Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Less than a week after the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the baseball world lost another titan. Outfielder and speedster Lou Brock died Sunday at the age of 81.
The precise cause of death was not given in the report by Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but Brock had overcome a multitude of serious health issues over the years. He was known for his resilience and durability during his playing career and beyond, and was described as the “toughest SOB I’ve ever seen” by late Hall of Famer and Brock’s former manager Red Schoendienst, via Hummel.
On the field, Brock collected 3,023 hits but was best known for his speed. His 938 stolen bases were the all-time record until Rickey Henderson came along, and Brock once swiped 118 in a single year in 1974 (also surpassed by Rickey). His WAR total isn’t high in retrospect, but he was considered a key cog in a St. Louis Cardinals era that produced two World Series champions in 1964 and ‘67. He received MVP votes in 10 different seasons, including a runner-up finish in ‘74.
RIP Lou Brock pic.twitter.com/zMpJKJkBjX— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) September 6, 2020
Born in 1939, Brock began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 but was traded to the Cardinals in ‘64 in one of the most lopsided deals in history. He went on to spend 16 seasons in St. Louis, earning two rings and six All-Star berths. In three trips to the World Series (each seven games in length, 21 total), he batted .391 with a 1.079 OPS, 13 extra-base hits, 13 RBI, 16 runs scored, and 14 steals in 16 attempts. He was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1985.
"The desire of every professional athlete is to blaze a trail that is so long and wide, that it would take a person to perform at a Hall of Fame level just to measure up."— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 7, 2020
Lou sure did blaze that trail. pic.twitter.com/HspEBgLCVa
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MLB News & Interest
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- Today in Baseball History
Last Weekend’s Game Highlights
Friday: Loss! They finally got a replay review right, and it still went against the A’s.
Oly was called out on this play after replay review pic.twitter.com/v6GU9DLcAS— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) September 5, 2020
Saturday: Win! And a big day for rookie Jonah Heim, with a pair of RBI hits.
Sunday: Loss! And back to the usual botched replay review.
You be the ump: Out or Safe?— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) September 6, 2020
Grossman was called out on the field and after review pic.twitter.com/dl5Lsl375z
Best of Twitter
I would like to officially nominate “poopstripes” as the new descriptor for the Padres uniforms
A's Liam Hendriks: "I'm really excited about the fact that we just had a week off and we get to face the Padres, Slam Diego or whatever people are calling them now.... I still don't know how I feel about their uniforms though, still unsure. They kind of look like silken pajamas."— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) September 4, 2020
... But still, last weekend was a matchup of the two most unique and interesting jerseys in the majors
Notable detail for the upcoming series
Astros roster moves:— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 5, 2020
- Jose Altuve (right knee) to the IL, retroactive to Sept. 4
- Jose Urquidy and Brad Peacock activated from the IL
- Humberto Castellanos added as the 29th man
- Cionel Perez optioned
- Rogelio Armenteros transferred to the 45-day IL
Also notable, though not for this week’s series
Astros GM James Click told @AstrosRadioMLB on today’s pre-game show that Justin Verlander has progressed in his rehab to throwing off a mound.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) September 6, 2020
The esteemed Platinum Sombrero, with surprisingly good company
Oakland #Athletics History: 0 for 5 with 5 K's— David Feldman (@dfeldy) September 5, 2020
Reggie Jackson 1968
Rick Monday 1970
Jose Canseco 1997
John Jaha 2000
Dustin Fowler 2018
Matt Chapman Today
... The answer to those Ks? More batting practice! (Including switch-hitting Oly?)
Chappy and Oly taking aim at some cardboard cutouts before the game pic.twitter.com/nRtLRU0w8X— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) September 5, 2020
And you thought it was hot in Oakland yesterday (mid/high-90s at the Coliseum)
And the grounds crew just confirmed it’s 145 on the field https://t.co/EMa3QLXupF— Alex Curry (@Alex_Curry) September 6, 2020
Views from the East Team crowd, watching ‘21 Max McGwire in the HR derby. Hit some balls FAR. pic.twitter.com/PXlyDJb87o— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) September 4, 2020
Or perhaps three children stacked on top of each other to look like an adult? (Come to think of it, that’s actually a pretty good description of Braden in general.)