The Yankees and Red Sox "eras"

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Red Sox Yankees fight.jpgRob Neyer has kicked off what will be a 30-part series in which he attempts to divide the histories of every major league franchise into distinct
eras, with each era connected to a single player.  He starts today with the most obvious ones: the Yankees and the Red Sox.

But how obvious are they really? For example, can any of you, without looking, define the Snuffy Stirnweiss era for the Yankees? And when was the Carl Yastrzemski era? Trick question! There wasn’t one.  It went straight from Dick Radatz to Reggie Smith to Carlton Fisk to Wade Boggs. But before you get flustered about that, go read, because, at least in my opinion, this kind of historically assessment is what Neyer does best.

My only quibble: that Joe Pepitone didn’t get the 1965-69 era for the Yankees. Because I can’t think of the post-dynasty Yankees without thinking of Joe Pepitone.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.