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Mets Sign Pitcher Tim Byrdak, Trade for Infielder Brandon Hicks

The New York Mets have re-signed relief pitcher Tim Byrdak and acquired middle infielder Brandon Hicks in a trade, The Sports Network reports.

Byrdak, who pitched for the Mets in 2011 and 2012, returns on a minor league contract, while the team received Hicks from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.

It is unknown whether Byrdak—who missed the latter part of last season due to injury and surgery—will be of much service in 2013, as the operation to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder often takes many months from which to fully recover.

A 39-year-old left-handed specialist, Byrdak was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 56 games for the Mets last season. He was 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 72 games in 2011.

The 11-year veteran pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros before joining the Mets in January of last year. He sports a 4.30 ERA in 471 career appearances.

The 27-year-old Hicks has decent speed and power, though he has had scant success at the major league level so far.

Hicks spent parts of the past three seasons in the big leagues and hit only .133 in 55 games. Last season, he hit .172 with three home runs and seven RBI in 64 at-bats.

What the Houston, Texas native lacks in offensive prowess he makes up in defensive versatility, as Hicks has started games at all four infield positions in his short career. He has played more games at shortstop than any other position, and mans it well with his strong arm.

While his bat is cause for concern—he has struck out as many as 139 times in a minor league season and has a meager .241 batting average at that level—it does show some promise.

Hicks has hit as many as 20 home runs a season, three times eclipsing the 15 home run mark.

Though he will likely be a Triple-A fodder come 2013, it will be interesting to see how much (or how little) he helps the Mets next season.

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Ken Rowe, Former Orioles Player and Pitching Coach, Passes Away

Ken Rowe, who played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960s and served as the team’s pitching coach in the 1980s, passed away Nov. 22 at the age of 78.

According to, Rowe—who had a long and storied career in professional baseball—died in his hometown of Dallas, Ga. after suffering briefly from pneumonia.

Born Kenneth Darrell Rowe Dec. 31, 1933, the Ferndale, Mich.-born relief pitcher twirled for the Orioles in 1964 and 1965 after spending many years in the Detroit Tigers and Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers minor league systems.

He joined the team in September 1964 after being purchased from Los Angeles, with whom he pitched briefly the previous year, going 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 14 relief appearances. He appeared in six games for the Orioles that season and went 1-0, despite posting an 8.31 ERA.

Returning to the Orioles for a cup of coffee in 1965, the right-hander was without a decision as he posted a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings of work. On May 4, his final big league appearance, the then-31-year-old struck out the final batter he faced—star outfielder Bob Allison.

He then remained in the Orioles minor league system for a few years, pitching until 1968.

In total, Rowe worked in 26 big league games, including 12 with the Orioles, over three seasons of work. He was 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 45.1 innings, with 19 strikeouts, nine games finished and one save.

His major league playing career was brief, but it was hardly the end of his trek through professional baseball—and, really, it wasn’t even close to the beginning of it.

In fact, Rowe first started his career as a farmhand in the Tigers system in 1953. The 19-year-old greenhorn was originally a starting pitcher and he had some success in that role as he worked his way through the minor leagues.

In 1954, he won 12 games and in 1955, he notched 11 victories. He pitched sparingly in 1956 and missed all of 1957 to military service, but he returned the following year and—now in the Dodgers system—embarked on a stretch of four straight years of ten or more victories, with a peak of 15 in 1959.

He was most stellar after he converted to relief pitching, however, as he was 10-4 with a 1.70 ERA in 38 appearances in 1963 for the Triple-A Spokane Indians. The next year, he had the best campaign of his career, going 16-11 with a 1.77 ERA in 88 games pitched.

The hurler spent 15 seasons in the minor leagues, posting a 132-110 record with a 3.63 ERA.

Following his playing days, Rowe was a minor league manager and coach in the Orioles system, working his way up to the big league club in the mid-1980s.

Succeeding Ray Miller as pitching coach in 1985, he worked under managers Joe Altobelli and Earl Weaver, tutoring such names as Mike Flanagan, Mike Boddicker and Scott McGregor. He was replaced by Mark Wiley in 1987.

He later worked in the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians systems, spending many years with the latter organization.

