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    Beautiful article in the Athletic remembering Mike Bell as a compassionate, empathetic man.

    https://theathletic.com/2485214/2021...rce=dailyemail

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    3/31/2021...ex Cardinal, Giant, Cub, Pirate: Ken Reitz, age 69. https://www.mlb.com/news/ken-reitz-dies-at-age-69
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    The 2021 "Field of Dreams" Team signs a right-handed hitting former All-Star and Gold Glove winner at 3B.

    Transactions
    Signed 3B Ken Reitz.
    Optioned 3B Mike Bell to AAA.


    Lineup (8)
    C Mike Sadek
    1B Joe Cunningham
    2B Wayne Terwilliger
    3B Ken Reitz
    SS Dr. Bobby Brown (primarily a 3B, but also played SS)
    LF Billy Conigliaro
    CF Angel Mangual
    RF Henry Aaron

    Bench (7)
    C Norm Sherry
    1B/OF Joe Altobelli
    2B/1B/OF Pedro Gonzalez
    SS/2B Ron Samford
    SS Coot Veal (platoon starter with Brown)
    OF Ed Armbrister
    OF Stan Palys

    Rotation (5)
    RHP Don Sutton
    LHP Juan Pizarro
    RHP Stan Williams
    RHP Paul Foytack
    RHP Lew Krausse, Jr.

    Bullpen (5)
    LHP Grant Jackson (closer by default; was a good set-up man)
    LHP Rheal Cormier
    LHP Willard Hunter
    RHP Tom Acker
    RHP Wynn Hawkins


    The remainder of the 40-man roster:
    RHP Randy Tate
    LHP Tommy Lasorda
    RHP Duke Simpson
    RHP Frankie De La Cruz
    RHP Hy Cohen
    LHP John LaRose
    1B/C Don Gile
    1B Ron Johnson
    2B Don E. Leppert
    2B Jim Snyder
    3B Mike Bell
    3B/SS Dick H. Smith
    SS Al Naples


    Probable Batting Order vs. RHP:
    Brown ss
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    <pitcher>

    Probable Batting Order vs. LHP:
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    Veal ss
    <pitcher>

    The club adds a quality right-handed hitting 3B with doubles power and a defensive standout in Ken Reitz, which allows Bobby Brown to slide over to his secondary position at SS to improve the overall lineup. Brown, who started only 37 games vs. LHP in his entire career, will platoon with Coot Veal at SS.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

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    3/31/2021...ex Cardinal, Giant, Cub, Pirate: Ken Reitz, age 69. https://www.mlb.com/news/ken-reitz-dies-at-age-69
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    Baseball card memory. As a kid looking at his stats on the card, always thought he was a decent player.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by goreds2 View Post
    Baseball card memory. As a kid looking at his stats on the card, always thought he was a decent player.
    Yea I can remember Reitz coming up with the Cards. He was a pretty good player for a few seasons. Sounds like he truly loved the game. RIP Ken Reitz.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    3/30/2021...ex Red Sox: Chuck Schilling, age 83. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Schilling
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by 50YrRedsFan View Post
    3/31/2021...ex Cardinal, Giant, Cub, Pirate: Ken Reitz, age 69. https://www.mlb.com/news/ken-reitz-dies-at-age-69
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    wow...The Great Zamboni...RIP

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    The 2021 "Field of Dreams" Team signs another 2B to the roster.

    Transactions
    Signed 2B Chuck Schilling.
    Optioned SS/2B Ron Samford to AAA.


    Lineup (8)
    C Mike Sadek
    1B Joe Cunningham
    2B Wayne Terwilliger
    3B Ken Reitz
    SS Dr. Bobby Brown (primarily a 3B, but also played SS)
    LF Billy Conigliaro
    CF Angel Mangual
    RF Henry Aaron

    Bench (7)
    C Norm Sherry
    1B/OF Joe Altobelli
    2B/1B/OF Pedro Gonzalez
    2B Chuck Schilling
    SS Coot Veal (platoon starter with Brown)
    OF Ed Armbrister
    OF Stan Palys

    Rotation (5)
    RHP Don Sutton
    LHP Juan Pizarro
    RHP Stan Williams
    RHP Paul Foytack
    RHP Lew Krausse, Jr.

    Bullpen (5)
    LHP Grant Jackson (closer by default; was a good set-up man)
    LHP Rheal Cormier
    LHP Willard Hunter
    RHP Tom Acker
    RHP Wynn Hawkins


    The remainder of the 40-man roster:
    RHP Randy Tate
    LHP Tommy Lasorda
    RHP Duke Simpson
    RHP Frankie De La Cruz
    RHP Hy Cohen
    LHP John LaRose

    1B/C Don Gile
    1B Ron Johnson
    2B Don E. Leppert
    2B Jim Snyder
    3B Mike Bell
    3B/SS Dick H. Smith
    SS Al Naples
    SS/2B Ron Samford


    Probable Batting Order vs. RHP:
    Brown ss
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    <pitcher>

    Probable Batting Order vs. LHP:
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    Veal ss
    <pitcher>


    The club signs yet another middle infielder, though Schilling is a better hitter than most of them, so he is added to the active roster where he will compete with Wayne Terwilliger for the 2B position. (Schilling has the higher ceiling, though Terwilliger has the greater longevity and is more consistent and versatile.) Light-hitting SS/2B Ron Samford is optioned to AAA to make room for him.

    Interestingly, on baseball-reference.com, Wayne Terwilliger is #2 on Chuck Schilling's "Most Similar" list, and Schilling is #3 on Terwilliger's list.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    4/7/2021...ex Dodger, Brave: Jack Smith, age 85. https://ripbaseball.com/2021/04/18/o...ith-1935-2021/
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    The 2021 "Field of Dreams" Team signs a hard-throwing right-handed reliever for organizational depth.

    Transactions
    Signed RHP Jack Smith, and optioned him to AAA.


    Lineup (8)
    C Mike Sadek
    1B Joe Cunningham
    2B Wayne Terwilliger
    3B Ken Reitz
    SS Dr. Bobby Brown (primarily a 3B, but also played SS)
    LF Billy Conigliaro
    CF Angel Mangual
    RF Henry Aaron

    Bench (7)
    C Norm Sherry
    1B/OF Joe Altobelli
    2B/1B/OF Pedro Gonzalez
    2B Chuck Schilling
    SS Coot Veal (platoon starter with Brown)
    OF Ed Armbrister
    OF Stan Palys

    Rotation (5)
    RHP Don Sutton
    LHP Juan Pizarro
    RHP Stan Williams
    RHP Paul Foytack
    RHP Lew Krausse, Jr.

    Bullpen (5)
    LHP Grant Jackson (closer by default; was a good set-up man)
    LHP Rheal Cormier
    LHP Willard Hunter
    RHP Tom Acker
    RHP Wynn Hawkins


    The remainder of the 40-man roster:
    RHP Randy Tate
    RHP Jack H. Smith
    LHP Tommy Lasorda
    RHP Duke Simpson
    RHP Frankie De La Cruz
    RHP Hy Cohen
    LHP John LaRose

    1B/C Don Gile
    1B Ron Johnson
    2B Don E. Leppert
    2B Jim Snyder
    3B Mike Bell
    3B/SS Dick H. Smith
    SS Al Naples
    SS/2B Ron Samford


    Probable Batting Order vs. RHP:
    Brown ss
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    <pitcher>

    Probable Batting Order vs. LHP:
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    Veal ss
    <pitcher>


    The 2021 club fills the final spot on the 40-man roster with a hard-throwing right-handed reliever who will compete with LHP Willard Hunter for the final spot in the bullpen. As currently contructed, this 40-man roster is not a particularly good club. Strengths include: right field (+++!!), the infield (particularly the corner infield spots), the rotation (though not nearly to the level of the 2020 club), left-handed relief pitching, and backup OF depth. Weaknesses include: lack of depth in the rotation, lack of quality right-handed relief pitching, lack of frontline starters in the OF (except RF), and a small army of AAAA middle infielders and relief pitchers clogging the roster.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Yea I can remember Reitz coming up with the Cards. He was a pretty good player for a few seasons. Sounds like he truly loved the game. RIP Ken Reitz.
    I traded away scores of cards for those of Reitz.

    All-Stars got preference in my collection. So did guys who had a .300 BA (no matter how few ABs) or 20 HR (no matter how many K's). Big fan of Ron Kittle, for example.

    That meant rookies were largely shipped off.

    I was a dumb kid.

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    4/20/2021...ex Ranger; Reds and Mets hitting coach: Tom Robson, age 75. Uncle of Mike Moustakas. https://www.myjournalcourier.com/spo...d-16117891.php
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    The 2021 "Field of Dreams" Team signs a slugging minor-league 1B for additional depth.

