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A’s Press Conference: “Buck, Buck…. Oh Buck”

John Buck’s stat line going into Thursday night (April 29) looked something like this:

Runs HR RBI  Avg

That was until tonight.

Thats right, he didn’t hit just 1, or 2, but 3 round trippers. The first catcher to do it since Victor Martinez did it back in July 2004 (Ya I know, that was sooo long ago).

Three home runs in one game, however, is NOT the MLB record for most home runs in one game. And I take it upon myself that everyone in this Home Run Derby league must know what and who holds the MLB record.

So what is the record… well Buck was close, it’s 4. AND 15 Major League players have done it.

Date Player Team Opposing team
May 30, 1894 Bobby Lowe NL Boston Beaneaters Cincinnati Reds
July 13, 1896 Ed Delahanty NL Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Colts
June 3, 1932 Lou Gehrig AL New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics
July 10, 1936 Chuck Klein NL Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates
July 18, 1948 Pat Seerey AL Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Athletics
August 31, 1950 Gil Hodges NL Brooklyn Dodgers Boston Braves
July 31, 1954 Joe Adcock NL Milwaukee Braves Brooklyn Dodgers
June 10, 1959 Rocky Colavito AL Cleveland Indians Baltimore Orioles
April 30, 1961 Willie Mays NL San Francisco Giants Milwaukee Braves
April 17, 1976 Mike Schmidt NL Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs
July 6, 1986 Bob Horner NL Atlanta Braves Montreal Expos
September 7, 1993 Mark Whiten NL St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Reds
May 2, 2002 Mike Cameron AL Seattle Mariners Chicago White Sox
May 23, 2002 Shawn Green NL Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers
September 25, 2003 Carlos Delgado AL Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Devil Rays

One thing that I noticed on this list… The majority of the players are from the National League. And there is a rumor that the National League is weaker offensively than the American League. I beg to differ, but I won’t argue this point, yet.

So who will be the first player in history to hit 5 home runs in one game?

I really hope its Billy Butler for the sake of my Home Run Derby Team.

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Fantasy News: Book Value

The first guest posting: From “The Changeup Artist”

I bet everyone reading this had a baseball card collection. If you didn’t have one, you knew someone who did. We all had our favorites, those cards that you loved that nobody else loved; those cards with the bent corners that you saved your dimes to buy; those cards that you put in plastic sleeves and locked away for when you were 50.

Fantasy baseball teams are no different than your old card collection. You collect guys hoping your collection is the most valuable. It isn’t about looks – twenty Dwight Gooden rookie cards won’t help you win the best collection. In fact, to get the best collection you need to beg, borrow, steal, trade, and scrounge guys onto your roster. This week, I offer you guys to save from a burning building, to hold on in your lock box, to make a complete set, and to use on your dart board.

Run Back into the Flames for that Card!

Example: 1909 Honus Wagner could buy you one of these for 1.5 million, 1933 Babe Ruth ($150K), and 1933 Mickey Mantle ($100K)

After saving the wife, children, dog, cat, and Brewer hat, go back in for these guys. They could at least buy you a new house. Who could buy you a new team in fantasy if yours burned down in May? The question is really how many good players someone would pay for a great player. You don’t have to wait for production with these cards: they pay now! Albert Pujols is obvious. The guy kills the ball (7 Homers, 18 RBI) and is on a great team. I would run back in for Miguel Cabrera, too. His 24 RBI leads the majors and he isn’t slowing down. Maybe gaining weight but not slowing down.
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Suppan Upsets Entire State of Wisconsin, Gets Grounded

Ken Macha must have added me as a facebook friend on friday as my post states “I…. HATE…. SUPPAN!!!!!!!!… go to the DL or bullpen”. This was after he gave up a double on his first pitch, followed by another double (score is 1-0), followed by a single.

His final line of the day: 4.1IP, 10H, 5ER, 2K (1 was the pitcher), 10.98ERA… Season Line, since his return from the DL (Caused by sleeping on a towel in spring training): 9.1IP, 16H, 9ER, 6K, 8.68ERA, 2.04 WHIP.
Suppan’s stats since becoming a Brewer in 2007: 29-35, 5.00ERA, 1.65WHIP. His paycheck for 2010: $12.75 Million.

Last season I found Suppan for sale on ebay. Buy Suppan, Get Billy Hall for free. Ebay obviously took down the sale within a few hours, but that didn’t stop me from getting in on the bidding war (I was hoping I could purchase him, sell him to the Cubs, and have him start against the Brewers to help the Brewers’ offense a bit.)

Now I find out that he, JJ Hardy, Bill Hall, and Chris Capuano all appeared on The Young and The Restless. This can’t be coincidence that all of them are worthless Brewers now… please do not let Braun or Fielder make cameo’s on “As the World Turns“.

Suppan is now the latest addition to the Brewers’ bullpen. I really hope this grounding to the bullpen includes suspension of his bullpen phone priviliges.

