Best of the Week: 8/4/2019 – 8/10/2019


The best of the week was Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander finally getting some love from the fans – even if they are from the United Kingdom:

During last Sunday’s game, 4,000 scouts from the United Kingdom sat in the outfield seats just behind where Santander was playing in left field. They had just attended the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and were taking in a ballgame in Baltimore. As the blog BirdsWatcher put it, “After throwing a ball into the stands as a souvenir, the large contingent of scouts roared with excitement each time a flyball found the glove of Santander. Each applause became more passionate with every flyball caught and souvenir thrown into the stands.”

Acknowledging the budding relationship between the outfielder and his new UK fans, the Orioles scoreboard even welcomed the attendance of the “Official International Anthony Santander Fan Club:”

After the game, the Orioles broadcasters asked him about his new found fame:

Later, he thanked the scouts for their support:

What’s even cooler is that the TV station that broadcasts Os games put the kids on their show a few days later with none other than Santander himself:

Its great to see Santander finally getting some recognition! Oh, and the O’s even won that game!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Stat-urday, 8/10/2019


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Adam Jones with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (via Wikipedia).

Yep, I’m still annoyed with the O’s, so I’m continuing to keep track of several of the players they’ve traded or failed to re-sign. Apparently, I’m not the only who does this.

The list includes my favorites, Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, and Nick Markakis (even though he’s on the IL right now with a fractured wrist), and a few other guys. For this month, I’ve added Mike Yastrzemski, another guy the O’s never should have traded, since he was called up to the Giants on May 25. I’ve also added Aderlin Rodriguez, who was one of my favorite Bowie Baysox, who is currently a member of the San Diego Padres triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas (unfortunately he’s on the IL right now, too).

Here are the latest stats:

Former Oriole Games AB Avg OBP RBI HR
Adam Jones 102 385 .268 .317 51 13
Christian Walker 105 366 .257 .348 53 20
Nick Markakis 104 366 .284 .358 55 9
Manny Machado 108 418 .278 .347 69 26
Jonathan Schoop 89 331 .254 .301 44 16
Nelson Cruz 84 312 .292 .383 72 30
Mike Yastrzemski 61 209 .268 .322 34 10
Aderlin Rodriguez 52 170 .300 .318 37 10
2019 Orioles 112 3,858 .244 .306 466 141

[Note that I’ve removed Caleb Joseph from the list because he has not had much playing time – he was optioned to the Reno Aces on 5/2/2019, recalled to the Diamondbacks on 6/14, re-optioned on 6/28, and is currently on the IL. Tim Beckham has been removed from the list because on Tuesday, MLB announced that he had been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.]

While the position players are mostly doing well elsewhere, that really can’t be said for the pitchers. Kevin Gausman, for example, was recently claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds after struggling in Atlanta. Brad Brach was DFA’d on August 3rd and released two days later. However, I added Eduardo Rodriguez to the list, because, even though he’s with the Red Sox now, I did like him when he was with the Baysox.

 Former Oriole Games IP W-L % ERA
Zack Britton 50 47.0 .750 2.30
Eduardo Rodriguez 23 135.1 .722 4.14
Kevin Gausman 16 80.0 .300 6.19
Brad Brach 42 39.2 .571 6.13
2019 Orioles 112 994.1 .339 5.59

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Films on Friday: Cal and Bill Ripken


I noted the other day that Cal and Bill Ripken made an appearance at last Saturday’s Aberdeen IronBirds game. Before the game started, and before they each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, they spoke about their dad’s impact on the game of baseball and why the continue to support youth baseball and their team the Aberdeen IronBirds:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Yet Another Baseball Response to Tragedy


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Image courtesy of the Dayton Dragons (via Twitter)

The Cincinnati Reds Class A affiliate, the Dayton Dragons, postponed their game on Sunday, due to the tragic shooting that occurred earlier that morning. In their statement, the team added: “The Dragons organization sends our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this tragedy. We are proud to call Dayton home as it is an incredible place to work, live and play, filled with vibrant, resilient and caring people. We stand strong with our city as we come together and begin to heal.”

Sunday’s game was played as part of a double header on Monday. Between the two games, the team honored the victims by placing nine white roses – one for each victim – on home plate. They also collected donations for the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, established by the Dayton Foundation, on Monday and Tuesday. The Dayton Community Blood Bank was also at the game on Tuesday to make appointments for people to donate blood.

The shooting in Dayton was not the only tragedy that occurred over the weekend. At least 22 people were killed at an El Paso Walmart on Saturday. The El Paso Chihuahuas weren’t home over the weekend, but the events weighed heavy on their minds. On Sunday the team tweeted, “Our hearts are hurting & our minds are still racing. But we can lean on the fact that this wonderful community of ours is full of love & strength. We are #ElPasoStrong.” Pitcher Dillon Overton dedicated his Tuesday night start to the victims and their families. They returned home last night.

As El Paso’s KTSM noted yesterday, “At a time like this, sports may seem trivial. But as we have seen through multiple tragedies in the past, sports can unify. Sports brings people together and the El Paso Chihuahuas will return home to play the Round Rock Express on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. It will be the first sporting event in El Paso since the shooting.” The article also quoted the Chihuaha’s GM: “‘We know full well, we accept and we will stand up to the fact that we are one of the things this community will rely on to help return it to normalcy. We will let people know it’s okay to laugh, hug and have fun together, again. It can happen at a place like this ballpark, which is a unifier.’”

