Best of the Week: 5/12/2019 – 5/18/2019


Once again, the Best of the Week involves Adam Jones. The D-backs put together a nice video of his work:

And let’s not forget the night he pied himself this week:

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Seems like David Peralta and I love Pie!!!🥧🥧🥧🥧

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~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Who Will Be the Sixth Brazilian Player in MLB?


Eric Pardinho

Eric Pardinho (photo courtesy of milb.com)

Recently, the roster of the Brazilian National Baseball Team (such as for the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic) included players on minor league teams, such as the Lexington Legends, Pulaski Mariners, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Jackson Generals, and Bluefield Blue Jays. There were also players on Venezuelan Summer League rosters as well as college rosters and Japanese Baseball League rosters. So, are any of them still in baseball and who will be the next to make it to the Major Leagues?

Two that might make it are Eric Pardinho and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahashi. Pardinho, a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, is just 18 years old. He is currently ranked number 4 on the Blue Jays’ top prospects list and is the number 88 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. In 2017 at age 16, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays for a $1.4 million bonus. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Last season he had a 2.88 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pardinho was sent to extended spring training in March after experiencing elbow soreness.

Bo Takahashi

Bo Takahashi (photo courtesy of milb.com)

Takahashi, another pitcher, currently plays for the Jackson Generals, the double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2018, between the Visalia Rawhide (A-advanced) and Jackson, Takahashi had a 4.03 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and a 6-6 record in 23 games. The 22-year old Takahashi signed with the Diamondbacks in 2013, when he was 16 years old.

Kudos to the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks for truly being international organizations!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 5/5/2019 – 5/11/2019


It was a week where the Nationals lost four in a row and the Orioles lost 2 out of 3 to the Red Sox. But at least Adam Jones is still out there protecting the outfield and entertaining us. (It’s just unfortunate that he’s no longer on one of my favorite teams).

On Thursday, Jones robbed Ronald Acuna, Jr., of a home run, then posted a video of himself loading up on sugar:

 And this is what he was eating:

Once again, Adam Jones was the best of the week!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 4/6/2019


This was a great graphic showing the first player born each decade to make it to the big leagues:

And, of course, Adam Jones’ reaction:

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Ten . . .


10-jones-2.jpgFinally, Opening Day is only 10 days away! (Or, two days away, if you’re following the Mariners and Athletics in Japan). This year, instead of watching Adam Jones in Spring Training for the Orioles, though, we didn’t get to see him at all. It was only a few days ago that he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This is going to be a really strange year, especially for O’s and Nats fans.

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 3/10/2019 – 3/16/2019


Someone finally got smart and signed Adam Jones. The outfielder, All-star, and all-around good guy has found a new job with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In an interview with 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station, Jones noted the impact these late signings has on veteran players and the game itself:

“The thing about baseball, is that they’re taking the game away from guys who want to play. I want to play more than just this year. … We want to play. We love to play. When you take that away from us, some players get bitter about it and … that’s not good for the game, that’s not good for the next generation of the game.”

We’ll miss Adam Jones in Baltimore, but I’m sure that’s not that last we’ll hear from him.

~ baseballrebecca

Films on Friday: Yamil Benitez


Do you remember Yamil Benitez? Me neither. But today is his birthday. Born on October 5, 1972, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yamil Benitez was signed by the Montreal Expos in 1989. After six seasons in the minors he made his major league debut on September 16, 1995. Two years later he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the expansion draft. After his MLB career, Benitez played two more seasons in the Mexican League. Today he is the president of the Asociación de Peloteros Profesionales de Puerto Rico (an organization I need to do more research on).

Benitez also hit the first walk-off home run for the Diamondbacks twenty years ago, on June 28, 1998:

 

Happy Birthday, Yamil! And Happy Friday, everyone!

~ baseballrebecca