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Bleacher Creatures Call Out Legends

"Bald Vinny" and The Bleacher Creatures are doing the best to try and win me over.And it's working.Full disclosure.  I'm not a New York Yankees fan, but when it comes to saluting their own...no one does it better.  Case in point...this year's annual Old-Timers Game.Good friend of The Hall, "Bald Vinny' Milano (the de facto leaders of The Bleacher...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Ken Boyer

GENE HUTMAKER on KEN BOYERMy name is Gene Hutmaker and I am the self-proclaimed Yankee Hater. I am the biggest Yankee Hater on this planet Earth as I go about 230 pounds.Living in Yankee country in South Brunswick, New Jersey, plus having two Yankee-lovin' sons doesn't make it easy, but that hasn't stopped my ranting about baseball's “Evil Empire”. Years ago,...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Scott Podsednik

CURT HOGG on SCOTT PODSEDNIKThe cavalcade of fourteen players to have hit walk-off home runs in the World Series boasts some of baseball's gargantuan sluggers, including Mickey Mantle, Mark McGwire, Kirby Puckett, Carlton Fisk, and...Scott Podsednik?The highlight of journeyman and stolen base whiz's career undoubtedly came in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, when he became...
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June 30, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Tim Salmon

<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman";">NATE ADERHOLD on TIM SALMON<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman";">The first real memory I can recall of my California Angels fandom is from Christmas morning 1993. Up to that point, as a six-year-old, my interests did not really span beyond Super Nintendo and Ninja Turtles. I...
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June 29, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Bill Buckner

WILL JOHNSON on BILL BUCKNERAs you’ll read below, Will Johnson is the art world’s definition of a “five-tool player”.  Actually, he’s more than that…he’s Bert Campaneris or Jose Oquendo.  Dude can literally do it all...and he loves baseball."I think the game itself, no matter what level it’s played on, is one of the most incredible inventions of strategy, physics...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Eddie Yost

JEFF POLMAN on EDDIE YOSTWalks are a funny thing. Sitting in the stands at a ball park, is there anything less exciting than a base on balls? Yet over time, we’ve come to realize that drawing walks is not only the subtlest baseball art form, but are invaluable at the top of your lineup if you’re serious about creating runs. With this in mind, how about a big Hall of Very Good...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: David Eckstein

BOB BLEACHER on DAVID ECKSTEINDavid Eckstine belongs in the Hall of Faem because I think be played baseball real good. You know cares because his unifrim was is always dirty and he hustled. He went too two World Series and won an MVP award at one of those two World Serious. At an All-Star Game that fans voted him into, he played reel good and helped his team get the most points with...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Matt Williams

FOR BASEBALL JUNKIES on MATT WILLIAMSIf you looked up "very good" in the dictionary (do they still have those?), you'd probably see a picture of Matt Williams.The 17-year veteran compiled 1,878 hits and 378 home runs (respectable numbers, indeed) over the course of his career.  He rarely led the league in offensive categories but always seemed to find a way to earn...
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June 25, 2012  |  Discuss
WHEN SIBLINGS TWEET

Youk's brother rips Boston, Bobby V.

After Kevin Youkilis was reportedly traded to the White Sox on Sunday, his brother Scott took to Twitter to rip the city of Boston and Bobby Valentine.

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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Howie Pollet

TOM KNUPPEL on HOWIE POLLETBorn Howard Joseph Pollett on June 26, 1921, he later became a left-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pollet had really good success in St. Louis, but had moderate success after his departure from the city.His first professional baseball contract sent him to Houston to play in the Texas League for the Buffaloes in 1941.It was the results he...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Bill Freehan

JOHN SHARP on BILL FREEHANIt’s my honor to write about my baseball hero, Bill Freehan.Freehan is a sure fire starter at catcher for the Hall of Very Good, and a first ballot HOVG…Hall of Very Good.  I really believe, had the catcher played in New York, Boston, Chicago, or LA, he’d be right there, in the discussion, as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball history...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss
MURDER INK

Yankees tattoo on face leads to arrest

Note to all burgeoning criminals: a tattoo of the most recognizable team logo on Earth right between your eyes is probably not a good idea. 

