The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday. Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history.
As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times. The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915. Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want
Coming into the 2017 baseball season, there was a lot of hype surrounding the Boston Red Sox starting rotation. After trading for Chris Sale, who would pitch next to Cy Young winners Rick Porcello and David Price in the rotation, the starting pitching looked like it already had its go-to guys and would be ready to face any of the strong teams in the American League. But during spring training, David Price went out with forearm stiffness and would not be able to make the opening day roster. Someone else would have step in and become that number three guy in the rotation who you can still rely on to go out there and pitch a quality start for your ball club. Luckily, the Red Sox have had a growing