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Mets Sign Jamie Hoffmann, Brian Bixler and Carlos Torres

As the New York Mets continue to build a contender unmatched since perhaps the 1927 Yankees, rival teams and the National League in general quake in their collective boots as the team recently signed star power hitters Jamie Hoffmann and Brian Bixler, and potential perennial Cy Young winner Carlos Torres.

Those three players, complemented by lesser stars David Wright, R.A. Dickey and Ike Davis, ensure the Mets at least 120 victories in 2013. With the team jelling as it is, it might even exceed those admittedly low expectations and win at least 162 games, becoming the first baseball team to have a perfect season.

In fact, the rest of the league will probably lose count of its enormous number of wins and ungodly runs scored about a third of the way through the season. It’ll throw its arms up in surrender, grant them 175 victories and beg them for mercy during the rest of the season.

Let’s take a look at the raging behemoths of men and ballplayers the Mets signed over these past couple weeks.

First, it was Brian Bixler, who the team inked on November 16th. Knowing his signing was a coup, the Mets tried to keep the deal on the down-low by making it of the minor league variety. But we all know what that really means. It means the rest of the league will wish it was back in the minor leagues, so they don’t have to face the terrifying might of Bixler’s bat every single night.

It is said Bixler once ripped the spine out of a grizzly bear and surgically reattached it before the animal even knew what happened. He eats light bulbs for breakfast and his sweat is so pure and holy that it has been known to cure cancer, herpes and even the laziest of eyes. Don’t let Stuart Scott find out.

Officially, his age is 30, but some claim he may be only seven years old, that he came out of his mother’s womb fully matured, with a moustache, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase.

His baseball career has been utterly stellar so far. His career batting average is listed at .189, but further research indicates that this is a clerical error and in fact the mark is .981. The statistician who made the mistake is no longer working for Major League Baseball. Some sources say he may no longer be alive.

He plays shortstop, outfield and third base, but only because he wants to. He could play all nine positions at once if he felt like it. In fact, he did so 14 games in a row while in Little League, so the legend goes. In those 14 games, he hit 1.423, with the opposing teams allowing him more base hits just to let the games end sooner so they didn’t have to keep losing.

His speed is legendary. He is credited with 156 career steals in the minor leagues, but it is believed he actually stole all those bases in his rookie professional season. To keep his better-than-Henderson-and-Coleman-and-Wills-and-Brock-combined wheels off the bases, professional baseball clandestinely paid him upwards of a billion dollars to let them spread that year’s steal total over the rest of his career to date, dividing it among his other seasons and giving him more human-looking numbers. But that agreement only runs through 2014. When it is up, be prepared.

Then the Mets signed outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, who may be even better than Bixler. He has appeared in only 16 major league games, but it’s not because of any sort of inferiority on his part—sources claim it is because Major League Baseball pitchers secretly petitioned the commissioner to force him to stay in the minor leagues. His mighty lumber alone, it is feared, could raise the league ERA over two points in a matter of weeks.

He doesn’t just swing a baseball bat, they say. He swings an entire acacia tree. He doesn’t just steal bases, they claim. He steals, them, pawns them off and donates all the money to a Third World charity. Then, before anyone can bat an eye, he replaces them with perfectly carved marble substitutes, masterpieces so glorious even Michelangelo weeps in his grave.

In 2009, he hit a single home run at the major league level—a deep shot in his first at-bat on May 24. It broke pitcher Matt Palmer’s heart and shattered his dreams. He left the game just a few short innings later and, it is said, took a long and lonely walk down the streets of Los Angeles, trying to find himself and reconcile what had happened just a few hours before.

He had been victimized by a Jamie Hoffmann blast so hard hit, no one knows just how far it really went. Some claim 350 feet. Others say 450. We may never really know, for those at that game on that warm California afternoon swear that as the ball was about to leave Dodger Stadium entirely, it suddenly vanished. At that same moment, perhaps a finger snap’s time later, a young boy in Ibusuki, Japan, was hit in the head by a baseball appearing seemingly from nowhere in the powder blue  sky.

Hoffmann is part man and part light and pure energy. He hits home runs and he swipes bases as any respectable ballplayer does, but he does both like no one else can. Or ever could.

It was not Babe Ruth hitting all those home runs in the 1920s and 1930s. It was Jamie Hoffmann’s transcendent soul and spirit travelling the waves and ripples of space-time, planting himself in the Bambino’s legendary lumber. Babe Ruth was Jamie Hoffmann…Jamie Hoffman was Babe Ruth.

And then there is pitcher Carlos Torres, perhaps the most human of the triumvirate. Modest and humble, the ever-decent human being that he is intends to have a high ERA. He prefers to allow near-innumerable home runs and walks. He wants his opposition to do well and have a good time.

“I do it on purpose,” he is reported to have once said. “I do it to be fair. It’s not fun constantly winning all the time. It gives me a challenge.”

From the beginning of his career, Torres has followed this legacy of gentlemanly fairness and decency. In 2004, his rookie professional season, he went 19-0 with a 0.00 ERA. But he asked—nay, he demanded—the league change his numbers to a more human and reasonable 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA. And to this day, that is what the record books say.

One source close to Torres tells us:  “He doesn’t want people to look at him as ‘Carlos Torres, that guy who once threw a ball 240 miles-per-hour, that guy who throws a changeup so slow he can walk to the batter’s box and hit a home run three minutes later. He wants people to look at him as Carlos Torres, the normal human being.”

Some may consider his modesty a weakness, one that may harm his teams in the long run. After all, his major league record is only 6-6 and his ERA is 5.97.

But for what he cannot do—or chooses not to do—on the mound, he makes up in the other facets of his incredible life.

Torres is a master of 18 languages, including three that are technically extinct. He paints masterpieces with his eyelashes, using only ground-up berries and pure cane sugar as his media. He once composed a sonata so beautiful it was made illegal in 86 countries. They feared cult-like religions would spring up around it.

If the pitcher ever ditches his modesty, however, the league better be prepared.

“He could be the greatest pitcher who ever lived,” one scout says. “I’ve seen this guy throw. He is an amalgam of all the best hurlers ever. He could win 30 games a year even if he doesn’t reach his full potential. If he does, I envision at least 500 strikeouts and a Cy Young Award each season.”

With the additions of Bixler, Hoffmann and Torres, the Mets have become the team to beat in 2013 and, perhaps, for decades to come. The squad now boasts a team loaded with power, speed, defensive versatility and incredible pitching—and that’s just in the recent signees.

In fact, the Mets temporarily considered dropping all the other players on the club and building the team entirely around the newly acquired trio. Bixler would have manned the infield, Hoffmann the outfield, and Torres would have pitched. Only when alerted that the official rules of baseball state nine players must be on the field defensively at all times did manager Terry Collins decide against the idea.

Perhaps it was for the better. Now the team can showcase its trade bait—that is, the rest of the squad—during the 2013 campaign, as it rides its way to a perfect season on the backs of these newly acquired stars.

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Chuck Diering, Former Cardinals Outfielder, Passes Away

Chuck Diering, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1947 to 1951, died Friday at the age of 89.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the elderly former outfielder fell in his Spanish Lake, Miss. home on Thanksgiving and was later found by his son, Bob. He passed away at a hospital a few hours later from cerebral hemorrhaging.  

Diering, who was born Charles Edward Allen Diering on February 5, 1923, began his professional baseball career over 70 years ago. After losing three years in the military to World War II, he still played in over 750 major league games.

Spending over half of his big league career with the Cardinals, the speedy Diering was a serviceable backup outfielder to the likes of Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial and reliable cog Terry Moore.

In 396 games with the team, he hit .252 with eight home runs, 75 RBI and 127 runs scored. He knew how to draw a walk, posting a .367 on-base percentage in his five-year St. Louis career, with a high mark of .388 in 1949.

In fact, 1949 was the only season he received significant time as a regular while in a Cardinals uniform. He played in 131 games that season, starting 78 of them, with 123 of his appearances being in centerfield.

Not a slugger, the then 26-year-old still hit .263 with 21 doubles and eight triples in 369 at-bats that year, scoring 60 runs and driving in 38.

The following year, he started 50 of the 89 games in which he appeared.

World War II took a major chunk out of his playing career. In 1941, he began his professional career as a Cardinals farmhand at age 18. In 1942, the up-and-comer hit .305 with 25 doubles in 126 games with the Class-D Albany Cardinals.

Then the military called.

He was a private-first class in the Army who served in the United States and the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1943 to 1945, but Diering‘s career was not entirely stunted as he continued to play while enlisted. According to Baseball in Wartime, he led one league with a .524 batting average and eight home runs in just 12 games.

He returned to professional baseball in 1946, spending the entire year in the minor leagues—in his first year back, he stole 19 bases for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

After that year of re-acclimation, he made his major league debut on April 15, 1947, thus beginning his five-year skein with St. Louis.

On December 11, 1951, Diering was traded to the New York Giants with aging pitcher Max Lanier for similarly aging second baseman Eddie Stanky. He spent a year with the Giants before playing all of 1953 in the minor leagues. From  1954 to 1956, he was with the Baltimore Orioles, wrapping up his big league career.

Overall, Diering hit .249 with 14 home runs, 149 RBI and 411 hits in nine major league seasons. He played 752 games, scored 217 runs and had 76 doubles. 

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New York Mets Trade for Catcher Kelly Shoppach

At the trading deadline, the New York Mets drew the ire of the fanbase by not making a single transaction to help bolster the team.

About half a month later, the Mets have finally made a deal, albeit a fairly minor one at that—they have acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

In return, Boston receives future considerations or a player to be named later.

Shoppach, 32, was hitting .250 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 48 games at the time of the transaction. In 140 at-bats, he had 11 walks and 60 strikeouts.

The backstop, who The Sports Network calls “a natural leader behind the plate,” will be used to spell current starting catcher Josh Thole, who has been thoroughly mediocre at the dish in 2012.

Shoppach provides power, which Thole is severely lacking, and plays solid defense, while calling a good game. On the downside, he’s a free-swinger who strikes out too often, while posting often-uninspiring batting averages.  

He will largely be used against left-handed pitchers, against whom he has shown considerable clout in the past. In 492 career at-bats against southpaws, he has 31 home runs per Yahoo! Sports.

The .227 career hitter has hit as many as 21 home runs in a season, which he accomplished with the Cleveland Indians in 2008. That was the high-water mark of his career, however, as he has averaged only eight home runs and 24 RBI a year since, while batting only .206.

With the acquisition of Shoppach, the Mets now have an organization loaded with veteran catchers. At the major league level, they have Thole and, at present, Rob Johnson. Mike Nickeas and Lucas May are in Triple-A.  

In other news, the team has outrighted LHP Garrett Olson to the minor leagues, per The Sports Network. The 28-year-old appeared in one game for the team and allowed four earned runs in 0.1 inning for a 108.00 ERA.

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Still Kickin’ Around: How Former New York Mets Players Are Doing in 2012

Players come and players go; that is the nature of baseball. For many fans, however, when a player leaves their favorite team—in this case, the New York Mets—that player is gone forever. He may still be active, yes, but they lose interest in him.

Well today, in 2012, lots of former Mets are still kicking around—from Endy Chavez to Oliver Perez to Jeff Keppinger. Some have forged pretty good careers since leaving the team, while others have fizzled.

Let’s take a look at how some of those players are doing today.

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New York Mets: Justin Hampson Needs a Longer Look in the Majors

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Mets have dashed their hopes of success, fans hang their heads low and everyone grumbles that changes need to be made.

Not surprisingly, much of the Mets’ problem—the majority, even—stems from their putrid, horrid bullpen.

Of course, the bullpen has been a problem for quite some time, years in fact. When was the last time Mets fans as a whole were satisfied with it? 1999 or 2000, when they had Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook? It seems so long ago…

But I digress. The Mets have gotten to the point where they are experimenting, trying just about anything to patch up the holes in their ‘pen. They’ve already thrown Elvin Ramirez at the wall, but he hasn’t stuck. Pedro Beato—no, Manny Acosta—not at all.

So why not start scrounging even more through Triple-A—I mean, at this point, it can’t hurt. I suggest giving left-hander Justin Hampson another look, as he has had success wherever he has gone in the Mets system.

In 36 games with Triple-A Buffalo this year, he is 4-2 with a 1.98 ERA. He has allowed only 45 hits in 50 innings, while walking 16 batters and striking out 48. In fact, he leads team pitchers (with at least 10 innings under their belts) in earned run average and is second on the team in appearances.

