Rob Parker revisits the career of hitting machine Bill Madlock who played 15 MLB seasons and won four batting titles — two with the Cubs and two with the Pirates. He’s not talked about nearly enough when mentioning the greatest hitting technicians of all time.
Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Lorenzo Cain is apparently feeling as good as he has felt all season. The Brewers’ veteran center fielder missed most of Spring Training with a right quadriceps strain which set him back to open the season. Cain made it through just two weeks in April before straining his other quadriceps, landing him on the injured list for another 2½ weeks.
He was back for only a month when he suffered a significant right hamstring strain that put him out of action with the Brewers for nearly two months. If the Brewers hope to duplicate what their NBA counterparts did by bringing a World Championship back to the land of brats and beer then this Black Knight will be asked to channel his championship clutch gene for a march through October.
In this edition of “The Push Back,” Assistant Managing Editor Mark Gray analyzes what role Cain will play on a team that looks to be flying under the radar as they try to make a “sneaky” run at the National League pennant.
Black Ace Vida Blue was the truth and he still holds records for his elite pitching as an integral member of the Oakland Athletics dynasty that won three consecutive World Series championships between 1972 and 1974.
In 1992 Blue became eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and got jerked. He was automatically removed from the ballot in 1995 because of his low vote totals.
Mark Gray makes the case for Vida Blue’s long overdue Baseball Hall of Fame Induction.