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This story is part of Only A Game’s 2019 Thanksgiving Leftovers Show. Find the full episode here.

The 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox was a memorable one.

“Hey, that was a great Series,” says Pete Rose.

He has good reason to feel that way. Because his 10 hits and aggressive base running were crucial to the outcome. As was his cockiness.

Back in July, I talked with Pete Rose about his USO tour of Vietnam with Joe DiMaggio. Rose was self-deprecating and humble. Now, those are not the qualities for which Rose, infamous for his lifetime ban from baseball for gambling on Major League Games, is best known. But, toward the end of our interview, Rose’s hubris emerged in all of its unfettered glory. It happened when I told him that the 1975 World Series broke my 12-year-old, Red Sox-loving heart.

“I’ll tell you … let me tell you one story about that Series. OK?” Rose asks.

How could I say “no” to Pete Rose?

“We’re playing Game 7. And Bill Lee’s ahead, 3-0,” Rose says.

Just for a little historical context, the Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series since 1918. Anticipation among Red Sox fans that they’d finally win it all at Fenway Park was ridiculously high. And now they were up 3-0 in the top of the sixth, with their best starter on the mound.
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Rose singled. Then Lee got Joe Morgan to fly to right.

“I’m on first base. There’s one out,” Rose says.

Reds catcher Johnny Bench was the next batter up. I hoped Bill Lee could get him to ground into a double play.

Bench tried to oblige by hitting a ball to short. Red Sox shortstop Rick Burleson tossed to second. Rose slid hard into second baseman Denny Doyle and his throw sailed over the first baseman’s head.

“I knocked Denny Doyle on his butt,” Rose says, “and he threw the ball into the dugout. OK? No double play, because I broke up a double play.”

Rose was out, but Bench advanced to second on the throwing error. Reds cleanup hitter Tony Perez came to the plate with two out and one on. Lee’s first pitch, a fastball, missed outside.

“The next pitch, Bill Lee threw an eephus pitch,” Rose says.

The “eephus pitch” was a blooper thrown high into the air to fool the batter into thinking there’s no chance the ball could drop in for a strike. That worked for Bill Lee. Some of the time.

Perez was waiting for it. He belted it over the left field screen and onto Lansdowne Street.

“And, because I broke that double play up, now it’s 3-2, and all the momentum’s on our side,” Rose says.

Failure to turn the double play was costly for the Red Sox.

“You had us down 3-0 in Game 7,” Rose says. “But, because of a hard slide into second, the whole momentum of that game turned around. And then we went on to win the game.”

Cincinnati beat Boston 4-3 in Game 7 and won the 1975 World Series.
Pete Rose dives into third base in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. (AP)
Pete Rose dives into third base in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. (AP)

When I confided to Pete Rose that he and Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine had broken my tender young heart in 1975, I was hoping for a little bit of consolation or sympathy. Or the kind of mature insight Rose had shown when he shared poignant stories about the GIs he and Joe DiMaggio met in Vietnam hospitals and war zones.

But not this time. And certainly not regarding the 1975 World Series. Which many, including Pete Rose, consider the greatest of all time.

‘You know why that was the best ever?’ Rose asks. “Because I was MVP in that Series.”

He added some maniacal laughter for good measure.

Thanks, Pete.

Our original story on Pete Rose tour of Vienam with Joe DiMaggio aired on July 27, 2019. Pete Rose recently authored “Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player.”

This segment airs on November 30, 2019.

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Phillies legend Tony Taylor suffered three mild strokes at his hotel after attending the Phillies Wall of Fame ceremony at Citizens Bank Park Saturday night, according to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to Breen’s reporting, Taylor’s wife expects her husband, 83, to leave Jefferson University Hospital by Wednesday. Taylor is in “steady” condition and will return to Florida with his wife once cleared by doctors.
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Inducted onto the Wall of Fame in 2002, Taylor played 15 seasons for Philadelphia and is revered as one of the franchise’s all-time second basemen. The Cuban native collected 1,511 hits, 219 doubles, 63 triples, and 51 home runs while playing for Philadelphia.
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Taylor is fifth in games played by a Phillie with 1,669 and seventh in at-bats with 5,799. Chase Utley surpassed Taylor as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played at second base.

In 1963 Taylor finished 16th in the National League MVP race with a career-high 180 hits and 49 RBI. Primarily known for his defense, Taylor had a career .976 fielding percentage in a career that spanned nearly two decades.

On the That Ball’s Outta Here all-time Phillie list, Taylor is a top-40 player in franchise history.

Taylor was one of a dozen former players, coaches, and executives on the Wall of Fame who attended Saturday’s ceremony honoring the newest inductee Bobby Abreu.

