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The San Francisco Giants have paid off AT&T Stadium: http://ballparkdiges...-park-paid-off/

 

Josh Hamilton needs knee surgery.... again. Enough is enough Josh: http://www.star-tele...e135086139.html

 

He's back: http://nypost.com/20...hits-mets-camp/


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Real baseball begins in

 

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days!

 

Vince Coleman and Rickey Henderson are the only players in history to have three 100 steal seasons. Coleman did it last in 1987


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I'm just glad Tim Raines finally got in the HoF.

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days left. The man on the left is Craig Swan, the best pitcher you've never heard of. Twice he led the NL in SO, and ERA and in '78 finished with a 2.43. But the Mets were just terrible then so his record was 9-6 and got no love for the Cy Young.

 

The man on the right needs no introduction to Dodgers fans and haters.... Matt Kemp


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I like Matt Kemp a lot better on the Padres/Braves.   :p


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26 days to go.

 

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Billy Williams, 6X All Star, Rookie of the Year, Batting Champion, Hall of Famer and the last Cub to ever wear the number 26.



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How about this for an upset. Israel defeats South Korea 2-1 in extras to start the WBC. http://www.msn.com/e...ocid=spartandhp



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25 Days and who better to mark that than the home run king himself... Barry Bonds

 

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days to go. The best pure lead off hitter and base runner to ever play.

 

And of course you can't mark 24 without "Say hey Willie Mays":

 

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I'd have gone with a David Price picture here too but it just sucks seeing him in a Red Sox uniform.


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23 Days to go with Kirk Gibson. Although he was never considered one of the greats he is know for clutch home runs in the World Series. In the '84 series game 5 he sealed the Tigers championship with a 3 run homer in the 8th with runners on first and second.

 

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And then he did it again for the Dodgers in '88. In game one with LA trailing Oakland 4-3 in the 9th Tommy Lasorda sends Gibson in to face future hall of famer Dennis Eckersley who was one out away from saving the win. Gibson had a pulled hamstring in one leg and a swollen knee in the other but that wouldn't matter. Gibson sent an 3-2 down and away slider over the right field fence. Fifteen years later the LA times would call it the greatest moment in LA sports history which is amazing in a town with USC & the Lakers.

 

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22 days to go with Jim Palmer

 

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And last year's AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello

 

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21 days to go. I was sort of indifferent to baseball until we actually got a team in Florida in 1993. It was a collection of castoffs, the flotsam and jetsam of the Major and AAA leagues that made up that first Marlins club. Chuck Carr, an average fielder and below average hitter on any other team became a star in Miami. Not because of his skill on the field. Oh he could make them pay if he got on base. He was a fast runner and threat to steal from any base. But you can't steal first. However, with his easy charisma, and engagement with the fans and community he became the "face" of the Florida Marlins and one of my favorite players. So I could have gone with Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Jimmy Key or a dozen others but instead here is 21 Chuck Carr

 

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By the way, were those not the best Marlins uniforms or what? Much more "Miami" than that awful get up they have now.


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Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for players. His story is well known. If you haven't seen the movie 42 it's on HBO right now. Great movie, not 100% historically accurate but better than most movies are.  #20 Frank Robinson (no relation) broke a different color barrier in 1975 when he became the manager of the Cleveland Indians. His career was already legendary. 14x All Star, 2X MVP, World Series MVP, Triple Crown winner, Rookie of the Year, Gold Gloves. He would manage the Indians for three seasons and then go on to manage the Giants, Orioles (where we won manager of the year in '89) and the Expos. He was inducted into the HoF in '82.

 

20 days to go with Frank Robinson

 

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19 days with the incomparable Tony Gwynn. Gone far too soon.

 

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Don Larsen was never the best pitcher on any team he was on. He played for eight teams in his 14 seasons and even saw minor league time in many of those. With the exception of one day his career could best be described as "journeyman". But on that one day, October 8, 1956 he wrote his name in the history books. Game 5 of the '56 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers Larsen got the start for the Yankees. In game two he had been staked to a 6-0 lead but allowed four consecutive walks and hit a batter en route to a 13-8 loss. After that forgettable outing Larsen faced Game 5 hoping for better. And did he ever get it. In just 97 pitches he retired 27 consecutive batters to throw the first and so far only perfect game in World Series history. Larsen was so dominant that day only one hitter, Pee Wee Reese, even got him to a 3 ball count. The rest of Larsen's career played out the same as before. He bounced around the leagues doing solid but never spectacular work. But on that one day he caught lighting in a bottle.

 

18 days to go with #18 Don Larsen

 

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Well played, Colorado. Well played.

 

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Now that is cool!



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Although he is really known for the five seasons he spent with the Mets Keith Hernandez was actually a standout with the Cardinals for the first six seasons of his ML career. He helped them win n World Series in '82. Personality conflicts with manager Whitey Herzog and other Cardinals players ended with him being traded to the perennial cellar dwellers in New York. But with Hernandez, new manager Davey Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dykstra, Doc Gooden and later Bob Ojeda the Mets franchise turned around completely wining the NL by 21 games and the '86 World Series. Hernandez's drug problems and other off field issues may keep him out of the hall of fame (his eligibility with BWA has already expired) but his career was certainly worth of it.

 

But of course we know him best for this: https://www.youtube....h?v=tBz3PqA2Fmc

 

17 days to go with #17 Keith Hernandez

 

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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/


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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/

 

Still going to be $10 for a decent beer. I wonder what craft beer they will have, they've got a number of solid craft breweries in the neighborhood.






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