The 1919 Chicago White Sox (aka Black Sox) are perhaps the most tragic of all teams in baseball history. A powerful squad, they lost that year’s World Series to the Cincinnati Reds despite being heavily favored, and were later had eight of their players banished from the sport for their involvement or knowledge of a plot to intentionally throw the Series. One of those eight was third baseman Buck Weaver, who maintained his innocence until his death, yet was never reinstated. Unfortunately, he was sometimes his own worst enemy when it came to pleading his case.
It is Sunday and time for THE SUNDAY REQUEST
— Planeta Béisbol (@PlanetaBeisbol) November 17, 2015
Don’t worry. There is no way baseball could make a dime with a neutral site World Series.
Follow the money on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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No baseball fan truly likes winter, but it’s a necessary evil. It allows MLB players to rest their tired and sore bodies while front office executives make roster moves to load up for another try at making the postseason.
The 2015-16 offseason has appeared to be more slow moving than in recent memory, and although guys like Ian Desmond, Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler (among others) continue looking for new homes, teams have committed over $2 billion to free agents. So, the purse strings aren’t exactly being pinched.
Spring Training is now under two weeks away, but that’s still plenty of time to critique the moves made during the Hot Stove season. Let’s take a look at five free-agent signings and trades that have brought more questions than answers before Opening Day.
Mariano Rivera. Derek Jeter. Andy Pettite. Jorge Posada. These are the four members of the Yankees’ legendary Core Four. The four members played several years together and all made their MLB debut in 1995. They won five World Series championships together. Pettite was the first to retire in 2010. Posada retired a year later in 2011. Andy Pettite came out of retirement and played for two more years before retiring alongside Mariano Rivera in 2013. The Captain, Derek Jeter, followed suit in 2014, leaving the Yankees with no members of their legendary Core Four. Since then, the Yankees have been saving money in free agency and instead opting to build their farm system. And now it’s time for a new Yankees generation of the Core Four: 1B Greg Bird, SP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge, and SS Jorge Mateo.
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Don’t you wish you could go to the ballpark on Super Bowl Sunday?
Well, I do the best I can and play a podcast from a ballgame in Spokane last summer. It is the best I can do.
Take me out to the ballgame on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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After a series of pitchers have seen their careers brought back to life from the brink of retirement, the Ray Searage and Jim Benedict pitching factory has produced stellar returns from small investments for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
From the perspective of a fan, it’s frustrating watching the team spend pennies to dollars hoping the player doesn’t run off with their investment to get five-fold the original investment from another team. From the team’s perspective, it’s one of the best practices for a small-market team like the Pirates to remain relevant in a big revenue sport.
Once the team lost assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict to the Miami Marlins to take the role of director of pitching, many have questioned the ability of Ray Searage and the Pirates to continue churning out results from pitchers that have fallen on tough times or simply never experienced much success to begin with. The effects have already been felt, as a deep pitching market was expected to allow the Pirates restock a depleted rotation, but the departure of Benedict combined with massive inflation of free agent prices have forced the Pirates to roll with a rotation that includes Jeff Locke and Ryan Vogelsong.
So how did the Pirates experience so much success with reclamation pitchers and how can Ray Searage and company continue this success? More specifically, what does it mean for Vogelsong?