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Sully Baseball Daily Podast – December 16, 2016

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I visited the Polo Grounds Towers, once the home of the Giants and the epicenter of New York baseball.

Now it is an apartment complex and the baseball palace is right across the river. How did that happen?

Style and substance in this episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 15, 2016

img_8037If the Mets fanbase can be traced back to the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, then CitiField needs to honor a few Giants, including John McGraw.

Honor the In Laws on this episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For All Teams (Updated for Freddie Freeman, 6-15-2016)

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The First Cycle of the Year!

And true to 2016 Atlanta Braves style, the team almost lost the damn game. It took extra innings, but Freddie Freeman made the list. This might be the highlight of Atlanta’s season!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Jake Arrieta, April 21 2016 )

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John Minchillo – AP

FIRST NO HITTER OF THE YEAR!!

Evidently Jake Arrieta and Max Scherzer are the only pitchers allowed to throw no hitters! Well, Arrieta was given plenty of run support and earned it with his second masterpiece in less than a year.

Who knows? Maybe it will be a magic year for the Cubs.

 

It is time to update my list!

Bugs Raymond: A Baseball Legend

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Professional baseball is rife with legends and ciphers that have popped up over the years. Although most of them may not reach the level of a Sidd Finch, there have been many whose stories have vacillated between the humorous and the tragic.

Bugs Raymond was an outstanding pitcher who fits into both categories; whose escapades that became legendary even as he battled alcoholism and wound up murdered at the age of 30.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 13, 2016

Irvin Monte Plaque_NBL_0Monte Irvin‘s wonderful life ended yesterday after 96 years. He was a pioneer in the integration of the game and a Hall of Famer.

And he was so close to taking the role assumed by Jackie Robinson.

We honor legacy of a great man on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 22, 2015

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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.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 21, 2015

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Today’s podcast is a message to Cornelius NC Mayor Chuck Travis and the board of commissioners to honor Hoyt Wilhelm and preserve the baseball diamond where he began his Hall of Fame journey.

It is a call to action episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, October 3, 2015 )

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AL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES

TWO NO HITTERS IN ONE YEAR!!

 

Well you can not blame Max Scherzer for the Nationals’ woes! He came to DC and found himself getting two no hitters in the same year!

The last time someone did two in one year it was Roy Halladay doing one in the regular season and another in the the Division Series.

Scherzer had the second game of a lifetime and Washington has its third no hitter since the last day of the 2014 season after not having one since 1931.

Not a bad way to say goodbye to the season for Scherzer.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Jake Arrieta, August 30, 2015)

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Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports

I think the Cubs have their Wild Card Game Starter!

No offense Jon Lester. But I have a feeling that Jake Arrieta is the right man for the job.

No hits, 1 walk, 1 error and 12 strikeouts? And the Dodgers get no hit AGAIN in the last 2 weeks.

Not a bad night for the man we can all call the Cubs ACE!

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Mike Fiers, August 21, 2015)

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(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

ASTRONOMICAL!

Mike Fiers pitched a masterpiece tonight. The Astros pitcher threw a no hitter and totally shut down the reeling Dodgers, retiring the last 21.

It is the kind of game that could be the inspiration for ONE first place team and the low point for another.

And while we are here, let’s salute Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel andBilly Wagner . They were the Astros pitchers who combined for a no hitter back in 2003. It was fun for them to be listed here until tonight.

But this is Mike Fiers night!

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Matt Kemp, August 14, 2015 )

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DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

THE FIRST PADRE CYCLE!!!

 

No Padre has ever thrown a no hitter. No Padres team has ever won the World Series. No Padre had ever hit for the cycle… until now.

Matt Kemp hit a fly ball that ricocheted off the right center field wall in Coors Field. By the time he stood at third base, the cycle was achieved.

This has been a rough year for the Padres and for Kemp, but this hit must have felt sweet.

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Hisashi Iwakuma, August 12, 2015 )

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

A Masterpiece for Iwakuma!

This has been a let down of a season for the Seattle Mariners, but what a highlight for Iwakuma. The 5th no hitter in Seattle Mariners history and the first since the perfect game by Felix Hernandez in 2012.

