If a batter reaches first base because of offensive interference by a preceding runner, he is credited with a hit. A hit for one base is called a single, for two bases a double, and for three bases a triple, a home run is scored as a hit. Doubles and home runs are called extra base hits, an infield hit is a hit where the ball does not leave the infield. Infield hits are uncommon by nature, and most often earned by speedy runners, a no-hitter is a game in which one of the teams prevented the other from getting a hit. Throwing a no-hitter is rare and considered an accomplishment for a pitcher or pitching staff. In most cases in the game, no-hitters are accomplished by a single pitcher who throws a complete game. A pitcher who throws a no-hitter could still allow runners to reach safely, by way of walks, hit batsmen. If the pitcher allows no runners to reach base, the no-hitter is a perfect game, in 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits. The result was skyrocketing batting averages, including some near.500, Tip ONeill of the St.
Louis Browns batted.485 that season, the experiment was abandoned the following season. There is controversy regarding how the records of 1887 should be interpreted, the number of legitimate walks and at-bats are known for all players that year, so computing averages using the same method as in other years is straightforward. In 1968, Major League Baseball formed a Special Baseball Records Committee to resolve this issues, the Committee ruled that walks in 1887 should not be counted as hits. Most current sources list ONeills 1887 average as.435, as calculated by omitting his walks and he would retain his American Association batting championship. However, the variance between methods results in differing recognition for the 1887 National League batting champion, cap Anson would be recognized, with his.421 average, if walks are included, but Sam Thompson would be the champion at.372 if they are not. The official rulebook of Major League Baseball states in Rule 10, Rule 10.05 Comment, In applying Rule 10.05, the official scorer shall always give the batter the benefit of the doubt.
Runner is called out for interference with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball, unless in the scorers judgment the batter-runner would have been safe had the interference not occurred
The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. The Marlins compete in Major League Baseball as a club of the National League East division. Their home park is Marlins Park, though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title, the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team. The stadium was called Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl in Little Havana, Florida. The new park, unlike Sun Life Stadium, was designed foremost as a baseball park, the new parks name is a temporary one until naming rights are purchased. Per agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County, the Marlins officially changed their name to the Miami Marlins on November 11,2011 and they adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms. The 2003 season was notable for the firing of manager Jeff Torborg after 38 games, the Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time.
Torborgs successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason, the Marlins moved into their new ballpark, Marlins Park in 2012, which coincided with a change in the team colors/uniforms and name to the Miami Marlins. No-Hitters, Marlins pitchers have pitched five no-hitters in team history, four coming against teams in the NL West. Hitting for the cycle, No Marlins player has hit for the cycle in franchise history. See also, List of Major League Baseball retired numbers § Alternative methods of recognition, from 1993 until 2011, the Marlins had retired the number 5 in honor of Carl Barger, the first president of the Florida Marlins who died prior to the teams inaugural season. Bargers favorite player was Joe DiMaggio, thus the selection of number 5, with the move to the new ballpark, the team opted to honor Barger with a plaque. Logan Morrison, a Kansas City native and fan of Royals Hall-of-Famer George Brett, after José Fernández death as a result of a boating accident on September 25,2016, the Miami Marlins announced plans to build a memorial at Marlins Park in his honor.
However, Fernández number 16 has yet to be officially retired, the Marlins began construction of a new, state-of-the-art stadium at the Miami Orange Bowl site on July 18,2009. The now approved stadium was the subject of a legal battle. A lawsuit by local automobile franchise mogul and former Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman contested the legality of the deal with Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Judge Beth Cohen dismissed all the charges in Bramans lawsuit. The seating capacity for Marlins Park is 36,742, making it the third smallest stadium in the MLB and its first regular season game was April 4,2012, against the St. Until a naming-rights deal is reached, the park will be known as Marlins Park, the Marlins flagship radio station from their inception in 1993 through 2007 was WQAM560 AM
Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The game usually occurs on either the second or third Tuesday in July, and is meant to mark a symbolic halfway-point in the MLB season. Both of the major leagues share a common All-Star break, with no games scheduled on the day before or two days after the All-Star Game itself. Some additional events and festivities associated with the game take place each year close to, no official MLB All-Star Game was held in 1945 including the official selection of players due to World War II travel restrictions. The first All-Star Game was held on July 6,1933 as part of the 1933 Worlds Fair in Chicago, at Comiskey Park and was initiated by Arch Ward, initially intended to be a one-time event, its great success resulted in making the game an annual one. The venue for the All-Star Game is chosen by Major League Baseball, the criteria for the venue are subjective, cities with new ballparks and those who have not hosted the game in a long time—or ever—tend to get selected. New York City has hosted more than any city, having done so nine times in five different stadiums.
