Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 2, 2019

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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 2, 2019

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Great share on Joe DiMaggio. Love that kind of baseball trivia. Reminded me of the story of the Texas high school phenom David Clyde drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1973. He was played immediately to generate ticket sales. It was said that without his draw to fill stadium seats (the old Turnpike Stadium), the Ranger’s owner at the time would have had to take bankruptcy. Saved the team. But they used him too hard, broke down his shoulder, and he was out of baseball by 1979. A newspaper article several years back encouraged the Rangers (or Houston) to put Clyde in a staff position for a couple of years so he could qualify for MLB benefits. Nobody stepped up. Sad. Still don’t like Jon Daniels for that reason (and many more).

  2. Michael Willoughby says:

    Ted Williams was hired as manager of the Washington Senators and managed them in 1969, 1970 and 1971. When the Senators moved to Arlington prior to the 1972 season, Williams came along as part of the move. He only managed the Rangers in their inaugural 1972 season.

  3. Bryan B. says:

    I don’t know that you can put David Clyde’s lack of a proper pension at Jon Daniels feet. He didn’t get a pension following his career because he was short on his number of major league roster days. Short of putting Clyde on the active roster, which isn’t possible for a number of reasons, there’s not much Daniels can do. The pension plan is part of the MLBPA’s contract with the league and putting him in an honorary front office position wouldn’t do anything to help him qualify for those benefits. Tom Grieve, Rangers GM at the end of Clyde’s career, said earlier this year that there was never any consideration to helping Clyde out with his service time.

    It’s worth noting that Clyde is one of 600+ former players screwed over by changes to the PA’s contract with the league. I can take a lot of issues with what Jon Daniels has done with the Rangers, but he was a toddler when David Clyde and other former players were totally hosed.

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