This day in baseball: Olerud’s surgery

After collapsing on January 11th following a workout, John Olerud underwent brain surgery for the removal of an aneurysm on February 27, 1989. Olerud, a left-handed first baseman at Washington State University, went on to be the Blue Jays’ third round pick in the June Amateur Draft.

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Infographic: AL East logo history

I stumbled across this graphic in my random internet wanderings depicting a history of the logos and uniforms for the teams in the American League East.  I love how this graphic also gives an idea of just how long these teams have been around, relative to one another.

It looks tiny here, but click on the image to get to a larger version.

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This day in baseball: Schilling’s shutout

On October 21, 1993, Curt Schilling became the first Phillies pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game.  Schilling shut down the Blue Jays, 2-0, giving up only five hits.

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Infographic: Defensive positioning

What I like about this infographic is that it’s a great depiction of how many different looks can come out of a team that employs the defensive shift.  It’s also a reflection on how much thinking and studying goes into a baseball game.  At this level, especially, a team can’t just show up and play, there’s a considerable amount of pre-planning involved.

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Infographic, minus the graphic

I’ve posted a handful of Craig Robinson infographics here, and I found this quite clever.  An infographic without the graphic.  It’s a few years old, but still very fun to read.  And it involves quite a bit of beer.

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Here’s an infographic that includes an eclectic collection of numbers from 2011 surrounding the game of baseball.  I particularly dig the 2 million kids playing ball in the bottom left.  Gotta start ’em off right!

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This day in baseball: Royal progress

On October 1, 2005, the Kansas City Royals established a dubious team record when they recorded their 105th loss for the season, losing 10-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays.  It was one of three out of four seasons during this time period that the Royals lost one hundred games or more.

And last night, Kansas City defeated Oakland 9-8 in twelve innings to win the AL Wild Card game, their first postseason win in almost thirty years.  They sure have come a long way!

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