Still Coming . . .

The Annual Bobble List is coming next week – along with more info on this year’s Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads.

In the meantime, I’ve been spending time with my current bobbleheads. I really miss these guys:


And, no, Manny, this is not acceptable – not without Jonathan:

No matter how you explain it:

~ baseballrebecca






Six . . .

Our countdown continues with just six days left until Opening Day! Another favorite former Oriole, Jonathan Schoop, wore no. 6 for the 5 1/2 years he was with the O’s. The video below is a reminder of how important he was to the team. (And check out the reaction from Adam Jones – our former team captain.)

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca


Dear Baseball: Will Someone Please Sign My Guys?

My dearest Baseball,

Look at that sad face? How can you not sign him? (Manny Machado pictured in 2015; photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia)

I can’t take much more of this. First, the nation was in limbo because of the government shutdown. Now, my life is in limbo because no one has signed Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Adam Jones, or Gio Gonzalezmy four favorite players! I’m reaching the breaking point.

Because of the Free Agent Shutdown, I can’t move forward with my life. I can’t plan a Spring Training vacation, because I don’t know who I will be rooting for. I can’t decide which MLB games to go to this season, because I just don’t know where Manny, Bryce, Adam, and Gio will be.

For the first time in a decade, I guess I won’t be meeting you in Florida for Spring Training this year. Last year, the Orioles broke my heart when they traded Manny and Jonathan Schoop, so I’m still mad at them and really don’t want to see them in Sarasota right now. It would be too sad without Manny, Adam, and Jonathan. Even if Cedric Mullins and some of my favorite former Baysox are there, it just won’t be the same. (And, by the way, are the O’s ever going to promote Garabez Rosa?)

Same with the Nats. Besides, since they abandoned Space Coast Stadium for fancier digs, I’m not all that in to their Spring Training anyway. And with no Bryce and no Gio, there’s just no point. I could go to Arizona, but I still wouldn’t know which teams to support – especially since Machado and Puig are no longer with the Dodgers.

The bottom line is, this isn’t hurting just me, its also hurting the economy. If I’m not spending money on plane tickets, game tickets, hotel, and food for Spring Training, its more than just me suffering. And lets not forget the fact that I can’t plan any in-season games since I don’t know which teams I might want to visit!

Baseball, I still love you. But I can’t go on this way. Please sign my guys, and please let it be to teams I can support. Otherwise, I might have to become a Yankees fan

~ baseballrebecca

PS If you could manage to sign all four to the Padres (or the O’s or the Nats), I’d be happy once again!

Stat-urday, 8/4/2018

CbhLwDZWwAALH2jI found a cool stats tool the other day when doing research on Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. You can get game by game stats on On the left side pull down menu, click on MLB and at the top click More and then select Players. From there you can search by player or team. For each player, you can see a variety of stats, including the “Game Log,” which gives you daily stats. There are so many fun things we can analyze with this!

This will be a longer term project, but I’d love to figure out how well Manny and Jonathan did in games there played together versus games where they did not play together. For example, as a Dodger, Manny has been batting .268 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI (in 14 games through Thursday). Prior to being traded, his batting average was .315 and he had 24 home runs and 65 RBI (in 96 games). Jonathan was batting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games as an Oriole. In his first two games with Milwaukee he went 0-for-8.

This may not be a sufficiently large sample size, but, so far, they were better together, than apart.

~ baseballrebecca



We watched the two of them group together from A-ball to the bigs. Perhaps it was time to let them fly from the next on their own. But wouldn’t in be awesome if they could be together again? Check out the video highlighting their special bond below.

And I’ll have a lot more to say about this next week, so stay tuned…

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Machado and Schoop

Last night, former Orioles Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop faced each other for the first time as members of their new teams. It was a heartbreaking reunion for Os fans everywhere. (And to torture us further, MLB Network showed us the end of a one-sided Cubs win over the Pirates instead of showing us the beginning of the game featuring the reunion we longed for in the Dodgers-Brewers match-up.)

I’m sad that they’re no longer teammates but happy they’re on good teams. My Manny Dodgers shirt is on the way; I need a Jonathan Brewers shirt now. I’ll always love my former Bowie Baysox. Good luck Manny and Jonathan.

~ baseballrebecca