It was also his first career complete game. It is a good thing they didn’t bring in Fernando Rodney for the 9th.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Adrian Beltre, August 3, 2015 )

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SportsGrid.com

Adrian Beltre with the Tri Cycle.

The Rangers third baseman, who is quietly assembling a Hall of Fame resume, joined Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Long John Reilly in the exclusive “Three Cycles in a Career” club.

OK, it isn’t quite Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays… but it is kind of cool.

Bad news for Shin-Soo Choo who didn’t even last 3 weeks on this list!

Meanwhile Beltre is on here twice as the most recent cycle for the Rangers and the Mariners.

 

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Cole Hamels, July 25, 2015)

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David Banks/Getty Images

 

If this is Cole Hamels final game with the Phillies, what a way to go!

The Phillies should take advantage and trade Hamels RIGHT NOW before anyone thinks he has any arm issues. Getting an ace fresh off of a no hitter?

I think he is in good shape.

This is also the first no hitter thrown against the Cubs since Sandy Koufax in 1965. A cool fact but the end of a Twitter account called @CubsNoHitStreak which reminded the world of their ability to break up no nos in every game since.

Alas, it is no more.

A few more thoughts… Cole Hamels has started more no hitters since September 1, 2014 than the Padres and Mets have had in their history combined.

But his last no hitter was a combined one, so that means Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon are off the list now.

They didn’t last long… not as long as Indians pitcher Len Barker who has been on this list since 1981.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Shin-Soo Choo, July 21, 2015)

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DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

First Texas cycle in 2 years!

Lots of people hit their cycles in Colorado. Choo is the latest. In fact his teammate Delino DeShields almost joined him if only he could have connected for a Coors homer himself.

Either way, it was safe to say that humidor or no humidor, it was a good night to hit in Colorado (except for the Rockies who were shutout, 9-0.

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2015

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After a Giants game in May at AT&T Park, I wandered around the ballpark and pondered the fabric of the universe and the connections that constitute reality.

It is what I do.

It is a cosmic and Giant episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.



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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, June 20, 2015 )

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Rob Carr/Getty Images

Max Scherzer gets his first no hitter!

He nearly got a no hitter in his last start and nearly threw a perfect game (ah those hit by pitches.) I think he will take it. Man, Jordan Zimmermann didn’t last long on this list. After no Washington no hitter since Bobby Burke’s gem for the Senators in 1931 and no franchise no hitter since Dennis Martinez’s perfecto in 1991, Zimmermann ended the regular season of 2014 with a no no.

Now Scherzer takes Zimmermann’s place. And by the way he has been pitching, he will be back.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Brock Holt – June 16, 2015)

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The First Cycle Hit for 2015!

With all the great hitters in baseball, naturally it is BROCK HOLT of the Red Sox who gets a single, double, triple and homer. Granted, I am not thrilled that he wears Wade Boggs’ number 26, but this is a day to celebrate.

Good bye John Valentin, no longer on this list.

I have compiled a list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, but here is the companion list for the cycle. Is it harder to hit for the cycle? Probably. But Holt did it!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for June 9, 2015 )

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The first No Hitter of 2015!

Lots of Giants greats have thrown no hitters, from Christy Matthewson to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Now add Chris Heston to the list. Just think. In 2013, the Giants designated him for assignment and anyone could have picked him up.

I bet the Giants are glad nobody did.

With a 5-0 masterpiece, Chris Heston has his own piece of history and removes his teammate Lincecum from this list.

I am sure Tim is fine with it.

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 29, 2015

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The Giants do a lot to honor the greats of their past, both from San Francisco and New York. There are a few names they should add and a couple of more numbers they could retire.

I record Episode 946 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast at AT&T Park among the seagulls.

3 guys named Chris (Sale, Iannetta and Heston) plus Andrew McCutchen, Nick Martinez, Shelby Miller, Brian McCann and Justin Upton all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 9, 2015

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Remembering the moments where both teams had a chance to clinch at the same time. Plus my brother witnesses another grand slam

It is a paying respect Episode 928 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jered Weaver, Cole Hamels, Ian Kinsler, Bryce Harper, Alex Gordon, Jimmy Nelson, Ryan Braun and Roberto Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

The link to my article about clinching can be found here.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 15, 2015

 

 

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April 15 is many things besides Tax Day in baseball.

