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Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth

The year is 1994. The Seattle Mariners ended the season on a 4 game losing streak allowing the Minnesota Twins to force a 1 game playoff for the wild card1.

Twins owner, Billy Heywood fired their manager mid-season. Instituted himself as manager because he couldn’t convince Whitey Herzog to take the job. Then proceeded to bench one of the Twins best players, Lou Collins, down the stretch simply because Lou was dating Heywood’s mother.

The Twins undoubtedly did not deserve to be there. Sometimes that’s how baseball goes. The Mariners, clearly the better team had two future hall of famers to the Twins entire roster of players who don’t even show up in fangraphs. Continue reading “Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth”

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Trevor Bauer Rampaging Through Sports Writer’s Yards

In an exclusive story, View From The Pine has learned that several national sports writers have come out accusing Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer of running through their yards.

One national sports writer, who declined to be named, tells View From The Pine that he was sitting out on his front porch when Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, 25, ventured into his yard. Continue reading “Trevor Bauer Rampaging Through Sports Writer’s Yards”

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Who To Root For – 2016 MLB Playoff Edition

The St. Louis Cardinals 2016 season is over much earlier than it has been in the last 6 years. For the first time since 2010 St. Louis baseball fans have no rooting interest headed into the MLB playoffs. That leaves a pretty big hole to fill during October baseball. And there’s no clear cut team to pick

Let’s break down the teams remaining in the hunt for the World Series.

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When Stats Don’t Matter

It has never been cooler to be a baseball nerd than right now. Moneyball brought baseball analytics to the main stream. It does help when you’ve got Brad Pitt leading the charge.

Now ESPN has published The Great Analytics Rankings.1 It’s worth checking out. But we’re here to discuss something else that is seemingly falling by the wayside. Continue reading “When Stats Don’t Matter”

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Ranking Boston’s Beards from Worst to Face Meltingly Awful

Boston, like many playoff teams before them, have embraced growing beards. Like literally everyone else these days. Yet everyone is treating Boston like they’re special for growing beards. Well we here at View From the Pine don’t think Boston is special (although Jonny Gomes may be), and we’re going to expose these Boston beards for how awful they really are.

5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Why are those reporters interviewing that homeless guy?

 

Is that a catcher or a hobo the Red Sox picked up off the street? Saltalamacchia’s long hair has gotten in his eyes several times this series, causing him to make ill advised throws all over the field. Continue reading “Ranking Boston’s Beards from Worst to Face Meltingly Awful”

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Bud Selig Sweeping A-Rod Under the Rug Through 2014

If you’re a fan of Alex Rodriguez or Johnny Manziel, today was not a good day for you to watch ESPN. I can’t imagine that venn diagram encompasses too many people. I don’t recall Texas fans be too infatuated with A-Rod after his stint with the Rangers and after Manziel has puke and rallied his way through the offseason his fans seem to fade outside the Lone Star state.

Bud Selig suspends A-rod

Well, yesterday Bud Selig did what A&M wished it could do with Manziel’s autograph controversy*, and swept A-Rod and fellow roiders Nelson Cruz, Evereth Cabrera, and more under the rug. The rest of the crew got off with a miniscule 50 game suspension, but Bud went after A-Rod with an iron fist and suspended him through the 2014 season. Poor A-Rod will have to survive on the $61 million guaranteed left on his contract.

Of course the Yankees activated A-Rod today and, in a true act of schadenfreude, batted him cleanup, and will continue to do so until A-Rod’s appeal process is over. At least White Sox fans gave him a heart booing upon his return.

*Drink every time a talking head calls it Autograph Gate.

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Former Cardinal Chris Perez Has A Drug Problem

Current injured Cleveland Indian closer and former St. Louis Cardinal, Chris Perez is being investigated after a narcotic delivery to the Cleveland home he rents was intercepted by police.

According to the Cleveland Plains Dealer, Perez’s rental home was searched Tuesday night and a controlled delivery of marijuana was found. It’s possible that Perez is on the receiving end of some bad luck from some previous drug dealers that forgot to update their mailing address as police had been to the house several times before Perez had moved in, but that seems unlikely. (That’s some stellar investigative work right there.) Continue reading “Former Cardinal Chris Perez Has A Drug Problem”

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BREAKING: Aroldis Chapman Eats 18 Pastries, Gives Up Two Bombs

Buckle up because we’re about to take a one-way trip to Scandal Town!

News out of Philadelphia today that everyone’s favorite Cuban defector, Aroldis Chapman, may have pulled a Babe Ruth and downed 18 pastries before serving up two of his own to the Phillies in the form of back-to-back homers, resulting in his second blown save of the season and a 2-3 loss for the Reds.

Phillies broadcaster/pastry connoisseur, Rickie Ricardo has the sticky details (get it, because pastries). Ricardo blew the lid off the PastryGate when he is said to have personally delivered 100 Cuban pastries to Chapman before Sunday’s game and then witnessing Chapman polish off 18 of them. Ricardo recalls the events in his own words.

“He couldn’t breathe!” said Ricardo. “I looked at my partner, I said, ‘He’s ripe for the taking today.'”

Scandal! Intrigue! Pastries!

We will keep you posted as this story continues to develop.

Via ESPN

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Goat Head Delivered To Wrigley Field, Slated to Bat Clean Up Tomorrow vs. Giants

Some enterprising Chicagoan dropped a goat’s head off at Wrigley Field for Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts Wednesday afternoon. Apparently killing goats and delivering them to Wrigley Field has become the go-to curse breaker in Chicago, as just back in 2009 a dead goat was found hanging on the statue of Harry Caray. And also in 2007. All of this of course stems from the famous Curse of the Billy Goat. Legend has it that the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern cursed the Cubs to forever lose when he was asked to leave Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering the other fans. Goats have got to be pulling for the Cubs to win a World Series soon so they can get back to eating garbage without looking over their shoulder. Fun fact: As of this writing, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles has 5 less RBIs than the entire Cubs team! So maybe the goats could feed off the level of play in Chicago.

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