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Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick – Interview with Author Paul Dickson

Tuesday April 24, 2012

MLB reports – Jonathan Hacohen: Today is a big day in the world of baseball, as we are proud to announce the release of the Paul Dickson Biography, “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.” Probably the most important person to influence the game of baseball as we know it today, Bill Veeck was a baseball pioneer. From night games, interleague play, racial integration and so much more, Bill Veeck is responsible for many of the key changes to the game that we take for granted. I was very excited to hear that Paul Dickson had written this book, as all baseball fans that truly love the game must get to know Bill Veeck. With so much information to cover on such an important baseball figure- Paul Dickson was certainly up for the role as biographer. 

As the book is launched today in stores, I had a chance to catch up with the author and cover many topics. From the life and times of Bill Veeck, to the process in creating the book and the road ahead for Paul Dickson. You are in for a treat today folks, as you will get to know about the book directly from the author himself. In talking to Paul, I was blown away by the dedication and commitment he showed in putting together The Greatest Maverick. From the number of people he interviewed and the amount of research he undertook, Paul went to great lengths in putting together the book. Now as Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick hits the bookshelves, you will find out why the book will be an important addition to your baseball library.

 

Featured on MLB reports, I proudly present my interview with baseball author, Paul Dickson and his newest baseball book – Bill Veeck – Baseball’s Greatest Maverick:


JH:  Thank you for joining us today on MLB reports Paul. Your new book “Bill Veeck- Baseball’s Greatest Maverick” is about to be launched. You must be very excited!

PD:  Very excited, Indeed. The book releases on Tuesday April 24, 2012. My publisher is Walker & Co. The year is important because it is the 50th anniversary of Veeck’s own biography Veeck: As In Wreck, a groundbreaking book which still commands an immense readership. But that book was Bill’s own story—a true autobiography—mine a true biography.

For example, Veeck’s book has a paragraph on his experiences in a war zone in the South Pacific during World War II. It is a full chapter in my book. This is the situation where Veeck was wounded and this is where he became part of a cohort of men who saw combat and came to baseball. Few know that Yogi Berra was in the second day of the D-Day invasion or that  Monte Irvin went in on the 6th day. I interviewed a lot of war vets for the book including Irvin but also the late Bob Feller, Ralph Kiner, Jerry Coleman, and Lou Brissie who lost part of his leg in combat but came back to pitch for Connie Mack. Read the rest of this entry

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TJ Surgery Tracker: The Newest MLB reports Addition

Tuesday April 24th, 2012

Ryan Ritchey:  New on mlbreports.com is a Tommy John Surgery link. https://mlbreports.com/tj-surgery/  This page is going to keep you updated with all the players that have undergone Tommy John Surgery this year and in past years. Many of you know the players that have had the surgery- but for those of you who don’t, this page is for you. Even if you do know who the players are that have had the surgery, maybe you missed one along the way. Either way you should check out the page to keep track of all the good young arms going down to this terrible surgery.

Some of the most recent players to go down to Tommy John are, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria, and Brian Wilson. Ryan Madson went down in Spring Training with a sore elbow and ended up needing Tommy John. On the other hand Wilson went down with major structural damage in his throwing elbow. He got three opinions to make sure and will indeed be having Tommy John Surgery with Dr. James Andrews.

Tommy John has had a major effect on many teams this season. With the three names that I just mentioned, they are all starting closers with major league teams. With Madson going down, Sean Marshall has had to take over the closing role. The Royals have went to closer by committee after the Soria injury. With Wilson  out, the Giants are not sure right now what they are going to do. Their likely best chance is with Sergio Romo though.

If you know a player that has gotten the surgery and we don’t have them on the list, email us (mlbreports@me.com) and we will add him to the list.  We will be keeping a running total of the surgeries for you, the readers. It is one thing when you see one or two players go down. But with the amount of players that have already undergone the surgery this year, the number looks alarming when you see it in a full list. We thank you for your support of MLB reports and we will continue to bring you everything and anything that relates to the world of baseball. With the effect of Tommy John surgery on the game, we thought it was to dedicate a complete page to the procedure. But there is more. Much more. From the World Baseball Classic, to Interviews, Guest MLB Blogs, Baseball Book Reviews and all other features, the staff at MLB reports covers all the bases!


Ryan Ritchey is a MLB reports Baseball Intern. I am a high school senior, play second base and plan on studying sports journalism in college. I am a huge fan of Barry Larkin and Brandon Phillips. Have been a baseball fan my whole life and have been writing about baseball since freshman year. You can reach me on Twitter (@Ryan13Ritchey)

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Will Tim Lincecum Turn it Around in 2012?

