took a break from Spring Training with the Los Angeles Dodgers and invited four of his fellow Korean big leaguers to his home for some home cooking. Joining the pitcher at his house in Glendale, Arizona, were Shin-soo Choo of the Texas Rangers, Dae-ho...
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February 25, 2016  |  Discuss
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