Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Dec 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015 (Episodes 1134 – 1164)


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Full Sully Baseball (Approximately 20 Minutes each) Daily Archives Dec 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015)

Episode 1134 – Dec 01, 2015

Barry Bonds as Marlins hitting coach? There is NO downside to that!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 1, 2015

Episode 1135 – Dec 02, 2015

David Price signed a contract to be the new ace for the Boston Red Sox. It cost my beloved team no players and no draft picks.

I decided to talk about this with (and rub it in the nose of) Yankee super fan Lisa Swan, co creator of the blog Subway Squawkers.

The Rivalry is alive and well in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 2, 2015

Episode 1136 – Dec 03, 2015

The Padres unveiled their new uniforms and I brought back Uni Watch deputy editor Phil Hecken to break them down. Needless to say, we both had some strong opinions.

Welcome back the Taco Bell Hat on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 3, 2015

Episode 1137 – Dec 04, 2015

With the Diamondbacks unveiling their new uniforms, I brought back Phil Hecken of Uni Watch to break them down.

It is a cluttered jersey episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 4, 2015

Episode 1138 – Dec 05, 2015

Did you predict Zack Greinke leaving LA for the Diamondbacks? If you answered yes, you are a liar!

The NL West is upside down and Johnny Cueto’s agent is loving it.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 5, 2015

Episode 1139 – Dec 06, 2015

It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

No Trades and opt outs are not going anywhere soon. And fans should be happy about that.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 6, 2015

Episode 1140 – Dec 07, 2015

The Dodgers had a devastating blow handed to them when Greinke left.

They need to make some moves and for some of them, quantity will matter as much as quality.

And by the way, BACK UP YOUR FILES!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 7, 2015

Episode 1141 – Dec 08, 2015

Events at the winter meetings are going so quickly that they render doing a daily podcast almost an exercise in being incorrect.

Trying to make predictions during this winter meeting… an impossibility.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 8, 2015

Episode 1142 – Dec 09, 2015

The Diamondbacks are going for it. Did the Braves just pick up a franchise player from Georgia in the process?

Will Dansby Swanson be the new John Smoltz?

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 9, 2015

Episode 1143 – Dec 10, 2015

I know it is only December. But MAN the Cubs look like the team to beat in 2016!

They have been filling in their holes while the other NL contenders have bigger question marks.

Dare Cub fans dream?

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 10, 2015

Episode 1144 – Dec 11, 2015

Will the Dodgers panic and sign Johnny Cueto to a long term deal? If they do, then why didn’t they just keep Zack Greinke?

Meanwhile the Giants are taking a more low key approach.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 11, 2015

Episode 1145 – Dec 12, 2015

The Cardinals just lost Jason Heyward. How are the fans taking it?


Oh dear. Calm down Cardinals fans! Losing stars and still being a winner is part of Cardinals lore!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 12, 2015

Episode 1146 – Dec 13, 2015

It is Sunday and time for THE SUNDAY REQUEST.

Greatest of all time? Maybe not that high yet. But he should mentioned as an All Time Great already.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 13, 2015

Episode 1147 – Dec 14, 2015

Can you imagine Dallas being Red Sox country?

Or New Englanders being apathetic fans of an expansion baseball team?

Perhaps that reality could have happened.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 14, 2015

Episode 1148 – Dec 15, 2015

I thought the Dodgers interest in Johnny Cueto was risky.

Now he signed with the Giants. I get the deal. Huge potential reward. Gigantic risk.

It also means the end of the Tim Linceum era.

Meanwhile Pete Rose is back in the news again and Serena Williams needs to compete with a horse.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 15, 2015

Episode 1149 – Dec 16, 2015

Happy late birthday to Mo Vaughn, a player whose impact on the Boston Red Sox can not be underestimated.

Turn back to the 1990s for this episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 16, 2015

Episode 1150 – Dec 17, 2015

What are the Dodgers up to?

Is the team falling apart and letting the other NL West clubs, like San Francisco and Arizona, take over? Or are they building something that we can’t quite see right now but will be dominating.

It reminds me of Tony Stark in the cave during the first Iron Man movie. He built something powerful right under everyone’s noses and turned failure into victory.

Maybe that’s what the Dodgers are doing.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 17, 2015

Episode 1151 – Dec 18, 2015

A new Star Wars movie is coming out. Not sure if you heard about it.

The last time we had a decent Star Wars movie was 1983. A lot has changed since then, especially in baseball.

The Force is with this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 18, 2015

Episode 1152 – Dec 19, 2015

Baseball is recommending putting more nets for fan safety at ball parks.

That seems like a no brainer, doesn’t it?

