Its Finally July?


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So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind of pandemic, postponements, and protests. And its only half over.

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.

In a normal year we’d be well into both the Major League and Minor League seasons, rooting for our favorite players and prospects, and still holding out hope that the O’s won’t be in last place. But in 2020, the future of the minors is in question and we still haven’t even started the 2020 MLB season.

We can be optimistic and see the year as half over, or pessimistic and see the year as only half over. Either way, we can also use this demarcation as a time to take inventory of where we are.

There are still major issues in society and baseball that are yet to be resolved. As I pointed out yesterday, I spent the entire month of June posting about race issues and racism in baseball. So, its time to think a little more sociologically about these issues.

So, starting next week, I’ll devote more time and space to exploring issues more in-depth. Most weeks I’ll still have Monday Baseball Motivation, Films on Friday, Stat-urday, and the Best of the Week, but Tuesday through Thursday will often be devoted to one topic or concept. I’ll also do some housekeeping on the site, updating old posts and revisiting issues with new information. I may not post every day, but I’ll still be here!

Happy second half of the year! Congrats on making it this far!

~ baseballrebecca

More Baseball Voices


As celebrities, baseball players, and MLB have been criticized for not responding to the killing of George Floyd and subsequent unrest in the United States, more players and teams have begun speaking up. (Check out the article by Ken Rosenthal, who interviewed retired MLB players and explained why current players often do not speak out.) These statements may not be perfect, and some people are at a loss as to what to say and do. But they are a start.

As more baseball voices add to the chorus, I’ll add them to the growing collection:

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~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 5/30/2020


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Stephen Strasburg, World Series MVP, pictured here in 2014. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia.

Earlier this week the Washington Nationals revealed their World Series rings, and they include a lot of stats to commemorate the 2019 season:

  • 108 diamonds representing:
    • 105 regular season and post season wins
    • 2 cities in franchise history
    • 1 World Series championship
  • Additional diamonds included in player’s number
  • 32 sapphires representing:
    • 13 shut-out wins
    • 8-game winning streak (their longest)
    • 7 walk-off wins
    • 4 postseason rounds won
  • 30 rubies in the “Curly W” = for the 30 runs scored in the four World Series games they won
  • 12 rubies on each side for the total number of postseason wins
  • 5 stars representing 5 postseason elimination games won made up of:
    • 4 diamonds representing previous N.L. East division titles won
    • 1 ruby signifying the World Series Championship
  • 4 postseason opponents defeated
  • 4 Washington, DC, landmarks: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol building
  • 2 phrases: “Go 1-0 every day” and “Fight Finished”
  • 1 Baby Shark

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Phyllis George, Trailblazer


Phyllis George in 2000. Photo by John Matthew Smith via Wikipedia.

Phyllis George passed away over the weekend at the age of 70. Wikipedia summed up her career as follows: “[She] was an American businesswoman, actress, and sportscaster. She was also Miss Texas 1970, Miss America, 1971, and the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.” In other words, she did it all.

George broke barriers in the 1970s, becoming one of the first female NFL broadcasters as a reporter and host on “The NFL Today,” the CBS football pre-game show. As news spread of her death, women in sports, including several current baseball reporters and broadcasters, expressed their condolences, recognized George’s impact on the industry and their careers, and thanked her for being a trailblazer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest In Peace, Ms. George.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball in Korea


KBO League.svgBaseball is back – in Korea! The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) opened its season today, and if you happened to be channel surfing on your TV this morning around 1 a.m., you might have caught a game. Yesterday, ESPN announced it had reached an agreement to televise six regular season games each week, as well as post-season games. Games will air at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sunday on ESPN2 and the ESPN App. ESPN will announce which games it will televise on a weekly basis. ESPN announcers, analysts, and commentators will report from their home studios. Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Eduardo Perez, Jessica Mendoza, and Kyle Peterson will participate in the broadcasts.

Here is this week’s television schedule:

Date Time (ET) Teams Commentators
Tue, May 5 1:00 a.m. NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez
Wed, May 6 5:30 a.m. Doosan Bears vs. LG Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez
Thu, May 7 5:30 a.m. NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez
Fri, May 8 5:30 a.m. KIA Tigers vs. Samsung Lions Jon Sciambi, Eduardo Perez
Sat, May 9 4:00 a.m. LG Twins vs. NC Dinos Jon Sciambi, Jessica Mendoza
Sun, May 10 1:00 a.m. LG Twins vs. NC Dinos Jon Sciambi, Jessica Mendoza

The KBO was established in 1982 and played its first game on March 27 of that year. Currently, there are 10 teams located in eight cities: Seoul, Daejeon, Gwangju, Suwon, Busan, Changwon, Daegu, and Incheon, South Korea. Here are some useful links for additional information about the teams, players, and other facts about the KBO:

  • Korea Baseball Organization
  • ESPN, “Everything you need for KBO opening day”
  • Deadspin, “The KBO Will Save Us All … Or At least Give Us Something To Do. Here’s All you Need to Know”
  • CBS Sports, “KBO: Teams, odds, how to watch, ex-MLB players and everything to know about Korea Baseball Organization”
  • Yahoo! Sports, “A KBO primer: Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the return of baseball in South Korea”
  • SB Nation, “Korean baseball returns this week to save us from sports withdrawal”

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Baseball Fan


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Dr. Anthony Fauci

Turns out, Dr. Anthony Fauci is a baseball fan – and a Nats fan at that! Yesterday, Vanity Fair ran an interview with Fauci in which he was asked about the possibility for Major League Baseball and other sports to be played this year. Here is the baseball-related portion of the interview:

[Vanity Fair:] People are still holding out hope for some kind of abbreviated baseball season this summer, college football will start in late August. NFL right after that. Do you think those sports seasons are in jeopardy?

[Anthony Fauci:] You know, to be honest with you, Peter, I don’t know. I really don’t. And it’s sort of along the same line as the question you asked about the schools. It’s really going to depend on what actually evolves over the next couple of months. You know, regarding sports, I believe, and I think this is going to be implemented by the initiation and the initiative of the people who own these clubs. If you could get on television, Major League Baseball, to start July 4. Let’s say, nobody comes to the stadium. You just, you do it. I mean people say, “Well you can’t play without spectators.” Well, I think you’d probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game. Particularly me. I’m living in Washington. We have the World Champion Washington Nationals. You know, I want to see them play again. But there’s a way of doing that because there have been some proposals both at the level of the NFL, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, to get these people tested, and to put them in big hotels, you know, wherever you want to play. Keep them very well surveilled, namely a surveillance, but have them tested, like every week. By a gazillion tests. And make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family. And just let them play the season out. I mean, that’s a really artificial way to do it, but when you think about it, it might be better than nothing.

In other baseball-related news, yesterday several media outlets reported that about 10,000 MLB employees, including some players, will be tested as part of a Stanford University study on antibodies and COVID-19. Here are a few links:

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Social Distancing in MLB


Tired of be stuck at home? I think some baseball players are, too:

Some participate in things going around on social media:

Sometimes they tell us what they’re doing, reminisce, or… write poetry?

And some just post pics with great captions:

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 3/21/2020


No one has said anything about the Yankees’ minor leaguers in a few days, nor have we heard of any more cases of coronavirus in baseball. So, hopefully all is well at the moment and that stat will stay at only two players infected.

While we don’t know the identify of the second minor leaguer, the first was identified as Denny Larrondo. So, what do we know about Larrondo? And what are his stats?

Larrondo, a right-handed pitcher, was born on May 31, 2002, in Villa Clara, Cuba. He was signed by the Yankees during the 2018 international signing period and received a signing bonus of $550,000. The 17-year old was assigned to the rookie level Gulf Coast Yankees for the 2019 season, where he had a record of 2-5 and an ERA of 5.28. According to the website Call to the Pen, “Larrondo was a member of the Cuban National Sub 15 team, during his time with the squad he an ERA of 3.82 and 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.”

That’s all the info I could find Larrondo. I could only find a few pictures of him, including the one below from his Instagram page from February when he arrived at the Yankees’ minor league camp.

Hopefully he and the other Yankees’ minor leaguers are doing well.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Life without Baseball (For Now)


baseball clipart snoopyFollowing the CDC’s most recent guidance on mass gatherings, MLB announced yesterday that it would push back the start of the 2020 season further than the two weeks originally anticipated. CDC recommended that all large events of 50 people or more be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. MLB Commission Rob Manfred stated, “‘We’re not going to announce an alternate Opening Day at this point. We’re going to have to see how things develop. I think the commitment of the Clubs is to play as many baseball games in 2020 as we can, consistent with the safety of our players and our fans.’”

So, what do we do now? To help us out, I’ve compiled just a few suggestions. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

  1. Watch baseball movies
  2. Watch classic baseball games and other content on MLB’s YouTube page
  3. Watch the Ken Burns documentary, “Baseball,” for free on the PBS website
  4. Read baseball books
  5. Learn another language so that when baseball returns you can watch extra ballgames in other countries to make up for the time we’ve missed
  6. Work out at home to be ready for the season when it does start
  7. Meditate about baseball

What will you be doing during these trying times?

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Sherry Davis


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Candlestick Park, where Sherry Davis was PA announcer for the San Francisco Giants

On this date in 1993, the San Francisco Giants hired Sherry Davis, the first woman hired to be a full-time MLB public address announcer. Davis worked from the Giants from 1993 to 1999.

I first wrote about Davis last year and am re-posting about her in honor of Women’s History Month. If you want to learn more about Ms. Davis, check out a video of her at work on the MLB website and a Los Angeles Times article from 1993 about her debut.

~ baseballrebecca