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Mookie Betts is a Rubik’s Cube Wizard

Given their history with slap-hitting speedsters named “Mookie”, you’d think Mookie Betts might have a rough time winning over the crowd in Boston. Thankfully, Red Sox fans have embraced the 22-year-old outfielder, but just in case his hustle and late-innings heroics aren’t working…perhaps this will. Yup. That’s Betts solving a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: All Links!

Last week, I didn’t have any links – I just made fun of the Mets’ payments to Bobby Bonilla. So, this week, I make up for it by ONLY having links! As a result of this, these links are from more than just last week, but they still are good! Joe Posnanski on the Best Pitcher in Baseball History, and also some discussion on cheating Derek Jeter’s “Player’s Tribune” site...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Returns from Paternity Leave…Gets Cut

It’s a story as old as the game of baseball itself. Man wins World Series ring. Leaves team and inks a huge contract. Spends a year in new city. Takes time off for birth of child. Returns…and promptly gets cut. Wait. What? Roster Move: Jarrod Saltalamacchia reinstated from paternity list and designated for assignment. — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 27, 2015 Monday, the...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez Proves Host He Has (Some) Speed

No doubt tired of being blasted for being slow, Adrian Gonzalez challenged Los Angeles Dodgers radio host David Vassegh to a foot race prior to Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Suffice it to say, the first baseman won the impromptu 40-yard dash. Tired of @THEREAL_DV saying how slow he is on air, Adrian Gonzalez challenged him to a race pic.twitter.com/SWWKqepMuo...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Julio Lugo in Trouble in the Dominican Republic

Former big leaguer Julio Lugo is in some hot water down in the Dominican Republic. According to reports, Lugo and four other men were responsible for the kidnapping of a couple at gun point and demanded money from them. Warrants have been issued for Lugo’s arrest in Santo Domingo and La Romana. The charge? Kidnapping. However, some are asking folks not to jump to any conclusions...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Bernie Williams to (Finally) Retire

From the “How/Why is This a Thing We’re Talking About Department” comes this. .@bw51official will formally sign his retirement papers at a press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/kX7KAXjlTZ — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2015 That’s right…3127 days (or 8 years, 6 months and 23 days) since his last regular season at bat, Bernie Williams...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB’s New Pace of Play Rules Are Working

Even though baseball is one of the oldest sports played on a yearly calendar, it still has a very young fan base. This can be credited to various factors including the fact that baseball game pace is arguably slow. However, this is set to change rapidly as new rules aimed at increasing the games pace are already in play. These new additions are not only going to affect the game in...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: Other Things That Cost Less Than Bobby Bonilla

A few months ago, I was asked to write something about how much the New York Mets pay Bobby Bonilla every year, despite the fact he is long retired. I then promptly forgot it. Until I saw this: The #Mets will pay M.Harvey & J.Degrom a combined total of $1,171,000 this yr They will pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248 on July 1 this #MLB yr — Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) April...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton Looking to Unload Massive Crib

After the Los Angeles Angels inked Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal worth $125 million, the 2010 American League MVP did what every new Californian with a tractor trailer full of movie does…he bought a gigantic house with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Now, after a very public drug relapse, his career with the team hanging in the balance and his marriage to future “Real Housewives...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Install “Anti-Autograph Shield” Outside Wrigley Field

Perhaps afraid that their players might actually have to interact with the paying public, the he Chicago Cubs went and did this. And, yeah…how about the irony of an anti-autograph shield at the “Friendly Confines”? Classy. Cubs new anti autograph shield protecting players from fans as they walk to their cars. #WrigleyField pic.twitter.com/V86jZaxGAS — Wrigley Renovations...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs to Light Up “W” After Wins

Light it up, Cubs fans. After each victory at Wrigley Field, the team will keep the Wintrust “W” atop the new video board illuminated well after the lights are turned off at the century-old ballpark. And, it would seem… what is new is old again. Turns out, the tradition (can we call it that yet?) goes back nearly 80 years. This…according to Cubs Vine Line: Though the left...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Korean Outfielder Can Bat Flip Like a Pro

Tuesday, Yasiel Puig told the Los Angeles Times that he is going to “cut down” on his trademark bat flips. Thankfully, Kim Jin-hyung, who plays outfield for the Korean Baseball Organization’s Doosan Bears, is here to fill the void the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder is going to be leaving.  Somewhere…Batting Stance Guy is smiling. (h/t @MyKBO) The post Korean Outfielder...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Butler Hits Ball Out of Minute Maid Park

