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Baseball’s Greatest One Hit Wonders Part 1: The Batters

Phil Plantier made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1990. During the 1992 season, Plantier crushed 11 HRs and added another 35 RBI in just 53 games. He was then traded in the off-season to the San Diego Padres for Jose Melendez. Plantier then thrived in California.

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Music has one hit wonders, some have even made an entire career out of just one stretch of time where they were deemed relevant. 

Baseball is like everything else, they have had their fair share of players that fit this mold. 

In the next two weeks, we will take a look at hitters and pitchers that were really on fire for a stretch before they petered out just as fast. 

I harken back to the movie ‘Tin Cup” for this next saying,  “Greatness Courts Failure.”  The difference between the two in baseball is so miniscule. 

Unfortunately for every player that makes it to the show, hundreds never get their chance at all.  (more…)

Buck Weaver’s Bet On His Black Sox Future

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.


The 5 Most Questionable Moves Of The 2015-16 MLB Offseason

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.


Can The Pirates Fix Ryan Vogelsong?

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?


Will Yankees’ Brett Gardner remain a valuable commodity?

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24,  2011

It’s a business and the New York Yankees believe outfielder Brett Gardner is a valuable commodity. All the same, it will be interesting to see if Gardner’s value as an asset grows or diminishes during and after the 2016 season. Is this the final season in Gardner’s contract that his performance will considerably influence his worth to the club as a trade piece?


Fantasy Baseball Prospect: Houston Astros 1B A.J. Reed

Reed is ranked in the top 50 prospects for most prospect lists, including mine, but he could fly up the list if he can repeat his success that he had in 2015. Like I mentioned, Reed could find a home in Houston very soon, which many fantasy owners would be very excited about. The first base position is thin in the minor leagues, so Reed should hold great value in dynasty leagues compared to his competition. Keep an eye on this prospect as he has the potential to be a fantasy baseball beast in a few years. Please read the rest of the article below:



Going To Work Or Play Every Day?

I seldom missed a day of school back in Taylors Falls and I continued that practice at work during my working career. The Navy of course reinforced the idea that going to work every day was the only way. I am old school and retired now but back in the day when I worked I took a lot of pride in the fact that I showed up for work day in and day out rain or shine.  I figured I was being paid to work so I showed up day after day. It used to drive me crazy when I knew that certain co-workers stayed home because they were hung-over or just plain didn’t feel like working. There were probably times when it would have been safer to stay home due to the snow or ice but not me, I was off to work.

Working every day carries over to my enjoyment of baseball, I like players that come to play ball each day and don’t take time off because they are tired or have a hang-nail. These players are being paid big bucks to play, not to sit on the bench and rest, they can rest on their own time like the rest of us.

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

So where am I going with this? Today we are going to take a look at the Minnesota Twins players that came to play. You can read the rest of the story here.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 5, 2016: Dan Szymborski Is Today’s Guest


(1200th Straight Day With An episode)

Dan Szymborski, ESPN writer, joins the podcast to talk about what teams had the best and worst off seasons.

And along the way, we talked about why the expression “Gun to your head” is so absurd.

No need to threaten us on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 5. 2016

The Month Of January In Detroit Tigers Social Media

We first start of with JV getting some tossing in down in Lakeland, slow-mo style…

And then we see JV riding around the golf course with his bud Harley

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My caddie for today. #harley

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Baseball Helps With The Healing Process


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Normally I don’t write anything that is not totally related to baseball on my site, but I felt that a recent event was big enough to at least share about it and how I feel baseball has become one of the healing factors.

On January 9th, an EF2 Tornado hit my city of Cape Coral and our home took a direct hit. It wasn’t just the winds, it was something huge that slammed into our home causing extensive structural damage that deemed our home unlivable for now.

On that Saturday evening, I was home alone watching TV and making myself dinner. I had just arrived from our little league tryouts and my oldest son was supposed to be with me, but my wife, thankfully, decided to take our boys to get haircuts, hence leaving me home alone for a few hours. Then instead of returning home, she decided to visit with family, which was merely less than five minutes away. That decision would prove to be something we will forever be grateful for.

Around 6:50 pm, I can recall watching part of the news, as it reported that a strong storm was going to blow through the Cape and as we have become accustomed to, strong thunderstorms are the norm in SW Florida. But the only part of the report that was missing was that a Tornado was headed our way.


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