    Transactions
    Signed 1B Tom Robson, and optioned him to AAA.
    Designated LHP John LaRose for assignment.


    Lineup (8)
    C Mike Sadek
    1B Joe Cunningham
    2B Wayne Terwilliger
    3B Ken Reitz
    SS Dr. Bobby Brown (primarily a 3B, but also played SS)
    LF Billy Conigliaro
    CF Angel Mangual
    RF Henry Aaron

    Bench (7)
    C Norm Sherry
    1B/OF Joe Altobelli
    2B/1B/OF Pedro Gonzalez
    2B Chuck Schilling
    SS Coot Veal (platoon starter with Brown)
    OF Ed Armbrister
    OF Stan Palys

    Rotation (5)
    RHP Don Sutton
    LHP Juan Pizarro
    RHP Stan Williams
    RHP Paul Foytack
    RHP Lew Krausse, Jr.

    Bullpen (5)
    LHP Grant Jackson (closer by default; was a good set-up man)
    LHP Rheal Cormier
    LHP Willard Hunter
    RHP Tom Acker
    RHP Wynn Hawkins


    The remainder of the 40-man roster:
    RHP Randy Tate
    RHP Jack H. Smith
    LHP Tommy Lasorda
    RHP Duke Simpson
    RHP Frankie De La Cruz
    RHP Hy Cohen

    1B/C Don Gile
    1B Ron Johnson
    1B Tom Robson
    2B Don E. Leppert
    2B Jim Snyder
    3B Mike Bell
    3B/SS Dick H. Smith
    SS Al Naples
    SS/2B Ron Samford


    DFA
    LHP John LaRose


    Probable Batting Order vs. RHP:
    Brown ss
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    <pitcher>

    Probable Batting Order vs. LHP:
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    Veal ss
    <pitcher>


    To make room for Tom Robson on the 40-man roster, the club designates left-handed relief pitcher John LaRose for assignment.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    4/22/2021...ex Brave, Cub, Athletic, Angel: Adrian Garrett, age 78. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...tt-dies-age-78Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Two

    The 2021 "Field of Dreams" Team signs a left-handed hitting catcher for additional organizational depth.

    Transactions
    Signed C/1B/OF Adrian Garrett, and optioned him to AAA.
    Designated SS Al Naples for assignment.


    Lineup (8)
    C Mike Sadek
    1B Joe Cunningham
    2B Wayne Terwilliger
    3B Ken Reitz
    SS Dr. Bobby Brown (primarily a 3B, but also played SS)
    LF Billy Conigliaro
    CF Angel Mangual
    RF Henry Aaron

    Bench (7)
    C Norm Sherry
    1B/OF Joe Altobelli
    2B/1B/OF Pedro Gonzalez
    2B Chuck Schilling
    SS Coot Veal (platoon starter with Brown)
    OF Ed Armbrister
    OF Stan Palys

    Rotation (5)
    RHP Don Sutton
    LHP Juan Pizarro
    RHP Stan Williams
    RHP Paul Foytack
    RHP Lew Krausse, Jr.

    Bullpen (5)
    LHP Grant Jackson (closer by default; was a good set-up man)
    LHP Rheal Cormier
    LHP Willard Hunter
    RHP Tom Acker
    RHP Wynn Hawkins


    The remainder of the 40-man roster:
    RHP Randy Tate
    RHP Jack H. Smith
    LHP Tommy Lasorda
    RHP Duke Simpson
    RHP Frankie De La Cruz
    RHP Hy Cohen

    C/1B/OF Adrian Garrett
    1B/C Don Gile
    1B Ron Johnson
    1B Tom Robson
    2B Don E. Leppert
    2B Jim Snyder
    3B Mike Bell
    3B/SS Dick H. Smith
    SS/2B Ron Samford


    DFA
    LHP John LaRose
    SS Al Naples


    Probable Batting Order vs. RHP:
    Brown ss
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    <pitcher>

    Probable Batting Order vs. LHP:
    Terwilliger 2b
    Cunningham 1b
    Aaron rf
    Reitz 3b
    Conigliaro lf
    Mangual cf
    Sadek c
    Veal ss
    <pitcher>


    The club adds a much-needed left-handed bat to the organization, as they have only four other LH-hitting position players on the 40-man roster. Adrian Garrett also provides defensive versatility and depth to the organization, as he is able to play C, 1B, and both corner OF positions. To make room for Garrett, the club moves some of its excess middle INF depth off the 40-man roster, and designates SS Al Naples for assignment.
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