Tuesday April 24th, 2012

Rob Bland:  Since he burst onto the scene as a 23-year-old rookie in 2007, Tim Lincecum has ranked 6th in fWAR.  Boasting a fastball that sat around 94 mph, and plus changeup, curveball and slider, Lincecum won back to back National League Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009 with the San Francisco Giants.  In his first four full seasons, Lincecum threw 881 2/3 innings.  Listed on baseball-reference.com at a generous 5’11” and 175 lbs, Lincecum’s delivery is a little bit on the herky-jerky side.  How he has been able to withstand such punishment is a bit of a mystery, as his wiry body hurls towards the plate in a violent action that result in a 94 mph fastball.

2012 has not been kind to Lincecum so far.  Now, I am not one to worry about small sample sizes, as baseball is a sport of random fluctuation in statistics.  Albert Pujols does not have a home run as I write this, more than 15 games into the season.  Chase Headley is currently 2nd in fWAR in all of baseball.  The LA Dodgers are already 8 games ahead of the San Diego Padres.  The Kansas City Royals are in an 11 game losing streak.  The season can change on a dime, and we are only 10% of the way through this season.  Lincecum’s story, to me, is a bit of a different story.  His fastball is averaging below 91 mph.  His sinker has less arm side tail; 5 inches in 2012 compared to over 7 inches in 2009.  Tim’s curveball and slider don’t have as much depth as they once did, also.  A good changeup usually has about 8-10 mph difference off of the fastball, which is where he was in 2009, 93 mph to 84 mph.  In 2012, his changeup is still 84 mph, but the biggest problem for Lincecum has been that he has lost velocity off his fastball.  He is sitting under 91 mph, so that changeup is not nearly as effective. Read the rest of this entry

TJ Surgery Tracker Updater

April.14/2012

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DR. FRANK JOBE, who will turn 87 in the summer of 2012, is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized the medical care and prolonged the careers of baseball pitchers with his groundbreaking tendon transplant procedure now known as the “Tommy John” surgery.  In 1974, Dodgers pitcher TOMMY JOHN was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left (pitching) elbow, apparently ending his career.  In an experimental surgery, which he estimated at the time as having 1% odds for a successful outcome, Jobe transplanted a tendon from John’s right forearm to his left elbow.  After more than a year of rehabilitation, John and his bionic arm returned to the mound, where he pitched for 14 more seasons and racked up 164 of his 288 career victories before retiring at the age of 46.  Today, the procedure is commonplace among professional and amateur pitchers.  It has been estimated that Jobe performed more than 1,000 Tommy John surgeries himself and that nearly 200 major leaguers – not all of them pitchers – have had their careers extended by the procedure.

In a recent interview with Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, Jobe discussed how he and John decided to proceed with the surgery, thus establishing a relationship of trust between doctor and patient: “Tommy happened to be in my office talking, and we already had told him about all the potential complications.  I was ready to sign his papers for retirement.  I wasn’t even sure I should have brought [the operation idea] up in our conversation.  I had no idea if it would be successful.  I really wasn’t sure.  We got to a point where we kind of looked at each other and he said, ‘That makes sense, let’s do it.’  I think those were the three words that changed the course of baseball medicine for the rest of time.  ‘Let’s do it.’”

After a long and grueling rehabilitation, John returned to the mound with the Dodgers in 1976, completing 207 innings, recording 10 wins with a 3.09 ERA, and receiving both the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Fred Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Character and Courage.  That he was a better pitcher after the experimental surgery was fully evident by 1977, as John won 20 games with a 2.78 ERA, earning him a second-place finish to Steve Carlton in Cy Young Award balloting.  Reliquarian Michael Fallon, in his biographical profile of Tommy John for the Society for American Baseball Research, noted that the pitcher revolutionized “athlete’s attitudes toward medicine.  With 164 of his 288 victories coming after the surgery, John shattered the barrier that said players could not play after undergoing surgery.”  Fallon added that, despite having the most wins of any eligible pitcher not inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, John’s “pioneering gumption, his ability to endure and come back from adversity does put him among baseball’s all-time elite.”

The two figures made medical history nearly 40 years ago.

