Today in Baseball: An Inside-the-Park Home run at the Age of 42

It sounds almost unbelievable but it happened today 104 years ago. (Hall of) Fame(d) shortstop Honus Wagner hit his final round-tripper that happened to be an inside-the-park home run. In the fourth inning, Wagner goes deep off Reds' right-hander Elmer Knetzer in the team's 2-1 victory at Cincinnati's Redland Field. Even at the wrong side …

Rick van den Hurk donates for charity

In a tweet and on his own website, Rick van den Hurk announced that he will have a weekly auction, to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. https://twitter.com/rickvandenhurk/status/1263451862633549824 The Dutch-born pitcher from Eindhoven will donate game-used baseball items and equipment from teams he played for. Since his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in …

Today in Baseball: Ted Turner’s one Game Stint

Today, 43 years ago, Atlanta Braves owner took over as the team's manager in an attempt to halt a 16-game losing streak. 1977 wasn't the Braves' year. In their 12th year in Atlanta, the team served as the doormat of the Nationals League West. After a losing streak of 16 games, owner Ted Williams had …

Pittsburgh Pirates unveil new jerseys

Today, on the first day of their fanfest, the Pittsburgh Pirates presented their 2020 jerseys. Like so many clubs, the Bucs lifted the veil a little bit at Instagram as they showed their alternate black jersey first. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7rrzkdnff5/?utm_source=ig_embed The new black alternate road jersey shows the script the Pirates' jerseys of the nineties were sporting. …

Baseball related songs: “We are Family” by Sister Sledge

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "We are Family", performed by Sister Sledge. The song was a big disco hit in the seventies when the Disco music was at its heyday. The song was written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, another huge disco act from the seventies. …

Today in baseball: First rookie no-hitter

During this time of the year, plenty of World Series items could be picked. I picked this one as I thought it was the most interesting. Today 127 years ago, on the last day of the regular season, a rookie pitcher went the distance and threw a no-hitter. Charles "Bumpus" Jones made his MLB debut …

Wave of fired MLB managers in three days

In the past two days, three MLB managers have been sacked: Joe Maddon of the Cubs, Clint Hurdle of the Pirates and today, Brad Ausmus of the Angels. Saturday the Cubs announced, Joe Maddon was fired even before the final game of the season. GM Theo Epstein didn't give a clear reason: "Sometimes it’s just …

Today in baseball: Flip-down sunglasses

Today in 1915, player-manager Fred Clarke of the Pittsburgh Pirates filed for the patent for flip-down sunglasses. These sunglasses, worn by outfielders to battle the glare of the sun, were to believed to be good for motorists as well. Future Hall of Famer Clarke would also file for the patent of sliding pads and a …

Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Baseball related songs: “America’s Favorite Pastime” by Todd Snider

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to America's Favorite Pastime performed by singer-song writerTodd Snider. For this song, Snider, who fought drug addiction several times, was inspired by Dock Ellis' 1970 no-hitter that he threw after he took LSD.   In June 1970, Pirate righty Dock Ellis threw nine innings of no-hit …

And the PDC news keeps coming

A couple of surprising moves at A ball level as the Greensboro Grasshoppers shifted to the Pittsburgh Pirates after being affiliated to the Miami Marlins since 2003. Another surprising move is the shifting of the Clinton LumberKings from the Seattle Mariners to the Miami Marlins. After spending sixteen years in the South Atlantic League, the …

Pittsburgh Pirates and West Virginia Black Bears extend PDC

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended the player development contract with their A Short Season affiliate in the New York-Penn League, the West Virginia Black Bears. The new contract will run through the 2020 season.  The affiliation with the Pirates started in 2013 when the team still played in Jamestown as the Jammers. A few weeks …

Charm offensive by MLB

Major League Baseball announced that regular season games will precede tournaments like the 2019 NCAA College World Series. This game will be a regular season game. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will face each other in the week the College World Series opens at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The Tigers-Royals game would …

Pirates extend PDC with their AA affiliate

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their player development contract with their AA affiliate in the Eastern League, the Altoona Curve. While most other MLB clubs recently extended the PDCs with their farm teams by only two years, the Pirates and the Curve have signed a four year extension. The cooperation with the Curve is the …

International League PDC extensions

Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season. The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. “The Reds are …