MLB to push forward with process for rule changes

The AP Story…….

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes


By JANIE MCCAULEY | The Associated Press

February 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm

 

 

PHOENIX — Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher’s mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport’s labor contract.

Union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

“Unfortunately it now appears that there really won’t be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA,” Manfred said Tuesday during a news conference. “I’ve tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game’s unique place in American culture.”

MLB has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level — at the top of the kneecap. Management would like to install 20-second pitch clocks in an attempt to speed the pace of play — they have been used at Triple-A and Double-A for the past two seasons.

Players also have been against limiting mound meetings. The least controversial change appears to be allowing a team to call for an intentional walk without the pitcher having to throw pitches. In addition, MLB likely can alter some video review rules without the union’s agreement— such as shortening the time a manager has to call for a review.

“Most of this stuff that they were talking about I don’t think it would have been a major adjustment for us,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Manfred said starting runners on second base in extra innings sounds unlikely to be implemented in the majors. The change will be experimented with during the World Baseball Classic and perhaps at some short-season Class A leagues. Manfred said it was a special-purpose rule “beneficial in developmental leagues.”

Manfred also said Tuesday that a renovated Wrigley Field would be a great choice to host an All-Star Game and Las Vegas could be a “viable market for us.”

“I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city,” Manfred said.

Courant’s George Smith on young Jeff Bagwell

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George W. Smith, former Courant Sportswriter, passed on Feb. 9 at age 76.  He covered many subjects in the CT sporting world over 25 years including a Xavier H.S. kid who has a date in Cooperstown this summer.

HE’LL ALWAYS BE PLAYER FROM THE OLD SCHOOL

By George Smith; Courant Staff Writer

When the baseball scouts would come around to watch Jeff Bagwell at Xavier-Middletown High School, they weren’t impressed.Too short, they said of the 6-foot shortstop.

“Mickey Mantle was only 5-11,” retired Xavier coach Terry Gartska said. “Stupid them.”

Gartska, who coached 26 years before retiring last year, knew they were missing a good one. Gartska was right. Thursday the Astros first baseman was named National League Most Valuable Player.

“From day one I knew he had something special,” Gartska said. “He played every position except catcher for me, and the only reason he didn’t catch was because I had a very good catcher. He was also my best pitcher.”

Bagwell batted .403 as a junior and .396 as a senior. He also went 6- 4 as a pitcher his senior year and was named All-State. He also was All-New England and All-State in soccer, scoring 56 goals in his career, a Xavier record.

The scouts may have left, but Middletown native Bill Denehy kept coming back. Denehy, who had pitched for the Mets, Senators and Tigers, was the new baseball coach at the University of Hartford.

“I saw him as a junior for the first time and the thing that impressed me the most was that he had an awful lot of power to the opposite field,” said Denehy, who lives in Florida.

Denehy wanted Bagwell badly. So did Hartford’s soccer coach, Allan Wilson.

“Wilson came to me and asked if I’d like to share a scholarship on him,” Denehy said. “I told him no way. I wanted Bagwell full time.”

Denehy had Bagwell almost a year before the coach was fired after an ugly brawl in a game against UConn.

“A lot of coaches like to take credit for developing a player,” Denehy said. “I feel very fortunate that I didn’t screw him up. Jeff always had a tremendous work ethic. You never had to get on his case. I never had to tell him twice. When other kids might have doubted your methods, he never did. He was very structured as a young person.”

Still, Denehy and Bagwell had their moments. Bagwell’s boyhood ambition growing up in Killingworth was to play shortstop for the Red Sox. He was Hartford’s starting shortstop when the Hawks opened his freshman season in 1987 in Florida. He hit for the cycle his first game and had four hits in the second. He played one more game at short before Denehy, seeing his power, decided he belonged at third.

“If you think I’m too slow to play short, why don’t you tell me to my face?” Bagwell asked Denehy.

Denehy looked Bagwell straight in the eye and slowly said: “You are too [expletive] slow.”