He’s even had some success in a cup of coffee with the Mets already this season—in three appearances, he has a 0.00 ERA. Sure, he allowed two unearned runs and three hits in 1.1 innings of work, but he should at least be given a few more frames to prove his worth, or lack thereof.

In 2011, the now 32-year-old pitcher joined the franchise after bouncing around indy ball the year before. He spent the entire season with Buffalo and also had success, winning three games and posting a 3.41 ERA in 52 appearances, while averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.

Perhaps most importantly, however, is his past major league success. He pitched very well for the San Diego Padres in 2007 and 2008, posting a 2.79 ERA in 74 games between those two seasons. Inexplicably, they did not keep him around following 2008, so he then began a multi-year trek through the minors.

Sure, this article may be written in desperation, as I look for something—anything!—to help lift the Mets out of their post-All-Star break doldrums.

Though he might tank upon being recalled to the major leagues, Justin Hampson may also be one of the cogs the Mets need to lift them out of the dark. They might as well try him out—because, heck, he’s better than Manny Acosta. 

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Jason Bulger: Minnesota Twins Sign Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Relief pitcher Jason Bulger has had an interesting career. The right-handed hurler has pitched in the major leagues every season since 2005, yet he has appeared in at least 20 games only twice—and at least 60 games but once.

Now that he has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins, he hopes to up that latter count to twice as well.

The 32-year-old spent 2011 in the Los Angeles Angels system, making five appearances for the big club and going 0-1 with a 0.96 ERA and an astonishing 411 ERA+. He spent most of the year with their Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, going 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA in 35 games.

Though brief, Bulger’s stint with the Angels last year perfectly exemplifies just what has gone right—and wrong—in Bulger’s career; that is, it shows exactly what the Twins will be getting.

In 9.1 innings last year, he demonstrated his strikeout capabilities in striking out seven—in fact, in 133 career frames, he has K’ed 138 batsmen. But, he also walked 10 batters, demonstrating one of his biggest faults—he is prone to the base on balls.

Bulger doesn’t give up a lot of hits (only six last year, and 112 on his career), but he gives up his share of home runs, leading to an ERA that can swing from really low (like last year’s) to really high (like ’08, when he had a 7.31 mark in 14 appearances).

In short, the former Valdosta State Blazer is not very consistent. Look, for example, at his ’09 season: that year, he appeared in 64 games and posted a 3.56 ERA. During one 17-game stretch, his ERA was a mediocre 5.40—but then, during another 38-game span, his ERA was an incredible 1.86.

Despite his past inconsistencies, the righty has a reasonable shot at making the Minnesota Twins’ 25-man roster out of spring training, if he performs well.

Last year, the team’s bullpen was unimpressive, boasting only one main reliever with an ERA under 4.00. As a whole, the team finished 13th in the American League in ERA.

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The Hall of Good: Bob Welch and Dwight Gooden Not Quite Great Enough

Somehow, I stumbled upon a blog I started in early January 2007, called the “Hall of Good.”

As I read through it, I began to remember the reason why it was started: I wanted to write a piece for each of the pitchers in major league history who started at least 100 games, won at least 100 games and finished their careers with a winning percentage of .500 or better. In addition, they couldn’t be Hall of Famers or presently active.

Back then, I thought, “how long could it take?” I planned on making a post every day or two, to cover the 150 or so pitchers I thought would fit the above parameters. Now, with the advent of tools like the Baseball-Reference Play Index, I now know there are, in fact, 370 pitchers who fit the criteria.

Long story short, I made two posts and that was the end of that.

Today, I’m going to post here the two pieces I wrote way back when, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy. 


Doc Gooden

 My first inductee is Dr. K himself, Dwight Gooden. From 1984 to 1991, Gooden was one of the most feared and talented pitchers in the Major Leagues. In that time, he had a record of 123 wins and 53 losses—that’s a .699 winning percentage!

