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Washington Nationals
09/02/2019 00:27
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first manager of the Nationals and one of two to manage the Nats and Baltimore, passed away at teh age of 83. He had been in hospice care.

On the field, Robinson was one of the game’s most-feared sluggers for a nearly unfathomable stretch, with his first All-Star nod coming in his Rookie of the Year season of 1956 and his final one occurring in 1974, his final full campaign. In between, Robinson made a dozen additional All-Star appearances and won Most Valuable Player awards in both the National League (with the Reds in 1961) and American League (in 1966, his first season with the Orioles).

A paragon of consistency, Robinson’s worst seasons were the stuff of dreams for most MLB players. He ultimately appeared in 21 campaigns, compiling an eye-popping .294/.389/.537 lifetime batting line in 11,742 trips to the plate. Robinson not only racked up 586 career home runs — still tenth-most in history — but struck out only 789 times while drawing 698 walks.

Robinson’s legendary run as a player only tells part of his story. He finished out his time on the field as a player-manager of the Indians, making him the first African American manager in the history of baseball. Even while breaking barriers, Robinson’s supreme talent and determination showed through. In his first season leading the dugout, which was also his age-39 campaign as a player, he posted a 153 OPS+ and drew 29 walks against 15 strikeouts in 149 trips to the plate.

Robinson went on to run the dugouts of the Giants (becoming the first black manager in the National League), Orioles, and Expos/Nationals. Though he did not have a standout run of success in that job, with a 1065-1176 lifetime record as a skipper, Robinson later went on to take a prominent role in MLB operations and remained a highly respected member of the baseball community throughout. All told, his ongoing service cemented his legacy as one of baseball’s all-time lifers.

Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. He has had his number 20 retired by the Reds, Orioles, and Indians. And he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Robinson was the first player to hit All-Star game home runs for both leagues. He was the first player to appear in both the All-Star game the World Series for teams in both leagues. He was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award unanimously. He was the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year AND the Most Valuable Player Award unanimously. He is still the only player to win the MVP in each league. He was the first Cincinnati Red to win the Rookie of the Year Award. He was the first player to collect 120 RBI in a season in each leagues. He was the first African American manager and the first post-expansion player-manager. He was the first Hall of Famer to get hit by 150 pitches. He was the first Manager of the Year to have won an MVP OR Rookie of the Year as a player. He has the most career home runs, having only hit 40 or more once during his career. When he retired, he stood 4th all time on the career home run list. He's now tenth. For 4 straight seasons during the apexes of the career of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Mickey Mantle, HE led the majors in intentional walks. His number 20 has been retired by three franchises. Those same three each have a statue of him in front of their stadiums. He is the only manager to manage the same franchise in two countries. He was a high school basketball teammate with all-time NBA great Bill Russell. He served for a time as the (honorary) President of the American League.

You will be missed, Frank.
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Washington Nationals
08/02/2019 23:08
The Nationals announced the signing of Jeremy Hellickson and designated RP Trevor Gott for assignment.
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Outside the Lines
04/02/2019 03:09
The guys with the MAGA hats beat the left coast! Various leftist idiots will mourn tonite!
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Outside the Lines
31/01/2019 23:26
I watched the MLB network some this afternoon, MLb put out a statement today saying that he was born in Cairo, Ga......He was actually born 9 miles below there in Beachton. MLB did donate some money a few years back to a group in Cairo to help them build a Jackie Robinson museum, but as of last week when I was in cairo, it had not been built. Another group has tried and tried to get MLB to donate money to make his birthplace a historic site.MLB has refused over and over.....

watched Cliff Floyd talk about Jackie, would've been nice if Floyd had said that he had visited Jackie's birthplace, but he didn't so I doubt he's ever been there. Floyd played for the Albany Polecats which is only 50 miles or so from Beachton......Sad that Jackie's homeplace is not better taken care of and promoted. Both times that we've been there we were the only ones there.....
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Baltimore Orioles
23/01/2019 00:26
Former Oriole Mike Mussina was elected to the Hall of Fame today, along with Edgar Martinez, the late Roy Halladay, and Mariano Rivera (who became the Hall's first-ever unanimous selection.) They join former Orioles Lee Smith and Harold Baines in this year's induction class. Congratulations to all of them.
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General Baseball Discussion
23/01/2019 00:22
Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, the late Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Rivera is the first-ever unanimous selection.

They join Veterans Committee selections Lee Smith and Harold Baines in this year's class. Congratulations to all.
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New York Yankees
23/01/2019 00:16
The first unanimous Hall of Fame selection is #42, Mariano Rivera. Congratulations to him, Moose, Edgar Martinez, and the alte Roy Halladay. They'll be inducted this july along with Veterans Committee selections Lee Smith and Harold Baines.
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Baltimore Orioles
20/01/2019 23:01
It's almost time .....I used to go to Florida every weekend in March to watch ST games. I was talking with an old friend of mine yesterday about some of the memories of the games that we went to during the 1990's. Sometime in the early to mid 90's we went to al Lang stadium in st pete. Both the orioles and the cardinals used that stadium for St games. We went to see an o's game there one Saturday. The team stayed in a hotel almost across the street from the stadium. Instead of just walking over there they rode a bus. We were waiting for their bus to get there, ( flirting with two young hot blondes while we waited)... we were hoping to see Ripken and get him to sign one of his rookie baseball cards that we had brought. Gosh we were disappointed when the bus arrived and there was no ripken....... Chris Sabo and Harold Baines were the only two that stopped to sign for us. Now the Baines autograph means a bit more with him going into the HOF..... Don't remember much about the actual game but they announced during the game that they were having an old timers game there that night.

We bought tickets and came back for that game too.. Tom Selleck got a hit off of former Cardinal and current cardinal broadcaster, al hraboski.....we enjoyed the old timers game more than the ST game. Al Lang was in a nice area, had places that you could walk to and eat. Had a small airport not far behind the outfield fence and a couple of small planes took off over the stadium during the games....
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Pittsburgh Pirates
20/01/2019 16:39
Wife asked me yesterday if I wanted tickets to ST games from her for V-day.......Hopefully she ordered them online yesterday because those weekend games sell out quickly....

I have so many fond memories of going to ST years ago. things have changed so much from the way that it used to be.the team now works out at Mckecknie field (yes I know they sold the naming rights out and it's not called Mckecknie field anymore) now you have to pay to watch the workouts..... no more $2 sit anywhere you want seats for an exhibition game before the real games start either.

Pirate city now has just the minor leaguers with security there and they have hand held metal detectors....... it's just sad..... but i'm looking forward to going anyway....
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New York Yankees
18/01/2019 00:21
According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are "getting calls" about relievers Jonathan Holde and Tommy Kahnle in the wake of today's agreement with Adam Ottavino.

IMO, Holder would likely have more trade value. He has a better year and he's 4 years younger. He also gives you more team control.
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Washington Nationals
18/01/2019 00:12
The Nationals have agreed to terms with LHP Vidal Nuno, 31, on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Nuno ets $1.3 million if he makes the team and the deal has opt-out opportunities if he doesn't. Low-risk depth. He could well be a good left long reliver/spot starter.

It's not big, but it adds depth.
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New York Yankees
17/01/2019 19:46
Good move on Cashman's part. "Otto" joins Chapman, Betances, Britton, Green, and Holder in a deep bullpen.

Will the Yankees give Otto his number 0?
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