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HOVG Rewind: April 2, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1972 – After playing a round of golf in West Palm Beach with his coaches on Easter Sunday, Mets manager Gil Hodges, two days shy of his 48th birthday, suffers a fatal heart attack. The club will name current first base coach and former Yankee skipper Yogi Berra to run the team when the strike-delayed season begins. 1996 ...
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April 02, 2017  |  Discuss

HOVG Minisode: From Umpire to WrestleMania Referee

With no baseball early in the 1995 season, former big league umpire Larry Young did what he could to help pay the bills. “We were on strike and (the WWE) asked me if I wanted to go on the road, but I really didn’t want to,” Young told The Hall of Very Good. “They asked if I would do a few matches and if I wanted to do WrestleMania. That was a lot of fun.” The most fulfilling...
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April 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Orioles Sign Ryan Ripken

Like father…like son? Kind of. Ryan Ripken’s .205 batting average through parts of three minor league seasons is a far cry from the legacy his famous father left in Baltimore, but, apparently…it was a enough for the team to give the 22-year-old a shot. Friday, the Orioles announced they had signed Cal’s son, a first baseman, to a minor league contract. “Ryan’s a guy...
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April 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Ichiro’s T-Shirts Now Have Their Own Twitter

Prior to his sophomore season with the Miami Marlins, Ichiro showed up to Spring Training wearing a shirt with (no doubt) his favorite player on the front. Yup, that’s a crude drawing of Ichiro on the front of the future Hall of Famer’s shirt. Fun, right? Turns out, the former American League MVP’s love of t-shirts didn’t begin and end with this gem. Dude’s seemingly got...
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March 27, 2017  |  Discuss

David Denson Calls it Quits

While most minor leaguers are wondering where they’ll be heading this upcoming season, Milwaukee Brewers prospect David Denson knows exactly where he’ll be in 2017. Home. The 22-year-old slugger, who made news in 2015 as baseball’s first openly gay player announced on his Facebook page that he was retiring in order to pursue a career as a personal/athletic trainer. “Leaving...
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March 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Grandpa Rossy: The Movie is Apparently a Thing

It’s pretty safe to safe no one has had benefited more from the Chicago Cubs World Series victory than David Ross. Since their team brought home their first championship since 1908, “Grandpa Rossy” has popped up on countless TV shows (including an upcoming analyst gig with ESPN), suited up with the Harlem Globetrotters, danced with the stars, inked a book deal and now…will...
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March 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Bronson Arroyo is Rocking Some Vintage Gear

After not throwing in the Majors since June 2014, Bronson Arroyo is back. The onetime (and possibly future?) Redleg isn’t the only relic in Peoria, Arizona for Spring Training. Turns out, Arroyo brought some vintage gear with him as he guns for a gig with the Cincinnati Reds. So, if you’re keeping track at home, Arroyo hit camp with some 1999 Kenny Lofton cleats and the same...
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March 20, 2017  |  Discuss

John Rocker’s Hand Cannon Stolen From Truck

John Rocker just can’t seem to stay away from trouble. It was reported Friday that the controversial (former) closer’s truck had been broken into and among the items stolen…the aforementioned hand cannon, fifty rounds of ammunition and $200 bucks. Now, granted, Rocker is technically the victim here, but, come on…a .357 Colt Python? Does he think he’s some sort of Texas...
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March 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Details of Manny Ramirez’s Contract Revealed

Remember when Manny Ramirez announced he was making another return to baseball in Japan? Now we know why. Unlimited sushi. Seriously. according to the interwebs, one of the perks of the 12-time All-Star signing with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs is “all the sushi he wants to eat”. But that’s not all. Also included as part of his contract…use of a Mercedes Benz (driver...
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March 14, 2017  |  Discuss

The Potentially High Cost of Bryce Harper

Baseball has long been in a cultural “cold war” in the American psyche with Football over what holds the title as “America’s Game” in modern times. By many reasonable measures, baseball has ceded the honor to football: Regular season football games (not to mention the playoffs) receive considerably higher television ratings and disproportionate media coverage, the NFL...
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March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Yankees Force Clint Frazier to Cut Hair

It would be real easy to make a Samson comparison here, but given we’re yet to see what Clint Frazier can do against Major League pitching, it might be safe to refrain from the “he gets his strength from his hair” clichés. That said, in an effort to conform to the New York Yankees strict hair policy…dude was shorn. “I like my hair, but I love playing for this organization...
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March 10, 2017  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Andy Strasberg

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen are joined by master storyteller Andy Strasberg. The former San Diego Padres executive tells the boys about that time he filled in for his buddy Ted Giannoulis (chicken costume and all), backflipping into the Hall of Fame with Ozzie Smith, his relationship with the late-Roger Maris, working on the Billy Crystal movie “61*” and getting...
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March 10, 2017  |  Discuss

