Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Greg Maddux


Maddux was nicknamed “Mad Dog” and “The Professor”. He is best known for playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. He was the first pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award for four consecutive years (1992–1995), a feat matched only by one other pitcher (Randy Johnson). During those four seasons, MadduxContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Greg Maddux”

Smallthoughts …What was the Correct call?


Reds vs Cubs the batter hits the ball it’s fielded by the first baseman who does a behind the back flip to the pitcher covering at first but the throw pulls the pitcher off the bag which the umpire ruled safe …the Cubs challagne the call then the call was overtuned and the baserunner wasContinue reading “Smallthoughts …What was the Correct call?”

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”

Lester goes to the Cubs Six-year, $155 million


The most sought after free agent finally has a new home…Jon Lester formerly of the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A’s will now call Chicago home. He agreed to a 6 year 155 million deal with the Cubs.  From published reports the bidding war for Lester was six-year, $155 million  for the lefty. TheContinue reading “Lester goes to the Cubs Six-year, $155 million”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Dave Kingman


San Francisco Giants[edit] Kingman came up as an outfielder and first baseman with the San Francisco Giants. He made his major league debut on July 30, 1971,pinch running for Willie McCovey, and finishing the game at first base. He hit a home run in his next game,[2] and hit two more a day later.[3] OnContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Dave Kingman”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Lou Pinella


This week’s theme for Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday is famous hot tempered managers. Most managers will or have argued with umpires but three came to mind in the legendary term that makes you think of dirt kicking base removing and tossing hat reversing managers so here is the Fisrt of our three in this catogory…Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Lou Pinella”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ryne Sandberg


Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career .989 fielding percentage is a major-league record at second base. Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005; he was formally inductedContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ryne Sandberg”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Trillo


Originally signed as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, Trillo was converted into a third baseman by his first minor league manager, Dallas Green. In 1969, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft. Trillo was converted into a second baseman in 1973 while playing forContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Trillo”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bruce Sutter


Today’s fans may not know the name Bruce Sutter, but those of you who were around in the late 70’s and early 80’s remember how much Sutter meant to relief pitching and was what would become the template for relievers like Mariano Rivera. Bruce Sutter was arguably the first pitcher to make effective use ofContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bruce Sutter”