Cooperstown 2018: Trevor Hoffman

TREVOR HOFFMAN Third Year on Ballot (74.0%) PLAYING CAREER: Florida Marlins (1993), San Diego Padres (1993–2008) and Milwaukee Brewers (2009–2010). ACHIEVEMENTS: All-time saves leader from 2006 to 2011. Was the first Major Leaguer to reach both 500, then 600 saves. Ended career with 601 saves. Two-time National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and saves leader (1998 and 2006...
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December 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Livan Hernandez

LIVAN HERNANDEZ First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Florida Marlins (1996–1999), San Francisco Giants (1999–2002), Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2003–2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2006–2007), Minnesota Twins (2008), Colorado Rockies (2008), New York Mets (2009), Washington Nationals (2009–2011), Atlanta Braves (2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2012). ACHIEVEMENTS: Career 178-177...
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December 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Vladimir Guerrero

VLADIMIR GUERRERO Second Year on Ballot (71.7% last year) PLAYING CAREER: Montreal Expos (1996–2003), Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004–2009), Texas Rangers (2010) and Baltimore Orioles (2011) ACHIEVEMENTS: Hit .318 with 2590 hits (second all-time among Dominican-born players) and 1496 RBI in 16 Major League seasons. His 449 home runs ranks tenth among Hall-eligible...
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December 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Johnny Damon

JOHNNY DAMON First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Kansas City Royals (1995-2000), Oakland Athletics (2001), Boston Red Sox (2002-2005), New York Yankees (2006-2009), Detroit Tigers (2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2011) and Cleveland Indians (2012). ACHIEVEMENTS: Career batting average of .284 with 2769 hits, 235 home runs, 1668 runs scored, 1139 RBI and 408 stolen bases. Two-time World Series...
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December 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Topps Hands Out Jeter Autos for Christmas

For the third year in a row, Topps gifted their employees with some extremely rare autographed cards. Two years ago, it was Kris Bryant. Last year…Ichiro Suzuki. This past week, the card company surprised their staff with one of five individually numbered Derek Jeter signed cards. Not too shabby, right? Naturally, it didn’t take long for one of the rare Jeets cards to show up on...
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December 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Roger Clemens

ROGER CLEMENS Sixth Year on Ballot (54.1% 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 behind...
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December 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Chris Carpenter

CHRIS CARPENTER First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Toronto Blue Jays (1997-2002) and St. Louis Cardinals (2004-2012). ACHIEVEMENTS: Career 144-94 record with a 3.76 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 15 seasons. Two-time World Series champion (2006 and 2011) and three-time All-Star (2005-2006 and 2010).2005 National League Cy Young Award winner after posting 21 wins and a 2.83. Inducted...
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December 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2018: Barry Bonds

BARRY BONDS Fifth Year on Ballot (44.3% 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 percentage...
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December 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Fans want Tigers to retire Lou Whitaker’s Number

For almost twenty years, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker were joined at the hip for the Detroit Tigers.The seemingly inseparable duo locked down the middle infield in Motor City from 1978 until almost 1994. Their stats are eerily similar and they even showed up together on a 1983 episode of “Magnum PI.”And then they retired and hit the Hall of Fame ballot.Whitaker was one and done...
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December 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Shin-Soo Choo gets his own reality show

When it comes to athletes and reality shows, no sport has been as under-represented as Major League Baseball.Shin-Soo Choo has joined the tiny fraternity of major leaguers (past and present) who have appeared on a reality television show. The Texas Rangers outfielder is one of the focal points on JTBC’s new reality show “Stranger.”According to show listings, the program follows ...
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December 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Aaron Judge for Mayor?

Aaron Judge was among the top vote-getters for this past summer’s All-Star Game.Tuesday, it was revealed that the New York Yankees slugger collected ten more votes, but this time … it was for mayor of the Big Apple. It’s true, Linden High School’s forever “Most Flirty” and reigning American League Rookie of Year was among the top write-in vote recipients.Sure, Bill de Blasio walked...
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November 30, 2017  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard mocks President Trump

While most Americans were still recovering from their Thanksgivings, Donald Trump was, naturally, hitting the Twitters.Friday, the president sent out a doozy about being a finalist (or not) for TIME’s prestigious “Person of the Year”. And, because such a tweet is preposterous, it was met with ridicule and mockery with the best coming from New York Mets hurler Noah Syndergaard. Well...
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November 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Minisode: A Tale of Two Chickens (Part Two)

Ted Giannoulas has been the only guy dressing up as The Famous San Diego Chicken for more than forty years…except for that one time. Also, the man behind the mascot reveals the craziest thing ever asked of The Chicken. To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.
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November 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Minisode: A Tale of Two Chickens (Part One)

For more than forty years, Ted Giannoulas has been dressing up as The Famous San Diego Chicken. More impressive, he’s been the only guy to do it…except for that one time Giannoulas couldn’t get a flight home and hundreds of fans were left waiting for their favorite real life cartoon character. This is the story of that time Andy Strasberg was forced to go behind the beak. To listen...
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November 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Which MLB star should be on 'Dancing with the Stars' next?

