Monday Baseball Motivation


Image result for baseball quotes for work MondayHappy Monday! We’ll get through this together … with a little baseball motivation! At least this week we have the World Series to look forward to!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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Stat-urday, 10/12/2019


Since Brian Roberts just celebrated his 42nd birthday, here are his career stats:

Year Team (Level) G PA AB H HR RBI BA OBP
1999 Delmarva Shorebirds (A) 47 201 167 40 0 21 0.240 0.347
2000 GFL Orioles (Rookie) 9 37 29 9 1 3 0.310 0.432
Frederick Keys (A) 48 198 163 49 0 16 0.301 0.403
2001 Rochester Redwings (AAA) 44 190 161 43 1 12 0.267 0.376
Bowie Baysox (AA) 22 95 81 24 1 7 0.296 0.366
Baltimore Orioles 75 292 273 69 2 17 0.253 0.284
2002 Rochester (AAA) 78 359 313 86 3 30 0.275 0.361
Baltimore Orioles 38 149 128 29 1 11 0.227 0.308
2003 Baltimore Orioles 112 512 460 124 5 41 0.270 0.337
Ottawa Lynx (AAA) 44 211 178 56 0 15 0.315 0.401
2004 Baltimore Orioles 159 734 641 175 4 53 0.273 0.344
2005 Baltimore Orioles 143 640 561 176 18 73 0.314 0.387
2006 Baltimore Orioles 138 629 563 161 10 55 0.286 0.347
Bowie (AA) 2 7 5 1 0 0 0.200 0.429
2007 Baltimore Orioles 156 716 621 180 12 57 0.290 0.377
2008 Baltimore Orioles 155 704 611 181 9 57 0.296 0.378
2009 Baltimore Orioles 159 717 632 179 16 79 0.283 0.356
2010 Baltimore Orioles 59 261 230 64 4 15 0.278 0.354
GCL Orioles (Rookie) 5 17 15 8 0 0 0.533 0.588
Bowie (AA) 3 14 14 6 0 3 0.429 0.429
2011 Baltimore Orioles 39 178 163 36 3 19 0.221 0.273
2012 Bowie (AA) 7 21 16 4 1 3 0.250 0.381
Delmarva (A) 2 6 5 1 0 0 0.200 0.333
Norfolk Tides (AAA) 5 23 21 5 0 1 0.238 0.304
Baltimore Orioles 17 74 66 12 0 5 0.182 0.233
Aberdeen IronBirds (short-season A) 1 5 4 0 0 0 0.000 0.200
2013 Baltimore Orioles 77 296 265 66 8 39 0.249 0.312
Norfolk (AAA) 4 15 13 3 0 1 0.231 0.333
2014 New York Yankees 91 348 317 75 5 21 0.237 0.300
MLB (14 seasons) 1418 6250 5531 1527 97 542 0.276 0.347
Minors (9 seasons) 321 1399 1185 335 7 112 0.283 0.377
All Levels (16 Seasons) 1739 7649 6716 1862 104 654 0.277 0.352

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

It’s B-Rob’s B-Day!


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Brian Roberts in 2006. Photo by Keith Allison, via Wikipedia

Happy 42nd birthday to former Baltimore Oriole, Brian Roberts! B-Rob played for the Orioles from 2001 to 2013 and for the New York Yankees in 2014. He was an All-Star twice (2005 and 2007) and the AL stolen base leader in 2007. Currently, he is an Orioles broadcaster.

What I remember most about Roberts’ career with the Orioles is his stints on the DL with concussions. What I didn’t know was that ate the age of 5, he had open heart surgery to repair the congenital heart defect, atrial septal defect. This did not seem to affect his playing career, however, as he played baseball for the University of North Carolina, where his father, Mike Roberts, was head coach. (After Mike was fired in 1998, Brian transferred to the University of South Carolina.) Roberts was drafted by the Orioles in the first round of the 1999 MLB draft and made his MLB debut in 2001.

Interestingly, Wikipedia spends a lot of time cataloging Roberts’ various injuries and time spent on the DL:

  • 2005:
    • Dislocated his shoulder on September 20 in a collision with Yankees’ player Bubba Crosby at first base. Out the remainder of the season.
  • 2006:
    • Spent the early part of May on the 15-day DL
  • 2010:
    • Missed much of Spring Training with a herniated disc in his lower back
    • On the 15-day DL effective April 10 after suffering an abdominal strain stealing second base. Missed 84 games.
    • Suffered a concussion on September 27 “after he hit himself in the head with his baseball bat out of frustration”
  • 2011:
    • Suffered another concussion on May 16 after sliding headfirst into first base, hitting the back of his head; out for the rest of the 2011 season and did not return to the Orioles until June 12, 2012.
  • 2012:
    • Suffered a groin strain on July 3
    • Underwent season-ending hip surgery on July 29
  • 2013:
    • In Spring Training, announced he was free of post-concussion syndrome caused by his 2011 concussion
    • On April 4 (the third game of the season), ruptured a tendon behind his right knee was stealing second base. Placed on the 15-day DL.

