Category Archives: THROWBACKS

A look back at notable events in player movement

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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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THROWBACK: DOYLE ALEXANDER FOR YOUNG JOHN SMOLTZ

On August 12, 1987, the Detroit Tigers were looking for some pitching help as they entered the stretch drive in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL east crown. They got it. The Atlanta Braves shipped 36-year … Continue reading

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