Friday, April 18, 2014

Low percentage swing by Billy

But that's just my opinion.

(Nobody's sinker is that good)

Mike Schmidt

On this date in 1987, Mike Schmidt hits his 500th career home run.

"Let me go out on a limb and say that if I had played during that era, I would have taken steroids. We all have these things we deal with in life, and I'm surely not going to sit here and say to you guys, 'I wouldn't have done that.'" - to Bob Costas, July 2005

Tom Seaver

On this date in 1981, Tom Seaver of the Reds collects his 3000th career strikeout.

"Tony always thought too much, until I trained him." - after manager Tony LaRussa came to the mound and told him to intentionally walk the potential winning runner and he refused

Miguel Cabrera

Born on today's date, Miguel Cabrera.

DH position looking better and better!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baet LA!

Baet LA!

Mickey Mantle

On this date in 1953, Mickey Mantle clears the bleachers at Griffith Stadium with a 565 foot home run off Chuck Stobbs in a 7-3 Yankees win over the Senators.

"Mickey didn't get a hit every time he faced me. I got him out a few times too." - Chuck Stobbs 

Ryan Raburn

Born on this date, Ryan Raburn.

Not so good at baseball sometimes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit must be tougher than Chicago

Because you can't dress like that in Detroit.

The most internally conflicted name in baseball

Bill Kinnamon

On this date in 2011, long-time umpire Bill Kinnamon passed away at age 90.

"When I first came to the American League, Johnny Rice told me the toughest call an umpire has to make is not the half-swing. The toughest call is throwing a guy out of the game after you blew the hell out of the play."    

Bob Feller

On this date in 1940, Bob Feller pitches the first and only Opening Day no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 Indians win over the White Sox.

"Name the only game in baseball history where every player on a team went into a regulation nine-inning game and came out with the same batting average." - Bob Feller (never shy) 

Bruce Bochy

Born on today's date, Bruce Bochy.

"We pretty much covered all facets of the game tonight as far as not playing well."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I remember that one time I forgot to change into my baseball pants

And I was pitching!

Reno Bertoia

On this date in 2011, Reno Bertoia passed away at age 76.

"When sportswriters want to make fun of a player, they sometimes call him 'immortal' as in the 'immortal Reno Bertoia'. I don't like that, it seems like a cheap crack. Because to me, Reno Bertoia is immortal. He made it to the big leagues, and he's in the record book, and he'll still be there as long as anybody plays baseball. He's in the Baseball Encyclopedia, and that's a lot harder than getting into the phone book."

California Rush - Sherwood Kiraly