Better to be safe than sorry in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 19, 2015

Episode 1153 – Dec 20, 2015

It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

I had never thought on it, but man does Pete Rose seem to have ulterior motives.

Maybe bet against this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 20, 2015

Episode 1154 – Dec 21, 2015

Text of the December 21, 2015 podcast:

Good day, members of the Cornelius Board of Commissioners and to Chuck Travis, the Mayor of Cornelius, North Carolina.

My name is Paul Francis Sullivan. I am a TV producer, comedian, filmmaker and baseball enthusiast also seen on HBO and ESPN2. I am the host and creator of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast where I create a new episode about baseball and express my love for baseball every single day 365 days a year, unless there is a leap year, then I do another one.

My listeners subscribe to Sully Baseball on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and on other platforms daily, including this recording.

I am recording this to make my plea to save the baseball diamond at Cornelius Elementary School and to create a complex of athletic fields and facilities to honor of Hoyt Wilhelm.

The value of this complex is greater than honoring a favorite son of Cornelius, whose Hall of Fame legacy has actually been underrated in baseball history. The positivity these fields bring to this community goes beyond the value of a venue for our young men and women and men to play outside and learn teamwork.

I would like to think of a hypothetical girl or boy on those diamonds or on the field or in the adjacent basketball court. Most will never notice the name of the field or if they do, the name “Hoyt Wilhelm” would just be another name to remember, like Lake Norman or Davidson, North Carolina. But imagine that one kid who took the time to look up the name. Imagine what they would find if they would try to answer the question, “Who was Hoyt Wilhelm?”

They would see that Wilhelm was a major league pitcher, an All Star several times over, a World Series winner, and a Hall of Famer. That is certainly enough to get the respect of anyone at any age. But a deeper dive into his the facts of his life shows he embodies the values, lessons and hopes our young should aspire to.

Hoyt Wilhelm’s baseball life began on the very spot where the proposed fields would be. He was not blessed with a 100 mile an hour fastball or the kind of stuff that would attract scouts from across the country. He learned how to throw a knuckleball and perfected the strange pitch to the point where he earned a spot with the Mooresville minor league team.

ByDJseBWkKGrHqNhEEw5sM1PbvBMQHb-jK4_3In fact his baseball life stalled before the majors were even a factor. He was released from Class D ball. He was not good enough to play at the lowest rung of the professional ladder. His manager told him to stop throwing the knuckleball and that his future in baseball over.

Instead of quitting, he persevered. Playing in several different organizations and bouncing around the country, Hoyt finally made the major leagues in 1952 as a member of the New York Giants. He was 29. That is the age most people retire from baseball. He was probably only going to last a year or two.

While with the Giants, manager Leo Durocher sent him to the bullpen. At the the time, the bullpen was a demotion. It was where pitchers who were not good enough to start toiled. With very few exceptions, relief pitchers were anonymous and easily disposable.

wilhelm5Hoyt did not treat it like a demotion. He made it an opportunity. Despite not starting a game all season, Hoyt led the National League in earned run average and his 15 wins against 3 defeats was the best winning percentage in the league.

In 1953, he was selected to the All Star Game. By 1954, he was pitching in the World Series, using that knuckle ball he was told to abandon, and helped form a dominant relief corps that pulled off one of the greatest upsets in World Series history. The Giants swept the mighty Cleveland Indians, who had won a then record 111 games that season. Wilhelm earned the save in Game 3 and pitched in the Game 4 clincher.

But, as expected, as he reached his mid thirties, his career began to wind down and by 1958, Hoyt had bounced around between the Giants, Cardinals and Cleveland. But at age 36, he found new life in Baltimore. There he pitched as a starter and a reliever, threw a no hitter against the invincible Yankees, led the league in ERA, and made his second All Star team.

ORIOLESBetween aged 36 and 47, Hoyt Wilhelm not only used the knuckleball to become the most durable reliever in the game, but rewrote the record book, becoming a pioneer in the process: He was a relief pitcher superstar while pitching in the 1960’s and 1970’s for the Orioles, White Sox, Cubs, Braves, Angels and Dodgers.

He became the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games and set records in relief innings and victories out of the bullpen.

And while the careers of most pitchers are over in their late 20’s, Hoyt made the All Star team at age 47 in 1970, earning the All Star honor in three different decades.

Wilhelm Hoyt Plaque 251_NBIn 1985, after 8 tries, Wilhelm was elected to the Hall of Fame. Many resisted voting for him because nobody who was primarily a reliever had ever been elected to Cooperstown. But as with everything in his life, he persevered, paving the way for Bruce Sutter, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Dennis Eckersely, and eventually Mariano Rivera in election.

In his acceptance speech, he mentioned his high school coaches and his time playing in Cornelius.