Taylor is one of the oldest surviving members of the Wall of Fame, second only to Curt Simmons, 90, who has not attended the ceremony in recent years.
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All the best to Taylor as he recovers and hoping he can return to next years induction ceremony.

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As Chicago Cubs fans, what can we be grateful for this holiday season? Here, one writer offers up his views on why he is thankful to be a Cubs fan in 2019.

Thanksgiving time is here, and as always, I feel like there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. Even though there are a lot of things in life that are more important than baseball, this is a Chicago Cubs website, after all. And as a Cubs fan, I feel like there’s a lot I have to be thankful for in that regard as well.

2019 marks 25 years for me being a Cubs fan, and I feel like I’ve seen just about everything that the fan of a sports team can see. I’ve seen the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between. 1994 was my first year following the team, and the Cubs were bad that year. But even worse, the players’ strike ended the season early, teaching me an early lesson that following any sports team would not be easy.

Still, I’m thankful for all the memories I have of following the team over the past quarter-century. I’m thankful for all those childhood days in the mid-1990s when I would get to come home from school and catch Harry Caray and Steve Stone call most of the Cubs’ afternoon game on WGN.
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I’m thankful for 1998, when I got my first taste of winning and I got to witness the epic home run chase featuring Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. I’m thankful for all the memories of 2003, 2007, and 2008, though Chicago came up short in the postseason each year.

And every other year has its own memories, though in many cases they aren’t quite as pleasant. In addition, the lean years help me to appreciate the winning even more when it happens.

As fans, we should feel especially grateful for the streak of success we’ve seen over the past five years: five straight winning seasons, four playoff appearances, and a championship in 2016.

As we’ve witnessed teams like the Astros, Dodgers, and Yankees fall short so often in the playoffs in recent years, we should appreciate just how hard it is to win a championship and the fact that our team has been able to do it at least once.

I’m thankful for all the memories I have of going to Chicago Cubs games at Wrigley Field and on the road. I attended my first game in 1996, and though the Cubs lost, I got to see Ryne Sandberg hit a home run. My luck has turned since then, however, as I currently am on an eight-game Wrigley Field win streak.

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If you have a nice bankroll, you can have one heck of a pack ripping party over the holidays.

Heritage Auctions is offering 136 different lots of unopened material in its December 5-7 Trading Card Auction. Vintage sports card packs and boxes make up the bulk of the listings but those who favor popular high-end modern issues won’t be left out.

Seven lots carry pre-sale estimates of $10,000 or more.

Among the key items is a 1959 Topps 4th Series cello pack box of 36 packs. Heritage says two packs in the box have Sparky Anderson’s rookie card on top, another has an Al Kaline and a third features Robin Roberts face up. The box has since sealed by Baseball Card Exchange following authentication by Steve Hart.

As of Thursday evening, the high bid with the buyer’s premium was over $38,000.

Also expected to bring north of $50,000 are two 36-pack groups of 1986-87 Fleer basketball; one full box and another group of PSA-graded packs, three of which have the Michael Jordan rookie sticker showing.

Two 1970s baseball boxes are also projected to reach five-figure prices: a 1972 Topps 3rd Series (24 packs) and a 1974 Topps (36 packs).

Vintage packs in the auction include the ultimate prize for post-War collectors: a 1952 Topps pack graded PSA 7. The series is unknown but it’s expected to bring at least $40,000.

Other vintage packs up for grabs include a 1961-62 Fleer basketball wax; 1962 Topps 1st Series cello; 1965 Topps cello; 1957, ’60 and 1961 Topps baseball wax and penny wax packs from 1955, 1956 and 1959.

A 1970 Topps Super football box joins multiple regular football boxes from the 1970s; a 1980-81 Topps basketball box; 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball (LeBron rookie) and 2000 Playoff Contenders football (Brady rookie).

In all, there are over 3,000 trading card lots in the Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction.

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After the World Series ended and the Nationals emerged victorious, I wrote about how the Astros had put together one of the greatest regular seasons of all time and joined the (perhaps ignominious) list of great teams without a title. In doing so, I created the below graph, which shows team winning percentage and WAR, highlighting some of the greatest teams of all time:

At the time, I didn’t mention the teams at the very bottom-left of the graph. If the teams at the top-right are the greatest, then the teams in the bottom-left are the worst. In trying to find a single number to determine just how good or bad a team was, I created an IQ-like score for both winning percentage and team WAR, where 100 is average and every standard deviation away from the mean was worth 15 points. Then I took the average of the two scores for one final number. For reference, this year’s Astros team ended up at 136.5; more than 90% of all teams from 1903 through this season were between 75 and 125.

