Stat-urday, 7/4/2020


Happy Independence Day! We might not have baseball to celebrate with today, but 100 years ago, baseball was in full swing, with the Yankees and Reds leading their respective leagues:

American League, 7/4/1920WLW-L%GB
New York Yankees48240.667
Cleveland Indians46220.676
Chicago White Sox41280.5945.5
Washington Senators34290.5409.5
Boston Red Sox31320.49212.5
St. Louis Browns33370.47114
Detroit Tigers21460.31324.5
Philadelphia Athletics17530.24330
National League, 7/4/1920WLW-L%GB
Cincinnati Reds38270.585
Brooklyn Robins37310.5442.5
St. Louis Cardinals36330.5224
Chicago Cubs35340.5075
Pittsburgh Pirates31320.4926
Boston Braves29300.4926
New York Giants32370.4648
Philadelphia Phillies26400.39412.5

Have a safe and healthy holiday!

~ baseballrebecca

RiverDogs Partner with the Lions


Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Park, “The Joe,” Home of the Charleston RiverDogs (photo courtesy of the City of Charleston, South Carolina).

Yesterday, the Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced a new partnership with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).  The team noted: “This mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations is set to begin immediately with the main objective of encouraging fans to ‘adopt’ the Samsung Lions as the Charleston RiverDogs’ partner team. The two teams will work together to cultivate a fanbase of Lions fans in the Charleston-area, as Lowcountry baseball fans anticipate the return of baseball at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park.” The partnership is a result of a 2018 visit of the Samsung Lions front-office staff to the RiverDogs and Charleston, South Carolina.

The press release further noted the highlights of the partnership:

  • Posting of Samsung Lions team information on RiverDogs’ media outlets
  • Educating fans about the KBO and the similarities and differences of baseball in another country
  • Promotions conducted jointly by the two teams via social media, allowing fans to learn more about the Samsung Lions
  • A RiverDogs “To-Go from The Joe” Korean food collaboration with the Samsung Lions
  • A merchandise collaboration between the RiverDogs and the Samsung Lions

Below are Tweets from the two teams regarding their partnership (note that the RiverDogs now spell out their Twitter handle in Korean):

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Baseball Motivation


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Mariano Rivera in 2007. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia

I just try to take away what I can from every situation, to always keep learning. Life is hard. Life is humbling. I do all I can to keep it simple.
– Mariano Rivera

Rivera’s advice is great advice for difficult times. The situation we’re all in is tough now, but we’ll learn from it. Keeping things simple is one way of dealing through our daily difficulties.

Happy Monday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

A Virtual Visit to Steinbrenner Field


IMG_0117I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of tired of having to work from home – I believe in a strict separation of work and home, so this is beginning to stress me out. I had to check out a couple hours yesterday and do nothing. Please take care of yourself during this stressful time. If you’re at home feeling the same way I did yesterday, go outside (while remaining at a safe distance from others), get some fresh air, and take a few moments to relax or just do nothing. When you have some down time, do something you love. And what I love is baseball – so, in addition to trying to write about it every day, I enjoy sharing pictures of my baseball adventures.

Therefore, today, I thought I’d share some pictures from my visit to Steinbrenner Field in 2017 for Yankees Spring Training (to see the Orioles, naturally!). This year, the stadium is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Perhaps there might even be baseball there later this year… enjoy!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll visit more stadiums – virtually, of course!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Baseball Motivation


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Joe DiMaggio in 1941

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
– Joe DiMaggio

In this stressful time, keep in mind that you are doing your best. No need to add extra stress to our lives by being hard on ourselves. We’re all helping out in our own way – working from home, helping others, or just staying inside and weathering the storm.

We got this!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Best of the Week: 3/22/2020 – 3/28/2020


On what would have been Opening Day, Fanatics apparel company and MLB announced that Fanatics would be producing hospital masks and gowns, instead of MLB uniforms, to aid in the fight against coronavirus. To start with, they are using the fabric that is normally used to produce New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies’ jerseys:

A-Rod thinks its a good idea:

And ESPN interviewed Fanatics’ company chairman, Michael Rubin, on this and other issues:

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 3/21/2020


No one has said anything about the Yankees’ minor leaguers in a few days, nor have we heard of any more cases of coronavirus in baseball. So, hopefully all is well at the moment and that stat will stay at only two players infected.

While we don’t know the identify of the second minor leaguer, the first was identified as Denny Larrondo. So, what do we know about Larrondo? And what are his stats?

Larrondo, a right-handed pitcher, was born on May 31, 2002, in Villa Clara, Cuba. He was signed by the Yankees during the 2018 international signing period and received a signing bonus of $550,000. The 17-year old was assigned to the rookie level Gulf Coast Yankees for the 2019 season, where he had a record of 2-5 and an ERA of 5.28. According to the website Call to the Pen, “Larrondo was a member of the Cuban National Sub 15 team, during his time with the squad he an ERA of 3.82 and 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.”

That’s all the info I could find Larrondo. I could only find a few pictures of him, including the one below from his Instagram page from February when he arrived at the Yankees’ minor league camp.

Hopefully he and the other Yankees’ minor leaguers are doing well.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca