Marty – Recently watched "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" for the first time, and this evening wrote the following letter to the friend and baseball lifer who had sent it to me. Thought you might enjoy my letter to him . . . .
I think I may have just done the biggest double–no, make that triple–take I have ever done. I was looking at the scores on MLB.com for today, Saturday, when I noticed something that I was sure had to be a mistake. It said that the Devil Rays were leading the A’s, 12-2, in the eighth inning at Tampa Bay. It wasn’t the lopsidedness per say of the score that seemed improbable, not with the horrible A’s. It was the idea that this game, the third in the series, was on the verge of being completed with the third consecutive 12-2 score. The A’s had won the opener, and the Rays returned the favor last night. As it turned out tonight in the third game, though, after the game reached the trifecta 12-2, the Rays scored twice more and went into the ninth leading 14-2. I was actually disappointed. How many times has something like that happened (I will leave it to ESPN to translate this into some kind of "record.") ?
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Batter Up August 26th, 2007
September 1st is a key date on the baseball calendar. The best players in the game take center stage as the pennant race heads into its final climactic month. It’s also the deadline for adding players to the roster in order to make them eligible for postseason play.
In year’s past, you could count on a number of transactions during the last week of August as the contenders jockeyed to add veterans for the final pennant push.
The old Yankee teams of the 1950’s routinely added seasoned players in August such as pitchers Ewell Blackwell and Johnny Sain, slugger Johnny Mize, and pinch hitters Dale Long, Enos Slaughter, and Harry Bright.
In the 70’s, former A’s owner Charlie Finley secured Rico Carty, Matty Alou, Dal Maxvill, and Cesar Tovar during late August transactions. The Orioles grabbed pinch hitter Tommy Davis while the Tigers added big Frank Howard in late summer moves in 1972.
My how times have changed. Today the contenders are looking at minor league players as the Angels did with reliever Frankie Rodriguez in ’02, to ignite their clubs instead of adding tested veterans who have been through the pressure of September baseball.
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Batter up August 19th, 2007
Is it the new drug policy? Are the pitchers getting better? For some reason the season totals for the top home run hitters in baseball is starting to look like the numbers posted in the game from 1950 until 1995.
With less than 25% of the season remaining only A Rod, Prince Fielder, Adam Dunn, and Ryan Howard look like sure bets to hit 40 home runs or more.
In the AL Justin Morneau, Carlos Pena, Hideki Matsui, and Jermaine Dye should reach the 30-homer plateau.
In the NL, only Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and Carlos Lee are locks to go above 30 homers.
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