Exactly thirty-one years ago today one of the most infamous incidents of modern baseball history occurred. The game involved the visiting Kansas City Royals taking on the New York Yankees. The Yankees were leading the game 4-3 with 2 outs in the top half of the 9th inning. George Brett was at bat and hit an incredible 2-run home run off of Yankees pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage. The Royals were suddenly in the lead by one run.
That is until the Yankees manager Billy Martin left the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Tim McClelland. Martin explained to McClelland that Brett’s bat had pine tar exceeding the normal length allowed on the bat. This pine tar place on the upper part of the barrel of the bat would make the bat easier to hit the ball solidly off the bat. McClelland then measured the bat’s pine tar (which was allowed to be more 18 inches up the bat) with the home plate. The pine tar was over that length, McClelland immediately over ruled the play and called brett’s at bat as an out.
George Brett protesting the pine tar call after his 2-run home run was ruled an out. (Getty Images)
George Brett then stormed toward home plate to confront Tim McClelland. Brett was restrained by his team mates and was brought back into the dugout. Due to the umpires call the game was now over. The Yankees were recorded as the winners of the game by a score of 4-3. The call was later over ruled and a few weeks later the game was restarted after Brett’s at bat with his 2-run home run counting. The Royals won that game 5-4.
This is a moment that will live forever in baseball history. It is also George Brett’s most memorable moment in his Hall Of Fame career.
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Alex Rodriguez in 1993. (Getty Images)
On this day in 1993 one of the biggest baseball stars of the 1990’s and 2000’s was drafted in the MLB Draft. The Seattle Mariners used their #1 overall pick in 1993 to draft Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez was drafted after his senior year of high school where he played at Westminster Christian High School. He was a highly touted player during high school, hitting .419 over 100 games. He would go on to be the highest paid baseball player at the time when he signed a 10 year $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers in 2000. Rodriguez also became the youngest player to reach 500 career home runs at age 32.
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When you think of all time greats in baseball, names like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson are a few of the players that might pop into your head. When you think of Major League Baseball record holders you might think of Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr and Barry Bonds. Fernando Tatis would be the last player you would think of being one of the greats of the game or even holding a MLB record. While he is not a legendary player he does hold a pretty incredible record.
Fernando Tatis rounding the bases. (Getty Images)
Only thirteen players in the history of MLB have hit two grand slams in the same game. Fernando Tatis is one of those players to accomplish this amazing feat, but he did it better than the twelve other players. On April 23, 1999 Tatis, playing for the St Loius Cardinals took to the plate in the third inning of their game against the Los Angeles Dogders. Chan Ho Park was the pitcher on the mound for the Dodgers. Tatis hit not one but two grand slams, all of them in the third inning against Park. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers by a score of 12-5 that day.
Fernando Tatis retired from baseball after the 2010 season. He had a career batting average of .265 with 113 home runs and 448 RBIs. While not a impressive career numbers, Tatis holds a very rare and difficult record. Many look to records like Cal Ripken Jr’s consecutive game record and Nolan Ryan’s career no hitter’s as unbreakable records. This record is right up their with those as records that might stand forever. The proof is in the amount of player that have hit two grand slams in one game with only thirteen. Then take a look at how many did that in one inning, only one.
While Fernando Tatis was a very forgettable player that had a forgettable career, no one can take away this accomplishment. So when you think of incredible records think of Tatis in that one game back in April of 1999.
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Many know that Hank Aaron was the first player to tie and break Babe Ruth’s all time home run record. However most don’t know that the historic tying home run came on Opening Day. On April 4th, 1974 the Hank Arron and Atlanta Braves played the Reds in Cincinnati, Oh. It was in that game that Aaron hit his 714th career home run. The historic home run came in Hank Aaron’s first at bat of the 1974 season. Jack Billingham was the pitcher that gave up the home run.
Hank Aaron being congratulated after home run 714. (Getty Images)
There was no better place for this incredible moment to happen in Cincinnati. The city is home to the first ever professional baseball team, the Reds. Everyday until 1990 the Reds had thrown the first pitch in every baseball season. Opening Day is even an official holiday in the city, complete with a parade.
That great Opening day moment almost never happened. Prior to the season opener the Braves management was worried that Aaron would not only tie but break the record in Cincinnati. They were so concerned that he was going to sit out the first series of the season until the team returned to Atlanta. The Braves were forced to play Aaron in at least two games of the three game series.
Hank Aaron would not hit another home run until April 8th, 1974 in Atlanta. That home run would be his 715th and broke Ruth’s all time record. Aaron retired after the 1976 season with the Brewers. When his career was over Aaron had 755 career home runs.
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Everyone who is a sports fan wants to appear smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone else. Sports provide so many historical moments and stats. I will bring you closer to the high level of sports learning you seek. I will do all of the hard research so you can become the ultimate sports fan. Each edition will be on one particular sport. You may know some of the events but I will open your eyes to something about them you may not yet know. I bring to you the 1st edition of “Get Smart” So let’s get started.
Joe Dimaggio’s 56 Game Hit Streak
In 1941 Joe Dimaggio had 56 straight games with a hit. This record still stands in 2012 and is widely considered the most elusive of all sports records. The final and 56th game of the streak occurred on July 16th against the Indians at Cleveland’s famed Municipal Stadium. The pitchers in that game were Al Milnar and Joe Krakauskas, Dimaggio went 2 for 4 and scored 3 runs. The great streak came to an end one day later July 17 in a game also against the Indians.