Because one big list going back to 1903 might end up with too many teams that some readers might have little interest in, or at least no memory of, let’s start with the worst teams of the last decade:
Worst Teams of the Decade
Season Team W% W% IQ Total WAR WAR IQ W%/WAR IQ AVG
2013 Astros .315 66.1 4.1 61.6 63.9
2018 Orioles .290 61.6 8.1 67.0 64.3
2019 Tigers .292 61.9 8.6 67.7 64.8
2010 Pirates .352 72.9 7.8 66.6 69.8
2019 Marlins .352 72.9 8.6 67.7 70.3
2019 Orioles .333 69.5 11.9 72.2 70.9
2012 Astros .340 70.6 15.1 76.5 73.6
2011 Twins .389 79.7 12.0 72.3 76.0
2018 Marlins .391 80.1 12.6 73.2 76.6
2011 Astros .346 71.8 18.9 81.7 76.7
2019 Royals .364 75.2 17.0 79.1 77.1
2018 Royals .358 74.0 18.2 80.8 77.4
2012 Cubs .377 77.4 15.7 77.4 77.4
2010 Mariners .377 77.4 17.9 80.4 78.9
2018 Tigers .395 80.8 16.3 78.2 79.5
2013 Marlins .383 78.5 17.9 80.4 79.5
2016 Reds .420 85.3 13.1 73.8 79.6
2018 White Sox .383 78.5 18.7 81.4 80.0

The Astros have the honor of putting together both the best and worst regular-season team of the last decade. As we might expect, there’s a decent dose of Orioles, Tigers, and Marlins as well. If we go back a little bit further — to the strike — the list looks like this:
Worst Teams Since the 1994 Strike
Season Team W% W% IQ Total WAR WAR IQ W%/WAR IQ AVG
2003 Tigers .265 57.1 1.7 58.3 57.7
2013 Astros .315 66.1 4.1 61.6 63.9
2018 Orioles .290 61.6 8.1 67.0 64.3
1996 Tigers .327 68.4 3.1 60.2 64.3
2019 Tigers .292 61.9 8.6 67.7 64.8
2004 Diamondbacks .315 66.1 10.2 69.9 68.0
2010 Pirates .352 72.9 7.8 66.6 69.8
2005 Royals .346 71.8 8.8 68.0 69.9
2019 Marlins .352 72.9 8.6 67.7 70.3
2002 Tigers .342 71.0 10.2 69.9 70.5
1998 Marlins .333 69.5 11.5 71.7 70.6
2019 Orioles .333 69.5 11.9 72.2 70.9
2004 Royals .358 74.0 10.0 69.6 71.8
2002 Devil Rays .342 71.0 14.3 75.5 73.2
2012 Astros .340 70.6 15.1 76.5 73.6
2002 Brewers .346 71.8 14.7 76.0 73.9
2011 Twins .389 79.7 12.0 72.3 76.0
2001 Devil Rays .383 78.5 12.9 73.6 76.1
2018 Marlins .391 80.1 12.6 73.2 76.6
2011 Astros .346 71.8 18.9 81.7 76.7
2008 Nationals .366 75.6 16.4 78.3 76.9
2019 Royals .364 75.2 17.0 79.1 77.1
2002 Royals .383 78.5 14.7 76.0 77.3
2018 Royals .358 74.0 18.2 80.8 77.4
2012 Cubs .377 77.4 15.7 77.4 77.4
1999 Twins .394 80.6 13.5 74.4 77.5
1995 Tigers .417 84.8 11.0 71.0 77.9
2001 Pirates .383 78.5 15.7 77.4 78.0

Looking at this list, you’d never know Detroit appeared in a couple World Series and were generally competitive for close to a decade. They’ve put together three of the five worst teams over the last 25 seasons. That 2003 Tigers team is particularly awful: 14 players on that squad had more than 100 plate appearances and only Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young were better than average offensively, though defensive limitations meant that Young only put up a 1.9 WAR while Pena came in at 0.6 on the year. Young was the only position player to exceed 1 WAR that year while Matt Walbeck and Ramon Santiago put up less than -1 WAR. On the pitching side, Nate Cornejo and Jeremy Bonderman were the only pitchers with at least 1.0 WAR on the season and neither broke two wins. There wasn’t a single above-average player on the entire roster, and they went 43-119 as a result.

