Luckiest Little Leaguers


This video was recently posted to the Bank of America #MLBmemorybank YouTube page.

It. Is. Awesome.

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What’s Going On In Venezuela?


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Miguel Cabrera, 2011 (image courtesy of Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

Venezuela was back in the U.S. public consciousness recently, if only for a brief moment. Earlier in the week, Miguel Cabrera posted several videos on social media speaking out against the violence and unrest in Venezuela. On Monday he stated, “I am tired of hearing that they are going to kidnap my mother, and I don’t know whether it is a policeman or a bad guy, I don’t know who they are. All I know is if I don’t pay, those people disappear.”

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio declined to participate in the All Star festivities celebrating Latino players in MLB, noting: “Unfortunately, conditions in my country prevent me from traveling.”

“No puedo celebrar mientras los jóvenes de mi país mueren luchando por ideales de libertad [I can’t celebrate when young people of my country are dying for their freedom].” – Luis Aparicio

So what’s going on in Venezuela, and why do we know so little about it? For these Venezuelan players and those who support them, it’s a matter of freedom. For those of us who pay little attention to Venezuela, we need to be educated on the issues. Next week, I’ll post more of the background of the political and economic issues in Venezuela, as well as the role MLB has played in that country.

~ baseballrebecca

2017 Player Appearances


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Steve Garvey in 2010 (photo by Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).

Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.

Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:

Date Player Team League
20-Jun Steve Garvey Rochester International
22-Jun Jack Morris Rochester International
22-Jun NFL Player Appearance Syracuse International
23-Jun Andre Dawson Myrtle Beach Carolina
24-Jun Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier Myrtle Beach Carolina
28-Jun Bucky Dent Charlotte International
13-Jul Wally the Green Monster New Hampshire Eastern
17-Jul Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills) Rochester International
19-Jul Mike Timlin Rochester International
22-Jul Robert Maschio Akron Eastern
22-Jul Kenny Bania Bowie Eastern
29-Jul Mr. Met Binghamton Eastern
30-Jul The Oriole Bird Norfolk International
6-Aug Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
16-Aug Jack Morris Charlotte International
24-Aug Carlos Baerga Erie Eastern
Previous:

6-Apr

 

David Justice

 

Richmond

 

Eastern

15-Apr Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
17-Apr Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited) Charlotte International
19-Apr Luis Tiant Appearance Charlotte International
29-Apr Elmo and Big Bird Binghamton Eastern
9-May Malcom Mitchell Portland Eastern
16-May Tony Oliva Charlotte International
20-May Jose Canseco Altoona Eastern
30-May Former Mets Player Trenton Eastern
7-Jun Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
10-Jun Dale Murphy Hickory South Atlantic
11-Jun Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams Rochester International
14-Jun Brian Jordan Charlotte International
15-Jun Bobby Valentine Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Harrisburg Eastern

Dave Winfield on the 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft


Yesterday, I posted some information on MLB’s 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft. Here are a few comments from Dave Winfield, courtesy of the African American Registry:

 

Happy Birthday, #5!


Brooks_Robinson_1955Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model. People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else. ~ Brooks Robinson

One of my all-time favorite players, Brooks Robinson, “the Human Vacuum Cleaner,” turns 80 today! Robinson has always been loved by the community, as a 1964 Sports Illustrated article attests:

“Robinson’s warm personality wins him as much respect as his competitiveness and courage. He does nothing for effect. Bill Tanton, columnist for the Evening Sun, recalls the time he was on hand when Brooks went on a bowling party with some multiple sclerosis patients. ‘I’ve seen athletes in such situations before,’ Tanton says, ‘and the atmosphere is usually strained or even maudlin. But this time, everyone was at ease. You could tell Brooks was genuinely enjoying himself and, of course, they all adored him. He kidded them, and they kidded him right back—especially about his getting bald.'”

Robinson was an All-Star 18 times, won 16 gold gloves, won numerous other awards, and was even memorialized in a Norman Rockwell painting and highlighted in the Catholic Review. Not bad for a kid from Little Rock, AR.

A few years ago, I went on a pilgrimage to Little Rock to walk in the steps of the great Brooks Robinson. There were no big plaques or signs to let us know he’d grown up there. But what else would you expect from our quiet, unassuming here.

Happy Birthday, Brooks!

~ baseballrebecca

PS Check out the footage of Brooks at work:

And there’s this great comparison between Brooks and Manny: