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Sept. 19, 1968

Sept. 19, 1968 Since Joe Cronin was President of the American League, the AL offices were located in Boston, where Cronin continued to live long after serving as player, manager and general manager of the Red Sox. So when Cronin fired two AL umpires, Al Salerno and Bill Valentine, the ongoing dispute by the umps to be paid at the same rate as their National League colleagues set up shop in the Hub. Salerno and Valentine were not fired because they were trying to organize an AL umpires union - at least that’s what Cronin tried to ...

Best pitching strategy is the most obvious one

Just throw strikes ... please Finding pitching help has never been easy. Even before teams hopped on the Tony La Russa Local (the car that makes three or more stops per nine innings), discovering big-league pitching has required far more work than tracking down big-league outfielding, to name just one every-day job. And now teams must navigate deep, dark, seemingly endless tunnels in hunting down pitchers, failing more often than not. And we’re not talking about Cy Young candidates. These days, big-league clubs search the ends of the baseball earth for someone who can take the reins ...

July 16, 2023|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

July 10, 1953

July 10, 1953 There’s nothing like avenging an All-Star snub by making the manager’s ballclub look downright feeble. Mel Parnell did precisely that, shutting down the Yankees at the Big Ballpark in the Bronx, 4-0. It was the Red Sox’ southpaw’s second shutout in eight days, the first coming at Fenway Park for his 100th career win. That one also came against Casey Stengel’s Yankees. “It was a pleasure to show up the old son of a gun,” Parnell said to a Boston Globe scribe. “Casey was dying on the bench. I kept looking over at him ...

July 9, 2003

July 9, 2003 Consider the following as one cynic’s ability to cobble together intrigue or pure coincidence. A week before the All-Star Game, a Fox TV executive named Ed Goren was reportedly campaigning for Roger Clemens’ presence on the American League roster. His logic was simple: The guy had 301 career wins. To that point in 2003 Clemens was 8-6 with an ERA of 3.75. Respectable, but not exactly stellar. The fact that Clemens was pitching for the Yankees had nothing to do with Goren’s lobbying. Or so it was said. If his name might nudge Fox’s ...

July 8, 1998

July 8, 1998 In his first Red Sox season, Pedro Martinez needed little time to establish his bona fides as The Ace. He went into the All Star Game with a record of 11-2, an ERA of 2.87 and the swagger of a man who knows he’s the best pitcher in the big-leagues. Martinez also showed a penchant for not always handling disappointment well. He was justified in expecting to start for the American League, but manager Mike Hargrove thought otherwise.  Martinez told Hargrove that if he didn’t need him would appreciate the night off. Hargrove told ...

June 24, 1973

June 24, 1973 In another example of Major League Baseball’s breakneck speed in decision making, proposals for inter-league play reached the conversation stage, though the volume was barely above that of a whisper. Reports from inside commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s think-tank (with apologies to think-tanks that actually conjure deep thoughts) indicated support for that radical departure from tradition. It was rooted in the notion that the NFL belted a grand slam when it turned the American Football League into the American Football Conference, so MLB should do it, too. At that point in history, football had just roared ...

June 24, 2023|Categories: History, MLB|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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