Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …New York Mets

What a week it has bee for the boys in Flushing, Queens. They come home on Monday after getting their clocks cleaned by the Miami Marlins (Awful) in a 3 game sweep, 5 games under 500 which sparked rumors of manager Mickey Callaway’s demise. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen called a press conference to basicallyContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …New York Mets”

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Pitchers and Catchers

It’s the day we as fans wait for all winter …the day pitchers and catchers report. It is the first sign that the long winter’s end is in sight and that spring is on it’s way and hope springs eternal after your team’s not so great performance from last season. Everyone starts the same allContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Pitchers and Catchers”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Jim Perry

In the past two weeks we covered families that baseball is the family business, Two weeks ago it was the Alous, last week it was the Niekros. This week it Jim and Gaylord Perry. Jim Perry pitched from 1959–1975 for four different teams. During a 17-year baseball career, Perry compiled 215 wins, 1,576 strikeouts, andContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Jim Perry”

Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday …Joe Niekro

Last week we spotlighted the Alou Brothers and Felipe Alou’s son Moises Alou. This week it the Niekro Brothers …Joe and Phil. Joe Niekro pitched for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers with occasional success before joining Phil with the Atlanta Braves in 1973. Joe used a fastball and a slider earlyContinue reading “Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday …Joe Niekro”

Smallthoughts: OId School Tuesday …Rusty Staub

He enjoyed a 23-year baseball career with 5 different teams. He was an original member of the Montreal Exposand that team’s first star; though the Expos traded him after only 3 years, his enduring popularity led them to retire his number in 1993. Staub signed his first professional contract with the expansion team Houston ColtContinue reading “Smallthoughts: OId School Tuesday …Rusty Staub”

Dave Dombrowski Hired as Boston Redsox Head of Baseball Operations

It didn’t take long for Dave Dombrowski to find a new job, it had been rumored that he was heading to Toronto but in a stunning move he is heading to Boston where he is reunited with his old boss  Red Sox Owner John Henry. They were together in Miami with the Marlins. “I wantContinue reading “Dave Dombrowski Hired as Boston Redsox Head of Baseball Operations”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves

Rants : Detroit Tigers …for firing General manager Dave Dombrowski shortly after the trading dead line. The timing of it made no sense. Dave Dombrowski was with the Tigers for nearly 14 seasons. He guided Detroit to two American League pennants and four Central division titles. About the only thing Detroit didn’t do during his tenureContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Dave Dombrowski fired by the Tigers …Why?

The timing of Dombrowski’s firing was really weird. No warning, no nothing just we decided to go in a different direction but only after the Tigers decided they were going to trade off David Price and Yoenis Cespedes . I am sure even Dave Dombrowski was surprised by the timing of the move “You’re sortContinue reading “Dave Dombrowski fired by the Tigers …Why?”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Billy Martin

Billy Martin was known as a fighter, he argued with then Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner, he fought with a marshmallow salesman and most famously he fought Reggie Jackson. Mostly Martin fought himself, and alcoholism. Despite the fighting there was no doubt that Billy Martin was one of the best managers of his time. He couldContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Billy Martin”