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  1. Austin

    Shoeless Joe Jackson is now eligible for the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose will be after he dies.

    A new rule means Shoeless Joe Jackson could be on the Hall of Fame's Early Baseball ballot this December. Pete Rose would also be eligible after he dies. ESPN -- Major League Baseball has shifted its view of deceased players who have been banned for life, a group that includes "Shoeless" Joe...
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    10 Hall of Fame Modern Era candidates announced.

    With Harold Baines being elected last election, it's impossible to predict who will make it this time. Each of the ten candidates is more deserving than Baines in my opinion. ESPN -- A 10-man ballot of candidates who will be eligible for selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year though...
  3. Austin

    Major League Baseball proposes eliminating 40 Minor League teams and moving others.

    Hopefully your local Minor League team is not shut down or moved. It actually sounds like Minor League players would benefit from this, including higher salaries and less travel. But I feel bad for small town local fans of the teams that are eliminated or move. ESPN -- Major League Baseball...
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    EDIT: Nevermind, glitch on ESPN's stats page.

    EDIT: Disregard this nonsensical thread. There was a glitch on ESPN's stats page last night when I looked up the league leaders, because it showed the following: I had to do a double take looking at the league stats leaders tonight. Whit Merrifield is leading the AL with a .299 batting...
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    25 years ago today (8/12/94) was a dark day in MLB history. The start of the 1994 strike.

    The 1994 MLB strike began 25 years ago today, leading to the cancellation of the season and World Series. The baseball card hobby was also hit hard by the strike. What are your memories of the strike? Did it affect your collecting? Were you more upset at the players or owners? Did the strike...
  6. Austin

    Yordan Alvarez is incredible.

    I don’t follow prospects anymore, so an article today about Yordan Alvarez surprised me. I knew he’s had a hot start with the Astros, but today he set the MLB record with 35 rbi in his first 30 games, breaking Pujols’ rookie mark. And he’s hitting .342 with 11 home runs. Before he was called...
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    Angels throw No-Hitter on Tyler Skaggs Tribute night.

    How amazing is that? The Angels, all wearing the same Tyler Skaggs 45 jerseys, with Skaggs’ mother throwing a perfect strike for the first pitch, combine for a No-Hitter against the Mariners. It was the Angels’ first home game since Skaggs died. Taylor Cole and Felix Pena were the pitchers...
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    Dwight Gooden arrested for using cocaine again.

    Such a shame. By all accounts, Gooden is a great guy who does lots of charity work and volunteering, and is still beloved by Mets and Yankees fans. He was one of my favorite players growing up. Hopefully he can finally beat this disease. ESPN -- Former major league pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden...
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    Giancarlo "Mr. Glass" Stanton back to IL with fourth injury this season.

    Stanton is turning out to be a monumental bust. But the Yankees should have known how injury-prone he was before signing him to a massive contract. He just went back on the Injured Reserve less than a week after coming off of it. This time it's a sprained knee. Before that, he had a torn...
  10. Austin

    C.C. Sabathia gets 250th career win.

    Sabathia is now only the 14th pitcher in baseball history with both 250 wins and 3,000 strikeouts. Every other pitcher with those stats is in the Hall of Fame, except Clemens. Even though his milestones have largely been the result of longevity and innings instead of seasonal domination, HOF...
  11. Austin

    David Ortiz shot in the back in the Dominican Republic.

    ESPN -- Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an entertainment center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Police say the shooting happened during a robbery attempt at the "Dial" amusement club. Dominican police say Ortiz was shot in the lower back. The bullet went...
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    Jay Bruce traded to the Phillies

    ESPN - Former All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce says he has been traded to Philadelphia by the Seattle Mariners. Details of the other players involved have not been released yet. Bruce is expected to fill the void left when Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera was placed on administrative leave...
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    Sons of Hall of Famers in the Major Leagues

    With Biggio's son being called up and Vlad's son in the Majors, I wonder if more than two sons of Hall of Famers have ever played MLB at the same time. Mariano Rivera's son Mariano III never made it past high-A ball and recently retired. Are there any other Hall of Famers' sons who are top...
  14. Austin

    Albert Pujols becomes third player ever with 2,000 RBI.

    Pujols joined Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) with the milestone. Pujols won't pass Aaron, but he should pass Arod early next year or late this year if he gets hot. The RBI only became an official statistic in 1920, so historians say Babe Ruth and Cap Anson have more than 2,000...
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    How long until Phillies fans start booing Bryce Harper?

    Sure the season is only a month old, but Phillies fans are notoriously brutal. The Phillies are in first, but barely above .500 and Harper’s been struggling. After a hot 3-game start in March, Harper’s hitting .253 with 3 homers in April. And he’s on pace for a Major League record 230...
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    How is Craig Kimbrel still not signed to a team? (Update 6/5: Signed with Cubs)

    I don't get it. Kimbrel is one of the greatest relief pitchers in history. He's only 30 years old and healthy. In only 8 seasons, he already has 333 saves, a 1.91 era, has an incredible 868 Ks in 532 innings and 5 top-10 Cy Young finishes, which is crazy for a reliever, especially in just 8...
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    Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia. Will miss 50th Anniversary of '69 Miracle Mets celebration.

    ESPN -- Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family announced on Thursday. In a statement released by the Hall of Fame, Seaver's family expressed thanks to those who have supported the New York Mets great throughout his career...
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    Show off your favorite stuff of the new HOFers: Rivera, Martinez, Halladay and Mussina

    Some great TTM signers in the new Hall of Fame class. I got Rivera, Mussina, Martinez and Baines through the mail when they were players. I'll post picks when I get home from work. Show off your favorite cards, autographs and collectibles from the '19 HOF class.
  19. Austin

    Adrian Beltre announces retirement.

    As a Rangers fan, it's sad to see him go, although I knew it was coming. Beltre ranks 16th all-time in hits with 3,166 and passed Ichiro for the most hits by a foreign-born player. He also won six Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, hit 477 home runs with 1,707 RBIs and ranks 38th all-time in...
  20. Austin

    Mets' David Wright retiring at end of season.

    Such a shame that a once great player has had so many injuries. He was a class act and seemed like a future Hall of Famer his first seven or eight seasons, then the chronic injuries struck. The Mets say they'll activate Wright for the final homestand, then he'll retire as a lifelong Met.
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