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Sully Baseball Podcast: Tony Wolters, Requiem For The Cubs and A Great Opening Act – October 3, 2018

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As Vin Scully would say, not a bad opening act for the post season. Tony Wolters becomes the hero and demonstrates why baseball is so wonderful in creating unlikely immortals.

Meanwhile Cub fans will take comfort that hurtful losses like this no longer have the baggage of the Cursed Days of the team.

Turning the page in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – All Tickets Punched and Good Bye Regular Season – October 1, 2018

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FINALLY we know what the National League Post Season picture looks like. And man oh man will either the Rockies or the Cubs regret not winning just one more game in the regular season.

I give the final Who Owns Baseball Tally and make my post season predictions.

Getting this party started on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Going through the last day of the season… or possibly the last day – September 30, 2018

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The potential for full chaos at the end of the season was there in the National League. I checked in bit by bit throughout the day as the NL is STILL undecided after 162 games!

Stretching it all out an extra day in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Who Owned Baseball September 20, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVPs) + 2018 #WOB

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For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

Mookie Betts went 4 for 5, scored 3 runs and put a dagger in the heart of the Yankees with a 11-6 AL East clincher for the Red Sox.

Edwin Jackson struck out 7 Angels in 5 1/3 innings as the A’s won a 21-3 laugher against the Angels.

Scooter Gennett got on base 3 times, homered and drove in all 4 Reds runs and played solid defense in the 4-2 victory over Miami.

Cody Reed threw 6 shutout innings, walking non and earning the 4-2 Reds decision over the Marlins.

They all owned baseball on September 20, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast: LA Sweeps In While The Rockies Blow It – September 20, 2018

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Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 

The Dodgers were left for dead less than a month ago. But after taking 5 of 6 from the Rockies, they have a clear path to get back to the NLCS.

Meanwhile, Colorado might regret letting a once in a generation opportunity slip away.

Looking West in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast: Deceptively Hot Astros and Suddenly Old School Rickey Henderson – September 16, 2018

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While standing on the Stanford campus, and avoiding a creepy guy, I look at the potential 100 win defending World Champion Astros as an unlikely post season underdog.

Plus Rickey Henderson, with the benefit of time, has suddenly become old school and the type of player kids today should emulate.

Finding my spot in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Let’s Give Up On Divisions – September 15, 2018

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The Indians will be the worst AL Playoff team… so naturally they are the first team to clinch a division.

The concept of geographical divisions made sense once but are obsolete now. And my concept of playoff seeding would provide a ton of drama in the AL this year.

Making tweaks on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Roller Coaster Diamondbacks Season – September 10, 2018

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Are the Diamondbacks a dominant team powering their way into the post season? Or are they a maddeningly inconsistent team who find new ways to lose critical games?

They have been both this year and that could cost them a chance at a winnable pennant.

Running out of time for the snakes in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast: Searching for the Great Mets and L.A. Dodger Slugger – September 8, 2018

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While at a rest stop traveling up the 5, I realized that neither the Mets nor the Los Angeles Dodgers have a franchise defining offensive superstar. I wondered if Mike Piazza had stayed with LA if he could have been that figure for the Dodgers. And would David Wright have been that player if he remained healthy?

Taking a pitstop in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast: Thinking of Pitching While Driving – September 7, 2018

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Driving along along the 5 freeway, I began to think about ways to put together a pitching staff that doesn’t require wearing a bullpen down but still tries to keep starters from facing an order more than twice.

I have an idea.

On the road again in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Categories of Champion Players – September 6, 2018

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When the World Series is clinched, a whole team will celebrate knowing they are champions.

There are two categories of champions: Those who have never won one before and those who have.

And in those categories, there are several subsets. Today, I will break those down.

That and being annoyed by helicopters in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Cleaning Up the Steven Wright Mess – September 4, 2018

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This is my favorite part of the year as a baseball fan. It is like Christmas morning every day. Which is one reason it is so frustrating that the Red Sox have decided to coddle domestic abuser Steven Wright and make this month a whole lot less fun.

Keeping priorities straight in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Red Sox Fans… Calm Down – August 27, 2018

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There is a realistic scenario for a series of one game, winner take all playoff The Red Sox have seen their lead shrink in the past week from obscene to merely comfortable. Yet plenty of people without perspective want to panic.

Let me show why any panic is unwarranted.

Understanding what 162 games really means in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Realistic NL Wild Card Anarchy and Choosing NOT to be Miserable – August 24, 2018

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There is a realistic scenario for a series of one game, winner take all playoff games this October featuring teams that have a legitimate shot to win the NL Pennant. That is a cool thing.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have a shot to have their best regular season ever, which would be great even if they don’t win the World Series.

Choosing happiness in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Yankees Woes and Emptying Out The Fridge – August 6, 2018

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Photo – Mary Schwalm, Boston Herald

Sitting outside of Sunken Diamond on the Stanford Campus, I gloat about the Red Sox sweep of the Yankees and point out that some of the problems in the Bronx won’t go away soon.

Meanwhile, I clear out a few unpleasant topics that I have been avoiding addressing.

