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It’s been said that the triple is the most exciting play in baseball. I’d submit to you that the inside-the-park home run trumps that, but there you go. Let’s give the triple the benefit of the doubt. But if that’s the case, how come no one waxes about the greatest triples in baseball history? I...
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Truth It’s sad to think that the Minnesota Twins have fallen into last place in the AL Central.  But they have and now this once proud franchise has to recover, regroup and ponder their future.  And that future might include moving Justin Morneau to a full time designator hitter role in...
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The Cubs are currently in a state of stalemate.   Once Jim Hendry was fired the search began.  What are the Cubs to do to finally get over the championship drought?  Two GM’s I’ve heard mentioned are AL East power-GMs Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman.  Why would these GMs leave...
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Truth: Today, major league baseball franchises can bring up a plethora of bodies from their respective minor leagues so they can get a glimpse of their future. It’s the time of the month reserved for teams out of the playoff race to bring up their prospects so they can gauge the progress of their...
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Mike's Mailbox....Just another word for bar talk....long distance. I officially have an email address mikelavery@thebaseballpage.com and I’d ideally like to do a mailbag every couple of weeks.  This is basically the equivalent of bar talk.  When I go out and people find out what I do, I...
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Remember months ago when everyone was singing the praises of the Pittsburgh Pirates? They were referred to as “America’s Team”. Part of it was that they haven’t had a winning record in a long time, and another part was their low salary.  Who outside of the Bronx doesn’t like rooting for the...
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Ivan Nova won his 14th ballgame August 28, which I believe puts him in a great position to win American League Rookie of the Year. It’s amazing how Nova has been overlooked in the Yankees rotation. The success stories of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, along with the struggles of A.J. Burnett,...
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They say that Ray Fosse was never the same, after being run over by the freight train that was Pete Rose. It’s difficult to argue with that notion, because a look at Fosse’s numbers before and after the collision in the 1970 All-Star Game provides a stark comparison. Fosse was a 23-year-old catcher...
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This question gets debated every couple years when we see a Pedro Martinez-like season.   The people against pitchers winning say that pitchers don’t affect every game.  However, pitchers are directly related to more at bats than hitters are through out the season.   In 1999 Pedro...
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Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski got his left field job from Ted Williams at the start of the 1961 season.  Yastrzemski played well for Boston his first six years in the American League, winning a batting title and being named to three All-Star teams.  Nevertheless, his inability to...
We talk about bad contracts all the time, but watching the Yankees play Minnesota last night got me to thinking about Joe Mauer‘s deal. This is the first year of an 8 year/$184 million dollar deal ($23 million AAV) that Mauer signed last March. It’s hard to argue with the Twins giving him...
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I’d like to introduce you all to Jack Perconte.   Jack Perconte is a former Major League second baseman who played from 1980-1986. Perconte played for the LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago White Sox.  Perconte has also written two books - "The Making of a...
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