Daily Minyan – June 21, 2009

Philip Weintraub, nicknamed Mickey died on this day in

1987. 

 

He was primarily a reserve outfielder, though he was

platooned at first base in the last few years of his career. He

batted .295 for his career, with a .398 on base percentage.

Through 2006, he had the 4th-best career batting average of

all Jewish major league baseball players, behind Hank

Greenberg, Buddy Myer, and Lou Boudreau. Blessed with an

excellent eye and bat control, he walked 232 times in his

career while striking out only 182 times.

 

Weintraub was a heavy hitter in the minors. In 1934, he was

helped to the first .400 season in Southern Association history

by Nashville Vols manager Chuck Dressen’s ability to tip him

off to pitches.

 

In 1939 with the Minneapolis Millers in the American

Association he hit .331 with 33 home runs and 126 RBIs. He

followed in 1940 by hitting .347 with 27 home runs and 109

RBIs.

 

His professional debut was on September 5, 1933, for the

New York Giants. In 1934 he batted .351, with a .461 on

base percentage, in 31 games.  

 

In 1938 he was 3rd in the National League in on base

percentage (.422), 9th in batting average (.311), and 10th in

walks (64) for the Phillies

 

In December 1938 he was purchased by the Boston Red Sox

from the Phillies.

 

He did not play major league baseball from 1939-43.

 

In November 1943 he was drafted by the New York Giants

from the St. Louis Browns in the Rule 5 draft.

 

In 1944, Weintraub returned to the majors with the Giants as

a war-time player after a 6-year absence. He was 5th in the

NL in OBP (.412), slugging percentage (.524) and at bats per

home run (27.8), 6th in triples (9), 8th in batting average

(.316), and 9th in home runs (13).

 

On April 30, 1944, Weintraub had 11 RBIs, one short of the

major league record, as the Giants defeated the Brooklyn

Dodgers, 26-8. He had two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Amazingly, he missed the cycle because he didn’t get a

single.

 

Weintraub played his last game on August 5, 1945.

 

Miscellaneous

 

He had the last hit in Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl

 

In 1934 during spring training a Florida hotel refused entry to

Weintraub and fellow Jew Harry Danning. “Hibiscus” was a

code word for Hebrew in Florida — as in “we don’t have

hibiscus in our hotel.” Giants manager and All-Star first

baseman Bill Terry threatened to take the entire World

Champion team to another hotel unless his Jewish players

were given lodging. The hotel’s management backed down

 

On Yom Kippur of 1938, Phil Weintraub and his Phillies

teammate Morrie Arnovich opted to take the day off.

 

Called “baseball’s best-dressed pinch hitter” by journalist

Fred Lieb.

 

One cold, windy afternoon in spring 1944, the Giants played

at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and the Navy staged a

sideshow by dropping baseballs from a blimp 400 feet in the

air to Giant players. Weintraub managed to make a catch.

NY Giants 1944 signed baseball

Jack Brewer, Buddy Kerr, Bruce Sloan, Johnny Allen, Mel Ott, Phil Weintraub, Gus Mancuso

 

Let’s see how the guys did on June 20. 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers over the Angels.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan had a big day going 4-for-5, with a homer (# 15 ), 2

RBIs, 2 runs scored and a stolen base (#6) against the

Tigers. He raised his average to .325.

 

Ryan earned a Chai 5,

but he could just as easily been the Macher of the day!!

 

                           

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s victory over the Padres.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers extra-inning loss to the

Giants                 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John had a lousy day.  In the one inning that he pitched, he

gave up 3 earned runs on a homer by Rockies C Chris

Ianetta, but somehow notched 3 strikeouts. He blew his

second save of the year and raised his ERA to 4.22.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-3 in the Rays victory over the Mets, hitting

his 8th double of the year and knocking in his 16th run. He

raised his average to .228 and earned a pastrami sandwich

from Katz’ Deli!!!   

 

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 2-for-4 and was practically the entire

offense for the Rangers in their extra-inning 2-1

loss to the Giants.  Ian accounted for 2 of the

Rangers 3 hits with one of his hits being a solo

homer (#18).  He also stole his 14th base and took

part in 2 double plays!! His average rose to fall

to .269. 

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Pirates.

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the White Sox victory over the Reds.

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs loss to the Mariners.     

           

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-3 in the Bosox win against the

Braves, drove in a run and in a big surprise he

walked!!!  He raised his average  to .317.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler           

        

 

              

                         

        

Daily Minyan – June 20, 2009

Although I’m a bit late (just call it working on Jewish time) I’d like to welcome the newest member of the Minyan, pitcher Aaron Poreda of the Chicago White Sox!!! 

MAZEL TOV!!!

He received “the Call” on June 8 and he is taking the spot of Bartolo Colon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 8.  He’s currently working out the ChiSox bullpen.

Aaron, who Baseball America ranks as the White Sox’ No. 3 prospect, is 22 years old, stands 6’6″ and weighs 240 pounds.  He was the White Sox’ first round pick in 2007 out of the University of San Francisco.  

 

He was promoted from the White Sox’s AA Birmingham Barons, where he was part of the starting rotation, Aaron posted a 5-4 record with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts. fanned 69 over 64 1/3 innings and led the Southern League in strikeouts. He also limited opposing hitters to a .206 average and held left-handers to a .170 mark, while allowing just one home run.

Poreda’s last start was on June 5 against Montgomery, when he threw six scoreless innings and gave up three hits. He worked out of the bullpen during Arizona Fall League action and also pitched there in Spring Training, so he was more than ready to tackle the change of roles.

“I’m happy to fulfill my role first in the bullpen,” Poreda said. “We’re just trying to win games, so I’m doing whatever the White Sox want me to do. And having fun.”

That fun started when Poreda found out about his promotion on and immediately posted the great news on his Facebook status.

“I was just so excited I wanted to shout it out to the world,” said Poreda with a laugh. “I guess it snowballed a little bit.”

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Poreda simply was the best option to add to the White Sox staff, while Manager Ozzie Guillen stressed that this move was not a sign of rebuilding but simply another decision made to help the team compete.

Poreda’s goal at the outset of the 2009 campaign was to develop secondary pitches behind his fastball in the high 90s, and he admitted to working hard on his slider and changeup.

“Going right after hitters, a lot of inside fastballs,” said Poreda of his pitching style. “I like to pound the strike zone.”

“You’re going to be treated the same way as everyone else,” said Guillen of his message to Poreda. “If you don’t do the job, we have Southwest Airlines waiting for you to go to Charlotte.

“That’s the only one with non-stop. I already checked,” added Guillen with a laugh. “In Spring Training, I liked the way he threw. But I make it really clear to him, this isn’t development.” 

As of June 19, Aaron had pitched twice out of the bullpen and was unscored on.  On June 12, against the Brewers he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three. On Friday, June 19, he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk.  So I’d say that’s a pretty darn good start for the 11th member of the Minyan!!!

Let’s see how the other 10 did!

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Angels on Friday.  

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan reached on an error in his first at bat and scored on Prince Fielder’s 3-run homer in the Brewers loss to the Tigers on Friday.  Other than the first inning, Ryan went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and dropped his average to .316.

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning on Friday in the A’s win over the Padres.  Though he gave up a hit and a walk, he picked up his 8th hold of the year and lowered his ERA to 4.50.

 Craig earned a Chai 5 for his work!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over 6 innings on Friday to the Giants to record his second straight loss.  Along the way, he gave up 2 homers and struck out five.  This effort raised his ERA to 4.02.      

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss Jason Marquis and the Rockies on Friday.                     

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Mets on Friday.  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5, on Friday against the Giants, with the one hit being his 15th double of the year.  He also took part in 2 double plays. He saw his average fall to .266. 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason came within an out of the sixth complete game in his 10-year career as the Rockies beat Pittsburgh, 7-3, Friday night for their 14th win in 15 games. Jason (9-4) allowed three runs on eight hits.  He induced 21 ground-ball outs, three strikeouts and two flyouts, and he did it mostly with his nasty sinker. Jason, who improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, lowered his ERA to 3.71 .

Manager Jim Tracy, who is 16-5 since taking over for Clint Hurdle on May 29, received a chorus of boos when he went to the mound following pinch-hitter Eric Hinske’s run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth.

The fans gave Tracy a standing ovation when he spun around and returned to the dugout alone, having given Marquis one more chance at his second complete game of the season.

“He told me this was my last guy, it was make or break,” Marquis said.

Andrew McCutchen sliced a sinker into the corner just out of right fielder Brad Hawpe’s reach to pull the Pirates to 7-3 and chase Marquis.

Left-hander Alan Embree came on and retired Nyjer Morgan for the final out.

