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THROWBACK: 1980 WINTER MEETINGS

THROWBACK: 1980 WINTER MEETINGS

As the Winter Meetings prepare to kick off in San Diego, fans of every team (except the Giants) are looking for a big move that will make 2015 better than this past season. If “hope” Springs eternal, then dreams of grandeur are the theme of the Hot Stove season’s signature event, deep in the heart of Winter. […]

THROWBACK: DODGERS TRADE MIKE PIAZZA

THROWBACK: DODGERS TRADE MIKE PIAZZA

As the 1998 season approached, Mike Piazza was one of the biggest stars in the game and he was coming up on free agency. As the matinee-idol face of the Los Angeles Dodgers who put up unthinkable numbers from the catcher position, it was almost inconceivable that things wouldn’t be worked out in negotiations to keep him […]

TRADE PIECE: ZACK WHEELER

TRADE PIECE: ZACK WHEELER

As the 2011 trade deadline approached, the San Francisco Giants were leading the NL west with only the Diamondbacks close to them in the standings. The solid pitching that had led the Giants to the 2010  World Series victory was still in play, but a big bat was needed in the middle of the lineup. […]

TRADE PIECE: JAMES MCDONALD

TRADE PIECE: JAMES MCDONALD

One of the breakout pitching stories this year is James McDonald of the Pittsburgh Pirates. McDonald built on a solid 2011 and has now put together a string of effective starts while posting some impressive numbers. After 10 starts, the 27-year old is 4-2 with a 0.96 WHIP, 8.7 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. First-time arbitration […]

TRADE PIECE: TOMMY MILONE

TRADE PIECE: TOMMY MILONE

On December 23, 2011, the Oakland A’s, in a busy offseason, shipped first-time arbitration-eligible LHP Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals in a six-player deal. The Nats got minor league RHP Robert Gilliam and Gonzalez, who was coming off back-to-back solid seasons for the non-contending A’s. Oakland GM Billy Beane got two minor leaguers plus a RHP […]

THE NELSON CRUZ EXPERIENCE

THE NELSON CRUZ EXPERIENCE

Rangers OF Nelson Cruz has developed into a hitting machine with a flair for the dramatic as he has shined over the past two post-seasons. When you see the big bomber post an OPS of 1.019 under the playoff/Word Series spotlight (including 6 HRs in the 2011 ALCS alone), it is hard to imagine that Cruz’ road […]

THROWBACK: A’S, BUCS SWAP PLAYER FOR MGR

THROWBACK: A’S, BUCS SWAP PLAYER FOR MGR

On November 5, 1976, Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley, apparently getting near the end of his arsenal of unconventional moves, reached deep down into his bag of tricks and made a trade for a veteran catcher. Finley got Manny Sanguillen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Chuck Tanner. Yes, the Chuck Tanner who MANAGED the A’s […]

THROWBACK: ASTROS DEAL OSWALT, BERKMAN AT DEADLINE

THROWBACK: ASTROS DEAL OSWALT, BERKMAN AT DEADLINE

As the 2011 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, we look back to last year when the Houston Astros dealt away two of the biggest names in franchise history. Ace Roy Oswalt and slugger Lance Berkman were sent to contenders for packages mixed with major and minor leaguers. Oswalt had an immediate impact with the Phillies, who […]

THROWBACK: CURT FLOOD

THROWBACK: CURT FLOOD

Curtis Charles Flood was a centerfielder for the St. Louis  Cardinals from 1959 to 1969 who won seven Gold Gloves. He batted over .300 six  times, led the league in hits in 1964 with 211 and played all seven games in three World Series, 1964, 1967 and 1968. For all his steady production during a  […]

THROWBACK: WAYNE GARLAND

THROWBACK: WAYNE GARLAND

Going all the way back to the beginning of free agency, Wayne Garland was both a free market success story and a cautionary tale. In 1976, the right-hander from Nashville, TN emerged from bullpen and spot starting duty for the Orioles to post an ace-like 20-7 season over 232 1/3 innings with 14 complete games. […]

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