Circle of Greats Redemption Round #10

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select three players who will be restored back to the main ballot after having been previously dropped from eligibility. This tenth and last “redemption round” (we’ve been holding such redemption rounds interspersed among the regular voting rounds every tenth voting round or so) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots...

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Wednesday’s wild 7th inning: believe it or not, it’s déja vu

Wednesday’s final game of the ALDS between Toronto and Texas, particularly the bizarre happenings in the 7th inning, has the makings of a legendary post-season contest. While it has been said that there hasn’t been a post-season game like it before and probably won’t be again, there are more than passing similarities to another October game from a number of years ago, 98 to be exact.

More after the jump on a weird Wednesday in Toronto...

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COG Round 106 Results: Grover Cleaves Competition

His election was delayed a few voting rounds but was never in doubt. As its 106th inductee, the Circle of Greats welcomes Grover Cleveland Alexander, the National League’s all-time pitching WAR leader. Alexander is also the career leader in the senior circuit in Wins (tied with Christy Mathewson) and Shutouts, and the modern era leader in Complete Games. In a career of twenty seasons, Alexander logged over 5000 IP and faced almost 21,000 batters, both second in the NL only to Warren Spahn in the modern era...

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Quiz – Tough Luck Sluggers (solved)

In last weekend’s showdown series with Toronto, the Yankees’ Brett Gardner became the first player of this century to record an unusual game feat. In so doing, he joined 10 others with the same feat since 1914. What is this unusual batting accomplishment?

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David Price and winning 100 games before age 30

On September 5th, David Price notched the 100th win of his career against Baltimore. Nine days earlier, Yovanni Gallardo had done the same against Toronto (one of the few pitchers to beat the Blue Jays last month). Those two followed Clayton Kershaw, who collected his century win against Colorado on May 15th. What else do these three have in common? All have yet to embark on their age 30 season, making them the latest of just 92 pitchers to win 100 games since 1961 and do so before their age 30 season...

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