Films on Friday: Bo Knows Walls


Thirty years ago tomorrow, Bo Jackson scaled the outfield wall at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. I remember this game like it was yesterday. For years I searched for video of this. Finally, just in time for the 30th anniversary of this feat, I am able to post this video:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

The Red Sox Address Racism (Somewhat)


This story may have gotten buried in subsequent MLB draft news, so I’m bringing it back so the conversation can continue. Recently, Torii Hunter explained on ESPN the reasons for the no-trade-to-Boston clause he had in his contracts as an MLB player:

Adam Jones shared his support:

Hunter was interviewed on a Boston radio station two days later. After another two days, the Boston Red Sox responded:

And Hunter showed his appreciation:

As did Adam Jones:

Also sharing their experiences and supporting Hunter were Michael Wilbon, a black ESPN sportscaster, and Kevin Youkilis, a white former Red Sox player.

As the Red Sox statement says, “we know we have more work to do.” So, let’s start. What can we do to change things not only in Boston, but everywhere else in the United States?

~ baseballrebecca

Hyun Soo Kim in Bowie


Since we’re nearing the end of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, let’s recall that time when my favorite Korean baseball player did a rehab stint with my favorite baseball team, the Bowie Baysox. In July 2016, he appeared in two games for the Baysox, going 2-for-7 with one home run (check out the abbreviated box scores below):

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

Bowie Baysox, July 24, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hyun Soo Kim DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    a- Austin Wynns PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Garabez Rosa RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.32
Chance Sisco C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.32
Quincy Latimore LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.22
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.21
Chris O’Brien 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.21
Drew Dosch 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.24
Adrian Marin SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.25
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
Totals 30 2 6 1 0 0 2 4 11 0.26

a-Flied out for Kim in the 7th.

 

Bowie Baysox, July 25, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Drew Dosch 3B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.244
Hyun Soo Kim LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.286
    Quincy Latimore LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.223
Garabez Rosa RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.321
Chance Sisco DH 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.322
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.243
Joey Terdoslavich 1B 3 1 2 0 0 1 4 2 0 0.240
Chris O’Brien C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.208
Adrian Marin SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.243
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.133
Totals 37 9 11 1 0 3 9 6 4 0.264

 

Monday Baseball Motivation for Memorial Day


Memorial_Stadium_(Baltimore)

ERECTED BY THE
CITY OF BALTIMORE
1954

DEDICATED BY
THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL
AND THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE CITY
IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND

As a Memorial to All
‘Who so Valiantly Fought
‘and Served in the World
‘Wars with Eternal
‘Gratitude to Those Who
‘Made the Supreme
‘Sacrifice to Preserve
Equality and Freedom
‘Throughout the World

TIME WILL NOT DIM THE GLORY OF THEIR DEEDS

 

Thank you to those who gave their lives for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Best of the Week: 5/17/2020 – 5/23/2020


Orioles’ great Brooks Robinson turned 83 on Monday and some of his friends and teammates threw him a birthday party on Zoom – which is one of the best things I’ve seen all year!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 5/10/2020 – 5/16/2020


Earlier this week, the a Baltimore news station ran a story about Baltimore Orioles pitcher Evan Phillips and his fiance, Elizabeth Devita. The duo are making face masks to donate to healthcare workers. (Phillips measures and cuts the fabric, Devita does the sewing.) They are also selling the masks on Devita’s Etsy page and using the proceeds to buy more mask-making supplies. I only wish they’d shared that Etsy link – those O’s face masks are adorable!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

My Favorite Korean Baseball Player


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Hyun Soo Kim with the Orioles in 2016. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia.

On December 16, 2015, the Baltimore Orioles signed a 27-year old left fielder out of Seoul, South Korea, named Hyun Soo Kim. Kim’s 2-year contract with the O’s was for $7 million. He was no rookie – he already had 9 years of professional baseball experience, having played for the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization since 2007 (he actually had one plate appearance in 2006 as well). In those 9 years, Kim had a batted less than .300 in only 2 years: in 2007, he hit .273 and in 2012 he hit .291. In both 2008 and 2009 he hit .357. Naturally, O’s fans were really excited when the O’s signed him – I mean, he even came with his own theme song!

After a rocky start in Spring Training as he struggled to get used to Major League pitching, the O’s tried to get him to agree to starting out in the minors – which he rightfully refused per his contract (and his extensive experience). Unfortunately, some fans decided to boo him, though, when he ran onto the field on Opening Day. (Adam Jones and other players were not amused.) Rude fans notwithstanding, Kim made his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles on April 10, 2016, going 2 for 3.