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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Skip Caray

JOSH CARAY on SKIP CARAYMy father was one of the most unique people I have ever met, simply because he was able to establish himself as a great broadcaster by taking on a style drastically different from the one my grandfather portrayed. Harry was bombastic, Skip was mellow. Harry was a homer, Skip was cavalier. Harry lived and died with every pitch, Skip took every game in stride...
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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss
OUTWIT OUTPLAY OUTLAST

Jeff Kent rumored for 'Survivor' cast

The 44-year-old former major leaguer's name has been mentioned as a possible castaway on an upcoming edition of Survivor, this one set in the Philippines.

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June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Steve Garvey

PETER CHEN on STEVE GARVEY<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">People used to refer to Steve Garvey as a future Hall of Famer. Today, he's merely referred to as a "Dodger Great". <...
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June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Unveils Faux-Back Jerseys

When I heard the Tampa Bay Rays were going retro for their June 30 game against the Detroit Tigers...two things immediately came to mind.First.  I love the idea!Second.  Just how retro can a team that debuted in 1998 get?Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you...the "Faux-Back" uniform of the Tampa Bay Rays.  But here's the big question...does Dan Epstein (author...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Boog Powell

DEAN HYBL on BOOG POWELLThe Baltimore Orioles of the 1960s and early 1970s boasted a roster busting with stars from top to bottom. While future Hall of Famers Brooks and Frank Robinson were the two best players on the team, the most imposing figure was a 6-foot-4, 240 pound first baseman who hit towering home runs and picked throws out of the dirt with ease. It was that player, Boog...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Bullpen to Auction off Bieber Card

I think we can officially say the Arizona Diamondbacks have "Bieber Fever".Remember last week, when Brad Ziegler tweeted the picture of teammate J.J. Putz and his prized Justin Bieber card?Well, now, a week later, the duo (and fellow reliever Craig Breslow) are auctioning off the autographed card to benefit two great charities...Breslow's Strike 3 Foundation and Ziegler...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss
ROCKET MAN

Roger Clemens gets Taiwanese treatment

I've come to a point in my life where I'm avoiding all big news stories until the NMAtv folks put out their animation.The recent Roger Clemens perjury trial is the latest.But now, after watching the video, I wish I had paid more attention to the trial. Who knew that (A) "The Rocket" looked so much like Job Chamberlain and (B) those pesky asterisks followed him...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Dave Parker

DAN EPSTEIN on DAVE PARKERIn my mind, Dave Parker has always been a badass.I became aware of his existence in April 1976, when I opened my first-ever Topps wax pack, which I received as a party favor at a friend’s 10th birthday sleepover.My friend’s parents took us all to see “The Bad News Bears” that night. In retrospect, you could pinpoint this as one of the most momentous...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Introducing Cedric the Bleacher Creature

Cedric the Entertainer has got is good.  And you know how I know?Dude's latest movie is closing in on $300 million in a little less than two weeks in the theatres.  He goes, simply, by "the Entertainer".  And this past weekend...he got to join "Bald Vinny" and become one of Yankee Stadium's famed "Bleacher Creatures".Cedric isn't the only...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Dwight Evans

MIKE LYNCH on DWIGHT EVANSIt happened on September 27, 1986 but I remember it like it was yesterday.  Toronto Blue Jays veteran righty Jim Clancy had set down the first 14 Red Sox batters he'd faced at Fenway Park when up stepped Dwight "Dewey" Evans with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the fifth.  Evans worked the count in his favor, as he so often did, all...
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June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Dr. Aaron Perlut on HOVG Heroes

DR. AARON PERLUT on HOVG HEROESIf you're even a casual viewer of ESPN's SportsCenter, you unquestionably hear the word "remarkable" needlessly thrown around on a far too often. Whether it's a remarkable pitch, a remarkable jump shot, a remarkable pass, or even a remarkable C-section scar on that exotic dancer. Indeed, remarkable just may be the most overused...
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June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: It Begins

You're in for a treat, gang.  I promise.Today marks the start of a five week stretch where, each day, a different contributor takes the proverbial stage to present their favorite player...someone they believe is worthy of being in The Hall of Very Good.  The Hall of Very Good isn't necessarily about the best players out there (as you'll find out), it's all about...
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June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Carlos Beltran Reaches Elite Milestone

During the St. Louis Cardinals’ loss to the Kansas City Royals Friday night, Carlos Beltran pulled off what no other switch hitter ever has.But, really, the milestone has little to do with his bat.With a stolen base in the second inning (his seventh of the season), the outfielder became the first switch hitter in Major League history to accumulate 300 steals and 300 home runs. ...
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June 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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