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Tommy Hanson

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 10, 2015

Sad news. I followed this guy’s career for some reason. He had a sick curve ball and a lively fastball. Got hurt and, like many injured pitchers, started a long, slow slide into various ranks of the minor leagues. Pitched for the Giants last year but I think he was released or became a free agent. And then at 29, out of nowhere, dead.

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  1. alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Really tragic news about Tommy Hanson’s death.Heard a report his organs shut-down and cocaine involved.
    Liked his career as well, always felt he was gonna be a #1 ace, but shoulder injuries derailed his career.
    29 years old, just can’t fathom that, way to young.. RIP Tommy, 🙏thoughts& prayers for you and your family..

  2. zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Very sad, and also a reminder of how young pro athletes are.
    I didn’t even START the job I’ve had for the last 23 years until I was 32.

  3. Bozo said, on November 10, 2015 at 7:50 am

    That is sad news, I liked him as a player.

    I’m also deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Allen Toussaint. An incredible loss to the music world and New Orleans. A very talented and gracious man, the very definition of a class act.

    RIP to both men.

  4. Carstie Clausen said, on November 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Is it possible to die of a broken heart? Perhaps. Hanson may have felt that his dream of being a ML ace was shattered. Tensions built up. Stress. Self-medicated. Dead at 29. A human tragedy. Sadly, that’s a bit common these days. Our “culture” has become a spiritual void. Generally religion does not help as it too has become mostly overcome by and immersed in materialist values.

  5. willedav said, on November 10, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I was trying to read Baggs column on Merc site and noticed bunch of tweets from Hanson’s buddies like Frandsen expressing condolences. Very sad.

    Also about Allen T, NO icon who played on hits in the ’50s and recorded so much great music of his own.

    So, Baggs thinks SF declined Aoki option because they might have trade in the works, maybe at the Boca meeting. He proposes 3 different scenarios where SF acquires either Cameron Maybin or Marcel Ozuna for the OF and/or some SPs from Braves/Indians such as Teheran Carrasco or Salazar
    In exchange SF would give up Belt or Susac or Strick and Williamson, and in one of his deals get someone to take Pagan. As per usual Baggs takes pretty good shot at Pagan so he’s after a CF to pair with Blanco.

    Saw an interesting take on Welker signing from blogger: after all the lawsuits from NFLPA over mistreatment by the league on injured players, whose foot is shoe on now for allowing guy with concussion hist such as his to go back out there again?

  6. snarkk said, on November 10, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I’ve never been impressed much by Maybin. Am I missing something? I wouldn’t trade Susac — seems to me the Giants catching corps is thin. Brown looked intriguing for a handful of games at the end last season, but that is pretty thin to hang your hat on. I consider Hector not even in the mix given his concussion history, and defensive downside…

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2015 at 8:40 am

      maybin is a walking DL stint about to happen.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on November 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        then make that ‘limping’

    • willedav said, on November 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      One good year on a lousy team doesn’t impress me either. I remember capping on this guy for embarrassing the #24.

  7. Flavor said, on November 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

    when was the last time Sabean did anything fun at the Winter Meetings? Besides powering down big time steaks at the strip joint? I know the Winter Meetings aren’t what they once were. It would be nice to see some action for once.

  8. wilcojoe said, on November 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

    My step-sister in Santa Rosa just texted me her Fanduel screenshot. She won $15k on the $5 Sunday Night NFL Showdown. I told her I am entitled to a cut since I turned her on to Fanduel. Unreal!

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

      that’s awesome!

    • willedav said, on November 10, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Wilco, MLBTR today has long story on Stros needs etc. From what the writer says Belt sounds like perfect fit, LH bat with good OB to cover 1b and contrast to other big sticks. They are said to have awesome farm still, wonder if they would give up pitching for him?

      Also saw in their guaranteed contracts they owe Gregerson $12 mil. Wow that’s about twice what Casilla makes.

