Manny Returns


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Manny Machado in the on deck circle at Camden Yards, June 25, 2019

As I mentioned on Sunday, a week ago my favorite player, Manny Machado, was back in Baltimore playing  against the Orioles with his new team, the San Diego Padres. Since I still haven’t forgiven the O’s for trading him, I wore my Manny Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. I wasn’t the only Padres fan there.

I’ve been a Manny fan ever since the O’s signed him, and I watched him play single-A and double-A ball with the Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox before he skipped triple-A and went up to the Orioles in 2012. I even went to one of his rehab games in Frederick in 2014. So I certainly wasn’t going to miss seeing him when the Padres came to town for an inter-league game this year.

As I knew they would, Orioles’ fans gave Manny a standing ovation when he came up for his first at bat. He gave a little wave to the fans in response. When he hit a home run in the 3rd inning, we cheered again. It was a bittersweet night. But at least we got to see our Manny again. And he looked like he enjoyed catching up with his old teammates. Check out the pics below.

~ baseballrebecca

 

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Hugging Miguel Castro: this brought a tear to my eye.

A standing ovation for Manny.

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Manny and Fernando Tatis, Jr.

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Best of the Week: 6/23/2019 – 6/29/2019


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When Manny was ours, 2012 (photo by Keith Alison via Wikipedia)

My favorite player, Manny Machado, returned to Baltimore this week with his (and my) new team, the San Diego Padres. The fans warmly welcomed him, some of us nearly in tears.

I’m still mad at the Orioles for trading him away. Naturally, I was at the game on Tuesday, wearing my Manny-Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. (I’m still working through my feelings on this, but will post more pics later this week.)

We miss you Manny!

~ baseballrebecca

This one made me tear up a little (ok, a lot):

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 6/8/2019


In my continuing annoyance with the Baltimore Orioles this season, I am keeping track of all of my favorite former Orioles (and a few others) to see how they’re doing on other and better teams. As expected, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are still awesome!

Here are the latest stats:

Former Oriole Games AB Avg OBP RBI HR
Adam Jones 59 228 .276 .321 37 12
Christian Walker 58 213 .258 .328 24 11
Tim Beckham 53 187 .241 .290 33 11
Nick Markakis 60 207 .271 .362 28 4
Manny Machado 60 219 .247 .337 31 10
Jonathan Schoop 53 195 .262 .318 31 11
Caleb Joseph* 9 17 .176 .176 2 0
Nelson Cruz 37 134 .261 .342 23 8
2019 Orioles 62 2120 .239 .300 238 79

* Optioned to the Reno Aces on 5/2/2019

 

Former Oriole Games IP W L SV ERA
Kevin Gausman 12 60.0 2 5 0 6.15
Zack Britton 28 27.1 2 1 2 2.96
Brad Brach 26 24.2 3 1 0 5.11
2019 Orioles 62 548.1 19 43 12 5.68

 

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Early, Vote Often, Then Vote Again (If You Have That Kind of Energy)


All-StarAm I the only one, or did voting for the All-Star game get even harder? I mean, there’s even a voting guide on MLB.com to explain all the changes. We now have a Primary, then there’s “The Starters Election.” You mean I have to do this voting thing again?

Raise your hand (or post a comment) if you miss the old way of voting – going to a ballgame, getting your ballot from the usher, and pushing out all those little circles of paper next to your favorite players’ names. Sure, it was probably bad for the environment or dangerous for  animals around the ballpark, but the new way gives me a headache.

All I want to do is check off the names of players, but, no, I have to click a million times and then fork over all my information – including my birth date – to submit my ballot. If I want to stuff the ballot box, I probably have to type in some code to prove I’m not a robot. (I don’t know, I didn’t want to have to go through that this year, so I voted once and that was it.) Last year, I could barely read those codes on my tiny phone screen. It’s voter suppression, I tell you!

Ok, yeah, I hear it now – I’ve become a grumpy Gen-X’er. (But still.)

Well, MLB keeps saying they need younger fans. Maybe this is a way to do it. Let the Millennials and Gen Z pick the All-Star teams – maybe that will motivate them to watch the game (instead of simply going to the ballpark to socialize). That’s ok with me.

As long as they vote for Trey Mancini.

Happy Voting!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 5/26/2019 – 6/1/2019


Former Bowie Baysox player Mike Yastrzemski hit his first Major League home run Friday night at Oriole Park for the team that wears orange and black – and against the Baltimore Orioles.

Back in March, the Orioles traded Yaz to San Francisco for LHP Tyler Herb (who is currently with triple-A Norfolk). After more than seven seasons in the minors, Yaz made his MLB debut on May 25 and is batting .280 – which is higher than pretty much all of the current Orioles.

The O’s should have kept him. And they should have promoted him long ago.

~ baseballrebecca