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):
RiverDogs, Samsung Lions (@twittlions) announce International partnership. 🐶🦁
Rise and shine! @Yankees’ Single-A affiliate teams up with 8-time KBO Champions.
I was checking out the Baseball Hall of Fame’s YouTube channel and found this cool footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during their 1927 barnstorming tour following the regular season. This footage was filmed in Stockton, California.
I 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.
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.
Its April 3rd. If it were a normal year and we were following the original schedule for the season, the O’s would have already played the Yankees seven times. But this year has been anything but normal. So, instead, we can watch this clip from 1962:
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:
We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We're utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUa
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.