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Derby Update: Off The Schneid

Several major league sluggers finally got off the schneid this week (some Home Run Derby relevant and others not)

“Off the schneid” is derived from the German/Yiddish words schneid, and schneider, both terms from gin rummy (or my hunting clubs favorite: Sheepshead) where one side has failed to score for an extended period.

Click the player’s name to watch the home run replay.

Nine HR Derby teams were dancing for joy when Mark Teixeira jacked a solo shot off of former Cubby Rich Harden in the 3rd inning of the Texas/Yankee game Sunday April 18th.
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They Call Me Superman

In a week that has seen Pudge lose the ball in his catcher mitt (I wish I had a link to this because its hilarious) and an $18 million starting pitcher shipped to the bullpen, I have this gem of a play for you.

(I’m bummed that yahoo beat me to this story. I had it ready to go but couldn’t get it posted in time)

Take a look at this college play.

Fordham was down 9-1. They then went on to make it 9-8. With the pond full of ducks, the batter ripped a shot into left center. They wave the guy from first around third and he does this:

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Name That Mustache

Who doesn’t like a good mustache? If I could grow one that didn’t look like I was the proud owner of this vehicle, I would have one (until my fiancee had something to say about it). It seems baseball was always the best sport for moustaches (based on my baseball card collection), but those days are all but gone with few players sporting memorable mustaches. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the moustaches of the past.

It’s Time For…. Name That Mustache!!!

Below are several baseball mustaches. I will give you clues, but take a look at the picture first to see how good your baseball mustache knowledge is without the hints.

If you can get more than 2 correct, consider your self a moustache entrepreneur, a moustache enthusiast, a mustache maniac.

To find the answer, simply click on the photo.
Let’s get started.

Round 1

  • If you need clues for this first one, just stop reading this post. This is the most obvious mustache in all of baseball.
  • He played for the A’s, Padres, and Brewers.
  • His number was 34. Retired by both the A’s and Brewers (one of only eight players who can say their number was retired by more than one team)
  • He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Mustache style: Handlebar.

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Pat Listach Is Not A Lady GaGa Fan

Tonight was a big night in baseball. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no hitter in Rockies history. The Mets and Cards went to the 20th inning before a team waved the white flag and gave the win away. But screw all that sports stuff you can find on ESPN Sportscenter, I try to bring you great baseball stories that you can’t find anywhere else.

I would say that most of you know I’m a die hard Brewers fan. I live or die with each Brewers game (more dieing than living). Most boys growing up start with great sports figures posted on their walls and eventually trade those in for Marilyn Monroe or Cindy Crawford posters. Instead, I kept my Brewers posters plasted on my wall proud to be part of a team that couldn’t break 0.500. And one of those posters was of Pat Listach, the Brewers shortstop of the early nineties winning rookie fo the year in 1992. He was one that I idolized (until he became a Yankee).

I found this video clip of what Pat Listach is currently doing, and first I cried a little for Listach after seeing he was now in the Nationals affiliation that has been giving the Brewers major fits this year. Then I died a little inside when I saw he wasn’t a Lady GaGa fan (come on, everyone is a GaGa fan. Even Cartman from SouthPark sings “Poker Face”). Seeing him shun the Phillies Phanatic is like driving a stake through my heart. I’m not sure what was worse, this or finding out that the Cookie Monster isn’t real. However, the dager to this video is seeing how many people pull out their iPhones to video tape this act… I’m not part of the iPhone cult and really want to be.

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St Louis Cardinals Finally Sign Player to Protect Pujols

The Cards finally went out and made the greatest signing in MLB history. They have the best player currently playing the game in Pujols, but with no protection behind him in the clean-up spot, Pujols most of the time gets pitched around and walks to first. They tried Holliday, Molina, Ankiel, Ludwick, but none of the Cardinals 4-hole batters could scare opposing pitchers enough to pitch to Pujols… Until now.

Introducing the newest St Louis Cardinal… Ghostrunner. GhostRunner That’s right, Pujols can now get the protection he needs in the line-up because batting behind him… is Pujols. Since Pujols is on-base 90 percent of the time, Ghostrunner gets to take his spot on the base paths while Pujols gets to swing the bat again. Ghostrunner is also a menace on the base pathes. He only advances when forced and the majority of the umpires can never get a good angle on the play to call Ghostrunner out.

This is a monumental move and will allow the Cards to dominate the majors until Ghostrunner’s younger brother, PitchersHand, signs as a starting pitcher. Current frontrunner’s in the PitchersHand signing are the Brewers and Cubs.

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Chan Ho Park Ate Some Bad Sushi

From time to time, I come along some great baseball stories. And by great I mean absolutely rediculous. Check out Chan Ho Park’s reasoning for pitching awful in his first appearance in 2010. I can’t make this up. Props to Ross for finding this one.

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