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otd, Bo Jackson
Hey everyone nice enough to read my blog! 🙂 I know I’ve been missing in action the past week or so! I just wanted to let you know that I had some home/family stuff that needed to be dealt with but that I am definitely back with some OTD in Baseball History (see below!) for ya!  But just so you know, you can expect my regular daily posts from FRSN’s Today’s Knuckleball, beginning with a new piece on A’s rookie Jharel Cotton, as well as pieces written exclusively for this blog on a daily basis once again so you can keep […]

OTD in Baseball History: Bo Jackson hits his first MLB ...

shoeless joe jackson
Update: September 1, 2015 6:45 am PT It’s unfortunate, at least in my opinion, but “Shoeless” Joe Jackson will not be reinstated into Major League Baseball, despite the efforts of the curator of the Greenville, South Carolina museum dedicated to the memory of the famed ballplayer. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the petition sent by curator Arlene Marcley in a letter that was retweeted by LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin. Manfred’s letter declining to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, courtesy of @HOVG: — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2015 Part of Manfred’s letter reads, “I have reviewed our records […]

Update: Manfred denies latest attempt to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Ichiro Suzuki each left their own mark on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. While each achievement had its own level of significance each one certainly made a mundane Friday afternoon into something a little more exciting. Prior to the start of play on Friday just two teams out of the 30 in baseball today had never had a player hit for the cycle. By the end of the night that number was whittled down to just one. The San Diego Padres were one of those teams, which does seem odd as one would have thought that […]

Harper, Ichiro, Kemp each make their mark on Friday

Update: July 26, 2015, 9:00 pm PT While the Kansas City Royals may have proven that they don’t plan on settling for second place this season by acquiring a rental pitcher in Johnny Cueto, by rental I mean that Cueto will be a free agent at season’s end and it’s unlikely the Royals will have the money to re-sign him, the Cincinnati Reds seem to have been the team to “win” in this trade. They received three young premiere left-handers in Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Reds trade Cueto to Royals for LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. […]

Update: Reds’ get solid starting pitching in return for Cueto

Ok, saying that Kirk Nieuwenhuis doesn’t hit isn’t very nice. He started the day 7-for-66 on the season and had already been designated for assignment twice. So, Sunday is likely to be the best day of his entire career. The first time he was DFA’d was by his current team, the New York Mets. He was picked up off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels who later DFA’d him and the Mets’ decided they wanted him back.  That’s where the real story of the day begins. It was Nieuwenhuis’ first game back with the Mets after the roller coaster he’d been on […]

Guy who doesn’t hit, goes yard 3 times in a ...

positives, A's, Stephen Vogt, keep Gray, Sonny Gray
Just when I was truly about to give up my hope that the Oakland A’s might have a magical second half since it’s already way past game 81, some magical things happened in Cleveland! Plus, I’ve always considered the second half starting after the All-Star break. Today, hope has been renewed by some (not so?) coincidental events. I’ll just give you an example and then let you read the full story but the A’s two All-Stars starting pitcher Sonny Gray and catcher/occasional first baseman Stephen Vogt combined their skills today to win the game for the A’s. Gray pitched a […]

A’s end the first half with a little magic, can ...

Update: July 11, 2015 12:30 pm PT It was pretty easy to guess that there would be at least one team who would pick up Neftali Feliz after the ten day period that the Texas Ranger’s had to trade him had ended. The Rangers’ designated Feliz for assignment on July 3. They tried to trade him and later offered him an assignment in the minors which he refused in order to become a free agent. Well, the Detroit TIgers wasted no time in signing Feliz. Tigers announce they have agreed to terms with Neftali Feliz. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) July […]

Update: Neftali Feliz signs with Tigers

Joe Blanton
It’s only been two starts but Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Joe Blanton appears to have actually made his comeback. He pitched six innings of one-run baseball Monday against “King’ Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners en route to a 4-1 win. As I talked about in my latest post about Blanton, he was the last one of my comeback “kids” from this spring. So many older players were attempting to make comebacks this season such as Barry Zito, Johann Santana and Dontrelle Willis to name few, that I wrote a spring feature on them. Blanton is so far the first and […]

Joe Blanton appears to be back, out duels King Felix

Ok, I have two separate feelings regarding Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, aka Panda, being benched for using his phone during games. My first reaction to the first Tweet I saw was very different that the one I had once I learned a little more about what happened and about the league rules. The first reaction was that these are adults. They are not in high school and managers shouldn’t be able to just take away their phone like they’re children. I hated high school so I tested out of it sophomore year and went to community college […]

Should Sandoval have been benched? I had mixed reactions

hamstring strains, cole hamels
Cole Hamels will miss next start due to hamstring strain Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty ace and subject of much trade talk, Cole Hamels, will miss his next start on Friday due to a strained hamstring.  This is yet another blow to the Phillies who are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Hamels has been spectacular all year. He’s leading the league in innings pitched with 94.1. Over his 94.1 innings Hamels has collected 103 strikeouts and walked just 31 batters.  Hamels is basically the only bright spot for the Phillies except for closer Jonathan Papelbon and the two might […]

Hamels, Altuve both out with hamstring strains

Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
Kyle Schwarber makes a HUGE impression in big league debut There have been some great debuts of new rookies in the league in recent weeks and there will be more to come soon. However the next top prospect called up will have a tough time beating the MLB debut of the Chicago Cubs’ latest call-up Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber will only be with the club this week, serving as the DH, as they make their way to American League parks for interleague play. Normally a catcher by trade Schwarber, who was called up from Double-A only a year after being drafted […]

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has best MLB debut of season

Pat Murphy, Padres 1
When they fired former manager Bud Black yesterday the San Diego Padres made it clear that they were going to find an interim manager for the club within 24-48 hours. Well, they’ve found one already in Pat Murphy, the manager of the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate the El Paso Chihuahuas. Murphy, 56, has been with the Padres organization for the past six years, spending parts of the past three seasons as manager of the Chihuahuas. He joined the organization in 2010 as a special assistant to baseball operations and was managing at Short Class-A Eugene by 2011, where he stayed for […]

Pat Murphy is Padres’ interim manager