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Cooperstown 2018: Kerry Wood

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Kerry Wood KERRY WOOD   First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Chicago Cubs (1998, 2000–2008), Cleveland Indians (2009–2010), New York Yankees (2010) and Chicago Cubs (2011–2012). ACHIEVEMENTS: Career 86-75 record with a 3.67 ERA and 1582 strikeouts in 14 big league seasons. Tied Roger Clemens’ Major League record for most strikeouts in a game (20) in 1998. Recorded 200 or more strikeouts in four out of his first five seasons. Reached 1000 strikeouts quicker than any other Major Leaguer both in games played (134) and innings pitched (853). 1998 National League Rookie...

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Moe Berg Movie Hits Sundance

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Moe Berg Movie Hits Sundance If the story of Moe Berg, an Ivy League graduate-turned-Major Leaguer-turned CIA spy sounds like the plot to a movie…it’s because it is. Back in February, shooting started on “The Catcher Was a Spy” with Paul Rudd in the lead role and on Friday, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Sadly, the reviews were, for the most part, less than spectacular. “Fact-based misfire” – Variety “Not even Paul Rudd can save this dull spy drama” – Slash Film “An extraordinary man gets a bland biopic” –...

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Edgar Martinez Takes Part in Women’s March

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Edgar Martinez Takes Part in Women’s March As if you couldn’t love Edgar Martinez any more…dude spent his Saturday marching alongside his wife Holli and their two daughters. Today we walk with our daughters in the Women’s March as they search for their place in this beautiful and imperfect democracy. These kids are our future. They are watching. Walking in a March is only the first step. Let’s teach them to advocate for the future they envision. pic.twitter.com/vp9olhEZzY — Holli Martinez (@HolliMartinez1) January 20, 2018 That’s right, the Seattle Mariners legend (and...

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Cooperstown 2018: Billy Wagner

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Billy Wagner BILLY WAGNERThird Year on Ballot (10.2% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Houston Astros (1995–2003), Philadelphia Phillies (2004–2005), New York Mets (2006–2009), Boston Red Sox (2009) and Atlanta Braves (2010) ACHIEVEMENTS: 422 career saves…good for sixth all-time and second most among all left-handed pitchers. Sixth all-time in games finished. Seven-time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007-2008 and 2010). 1999 National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year. Pitched a combined no-hitter on June 11, 2003. 2012 inductee into the Virginia Hall of Fame. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON TWITTER: @MrBrianKenny …...

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Cooperstown 2018: Omar Vizquel

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Omar Vizquel OMAR VIZQUEL               First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Seattle Mariners (1989–1993), Cleveland Indians (1994–2004), San Francisco Giants (2005–2008), Texas Rangers (2009), Chicago White Sox (2010–2011) and Toronto Blue Jays (2012). ACHIEVEMENTS: .272 batting average with 2877 hits in 24 big league seasons. Eleven time Gold Glove Award winner (1993-2001 and 2005-2006). His .985 fielding percentage is tied for highest all-time. He is both the all-time leader in games played at shortstop and double plays turned. In 2000, tied (and surpassed) Cal Ripken, Jr.’s American League record for most consecutive...

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The HOVG Podcast: Jay Jaffe

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good The HOVG Podcast: Jay Jaffe This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen are joined by Jay Jaffe. The Cooperstown Casebook author talks to the boys about, naturally, the upcoming Hall of Fame announcement, why he thinks Lou Whitaker might still have a chance at Cooperstown, that time he took part in the famed Klements Sausage Race during a Milwaukee Brewers game and beer. So much beer. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: [embedded content] 3 Floyds Brewing Co. Other Half Brewing Co. Jaffe WAR Score system...

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Cooperstown 2018: Jim Thome

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Jim Thome JIM THOME       First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Cleveland Indians (1991–2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2003–2005), Chicago White Sox (2006–2009), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), Minnesota Twins (2010–2011), Cleveland Indians (2011), Philadelphia Phillies (2012) and Baltimore Orioles (2012) ACHIEVEMENTS: Over 22 years in the Majors, hit .276 with 2328 hits, 612 home runs (good for eighth all-time), 1699 RBI and 1583 runs scored. In 2011, became the eighth MLB player to hit 600 home runs. Ranks as the career leader in walk-off home runs with 13. Among Cleveland Indians hitters, ranks first...

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Cooperstown 2018: Sammy Sosa

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Sammy Sosa SAMMY SOSASixth Year on Ballot (8.6% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Texas Rangers (1989), Chicago White Sox (1989-1991), Chicago Cubs (1992-2004), Baltimore Orioles (2005) and Texas Rangers (2007) ACHIEVEMENTS: Career batting average of .273 with 2408 hits, 609 home runs, 1475 runs scored and 1667 RBI. 1998 National League MVP. Ranks ninth all-time in home runs…tops among foreign-born Major Leaguers. Only player to hit 60 or more home runs in three different seasons (1998-1999 and 2001). Led the National League in home runs twice (2000 and 2002). Hit better...

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Cooperstown 2018: Gary Sheffield

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Cooperstown 2018: Gary Sheffield GARY SHEFFIELDFourth Year on Ballot (13.3% last year) PLAYING CAREER: Milwaukee Brewers (1988–1991), San Diego Padres (1992–1993), Florida Marlins (1993–1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998–2001), Atlanta Braves (2002–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2006), Detroit Tigers (2007–2008) and New York Mets (2009). ACHIEVEMENTS: .292 career batting average with 2689 hits, 509 home runs (26th all-time) and 1676 RBI. First player to hit at least 25 home runs for six different teams. Had eight seasons with 30 or more home runs. One of only two players (along with Fred McGriff) in Major...

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Bill Murray to Play Joe Maddon?

So, ummm…this is something. Remember back in March when news started circulating that David Ross’s book Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages  was going to be made into a movie? Well, it now has a director (some Aussie filmmaker named Shane Abbess) and has apparently attracted the interest of Bill Murray. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs super fan has “been in talks” to join the project. His role? Cubs skipper Joe Maddon. “Are you serious?” Maddon told SI.com. “He’s much better looking than me. And second of all, it’s very flattering if that is true. He...

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