As community organizations, baseball teams often play a part in the healing process. Let’s just hope that no more teams will have to do this.

~ baseballrebecca

 

Cal Ripken, Jr., Commissioner (of South Lawn Tee Ball)


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President George W. Bush and Commissioner of White House South Lawn Tee Ball Cal Ripken, Jr., stand for the National Anthem, May 5, 2002

Speaking of Cal Ripken, Jr. (who I wrote about in yesterday’s post), do you remember when he was the Commissioner of White House South Lawn Tee Ball? President George W. Bush appointed Ripken to serve as the first honorary commissioner in 2001, a position he held through 2004.

The President introduced Cal as the commissioner at the opening game in 2002. For that game, the first-base coach was Mel R. Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Hall of Famer Tony Perez was the third base coach.  Also present were Orlando Cepeda, Erubiel Durazo, and Bill Ripken.

Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda urges on a player from the Wrigley Little League Dodgers of Los Angeles, as he runs for home against the Inner City Little League of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, July 15, 2007, during the White House Tee Ball Game celebrating the legacy of Jackie Robinson on the South Lawn of the White House. Brooklyn and Los Angeles represent the two home cities of Robinson’s team.

Third Base Coach, Tommy Lasorda, July 15, 2007

The league hosted games sporadically from 2001 to 2008. Participating teams were selected by Little League Baseball. Cal was succeeded as commissioner by Nolan Ryan in 2004, Barry Larkin in 2005, and Willie Mays in 2006. Later, honorary commissioners would be appointed for specific games, including Frank Robinson who served as Honorary Commissioner for the South Lawn Tee Ball All-Star Game in 2008.

The final South Lawn Tee Ball game was held on September 7, 2008, with Bernie Williams serving as first base coach and General Pete Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as third base coach.

~ baseballrebecca

 

President Bush attends a Tee Ball on the South Lawn game between the Cardinals and the South Berkeley Little League Braves from Inwood, West Virginia, June 23, 2002.

President Bush and Cal Ripken, Jr., attend Tee Ball on the South Lawn on June 23, 2002

 

The Aberdeen Legacy


67472272_10158652084277067_7514303712534200320_oThis past Saturday, the Aberdeen IronBirds became the Aberdeen Legacy for one night only as the team celebrated the legacy of the Ripken family. According to the team’s website, Legacy night celebrated “the Ripken family, Bill and Cal’s respective on-field legacies and the legacy of the family in Harford County – we can’t celebrate the evening without learning more about what led Cal and Bill to bring Minor League and youth baseball to Aberdeen and Harford County and to continue working to develop the youth baseball game around the world.”

The Aberdeen IronBirds are a short-season A team in the New York-Penn League owned by Cal and Bill Ripken. In fact, the team plays at Ripken Stadium in Cal and Bill’s home town of Aberdeen, Maryland. Ripken Baseball has several baseball fields around the stadium that host youth baseball camps and tournaments.

Cal and Bill were at the game, made a few speeches, and each threw out a baseball before the game. They spoke to little leaguers on the field and interviews with the IronBirds GM appeared on the scoreboard throughout the game. It was a great way to honor the family’s contributions to baseball in Aberdeen and the rest of the state.

~ baseballrebecca

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Happy Birthday, Tommie!


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Tommie Aaron with the Atlanta Braves, 1968 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Tommie Aaron was born on August 5, 1939. (He died on August 17, 1984, at the age of 45, from leukemia). In 1999, Hank Aaron said of his brother: “He was a terrific defensive ballplayer. I just wish that he had a chance to play a little longer. He truly loved the game of baseball.”

Here is a summary of Tommie’s amazing career, which was cut short way too soon:

1958:

  • Signed with the Milwaukee Braves on May 28
  • Played with the Class C Eau Claire Braves

1959:

  • Played with the Class C Eau Claire Braves

1960:

  • Played with the Class B Cedar Rapids Braves
  • Played with the Class A Jacksonville Braves
  • Played with the Class AAA Louisville Colonels

1961:

  • Played with the Class AA Austin Senators

1962:

  • April 10 – MLB Debut
  • June 12 – both Hank and Tommie hit a home run in the same game
  • July 12 – both Hank and Tommie hit a home run in the same inning

1963:

  • Played with the Milwaukee Braves and the Class AAA Denver Bears

1964:

  • Played with the Denver Bears

1965:

  • Played with the Class AAA Atlanta Crackers and the Milwaukee Braves

1966:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves

1967:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves
  • Named International League MVP

1968:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves

1969:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves
  • Appeared in the National League Championship Series, alongside brother Hank

1970:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves

1971:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves and the Atlanta Braves
  • Made his last appearance with the Atlanta Braves on September 24, 1971

1972:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves

1973:

  • Played with the Class AA Savannah Braves

1973-1976:

  • Manager, Savannah Braves

1977-1978:

  • Manager, Richmond Braves
  • Richmond Braves won the league championship in 1978

1979-1984:

  • Coach for the Atlanta Braves

 

Happy Birthday, Tommie, and rest in peace.

~ baseballrebecca