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The Legend of Tuffy Rhodes Continues

Tuffy Rhodes. We’ve all heard the name…but do you know why? Of course you do. On April 4, 1994, during a 12-8 loss to the New York Mets, Rhodes, a sometimes starting outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, connected on three home runs…all off Dwight Gooden. It was then, however, an Opening Day legend was born. Rhodes, would hit five more home runs in the big leagues and fourteen...
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April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 4, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1948 – Prior to an exhibition game in Orlando, A’s manager Connie Mack, who is 84 years old, challenges Clark Griffith, the 78 year-old owner of the Senators, to a foot race from third base to home plate. The participants enter the Florida field in an ambulance before starting their contest, which ends in a photo-finish tie...
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April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick’s WrestleMania 32 Picks

There are wrestling fans…and there are “marks”. Josh Reddick is the latter. He’s carries around his own WWE championship belt, competed in (and subsequently lost) a “beard off” with former WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan and, not that long ago, hung out with Brock Lesnar during a NASCAR race. But, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Oakland A’s outfielder. After...
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April 03, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG Rewind: April 3, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1989 – In his first Major League at bat, Mariners’ center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. doubles off of Oakland’s Dave Stewart. The 19 year-old ‘Junior’, the son of an active Major Leaguer outfielder playing with the Reds, will establish himself as one of the game’s superstars before retiring in 2010. 1990 – Billy Hatcher...
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April 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Umpire Larry Young Ref’d at WrestleMania?

Like so many WrestleManias, WrestleMania XI was (for its time) a star-studded event. Blonde bombshells Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson were ringside as glorified valets for Shawn Michaels and Diesel. Salt-n-Peppa sang “Whatta Man” for whatever reason.  Future NFL Hall of Fame Lawrence Taylor was in the main event against Bam Bam Bigelow and, as luck would have it, a coterie...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Larry Young

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with former Major League umpire Larry Young. Larry tells the boys about his lengthy career behind the plate (and in the field), the mechanics behind throwing someone out of a game, Rickey being Rickey and, believe it or not, how he ended up refereeing the Undertaker-King Kong Bundy match at WrestleMania XI. (Download The Hall of Very...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

FOR SALE: Babe Ruth’s High School Glove

It’s no secret…Babe Ruth was known less for his glove than he was for his bat. That said, the former is expected to fetch an impressive sum at an upcoming auction. A 104-year-old catcher’s mitt used by the baseball legend while in high school will be up for auction by Goldin Auctions. “I’d be shocked if it goes for under $500,000,” company President Ken Goldin said, adding...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

RailRiders Introduce Glow in the Dark Uniforms

A lot of teams don throwback uniforms on weekends, but not the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. The New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate announced that they’ll be wearing all black uniforms with neon-green sleeves and trim for their upcoming “Glow in the Park Fridays” promotion. New @swbrailriders Glow in the Park Friday uniforms. Thoughts? #GoRailRiders pic.twitter.com/U6P1UBcT8Y...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Marlins Man in MLB The Show 16?

Shortly after “Marlins Man” (real name Laurence Leavy) rose to some sort of quasi-fame following the 2014 World Series, folks were clamoring for his inclusion in MLB 15: The Show. True story. Someone actually set up an online petition to try and make it happen. But, sadly (or not…depending on your opinion), it failed. That said, did the folks behind MLB The Show 16 sneakily...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Jamey Wright: I Wasn’t Very Good

Look up “journeyman” in the dictionary and you’re bound to find, alongside a host of others, a picture of Jamey Wright. To put it all into perspective, the pitcher was only the second first round draft pick in Colorado Rockies history back in 1993 and after 19 years in the bigs…called nine other teams home. Monday, Wright’s attempt at a comeback with the Los Angeles Dodgers...
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March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija: Drake LaRoche “Wasn’t in the Way”

It’s the story that just won’t die. Weeks ago, Adam LaRoche left Spring Training (and a $13 million contract) over whether or not his son Drake was welcome in the team’s clubhouse. The Chicago White Sox front office has since come out and said that players came to them and complained about the 14-year-old being around every day. LaRoche’s former teammate Jeff Samardzija had...
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March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

WISDOM AND LINKS: The Reds Will be 100-Loss Level Bad

There are few things I know about the upcoming MLB season. But one of them is that the Cincinnati Reds will stink. Oh, sure, Joey Votto will be good. And Billy Hamilton will be fast. Maybe Jay Bruce will go back to form as well. But, man, the team as a whole is going to stink. They are made up of guys who used to be good but are now on the definite downward trend of their career...
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March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Kyle Schwarber is Already a Chicago Legend

Kyle Schwarber has played in less than 70 games for the Chicago Cubs…but he’s already made his mark on the Windy City. In February, the 23-year-old slugger hit a batting practice home run that ended up destroying a fan’s windshield. Now, the busted glass has found its place in the Chicago Sports Museum and in the process…raised a little money for charity. Our Chicago Sports...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Frontier League Team Offers Adam LaRoche a Job

Should Adam LaRoche gets the itch to come back to baseball, the Normal CorneBelters have a job for him. And the best part…he can bring his son Drake along for the ride. “As a family-oriented organization, we would be more than excited to welcome Adam and Drake to be a part of our team for the upcoming season,” CornBelters’ Manager Brooks Carey said. If LaRoche decides to...
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March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Casey Bond

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Minor leaguer-turned-actor Casey Bond. Casey tells the boys about his latest movie, the Hank Williams Sr. biopic “I Saw the Light”, learning how to play the fiddle, hanging out with “Moneyball” co-star Brad Pitt and raiding the refrigerator of Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on...
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March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

A-Rod Retirement News Saddens/Delights Fans

Wednesday, Alex Rodriguez made the announcement that plenty of us knew was coming. Eventually. He’s ready to call it quits. “I won’t play after next year,” Rodriguez told ESPN. “It’s been a lot of fun. It has been very challenging at times, but it has been an incredible learning experience.” It makes sense, really. Dude will be finishing up his 10-year, $275 million...
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March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies Triple-A Affiliate to Get Cheesy

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are about to get a little, ummm…cheesy. For one night only, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate will change their name, uniform, etc. to the Cheesesteaks. During their June 10 game against the Durham Bulls, the IronPigs Cheesesteaks will don black jerseys with the word “Steaks” emblazoned across the front chest in “Cheese Wiz yellow”. OFFICIAL RELEASE...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

FOR SALE: Lou Gehrig’s Old House

If someone were to reside in the union of a Venn diagram made up of baseball memorabilia collectors and real estate moguls…I’m guessing this would be the Holy Grail of purchases. A former home of Lou Gehrig is up for sale and if you’ve got $399,000, it could be yours. The New York Yankees star first baseman bought the four bedroom, three bathroom home for his parents in 1928...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

MUST LISTEN: Ron Cey’s Lost Solo Career

We’re more than halfway through Spring Training and there’s been nary a mention of an actor or musician trying their hand at the National Pastime. That’s right…no Billy Crystals, no Kenny Chesneys and no Garth Brookses. Heck, there hasn’t even been a Chris Gaines sighting! Lame reference? Allow me to digress and remind you that for every celebrity that wants to play baseball…there’s...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Matthew Stewart’s High Cheddar: Volume 1

The Worst Pitch I Ever Threw Hi. My name is Matthew. This spring and summer, I’m going to spend every Sunday talking to you about baseball and sorta-related-to-baseball things. Well, most Sundays. Probably at least three or four Sundays. Shawn has been gracious enough to provide me with this column space; very much appreciating internet real estate on a rather fine and classy...
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March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Erik Sherman (Part Two)

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with New York Times best-selling author Erik Sherman about the life and times of Glenn Burke, Major League Baseball’s first and only openly gay player, and their book Out at Home. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: How Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke Made Bryant Gumbel Nervous Baseball Has an Amazing...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Yankees Skipper Doesn’t Support Goose Gossage

Not long after Goose Gossage went all-in on Jose Bautista’s bat flips and Bryce Harper’s respect for the game, he apologized. Kinda. Turns out, he’s just an self-proclaimed “old school guy, man”…let’s the fella some slack. So, everything is cool, right? Wrong. Wednesday, the Hall of Famer, who is currently serving as a special instructor for the New York Yankees followed...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: Baseball Alums of 2016 March Madness Schools

It’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Time, so, today, I’ve compiled a list of the best baseball player from every team that qualified for this year’s “Big Dance”. They didn’t necessarily graduate, but they did go there. I’ve tried as hard as I could to make sure that these guys actually played for these schools and didn’t just merely go there during the off-season for...
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March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Vlad Guerrero Asks Twitter for Help. Again

The baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 hasn’t been inducted yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vladimir Guerrero from looking ahead to 2017. In case I have the honor of being selected to Cooperstown, which cap will you like me to use in the plaque?. — Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) March 14, 2016 If you’re keeping track, Guerrero split time between four different teams...
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March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper finds unlikely supporter in Curt Schilling

“Baseball’s tired.” It was the quote heard ‘round the internets. Two simple words. Whether you agreed or disagreed with what Bryce Harper said, you probably voiced your opinion on social media - but there’s no way you were as vocal as Goose Gossage. Just days after going all  “get off my lawn” in regards to Jose Bautista’s bat flips and Buster Posey getting taken...
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March 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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