As to whether the 2003 Tigers were the worst team of all time, let’s go back to 1947 and see if anybody can take the top (bottom?) spot:
Worst Teams Since 1947
Season Team W% W% IQ Total WAR WAR IQ W%/WAR IQ AVG
2003 Tigers .265 57.1 1.7 58.3 57.7
1962 Mets .250 54.3 5.3 63.2 58.7
1963 Mets .315 66.1 -1.5 54.0 60.1
1952 Pirates .273 58.4 5.7 63.8 61.1
1979 Athletics .333 69.5 -1.7 53.7 61.6
1954 Athletics .331 69.1 1.4 57.9 63.5
1965 Mets .309 65.0 4.7 62.4 63.7
2013 Astros .315 66.1 4.1 61.6 63.9
2018 Orioles .290 61.6 8.1 67.0 64.3
1996 Tigers .327 68.4 3.1 60.2 64.3
2019 Tigers .292 61.9 8.6 67.7 64.8
1951 Browns .338 70.3 4.4 62.0 66.2
1969 Padres .321 67.3 7.1 65.7 66.5
2004 Diamondbacks .315 66.1 10.2 69.9 68.0
1956 Athletics .338 70.3 7.9 66.8 68.5
1977 Braves .377 77.4 2.9 60 68.7
1979 Blue Jays .327 68.4 9.9 69.5 68.9
1953 Pirates .325 67.9 10.3 70.0 69.0
1963 Senators .346 71.8 7.8 66.6 69.2
1974 Padres .370 76.3 4.7 62.4 69.3
2010 Pirates .352 72.9 7.8 66.6 69.8
2005 Royals .346 71.8 8.8 68.0 69.9
Strike-shortened years excluded

The Mets didn’t get off to a great start when baseball expanded and wanted to replace the two departing New York franchises as the Dodgers and Giants moved out west. In their first four seasons, they averaged a 49-113 record and 49 games out of first place. In the three seasons following the initial four, the team finished in last or second-to-last place every year. Then in 1969, they won the World Series as the “Miracle Mets,” a very appropriate nickname for the group. That inaugural season in 1962 was the worst of the bunch, with the team finishing 40-120, but a strong season from pitcher Al Jackson and decent seasons from Frank Thomas and Richie Ashburn meant the team was a little more talented than that 2003 Detroit Tigers club. What if we go all the way back to 1903, the year of the first World Series?
Worst Teams Since 1903
Season Team W% W% IQ Total WAR WAR IQ W%/WAR IQ AVG
2003 Tigers .265 57.1 1.7 58.3 57.7
1962 Mets .250 54.3 5.3 63.2 58.7
1919 Athletics .257 55.6 4.8 62.5 59.1
1916 Athletics .235 51.6 8.1 67.0 59.3
1963 Mets .315 66.1 -1.5 54.0 60.1
1952 Pirates .273 58.4 5.7 63.8 61.1
1979 Athletics .333 69.5 -1.7 53.7 61.6
1915 Athletics .283 60.3 5.2 63.1 61.7
1904 Senators .252 54.6 9.6 69.1 61.8
1939 Browns .279 59.6 6.2 64.5 62.0
1935 Braves .248 54.0 10.5 70.3 62.1
1932 Red Sox .279 59.6 6.3 64.6 62.1
1942 Phillies .278 59.4 8.0 66.9 63.2
1928 Phillies .283 60.3 7.7 66.5 63.4
1954 Athletics .331 69.1 1.4 57.9 63.5
1920 Athletics .312 65.6 4.0 61.5 63.5
1965 Mets .309 65.0 4.7 62.4 63.7
1945 Phillies .299 63.2 6.2 64.5 63.8
2013 Astros .315 66.1 4.1 61.6 63.9
1909 Doves .294 62.3 7.4 66.1 64.2
1939 Phillies .298 63.1 6.9 65.4 64.2
1910 Browns .305 64.4 6.1 64.3 64.3
2018 Orioles .290 61.6 8.1 67.0 64.3
1996 Tigers .327 68.4 3.1 60.2 64.3
1911 Browns .296 62.7 7.8 66.6 64.7
2019 Tigers .292 61.9 8.6 67.7 64.8
1941 Phillies .279 59.6 10.4 70.2 64.9
1938 Phillies .300 63.4 7.8 66.6 65.0
1911 Rustlers .291 61.8 10.6 70.4 66.1
1951 Browns .338 70.3 4.4 62.0 66.2
1969 Padres .321 67.3 7.1 65.7 66.5
1909 Senators .276 59.1 13.6 74.5 66.8
Strike-shortened years excluded

