Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Felipe Alou

He made his major league debut in 1958 and was an All-Star in 1962, when he batted .316 with 25 home runs and 98 RBI Felipe was joined by his brothers, Matty in 1960, and Jesús in 1963, who, on September 15 of that year became the first, and as of today only, all-brother outfield.Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Felipe Alou”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott is best known for pitching a no hitter vs the Cleveland Indians for the New York Yankees. Always admirted the fact that he didn’t let being born with one hand stopping from reaching and achieving his dream of pitching in the major leagues. In 1989, Abbott joined the California Angels‘ starting rotation asContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Abbott”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Sal Bando

During the A’s championship years of 1971-75, he captained the team and led the club in runs batted in three times. He was the second American League third baseman to hit 200 career home runs, joining Brooks Robinson, and retired among the all-time leaders in games (5th, 1896), assists (6th, 3720) and double plays (7th,Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Sal Bando”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Rollie Fingers

Before Mariano Rivera, before Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage , and Dennis Eckersley, there was Rollie Fingers. What is it all of them had in common? They were all starters converted into relievers. Fingers was a starter throughout his minor league career. He had started 19 games in 1970. But a May 15, 1971 start againstContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Rollie Fingers”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jimmy Wynn

nicknamed the “Toy Cannon, Wynn’s nickname was “the Toy Cannon” because his bat had a lot of “pop” for his small size (5’8″ 170 lbs.). Having struggled defensively at shortstop, Wynn was converted to a full-time outfielder in 1964. He opened the season as the Colt .45s starting center fielder, but was sent back to theContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jimmy Wynn”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons was contempories of Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson but was often overshadowed and wasn’t regarded in the same way like Johnny Bench, but he was someone you didn’t want to see come to the plate at anytime especially with runners on. While he didn’t hiot for the same power as BenchContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ted Simmons”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…George Scott

Scott was a three-time All-Star in the American League in 1966, 1975 and 1977, starting the 1966 Mid-Summer Classic and homering in 1977. Scott hit over 20 home runs six times in his career, tying Reggie Jackson for the American League lead in 1975 with a career-high 36 and pacing the league in runs battedContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…George Scott”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Robin Yount

Robin Yount spent his entire 20-year baseball career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1974–1993). 1982 season Yount led the American League with 210 hits in 1982. The 1982 AL East race was tied on the final day of the season, with the race coming down to a winner-take-all game between the Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles.Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Robin Yount”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Paul Molitor..the ignitor

Molitor began as a shortstop, then moved to second base when Robin Yount returned from a brief retirement. He made his MLB debut in 1978, playing in 125 games and hitting .273 with 6 home runs, 45 RBI and 30 stolen bases.[5] In 1981, he spent time at center field and right field to avoidContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Paul Molitor..the ignitor”

Report: Ryan Braun reached out for support in discrediting test collector

According to a published report on CBS Sports: Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun reached out to fellow players for support in discrediting urine test collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. following his failed drug test in 2011, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He reached out Matt Kemp, Troy Tulowitzki and Joey Votto, among others. According toContinue reading “Report: Ryan Braun reached out for support in discrediting test collector”