“Doc”, as he was known, was elected to three straight All-Star games, from 1984 to 1986, with a fourth in 1988 thrown in for good measure. He was the NL Rookie of the Year award winner in 1984, and in 1985 he had one of the greatest seasons by any pitcher in recent history: Leading the league with 24 wins, a 1.53 ERA and 268 strikeouts. He won the pitching Triple Crown, The Sporting News National League Pitcher of the Year, and—best of all—the Cy Young Award.

Not only that, he lost only four games, completed 16 and had eight shutouts. His performance that year is similar to what Bob Gibson did in 1970—only better.

Gooden won at least 15 games six times in his career (six times in seven seasons, actually) and he struck out at least 200 batters four times. He was a Hall of Famer for sure.

But sadly, his career quickly imploded after 1991. Although he won the Silver Slugger award for pitchers in 1992, his career quickly became an example of what drugs and problems with the law can do to a person. In the eight seasons following his amazing run, he went a paltry 71-59. Perhaps one of the few bright spots in the second half of his career was the no hitter he threw on May 14, 1996 against the Seattle Mariners.

Even with his less than stellar performance in the second half of his career, could Dwight Gooden still be a Hall of Famer? My answer: Yes.

According to, two of the pitchers Gooden compares best with statistically are Hall of Famers Dazzy Vance and Lefty Gomez. Not only that, Hall of Famers Don Sutton, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn never won as many as 24 games in a single season.

His .634 career winning percentage is better than those of the aforementioned Sutton (.559) and \ Niekro (.537), along with Nolan Ryan (.526) and even the great Cy Young (.618).

Will Doc ever be in the Hall of Fame? Probably not. Should he be? Let’s just say, if a guy with a .526 winning percentage could get in, then a guy with a .634 winning percentage might also very well get in.


Bob Welch

 My next inductee into the Hall of Good is the formidable Bob Welch, who was one of the most consistent starting pitchers of the late 1980s. During one four-year stretch between 1987 and 1990, he went 76-32—that averages out to be a record of 19-8 each year. Many starting pitchers would pine for numbers like that just once in their careers.

Welch’s 17-year career saw two All-Star games (1980 and 1990)—and even better, one Cy Young Award. In 1990, he went 27-6 with an ERA of 2.95—which was a great way to end his truly dominating four-year run. No player has won as many as 27 games since Welch did it 1990.

His success did not carry over after that year, though. In the four years following his Cy Young Award-winning season, he went 35-37. Still—overall in his career, he went 211-146 with a 3.47 ERA. He won at least 15 games six times in his career, and only four times did he allow more hits than innings pitched in a season.

These numbers, if you ask me, should make him more Hall-of-Fame worthy. But sadly, he only got one vote for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, knocking him off the ballot.

Why in the world would that be? With statistics similar to those of Catfish Hunter and Dazzy Vance—both Hall of Famers—one would think he should have been given many more votes. He never got them though, so now he will have to settle for another Hall—the Hall of Good.


Man, the Welch one wasn’t written very well. Anyway, I think I’ll start up this little project of mine again—but I’ll include more than just pitchers who won over 100 games.

Though, once again, I’ll probably make two posts, get bored, and ignore it for another four years. 

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MLB Trade Deadline: Diamondbacks Acquire Michael Restovich

The Arizona Diamondbacks added minor league outfield depth by acquiring Michael Restovich from the Chicago White Sox for cash on July 27.

Restovich, who has not played in the major leagues since 2007, was hitting .229 for the Charlotte Knights—the White Sox’s Triple-A team—at the time of the transaction. He has hit .222 in three games since then.

The Knights are not losing much. In addition to his .229 batting average, he had 37 strikeouts, a meager .365 slugging percentage and a .282 on-base percentage prior to the move.

Restovich was once a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization and in 2000 was rated the 26th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. He came to the major leagues in 2002 and hit .308 in 13 at-bats, giving the big club a taste of what they hoped he would produce.

However, the power-hitting prospect slugged only three home runs in 61 games over three seasons for the Twins and was shipped off. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, finding consistent struggles at the plate.

Save for this season, Restovich has never been a poor minor league hitter—his .284 batting average and 214 home runs can attest to that—however, he has struggled at the major league level, posting a .239 batting average in 152 games.

This was one of the more blasé moves of the past week and may very well end up being completely meaningless. Or, it could become one of those surprise deals that helps totally turn a team around.

But I wouldn’t count on that.

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