At the same time, the New York Mets failed to host for 48 seasons, in the first two decades of the game there were two pairs of teams that shared ballparks, located in Philadelphia and St. Louis. This led to some shorter-than-usual gaps between the use of venues, The Cardinals hosted the game in 1940, and the Browns in 1948. The Athletics hosted the game in 1943, and the Phillies in 1952, the venues traditionally alternate between the American League and National League every year. This tradition has been several times, The first time was in 1951. Detroit Tigers were chosen to host the game as part of the citys 250th birthday. The second was when the format during the 1959–1962 seasons resulted in the A. L. being one game ahead in turn. This was corrected in 2007, when the N. L, San Francisco Giants were the host for the 2007 All-Star Game, which set up the 2008 game to be held at the A. L. s Yankee Stadium in its final season. This decision was made following the announcement of Miami as host for the 2017 All Star Game, the coaching staff for each team is selected by its manager.
This honor is given to the manager, not the team and this happened in 2003, when Dusty Baker managed the National League team despite having moved from the National League champion San Francisco Giants to the Chicago Cubs. This has included situations where the person is no longer actively managing a team, mcGraw came out of retirement for that purpose. Dick Williams resigned after managing the Oakland Athletics to the 1973 World Series, in 1974, he became manager of the California Angels, whose uniform he wore for the game. Tony La Russa, who managed the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, in 1979, Bob Lemon managed the American League team after having been fired by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
Clarence Edwin Cito Gaston is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. His major league career as a player lasted from 1967 to 1978, most notably for the San Diego Padres and he spent his entire managerial career with the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the first African-American manager in Major League history to win a World Series title. Cito Gaston managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, during this time, he managed the Blue Jays to four American League East division titles, two American League pennants and two World Series titles. Gaston grew up in San Antonio and Corpus Christi and his career ambitions were either to be a truck driver like his father, or make it into the Major Leagues. He adopted his nickname Cito in preference to his given name Clarence, Gaston told Toronto Blue Jays broadcasters that the name was taken from a Mexican-American wrestler he watched as a young man in Texas. Other reports state that Gaston was given this nickname from a friend named Carlos Thompson who thought that Gaston resembled a Mexican wrestler named Cito, as a player with the Atlanta Braves, he was the roommate of Hank Aaron.
Gaston credits Aaron with teaching him how to be a man, Gaston has been married three times. His first marriage ended in divorce with Gaston citing his baseball career as the reason and his second marriage to a Canadian woman, lasted from the early 80s to the early 2000s. Since 2003, Gaston has been married to Lynda, both residing in Oldsmar, when in Toronto, Gaston lives in a downtown condominium which he sublets to former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Tim Hunter. Primarily a center fielder, Gaston began his playing career in 1967 with the Atlanta Braves. The following year he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the expansion draft and he had his best individual season in 1970, when he batted.318 with 29 home runs,92 runs scored and 93 RBI, and was selected to the National League All-Star team. The rest of Gastons career did not live up to his All-Star season success, Gaston never hit more than 17 home runs or knocked in more than 61 runs in any season with the Padres or the Braves.
In the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, Cito Gaston played with the Cardenales de Lara, the Navegantes del Magallanes, Gaston hit 31 home runs and drove in 207 runs in 310 games. Gaston became the coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982. Gaston remained the hitting instructor until 15 May 1989, when he took over duties from Jimy Williams. Gaston originally declined the offer to be manager when Williams was fired and he told Ebony magazine, When I was offered the job as manager, I didnt want it. I was happy working as the hitting instructor. It was only when his players encouraged him to take the job did he reconsider the offer, under Gastons leadership, Toronto transformed from a sub-.500 team to the eventual division winners, going 89–73
James Timothy Tim McCarver is an American sportscaster and former professional baseball catcher. McCarver played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and he appeared in the MLB All-Star Game in 1966 and 1967, and was the starting catcher for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and 1967. McCarver was the recipient of the 2012 Ford C, McCarver was born in Memphis, Tennessee. McCarver, following his years with Memphis Christian Brothers High School, was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959, playing with the Cardinals minor league teams of Keokuk and Rochester, McCarver reached the MLB level for the first time at the age of only 17. He spent the 1960,1961, and 1962 seasons shuttling between St. Louis and the league teams of Memphis and Atlanta. In 1963, he was called up to the majors for good, in 1964, his tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning won Game 5 of the World Series. In 1966, McCarver was named to the All-Star Team, scored the winning run in the 10th inning of that 1966 All-Star Game, in 1967, he finished second to teammate Orlando Cepeda for the National League Most Valuable Player award.
McCarver was a member of two World Series championships during his time in St. Louis and he was the favorite catcher of the notoriously temperamental Bob Gibson, and fostered a relationship with young pitcher Steve Carlton that would keep him in the major leagues in his career. After a trade to Philadelphia involving, among others, his teammate Curt Flood before the 1970 season, McCarver played for the Phillies, Red Sox, and another brief stint with the Cardinals. McCarvers career might have taken a different turn in 1975, according to Peter Gammons, McCarver, was released, and Johnson led the Red Sox to the 75 AL pennant. During his first stint with the Phillies, McCarver caught Rick Wises no-hitter on June 23,1971, at the end of the season, the Phillies traded Wise to the Cardinals for Steve Carlton, the deal reuniting McCarver with Carlton. During the 1972 season, the Phillies traded McCarver to the Montreal Expos where, on October 2, he caught the second of Bill Stonemans two career no-hitters.
On July 4,1976, McCarver hit what is known as a Grand Slam Single when, after hitting a grand slam, he passed his teammate Garry Maddox on the basepath. While hosting the HBO special The Not-so-Great Moments in Sports, McCarver claimed to have said to the umpire, I didnt pass him, asked how Maddox could have done that, McCarver replied, Sheer speed. The event was commemorated in the book The Baseball Hall of Shame 3 as Tim McCarvers Grand Sob, McCarver finished his career as the personal catcher for Steve Carlton for the Phillies in the late 1970s. Carlton preferred McCarver to Phillies regular Bob Boone and it was quipped that when Carlton and McCarver eventually died, they would be buried 60 feet,6 inches apart. He retired after the 1979 season to begin a broadcasting career, McCarver briefly returned to duty in September 1980, thus becoming one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to appear in Major League games in four different decades. He caught 121 shutouts during his career, ranking him 9th all-time among major league catchers, as a broadcaster, McCarver has enjoyed prominence as a color commentator on the network level
Kirby Puckett was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball career as a fielder for the Minnesota Twins. Puckett is the Twins all-time leader in hits, doubles. At the time of his retirement, his.318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter since Joe DiMaggio. After being forced to retire at age 36 due to loss of vision in one eye from a central retinal vein occlusion, Puckett was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his first year of eligibility. Puckett was born in Chicago and raised in Robert Taylor Homes and he attended and played baseball for Calumet High School. After receiving no scholarship offers following graduation, Puckett at first went to work on a line for Ford Motor Company. However, he was given a chance to attend Bradley University, despite his undersized 58 frame, the Minnesota Twins selected him in the 1st round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft. After being promoted to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens to start the 1984 season, Pucketts major league debut came on May 8 against the California Angels, a game in which he went 4 for 5 with one run.
That year, Puckett hit.296 and was fourth in the American League in singles, in 1985, Puckett hit.288 and finished fourth in the league in hits, third in triples, second in plate appearances, and first in at bats. In 1986, Puckett began to emerge as more than just a singles hitter, Kirby was recognized for his defensive skills, earning his first Gold Glove Award. In 1987, the Twins reached the post-season for the first time since 1970 despite finishing with a mark of 85-77, once there, Puckett helped lead the Twins to the 1987 World Series, the Twins second series appearance since relocating to Minnesota and fifth in franchise history. Statistically speaking, Puckett had his best all around season in 1988, hitting.356 with 24 home runs and 121 RBI, finishing third in the AL MVP balloting for the second straight season. Although the Twins won 91 games, six more than in their championship season, Puckett won the AL batting title in 1989 with a mark of.339, while finishing fifth in at bats, second in doubles, first in hits, and second in singles.
In April 1989, he recorded his 1, 000th hit, becoming the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to do so in his first five seasons. He continued to play well in 1990, but had a season, finishing with a.298 batting average. In 1991, the Twins got back on the track and Puckett led the way by batting.319, eighth in the league. The Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the American League Championship Series as Puckett batted.429 with two runs and five RBI to win the ALCS MVP
Gerald Francis Jerry Coleman was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees and manager of the San Diego Padres for one year. Coleman was named the rookie of the year in 1949 by Associated Press, Yankees teams on which he was a player appeared in six World Series during his career, winning four times. Coleman served as a Marine Corps pilot in WW II and the Korean War, flying missions with the VMSB-341 Torrid Turtles. He became a broadcaster, and he was honored in 2005 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C, Frick Award for his broadcasting contributions. Born in San Jose, Coleman graduated from Lowell High School and he played six years in the Yankees minor league system before reaching the big club in 1949. Coleman hit.275 in his first year and led all second basemen in fielding percentage and he was the Associated Press rookie of the year in 1949, and finishing third in balloting by Baseball Writers Association of America. Coleman avoided a sophomore jinx by earning a selection to the All-Star team in 1950 and he shined in the World Series with brilliant defense, earning him the BBWAAs Babe Ruth Award as the seriess most valuable player.
While a Marine Corps aviator he flew 120 combat missions, and received numerous honors and medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. In recent years Coleman received numerous honors, being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame, Coleman was the only Major League Baseball player to have seen combat in two wars. Colemans career declined after he was injured the season, relegating him to a bench role. He was forced to retire after the 1957 season, but he left on a good note and he appeared in the World Series six times in his career, winning four of them. In 1958, New York Yankees general manager George Weiss named Coleman personnel director, roy Hamey terminated Coleman from that position, when Harney became the Yankees general manager. It was only after Coleman met with Howard Cosell that Coleman considered becoming a broadcaster, in 1960, Coleman began a broadcasting career with CBS television, conducting pregame interviews on the networks Game of the Week broadcasts. His broadcasting career ended that year, he was in the midst of an interview with Cookie Lavagetto when the national anthem began playing.
Coleman kept the interview going through the anthem, prompting an avalanche of angry letters to CBS, in 1963 he began a seven-year run calling Yankees games on WCBS radio and WPIX television. Colemans WPIX call of ex-teammate Mickey Mantles 500th career home run in 1967 was brief and from the heart, Heres the payoff pitch. During his time broadcasting with the Yankees he lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey, which he described as being 19.9 miles from Yankee Stadium and he was known in San Diego for his signature catchphrase, You can hang a star on that one, baby. Which he would deliver after a spectacular play, during home games, the phrase would be accompanied by a tinsel star swinging from a fishing pole that emanated from his broadcast booth
In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important defensive player, there are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and closer. The National League in Major League Baseball and the Japanese Central League are among the leagues that have not adopted the designated hitter position. In most cases, the objective of the pitcher is to deliver the pitch to the catcher without allowing the batter to hit the ball with the bat. A successful pitch is delivered in such a way that the batter either allows the pitch to pass through the zone, swings the bat at the ball and misses it. If the batter elects not to swing at the pitch, it is called a strike if any part of the passes through the strike zone. A check swing is when the batter begins to swing, If the batter successfully checks the swing and the pitch is out of the strike zone, it is called a ball.
There are two legal pitching positions, the windup and the set position or stretch, either position may be used at any time, the windup is used when the bases are empty, while the set position is used when at least one runner is on base. Each position has certain procedures that must be followed, a balk can be called on a pitcher from either position. A power pitcher is one who relies on the velocity of his pitches to succeed, power pitchers record a high percentage of strikeouts. A control pitcher succeeds by throwing accurate pitches and thus records few walks, nearly all action during a game is centered on the pitcher for the defensive team. A pitchers particular style, time taken between pitches, and skill heavily influence the dynamics of the game and can determine the victor. Meanwhile, a batter stands in the box at one side of the plate. The type and sequence of pitches chosen depend upon the situation in a game. The relationship between pitcher and catcher is so important that some teams select the starting catcher for a game based on the starting pitcher.
Together, the pitcher and catcher are known as the battery, although the object and mechanics of pitching remain the same, pitchers may be classified according to their roles and effectiveness. The starting pitcher begins the game, and he may be followed by relief pitchers, such as the long reliever, the left-handed specialist, the middle reliever. In Major League Baseball, every team uses Baseball Rubbing Mud to rub game balls in before their pitchers use them in games, a skilled pitcher often throws a variety of different pitches to prevent the batter from hitting the ball well
Robert Joseph Bobby Cox is an American former professional baseball third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. He first led the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, and he rejoined the Braves in 1985 as a general manager. He moved back to the role during the 1990 season. The Atlanta Braves have since retired the number 6 in commemoration of Bobby Cox and he led the Atlanta Braves to the World Series championship in 1995. He holds the record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158. Cox ranks fourth on the baseball all-time managerial wins list, as a player, Cox originally signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was never able to make the Dodgers major league team. Eventually he was acquired by the Braves, but never appeared in an MLB game for them either, instead, he was traded to the New York Yankees on December 7,1967. Cox played two seasons, mostly at third base, for the Yankees, because of bad knees, Cox became the second in a string of four stopgap players between Clete Boyer and Graig Nettles.
Prior to managing in the States, Cox played from 1967 to 1970 for the Cardenales de Lara and he managed the Cardenales during three consecutive seasons from 1974–75 through 1976–77. In between, he coached and managed in the Yankees minor league system, Cox began his managerial career in the Yankees farm system in 1971. In 1976, he led the Syracuse Chiefs to the Governors Cup title and this team featured such future major leaguers as Ron Guidry, Mickey Klutts, Terry Whitfield and Juan Bernhardt. Overall, Cox had a highly successful tenure as a minor league manager. He spent the 1977 season as the first base coach on Billy Martins staff with the World Series–winning Yankees before beginning his MLB managerial career, building from the ground up, the Braves finished last in both 1978 and 1979. Murphy won two National League Most Valuable Player Awards and five Gold Gloves, and became one of the players of the 1980s. In 1980, the Braves finished fourth with their first record above.500 since 1974, Cox was undone by the 1981 baseball strike when the Braves finished fifth and owner Ted Turner fired him.
Asked at a press conference who was on his short list for manager, Turner replied and we need someone like him around here. The Braves won the National League West division title in 1982, Cox finished with a record of 266 wins and 323 losses in the regular season. Cox joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982, who steadily improved over the four years of his management, in 1985, Coxs fourth season with the club, the Blue Jays finished in first place in the American League East
Barry Louis Larkin is a retired Major League Baseball player. Larkin played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004 and was one of the players on the 1990 Reds World Series championship team. Larkin was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2012 and was inducted on July 22,2012, born and raised in Cincinnati, Larkin attended the University of Michigan, where he played college baseball. He briefly played in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut in 1986 and he quickly won the starting shortstop role for the Reds and enjoyed a long run of strong seasons with the team. Larkin struggled with a string of injuries between 1997 and 2003, limiting his time in several seasons. Larkin retired after the 2004 season and worked in a front office position for the Washington Nationals for several years until he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. He served as a coach for the American team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Larkin is considered one of the top players of his era, winning nine Silver Slugger awards and three Gold Glove awards.
He was selected to the Major League All-Star Game twelve times, Larkin attended elementary school at St. Johns the Evangelist in Deer Park, Cincinnati. His high school was Archbishop Moeller High School, in Cincinnati, Larkin accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan to play for legendary coach Bo Schembechler, but during his freshman year he decided to play baseball exclusively. He was a two-time All-American and led the Wolverines to berths in two College World Series, in 1983 and 1984, Larkin was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985. Larkins number 16 was retired by the school on May 1,2010, Larkin played with the Vermont Reds on their team that won the 1985 Eastern League Championship and in 1986 was the Rookie of the Year and AAA Player of the Year with the Denver Zephyrs. In all, he played only 177 minor league games in his professional career, after arriving in the majors, Larkin battled fellow prospect Kurt Stillwell for the starting shortstop spot before establishing himself as the starter in 1987.
In 1988 Larkin led all major leaguers by striking out only 24 times in 588 at bats, Larkin batted.353 in the 1990 World Series to help lead the Reds to a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. On June 27–28,1991, Larkin became the first shortstop ever to hit five home runs in the span of two consecutive games and he earned his fourth consecutive All-Star Game selection that season. After the 1991 season, Larkin questioned whether the Reds had a commitment to winning and he said he was likely to leave the team when his contract expired the next year, but he was encouraged when the Reds acquired pitchers Tim Belcher and Greg Swindell in the offseason. In January 1992, the Reds signed him to a five-year, at that time, only four players had larger contracts and Larkin was the highest-paid shortstop. Larkin was not selected as an All-Star in 1992, but he won his fifth consecutive Silver Slugger Award, in 1993 he won the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes players who display sportsmanship, community service and on-field ability.
