Casey’s No-Hitter


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Casey Mize at Auburn University in 2018. Photo by Brandon Rush via Wikipedia.

Casey Mize turns 22 tomorrow, but he’s already thrown a no-hitter. Or rather, make that two. Last night Mize made his double-A debut with the Erie SeaWolves, pitching a no-hitter. He pitched his first no-hitter last year as a junior at Auburn University.

It was the second no-hitter in a week for the SeaWolves.

On April 24, Alex Faedo pitched seven no-hit innings and Drew Carlton pitched two no-hit innings against the Bowie Baysox. (Check out the final out below.) Then, yesterday, Mize pitched all nine innings against the Altoona Curve, striking out seven and walking one batter.

What’s even more amazing is that Mize only signed with the Tigers last June and started this year with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He made four starts with Lakeland before being promoted to Erie, making his debut with Erie last night.

Congratulations, SeaWolves, and happy birthday, Casey!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Best of the Week: 4/21/2019 – 4/27/2019


Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., in 2018. Photo by Tricia Hall (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Congrats to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., on his promotion to the Toronto Blue Jays! Vlad Jr. made his Major League debut of Friday, April 26, 2019, against the Oakland A’s.

So how did he do? We’ll, besides getting a standing ovation or two, he went 1-for-4, hitting a double in the bottom of the ninth. But the Blue Jays won the game and Vladdy has arrived, so that’s all that matters.

In fact, on Wednesday, Twitter was all excited with the announcement that Vlad Jr. was being promoted to the big leagues:

 

 

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 4/27/2019


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Josh Willingham with the Washington Nationals in 2009 (photo by Adam Fagen, courtesy of Wikipedia)

On Tuesday we commemorated the 20th anniversary of the game in which Fernando Tatis, Sr., hit two grand slams in one inning – which is pretty monumental. But how many players have even hit two in one game?

Only thirteen – and the last time it was done was ten years ago when Josh Willingham hit a grand slam in both the 5th and 6th innings for the Nationals. Perhaps more importantly (at least if you’re an O’s fan), how many Orioles have hit two grand slams in one game? Three: Jim Gentile in 1961, Frank Robinson in 1970, and Chris Hoiles in 1998. Thanks to the Baseball Almanac, the complete list appears below.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Player Team Date Innings
Tony Lazzeri New York 5/24/1936 2nd and 5th
Jim Tabor Boston 7/4/1939 3rd and 6th
Rudy York Boston 7/27/1946 2nd and 5th
Jim Gentile Baltimore 5/9/1961 1st and 2nd
Tony Cloninger Atlanta 7/3/1966 1st and 4th
Jim Northrup Detroit 6/24/1968 5th and 6th
Frank Robinson Baltimore 6/26/1970 5th and 6th
Robin Ventura Chicago 9/4/1995 4th and 5th
Chris Hoiles Baltimore 8/14/1998 3rd and 8th
Fernando Tatis St. Louis 4/23/1999 3rd and 3rd
Nomar Garciaparra Boston 5/10/1999 1st and 8th
Bill Mueller Boston 7/29/2003 7th and 8th
Josh Willingham Washington 7/27/2009 5th and 6th

Cuban Players Protest


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Tony Taylor with the Florida Marlins in 2001 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Do you remember that time in 2000 when some MLB  players were protesting and didn’t show up for a game? The majority of those involved were on the then-named Florida Marlins: Alex Fernandez, Vladimir Nunez, Michael Tejera, and Mike Lowell. In fact, Marlins management gave permission to any employees who wanted to miss the game on April 25, 2000. Also protesting were three Marlins coaches – Fredi Gonzalez, Tony Taylor, and Luis Perez – as well as assistant to the GM, Tony Perez. Players on other teams joined the protest as well: Jose Canseco, Rey Ordonez, and Cookie Rojas.

What were they protesting? A federal court ruling that 5-year old Elian Gonzalez had to be removed from his Miami relatives’ home and returned to his father in Cuba. The Marlins’ protest was part of a larger protest by Cuban residents of Miami and other cities around the country.

In 2015, ABC News interviewed Elian Gonzalez, who said he would like to visit his family in Miami some day. He also said he’d like to see a baseball game and visit museums in Washington. Come visit any time, Elian.

By the way, the Marlins lost that game to the San Francisco Giants. That year they finished 3rd in the NL East with a record of 79-82.

~ baseballrebecca