On this date in 1950, Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg buys an interest
in the Cleveland Indians, becoming the team’s second-largest stockholder.
During his tenure, he assembled more African American players than any
other team executive in the Majors. Greenberg’s contributions in finding and
developing talent contributed to that team’s successes through the 1950s.
Greenberg remained as general manager and part-owner until 1957. He was
the mastermind behind a move to Minneapolis for the Indians, but that was
vetoed by the rest of ownership at the last minute. Greenberg was furious and
sold his share soon afterwards.
Hank in his Cleveland office
Did our boys have any Hall of Fame performances? Let’s take a looksie!
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad went 2-for-5 and scored 2 runs in the Dodgers victory over the Rockies. He raised his average to .355.
Brad also was the catcher for former University of Maryland pitcher Eric Milton who allowed one run in five innings for his first win in nearly three years. Milton had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in June 2007 and missed all of 2008 before joining the Dodgers as a free agent in February
Brad said that Milton helped himself by getting ahead of hitters and spotting his curveball. “That was very effective for him today. He was getting some popups and quick outs,”
“Offensively, we’re continuing to live up to our billing,” Brad said. “When we lost Manny, a lot of the naysayers thought we would have trouble scoring runs but apparently, that isn’t true.”
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan went 0-for-1 in Tuesday’s game against the Cards, but left before the fifth inning after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch in the third by Adam Wainwright. X-rays were negative, but Ryan will be re-evaluated before Wednesday’s series finale.
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Mariners and earned his 3rd hold of the year. His ERA fell to 5.71.
Craig gets a Chai 5:
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott had a well-deserved day of rest and is scheduled to pitch later in the week.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Cubbies .
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe didn’t play in Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 2-for-4, hit his 2nd triple and scored a run in Tuesday’s Rangers win over the Yanks. His average rose to .283.
That effort earned him a Chai 5:
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason is slated to pitch later in the week.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of his wife. My prayers are with him.
The following story is courtesy of AP:
Grieving Schoeneweis visits Chase Field
PHOENIX (AP)–Grieving Arizona pitcher Scott Schoeneweis visited Chase Field on Wednesday for the first time since the death last week of his wife, Gabrielle.
Schoeneweis played catch and lifted weights before the Diamondbacks’ game against the San Diego Padres, manager A.J. Hinch said.
“It’s still obviously fresh off the horrible tragedy, but he got a little activity in today,” Hinch said. “I know he lifted and played a little catch. He stayed very clear of everything else.”
Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said the commissioner’s office granted the team permission to place Schoeneweis on the restricted list after his seven-day stint on the bereavement list expired. Byrnes said the club requested 30 days on the restricted list but added the length of Schoeneweis’ absence from the team was uncertain.
“We’ll just continue to talk to Scott and MLB about the realistic timeframe,” Byrnes said. “Return-to-work issues seem a little ridiculous at this point.”
Schoeneweis and his wife celebrated their 10th anniversary in January and had three children together. Gabrielle Schoeneweis also had a daughter before she married the reliever.
Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis, 39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills. Several Diamondbacks and team officials attended her funeral Monday.
Hinch said the Diamondbacks had no definite plan for the pitcher’s return to the active roster.
“Obviously, we’ll do anything for him to support him,” Hinch said. “Happy to see his face and have him come in to kind of his second home here in the clubhouse.”
Hinch said Schoeneweis planned to speak to the media after he is activated.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk went 1-for-4, and struck out 3 times in Tuesday’s BoSox loss to the Twins. His average fell to .379.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Brad Ausmus