HOVG Podcast Minisode: Making Bull Durham

“I had no idea it would have the impact that it did,” writer/director Ron Shelton said a couple of years ago when “Bull Durham” turned 25. The funny this is…Shelton didn’t have to think too hard to come up with the idea and characters for the 1988 movie. He lived it. To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.
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March 09, 2017  |  Discuss

MUST SEE: *****in’ Seattle Mariners Camaro

It’s no secret…you can find just about anything on eBay. And while they’re not the most popular items sold (let’s face it…local pickup always causes some headaches), vehicles always get a ton of looks. This one is certainly no different. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is most definitely a 1983 Chevy Camaro with a custom Seattle Mariners paint job. The best job…that’s...
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March 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Are A-Rod and J-Lo a Thing?

I’m pretty sure the world isn’t ready for this pairing, but, if “sources” are correct…Alex Rodriguez is dating Jennifer Lopez. “Our source tells us A-Rod and J-Lo  are indeed a romantic item,” says the website Terez Owens. “The source tells us the two are set to spend a romantic weekend in the Bahamas together. Our source spoke with the couple that’s going to...
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March 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson Pops Up at UFC 209

After spending the majority of his 2016 season battling a variety of nagging injuries, Josh Donaldson still managed to play in 155 games. Unfortunately, the 2015 American League MVP has yet to take the field for the Toronto Blue Jays and has spent his Spring Training nursing a strained right calf, barely able to walk without discomfort. So…should fans be upset that, instead of...
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March 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Go Bald for Charity

For years, Joe Maddon has been leading his teams both on and off the field. He did it in Tampa Bay while managing the Rays…and he’s still doing it in Chicago. Saturday, prior to his Cubs taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the skipper had his head shaved for charity. This is the third year Maddon’s “Respect Bald’ event has been held in Mesa. And not surprisingly, a majority...
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March 04, 2017  |  Discuss

David Ross Suits Up for the Harlem Globetrotters

It’s been a busy 24 hours for David Ross. Early Wednesday, the two-time World Series champion appeared on “Good Morning America” after being announced as a participant on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars” and later that night…it was playing basketball with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. It wasn’t all dancing and uncontested layups for the recently...
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March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Mike Morse Strikes a Deal at Hunter Pence’s Wedding

Mike Morse hasn’t seen Major League pitching since April 2016, but that didn’t stop the 12-year veteran from looking for work at Hunter Pence’s wedding in December. Seriously, before the cake was even cut, dude had hit up San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans for a gig. “I told him, ‘I don’t care about the money,’” Morse recalled. “’You can write a...
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March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

David Ross is Dancing With the Stars

Has anyone benefited more from the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years than David Ross? Seriously, dude has seemingly been everywhere since the final out of Game Seven was recorded. He’s even planning on suiting up with the famed Harlem Globetrotters! And now he’s making history. Sort of. Wednesday, the now-retired catcher was officially announced as...
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March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Cubs Outfielder Shows Off Artistic Side

Plenty of Major Leaguers have hidden talents. For example, Mookie Betts is a top notch bowler, former outfielder  Michael Cuddyer fancies himself some sort of a magician and Matt Szczur? Dude can paint. Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs outfielder showed off his newest art project via Instagram…a painting of his Windy City teammates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo that will be auctioned...
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March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Chris Sale Goes Back to Dunk City

Even though Spring Training is in full swing…it’s still basketball season to some. And that includes Chris Sale. Okay…maybe not. The newly acquired Boston Red Sox hurler hit the gym at his alma mater to help Florida Gulf Coast University live up to its “Dunk City” moniker. As cool as it might be to see Sale throw one down (in a polo shirt and lowtop sneakers no less),...
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February 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Heads to Spring Training

Just when you thought it was safe to watch baseball again, he’s back. Heisman Trophy winner-turned-NFL bust Tim Tebow is set to hit camp with the New York Mets on Monday. The former quarterback is hitting Port St. Lucie a week early to participate in the team’s STEP camp, which is reserved for New York’s most intriguing prospects. Suffice it to say, Mets brass is expecting...
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February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

A-Rod on Hall of Fame: “I have a unique situation”

On paper, one could say that, arguably, Alex Rodriguez has had one of the better baseball careers of the last however many years.Of course, there are those pesky steroid allegations (and the one admission) that will, more than likely, keep him out of the Hall of Fame…at least for a little while.And you know what, he would agree.“Everyone’s dream is to end up in the Hall of...
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February 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced Out of the Park Baseball 18 will have a “digital cover” for the first time in its illustrious history. Instead of choosing a single player, however, OOTP 18 will be represented by a “Perfect Team” of the 11 best players at each position – plus a manager – to celebrate...
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February 25, 2017  |  Discuss
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