I don’t take any great joy in telling you that the 2003 Tigers are the worst team of all time. I did think it might be interesting though, so there it is. Because the work was basically already done, here are the worst teams in each franchise’s history using the current iteration of the franchise with the exception of the Devil Rays, which count as the Rays, the Florida and Miami Marlins being the same, and all the Angels team being included together:
Worst Teams For Every Franchise
Season Team W% W% IQ Total WAR WAR IQ W%/WAR IQ AVG
1968 Angels .414 84.2 18.4 81.0 82.6
2013 Astros .315 66.1 4.1 61.6 63.9
1979 Athletics .333 69.5 -1.7 53.7 61.6
1979 Blue Jays .327 68.4 9.9 69.5 68.9
1977 Braves .377 77.4 2.9 60.0 68.7
2002 Brewers .346 71.8 14.7 76.0 73.9
1903 Cardinals .314 66.0 10.1 69.8 67.9
1962 Cubs .364 75.2 17.2 79.4 77.3
2004 Diamondbacks .315 66.1 10.2 69.9 68.0
1992 Dodgers .389 79.7 21.9 85.8 82.7
1985 Giants .383 78.5 22.1 86.1 82.3
1971 Indians .370 76.3 9.3 68.7 72.5
1978 Mariners .350 72.6 13.9 74.9 73.7
2019 Marlins .352 72.9 8.6 67.7 70.3
1962 Mets .250 54.3 5.3 63.2 58.7
2008 Nationals .366 75.6 16.4 78.3 76.9
2018 Orioles .290 61.6 8.1 67.0 64.3
1969 Padres .321 67.3 7.1 65.7 66.5
1942 Phillies .278 59.4 8.0 66.9 63.2
1952 Pirates .273 58.4 5.7 63.8 61.1
1972 Rangers .351 72.7 8.6 67.7 70.2
2002 Rays .342 71.0 14.3 75.5 73.2
1932 Red Sox .279 59.6 6.3 64.6 62.1
1934 Reds .344 71.5 15.9 77.6 74.6
1999 Rockies .444 89.8 9.7 69.2 79.5
2005 Royals .346 71.8 8.8 68 69.9
2003 Tigers .265 57.1 1.7 58.3 57.7
2011 Twins .389 79.7 12.0 72.3 76.0
1932 White Sox .325 67.9 11.7 71.9 69.9
1913 Yankees .377 77.6 15.2 76.7 77.1
Strike-shortened years excluded

The Dodgers, Giants, and Angels have some of the best worst teams. I’d also note that the Cardinals haven’t gone below a score of 90 in a non-strike season since 1978 when they had an 86.7 score. Indeed, they’ve only been below 90 three times in the last 100 seasons. Perhaps even more impressive, the Yankees have only gone below 100 four times in the last 50 seasons, with all four coming in succession from 1989-1992. In the last 100 years, they’ve only been below 100 a total of 10 times, with a run from 1965-1969 accounting for half of those seasons (1925 was the only other year not previously mentioned). I was going to end on a positive note and say that using the same method, the best two regular-season teams of the last decade based on average yearly score have been the Dodgers and Yankees, but I can’t help but also note that neither team has won the World Series in that time.

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J.T. Realmuto will have another bargaining chip to bring to contract negotiations as an offseason that could lead to him being baseball’s highest-paid catcher began Sunday night with Realmuto becoming the first Phillies player since 2012 to win a Gold Glove award.

Realmuto won his first Gold Glove, besting San Diego’s Austin Hedges and St. Louis’ Yadier Molina to be named the National League’s top defensive catcher. He joins Bob Boone and Mike Lieberthal as the only Phillies catchers to win a Gold Glove. Bryce Harper (right field) and Aaron Nola (pitcher) did not win after being finalists at their positions. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers beat out Harper while Zack Greinke, who started the season with Arizona before being traded to the American League’s Astros, topped Nola.
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Realmuto, according to metrics compiled by FanGraphs, was the most valuable defensive player this season at any position. He threw out a career-high 37 would-be base stealers, 15 more than any catcher and the most in franchise history since Darren Daulton threw out 40 in 1993. He had the fastest pop-time — the time it takes for a catcher to get the ball to second base — in the majors, and Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the fourth-best pitch framer among all catchers.

The Phillies parted with Sixto Sanchez, then their top pitching prospect, to land Realmuto before the season. And now they’ll have to pay him. Realmuto, who turns 29 during spring training, is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. General manager Matt Klentak said during the final month of the season that one of the team’s offseason goals was to “address his contract situation.” It will come down to finding the right number.
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“I’m certainly not opposed to staying here,” Realmuto said after the season’s final game. “I love playing here in Philadelphia. I love the crowd. I love the fans. I love my team. So we’ll see how that goes in the offseason.”

Molina’s $20 million-per-year deal in St. Louis gives him the highest average-annual value for a catcher, while Buster Posey’s $167 million contract over nine years makes him the richest. Realmuto should be able to clear Molina’s $20 million, but surpassing Posey seems difficult. Posey was three years younger than Realmuto when he signed his deal. A possible deal could be about $110 million for five years.
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Realmuto started 130 games last season, which was the most by a Phillies catcher in 20 years, and led all catchers this season in innings caught, catching 44 more innings than the next-closest catcher. But that heavy usage may have come at a cost as Realmuto missed the final week of the season with a knee injury that required surgery. Realmuto’s production, insistence to play every day, and the struggles of backup Andrew Knapp made it difficult to find Realmuto rest in 2019. The Phillies will likely try to upgrade their second catcher this winter and new manager Joe Girardi plans to find Realmuto additional rest in 2020.