The dirt on the MVP

At Hartford, Bagwell was the leader of the Crunch Bunch, the Hawks’3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the late 1980s. He also was a charter member of the Hogs, a number of teammates known for their rugged style.

“Jeff was a no-nonsense, hard- working, let-it-hit-you-in-the-teeth ballplayer,”former teammate Brian Crowley said. “He wasn’t flamboyant, but he always shined.”

Crowley was a member of the Crunch Bunch along with Bagwell, Chris Petersen and Pat Hedge. Crowley batted third, followed by Bagwell, Petersen and Hedge. The career statistics of the four: Crowley, 115 RBI, 29 home runs; Petersen, 79 RBI, 10 home runs; Hedge, 107 RBI, 26 home runs; and Bagwell, 126 RBI, 29 home runs, in three seasons.

Still, his teammates couldn’t have imagined Bagwell would someday become one of the best players in the major leagues.

“No way,” Crowley said, “but I couldn’t be happier for him. It’s good to see someone from the Northeast win the award. It’s good for the University of Hartford and our region to let people know we play good baseball here, too.”

Petersen said consistency is a Bagwell trait.

“He always seemed to hit, no matter who was pitching,” said Petersen, a manager for Enterprise Rent- A-Car in Elizabeth, N.J.

Hedge, who, like Crowley, played a couple years in the minors, knew Bagwell was special.

“Anyone that really knew him shouldn’t be surprised,” said Hedge, who works as a strength and conditioning coach for the Orioles. “He always had that drive. He always loved to play and practice the game. There was no stopping him once he put his mind to something.”

Appetite for the game

The thing that separated Bagwell from other hitters was his concentration.

“I think Jeff could hit .300 in a hurricane,” Denehy said.

“He could wait longer on a breaking ball that is going out of the strike zone and then take the pitch,” Petersen said.

“He had that [fraction] of a second better read on a pitch. That’s why he could hit a pitcher who threw slow or fast,” said Crowley, a special education teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in New Britain.

Petersen, a fellow Hogger, was Bagwell’s soulmate on the team. Crowley and Hedge were part of a group called the “F Troop,” players who didn’t get their uniforms dirty. Hedge was Bagwell’s weightlifting partner.

“Jeff was a true Hogger, you know, the kind of player who would spit, swear and chew,” Hedge said. “Crowley and me stayed pretty clean.”

Bagwell’s love for the game was hard to miss.

“He always had a strong resolve. He wasn’t afraid of anything,” Crowley said. “He would stand in there against anybody and he always had that look in his eye that said, `Sooner or later I’m going to get you.’ ”

Petersen roomed with Bagwell when Jeff played for the New Britain Red Sox in 1990. He and Crowley remember how Bagwell took the news he had been traded to Houston just before the Eastern League playoffs.

“He came over to my house a couple of days later and was still down over the trade,” Crowley said. “I told him it would probably work out for the best. It certainly has.”

“There are two things that haven’t changed about Jeff,” Petersen said. “He still hits the [heck] out of the ball and he still thinks about other people before himself.”

Bagwell invited Petersen to be a member of his wedding party in Houstonand also arranged a couple of golf dates. Petersen said he didn’t have any golf clubs so Bagwell bought him a set and sent them to his home.

“On the day of his wedding, we got up early and he decided to go out for breakfast,” said Petersen of the wedding two years ago. “Being the Hogger he is, we went to McDonald’s.

“There we are at 8 o’clock in the morning, in our tuxedos at a McDonald’s and little kids are running up to him for autographs. It’s his wedding day and there he is in his tux, signing autographs on Big Mac wrappers.’

Game Day Winners: ’61 Yanks, ’05 Giants, ’69 Padres, HOF Pilots, ’16 Cubs

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A great time was had this past Saturday as eleven CT SABR members played vintage teams in the timeless BB sim game, Strat-O-Matic.

