All sports have great stories of their beginnings, the teams, and mostly the characters whom played. Without a doubt, baseball is my favorite. Every team since the days of Abner Doubleday has had its share of great moments Being from the Cincinnati area, most of my stories are about the Reds. Instead of sharing a story, I thought I would share a few things about the first professional baseball team starting in 1869 thru1900.
The team started in 1869 by George and Harry Wright (no relation to the fly guys) and played their first game May 4 versus the Great Westerns of Cincinnati with the Cincinnati Red Stockings winning 45-9.
The final official match that inaugural season was played November 6 versus the New York Mutuals with our Red Stockings winning 17-8. This completed the season with a perfect record of 57 wins and 0 losses. It wasn’t until June 14 during the 1870 season when the Red Stockings suffered their first loss to the Brooklyn Atlantics 8-7 in extra innings. The record winning streak ends at 81 games. The Red Stockings lost 5 more games that season and with each loss, attendance dropped and the team was dismantled. Some players followed the Wright brothers as they went to Boston and started the Boston Red Sox. Continue reading
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Well, the moves keep coming. Since my last article we had a few things happen so lets start with what everyone is talking about.
Ellsbury to the Yankees:
I am of the opinion that Jacob Ellsbury is an elite player. Yes, I think the Yankees over paid just like every other free agent this off-season by the way. I really thought that both Ellsbury and Choo would get between 120 – 125 Million. So Ellsbury topped that by a little over 20%.
But to me top to bottom offense and defense and base running and playing in big games Jacob Ellsbury is a big time player.
It all comes down to will Ellsbury year in and year out be able to play at least 140 games
a season for the Yankees. Ellsbury just turned 30 in late September so the Yankees
are buying years 30 – 36. Now in his twenties Ellsbury had a hard time playing at
least 140 games a season, he only did it once the last four years. However a lot of
people will tell you that Ellsbury injuries were freakish injuries it’s not like he
has bad knees or a bad back. Continue reading
It’s not that big of a surprise. It’s happened before.
Jacoby Ellsbury will switch sides in the New York-Boston rivalry like many a star before him in 2014, this time donning pinstripes instead of red socks. The Yankees have signed the former Boston Red Sox Outfielder to a 7-year deal worth an estimated 150 million dollars, pending a physical.
Ellsbury’s career has been a mixed bag of success bookended by injury.
In 2011 as a 27-year old, Ellsbury smacked 32 homers while hitting a cool .321, leading many Red Sox fans to anoint him the next Carl Yastrzemski, but with speed. Then 2012 happened.
Jacoby struggled with injuries the entire 2012 season, limiting him to only 78 games. While he didn’t hit atrociously in his abbreviated season, the Red Sox simply stunk without his presence in the lineup, finishing last in the AL East. Continue reading
The end of an era arrived yesterday when the Kansas City Royals non-tendered 2nd baseman Chris Getz. The Royals acquired Getz on November 6, 2009 along with Josh Fields for Mark Teahan.
Over the next four years, Getz fought off challenges at 2nd base from such players as Yuniesky Betancourt, Miguel Tejada, Elliot Johnson, Irving Falu and on multiple occasions, Johnny Giavotella. Each time the Royals signed or promoted a player to replace Getz, he somehow overcame the challenge and reclaimed his job.
That string finally ended with the acquisition of Emilio Bonifacio this past year.
Bonifacio succeeded where so many others had failed; resulting in Getz starting just 4 games at 2nd after Bonifacio’s arrival on August 24th.
Getz achieved a 248 batting average with just 1 HR and 79 RBIs during his four years as a Royal. He did steal 61 bases, often as a pinch runner, and added 33 sacrifices, possibly his most notable offensive contributions. However, his combined WAR over that term was a very marginal 1.5 not to mention negative WPA and RE24 numbers (indications of win probability) in each season. Continue reading