      • wilcojoe said, on November 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        I need to check that story out. I have been saying the same thing all season (Belt being a perfect fit in Houston). They certianly have the prospects to make it happen and they showed at the deadline that they weren’t afraid to make a deal. As far as young pitching prospects go, I would stay away from Mark Appel, His minor league numbers leave a lot to be desired. Though if any team can get him back on track, it’s the Giants.

  9. djloo27 said, on November 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Boomer Esiason said on the radio this morning that he thinks Greinke will sign with the Giants.
    He rarely says things like that unless he knows something…

  10. alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    So when does a former football player have any credibility on baseball moves?

    • djloo27 said, on November 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Not saying you should take it to the bank, Kat, but the guy has about 10 jobs and knows everybody.
      He generally doesn’t just shoot off his mouth. Maybe he heard something…

      • zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        Some more of the MLB Network pundits were saying it, too.
        I’m in the “let’s sign Greinke” minority on the Flap. 🙂

  11. zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    One of the cheesiest things that’s happened lately in baseball is the announcing of the “finalists” for each post-season award.
    Just start announcing the winners already. All the voting was done before the playoffs started.

  12. zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Craw wins a Gold Glove!! How cool is that?!!

    • xoot said, on November 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Reminds me a bit of when Lincecum won his first CY. Took the edge off the post season down time. Crawford really deserves it, imo. Couple years back fangraphs did a great piece on him, with amazing GIFs showing that he made more difficult, even impossible, plays than any other SS. He came out of ST this year with a sore shoulder, didn’t he?

    • snarkk said, on November 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Just a matter of time before states step in and regulate the fantasy sites. Too much money changing hands without some transaction tax being assessed…

    • wilcojoe said, on November 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      My step-sisters big win today doesn’t help the DFS’s argument that it’s more skill than luck. She barely follows the sport at all. I am still blown away by it.

  13. snarkk said, on November 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Craw’s gold glove no doubt helped by his studly bat this past season. Weird, but apparently it works that way…

  14. Macdog said, on November 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats to Craw, well deserved.

  15. Lurker John said, on November 10, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats Brandon Crawford! First GG ever!

  16. Paul Sorensen said, on November 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Yeah, it would be fun to see some action at the meetings. I have a feeling there will be. You know how the Oscars show always starts off fairly quickly with one of the somewhat “major” awards, like Best Supporting Actress… not the big enchilada, but enticing enough to get the show going. That’s how I think Sabevans is going to do it this time: quickly, a somewhat major but not BIG major trade or signing, maybe even somewhat of a surprise, to whet the whistles of us lunatic fringers everywhere in Flap Universe, to be followed near the end (or maybe shortly after the meetings) with a BIG signing or trade. For some reason, it feels like Sabevans will be a bit more chomping at the bit this year. They showed patience in not signing Byrd or Aoki, but perhaps only because they’ve got something bigger in mind. Guess we’ll soon see.

  17. alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Well I liked to see Bobby Evans get out from under Sabes still dominant control and make deal on his own at the meetings!
    Time for a younger guy to make his mark and be aggressive. Sabean is scared shitless to pull a deal in the winter meetings, been that way for awhile imo..

  18. Bozo said, on November 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats to Craw for the GG award. Well deserved.

  19. zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    2015 Gold Glove Winners
    American League Position National League
    Dallas Keuchel, Astros Pitcher Zack Greinke, Dodgers
    Salvador Perez, Royals Catcher Yadier Molina, Cardinals
    Eric Hosmer, Royals First Base Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
    Jose Altuve, Astros Second Base Dee Gordon, Marlins
    Manny Machado, Orioles Third Base Nolan Arenado, Rockies
    Alcides Escobar, Royals Shortstop Brandon Crawford, Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers Left Field Starling Marte, Pirates
    Kevin Kiermaier, Rays Center Field A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks
    Kole Calhoun, Angels Right Field Jason Heyward, Cardinals

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Cespedes gets a Gold Glove and Trout doesn’t? I did not see that coming.


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