At least he was healthy 2001 through most of 2006, and again until 2010.

Happy Birthday, B-Rob. Stay well.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Andy Etchebarren


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Andy Etchebarren with the Baltimore Orioles (photo courtesy of MLB via Wikipedia)

Former Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren died Saturday at the age of 76. Etchebarren was born in Whittier, California, on June 20, 1943, and was of Basque descent. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 1962; in his career he was a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and Milwaukee Brewers. His last MLB appearance was on April 20, 1978, for the Brewers. Rather than reiterate the tributes already written about him, I’ve provided a few links below:

What interests me most is his record as a minor league coach and manager. In 1984, he was the manager of the Stockton Mudville Nine, the class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He served in various positions with the Brewers after that, including first base coach in 1985 and bench coach in 1987.

Beginning in 1993, Etchebarren managed several Orioles minor league teams. From 1993 to 1995, he was the manager of the rookie-leave Bluefield Orioles. Bluefield finished in 1st place in the league 1993 and 1995. For the next two years he served as bench coach with the Orioles, then returned to manage Bluefield in 1998.

He moved up the ranks to manage the single-A Frederick Keys in 1999 and the double-A Bowie Baysox in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, he managed the triple-A Rochester Red Wings. Between 2003 and 2006, Etchebarren was the Orioles “roving” minor league catching instructor and from 2005 to 2007, he managed the short-season-A Aberdeen IronBirds.

Etchebarren then moved on to the independent Atlantic League: he was a coach for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2008 and 2009 and then became the manager of the York Revolution, where he managed the team until his retirement after the 2012 season. Under his watch, the Revolution won the league championship in 2010 and 2011.

Current General Manager of the York Revolution, John Gibson, stated that next season the team will honor Etchebarren by wearing a patch with Etchebarren’s initials on their uniforms.

Rest in peace.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 10/5/2019


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Weird picture of Mike Yastrzemski with the San Francisco Giants, July 2019. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (via Wikipedia)

The 2019 season is over so it’s time to see how my ex-Orioles did compared to the actual Orioles (my ex-team). As I did all summer, I’ll continue to keep track of my favorite players – like Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, and Nick Markakis (aka, the guys I’m still mad the O’s failed to keep) next year as well.

Below are the final 2019 stats for my guys.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Former Oriole Games AB Avg OBP RBI HR
Adam Jones 137 485 .260 .313 67 16
Christian Walker 152 529 .259 .348 73 29
Nick Markakis 116 414 .285 .356 62 9
Manny Machado 156 587 .256 .334 85 32
Jonathan Schoop 121 433 .256 .304 59 23
Nelson Cruz 120 454 .311 .392 108 41
Mike Yastrzemski 107 371 .272 .334 55 21
2019 Orioles 162 5,596 .246 .310 698 213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Browns’ Final Game in St. Louis


Sportsman’s Park, ca. 1902 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Tomorrow marks the 66th anniversary of the St. Louis Browns’ final game in St. Louis and in Sportsman’s Park. (They would relocate to Baltimore and become the Baltimore Orioles in 1954). The game, attended by only 3,174 people, was also their 100th loss of the season. Though it went 11 innings, the game lasted only 2 hours and 14 minutes. The game featured Chicago White Sox greats, Minnie Miñoso and Nellie Fox, and no one I’ve heard of for the St. Louis Browns. Both pitchers – Chicago’s Billy Pierce and St. Louis’ Duane Pillette, pitched the entire 11 innings.

The Browns finished the season on that day with a record of 54-100. They wouldn’t fare much better the next year as the Baltimore Orioles. The finished the 1954 season with the same exact record (54-100), though they would slowly improve until their first winning record as the O’s in 1960.

It’s hard not to draw parallels to the current Baltimore Orioles. They played their last home game of the season last Sunday, drawing a crowd of 17,540. After that game, their record was 51-105, slightly worse than the 1953 Browns. Does this mean they’ll improve in a few years? One can only hope. (But I’m still mad they traded Manny.)

~ baseballrebecca