 

In attendance were Larry Howard, Joe Runde, Alan Cohen, Tom and Matt Monitto, David Wilk, Gary Gold, Stan Dziurgot, Steve Krevisky, Jon Daly and Karl Cicitto.

 

Here are the game summaries….

2016 CUBS AGAIN BEAT TRIBE — ON NAQUIN’S BLAST IN 9TH

The seventh game of the 2016 WS was replayed — without the late season acquisitions Chapman and Crisp – and the simulation conjured thrills. Indians starter Corey Kluber went eight innings and give up two runs.  The Cubs started Kyle Kendrick. The Tribe took a 4-2 lead into the ninth whereupon Cody Allen came in to close the game out and promptly gave up a two run home run to tie the game.  The managers agreed that the ninth would be the last inning no matter the score. The Indians came up to bat hoping to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners on base and two outs, rookie Tyler Naquin blasted a three run homer to win the game and send the crowd home (mostly) happy.

-David Wilk

FORD & ’61 YANKS SLUG ’38 BOMBERS, 7-4.

The ‘61 Yanks out-slugged the ‘38 Yanks 7-4 as Ford kept some of the 1938 mainstays off balance. He fanned Bill Dickey twice. Homering for the 1961 squad were John Blanchard, Mickey Mantle, and Bobby Richardson. Joe DiMaggio took Ford downtown with Henrich on base to tie the game at 3-3. Otherwise, the ‘38 team found runs hard to produce. They scored their first when Gehrig grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and none out. For the ‘61 squad, Kubek was injured in the fourth, and while the Yankee infield was compromised as Boyer moved to short and Gardner came in to play third, neither missed a play. Richardson at second proved a virtuoso, turning three tough plays into outs, including the pivotal Gehrig double play. Arroyo pitched the seventh and eighth in relief of Ford, fanning three to record the six-out save. WP: Ford; LP: Ruffing

–Joe Runde

 

1969 PADRES CRUSH EXPOS IN EXPANSION CLASH

Padre hurler Clay Kirby had a red letter day on the mound and at the plate as the Friars thrashed the Expos at Jarry Park, 10 – 1.  Kirby registered a complete game, allowing 4 hits.  Aided by two double plays and a strong armed backstop, Kirby faced just 30 batters, retiring 11 in a row at one point.  Kirby singled in the second and ninth and homered in the eighth, notching a 3-for-5 day with the war club.

The Padres drove Montreal’s  Jerry Robertson to the showers in the second inning with 4 runs on 6 hits, capped by Chris Cannizzaro’s 3-run homer.  CC also helped by snuffing an attempted Expo rally in the first, nailing leadoff man Ty Cline on a steal attempt.

The Gomez men drubbed relievers McGinn, Reed and Jaster.  17 Padre hits included homers by Kirby, Cannizzaro and Ollie Brown.  Kirby scattered 4 singles and 3 walks.  The Expo batters would have been shut out if not for Ron Fairly’s solo blast in the 6th.

–Karl Cicitto

 

1905 GIANTS NIP 1906 CUBS ON BROWNE & MATTY’S BACKS, 3-2

In a match between two of the earliest World Series contenders, right fielder George Browne proved an unlikely hero, hitting a home run and driving in all three New York runs as the 1905 Giants defeated the 1906 Cubs 3-2.
Christy Mathewson out dueled Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown on his home diamond, as the Polo Grounds crowd saw both starting pitchers go the distance. Brown gave up five hits to Mathewson’s seven, but Browne’s two hits proved decisive.
Browne’s two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the second opened the scoring. The Cubs got a run back in the next half-inning when Harry Steinfeldt singled, stole second and scored on Frank Schulte’s single, then tied the game in the sixth when Jimmy Slagle drove in Johnny Kling. But Browne’s single to score Bill Dahlen in the bottom of the seventh supplied the deciding run.

–Matt Monitto

 

GIBBY’S PILOTS BEST KOUFAX’S BROWNS, 7 – 5.

