Billy Ball to Whitey Ball

Billy Ball – An aggressive approach to baseball  to score runs.  It was started by Billy Martin when he managed the Oakland A’s, a very weak-hitting team in the 1980s.

The Nasty Boys – The outstanding trio of Cincinnati Reds relief pitchers of the rearly 1990s.  They were Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers.

The Bash Brothers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, two sluggers playing for the Oakland A’s from 1986 to 1992.

Tools of Ignorance – The gear that is worn by catchers to protect them from foul tips, bats, and collisions with runners trying to score.

Tools of Intelligence – This is what the same catcher’s gear is called by former catcher Tim McCarver.  He calls it this because he feels the catcher understands the game of baseball better than anyone else on the field. 

Whitey Ball – The exciting game of baseball created by manager Whitey Herzog and played on the Astro Turf.  It was a game of speed and defense.

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