For all the talk of baseball players (pitchers mostly) that will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery, we will be keeping a running list!  E-mail us at mlbreports@me.com if you have any names to add to our totals. How many players are having TJ? You are about to find out:

TOMMY JOHN SURGERY – 2012

Manny Banuelos – Yankees:  October 3, 2012

Randy Wolf – Orioles:  TJ Watch (September 26, 2012)

Chad Billingsley – Dodgers:  TJ Watch (September 8, 2012)

Juan Carlos Oviedo (AKA Leo Nunez) – Marlins:  September 6, 2012

Lucas Giolito – Nationals:  August 31st, 2012

Josh Tomlin – Indians:  August 22nd, 2012

Carl Crawford – Red Sox:  August 23rd, 2012

MLB Tommy John Surgery Updates:  Feature Article by Bernie Olshansky (August 16, 2012)

Drew Hutchison – Blue Jays:  August 7, 2012

Scott Atchison – Red Sox:  TJ Watch (August 2, 2012)

Neftali Feliz – Rangers:  August 1, 2012

Eric Surkamp – Giants:  July 25, 2012

Colby Lewis – Rangers:  July 23, 2012

Joe Wieland – Padres:  July 17, 2012

Luis Perez – Blue Jays:  July 17, 2012

Todd Coffey – July 4, 2012 (2nd TJ surgery)

Daniel Hudson – Diamondbacks: July 1, 2012

Felipe Paulino – Royals:  June 22, 2012

Brandon Beachy – Braves:  June 21, 2012

Kyle Drabek – Blue Jays:  June 19, 2012 (2nd- 2007)

David Herndon – Phillies:  June 19, 2012

Charlie Morton – Pirates:  June 14, 2012

Ryan Beckman – Pirates:  June 12, 2002

Andrew Carignan – Athletics:  June 7, 2012

Juan Pablo Oramas – Padres:  June 3, 2012

Jose Contreras – Phillies:  June 3, 2012 (announcement expected soon)

Cory Luebke – Padres:  May 21, 2012

Blake Wood – Royals:  May 19, 2012

A.J. Jimenez – Jays:  May 19, 2012

Danny Duffy – Royals:  May 14, 2012

Tsuyoshi Wada– Orioles:  May 2, 2012

Mike Pelfrey– Mets: May 1, 2012

Joe Beimel-Free Agent:  May 2012

George Sherrill – Mariners:  April 29, 2012

Michael Pineda– Yankees: April 26, 2012 (honorable mention: torn labrum, arthroscopic surgery)

Jeremy Bonderman– FA:  April 24, 2012

Brian Wilson– Giants:  April 20, 2012 (2nd surgery- 1st in 2003)

Danny Herrera– Mets:  April 2012

Scott Baker– Twins:  April 17, 2012

Michael Kohn– Angels:

Joey Devine– Athletics: April 11, 2012 (2nd surgery- 1st April 21, 2009)

Ryan Madson– Reds:  April 11, 2012

Joakim Soria– Royals: April 2012 (2nd surgery)

Jose Ceda– Marlins: April 3, 2012

Sergio Escalona– Astros:  March 24, 2012

Arodys Vizcaino– Braves: March 2012

Joel Zumaya– Twins: March 2012 (2nd surgery)

Dr. James Andrews – leading Tommy John surgeon

To learn more about Tommy John surgery and the process behind it, please check out our Guest MLB Blog by Blue Jays prospect, Johnny Anderson: https://mlbreports.com/2012/04/14/tj-surgery/

TOMMY JOHN SURGERY – 2011 AND OLDER

John Lackey– Red Sox:  November 1, 2011

Kyle Gibson– Twins:  September 7, 2011

Carlos Carrasco– Indians: September 6, 2011

Juan Gutierrez– Royals:  September 2011

Zack Cozart (SS)- Reds:  August 12, 2011

Brad Hawpe (1B/OF)- Rangers:  August 5, 2011

Rubby De La Rosa– Dodgers:  August 2011

David Aardsma– Yankees:  July 22, 2011

Brett Anderson– A’s:   July 14, 2011

Johnny Anderson- Jays:  July 12, 2011 (2nd surgery- 1st in 2010)

Jose Casilla– Giants:  July 2011

Carlos Monasterios– Dodgers:  July 2011

Joba Chamberlain– Yankees:  June 10, 2011

Rich Hill– Red Sox:  June 9, 2011

Daisuke Matsuzaka– Red Sox:  June 2, 2011

Mason Tobin– Rangers:  June 1, 2011 (2nd surgery- 1st 2010)

