Floyd & Beltran join Larry Sheets & Jim Dwyer on all-time list
On July 16, the New York Mets hit two grand slams in one inning, the first by Cliff Floyd and the second by Carlos Beltran. The all-time list of MLB teammates to hit grand slams in the same inning includes Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer, who did so on August 6, 1986 against the Texas Rangers.
List of grand slams in the same inning
Long minor-league game brings to mind 33-inning Rochester contest
On July 20, a New York-Penn League game went on for 26 innings. It was one of the longest pro baseball games in history. The longest game was between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox and featured Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, and Floyd Rayford.
“I’ve been watching for the bunt for 23 innings now.”
–Rochester third baseman Cal Ripken Jr., wearily replying to relief pitcher Jim Umbarger’s instruction
New York Times article about longest minor-league game
Remembering the O’s-Red Sox trade deadline deal: Boddicker for Schilling and Brady
“Several analysts cite a 1988 trade between the contending Red Sox and then-woebegone Orioles as a shining example. The Sox, in the midst of a tight AL East race, picked up veteran Mike Boddicker in exchange for prospects Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson. Anderson and Schilling, though a few years away from realizing their potential, in time proved to be excellent players; the Orioles, going nowhere, had time to wait for that to happen (at least in the case of Anderson, as they sent away Schilling in a misguided trade later). Meanwhile, Boddicker provided immediate help to Boston’s problematic rotation, helping them to eke out a division title.”
Trade deadline story
In Cal’s shadow; Minor league manager never got call to replace Ripken
A fun story about the new manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, Bobby Dickerson. Dickerson toiled in the minors while Cal stayed the course for the Birds.
“While Cal Ripken Jr. crafted an historic streak forged by iron-clad longevity, Bobby Dickerson waited.
The Iowa Cubs’ interim manager toiled among a multitude of minor-league middle infielders in the Baltimore Orioles’ system, biding time as the timeless Ripken ground his name into major-league annals with 2,632 consecutive games played from 1982-1998.
’I’m one of the 13 shortstops Cal Ripken retired,’ said Dickerson, who managed his second Iowa Cubs game Thursday – a 6-2 loss to Oklahoma at Principal Park – after Mike Quade was summoned to Chicago to replace third-base coach Chris Speier.”
B-Rob in North Carolina Baseball Hall of Fame
When someone tells you about Brian Roberts’ years at Carolina, ask the person which one they’re talking about. Roberts played for both the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks; he transferred to South Carolina when his father took over as the coach there.
“College and pro jerseys hang in the museum as well. In one display case sits signed jerseys of [Trot] Nixon and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. In between all the displays, visitors can take a look at the six steps in making a baseball bat, all the way from the raw timber to the lacquer finish.”
North Carolina Baseball Hall of Fame
You say you want a Revolution?; New minor-league team to serve up a heaping plate of O’s nostalgia in August
Feel like heading north for a Saturday afternoon with some O’s legends and fans favorites?
“The Revolution will have a free fanfest from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the York Expo Center’s Toyota Arena at the York Fairgrounds.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson will sign autographs in two one-hour sessions. He will also participate in a fan forum. Former Baltimore Orioles Tippy Martinez, Dave Johnson, Al Bumbry, Joe Orsulak and Ron Hansen are also scheduled to appear at the fanfest.”