It took 23 seasons before David Ross became baseball’s first (and only) dancer on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” earlier in 2017. And during the show’s 24th season, the two-time World Series champion finished in second place.So, as the hit ABC’s show winds down, we thought we'd ask a few of our favorite members of the sports media a simple question: which baseball player (past or...
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November 21, 2017  |  Discuss

2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released

It seems like just yesterday, Cooperstown welcomed Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez into the baseball Hall of Fame.Monday, the BBWAA released the 33 names eligible for the upcoming 2018 class, and like in recent years, the ballot is stacked both with credible holdovers (Vlad Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina, for example) as well as some high-profile...
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November 21, 2017  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Aaron Judge’s Five Longest Home Runs of 2017

If Thursday night’s MVP voting taught us anything it’s this…chicks don’t ONLY dig the long ball. With 27 of 30 first-place votes, Houston’s Jose Altuve bested Aaron Judge 405 points to 279. But, while the Astros took home the World Series championship, the New York Yankees rookie was the story of 2017. The reason? Those aforementioned long balls. Dude hit a ton of them. According...
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November 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Bowls Perfect Game

To hit .300 in the big leagues is pretty good. To bowl a 300 game is downright fantastic.Mookie Betts has done both.Sunday, during his second stint at the PBA World Series of Bowling IX (dude also competed in 2015), the Boston Red Sox outfielder bowled his first perfect game in PBA competition. It also couldn’t have come at a better time. Betts was taking part in the fourth and final...
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November 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Mike Trout's top-two MVP streak comes to an end

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball.A cogent argument could be made for Clayton Kershaw, undoubtedly the best pitcher of his generation, but the consensus is that Trout’s unparalleled ability to consistently hit for average and power, while (usually) providing above-average defense in center field puts him at the top of the list.Trout has been hitting the cover off the ball...
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November 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Royals mascot heading to the Hall of Fame

The Kansas City Royals are, sadly, one of the most underrepresented teams in baseball’s Hall of Fame.On the flip side, when the Mascot Hall of Fame opens its doors in March, there will likely be plenty of royal blue (and with any luck powder blue) represented in Whiting, Ind. You see, Monday, the announcement was made that Sluggerrr, the Royals' longtime mascot, will join the Phillie...
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November 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa talks engagement with Jimmy Kimmel

Carlos Correa might be the only player to emerge from a World Series with two rings.Sure, sure, Justin Verlander skipped Friday’s victory parade so he could catch a plane to Italy and marry supermodel Kate Upton, but it was the Houston Astros shortstop that surprised everyone by proposing to his girlfriend following his team’s Game Seven victory.Monday night, Correa continued the...
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November 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson Breaks World Series Record

Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has set a new home run record for Jewish players in one World Series.Pederson, a lefty-swinging outfielder, blasted a homer in the seventh inning of his club’s 3-1 win over the visiting Houston Astros in Game Six. The shot, to left field, was his third of the Series and moved Pederson past Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers slugger...
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November 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Did Yuli Gurriel Mock Yu Darvish?

It didn’t take long for the Houston Astros to get back into the swing of things Friday night.Yuli Gurriel was the first of four Astros to cross the plate against Yu Darvish in the second inning of Game Three of the World Series, but it was what he did after hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodger pitcher that has people talking. Yup, that’s the rookie slugger apparently making...
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October 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Comes Up Big for Sick Girl

12-year-old brain cancer patient (and Chicago Cubs fan) Abby Schrage woke up Friday to find her autographed Anthony Rizzo picture missing from her St. Louis hospital room. Now, if you were worried the “Lovable Losers” would lose their luster after ending their 108-year championship drought a year ago…think again. Word got to Rizzo (who battled cancer as a child) and, without hesitation...
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October 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Dodgers World Series pins appear to be made in 2013

Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros kicked off a World Series that was years in the making.Four years to be exact.Prior to Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, members of the press were presented with a pin celebrating Los Angeles making their way back to baseball’s grandest stage. A pretty cool gesture, right?There was just one problem.This. Do you see it? The back of...
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October 25, 2017  |  Discuss
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