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:
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.
Following 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!
- Watch baseball movies
- Watch classic baseball games and other content on MLB’s YouTube page
- Watch the Ken Burns documentary, “Baseball,” for free on the PBS website
- Read baseball books
- 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
- Work out at home to be ready for the season when it does start
- Meditate about baseball
What will you be doing during these trying times?
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.
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.
As the “wintry mix” came down yesterday in DC, my thoughts turned to Spring – Spring Training, more precisely. Last year, we only attended one pre-season game – at Nats Park when the Yankees came here on their way north just before Opening Day.
This year is going to be different.
I’ve already put in for vacation time and have booked the hotel. I just recently purchased tickets for the Yankees in Tampa, since their tickets have been on sale for at least a month now. But I still don’t have my Orioles tickets. That’s because, while most teams put their Spring Training tickets on sale in November and December of last year, a few teams held out.
But this is the week! The remaining teams will be be placing their tickets on sale, so we all can finally finalize those Spring plans! Yesterday, White Sox Spring Training tickets went on sale and the Phillies’ sales started today. Pirates tickets, though officially on sale on Saturday, are available now at “Early Bird Presale Pricing,” which is about $5 more per ticket than what they will be on Saturday. According to the Pirates’ website: “Early Bird pricing is different than regular single game pricing and is an alternative purchase opportunity for fans who want to be guaranteed access to the best seats to high-demand games.”
In case you were wondering, these are the eight teams who will finally start selling their Spring Training tickets on Saturday:
So, by Saturday, my world will be complete.
Just because the World Series is over doesn’t mean were out of baseball for the next four months. Baseball can be enjoyed year-round. If you know where to look. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a little more research and not only writing about what baseball competitions are coming up, but spending some time writing some more in-depth pieces on baseball sociology – as well as continuing our World Series Recap.
I’ll keep posting here nearly everyday – so keep an eye out keep out for some new posts coming soon!