Before this Hall of Fame All-Stars matchup, the question was if the pitching battle between Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax or the power-loaded lineups would prove decisive. While Koufax took an early edge, the opposing batters claimed victory in the end, as Koufax’s HOF-Pilots lost to the HOF-Browns 7-5.
The Pilots knocked Gibson out of the game after three innings, scoring five runs over the first third of the game to take a 5-2 lead. Stan Musial drove in three of those runs on a triple and double, and ended the game a home run short of the cycle.

However, the Browns fought back, scoring a run in the fourth on a Cool Papa Bell single, then knotting the score in the seventh. After Juan Marichal relieved Koufax with two on, Roberto Clemente hit a fly ball just out of reach of Reggie Jackson for a game-tying double. The Browns would score two more runs on a Bell sacrifice fly and an Orlando Cepeda single before Old Hoss Radbourn closed the game. Rollie Fingers was credited with the win, throwing two innings of relief, while Marichal took the loss.

Despite the star-filled lineups, a two-run Josh Gibson home run to open the scoring for the Browns was the only four-bagger of the game.

–Matt Monitto

 

 

(–KC)

Next Game Day Slated For Jan. 21

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The next Game Day gathering is coming up fast!

Attendees will “manage” baseball teams of the past against other long-gone teams in a well known board game named Strat-O-Matic. ‘Managers’ have the opportunity to lead, for example, the 1927 Yankees versus the 1967 Red Sox, or the 1948 Braves versus the 1955 Dodgers.

No experience required.  Newbies welcome.  Public welcome.  Anyone interested in participating need not own Strat-O-Matic and should contact Karl at kcicitto@cox.net.

When:  10 am, Sat. Jan. 21

Where: Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457

Wirz a NE HOF’er!

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C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S to CT SABR member Bob Wirz who will be inducted with Sam Wahoo Crawford and 6 others into the Nebraska BB HOF next month.  Read the press release here….

 

2017 NEBRASKA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME PRESS RELEASE

Four players, two coach/managers, a distinguished service recipient, and a media giant will be honored at the 2017 Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame banquet to be held in Beatrice on Sunday, February 12.  The event will take place at Aunt Mary’s Event Center, 8th and Court St., the site of the Hall of Fame Museum.  Doors will open at 4:00 pm for socializing, and the dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. The speaker will be Bob Wirz, one of the inductees. His credentials along with the other honorees are listed below.

 

Bob Wirz, (Media) Halsey native, began his media career in radio and TV at KHAS in Hastings. He moved on to sports writing at The Lincoln Journal, the Wichita Eagle and the Denver Post.  He became the Public Information/Relations Director of the Kansas City Royals from 1969-1974.  He served as Chief Spokesman for Major League Baseball from 1974-85, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s right hand man in New York City. He also worked under MLB commissioner, Peter Ueberroth, before moving into private business. His successful companies have been involved in sports consulting, management, and advertising/promotion. Further, he has owned an Independent Professional Baseball team and written a riveting baseball book, appropriately titled, The Passion of Baseball.

 

Wahoo Sam Crawford, Wahoo,( player), and was he ever a player. Sam was enshrined in the major league Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957. His lifetime average of .309 ties his major league career record of 309 triples. He had 51 inside the park homers and a total of 97 homers in the dead ball era. He came up just 39 hits shy of the coveted 3000 mark.  The Gray Ink Test method of rating hitters has him rated as 9th best all time ahead of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.  As a teenager, Sam would tour the Wahoo area in the summers with his friends in a hay wagon beating up on such teams as Valparaiso, Raymond, Touhy, and Ceresco. No wonder he hit .307 in his rookie year with Cincinnati after just turning 19.  He was extremely fast, and legend has it that he would run down rabbits for dinner while on their hay wagon tours.  He said he was proud of his hometown and wanted Wahoo Sam as his moniker.