In fact, in his first year with the O’s he appeared in 95 games and had a batting average of .302. With his 92 hits – including 6 home runs – he batted-in 22 runs. In addition, he was flawless in the outfield with a fielding percentage of 1.000 (in both 2016 and 2017). The season ended for the Orioles and Kim with a wild card defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays in October. (Unfortunately, both Kim and Jones were both harassed by Toronto fans during the game.)

Sadly, Kim saw less playing time with the Orioles in 2017. Faced with competition from younger players Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard, Kim did not play every day and his stats suffered. In 56 games with the O’s that year, Kim hit .232 with 1 home run and 14 RBI. The O’s traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 28, 2017, for Jeremy Hellickson. Kim appeared in 40 games with the Phillies, batting .230. After the season he returned home to South Korea, still hopeful of returning to the U.S. for the 2018 season. He was granted free agency on November 2.

On December 19, 2017, Kim signed a 4-year contract with the LG Twins of the KBO for $10.7 million. There, he appears to have returned to his former self, hitting .362 in 2019 and .304 in 2019. So far in 2020, his batting around .381. And, apparently, he’s still popular enough to appear in commercials:

In fact, Kim is already hitting home runs in 2020 (as noted by one of my other favorite former Orioles, Adam Jones):

Hyun Soo Kim will always be my favorite KBO player! I’m sorry baseball didn’t treat better while you were here.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 5/2/2020


Earlier this week, we celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Baltimore’s worst start in history. The 1988 Orioles went 0-21 in their first 21 games. Here are some stats about those games:

Date Opp O’s Runs Opponent Runs Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save Time Attendance
1 Apr 4 MIL 0 12 Higuera Boddicker 2:58 52,395
2 Apr 6 MIL 1 3 Bosio Morgan 2:14 13,487
3 Apr 8 @ CLE 0 3 Bailes Thurmond 2:22 53,738
4 Apr 9 @ CLE 1 12 Candiotti Boddicker 3:05 16,401
5 Apr 10 @ CLE 3 6 Yett McGregor Schatzeder 2:57 19,560
6 Apr 11 @ CLE 2 7 Swindell Morgan 2:19 15,816
7 Apr 12 KCR 1 6 Gubicza Peraza 2:57 11,180
8 Apr 13 KCR 3 9 Bannister Thurmond 2:58 12,027
9 Apr 14 KCR 3 4 Saberhagen Boddicker Garber 2:40 13,005
10 Apr 15 CLE 2 3 Yett McGregor Jones 2:57 13,215
11 Apr 16 CLE 0 1 Swindell Schmidt Jones 3:12 13,625
12 Apr 17 CLE 1 4 Farrell Peraza Schatzeder 2:36 20,837
13 Apr 19 @ MIL 5 9 Nieves Thurmond Crim 2:54 7,414
14 Apr 20 @ MIL 6 8 Wegman Boddicker Plesac 3:13 7,284
15 Apr 21 @ MIL 1 7 Bosio McGregor 2:35 7,749
16 Apr 22 @ KCR 1 13 Gubicza Morgan 2:30 34,482
17 Apr 23 @ KCR 3 4 Power Sisk 2:37 23,564
18 Apr 24 @ KCR 1 3 Saberhagen Thurmond 2:24 25,526
19 Apr 26 @ MIN 2 4 Viola Morgan Reardon 2:40 21,172
20 Apr 27 @ MIN 6 7 Berenguer Scherrer Atherton 3:14 17,757
21 Apr 28 @ MIN 2 4 Anderson Boddicker Portugal 2:57 23,006

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

The Game with No Fans


File:Don't forget Freddie Gray.jpgAs baseball in Taiwan is played with no fans and MLB considers doing the same, there is precedent for such a thing in this country. On this date in 2015, 27 years after making history with their 0-21 streak, the Baltimore Orioles made history again by playing a game with no fans present.

Ten days earlier, Freddie Gray, a 25-year old African American Baltimore resident, died in police custody after sustaining injuries while in a police transport vehicle. In the days that followed, several protests occurred throughout the city. The protests turned violent after Gray’s funeral on April 27th. Protestors threw rocks at police, looted stores, and burned a CVS drug store. School was canceled, a curfew was put in place, and the governor declared a state of emergency. As a result, Orioles games that night and the following day were postponed.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Orioles were permitted to play their scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox, but no fans were permitted inside the stadium. Players and members of the media called the game with no fans “surreal” and some fans attempted to watch from the outfield gates.  SB Nation provided a good summary with several photos of the game. You can also see what it was like in the video below – with Orioles’ announcer Gary Thorne joking that it was so quiet it was like a golf game:

 

~ baseballrebecca