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Baseball Digest

March/April 2019

The Oldest and Longest-Running Baseball Magazine in the United States

United States
Grandstand Publishing
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at 85, aaron may downplay kuhn’s 1974 slight, but it once hurt deeply. and rightly so.

When you’ve been in and around Major League Baseball for more than 40 years, you’re often asked if you’ve ever met this person or that person. Whenever I’m asked about the great Hank Aaron—who we recognize with two features in this issue of Baseball Digest on the 45th anniversary of his historic 715th home run in 1974—I bring up a story I was told by the wonderful columnist from The New York Times, the late Dave Anderson. It’s my “go-to” story about Henry Louis Aaron.“I’m one of the ballplayers.”—Hank AaronThe years have erased from my memory exactly when the conversation took place, but it was over lunch or dinner in the press dining room at the original Yankee Stadium, probably in the late seventies.We were talking about the esteem in…

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the fans speak out

NUMBERS WITHOUT AN OUTCOMEIn 1959 the Chicago White Sox finished the season with a 94-60 record, yet stats for Nellie Fox show 156 games played. Can you explain? Thanks.Terry BocainGrand Rapids, MINellie Fox, who in 1959 led the major leagues in games played with 156 (in a 154-game schedule), played in two tie games that season: 4-4 (six innings) against the Yankees on July 29 at Comiskey Park and 1-1 at Baltimore (18 innings) on Aug. 6. Though the tie games were not included in the standings, the individual statistics counted.In the National League in 1959, Ernie Banks of the Cubs and Don Hoak of the Pirates led the league with 155 games played, as their teams played tie games (though not against each other).LUIS APARICIONELLIE FOX (Bettmann/Getty Images)MUCH STINGIER…

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opening day

SCORING10 of 10 • Hall of Famer8 or 9 • MVP6 or 7 • All-Star5 or less • RookieFRANK ROBINSONDON DRYSDALEWILLIAM HOWARD TAFTA crowd of 14,000 saw President Taft throw out the ceremonial first pitch before two future Hall of Famers took the mound on April 14, 1910. Washington’s Walter Johnson outpitched lefty Eddie Plank and limited the Philadelphia Athletics to a single hit in a 3-0 victory. (Bettmann/Getty Images)1 Hall of Famer Don Drysdale is one of just two pitchers to hit two career home runs on Opening Day. The only other pitcher to accomplish the feat hit both of them in the same game. Name him.2 Major-league history was made on April 4, 1999, when the season opened in Mexico for the first time. The Colorado Rockies defeated…

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q&a with dave roberts

Baseball Digest: Do people realize how difficult it is for a Major League Baseball team to get to two consecutive World Series?Roberts: You know, I think that the hard thing about sports and baseball, in particular, is playing 162 games and then you go to the postseason. Then you get to Game 7 of the World Series. Twenty-four hours prior, you’re in position to be World Series champions, and then 24 hours later you lose Game 7 and you have to pick yourself back up and have the courage to get to the top of the mountain again. It’s not easy and that’s why you see very few teams that accomplish that goal. Ultimately the goal is to win it all, but I do find some solace in (getting there)…

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5 nl east rookies to watch

Víctor Robles, Nationals, OFAt age 21 a year ago, Robles looked like a Rookie of the Year candidate, but the five-tool prospect missed most of last season after he hyperextended his left elbow in April, diving for a ball with Triple-A Syracuse. He was coming off an impressive 2017 in Double-A and Triple-A ball, when he batted .300/.382/.493 with 37 doubles, 10 homers and 27 steals in 114 games. With his athleticism and talent, Robles, who has slugged .506 and stole five bases in 66 PA with the Nationals the last two Septembers, should soon hold down a spot in Washington’s outfield, alongside 2018 phenom Juan Soto.Touki Toussaint, Braves, RHPToussaint and fellow right-hander Mike Soroka, both coming off dominating performances in the high minors, top Atlanta’s stable of promising young…

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national league east

New York Mets ownership knew it was time to try something different. The Mets finished under .500 for a second straight season last year, going 77-85 under first-year manager Mickey Callaway. Attendance was down at Citi Field and the Mets’ appearance in the 2015 World Series seemed like a lifetime ago.So, the Mets decided to do something very different. They hired Brodie Van Wagenen, one of baseball’s most high-profile agents, as general manager to replace Sandy Alderson. Van Wagenen wasted little time in reshaping the roster, beginning with a stunning trade with the Seattle Mariners that netted eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz, who led the major leagues with 57 saves last season. Canó returns to New York, where he starred with the Yankees from 2005-13.…