John Lamb– Royals:  June 2011

Drew Naylor– Phillies:  June 2011

Jorge De La Rosa– Rockies:  May 25, 2011

Cam Bedrosian- Angels:  May 2011

Jenrry Mejia– Mets:  May 2011

Stephen Marek– Jays:  May 2011

Boof Bonser– Giants:  April 2011

Matt Gorgen– Diamondbacks:  March 2011

Adam Wainwright– Cardinals:  February 28, 2011

Jamie Moyer– Phillies:  December 1, 2010

Stephen Strasburg– Nationals: September 2010

John Baker – Marlins:  September 2010

Hector Ambriz– Indians:  September 30, 2010

Manny Corpas- Rockies:  September 7, 2010

Erick Threets– A’s:  September 2010

Michael Ynoa – A’s:  August 24, 2010

Kris Medlen– Braves:  August 18, 2010

Ben Sheets– A’s:  August 9, 2010

Kyle Blanks– Padres:  July 28, 2010

Donald Veal – Pirates:  May 2010

Jose Arredondo – Angels:  December 11, 2009

Jordan Zimmermann– Nationals: August 2009

Edinson Volquez– Reds: 2009

Jason Isringhausen– Rays:  June 13, 2009

Bill Bray – Reds:  April 2009

Dallas Trahern – Marlins:  2009

Erik Bedard – Mariners:  2009

Andrew Sisco – Athletics:  2009

Jaime Garcia– Cardinals:  September 8, 2008

Tim Hudson– Braves:  August 8, 2008

Jake Westbrook – Indians:  June 7, 2008

Mark Prior– Cubs:  2008

Billy Wagner:  2008

Shaun Marcum – Blue Jays:  2008

Chris Capuano:  Brewers: 2008 and (Dbacks: May 17, 2002)- 2 surgeries

Josh Johnson– Marlins: 2007

Ambiorix Burgos – Mets:  August 28, 2007

Matt Bush– Padres:  August 26, 2007

Andrew Brackman – Yankees:  August 2007

Chris Carpenter– Cardinals:  July 24, 2007

Brad Lincoln:  April 2007

B.J. Ryan – Blue Jays:  2007 (2nd surgery)

Francisco Liriano– Twins:  November 2006

Kelly Johnson – Braves:  June 1, 2006

Grant Balfour– Twins:  May 13, 2005

Joe Mays – Twins:  2005

Eric Gagne– Dodgers:  2005 (2nd surgery- 1st in 1997)

Octavio Dotel:  2005

Anthony Vavaro:  2005

Bong Jung-Keun

Nick Adenhart

Tyler Chatwood

Scott Lewis

Brian Duensing:  2004

John Axford:  December 2003

C.J. Wilson – Rangers:  August 12, 2003

Rick Ankiel – Cardinals:  July 2003

A.J. Burnett– Marlins:  April 29, 2003

Hong-Chih Kuo – Dodgers:  2003 (2nd surgery- 1st in 2003)

Ryan Dempster:  2003

Zach Braddock:  2003

Jeff Manship:  2003

Jason Grilli:  2002

Ben Kozlowski – Reds:  2003

Ryan Vogelsong – Pirates:  2001

Jason Frasor:  2001 (2nd Tommy John)

Pat Hentgen:  2001

John Smoltz– Braves:  2000

Kerry Wood– Cubs:  March 1999

Scott Schoeneweis:  1994

Jose Canseco – Rangers:  July 9, 1993

John Farrell – Cleveland:  1991

NatE. Robertson

Tommy John- Dodgers:  September 25, 1974 (Dr. Frank Jobe performed first operation)


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An Interview with Tropicana Field Expert Kurt Smith

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Chuck Booth- (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)- Today’s expert is Kurt Smith.  Kurt will be the interview subject of the following parks: Citizens Bank Ball Park, Turner Field and today’s featured expert Article of Tropicana Field  Kurt is highly respected in the ball park chaser community for his BallparkEGuides.  After you are done reading this article  I implore you trust in Kurt to deliver up tips and suggestive idea’s on how to make your stadium visits affordable and pleasurable.  I had a chance to ask some questions of the man recently.

CB: “Welcome to the MLB Reports Experts Interview Kurt.  Please tell us about yourself and then give us a bit of background information on your life as a Rays Fan?”

KS: “Well I’m not a Rays fan per se, but wouldn’t they be a fun team to root for? They consistently come out on top or near the top in a division that includes behemoth spenders like the Yankees and Red Sox; and last year’s finale was one of the most exciting regular season games in history.  It’s too bad this team has so much trouble getting people to come out and see them, because they really are an exciting team to watch. And I love the cowbells. It’s great to hear the ringing in a dome when an opposing batter has two strikes on him.”