“I want him healthy in October,” Girardi said. “I think you can overuse any player. Days off are important for all players. You look at the player and some guys with the day off can play the next day, some guys are really good if you give them a day off before a day off and they get two days off and they’re really good. Now, some guys aren’t good at … two days in a row off. Those are things we need to evaluate and need to judge.

“But 120 games, that’s catching three out of every four games. That’s a lot of games. Maybe you have a guy who is uncanny and can do a little bit more, but I want the guy healthy in October because that’s where the prize is.”
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And if Realmuto needs an additional bargaining chip, he could receive one on Thursday when the Silver Slugger Awards are announced. Realmuto, who won the National League’s Silver Slugger for catchers last season, joined Johnny Bench and Jorge Posada as the only catchers in history with 90 runs, 35 doubles, and 25 homers in a season. Realmuto ranked first among NL catchers in RBIs (83), runs scored (92), ranked second in batting average (.275), weighted-runs created (85), slugging percentage (.493), and homers (25).

The Phillies have not won a Silver Slugger since Chase Utley in 2009. Realmuto could end that drought. If so, it would just give him some more momentum in an offseason that seems destined to end with him cashing in.

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Indeed, I have always thought highly of Clevinger, a real pro.

I certainly agree with Daniel’s spot-on assessment.
He would be an excellent fit for the Dodgers.

Are you reading this, Andrew Friedman?

Regards.
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Manny Festo
11/25/2019 at 8:29 PM

Or instead of selling the farm they can simply use some of the billions they have from shady practices like that TV deal and ridiculous prices to sign Cole
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Gus
11/25/2019 at 11:12 PM

You must be in on it to know their shady practices so well. Refreshing to see a crook like you confessing your own embezzlement.
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Manny Festo
11/26/2019 at 10:34 AM

Stupid comment “Gus” clearly you have your head buried in the sand. Most fans are aware of what they do and have stated it here many times, it’s not just me
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Bren Hewitt
11/26/2019 at 12:50 AM

Thirty years of perfect fits:
Garret Anderson, Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Abreu, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Joe Blanton, Andruw Jones, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Juan Pierre, Casey Blake, Rafael Furcal, Jeff Kent, Derek Lowe, Jim Thome, George Sherrill, Jason Schmidt, Brad Penny, Rickey Henderson, Robin Ventura, Brian Jordan,Shawn Green, Fred McGriff, Jeremy Burnitz,Eddie Murray, Gary Sheffield, Marquis Grissom,Mark Grudzielanek, Todd Hundley, Greg Olson, Greg Maddux, Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile, Todd Worrell, Brett Butler, Luis Gonzalez, Delino Deshields, Tim Wallach, Roberto Kelly, Roger McDowell, Eric Davis, Darryl Strawberry, Cory Snyder, Tom Candiotti, Kal Daniels, Juan Samuel, Gary Carter,Mike Morgan, Kevin Brown, Yu Darvish, and too many more…
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Dodgerdan
11/26/2019 at 3:03 AM

I would have liked to see some of his actual statistics, like era, games won/lost, velocity, what pitches he throws, health history instead of what percentile he’s in. Seems like you’re hiding something.
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Al Fresco
11/26/2019 at 10:37 AM

It’s easily accessible on baseball-reference
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Dodgerdan
11/26/2019 at 9:52 PM

Oh really?!. The point is if you’re going to write an article put the pertinent info in it to make your case. He looks up the info so y’all don’t need to.
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bluz1st
11/27/2019 at 9:34 AM

I’d rather have a relief pitcher…………someone like Blake Treinen………we do not need another starter…………we need relief help.

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The Minor League Baseball landscape is expected to look a lot different in 2021.

A plan that was pushed by the Houston Astros and, according to the New York Daily News, has the support of all 30 Major League Baseball owners would eliminate 42 of the 160 MiLB teams.

On Saturday, The New York Times published a list of the 42 clubs, most of which compete in short-season Class A or rookie leagues. The group includes the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a short-season Class A club that is an affiliate of the Indians and competes in the New York-Penn League.

The move is part of MLB’s effort to upgrade the facilities for minor leaguers, plus eliminating 26% of the clubs would, presumably, improve the pay for the players — something that has been a problem for a long time.

The counter to that, though, is there would be fewer minor leaguers — reportedly a limit of 150 per MLB team. (Some clubs have more than 200.)

And there are plenty of other issues, one of which the Daily News put succintly.