 

Steve Cavlovic, (Distinguished Service) Omaha, was an excellent player/manager in his own right who gave back to the game far more than he took from it. His 1947, 48 Metz Legion teams were ranked 8th and 4th respectively.  He was named to the Omaha Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and to the Omaha South High Sports Greats Hall of Fame in 2008.  Because of his countless community contributions, his name appears prominently on the Corrigan Senior Housing Complex, the HP Smith Sports Training Complex, and the South High Scholarship Program.  He was instrumental in honoring Veterans at Brown Park in Omaha.

 

Roger Pollman, (Player) Wymore, punched his ticket to the Hall with dominant play for Lone Elm (on the Ks/Ne border) in the early 50s.  He led the tough GLM (Gage, Lancaster, Marshall) League with a .435 average.  He was versatile as a pitcher and a good fielding first sacker, but was mostly known for swinging a mean stick.  Roger missed a chance to play professional baseball for the White Sox by making the gut wrenching, but family loyal decision to remain on the farm due to the illness of his father.  Check out the video on the NEBBHOF website.  The Emmy Award winning video features, you guessed it, Roger Pollman.

 

Bob Neesen, West Point, (Player), played for 14 seasons in the competitive Dodge County League and made the All Star Team 11 times.  Bob could do it all as a pitcher, a solid outfielder, and a prolific hitter.  Perhaps, 1976 was his best year where he went 8-2 on the bump with a 1.16 ERA (how did he lose 2?) and hit .417.  He played his college ball at Chadron State where he still holds records for season and career strikeouts.  Bob backed down from no one and was at his best when playing the best.  He was known as the heart and soul of whatever team he played for and was respected by teammates and opponents alike.  Sadly, Bob passed away this past September 27, but thankfully had been notified of his impending induction.

 

Ron Cullison, Beatrice (Coach/Manager), retired in 2013 after 35 years of successful coaching/managing.  Ron started the Southeast Community College program from the ground up.  His Beatrice Eagle Juniors accumulated 5 state championships, 12 area championships, and over 750 victories from 1989-2007.  He has since worked for Hall of Famers, Bob Steinkamp and Mark Mancuso with the Beatrice Bruins and Wesleyan University respectively, and coached the Nebraska Select Baseball team.  Ron was known to be a tireless worker developing players in all phases of the game.  Perhaps, his most enjoyable stint was helping his son to win championships at Norris.

 

Paul Eaton, Wakefield (Coach/Manager), guided his teams to 25 state tourney appearances and 18 championships from 1969-2010.  Paul has been selected the USBF/Topps Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year and also presented with the AK-SAR-BEN Good Neighbor Award for Youth Baseball.  He has also coached many state all-star teams.  In 1984 the city of Wakefield designated the baseball park to be named EATON FIELD.  Coach Eaton not only taught the game to his players, but also life skills such as sportsmanship, good behavior, respect for others and gratitude.  Congratulations, Paul.  You have left a great legacy for many people

Jeff Breeling, Omaha (Player), has played baseball for 45 years and played it well.  He played on state championship teams in 1979 and 80.  In 1983 Jeff hit .454 for Northwest High and was awarded the MVP on a team that was named the BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE NATION.  He was a three year starter for Iowa State as an infielder and played summer ball in the MINK League (Omaha), the JAYHAWK League plus the NBC Wichita Tournament (Beatrice).  He kept on going playing in Senior Leagues and Over 30 Leagues which included World Championship Tournaments in the Senior Men’s League in Arizona, and the Roy Hobbs League in Florida. This totaled overall, 25 world championship events.

Don’t miss THE event of the holiday season!

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Much fun is planned for the Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 17.  Please take a moment this week to email Alan and RSVP.  Alan’s email is adc0317@comcast.net

The Luncheon includes 2 guest speakers, a door prize, and a wonderful meal.   (Cash bar for cocktails & soft drinks.)

The buffet includes Pasta Pomodoro, House Salad, Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Francaise and Roast Top Round of Beef.

