Films on Friday: Ozney Guillen with the ValleyCats


Ozney Guillen, who had his first professional managing job this last year with the Tri-City ValleyCats, will be managing the Colombian team in the Caribbean Series. Check out the video below from when he was introduced by the ValleyCats:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Ozney Guillen


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Ozney Guillen with the Tri-City ValleyCats (photo courtesy of LinkedIn)

The manager of the Colombian team in this year’s Caribbean Series is Ozney Guillen, son of former Major League manager, Ozzie Guillen. Ozney was born on January 3, 1992, in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2010 he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round of the amateur from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, Florida. Instead of signing with the White Sox, however, he attended Miami Dade College and St. Thomas University. Ozney was not drafted in subsequent drafts.

In 2014 and 2015, Guillen played for the Normal CornBelters in the Frontier League. He next played for the Sioux Falls Canaries (2016), the Bridgeport Bluefish (2017), the New Britain Bees (2018), and the Ottawa Champions (2018). He also played for los Tiburones de la Guaira in the Venezuela Winter League in the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons). His career batting average was .240 with 17 home runs.

In 2019, Guillen managed the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Houston Astros’ Short Season-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. The team had their home opener on Father’s Day, with Ozney’s father on hand. The Valley Cats went 32-42 under Guillen’s guidance.  His season was not without controversy, though. In a game against the Vermont Lake Monsters in June last year, Guillen was ejected from a game after arguing with an umpire. He was ultimately suspended for two games for the episode for swearing at the umpire. In August, Guillen stated that he was “not a fan” of minor-league playoffs and preferred that his players get rest after the season. This caused several to second-guess his team’s losing record for the season. The Astros announced they would not retain Guillen for the 2020 season.

He currently manages Los Vaqueros de Monteria, who are representing Colombia in the Caribbean Series.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Guide for the 2020 Caribbean Series


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Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico – location of the 2020 Serie del Caribe. Photo Courtesy of the National Register of Historic Places on Flickr

Are you ready for the Caribbean Series? I don’t know about you, but I always find it difficult to find information on other baseball leagues. MLB.com certainly does not update its information on the Winter Leagues very well. Below are a few links to help you follow the Caribbean Series when it begins on Saturday:

Colombia

League:  Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional

Champion: Vaqueros de Montería

Roster: Click here or see below

Twitter: @VaquerosdeMont1

Mexico

League: Liga Mexicana del Pacifico

Champion: Tomateros de Culiacán

Roster: Click here or see below.

Twitter: @clubtomateros

Panama

League: Liga Profesional de Béisbol de Panamá

Champion: Astronautas de Chiriquí

Roster: https://jmdeportes.com/beisbol/conoce-el-roster-oficial-de-los-astronautas-para-la-serie-del-caribe/

Twitter:  @AstronautasCH

Puerto Rico

League: Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente

Champion: Cangrejeros de Santurce

Roster: https://santurcecangrejeros.com/roster/

Twitter: @santurcelbprc

República Dominicana

League: Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana

Champion: Toros del Este

Roster: https://twitter.com/sdcsanjuan2020/status/1222639476972949505?s=21

Twitter:  @TorosdelEste

Venezuela

League: Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

Champion: Cardenales de Lara

Roster: https://lvbp.com/roster.php?team=693

Twitter:  @CardenalesDice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2020 Caribbean Series


The Caribbean Series begins on Saturday! This year’s series will take place in Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. Despite the recent earthquake in Puerto Rico, the Series will go on as scheduled. The Commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, Juan Francisco Puello, assured the teams and the public that stadium sustained no damage during the earthquake. The nations playing are: Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. The Colombian team replaces Cuba, which was unable to obtain visas for the series. The full schedule of games is below.

Stay tuned this week as we prepare for the 2020 Series!

~ baseballrebecca

Since the above is hard to see, use the schedule below, and just swap out Colombia for Cuba – the rest of the schedule remains the same:

Baseball Mourns Kobe Bryant


There are events that transcend one sport – or even all of them – that can touch almost everyone. I’m not a basketball fan, but it is clear the impact the death of Kobe Bryant has not only on basketball or the sports world, but society as a whole.

