Star Spotlight: Carlos Correa

After weeks of speculation — and Mets fans dreaming of the team’s first World Series win since 1986 — Carlos Correa didn’t end up going to New York after all. The star shortstop instead returned to the Twins on Jan. 11, 2002, on a six-year deal worth $200 million. It’s a far cry from the Mets’ 12-year, $315 million mega-contract offer that was pulled back due to concerns over Correa’s surgically repaired ankle. But no one should feel sorry for Correa, who will still earn upwards of $33 million a year in Minnesota, where he hit .291 with 22 HR

By |January 17th, 2023|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL May 11: Rafael Palmeiro joins 500 HR Club

In a perfect baseball world, Rafael Palmeiro, the Havana-born slugger with a sweet lefty stroke, would have guaranteed his place among the game’s immortals on this day in béisbol, May 11, 2003. That’s when the 38-year-old Texas Rangers first baseman became just the 19th player in MLB history — and the first born in Cuba — to become a charter member of the 500 Home Run Club.  But reaching a milestone that at one time punched you an instant ticket to Cooperstown turned out to be a tainted achievement for Palmeiro.  As one of the bigger names caught up in

By |December 30th, 2022|History|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL May 14: David Ortiz is only 3rd player to reach 500 HR, 600 doubles

Few players have left the game with a flourish like David Ortiz, who at 40 years old and in his final season of a Cooperstown-worthy, 20-year-career put up remarkable numbers in 2016 that belied his age. On this day in béisbol, May 14, 2016, Big Papi hit a big milestone in his capstone season that put him in the same rarified air of two of baseball’s greatest hitters. Ortiz, one of the most fearsome clutch hitters in history, also came through for the Red Sox yet again — twice.  Losing 5-4 at home against the Astros, Boston was down to

By |December 29th, 2022|History|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL May 8: Cards deal for Orlando Cepeda in Giant shocker

Baseball history is riddled with several head-scratching trades of all-stars for also-rans, deals that even decades later are a source of everlasting torture for fans of the team that came out on the losing end.  Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, anyone? On this day in béisbol, May 8, 1966, the San Francisco Giants were guilty of a “What the hell are they thinking?” trade, sending star first baseman Orlando Cepeda to the St. Louis Cardinals for solid but unspectacular starting pitcher Ray Sadecki. While Giants fans were shocked, the team had pretty good reasons for moving Cepeda. Yes, Cepeda was

By |December 27th, 2022|History|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL May 13: Tony Perez is oldest player to hit a grand slam

A decade after The Big Red Machine steamrolled the National League, one of its vital cogs was still making history. On this day in béisbol, May 13, 1985, Tony Perez celebrated an early birthday by becoming the oldest player to hit a grand slam. The Cuban slugger, a day before turning 43, was on his second go-round with the Cincinnati Reds when he stepped up to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 3-3 tie against the Phillies. With the bases full, Perez launched a home run that turned out to be the

By |December 26th, 2022|History|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL May 18: Edgar Martinez hits 3 HR in a game the day after hitting two

He was an unassuming designated hitter on a team loaded with two-way superstars, a late bloomer who let his bat do the talking for him all the way to Cooperstown. But even with sluggers Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Jay Buhner in the lineup, there’s no way the Seattle Mariners would have enjoyed their winning ways in the late 1990s and early 20s without Edgar Martinez. On this day in béisbol, May 18, 1998, Martinez had a homer hat trick, blasting three in a game against the Twins. It was an encore performance worthy of his stature as one

By |December 22nd, 2022|History|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL July 20: Albert Pujols blasts 3 HR in 5-for-5, 5 RBI game

Albert Pujols was just 24 but already a superstar when on this day in béisbol, July 20, 2004 the St. Louis slugger carried the team on his broad back in a thrilling comeback victory over the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field. Playing first and batting third, Pujols hit three home runs off three different pitchers and added a run-scoring double in the first inning to kickstart a 5-for-5 day.  With the Cards down 7-1 after only two innings, Pujols hit solo homers in the third and seventh innings to help get St. Louis back in the game. Then with the

By |December 20th, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL August 4: In 2007, A-Rod is youngest ever to hit 500 HR — and youngest to reach 600 three years later

Long before injuries, age and steroids took their toll, the smart money was on Alex Rodriguez being the one player who would legitimately challenge Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.  On this day in béisbol, Aug. 4, 2007, A-Rod took a huge step towards fulfilling that prophesy when he hit his 500th career homer — and was the youngest player to do so. Rodriguez was 32 years and 8 days old when he reached the milestone as a Yankee, hitting a 3-run homer of Kyle Davies of the Royals in a win at The Stadium. Number 500 came in his

By |December 15th, 2022|History|
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