486 feet. Officially, that’s the longest home run ever hit at Minute Maid Park in Houston…a solo shot by Prince Fielder back in 2011. Billy Butler’s blast Monday night against the Astros might just have it beat. While the official distance hasn’t been tallied (yet), I’m guessing the Oakland A’s slugger’s bomb landed somewhere outside of Austin. And, yeah, before you...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WISDOM AND LINKS: Question and Answer

Question: Why do teams have more off-days and such earlier in the year? Answer: Mainly for weather reasons, allowing teams to have easy fall-backs for rain or snow. This is especially true for Home Openers, since otherwise they’d have to worry about futzing around with opening day tickets. Question: What is Stanozolol and why is everyone being suspended for it? Answer: It’s an...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick Has a Doppelgänger

It’s said that everyone has a twin. Now, I’m not sure if Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick subscribes to that theory or not, but, c’mon, man…just turn around! Reddick batting as his twin is sitting behind home. pic.twitter.com/7l9W97RrEL — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) April 12, 2015 The post Josh Reddick Has a Doppelgänger appeared first on Hall of Very Good.
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

SNL Spoofs “A League of Their Own”

It would be really easy to talk about how “Saturday Night Live” has lost its edge, but every so often, they stumble upon a little gem that hits the mark. Buried late in Saturday’s show was the recurring sketch “Cinema Classics” in which Kenan Thompson’s Reese De’What introduces the audience to the forgotten (fictional) movie “Their Own League”. Basically, it was...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Knew A-Rod Had Jokes?

Many people questioned (A) when Alex Rodriguez was going to hit his first home run of the season and (B) what was the reaction going to be. Well…the answer was simple. Thursday and congratulatory. But what we didn’t realize was this…the New York Yankees designated hitter returned from his suspension with a sense of humor. That’s right, after hitting a home run in the sixth...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

FLASHBACK: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Hank Aaron

Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of Hank Aaron achieving the unthinkable…breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record. And while we all remember the iconic video image of Aaron being congratulated by a pair of 17-year-old strangers as he rounded the bases, forgotten is the then-future home run king being roasted. That’s right, long before Justin Bieber was taken to the...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bronson Arroyo Channels Eddie Vedder

Bronson Arroyo is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still go out there and carry a tune. Monday, during the Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day street festival outside Chase Field, the injured pitcher (and part-time crooner) took the stage to show that while his season is still on hold, his karaoke game is strong. Bronson Arroyo of the...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Tribune Looks to Change Cubs Victory Song

Since 1984, Steve Goodman’s “Go, Cubs, Go” has officially been the unofficial theme song of the Chicago Cubs. Feeling that a song in which the main hook is “the Cubs are going to win today” was more of a pre-game song versus a victory anthem, the folks at the Chicago Tribune came up with a novel concept…have a contest to find a new song to be sung at Wrigley Field after...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Bret Saberhagen is a Winner on Opening Day

Bret Saberhagen might not have thrown a pitch since 2001, but he’s still a winner. The former pitcher played 16 years in the Majors and for a stretch was as good a pitcher as anyone out there, winning two Cy Young Awards (1985 and 1989), a World Series and throwing a no-hitter while with the Kansas City Royals. Now you can add this. What an Opening Day! All 4 of my former teams...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Everyone Loves Opening Day…Even Hostess!

Opening Day is here and seemingly everyone is getting excited for baseball. Even Hostess! ****. (h/t @Outside_Corner) The post Everyone Loves Opening Day…Even Hostess! appeared first on Hall of Very Good.
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Game Review: OOTP Baseball 16

Tie ballgame. Bottom of the 10th. 2 down. Runners on 2nd and 3rd. Eddie Rosario steps up to the plate. Jordan Schafer pinch running as the winning run. It’s a dramatic opening day, 2016, here at Target Field.  This scenario, and scenarios like it run through my head every spring. They’ve existed there for years and years. Back sometime in high school, I lost the ability to play...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Officials: There Will Be No Kiss Cam at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field’s bleachers might not be ready for Opening Day, but the ballpark’s brand new video board will be. The Chicago Cubs unveiled their 3990-square-foot video board in left field on Thursday and three things were immediately made clear. One. The thing is massive. How big? Check out this graphic. Two. The video board will not interfere with the team’s iconic hand-operated...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Jamie Moyer Gets Stuck on Disneyland Roller Coaster

Jamie Moyer played 108 years in the Major Leagues, but, somehow, I’m guessing nothing could have prepared him for what happened Friday. The 269-game winner was at Disneyland with his family when the unthinkable happened. Stuck on California Screamin' at Disneyland. Not sure what is more difficult, pitching in a Major League game or this pic.twitter.com/gM6qwZ2kPs — Jamie Moyer...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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