I was doing research for a different post, when I ran across this Tweet from one of my favorite former Orioles, Adam Jones:

Then I saw this one, and began to get concerned and very sad:

I jumped to Google News and read what had happened: on Sunday afternoon Kobe Bryant and several others, including one of his daughters, died in a helicopter crash in California. By then, the tributes began pouring in on social media. So much so that for awhile I couldn’t even follow the news on Twitter and simply kept getting the message, “Twitter is over capacity.”

Over the next few hours, many baseball players expressed their condolences:

And those were in just the first few hours since the news broke. Since then, countless messages have been posted. Perhaps Noah Syndergaard summed it up for everyone:

Rest in peace, Mr. Bryant.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 1/19/2020 – 1/25/2020


On Thursday, MLB announced it would be “presenting sponsor” of USA Softball’s “Stand Beside Her” tour, meaning “MLB will work in conjunction with USA Softball in select cities to host ‘PLAY BALL’ events, MLB’s signature youth engagement activity of which USA Softball is a flagship partner.” In addition, the MLB logo will be featured on the team’s uniforms and signage promoting the training tour as the team prepares for the 2020 Olympics.

The initial schedule for the tour includes the following events:

  • 2/4: vs USF – Tampa, FL
  • 2/7-9: NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic – Clearwater, FL
  • 2/11: vs Florida – Gainesville, FL
  • 2/12 & 2/16, 2020: St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational – Clearwater, FL
  • 2/18: vs Arizona – Tucson, AZ
  • 2/20-23: Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic – Cathedral City, CA
  • 3/8: vs Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego – Irvine, CA
  • 3/10: vs CSUN and San Diego State – San Diego, CA
  • 3/12: vs Washington – Seattle, WA
  • 3/17: vs Portland State and Oregon State – Hillsboro, OR
  • 3/18: vs Southern Oregon and Oregon – Eugene, OR
  • 3/31: vs Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
  • 4/1: vs Auburn – Auburn, AL
  • 4/3: South Commons Softball Complex – Columbus, GA
  • 4/5: Twin Creeks Softball Complex – Woodstock, GA
  • 4/7: Jim Frost Stadium at Warner Park – Chattanooga, TN
  • 4/8: vs Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
  • 4/15: vs LA Tech and Louisiana-Monroe – Shreveport, LA
  • 4/18: Constellation Field – Sugar Land, TX
  • 4/21-23: vs Oklahoma Christian, North Texas, Abilene Christian and Texas Woman’s University – Dallas, TX
  • 4/25: vs Lubbock Christian – Midland, TX
  • 5/1: Kansas City Royals MLB Urban Youth Academy – Kansas City, MO
  • 5/3: CarShield Field – St. Louis, MO
  • 5/17: Sutter Health Park – Sacramento, CA
  • 5/30: TVA Credit Union Ballpark – Johnson City, TN
  • 6/3: Killian Softball Stadium – Springfield, MO
  • 6/7: Brookside Park – Ashland, OH
  • 6/9: Dow Diamond – Midland, MI
  • 6/10: Secchia Stadium – East Lansing, MI
  • 6/18: Martin Field – Lowell, MA
  • 6/19: vs Stratford Brakettes – Stratford, CT
  • 6/21: Wall Township Municipal Complex – Wall Township, NJ
  • 6/23: Cal Seniors Park – The Ripken Experience – Aberdeen, MD
  • 6/25: vs Salem All-Stars – Salem, VA

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 1/25/2020


I’m totally with that one guy that didn’t vote for Jeter. Perhaps he’s an O’s fan. Perhaps he remembers “The Incident.” I hope we never know who he or she is, so his/her secret hero identity can remain intact. However, when you buy tickets for when the O’s visit the Yankees during Spring Training, the Yankees never stop bother you. The last email they sent included the graphic below. I particularly like how it highlights that growing bald spot.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca