Best of the Week: 7/9-15/2017


I think Aaron Judge hitting the roof of Marlins Park counts for one of the best baseball stories of the week. As Sports Illustrated reported:

Aaron Judge’s Homer Off the Roof Denied NASA calculations.

Happy Sunday!

~ baseballrebecca

No games scheduled on this date??


Untitled

Generally, I dread the All-Star Break. Annually, the day after the All-Star Game is a sad day, because there are no MLB games scheduled. But this year, the day after the day after the All-Star Game is also a day without Major League Baseball.

What are we supposed to do?

We have come to expect baseball to be a part of our daily existence from April through September, with that one day off. Usually at least one Major League team has a game the Thursday after the All-Star Game. But this year, we get nothing.

What cruel human beings are they to deprive us of baseball for two days in a row?

Thankfully, Minor League Baseball is there to fill the void. And I am one of the lucky ones because my hometown team, the Bowie Baysox, are in town tonight! In fact, 96 minor league games will be played today, including the Cedar Rapids Kernals v. the Lake County Captains, beginning at 11 am (Eastern). Several evening games will even be on MiLB.TV, if you subscribe. But even if you don’t have access to MiLB.TV, many teams provide audio links to their radio broadcasts on their websites, and you can always watch the graphic representation of the games on the teams’ Gameday pages. I’ve posted today’s MiLB schedule below, or you can go to the MiLB website for more info.

Crisis averted.

~ baseballrebecca

League Away Home Time (ET) MiLB.TV
MID Cedar Rapids Lake County 11:00 AM
FSL Clearwater Palm Beach 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Blue Jays GCL Phillies 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Cardinals GCL Marlins 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Nationals GCL Mets 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Pirates GCL Yankees East 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Rays GCL Red Sox 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Tigers East GCL Braves 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Twins GCL Orioles 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Yankees West GCL Tigers West 12:00 PM
FSL Bradenton Dunedin 6:30 PM
FSL Daytona St. Lucie 6:30 PM
INT Durham Syracuse 6:35 PM YES
EAS Hartford Binghamton 6:35 PM YES
FSL Jupiter Brevard County 6:35 PM
FSL Lakeland Charlotte 6:35 PM
MID Beloit Dayton 7:00 PM YES
APP Bristol Kingsport 7:00 PM
NYP Connecticut Tri-City 7:00 PM
APP Elizabethton Danville 7:00 PM
FSL Fort Myers Tampa 7:00 PM
EAS Harrisburg Altoona 7:00 PM YES
NYP Hudson Valley Staten Island 7:00 PM YES
APP Johnson City Burlington 7:00 PM
SAL Lakewood Hickory 7:00 PM
NYP Lowell Brooklyn 7:00 PM
CAR Lynchburg Carolina 7:00 PM YES
EAS New Hampshire Portland 7:00 PM YES
CAR Potomac Winston-Salem 7:00 PM YES
APP Pulaski Greeneville 7:00 PM
EAS Reading Trenton 7:00 PM YES
NYP Aberdeen Batavia 7:05 PM
SAL Asheville Hagerstown 7:05 PM
NYP Auburn West Virginia 7:05 PM
SAL Augusta West Virginia 7:05 PM
INT Buffalo Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM YES
INT Charlotte Pawtucket 7:05 PM YES
INT Columbus Toledo 7:05 PM YES
SAL Delmarva Columbia 7:05 PM YES
EAS Erie Akron 7:05 PM YES
CAR Frederick Myrtle Beach 7:05 PM YES
SAL Greensboro Greenville 7:05 PM YES
INT Indianapolis Louisville 7:05 PM YES
SAL Lexington Kannapolis 7:05 PM
NYP Mahoning Valley State College 7:05 PM YES
INT Norfolk Rochester 7:05 PM YES
SOU Pensacola Jacksonville 7:05 PM YES
APP Princeton Bluefield 7:05 PM
MID Quad Cities Fort Wayne 7:05 PM
EAS Richmond Bowie 7:05 PM
SAL Rome Charleston 7:05 PM YES
INT Scranton/WB Gwinnett 7:05 PM YES
NYP Williamsport Vermont 7:05 PM
CAR Wilmington Salem 7:05 PM
SOU Mobile Chattanooga 7:15 PM
MID Great Lakes Burlington 7:30 PM
MID South Bend Clinton 7:30 PM
MID West Michigan Kane County 7:30 PM YES
MID Wisconsin Bowling Green 7:35 PM
AZL AZL White Sox AZL Indians 8:00 PM
AZL AZL White Sox AZL Indians Game 2
PCL Fresno New Orleans 8:00 PM YES
SOU Jackson Mississippi 8:00 PM YES
MID Lansing Peoria 8:00 PM
TEX Frisco Corpus Christi 8:05 PM YES
TEX Midland San Antonio 8:05 PM YES
PCL Sacramento Round Rock 8:05 PM YES
PCL Salt Lake Omaha 8:05 PM YES
CAL San Jose Lancaster 8:05 PM
CAL San Jose Lancaster Game 2 YES
TEX Springfield NW Arkansas 8:05 PM YES
SOU Tennessee Montgomery 8:05 PM YES
PCL Las Vegas Iowa 8:08 PM YES
SOU Birmingham Biloxi 8:10 PM YES
TEX Tulsa Arkansas 8:10 PM YES
PIO Missoula Ogden 9:00 PM
PIO Orem Great Falls 9:00 PM
PIO Grand Junction Billings 9:05 PM
PCL Memphis Albuquerque 9:05 PM YES
PCL Nashville El Paso 9:05 PM YES
PIO Helena Idaho Falls 9:15 PM YES
NWL Vancouver Boise 9:15 PM
NWL Salem-Keizer Spokane 9:30 PM
AZL AZL Athletics AZL Giants 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Dodgers AZL Reds 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Mariners AZL Padres 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Rangers AZL D-backs 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Royals AZL Cubs 10:00 PM
CAL Visalia Lake Elsinore 10:00 PM
PCL Col. Springs Tacoma 10:05 PM YES
NWL Everett Hillsboro 10:05 PM YES
CAL Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga 10:05 PM
PCL Okla. City Reno 10:05 PM YES
CAL High Desert Stockton 10:10 PM
NWL Eugene Tri-City 10:15 PM
CAL Modesto Bakersfield 10:45 PM

 

Vote Early, Vote Often


I just finished submitting my 25 votes for the MLB All-Star Game.  Gotta love the democratic process!  I still have more chances to vote:  I can probably figure out how to vote on my cell phone, perhaps I can use a different computer or another of my many email addresses, and, of course, I can go to the ballpark.  (Looks like you can even vote at some Lowe’s stores and Chevy dealerships.  In Puerto Rico, you can also vote at select Wal-Marts, Amigo stores, and Banco BHD branches.)

Of course, I varied my 25 votes – I did not only vote for the Orioles and the Nationals.  (OK, I only voted for the Orioles, but I mixed it up a little for the National League.)  I even wrote-in a player.  I mean, you have to vote for the guys you last saw in Double-A.

The All-Star game voting process is criticized pretty much every year.  But its all in good fun, and we don’t do a bad job at selecting the team.  Last year 32.5 million ballots were cast.  (Yet only one Oriole made the team?)

Happy voting!

~ baseballrebecca

Confessions of a Yankee Hater, Part IV


I tried to be nice to the Yankees the other day. Really – I did! The MLB All-Star ballot just came out, and I was going to vote for a Yankee or two, just to see what it felt like.  (After all, you can vote up to 25 times online!)  So, for first base in the American League, I clicked on Mark Teixeira.  Since he’s from Maryland, it wasn’t too painful a choice.

The next voting category was second base.  Robinson Cano.  Ok.  He’s got a cool name.  Click.

Next up:  short stop.  My clicking hand froze.  Derek Jeter.  I didn’t think I could do it.  Jeter?  Nope.  Can’t.  Not gonna happen.

All I could think of was the Jeffrey Maier Incident of 1996. (O’s fans have good memories. We have to.) It was Jeter that hit that ball in the AL championship series. It would have been caught. Instead, a kid (Maier) interfered. (See the video here.)  No fan interference was called, and the Yankees went on to win the World Series.  The Orioles have only seen the post season once since then (1997).  It still stings.

Grudge not over.

After that, I went back and voted for all Orioles.  Its tradition.  Besides, the Yankees don’t need my vote.  Maybe I’ll try being nicer next year!

~ baseballrebecca

 

The Week in Baseball History


Billy Ripken baseball cardJuly 10: In the second annual All-Star Game, Carl Hubbell strikes out five future Hall of Famers in a row:  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin (1934).  

July 11:  Babe Ruth plays his first game with Boston, pitching a 4-3 win against Cleveland, however strikes out in his first at-bat (1914); Earl Weaver becomes the manager of the Baltimore Orioles (1968); Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts (1985); Cal Ripken, Sr., becomes the first manager to manage two sons when Billy Ripken makes his debut with the Baltimore Orioles joining brother Cal (1987).

July 12:  Cy Young records his 300th victory with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia A’s (1901); Larry Doby, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe are the first black players to appear in an All-Star game, held at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (1949); fans overrun the field at Comiskey Park during “Disco Demolition Night,” causing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader (1979). 

July 13:  At the age of 43, Early Wynn wins his 300th game against the Kansas City Athletics (1963); the All-Star game is played at night for the first time at Shibe Park (1943); Kirby Puckett wins the MVP award at the All-Star game at Camden Yards (1993).

July 14: Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run (1968). 

July 15:  Johnny Bench breaks Yogi Berra’s record for home runs by a  catcher when he hits his 314th home run (1980); the Seattle Mariners play their first game at Safeco Field after spending 22½ years at the Kingdome (1999).

July 16:  Time Raines becomes the first switch hitter in Montreal Expos history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game at Olympic Stadium (1988).

All facts are from http://www.canadianbaseballnews.com/ and http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com.

This Week in Baseball History


Lou Gehrig slides into home, 1925All facts are from http://www.canadianbaseballnews.com/and http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com.

July 3 – The Rangers get 12 runs in the 15th inning of a 16-4 win over the A’s, setting a new major-league record for runs in a single extra inning (1983).

July 4 – Lou Gehrig tells the fans at Yankee Stadium, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” during a ceremony to retire his uniform number – the first Major League player so honored (1939).

July 5 – Tony Cuccinello of the Dodgers and Al Cuccinello of the Giants become the first brothers on opposing teams to hit home runs in the same game (1935); Larry Doby breaks the color barrier in the American League when he makes his Major League debut (1947).

July 6 – Frank Robinson hits his last home run, number 586, before retiring (1976).

July 7 – Jack Dunn, owner of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, sells the contracts of Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, and Ben Egan to the Boston Red Sox for $25,000 (1914); the Cleveland Indians sign 42-year old Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige (1948); beer is sold for the first time in Exhibition Stadium in Toronto after the government of Ontario approves its sale (1982). 

July 8 – Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson become the first black players for the San Francisco Giants (1949); the All-Star game is played at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, with the American League winning 4-3 (1958).

July 9 – Nolan Ryan wins his 100th game (1988); during the All-Star game at Toronto’s SkyDome, the American League wins with a Cal Ripken, Jr. 3-run home run, and Ripken is named MVP of the game (1991). 

July 10 – The All-Star Game at Fenway Park is canceled because of travel restrictions enforced by World War II (1945).