Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bombo Rivera

At the age of 7 his youth baseball manager started calling him “Bombo”, which meant “fly ball,” and the nickname stuck. Bombo Rivera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1970. During that first season in the Expos’ farm system, while playing for Bradenton, Rivera and his teammates took a trip to see the major league club play. The gameContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bombo Rivera”

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 …Kirby Puckett

Puckett’s major league debut came on May 8 against the California Angels, a game in which he went 4 for 5 with one run.That year, Puckett hit .296 and was fourth in the American League in singles.Throughout his career, Puckett would routinely appear in the top 10 in the American League in such offensive statisticalContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Kirby Puckett”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves

Rants: Chicago Bulls …for firing Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls are tossing up alot of Bull about Thibodeau’s dismissal. He has continued to win despite not having Derrick Rose( who is a former league MVP) for a full season then part of this season. Let’s see someone else try winning without their best player. Ask theContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Ervin Santana suspended for 80 games for PED Use

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended for 80 games for alleged PED use.  Santana released the following statement. I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. I am frustrated that I can’t pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegalContinue reading “Ervin Santana suspended for 80 games for PED Use”

Twins fire Gardenhire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series. He was the trusting candidate who took Minnesota’s managing job when many thought the Twins were about to be contracted in 2002. He was the affable everymanContinue reading “Twins fire Gardenhire”

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”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Rod Carew

Update:This was an Old School Tuesday that was published over a year ago but in light of the fact that Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack recently and is in need of a heart transplant, I thought it was fitting to repost this. In Addition there is a Sports Illustrated article on Rod Carew’sContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Rod Carew”

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”