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Baseball Digest

September/October 2019

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

United States
Grandstand Publishing
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6 Issues


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forgiveness is one thing, but it’s time to stop exonerating the 1919 black sox

To most viewers of the classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams, it is nothing more than an innocent conversation to advance the storyline. You may not even remember it. To me, it’s like, “Say what?” Kevin Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella, is regaling his young daughter, Karen, with tales of his father’s hero, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, one of the eight members of the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox who, he explains, “threw” the World Series. “What’s ‘threw?’” Karen asks. “It means they lost it on purpose,” Kinsella tells her. “Except ‘Shoeless Joe.’ Now he did take their money, but nobody could ever prove he did a single thing to lose those games.” “Say what?” I like to think that an older, more-skeptical Karen would have responded, “Now, hold on, Dad. Shouldn’t there be a period after ‘he…

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baseball digest

Publisher Norman Jacobs Associate Publisher David Fagley Editor in Chief Rick Cerrone Editor Thom Henninger Production and Business Manager Dale Jacobs Circulation Manager Richard Kent Advertising Sales Fox Associates Data Administrator Murray Jacobs Archive Manager Corey Conzett Statistics Consultant Bill Deane Copy Editor Dean Spiros Business & Editorial Office 1800 Nations Drive, Suite 117, Gurnee, IL 60031-9171 (847) 491-6440 Customer service: cs@baseballdigest.com Editorial: editorial@baseballdigest.com Creative Agency RobertGraphics Inc. Newsstand Distribution Curtis Circulation Department…

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the fans speak out

ALL-STAR GAME LOSING STREAK ENDS The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka pitched the second inning of the All-Star Game and was the winning pitcher. I can’t recall a Yankees pitcher winning the All-Star Game in my lifetime. Who was the last Yankee to win one? John Miller Bellaire, OH You would be living in your eighth decade to remember the last time a Yankee earned an All-Star Game win. That was in 1948, when Vic Raschi worked the middle three innings of a 5-2 American League victory. Remarkably, in the American League’s first 11 All-Star Game victories from 1933 through 1948, a Yankees pitcher recorded the “W” seven times. Then no Yankee was credited with a victory in any of the 34 AL wins from 1949 through 2018. As the chart below shows, Yankees pitchers absorbed…

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world series mvps

SCORING 10 of 10 • Hall of Famer 8 or 9 • MVP 6 or 7 • All-Star 5 or less • Rookie 1 In the 64-year history of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, two of the winners batted over .600. In 2013, Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz batted .688. Who is the only other World Series MVP winner to bat over .600? 2 Name the three switch-hitters who have won a World Series MVP. 3 In 1979, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Willie Stargell became the first of six players to win the League Championship Series MVP and the World Series MVP in the same season. Name the two St. Louis Cardinals who have won both awards in the same season. 4 In 1967, St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson became the first pitcher to…

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q&a with bruce bochy

BASEBALL DIGEST: You made the decision last winter that this would be the last year. Why the advanced warning? Bochy: I guess there are a few things that came into play. One, family. I think my wife (Kim) is ready for me to step down and just lighten the load a little bit, so to speak. And you know, I just look at everything between getting a new general manager or president, I didn't want him to have to answer the questions all the time about my situation and then, with the players, I didn't want to have to answer them all year and I just said it's time. Sometimes you wonder if you're going to know. I talked to (Tony) La Russa and I remember talking to (Jim) Leyland briefly…

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proudly red, black and blue

The intensity and attention to detail of Max Scherzer have now become legendary in the nation's capital, where his outings at Nationals Park are becoming must-see events and a diversion from the political frays that take place a few blocks away An All-Star in each of the last six seasons, the Washington Nationals right-hander practices his pickoff move—without a baseball, mind you—on the right-field grass before his bullpen sessions. And he refuses to wear practice jerseys that he won't use in the game. In July, he wore a 1969 Montreal Expos throwback jersey during a bullpen session because that is what he would be wearing in his start a few days later as the Nationals honored their Canadian roots. That start came six days after he pitched seven scoreless innings at home on…