“In truth, as always, it’s designed to save money, lots of money, and the proprietors of these minor league teams, many of whom have their life savings invested in them, be damned,” wrote Bill Madden.

The Daily News story outlines what it describes as “enormous” repercussions from the plan to get rid of 42 minor league clubs.

MLB, Madden writes, could be “hit with an avalanche of lawsuits from communities that have built new ballparks on taxpayers’ money, all of which would figure to threaten their long-cherished antitrust exemption. It’s been estimated that $300 million in equity will be lost by the minor league owners whose teams are being eliminated.”

The Scrappers, who were founded in 1999 and play at Eastwood Field in Niles, are operated by the Cafaro Co. The Niles-based firm operates more than 50 shopping, dining and entertainment centers in 14 states, including Eastwood Mall in Niles, Sandusky Mall, the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville and the Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pa.

Mahoning Valley is the Indians’ lone short-season Class A affiliate. The Indians’ top four minor league teams — the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, Double-A Akron RubberDucks, and Class A Lynchburg Hillcats and Lake County Captains — aren’t on the chopping block.

The Scrappers averaged 2,745 fans per game in 2019. The norm was up 1.7% from 2018 and ranked seventh in the 14-team New York-Penn League. The franchise won the New York-Penn championship in 2004.

The club’s alumni include Shane Bieber (nine games pitched for the Scrappers in 2016), Francisco Lindor (the first five games of his minor league career in 2011), Jose Ramirez (three contests in ’12), Victor Martinez (64 games in 1999) and CC Sabathia (six contests in ’99).

Four Double-A teams would be gone, according to the Times. Two — the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and Erie SeaWolves — are part of the Eastern League, in which the RubberDucks compete. The other two — the Chattanooga Lookouts and Jackson Generals — are Tennessee clubs that are part of the Southern League.

The Lookouts have been around since 1885. The New York-based Rumble Ponies are scheduled to host the 2020 Eastern League All-Star Game. The SeaWolves play at UPMC Park, which debuted in 1995 in downtown Erie, at a cost of $9 million.

As the Daily News story points out, the 42 teams that could be gone by the end of next year also include the Williamsport Crosscutters, who play at historic Bowman Field — where MLB has hosted special regular-season games since 2017, and will do so again in 2020.

A September 2018 news release about the Pirates and Cubs playing in Williamsport last summer said, “Historic Bowman Field, in which Major League Baseball and the State of Pennsylvania invested a multimillion-dollar renovation prior to the 2017 MLB Little League Classic, opened in 1926. It is the second-oldest Minor League ballpark in the United States. More than 560 major leaguers, including Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Rice and Jim Bunning, have worn a professional baseball uniform for Williamsport.”

Also gone would be the Billings Mustangs, a Cincinnati Reds rookie affiliate playing in a Montana ballpark that opened just 11 years ago, at a reported cost of $13.7 million.

An NBC Sports story on Sunday discussed fans losing access to professional baseball.

“If, for instance, you are a baseball fan who lives in Billings, Montana, the three closest major league teams to you are the Seattle Mariners (west), Colorado Rockies (south), and Minnesota Twins (east),” the story said. “The Mariners are about a 12-hour drive, the Rockies about seven-and-a-half hours and the Twins about 12 hours. But Billings has a minor league team: the Mustangs, a Pioneer League rookie affiliate of the Reds. Montana has two other minor league teams on the chopping block as well: the Missoula PaddleHeads (Diamondbacks advanced rookie) and the Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox advanced rookie). The minor leagues, for fans in certain areas of the country like Montana, are one of the few local connections to the sport. Eliminating those teams would sever those connections and drastically reduce the chance to create new baseball fans in that region.”

Despite all of the negatives, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and the 30 team owners appear to be on board with the proposal.

Not everyone, though, agrees.

“I don’t see any way we can do something like this,” a major league official told the Daily News. “My God, we’ll be sued all over the place from these cities that have built or refurbished ballparks with taxpayer money, and this will really put our antitrust exemption in jeopardy. It’s crazy.”

A lot can change between now and the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement, which runs through 2020.

The minor leaguers should be paid a lot more.

But we’re not so sure eliminating a quarter of the clubs is the answer.

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This story is part of Only A Game’s 2019 Thanksgiving Leftovers Show. Find the full episode here.

A little less than 100 years ago, the most popular barnstorming baseball team in the nation was called the “House of David.”

