Curt Schilling failed to receive the requisite 75% for the Hall of Fame. He has two years remaining on the ballot, so induction seems inevitable…just not this year.
(July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019)
Tyler Skaggs passed away in his hotel room in Texas this morning. Police are investigating but report that foul play is not suspected. Skaggs began his major league career with the Diamondbacks before joining the Angels after the 2013 season via the Dan Haren trade.
Several teams and players have posted condolences and memories on Twitter.
Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/6XA2Vu1uWV
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019
Rest in peace, Tyler. You will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/4DDTMZssNo
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 1, 2019
— MLB (@MLB) July 1, 2019
— MLBPAA (@MLBPAA) July 1, 2019
We join the baseball world in mourning the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/2gsMbpOcZ5
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 1, 2019
We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you. pic.twitter.com/n30eXspS4N
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 1, 2019
I am devastated about the passing of my close friend @TylerSkaggs37… what a great kid and ultimate competitor. He always wanted to get better and it was awesome being apart of his development! My heart is w his wife Carli and his mom Debbie 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) July 1, 2019
I just had lunch with Tyler a couple weeks ago. We talked pitching, life. He was so excited about the season. Absolutely gutted. I’m sick
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) July 1, 2019
My thoughts are with Tyler Skaggs’ loves ones. I have no words. I’m so sorry. Rest In Peace brother.
— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) July 1, 2019
Truly cannot believe this is real. Thoughts and prayers with his family, the Angels and all my former teammates. https://t.co/4RsRpWv3Am
— Chris Iannetta (@Chris_Iannetta) July 1, 2019
Big blow to the baseball community. All the prayers to his family and friends. RIP Tyler 🙏🏼 https://t.co/aHwq7lxrAy
— Ryon Healy (@rchealy25) July 1, 2019
— Rex Hudler (@RexHudler1) July 1, 2019
This sucks. Just a huge gut punch. RIP, my friend. https://t.co/QagLkNhQ59
— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) July 1, 2019
So sad, so young. RIP lefty https://t.co/9DonGGTnZW
— greg swindell (@GregSwindell) July 1, 2019
Five Cy Young Awards. Second on the all-time strikeouts list. Randy Johnson‘s career had a rocky start, but once he gained command of his pitches, there was no doubt the 6-foot-10 hurler was bound for Cooperstown. He is actually the third Randy Johnson to play in the big leagues. The first was a designated hitter for the White Sox in 1980 and Twins in 1982. The second was a third baseman for the Braves from 1982-1984. Obviously, neither amounted to much at the big league level.
Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar
published by TF Publishing, 2015
Now that October has arrived, it is time to admit that Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, we have to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first, but it is never too soon to start thinking about what gifts you will be buying for others. One small gift that is timeless is the calendar. Whether you go with the daily boxed variety, or the monthly hang-on-the-wall calendar, everyone needs to know what day it is at some point.
Perfect Timing publishes a wide variety of calendars, including this very nice Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar. Twelve ballparks are featured, including such vital statistics as home team, opening date, dimensions, capacity, and playing surface. The twelve parks are Busch (St. Louis), AT&T (San Francisco), Fenway (Boston), Citi (New York Mets), PNC (Pittsburgh), Great American (Cincinnati), Yankee (New York Yankees), Wrigley (Chicago Cubs), Chase (Arizona), Comerica (Detroit), Rogers (Toronto), and Dodger (Los Angeles). The calendar measures 11.8×23.4 when hung on the wall, showing the stadium of the month; the calendar portion has plenty of room to jot down appointment and meeting reminders in the blocks.
A picture is worth one thousand words, so here are ten thousand nineteen (including these words, but not the title)…
The Reds have a very good pitching staff, and extending him another year for $14 million just didn’t make sense. Arroyo met with several teams over the winter months, including the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, but in the end Arizona was the only team that was seriously interested. He is a dependable starter and will fit in well at the bottom of the D’backs rotation, but still seems a bit pricey for a #4 starter in my opinion.
I attempted to go old-school with the Photoshop “fun card” above. It has a bit of airbrush quality to it, but still uses the real Arizona logo because I couldn’t digitally draw that if my life depended on it. At least not in less than ten minutes, which is all the time I wanted to spend on it.
In 2010, Cory Hahn was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round. Sure he would be drafted again in a few years, the ballplayer decided to hone his skills on the Arizona State University diamond rather than in low-level rookie ball.
In his third game at Arizona State in 2011, Cory Hahn was paralyzed from the chest down while sliding into second base.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 8, 2013
The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to give Hahn a chance in baseball anyway, drafting the player who wore #34 in the 34th round a few days ago. No, Hahn will never be able to play baseball again, but he has a baseball mind and the Diamondbacks want him to use that mind for their organization. While we do not know the specifics at this time, they plan to offer him a full-time job with the team in some capacity.
This is a great story, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the coming months and years. Congrats Cory!
— ASU_Baseball (@ASU_Baseball) June 8, 2013
Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for the “fun card.”
I had some difficulties with the scanner last week, but it is working again now so I can commence with the 2012 Fan Pack Challenge postings. Unfortunately, I don’t have many updates to post on that front.
The Arizona Diamondbacks fan pack arrived late last week. Similar to last year’s fan pack, it is an activity booklet with a nice 8×8 pull-out poster in the middle, one side featuring the mascot and the other featuring some of the key members of the 2011 NL West Championship team (including manager Kirk Gibson). This is a different kind of fan pack, a nice change of pace. However, there are some key elements missing: no schedule, no pull-out baseball cards, no stickers. The Diamondbacks will receive a slightly better score than they did last year because of timeliness, but still only get 2 points for the fan pack itself.
Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 0 points
Stickers = 0
Trading cards = 0
High-quality promotional items = 2
Other stuff = 0
Timeliness = 9 points
TOTAL SCORE = 11 POINTS
If you want to see the inside of the Dbacks fan pack, request one for yourself!
Another former Diamondback, Mark Grace will always be a Cub to me. I loved watching him on WGN growing up, and rooted for him every time he came to bat.