In 1995, Larkin was sixth in batting and second in stolen bases to win the National Leagues MVP award, the first by a shortstop since Maury Wills in 1962
Ryne Dee Sandberg, nicknamed Ryno, is an American former professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career.989 fielding percentage was a record at second base when he retired in 1997. Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005 and he resigned from his managerial duties for the Phillies on June 26,2015, and was succeeded by Pete Mackanin. Born in Spokane, Sandbergs parents were Elizabeth, a nurse and he was named for relief pitcher Ryne Duren. Sandberg was a star in high school at North Central. The previous fall he was named to Parade Magazines High School All-America football team, one of the eight quarterbacks, the schools baseball field was named in his honor in 1985 as Ryne Sandberg Field, and his varsity number was retired in both football and baseball.
Sandberg was recruited to play quarterback at NCAA Division I colleges and he opted not to attend after being selected in the 20th round of the 1978 baseball amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Sandberg made his debut as a shortstop for the Phillies in 1981. Playing for a total of 13 games, Sandberg had one hit in six at-bats for a.167 batting average during his playing stint for the Phillies. That one hit occurred at Wrigley Field using a bat borrowed from fellow-Phillies-manager Larry Bowa, the Phillies didnt have much room in the lineup for him at the time. The Phillies didnt think he could play shortstop, though he would have probably had trouble dislodging Larry Bowa from that spot in any event. While hed seen time in the minors at both second and third base, he was blocked from those positions by Manny Trillo and Mike Schmidt, accordingly, he was traded along with Bowa to the Cubs for shortstop Iván DeJesús prior to the 1982 season. The trade, now reckoned as one of the most lopsided deals in baseball history, Cubs general manager Dallas Green, a former Phillies manager, wanted a young prospect to go along with the aging Bowa.
Green had largely been responsible for the Phillies drafting Sandberg in 1978, the two have remained very close over the years. Years later, Phillies general manager Paul Owens said that he didnt want to trade Sandberg, but Green, Owens went back to his scouts, who told him Sandberg wouldnt be any more than a utility infielder. However, Sandberg had hit over.290 in the two years in a row. The trade is now considered one of the best in recent Cubs history, Sandberg is one of two Hall of Famers who came up through the Phillies farm system and earned their Hall of Fame credentials primarily as Cubs, the other being Ferguson Jenkins
The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball franchise based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The franchise competes in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division, the Braves played home games at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, and Turner Field from 1997 to 2016. Since 2017, their stadium has been SunTrust Park, a new stadium 10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in Cumberland/Galleria, Georgia. The Braves play spring training games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in January 2017, the Braves announced a formal agreement to move their spring training home to North Port, Florida. The Braves name, which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior, from 1991 to 2005, the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period. The Braves won the NL West 1991–93 and the NL East 1995–2005, the Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s, winning the title in 1995.
The Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities, the Braves and the Chicago Cubs are the National Leagues two remaining charter franchises. The Braves were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871, the team states it is the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America. After various name changes, the team began operating as the Boston Braves. Then, in 1953, the moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The teams tenure in Atlanta is noted for Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruths career home run record in 1974, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, established in 1869 as the first openly all-professional baseball team, voted to dissolve after the 1870 season. The original Boston Red Stockings team and its successors can lay claim to being the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports. Two young players hired away from the Forest City club of Rockford, turned out to be the biggest stars during the NAPBBP years, pitcher Al Spalding and second baseman Ross Barnes.
Led by the Wright brothers and Spalding, the Red Stockings dominated the National Association, the team became one of the National Leagues charter franchises in 1876, sometimes called the Red Caps. The Boston Red Caps played in the first game in the history of the National League, on Saturday, April 22,1876, defeating the Athletics, although somewhat stripped of talent in the National Leagues inaugural year, Boston bounced back to win the 1877 and 1878 pennants. The Red Caps/Beaneaters were one of the dominant teams during the 19th century. For most of time, their manager was Frank Selee. Boston came to be called the Beaneaters in 1883, while retaining red as the team color, the 1898 team finished 102–47, a club record for wins that would stand for almost a century