“If you look at the biggest crowd attendance during the 1920s and early 1930s, it was the House of David vs. this team, House of David vs. this team, House of David vs. this team,” says Chris Siriano, the founder and director of the House of David Baseball Museum in Michigan. “So they were a huge draw.”
(Courtesy Chris Siriano)
(Courtesy Chris Siriano)

The House of David was a huge draw because they were so good. As they traveled the U.S. and Canada and Mexico and Cuba, they would poach the best players they could find. They’d tell them:

” ‘Hey, come play with the House of David,’ ” Chris says. ” ‘We’ll pay you three times what your local team is paying you. And you can travel the world with us. And all you gotta do is sign here, start growing your whiskers and don’t shave ’til the end of the year.’ ”

And that brings us to the second reason for the House of David’s popularity: They definitely stood out in a crowd, with hair halfway down their backs and beards longer than Santa Claus’. Because members of the House of David didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, didn’t have sex, and…

“Part of their belief was that they could never shave or cut their hair. And they quoted a scripture in Leviticus for that,” Chris says.

And there was a third component of the House of David’s appeal: The team had access to a lot of money. (Apparently running a cult has always been a big business opportunity.)

“Well, by 1923 I think they had $32 million in the bank,” Chris says.

And so the House of David baseball team could pretty much afford to sign anyone they wanted. Satchel Paige, the best pitcher the Negro Leagues had ever seen? He played for the team. Babe Didrikson, the darling of the 1932 Olympics, and Jackie Mitchell, the woman who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the same game? They barnstormed with the House of David.
Babe Ruth dons a fake beard in an appearance for the House of David baseball team. (Courtesy Chris Siriano)
Babe Ruth dons a fake beard in an appearance for the House of David baseball team. (Courtesy Chris Siriano)

And then, there was Babe Ruth.

“I have footage of Babe Ruth putting his fake whiskers on and getting up and cracking, like, a three base hit,” Chris says. “It was just always publicity — how to get the biggest crowd.”

To be clear, Babe Ruth only played for the House of David once or twice. He was nothing close to a regular.

But there was one man who played for the House of David for quite a long time, and his name had been almost as big as the Babe’s back in his day.

“They got Grover Cleveland Alexander, who had been a Hall of Fame pitcher, to manage and pitch for the team from ’31 to ’35,” Chris says.

Grover Cleveland Alexander’s first year with the Phillies has been called “arguably the greatest season by a rookie pitcher in the 20th century.” But that was in 1911. And, by 1931, he had been through a lot.

“You know, he played for the Philly team. And then he played for the St. Louis Cardinals for quite a long time and then won the World Series for them in ’26 and then went on to keep playing,” Chris says. “But then his drinking got in the way, and he got fired from Major League Baseball. He got a real bad reputation for being a drunk.”
(Courtesy Chris Siriano)
(Courtesy Chris Siriano)

If Grover Cleveland Alexander couldn’t get sober to play in the Majors, he certainly wasn’t going to get sober to play for the tee-totaling House of David.

“They paid his wife the same salary that they paid him to keep him sober through the fourth inning stretch, because they had to assure the competitor that he was going to be there, because he was such a big draw,” Chris says. “He was so good he could totally throw strikes intoxicated. And they let him wear his house slippers, so he could feel the pitcher’s mound underneath his feet. Because he couldn’t quite see it so good when he was drunk.”

Because while members of the House of David couldn’t drink, couldn’t smoke, couldn’t have sex or shave or cut their hair, the team’s ringers didn’t have to follow those rules.

“They pretty much could do anything they want,” Chris says. “Just make sure you show up and play your game and don’t shave till the end of the year.”

Except Grover Cleveland Alexander couldn’t even do that …

“He had a phobia for facial hair, so they didn’t make him grow his whiskers,” Chris says. “So, he’s the only clean-shaven house of David Player ever.”

Our original story on the House of David — and its association with Satchel Paige — aired on April 20, 2019.

This segment airs on November 30, 2019.

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PHILADELPHIA — Popular Phillies public address announcer Dan Baker missed his second consecutive game Sunday as he underwent medical tests.

Reached by telephone before the Phillies’ game against the Miami Marlins, Baker was optimistic that he would resume his announcing duties “real soon,” and it’s very likely that he will be behind the microphone Tuesday when the Phillies entertain the Detroit Tigers.

According to Baker, he’d intended to work Saturday and Sunday, but his family encouraged him to agree to medical observation for an unspecified concern.

“Needless to say I wanted very badly to be there,” said Baker, who had never missed a game in the history of Citizens Bank Park. “I am very thankful for all the well wishes from the fans and so many people.”

The Phillies’ public address announcer since 1972, the 72-year-old Baker has missed just 17 games, and only four due to illness.

“I am feeling much better,” said the ever-upbeat Baker, his voice as strong and distinctive as usual. “I expect to be back real soon.”

Scott Palmer filled in for Baker Saturday and Sunday.

Said Gabe Kapler after the game Saturday: “I want to send a quick get-well message to Dan Baker. It wasn’t the same not hearing his voice out there.”