Joe Jackson And The Throwing Of The 1919 World Series
In 1919 one of the worst happenings in the history of Baseball occurred. The heavily favored Chicago White Sox threw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The truth came out two years later that some of the White Sox players were involved with gamblers and payed off to lose. In 1921 eight players from the White Sox were found guilty of intentionally losing the series and banned from baseball for life. The most notable of those player was the sure Hall Of Fame candidate “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Jackson is considered one of the best short stops to ever have played the game. The puzzling fact of Joe Jackson’s involvement in the throwing of the Series are his stats. The stats Jackson had in that series do not look like that of a man that was intending to lose. Jackson batted .375, had 5 runs scored, hit a home run and batted in 6 runs. Jackson played no different than he usually did at the plate and made no critical fielding errors. It has been said that he was aware that the games where fixed but did not actively participate in the plan. We will truly never know if he was involved but if you judge it by the numbers the answer looks like he was not.
The Beginning Of The MLB Draft
The amateur draft has a history of good picks by teams but it has a even greater history of players not panning out. It is the least popular of the drafts amongst casual sports fans. The die hard baseball fans look forward to it every June. The first ever MLB amateur draft took place in 1965. The first team to pick was the Kansas City Royals, who selected outfielder Rick Monday from Arizona State University. Monday went on to play 19 seasons and retired in 1984 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Monday had a career batting average of .264, 271 Home Runs and 775 RBI’s. He was also a World Series Champion with the Dodgers in 1981. After his playing career ended he moved on to Broadcasting.
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The rookie phenom that is 19 year old Bryce Harper will continue his whirl wind season by going to the All Star Game. Harper was not originally slated to attend the game which takes place this week in Kansas City. Harper will be taking the spot of injured Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton. Harper will be the 3rd youngest player to play in the MLB All Star Game. While Harper will be playing off of the bench the eyes of all of the fans will be on him for sure.
Harper has had a solid start to his MLB career since his debut in April. He is an excellent outfielder fielder with a rocket arm. His offensive play has been very good for his experience level. Harper has a batting average of .283, hit 8 home runs and had 25 RBI’s and scored 43 runs in just 62 games for the 1st place Washington Nationals.
Harper going deep at Fenway Park earlier this season.
Harper came in with a lot of hype and has been living up to it. He has displayed a maturity on and off the field, the later many thought he would be able to do. He has shown a lot of personality and has a charisma that a lot of players don’t have. He has created great moments already in his young career, like when he hit a home run in the historic Fenway Park during his first game on that field. He is in the right spot now to really display his skills in front of a national audience. Harper is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year in the National League.
Harper will probably get at least 1 at bat and play 2 innings or so. Many players have created unforgettable moments in All Star Games. I have a feeling Bryce Harper will have a chance to make one of those moments. When he gets he will more than likely take advantage of it. If Harper continues to play the way he has been and develop into the player that he has been billed to be than this is just the beginning.
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It has been an interesting season for the Miami Marlins so far. This team had a very new feel to it going into the season. A new name came first, no longer are they the Florida Marlins they are to be know now as the Miami Marlins. The new retractable roof stadium located in downtown Miami known as Marlins Park. The new manager Ozzie Guillen, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the off season. Also new were big time free agents in Short Stop Jose Reyes, Starter Mark Buehrle and Closer Heath Bell. The team had not acquired free agents of this caliber since the 1997 season. But the newest thing for the Marlins was hope of contending in the N.L. East and winning their first ever division title.
The Marlins new home, Marlins Park
The Marlins finished April with just 8 wins and 14 loses. Many of those loses were to N.L. East foes the Phillies, Nationals and Mets. The Fish ended April at the bottom of the division. Not much seemed to go right for the Fish in April. Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended by the team for a few games due to some ridiculous comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The team also was not preforming well on the field. Their production on the offensive side of the ball was horrendous. Stars such as Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez not playing very well consistently. Their young power hitter Giancarlo Stanton had no power to speak of. The guy that was supposed to be saving games for the team Heath Bell was blowing leads and games left and right. The team was in need of a restart when April ended.
They got their fresh start in May and boy did they take advantage of it. The Marlins went on a road trip where they swept the Giants, Padres and took 2 out of 3 games against the Astros. The fielding got better, the pitching was awesome and the bats came alive in May. Giancarlo Stanton had an incredible month of May where he hit 12 home runs and had 30 RBI’s. Stanton even had a walk off grand slam in a home game against the Mets. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco got his 5th win of the season. Carlos Zambrano the loose cannon from the Chicago Cubs has pitched well and not lost his mind yet. The Marlins also played a lot better against division rivals. They took 2 out of 3 games against the Phillies, split a 2 game series with the Braves. The Marlins finished the final series of May by sweeping the 1st place Nationals in a 3 game series. The Fish had a record of 21 wins and just 8 losses for the month of May.
Marlins power hitter Giancarlo Stanton
(photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Marlins begin the month of June with a 29-22 record. It took the Marlins 2 month to make it to first place but they did it. They hold a tie with the Nationals for 1st place in the N.L. East. June is not going to be an easy month schedule wise. They will play 5 games total against the Phillies and 3 games against the Braves. The biggest challenge could be when they play a total of 6 games against their inter state rival Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are also tied for 1st place in their division and have played really well as a team this year. So that series could be a tough one for the Fish. The Marlins are hoping to finish June the way they are coming into it, very hot.
The rest of the season is going to be the real test of course. The Marlins were looking bad in April but impressed in May. The Fish play in the toughest division in baseball but have held their own so far. I believe the Fish have a very good chance of taking their first division title. This is a really good ball club that is finally playing as a team and are clicking on all cylinders. The prospects look very good for the rest of the summer but we will know for sure what this team is made of by September.
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