Baseball Shorts: The Longest Perfect Relief Outing

Normally, relief outings last only a few innings with one exception: When a long man is brought in. In that case, a starting pitcher that didn't make the rotation, is sent to the mound because the actual starter's stuff isn't working. 114 years ago, something similar happened with a notable feat that the game ended …

Today in Baseball: Some DH Firsts

Today, 48 years ago, the designated hitter made its first appearance in the American League. On this day, there were some firsts regarding this newly created "position."On the Opening Day game in Boston between the Red Sox and the Yankees, Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees is the first designated hitter in the AL. In the …

Baseball Related Songs: “Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to the somewhat rougher genre in music: The Celtic Punk group Dropkick Murphys with "Shipping up to Boston."In a previous episode, the Dutch Baseball Hangout already paid attention to another song of the Dropkick Murphys: "Tessie". In contrast to "Tessie," "Shipping up to Boston is …

Today in Baseball: Red Sox are the last to integrate

Today, 61 years ago, Pumpsie Green debuted for the Boston Red Sox, making the bean towners the last team to hire an Afro-American player. Since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, it took the Red Sox 12 years to integrate as well. Ironically, the Red Sox were the club that gave Jackie Robinson,  Marvin Williams, …

Baseball Shorts: Duffy’s Cliff

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to a phenomenon that Red Sox fans will surely know. It is a phenomenon that could be found in Fenway Park. Duffy’s Cliff was a ten-foot-high mound that formed an incline in front of the left-field wall from the day the park opened in 1912 until …

Juremi Profar joins Red Sox

Infielder Juremi Profar from Curaçao has signed a one-year] minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. After seven years with the Texas Rangers organization, the younger brother of Jurickson opted for free agency on November 4, 2019. Before last season, the Rangers clearly didn't know where to put Juremi as they let him play …

DiMaggio for Williams; the trade that never happened

There is a story floating around about a trade between the Yankees and the Red Sox back in the 1940s. Both owners would trade away their biggest star to the opponent. Eventually,  the trade never happened but it would have been something to see both Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams in the uniform of the …

Today in baseball: Fenway Park collateral to the Yankees…

On this day a hundred years ago, the New York Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for "just" $100,000. But did you know that Fenway Park would also be part of the deal? According to the legend, financially strapped Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to generate money for his …

Pitch limit for Japanese high school pitchers

For the first time since Japanese high school baseball is played, pitchers will be limited to 500 pitches per week. The Japanese National High School Baseball Federation has decided to go with this rule to protect young pitchers from abuse. In the (recent) past it was pretty common that pitchers threw over 200 pitches per …

Today in baseball: Red Sox fail to win World Series

Today, thirty-three years ago, The Boston Red Sox were one strike away from clinching their first World Series championship since 1918. But unfortunately for the bean towners, the curse of the Bambino would last on for another eighteen years. With Boston leading 5-4, and Mookie Wilson batting and the winning run now on base, McNamara brought in Bob …

Baseball related songs: “Bill Lee” by Warren Zevon

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "Bill Lee" performed by Warren Zevon. The song is about the Space man, who was suspended from baseball because of the use of pot, which he claimed not to have smoked.  Bill Lee was called the Spaceman because of his odd personality. In a …

Xander Bogaerts gets 1000th MLB hit

The Boston Red Sox' Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts became the third Red Sox player to get 1000 base hits before the age of 27. Only Tris Speaker and Bobby Doerr preceded him. Unfortunately, Bogaerts' hit wasn't of any value for the Red Sox as he didn't drive in a run or scored himself after it. …

London Series: Yankees win ridiculous game

In a soccer stadium that was transferred into a baseball stadium, the Boston Red Sox "hosted" the New York Yankees. For the first time in the history of MLB, the fiercest rivalry in baseball set foot in Europe. It turned out to be a slugfest with a ridiculous final score of 17-13 in the favor …

Peanuts night in Binghamton

Recently you could read about the comic Peanuts and its relationship to baseball. Despite the passing of its artist, Peanuts is still in the hearts of many Americans which was proven by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies last night. The Rumble Ponies (I still think it is a lame name) played last night's game vs the …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …