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Circle of Greats 1899 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 92nd round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1899. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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COG Round 91 Results: Grove finds Greats groove

The 91st round of voting for the Circle of Greats inducts Hall of Famer Lefty Grove, one of a select few to win election in their first round on the COG ballot. Grove, who was already 25 when he debuted in the majors, was the anchor of the Philadelphia Athletics rotation in their championship seasons of 1929-31. During his time with the A’s, Grove compiled 7 consecutive 20-win seasons, a streak that included three consecutive 25-win campaigns, both records in the live ball era. When Connie Mack traded away his stars after the A’s dynasty had run its course, Grove landed in Boston only to encounter a dead arm that signaled the end of his days as a fireballer. No problem – Grove reinvented himself as a finesse pitcher and recorded over 100 wins with the Red Sox, the last number 300 of his career.  

More on Lefty Grove after the jump.

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Game Notes – AL Midweek Edition

Here’s a rundown on this week’s action in the junior circuit.

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Game Notes – NL Weekend Edition

Here’s a look at some of the NL action this weekend.

Marlins@Mets – Mets sweep second straight series

  • It was the best of times – the Mets now 8 game win streak is tied with the 1986 world championship team for the earliest streak of that length in franchise history, both starting in the 6th game of the season.
  • It was the worst of times – the Marlins, touted by some as NL East favorites, have stumbled to a 3-10 start; their only worse beginnings were at 2-11, two seasons ago en route to a 13-41 mark on May 30, and in 1998 after their post-championship fire sale

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Game Notes – Jackie Robinson Day

On this Jackie Robinson day, I’ll look at the Dodgers’ series with the Mariners and the other inter-league action this week.

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Circle of Greats 1900 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 91st round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1900. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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COG Round 90 Results: “Bucketfoot” heads the class

The 90th round of voting for the Circle of Greats inducts Hall of Famer “Bucketfoot” Al Simmons, winning election in only his third round on the COG ballot as he edged out contemporaries Carl Hubbell and Paul Waner in a close three-way race. Simmons was a fixture on the powerhouse As teams of the late 1920s and early 1930s, recognized as one of the top hitters in the game and also one of the better outfielders. His manager Connie Mack, hardly known for sentimentality, kept just one picture of a former player in his office – Simmons’. When asked which player had been most valuable to the As, Mack replied “If only I could have had nine players named Al Simmons.” 

More on Al Simmons after the jump.

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Game Notes – AL Weekend Edition

Two series into the new season, and the AL Central leads the way with two unbeaten clubs. A review of the weekend action in the junior circuit after the jump.

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Game Notes – Sunday thru Wednesday

Filling in for my partner, John Autin, here’s the season’s first installment of Game Notes.

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Opening Day Musings

We’re off and running on another season. Here are some of the more unusual occurrences this opening day.

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