CB: “As one of the ballpark experts who takes it to the extreme, how do you rank Tropicana Field versus the rest of the Ballparks?”

KS: “Tropicana Field isn’t a great venue; of all the ballparks I’ve visited I’d put it at or near the bottom. I don’t like indoor baseball, and I really dislike artificial turf, probably like most fans. The Trop is the only non-retractable dome left in baseball now that the Metrodome is gone, so you’re inside regardless. It may be okay to have the air conditioning and protection from thunderstorms in July or August, but who wants to go indoors to see baseball on a beautiful April Florida day? The timing of Tropicana Field’s construction couldn’t have been worse. A dome seemed like a great idea at the time, but just a couple of years after it opened Camden Yards debuted and completely turned ballpark construction upside down. Suddenly indoor baseball on artificial turf couldn’t be less cool.

If the Tampa Bay area’s government had listened when baseball told them not to build a stadium, they would probably have a retractable dome today.But the Rays signed a lease, so for the moment they’re stuck with it. And it’s not all bad. The humidity of Florida summers is nothing to sneeze at, so the air conditioning can be pretty nice. And at least you know you’re going to see a game whatever Mother Nature says, which is of great benefit to a road tripper.”

CB: “Despite the Rays being one of the best franchises over the last 5 years, the team still does not draw well. Why do you think that is Kurt?”

KS : “Here are the reasons that I’ve heard, all of which I think have some merit:

1 – Location. The ballpark is in St. Petersburg, and it’s not all that close or easily accessible from Tampa, where much of the fan base is or should be. It’s also in Florida, where there are a lot of New York transplants, so Yankees games draw well but the team has had a hard time establishing its own fan base.

2 – Entertainment Competition. Tampa Bay is not far from beaches or from Orlando, so there isn’t much elbow room for promotional people to convince residents to come to a ballgame rather than go to Universal Studios. The venue doesn’t help; on a beautiful day most people might rather go to a theme park in Orlando or a beach than go indoors for a game.

3 – Venue. I don’t know if I necessarily buy this one; a good team usually draws no matter where they play. But the Trop isn’t on the bucket list of most ballpark trippers, so that doesn’t help matters any. People get enthused about a game at Wrigley Field or Camden Yards, they don’t get enthused about a game at Tropicana Field.

4 – Weather. The indoor venue notwithstanding, perhaps people just don’t want to go somewhere and be outside for at least a short time in a climate where they may be dealing with hurricane-level thunderstorms or oppressive heat.”

CB: “The Rays seem to have a lot of gimmicks to promote a family atmosphere what have you seen Tropicana Field do in order to boost attendance?”

KS: “It is to the Rays’ great credit that they’ve made the Trop more entertaining for families and adults. The Rays tank is an especially popular attraction. You can reach into this tank in right center field and pet the slimy rays that are swimming around in it—all while watching the game go on. The concourse areas of Tropicana Field are like nothing you’ve seen in baseball—comic book style murals of baseball history, picnic areas and tons of interactive games for kids. On my last trip there, the Jumbotron showed a hilarious video of a cat “mixing” on a turntable.There’s also several party areas, like the Everglades BBQ in the batter’s eye in center field, the Center Field Street Brewhouse (with drink specials before games!), and several lounge areas where people can enjoy a “Blue Storm” drink. Baseball buffs should get a kick out of the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, too. Unfortunately the Rays can’t do fireworks, but they do get some big name acts to play after games.

CB: “What is your favorite method of transportation to and from Tropicana Field?”

KS: “Well if I lived close enough, I’d ride a bicycle, because there’s a lot of nice bicycle paths in the area and a place to lock up your cycle at the ballpark. But as it is, the only way most people get to Tropicana Field is by car, and it’s right off the interstate and easy to find. So I’ll just add that I’d find some people to carpool with, because the Rays offer free parking to the first 100 cars with four or more people in them. Free parking is always a great deal.

There is a new service for Tampa area fans called the “No Excuses Tour”. It takes riders to the game from a couple of local taverns, and I think the price is very reasonable. I believe they serve beer on the bus but the bus doesn’t have a bathroom, so there’s some kinks to be worked out there, but it’s a great idea.”

CB: “Tell me something about the surrounding area of the Ballpark?”

KS: “Well, I haven’t heard any horror stories, but some people say it’s not a great neighborhood. You’re not far from the downtown pier and its attractions, so that’s a possible post-game hangout area. I would say that you’re better off staying east of the ballpark towards the pier, and perhaps it’s not so nice west and south of the ballpark.

