Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Fred Lynn

Talk about someone fun to watch…Fred Lynn was just that…fun to watch. He was great at the plate and great in the field. Played all out. Which is why maybe in some respects his career in the eyes of some fell short of the Hall of Fame due to injuries. Fred Lynn’s career was hamperedContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Fred Lynn”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Cuellar

Mike Cuellar was a lefthanded pitcher from Cuba who pitched for Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and California Angels but his best years s were with the Baltimore Orioles. Cuellar helped  them capture five American League East Division titles, three consecutive American League (AL) pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship. HeContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Cuellar”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer is a pitcher I remember best for his battles with his manager Earl Weaver , but I also remember him for winning, he won as many CY Youngs as Tom Seaver (3) and won 3 World Champions in 3 decades…1966, 1970and 1983. He was a pitching staff in 1971 where 4 pitchers wonContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Palmer”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Will Clark

The lefty with the sweet swing… Clark was drafted with the second overall pick in the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. A few days later, Clark also homered in his first home game at Candlestick Park (he debuted at age 22, wearing the number 22, playing first base). An elbowContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Will Clark”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Glenn Davis

In his first full season, 1985, Davis batted .271 with twenty home runs and 64 runs batted in to finish fifth in National League rookie of the year balloting. Davis had a break out season in 1986. He had sixty RBIs and twenty home runs at the All-Star break to make his first All-Star team.Continue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Glenn Davis”

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma no-hits Orioles

Congratulations to Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma for his no hitter vs the Baltimore Orioles.Iwakuma became the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the U.S. major leagues. Hideo Nomo, who’d set the standard for Japanese pitchers when he arrived in 1995, threw two no-hitters before retiring in 2008. “He was unbelievable today,” Kyle Seager,Continue reading “Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma no-hits Orioles”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Don Baylor

Don Baylor came as a first baseman and outfielder but spent a good amount of his career as a designated hitter. He was drafted in the second round of the 1967 amateur draft by Baltimore. In 1970, he led the league with 34 doubles, 15 triples, 127 runs, and 140 games-played while playing for Rochester.Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Don Baylor”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Holtzman

He was the only pitcher since the 1880s to throw two no-hitters for the Cubs, and was one of the principal pitchers on Oakland’s championship teams from 1972 to 1975. Through 2010, his 174 career victories are the most in the major leagues by a Jewish pitcher (ahead of Sandy Koufax). His 1,601 strikeouts areContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Holtzman”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves

  Rants: Baltimore Orioles…Buck Showalter can’t be happy losing both Nelson Cruz and  Nick Markakis in the same week via free agency. Where is the Orioles power coming from now that both are gone? Rants: Geno Smith … I tried hard to cut the kid slack since he arrived in New York but …he clearly isn’tContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Braves

The  Braves outfield will have a decidedly different look to it going into the 2015 baseball season with the addition of former Baltimore Oriole Nick Markakis. According to published reports … Outfielder Nick Markakis and the Atlanta Braves agreed on a four-year contract, major league sources told Yahoo Sports, ending the 31-year-old’s career-long association withContinue reading “Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Braves”