It is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. It is also the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Also on this day in 1958, the Giants and Dodgers played each other for the first time as California teams, changing the landscape of baseball forever.

It is a West Coast Bias Episode 904 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony DeSclafani, Steven Souza Jr, Shane Greene, Robinson Cano, A. J. Burnett and Chase Utley  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 14, 2014

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It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

What movie would I want to see?

Maybe a colorful and complicated brawling manager… or a woman who ran a powerful Negro League team… or a pitcher who could have been brilliant and insane… or the least likely World Series clincher of all time.

I put on my movie producer hat on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Mike Trout, Jeremy Guthrie, Zack Greinke, Ian Desmond, Felix Hernandez, Julio Teheran, Russell Martin and Trevor Plouffe all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Should MLB Have A Salary Cap? – “Hard Cheddar” With Steve Cheeseman Takes Another Crack At It

The MLB can talk about parity all they want in the new era of modern baseball, but ever since the mid 90's the Yankees have 5 WS, Red Sox 3 WS, Giants 2 WS, Cardinals Marlins 2 WS, White Sox 1 WS, Braves 1 WS, D-Backs 1 WS, Angels 1 WS, Philies - WS.  That is 10 teams in the last 20 years of action.  Out of those teams, only the 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins and 2010 version of the Giants had Payrolls that weren't considered tops in the MLB.

The MLB can talk about parity all they want in the new era of modern baseball, but ever since the mid 90’s the Yankees have 5 WS, Red Sox 3 WS, Giants 2 WS, Cardinals, Marlins 2 WS, White Sox 1 WS, Braves 1 WS, D-Backs 1 WS, Angels 1 WS, Philies – WS. That is 10 teams in the last 20 years of action. Out of those teams, only the 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2006 version of the Cardinals and  2010 version of the Giants had Payrolls that weren’t considered tops in the MLB.  Baseball can talk about parity all they want, but with the Dodgers new rogue spending, the rich and poor difference is about to escalate.

By ‘Special Guest Writer’ Steve Cheeseman 

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“Hard Cheddar” – with Steve Cheeseman

Should MLB Have a Salary Cap?

During this years “fall classic”, a thought occurred to me.  Other than the Pittsburgh Pirates, it seems like that for the most part, the same teams compete for the title of world champions each year.  

What MLB introduced a salary cap?  Would more teams gain the ability to compete on an even playing ground?  Within all 30 teams of the NL and AL, payrolls for these clubs are drastically different.  

Boston Red Sox World Champs in 2013 (3rd WS Title in 10 Years)

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 27, 2013

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Royals are a monumental disappointment, Ike Davis was a hero and Christy Mathewson wrote a play. Sounds like an episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast to me!

Stephen Strasburg, Pete Kozma, J.B. Shuck and Alex Cobb all owned baseball on May 26, 2013.

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An American Hobby: Baseball Memorabilia – ‘Mel Ott’ Card From 1935

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Mel Ott was a Hall Of Fame Player that spent his whole Career wit the New York Giants.  He ranks 4th in ALL - Time HRs for players that played for just 1 team behind Schmidt (548), Mantle (536), and  Banks (512)

Mel Ott was a Hall Of Fame Player that spent his whole Career with the New York Giants. He ranks 4th in ALL – Time HRs for players that played for just 1 team behind Schmidt – PHI (548), Mickey Mantle – NYY (536), and Ernie Banks – CHC (512).   Ott made every ALL – Star Game (33 – ’44}.  He led the NL in Home Runs and Walk 6 times each.  Ott had 8 straight 100 + RBI years from Age 20 – 28.  At the Age of 20 (1929), he had his best year with 42 HRs, 151 RBI and a 3 Slash Line of .328/.449/1.084.

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An American Hobby

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Collecting baseball cards is a uniquely American hobby.  As a kid growing up in the 1950’s I had shoeboxes full of them.  All of my friends did, too.  We had so many cards that, when we got older and our interests shifted to teenage pursuits, our moms decided to clean house. Literally.  Out went the cards which they considered to be nothing more than junk.  Today, we wax nostalgic over those cardboard canvasses of our heroes that we treated so casually.  That’s also why, in good condition, they are worth small fortunes.