The popular pre-and post-game venue is Ferg’s, an indoor-outdoor tavern that is converted from a warehouse. They have game day specials on beer, and I haven’t tried the wings but I’m told they’re very good. If you’re the type that likes a drink or a snack before or after the game, Ferg’s is as good as anything here. They are walking distance from the ballpark and have cheaper parking, too.”

CB: “What advice would you give for somebody experiencing Tropicana Field for the very first time?”

KS: “Don’t pay more than you have to for a seat. If you can live with anything in the upper level you can get tickets there dirt cheap directly from the Rays, and it’s usually not a problem to improve your lie during the game. Wander around and see all of the party areas and make sure you check out that big ballplayer sticking out of the wall. Get yourself a cowbell so you can distract the opposing hitters when they get two strikes on them. If you’re a history buff you’ll want to see the Ted Williams Museum.

And don’t complain about seeing baseball indoors, because it’s a mighty good thing during July and August in St. Petersburg.”

CB: “How is the food at Tropicana Field?  What is your favorite ballpark food there?”

KS: “Tropicana Field has everything from soup to nuts in the food department, like most ballparks these days. The nice thing is that there’s a lot of brand names, for better or worse, at least with Papa John’s, Outback Steakhouse and Checkers you know what you’re getting. They have a deli with great Boar’s Head sandwiches, and they even have a gluten-free stand, great for celiacs like my wife. The hot dogs are from Kayem, the same purveyor of the Fenway Frank in Boston, although the dogs here are different.

When I’m in the Trop I go for a Cuban sandwich at the East-West Delicatessen near the main entrance; the Cuban is not something you find at a lot of ballparks. It’s a hot pressed sandwich of ham, pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard. I don’t know that it’s the go-to item at the Trop, but it would be my first choice. Gooey cheese is always a winner.”

CB:  “What is your favorite all time game that you have been in attendance for at Tropicana Field?”

KS: “Well unfortunately I wasn’t there for September 28, 2011, when the Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in 12 innings and take the wild card spot right out from under the Red Sox.

So I’ll just go with my first game there in 2002…the then-Devil Rays pulled off a 5-4 victory over the Orioles, and I was with a group of friends sitting down the right field line making jokes about seeing the relief pitchers from behind.

Despite being indoors on a gorgeous April day, a good time was had by all.”

CB: “Thank you very much Kurt.”

***Thank you to our Tropicana Field Expert- Kurt Smith for participating in today’s article.  to learn more about Kurt Smith and his website click here***

 ***Thank you to our Lead Baseball Writer- Chuck Booth for preparing today’s feature on MLB reports.  To learn more about “The Fastest 30 Ballgames” and Chuck Booth, you can follow Chuck on Twitter (@ChuckBooth3024) and you can also follow Chuck’s website for his Guinness Book of World Record Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 days click here  or on the 30 MLB Parks in 23 days GWR tracker at the Reports click here. To Purchase or read about “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book, ” please click here ***

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Chuck Booth’s 30 MLB Park Quest: (Games 16-21)

The Streak stands at 23 MLB Parks in 18 calendar days!!

Chuck Booth:  I am the World Record Holder for-Fastest to see all 30 MLB parks in 24 days (2009)!

In 2012, I am going for 30 MLB Parks in 23 days from: April 6th to 28th.

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Follow my streak all the through to the bitter end.  Schedule is this link:

https://mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker/ or at my official website for all updates!

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Tuesday April.24/2012

Ken Lee, Chuck Booth and Doug Miller all at Safeco Field for the game #18 in 14 days on April.19/2012. (They would later be featured on TV several times above the King’s Court Seats. ) Chuck also had a special welcome wave from the TV Jumbo Tron and was given a free gift bag from the Seattle front office.

MLB Park # 16 Day # 12

CHC 2 @ MIA 3

April.17/2012

New Marlins Ball Park

‘Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twiter)- It was a great day for a new baseball park.  During this trip, anytime that I have had a single game only for a day, I have felt a little bit more relaxed while watching the action.  I flew into FLL (Fort Lauderdale Airport) really early and caught up on some writing.  I was fully rewarded with my National Car Rental to the tune of a Chrysler 200 that was black in color.  I made my way to my Best Western Hotel near the airport.  Check in time was not till 3 PM, but I was able to coerce the staff to let me take a room early.  I really appreciate the professional way the Best Western staff always helps me in the travels. Read the rest of this entry

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