baseball obituaries 2018

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'71 WS is the first i remember watching, RIP

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 June 2018 01:40 (one year ago) link

Kison's big game wasn't quite my first WS game, but close--remember that more than I remember '70. Kind of amazed he was still there in '79.

clemenza, Sunday, 3 June 2018 03:18 (one year ago) link

Red Schoendienst, at 95

WilliamC, Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:26 (one year ago) link

rip Red

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:54 (one year ago) link

best strike call

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:16 (one year ago) link

didn't hit the big leagues til he was about 43

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:21 (one year ago) link

The Hall of Fame remembers former @Pirates first baseman and longtime trainer Tony Bartirome, who passed away on Friday. pic.twitter.com/DT7Y6NlKZQ

— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) June 26, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Johnny Lewis, who played with the Cardinals and Mets from 1964-67

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 July 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

John Kennedy, utility infielder for the Senators, Red Sox, and '69 Seattle Pilots

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=kennejo03

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:10 (one year ago) link

Looks like there are a lot of references to Kennedy in Ball Four though I don't have a copy here.

timellison, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:31 (one year ago) link

i was gonna ask... i remember the tail end of his career, but not if Bouton wrote about him.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:34 (one year ago) link

Aaron Cox (Mike Trout's brother-in-law), retired minor league pitcher passed away at age 24.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

I often want to locate a quote in Ball Four and bemoan the lack of an index.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:31 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

loooong-time scout don welke, 75. 50 years in baseball, most recently with the padres

Don Welke, the veteran baseball man, was the scout who convinced Blue Jays to draft a Flint, Mich. high school left-hander in 1985. The final words of a very thorough report: "Has no right hand." (Jim Abbott went to Michigan instead.)

— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) September 20, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

Peter Bjarkman, historian of Cuban baseball, pioneer and pal, died suddenly yesterday, of a heart attack in Havana. I will miss him. https://t.co/kLDM58lfN4

— John Thorn (@thorn_john) October 2, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:10 (one year ago) link

Saw him at SABR in NYC last year. This year's Cuba Ball tour just concluded, he must've been visiting with it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:18 (one year ago) link

new york times scribe dave anderson, who was the last writer to leave the ebbets field press box

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:37 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

longtime giants broadcaster hank greenwald, 83

https://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Longtime-Giants-broadcaster-Hank-Greenwald-dies-13330066.php

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:42 (one year ago) link

former pitcher/longtime pitching coach bill fischer, 88

in 1962 he threw a record 84 1/3 consecutive innings (for the kansas city athletics) without issuing a walk

The Royals are saddened to announce the passing of Senior Pitching Advisor Bill Fischer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Fish touched so many lives during his career, not only with the Royals, but through his eight decades in pro baseball. pic.twitter.com/bkZCrF80Fb

— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) October 31, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:19 (one year ago) link

It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. #Forever44 | #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/ooOYg4ESol

— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 31, 2018

Willie McCovey, 80

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:13 (one year ago) link

Between the '30s and the PED era, his '69 season was a benchmark offensively.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:35 (one year ago) link

Checked that, and his '69 is indeed the highest OPS+ year (209) in that gap by someone not named Williams or Mantle.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 November 2018 11:56 (one year ago) link

He showed up in 1972 healthy and raring to go, and homered on Opening Day off Houston’s Don Wilson. In the season’s fourth game, San Diego’s John Jeter ran into McCovey at first base, fracturing Willie’s right forearm. ("I feel like I killed Santa Claus," Jeter said.)

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/2a692514

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link

Posnanski just posted a McCovey entry in his countdown (#89, obviously bumped up or down because of his death), and he reminded me of one of my favourite moments in Ball Four:

"Hey Willie," Jim Bouton said to McCovey as he and what he called "a group of terrorized pitchers" watched McCovey smash terrifying home run after terrifying home run in batting practice. "Can you do that every time?"

McCovey, Bouton said, did not even smile.

"Just about," he said.

clemenza, Friday, 2 November 2018 00:18 (one year ago) link

Apparently we failed to note Marty Pattin, AL pitcher 1968-80, mostly for the Royals (and a Seattle Pilot), who died last month.

https://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article219466410.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 November 2018 19:34 (eleven months ago) link

Another Ball Four guy...Line I think I remember: "Marty, how do you hold your gopher balls?" (which Bouton felt bad about after he said it).

clemenza, Monday, 12 November 2018 19:54 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

RIP Fred Caligiuri — the oldest living former @MLB player — who died Friday at the age of 100. Pitching for the Philadelphia @Athletics, he faced Ted Williams on the final day of the 1941 season when he hit .406. Read Caligiuri's #SABR bio: https://t.co/LtLS5ngBou pic.twitter.com/G9YwJj8S1A

— SABR (@sabr) December 3, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:49 (eleven months ago) link

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night, a spokesperson for their Venezuelan team, Cardenales de Lara, confirmed.

Valbuena was 33. Castillo was 37.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 7 December 2018 08:13 (eleven months ago) link

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.

Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop or crash so they can rob the occupants. Heredia said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.

Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto.

Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website BeisbolPlay.

omar little, Saturday, 8 December 2018 03:00 (eleven months ago) link

Joan Steinbrenner, widow of Boss Bullshit

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 December 2018 12:50 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Hall of Fame remembers former @Orioles, @Twins, @Angels, @RedSox and @Tigers outfielder Lenny Green, who passed away on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/lf6tAS8d48

— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) January 8, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 15:05 (ten months ago) link

mel stottlemyre, 77

mookieproof, Monday, 14 January 2019 17:38 (nine months ago) link

Very interesting career. Helped along by his era a career ERA under 3.00, retired at 32, never had a really bad year (three mediocre ones, never terrible), won 20 three times and lost 20 once, hit 40 WAR in a short career. And his son gets credit for the worst slide in the entire history of baseball.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVt84YGtfGo

clemenza, Monday, 14 January 2019 19:38 (nine months ago) link

also unusual in that he was the Yankee ace when they won nothing (after his rookie year), then was pitching coach for the WS-winning Mets

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 January 2019 19:42 (nine months ago) link

Like a lot of guys in the early '60s, AL especially, he would have had a real good shot at a Cy Young in '65 if not for Koufax: 20-9, 6.9 WAR, 291 innings for the first lousy Yankees team (6th place) in ages.

clemenza, Monday, 14 January 2019 19:47 (nine months ago) link

(Actually, no--McDowell would have been a cinch, even with fewer wins.)

clemenza, Monday, 14 January 2019 19:52 (nine months ago) link

Tom Hausman, pitcher in 160 MLB games 1975-82, and the first FA signed by the Mets

https://www.davisfuneralservices.com/memorialpage.asp?page=odetail&id=99311&locid=48

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 January 2019 16:24 (nine months ago) link

R.I.P. Jim McKean, legendary umpire and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer https://t.co/HoYqMnUUuv By: Kevin Glew (@coopincanada ) pic.twitter.com/JGtXPfbnph

— The Canadian Baseball Network (@CDNBaseballNet) January 24, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:35 (nine months ago) link

damn, RIP

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:02 (nine months ago) link

frank robinson

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:38 (nine months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dy07TNjU8AEDiUB.jpg

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:43 (nine months ago) link

We are heartbroken to report the passing of Rob McQuown. Rob has been a pillar of Baseball Prospectus for a decade, and we are devastated by this news. We will pass along more information and appropriate tribute in due time. For now, please join us in grieving his loss.

— Baseball Prospectus (@baseballpro) July 17, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:46 (three months ago) link

7-foot-1 dutch reliever loek van mil, 34

mookieproof, Monday, 29 July 2019 14:53 (three months ago) link

In the 2017 WBC, he faced Israel’s Nate Freiman (6'8") in what was believed to be the tallest batter-pitcher matchup in baseball history.

Karl Malone, Monday, 29 July 2019 15:04 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

RIP to original Met, Al Jackson, who passed away earlier today. pic.twitter.com/nOdjJOxzLx

— New York Mets (@Mets) August 19, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 19 August 2019 18:37 (two months ago) link

also returned in '68-69

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 19 August 2019 21:46 (two months ago) link

terrible

i wonder if he was seeing an unscrupulous doctor who overprescribed or if someone on the medical staff of the Angels is pushing oxy. it's an awful drug.

(i recently revived the oxycontin thread on ILE and it was...interesting...to see how willing at least one ILXor was to give advice on how to take it to get high...)

omar little, Friday, 30 August 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

team connection is suspected

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 August 2019 20:20 (two months ago) link

Detroit Tigers statement regarding the passing of Chace Numata: pic.twitter.com/H6TCAQO1S8

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 2, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 2 September 2019 19:57 (two months ago) link

Skateboarding accident

Andy K, Monday, 2 September 2019 21:06 (two months ago) link

Chris Duncan, a 2006 #STLCards World Series champion, has passed away at the age of 38. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/CBWbvGsayc

— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) September 7, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:36 (two months ago) link

Whoa, wtf?

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Saturday, 7 September 2019 05:55 (two months ago) link

former syracuse chiefs president don waful, 103

he was captured by the germans in tunisia in 1942 and spent the next three years in POW camps -- much of it with davey johnson's dad fred at the oflag 64 camp in poland

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:24 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

shortstop jackie hernández, 79, who amassed -3.9 bWAR over nine seasons and had the assist on the final out of the 1971 world series

mookieproof, Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

umpire eric cooper, 52. did the yanks-twins series two weeks ago.

mookieproof, Sunday, 20 October 2019 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

jeez; gather ye rosebuds.

'71 WS was the first i remember watching (most of). RIP Jackie.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

I watched the '71 Series intently and have zero recollection of Jackie Hernandez...I thought Gene Alley was the SS then.

clemenza, Monday, 21 October 2019 15:17 (three weeks ago) link

Alley played 882 innings at short that year, Jackie 574.

Alley had only 3 PA in the World Series, don't know if he was hurt.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:24 (three weeks ago) link

Can't find any clarification on that, but this would seem to be Hernandez's other biggest moment:

"A month before the World Series, Hernandez was part of another historic moment on Sept. 1 when Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh started a lineup consisting only of African-American and Latino players. The Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-7, that day at Three Rivers Stadium."

clemenza, Monday, 21 October 2019 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

Hernandez was considered a top defensive SS, at least by Murtaugh and Clemente. He and Alley were the same age though.

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/887d2ec2

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:33 (three weeks ago) link

former dodgers/expos/etc player and mariners announcer ron fairly, 81

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:49 (one week ago) link

def saw him play at Shea in the '70s

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:14 (one week ago) link

Flagship Jay, and I think the first Jays-Expos player.

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:17 (one week ago) link

Think I misused "flagship"...original Jay (1977).

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

'the only player to represent multiple non-US teams in the all-star game'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:22 (one week ago) link


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