There will be a 40 minute talk (plus Q & A) with Jason Klein & Pete Tucci.  Pete is the founder of the Tucci Lumber Co., a CT firm that makes game bats for 150+ MLB players including Bryce Harper & Troy Tulowitzki.  Jason is the founder of Force 3 Pro Gear, a CT company that is rapidly gaining professional customers—Tyler Flowers/Atlanta Braves, for one—for their Defender Catcher’s Mask.  That mask is a technical wonder that reduces the severity index of most impacts by 50%.

Pete & Jason spent a combined 16 seasons in the minor leagues as an outfielder and umpire, respectively.  We’ll see what comes of that!

Luncheon Details:

12 noon

Sat., Dec. 17

Angelo’s On Main

Rockledge Golf Course

289 S Main St

West Hartford, CT 06107

Investment:  $30 per person including tax and tip for SABR members and their guests.  Non-members not attending with a member are $35 each.

Alan negotiated a great deal with Angelo’s.  He even succeeded in having the Beef entrée added at no cost!

I hope you can make it.  Invite your +1 if you can.  Please let Alan know as soon as possible.

Thank you very much!

Karl

Rhode Island SABR Session To Include 8 Speakers

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Len Levin shared details of the upcoming gathering of the Lajoie-Start Chapter.  If You would plan to attend, please RSVP to Len at LenLevin5@hotmail.com.  Here is Len’s note:

 

Hello,

 

Eight presentations, including three by authors of new books, are slated for our

meeting on Saturday, November 26, at St. Philip’s Parish Center in Greenville,

R.I. The authors are Greg Rubano, whose book is “In Ty Cobb’s Shadow,” a

biography of Nap Lajoie; Herb Crehan, whose new book is “The Unsung Heroes of

the Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox,” and Jim Kaplan, author of “Clearing the

Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime.” All the books will be

available for sale.

 

The other presenters are Rick Harris, David Kaiser, Jay Hurd, Dixie Tourangeau,

and Steve Krevisky. If you want to put yourself down for a backup presentation,

let me know. These will be allowed if time is available. If they don’t make the

program, you’ll get top priority for a spot at our June meeting.

 

As always, we need an accurate count so the lunch people will know how much food

to prepare. So if you intend to be there, it’s imperative that you send me an

RSVP.

 

You should all have received the chapter newsletter via email. If you didn’t get

it, let me know and I’ll email you a copy. Also let me know if you want a paper

copy.

 

Again, don’t forget to RSVP.

 

Len Levin

 

Brooklyn downs Yanks, Guidry K’s Sox at Game Day

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CT SABR members enjoyed 2 hours of BB talk, vintage team board game play and refreshments yesterday at the Game Day gathering.  Strat-O-Matic Baseball was the board game used to pit the 1978 Yankees vs. Red Sox, the 1953 Dodgers vs. Yankees, and two teams of Hall of Famers against each other.

In attendance were Gary Gold, Joe Runde, Alan Cohen, Steve Krevisky, Tom and Matt Monitto, Stan Dziurgot, Larry Howard and Karl Cicitto.

The Strat-O-Matic Company generously donated 13 Old timer teams as gifts to the players.  6 of those teams remain (1909 Pitt, 1911 Phila, 1934 Det, 1940 Cinn, 1941 Bklyn, 1946 Bos -A) and will be gifted at the next gathering.  Thank you, Dan Rozel at S-O-M!

The next Game Day gathering will be our Chapter’s SABR Day event, to be held on January 21, 2017.  Details TBA.

On to the game summaries……

Guidry fans 14 as ‘78 Yanks beat Red Sox, 4 – 2.

Summary by Matt Monitto.

In a rematch of the famous Bucky Dent game, the 1978 Yankees rode a Ron Guidry complete game to defeat the 1978 Red Sox 4-2.

Guidry allowed an RBI single to Rick Burleson in the second inning and another to Jerry Remy in the third, but was dominant after that, striking out 14 batters overall and only allowing two hits in the final six innings.

The strongest Red Sox hitters were unable to connect off Guidry, as Dwight Evans went 0-5 with four strikeouts and Carl Yastrzemski went 2-5 with three Ks. Every Boston hitter except Carlton Fisk struck out.

While the Yankees scored an early run on a third-inning Lou Piniella solo home run, Boston’s Dennis Eckersley held the lead until the sixth inning, when doubles by Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers and a Thurman Munson single gave New York a 3-2 lead.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the seventh, when Roy White doubled off Tom Burgmeier to score Chris Chambliss.

Guidry struck out the side in the ninth, fanning Fred Lynn, Evans and Yastrzemski to end the game.

Cox dinger off Sain decides it, ’53 Brooklyns rout Yanks 8 – 2.

Summary by Karl Cicitto.

Yankee starter Eddie Lopat glided through the first 3 innings but a blast by Billy Cox off  Johnny Sain in the 8th resulted in a bad day for the Junkman.  The Dodgers routed the Yankees late, 8 -2, in the Bronx.

Lopat retired 9 of the first 10 Brooklyns he faced.  The only one of those batters to reach first was Junior Gilliam, who walked.

Shortstop Rizzuto was injured in his first at bat and was replaced by Andy Carey, who went on to mishandle a ground ball by Robinson in the 4th, a misplay that allowed a run to score and tie the game, 2 – 2.

The Yankee offense was meager.  Mantle went hitless and K’d three times.  The heart of the order – Mickey, Yogi, Woodling – produced 3 hits, all singles, in 13 plate appearances.  The Bombers scratched out one run when Bauer singled in McDougald in the 3rd.  They scored again when a sac fly by Collins plated Berra in the 4th.

Campanella’s 6th inning home run gave the Dodgers a 3 – 2 lead.  In the 8th, Lopat allowed a single by Hodges and a run-scoring double to Robinson, making the Dodger lead 4 – 2.  Johnny Sain, immediately inserted to limit the damage, instead gave up the 2-run home run by Cox.  Ewell Blackwell then relieved Sain and proceeded to walk Erskine, Reese and Gilliam after yielding a base knock, forcing in another run.  By the time Hodges flew out to center, the lead was 7 – 2.  Brooklyn added another run in the 9th on singles by Reese, Furillo and Robinson.

The 1953 Yankee starting 9 included Rizzuto, Bauer, Mantle, Berra, Woodling, Collins, Martin, McDougald and Lopat.  They were managed by Alan Cohen and Joe Runde.

The 1953 Dodger starting 9 included Reese, Gilliam, Snider, Hodges, Campanella, Furillo, Robinson, Cox and Erksine.  They were managed by Gary Gold and Karl Cicitto.

Berra Roughs Up Koufax,  Maddux Silences Opponent in 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Edition

Summary by Matt Monitto.

In a match between two star-studded Hall of Fame lineups, the HOF-Montreal Expos, led by Greg Maddux’s eight-inning effort, defeated the HOF-Seattle Pilots 5-2.

The Expos got all the offense they would need in the fourth inning, as Yogi Berra hit a three-run home run off Sandy Koufax to take a 3-0 lead. Montreal’s George Kell and Hank Aaron also homered, each driving a solo shot off Early Wynn.

The Pilots, playing from behind most of the game, scored a run in the sixth when Cal Ripken singled in Pie Traynor, then added a run in the ninth when pinch hitter Jim O’Rourke doubled and Stan Musial hit another double to score him.

However, Seattle was unable to muster much offense off Maddux, who struck out nine while allowing eight hits. Koufax allowed four hits in five innings for the Pilots, but Berra’s home run decided the game.

The starting 9 for the Expos included Ozzie Smith, Rod Carew, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Eddie Murray, George Kell, Al Simmons, and Greg Maddux.  They were managed by Larry Howard and Stan Dziurgot.

The starting 9 for the Pilots included Goose Goslin, Charles Gehringer, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Pie Traynor, Biz Mackey, Lou Brock, Cal Ripken and Sanford Koufax.  They were managed by Tom and Matt Monitto.