Imagine that child I mentioned looking up these facts about Hoyt Wilhelm. They would learn that he showed strength and courage in a much more tangible way than on the baseball field. Hoyt left his minor league team to fight in World War II. He saw active duty, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded. He played his entire big league career with a piece of shrapnel in his back. It takes quite a life to have a World Series ring and Hall of Fame plaque NOT be their greatest award. But that is the case for this Purple Heart awardee.

After learning about this great life and answering “Who is Hoyt Wilhelm?” another question could be asked: Where did a man lime Hoyt Wilhelm start his journey? The answer is the very field where the kids of Cornelius will be playing.

Hoyt_Wilhelm_GraveChances are they will not make it to the majors or play in the World Series or be elected to the Hall of Fame or earn the Purple Heart. But they CAN learn the lessons of hard work, dealing with adversity, silencing the naysayers with accomplishments, making the most of opportunities and fighting for a greater good. These traits that Hoyt Wilhelm embodied would be an inspiration on the field where he played.

Cornelius North Carolina should not let one of their greatest sons fade into obscurity when his name on the field can carry the spirit of his great life to another generation.

I am also extending this plea to the San Francisco Giants organization to consider retiring his number 49. The team does a wonderful job honoring their Hall of Fame members, including the ones who played for the New York Giant club. Having the pitcher known as Old Sarge be honored along with New York Giants legends John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Bill Terry, Mel Ott, and Carl Hubbell would be a great moment at AT&T Park.

I would like to thank my friend Bob Deaton for including me in this discussion and giving me the chance to express my thoughts on Hoyt Wilhelm.

The game of baseball exists in the past, present, and future simultaneously. We love the game today while honoring what has happened before and anticipating what great events haven’t happened yet. Saluting the past of Hoyt Wilhelm for today’s kids to aspire to be great adults is the perfect way to carry on his memory.

Thank you

For my regular listeners, visit and enjoy the podcast on all of its platforms.

For the people of Cornelius North Carolina, I wish you all the best and play ball!


Images – Getty, Baseball Hall of Fame, Topps, Sporting News

Episode 1155 – Dec 22, 2015

I help a town in North Carolina honor Hoyt Wilhelm and finally Wade Boggs will get his number retired by the Red Sox.

Meanwhile I fight my allergies.

It is a small deed leading to good things episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 22, 2015

Episode 1156 – Dec 23, 2015

Glenn Braggs, former Cincinnati Reds outfielder, is my guest today.

We talked about his time in 1990 World Series, his dramatic catch in the playoffs and he reveals which teammate had a hand grenade in their locker.

It is a World Champion episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 23, 2015

Episode 1157 – Dec 24, 2015

Todd Radom, the famous and prolific sports graphic designer, joins the podcast.

We talk about logos, hats, our 1970’s nostalgia and I attempt one of his uniform and logo quizes.

It is a throw back design episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 24, 2015

Episode 1158 – Dec 25, 2015


Recorded while everyone was asleep and waiting for Santa, I talked about how many of the things on my baseball Christmas wish list have already come through.

I have a few more wishes however, and some are very easy to fulfill.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 25, 2015

Episode 1159 – Dec 26, 2015



Part 2 of my conversation with former big league outfielder Glenn Braggs.

We talked about his early days with the Milwaukee Brewers and how a fast food job almost interfered with his big league career.

Order is up on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 26, 2015

Episode 1160 – Dec. 27, 2015

It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

Breaking down each team’s last Rookie of the Year and a few surprising facts popped up.

Let’s avoid the Sophomore Jinx on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 27, 2015

Episode 1161 – Dec. 28, 2015

The man who gave me one of the greatest moments of my youth passed away.

Today I pay tribute to the immortal Dave Henderson.

RIP to the hero of 1986 in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 28, 2015

Episode 1162 – Dec. 29, 2015

Can you imagine an alternate universe where Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera would have been teammates?

It was possible, believe it or not.

Pondering parallel realities on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 29, 2015

Episode 1163 – Dec. 30, 2015

More of my conversation with Phil Hecken of Uniwatch where we lament the state of the New York Mets uniforms.

It is a matter of taste on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 30, 2015

Episode 1164 – Dec. 31, 2015

The last podcast of the year. So much can happen in 365 days. So many legacies can be changed. So many events not foreseen at the beginning of the year can totally be flipped.

Just think of Salvador Perez, ending 2014 as the man who popped up to end the World Series… and being the World Series MVP for 2015.

Think of Pariah Alex Rodriguez leading the Yankees back to the playoffs.

Lots of changes happened. Lots more will happen in 2016.

Be sure to listen to all of it on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 31, 2015

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