I renewed my interest in card collecting a few years ago when I decided to build a collection of the elites of the game – the ballplayers who are members of three very exclusive clubs: 300 Wins, 3,000 Hits, and 500 Home Runs.  It’s an exclusive membership that includes players from before the turn of the twentieth century (Kid Nichols #7 with 361 wins) through players who are active today (Derek Jeter is currently #10 on the all-time hit list with 3,304 hits):

  • 300 Wins – 24 players
  • 3,000 Hits – 28 players          
  • 500 Home Runs – 25 players

Each week, I’ll feature a baseball card of one of these all-time greats.  Along the way, we’ll talk about other aspects of America’s Hobby, why it continues to grow in popularity, and answer any questions you may have.

1933 World Series Recap – Including a HR by Mel Ott!

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Top 10 Stat of the Week ( Career HRs With One Team )

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‘Hammering’ Hank passed the legendary Babe Ruth as the ALL-Time HR leader in 1974. Some still feel that he is the ALL-Time HR leader with the admitted steroid use from Leader Barry Bonds. –Photo courtesy of goldenagebaseballcards

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)-  Seemingly gone are the days where most of the MLB players stick with one team for their whole careers.  As of right now there are not too many superstars that have spent their entire careers with one organization.  Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are 1st ballot Hall of Famers.  Chipper Jones should make the BBHOF.  Todd Helton is close to retiring but I am not sure the voters will see him worthy.  There are some promising chances that Ryan Braun and David Wright might play their entire careers with their current clubs, however with Braun’s PED fiasco last year I just don’t see him entering Cooperstown.  Wright must re-sign with the ownership hemorrhaging, this will prove hard for the Wilpons funds thanks to Bernie Madoff.  When it comes to starting pitching, the list is shrunken that much further.  Justin Verlander is the active win leader with a player only having played for one team.  He has 114 wins with the Tigers, anybody above him on the active ALL-Time Wins list has pitched for multiple teams already.  The next active leader for one team pitched for is Ervin Santana with 91 wins for the Angels franchise.  Felix Hernandez has 90 wins for the Mariners.  Tim Lincecum, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain have played their entire careers for the same team so far and have CY Young titles amongst them, but have a long way to go in establishing Hall of Fame Careers.

That brings me to my next stat.  There are 9 players in history who have hit 500 HRs or more for one team.  All of them are in the Hall of Fame except for Barry Bonds (who becomes eligible next year.) I am not sure the writers will cast a vote for him because of his steroid use.  When I got the idea for this article, it came to be because I was amazed that Paul Konerko has hit over 400 HRs with the Chicago White Sox.  Again at age 36, Konerko has a look at 500 HRs with the Chicago team.  Right now he can end the season with about 410-420 HRs.  Provided he can play 3-4 years more and have productive seasons, he may reach the milestone.  Chipper Jones is the only other active MLB Player to have 400 HRs with one team.  Larry is slowing down though and will most likely retire after this year.  Read the rest of this entry

History, Baseball, Life: Connecting with the Baseball Lannings

Saturday March 31st, 2012

Paul Lanning (Guest Writer):  I first learned about a pitcher named Johnny Lanning back in the early 1990s when I started “managing” a fantasy team of old-time baseball players in something called “Bill James Classic Baseball” as a hobby my buddy Steve got me into when we were both working in the front office of the Albuquerque Dukes, then the Triple A affiliate to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This was before the internet, and long before social media. Like with current fantasy baseball leagues, we had a salary cap and we drafted a full roster of players. The difference was that these players were all old-timers…players dating back to the very start of Major League Baseball in the 1800s. The games were played by some computer in Illinois, and we anxiously awaited printouts in the mail each week of the prior week’s box scores and stats.

Johnny Lanning

Tobacco Chewin’ Johnny” was a journeyman hurler with the Boston Bees and Pittsburgh Pirates before heading off to WWII. He’s pictured here after returning to the majors with the Boston Braves. (more…)

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