Fixing all the left overs in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Honoring Poppi Kramer and Examining the Illusion of Baseball’s Timelessness – July 28, 2018

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Poppi Kramer, comedian and friend and guest of the podcast, died this week. Her death affected me as I have strong memories of our mutual love for the game.

And losing her made me examine the illusion of timelessness in baseball and how we recoil when we see that change and finality are possible in our game.

A little sad in this episode of Sully Baseball.

Here are some of Poppi’s previous appearances on the podcast.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – No Outfielders Pitching In Tie Games Plus Wild Days in Pittsburgh and Oakland – July 25, 2018

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Jeffrey McWhorter / Associated Press

The Phillies and Dodgers saw a head to head match up of first place teams end with an outfielder pitching in extra innings. That shouldn’t happen. There should be ties in baseball.

Meanwhile the Nationals season is heading for disaster while the Pirates and A’s are somehow contenders.

Making sense of the senseless in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the NEW In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Merits of a Four Pitcher Limit – June 21, 2018

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A proposal floated around baseball that would limit a manager to using four pitchers for a 9 inning game. At first I felt like it was a foolish suggestion.

But after some reflection, I think it has some merit.

Letting the pitchers pitch in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Relief for DC and the Mets probably won’t rebuild – June 8, 2018

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The Capitals winning the Stanley Cup tonight has removed regional angst for Washington fans, including Nats fans. But the Nationals still have their specific battles to win.

Plus the Mets need to make a big move now to kickstart the rebuild process.

Taking care of business in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Nationals and Compounding Anguish – June 1, 2018

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I got a request from my friend Laura, host of the Resting Pitch Face Podcast.

Sorry Laura, I have to. It is part of their identity. And the compounding of anguish that the Nationals and their fans feel is real.

The narrative can only break with victory. And there is precedent to show that to be true.

Relieving pain in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Birthday Episode – Locked down AL and Free For All NL – May 14, 2018

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On my birthday, I looked at how different 2018 is shaping up compared to 2017. Last year a handful of NL teams contended while the AL was wide open. This year, it is the National League that looks like a free for all while the American League is top heavy.

Plus I gave my thoughts on legalized sports gambling, which weren’t many thoughts.

Blowing out candles in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Going to a Nashville Sounds Game and Seeing a Fight – May 5, 2018

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I attended my first baseball game of the year and saw the Nashville Sounds top the Memphis Red Birds. I enjoyed the minor league setting but also witnessed a fight taking place in an unusual setting.

Out to the ballgame in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Dropping Yawkey Way and Hank Aaron as a Boston Sports Hero – April 26, 2018

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Yawkey Way’s name has been changed back to Jersey Street. That is a GOOD thing.

Meanwhile, I think about an alternate universe where the Braves, not the Red Sox, stayed in Boston and Hank Aaron blossomed alongside Bill Russell in New England.

Honoring only those who deserve it in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Reds Managers and Yankee Pitching – April 19, 2018

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David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports

Giancarlo Stanton will get his hits. Don’t worry about him. Yankee fans should be concerned about their pitching depth for this season.

Meanwhile the Reds were right to fire Bryan Price but they should have done it nearly 2 years ago.

Better late than never in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – I Sing About Baseball Brawls – April, 12, 2018

I have talked so many times about my dislike of beanball wars I decided to take a new tactic. Today, I SANG about it.

I recorded before and after the Red Sox – Yankees game to show how the narrative regarding fights is always retroactively written.

Carrying a tune in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast: It is never the wrong time to win 7 straight games – April 7, 2018

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Boston Herald Staff Photo by Matt West

Several teams have come out of the gate strong, winning games and making an early statement. The Giants are winning games without Bumgarner, the Mets and Pirates are creating a nice foundation and the Red Sox have won a week’s worth of games in a row.

Coming out of the gate strong in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Talking Ichiro, Musberger and Parrots with my Wife – March 30, 2018

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My wife joined me to watch the Mariners and Indians game…and we discussed parrots, one flap down home run trots, the sexiness of Ichiro, the concept of ugly sexy and the worst calls of Brent Musberger.

Doing the hard hitting analysis on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Andy Van Slyke and Pirate Memories – March 27, 2018

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Former Gold Glove and All Star outfielder Andy Van Slyke joins the podcast. He shared memories of his days with the great Pirate teams of the 1990’s and other thoughts.

Chatting with an All Star on this episode of Sully Baseball.

Check out his new podcast, View from Centerfield.

Neither winning nor losing on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Making the Case for Ties – March 20, 2018

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I take a deep dive in the proposal to allow games end as a tie after 12 innings. It makes sense and wouldn’t REALLY effect the pennant race.

Neither winning nor losing on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Demons Purged and Waiting to be Purged – March 19, 2018

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It is Clayton Kershaw’s birthday. It may be unfair that some of his post season failures hang over his head, but baseball isn’t always fair.

Meanwhile it is the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox 1918 World Series title. I can not tell you how wonderful it is to never think about that year again as a Red Sox fan.

Dealing with ghosts, real or not, on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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