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    Strangest offseason occurance

    What is the strangest offseason occurance you have ever witnessed/heard about/been party too?

    Maybe someone quit a FO that you didn't expect....
    A weird trade that came out of nowhere...
    A team folded up their tents and moved to another city...
    A meeting with a player in a non-baseball weird situation...
    A bizzare firing of a manager....
    A player quitting baseball unexpectedly....

    These are just some suggestions to get the memories jogged. I'm sure there are plenty of stories about weird stuff that happens in baseball offseasons.
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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    What about Theo Epstein resigning on Halloween and sneaking out of Fenway Park in a Gorilla suit that was later auctioned off for charity, then somehow still secretly running the Red Sox FO for months while 2 other people were "named" co-GMs, only to return officially and demote and/or promote the 2 co-GMs who'd supposedly been running things while he'd been gone, who went back to working for him like nothing had ever happened, while Theo went back to working for his boss who he'd supposedly been in a power struggle with, like nothing had ever happened? Okay, someone top that one.
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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    How about this one? Snow shoveling accident.

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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    Was it Bo Diaz who fell off his roof trying to instal a satalite dish? If so, was that over the offseason?

    blumj, that is one wacky story about Theo!
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    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    Was it Bo Diaz who fell off his roof trying to instal a satalite dish? If so, was that over the offseason?

    blumj, that is one wacky story about Theo!
    The dish crushed Bo...he was killed instantly.
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    I believe Bo had already retired when he passed away. He didn't fall, the sattelite fell and killed him.

    As for strangest off season, I'll go with:

    1. Jeff Kent breaks his arm "washing his truck" and
    2. Wally Backman's 4 day tenure as Diamondbacks manager.
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    Ron Oester/Bob Boone/Jim Bowden and the job that wasn't there. The only thing that keeps it from being a wild surprise was that it involved a broken promise and Bowden.

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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    This was in-season, but very strange. The player was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945 (career BA = .346).

    Baseball Player Swept over Niagara Falls

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., July 9, 1903 - The body of Edward Delehanty, the right fielder of the Washington baseball team of the American League, who fell from the International Bridge last Thursday night, was taken from the river at the lower Niagara gorge to-day. Relatives of Delehanty arrived here this afternoon and positively identified the body as that of the missing baseball player.

    Delehanty's body was mangled. One leg was torn off, presumably by the propeller of the Maid of the Mist, near whose landing the body was found. The body will be shipped to Washington to-night. Delehanty's effects have been sent to his wife by the Pullman people.

    Frank Delehanty of the Syracuse team and E.J. McGuire, a brother-in-law, from Cleveland, are here investigating the death of the player. They do not believe that Delehanty committed suicide or that he had been on a spree in Detroit. In the sleeper on the Michigan Central train on the way down from Detroit, Delehanty had five drinks of whiskey says Conductor Cole, and became so obstreperous that he had to put him off the train at Bridgeburg at the Canadian end of the bridge. Cole says Delehanty had an open razor and was terrifying others in the sleeper.

    When the train stopped at Bridgeburg Cole did not deliver Delehanty up to a constable, as the Canadian police say he should have done. He simply put him off the train.

    After the train had disappeared across the bridge, Delehanty started to walk across, which is against the rules. The night watchman attempted to stop him, but Delehanty pushed the man to one side. The draw of the bridge had been opened for a boat, and the player plunged into the dark waters of the Niagara.

    Delehanty's relatives hint at foul play, but there is nothing in the case, apparently, to bear out such a theory.
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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    Dernell Stenson's untimely death:

    http://www.allsports.com/cgi-bin/sho...story_id=45643

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    Re: Strangest offseason occurance

    Not sure of the year , but the Reds aquired Vida Blue. He was listed on the Reds roster in some preseason magazines. Bowie Kuhn nixed the deal , i believe, because the Reds were sending too much money to the A's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_ IN Reds fan View Post
    Not sure of the year , but the Reds aquired Vida Blue. He was listed on the Reds roster in some preseason magazines. Bowie Kuhn nixed the deal , i believe, because the Reds were sending too much money to the A's.
    I thought this happened during the season. 1977 IIRC.

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    I thought this happened during the season. 1977 IIRC.

    No , because he was listed on the Reds roster in a preseason magazine.

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    the reds trading for jim mCglothlin

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    The Reds signing Ken Griffey, Jr. The dream I had that I thought never would be fulfilled. And then it happened.

    For Junior's sake, I wish he had stayed in Seattle or gone anywhere else. The battle among Reds fans since has been unbearable to me. The only HOF'er we've had here since the BRM and all we've done is flame him. Now it's Adam Dunn (not to even imagine he'd been in the HOF). Too much money really gripes Reds fans. Torii Hunter, beware. Your $10 million contract of this season is higher than Junior's. Danger...
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