Satch vs. the Yankee Clipper

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Not that you need any other reasons to hate the fact that baseball was segregated for so long, but this one will make you fall into a debilitating “what if?” spiral:

Joe
DiMaggio was a prospect, a promising one for sure, but he still was two
months shy of making his New York Yankees spring-training debut. Leroy
“Satchel” Paige was a Negro Leagues pitching sensation whose exploits
seemed the stuff of myth until they actually were seen.

On a
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, 1936, at the Oaks Ball Park in Emeryville,
the two future Hall of Famers crossed paths in a fascinating but seldom
told chapter of their legendary careers.

Click through to Jeff Faraudo’s great story to see what happened. It’s enough to make you wonder what Paige in a Giants or Cubs jersey in the 30s and 40s would have been like.

Stupid history.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.