Peak Albert Pujols was probably the scariest hitter I’ve seen in my lifetime. The three-time six-time Silver Slugger and 10-time All-Star put up gaudy numbers during his Cardinals career and will one day be enshrined in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. But if I had my way, I’d take...
Getting to the 1998 World Series obsessed Padres leaders who believed an October run would help sway local voters into approving a ballpark measure that November. The problem was the team’s starting pitching. Leading to a last-place finish in 1997, breakdowns undermined a Padres offense led by Tony Gwynn (.372 batting average) that was second in runs scored.
During his time with the Atlanta Braves, left-handed reliever John Rocker was certainly controversial though largely reliable. On this day 20 years ago, his final outing as a member of the Braves was memorable. For Rocker, however, it was memorable for all the wrong reasons. In his final game with Atlanta, Derrek Lee blasted a two-run home run in the ninth inning to lift the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 victory at Turner Field.
Organizations as old and storied as the Chicago Cubs have been graced with many talented players who have donned their uniform over the years. The greats are deservingly remembered, and one Cub that I believe warrants a greater level of appreciation is Derrek Lee. During his career in Chicago, Lee...