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Cooperstown 2016: Troy Glaus

TROY GLAUS First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Anaheim Angels (1998–2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Toronto Blue Jays (2006–2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2008–2009) and Atlanta Braves (2010). ACHIEVEMENTS: 320 career home runs in 13 seasons. Four-time All-Star (2000-2001, 2003 and 2006). 2002 World Series champion and World Series MVP. Two-time Silver Slugger Award (2000...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Charlie Day to Play The San Diego Chicken?

Can you imagine Charlie Day dressed up as The San Diego Chicken? It could happen. If The Chicken (real name Ted Giannoulas) had his way, the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor would play the iconic mascot in a movie about his life. Of course, there would also have to be such a movie being made. “If I could pick someone to play me in a movie, oh man…who would that...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Introducing Marlins…Men?

Welp. It’s come to this. By now you know the story of Laurence “Marlins Man” Leavy, the Fort Lauderdale-based lawyer who has taken to traveling the country and attending the highest of high profile sporting events clad in bright orange. Saturday night, while Leavy was busy in Miami, his three unofficial doppelgangers had taken up residency behind the Milwaukee Bucks bench during...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Nomar Garciaparra

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA Second Year on Ballot (5.5% last year) PLAYING CAREER: Boston Red Sox (1996–2004), Chicago Cubs (2004–2005), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006–2008) and Oakland Athletics (2009). ACHIEVEMENTS: Two-time American League batting champion (1999 and 2000), with a career batting average of .313. On May 10, 1999, become one of just 13 players in Major League history to hit...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Jim Edmonds

JIM EDMONDS First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: California/Anaheim Angels (1993–1999), St. Louis Cardinals (2000–2007), San Diego Padres (2008), Chicago Cubs (2008), Milwaukee Brewers (2010) and Cincinnati Reds (2010). ACHIEVEMENTS: .284 career batting average with 393 home runs and 1199 RBI. Five seasons with 30 or more home runs. Four-time All-Star (1995, 2000, 2003 and 2005...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Ted Giannoulas

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk to 2014 Hall of Very Good celebrity inductee Ted Giannoulas…better known as The Famous Chicken. On the docket… that time The Chicken incited a riot, his days as a member of “The Baseball Bunch” and who he would want play him in a biochick, er, pic.   (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes)   SHOW NOTES: Talkin’...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: David Eckstein

DAVID ECKSTEIN First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Anaheim Angels (2001–2004), St. Louis Cardinals (2005–2007), Toronto Blue Jays (2008), Arizona Diamondbacks (2008) and San Diego Padres (2009–2010) ACHIEVEMENTS: Lifetime .280 average batting average. Two-time All-Star (2005 and 2006). Two-time World Series champion (2002 and 2006). 2006 World Series Most Valuable Player....
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Roger Clemens

ROGER CLEMENS Fourth Year on Ballot (37.5% last year) PLAYING CAREER: Boston Red Sox (1984-1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1997-1998), New York Yankees (1999-2003), Houston Astros (2004-2006) and New York Yankees (2007) ACHIEVEMENTS: Career record of 354-184 (.658 winning percentage) with an ERA of 3.12 and 4672 strikeouts. Ranks ninth all-time in wins and third all-time in strikeouts...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie (Apparently) Loves Emojis

Wednesday, Brett Lawrie was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago White Sox and the third baseman greeted the fanbase of his third team in just over two years the only way he knows how. With emojis. Lots of them. To my new teammates and fans of the @whitesox whatsssss upppppppppppp
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

That Time Ken Griffey Jr. Took on Kenny Lofton in a Dunk Contest

Long before baseball’s off season was filled with $200 million contracts and allegations of domestic violence, some Major Leaguers filled the time between October and April with slam dunk contests. And for some reason, Ken Griffey Jr. was a regular, having appeared in at least three of the things. But the real story here isn’t the future Hall of Famer’s ability (or inability...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Luis Castillo

LUIS CASTILLO First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  Florida Marlins (1996–2005), Minnesota Twins (2006–2007) and New York Mets (2007–2010) ACHIEVEMENTS:  .290 career batting average and 370 stolen bases. Three-time All-Star (2002, 2003 and 2005). Three-time Gold Glove Award (2003–2005). Two-time National League stolen base leader (2000 and 2002). 2003 World Series champion...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Barry Bonds

BARRY BONDS Fourth Year on Ballot (36.8% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Pittsburgh Pirates (1986–1992) and San Francisco Giants (1993–2007) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .298 with 2935 hits, 762 home runs, 2227 runs, 1996 RBI and 514 stolen bases. Ranks within the top ten all-time in home runs, runs created, walks, runs, RBI, total bases, on base percentage, slugging...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod Continues His Redemption Tour

The A-Rod Redemption Train rolls on, gang. Over the past few months, Alex Rodriguez has (gasp!) started to act like a real person and not some emotionless robot. Between the New York Yankees’ slugger appearance at this year’s ESPYs and his stint as an analyst during the World Series, I think I’m starting to like the guy. And now…dude is tweeting out pictures of himself answering...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Jeff Bagwell

JEFF BAGWELL Sixth Year on Ballot (55.7% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Houston Astros (1991-2005) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .297.  Houston Astros career leader in home runs (449), RBI (1529), walks (1401), runs created (1715).  Scored 100 runs or more in eight of nine seasons (1996-2004) and knocked in 100 or more runs in seven of those seasons.  1994 National...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Brad Ausmus

BRAD AUSMUS First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  San Diego Padres (1993–1996), Detroit Tigers (1996), Houston Astros (1997–1998), Detroit Tigers (1999–2000), Houston Astros (2001–2008) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009–2010) ACHIEVEMENTS:  Upon retirement, ranked third in Major League history with 12,839 putouts as a catcher (trailing only Iván Rodríguez and Jason Kendall...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Wants a Championship…Not a Farewell Tour

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that David Ortiz is calling it quits following the 2016 season. Just don’t give the Boston Red Sox slugger the season-long farewell tour like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera recently received. “I know they did that for DJ and Mariano,” Ortiz said Saturday at his charity golf tournament. “Those guys are well-deserved...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Sorry…But Byung-Ho Park is Not From Japan

Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins inked Japanese Korean star Byung-Ho Park to a four-year, $12 million contract. The next day, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press embarrassed themselves by mistakenly identifying the slugger as being Japanese. Now, I know what you’re thinking…“what’s the big deal? Asia is Asia.” Well, first off, that’s racist. Second, Seoul, South Korea (where Park...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto to Los Angeles? Don’t Bet on It

With Zack Greinke leaving Los Angeles for Arizona and the San Francisco Giants snatching up Jeff Samardzija, the Dodgers have, all of a sudden, lost their position as one of the Best Pitching Staffs in the National League. So who should Los Angeles go out and get to replace the 2015 Cy Young runner up? Johnny Cueto?!? Maybe. On Friday, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal suggested the 29-year...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Garret Anderson

GARRET ANDERSON First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  California/Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1994–2008), Atlanta Braves (2009) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2010) ACHIEVEMENTS: 2002 World Series champion. Holds the Angels franchise records for career games played (2013), at bats (7989), hits (2368), runs scored (1024), RBI (1292), total bases (3743), extra base hits...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jordan Zimmermann isn’t Making Any Friends in Detroit

Ummm, Jordan Zimmermann…this isn’t how you make friends. Thursday night, following the Green Bay Packers thrilling last second victory over the Detroit Lions, the pitcher, who just inked a five-year, $110 million deal with the Tigers tweeted this. And the perfect ending! #packers @AaronRodgers12 #whatawin — Jordan Zimmermann (@JZimmermann27) December 4, 2015 Turns out,...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence proposes to girlfriend at Disney World

The San Francisco Giants outfielder proposed to his girlfriend Alexis Cozombolidis while the two were on a trip to Disney World. But get this, dude didn’t nickel and dime it and get down on one knee in the middle of the park. Nope, Pence got Disney involved and orchestrated the whole thing on camera. The best part? It was all punctuated with fireworks. And, yeah. Cozombolidis...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

For Sale: Sports Illustrated’s First Issue

It’s not exactly Action Comics No. 1 or the first pressing of The Beatles’ White Album, but to some sports fans…it’s close enough. And at a fraction of the price. For sale over at eBay is a “beautiful and original” Sports Illustrated ‘s first issue. But what makes this auction team different than the scores of other ones out there is that this one comes complete with...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins Looking to Add Barry Bonds

He’s baaaaaaaaaaack! Almost. Monday, Jon Heyman reported that the Miami Marlins were looking to add Barry Bonds as their new hitting coach. “Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks,” Heyman wrote. “Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

(No) Wisdom, Just Links

Last week, there were no links. To make up for that, this week, it’s just links: Steve Rushin on Rod Carew, who survived a horrific heart attack in September. Meg Rowley on domestic violence and baseball. SABR and Emily Hawks wrote a biography article on Edgar Martinez. An old one but a good one: the weirdest trades in Minor League history. Blue Jays fans will do whatever it takes...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Are These The New Padres Caps?

In close to fifty years as a franchise, the San Diego Padres have had more hat designs than they have playoff appearances and, it would appear, fans of the Friars are in for another change. Thursday, Padres fan (and baseball cap enthusiast) Tim Arzaga posted pictures on Twitter of what we can believe are new hats and, subsequently, a very blue and yellow Chargersesque color scheme...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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