“I needed to make better pitches to Hinske and McCutchen. But you know what, we got the win and that’s what matters,” “It’s not the best I felt all year, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Marquis said. “It’s definitely fun when you get deep into games and watching guys make plays like that.”

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott faced one batter on Friday, Mariners’ 1B Russell Branyan, who proceeded to hit a solo homer, which proved to be a important run in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over the D-Backs. That at bat raised his ERA to an even 3.00. 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk grounded into a fielder’s choice and scored on Jason Bay’s 2-run homer, which accounted for the BoSox’ only runs in their loss to the Braves Friday night.  On the night he went 0-for-4 and lowered his average to .317.

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Jason Marquis

                         

  

Daily Minyan – June 19, 2009

This was the last day of school for my kids, so I

know they were very happy!!

 

 

 

Let’s see who was happy based on their performance last

Thursday!! 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers 1-run victory over the A’s on

Thursday.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had an off day last Thursday.  

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday the A’s loss to

the Dodgers. He walked one and struck out one and lowered

his ERA to 4.62.

 

Craig earned a Chai 5 for his inning of work!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Astros on

Thursday.                  

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Twins on

Thursday.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Rockies on

Thursday.  

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4, Thursday against the Astros and saw his average fall to .267. 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Rays on

Thursday.  

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs win over the Royals on

Thursday.    

           

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk accounted for the BoSox only hit and the

only run in Thursday’s rain-shortened 2-1 loss

to the Marlins.  He went 1-for-2, and smacked a

solo homer (#12) in the first inning against

Ricky Nolasco.  He raised his average  to .324.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis

 

              

                         

        

Daily Minyan – June 18, 2009

On June 18, 1938, Babe Ruth is signed as a Brooklyn

Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for

batting demonstrations the following day.  It was a well-

known fact that Babe wanted to manage the Yankees and he

took the Dodgers’ job in an attempt to gain a managing job,

which ultimately proved fruitless.

 

Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame performance.   

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers’ loss to the A’s on

Wednesday. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, hitting his 15th double, driving in a run and

scoring two in the Brewers extra-inning victory over the

Indians on Wednesday.   His average increased to .321. 

Ryan left in the 8th inning with lower back tightness.

  

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig somehow earned his 7th hold of the year, in spite of

giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in his 1/3 of an inning of work in

the A’s win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.  He faced 3

batters, with the first 2 – who eventually scored – reaching

base on a walk and an error.  This effort raised his ERA to

4.81.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers’ extra-inning victory over the

Astros

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched 2 scoreless innings and earned his 12th hold in

the Pirates win over the Twins on Wednesday.  He wasn’t as

effective as usual and walked 3 batters and gave up a hit in

his 2 innings of work.  He got out of a based-loaded jam in

the 7th inning, but only faced 3 batters in the 8th inning. His

effort reduced his ERA to 3.48.

            

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit in the 9th inning on Wednesday and ground out

to third.  That lowered his average to .225. 

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian had a very busy and productive day for the

Rangers in their extra-inning victory over the

Astros on Wednesday, where he scored the

winning run! 

 

He went 2-for-4, hit his 14th double, stole bases

#12 and #13, hit a sac fly, drove in a run and

scored twice, with the last one being the game

winner.  And for good measure, he took part

in a double play.  His exciting day raised his

average to .271.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the

Rays on Wednesday. 

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning Wednesday in his 2nd

game back in the D-Backs win over the Royals.  It’s nice to

see that he has returned to his former level of

effectiveness.  This lowered his ERA to 2.25.

 

Scott has earned a Chai 5:

 

             

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk had an uncharacteristically bad day on

Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts

to lower his average to .322.  He also left 5

BoSox on base!! 

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 17, 2009

In looking at the boxscores from June 17, I saw

that Scott Schoeneweis was listed as pitching,

but somehow I missed the fact that he returned

on June 9!!!  Please join me in welcoming him

back!!!

 

 

Here is the complete text of an AP article about his return.

 

Schoeneweis returns to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP)–Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned to the Arizona

Diamondbacks’ active roster on Tuesday, 21 days after the death of his wife.

The club reinstated the lefty reliever from the restricted list and optioned

another left-hander, Daniel Schlereth, to Double-A Mobile in a corresponding

move.

 

Schoeneweis said he felt it was time to return to work after spending the last

three weeks tending to the couple’s four children and handling other matters.

 

“The family’s good, and it’s time for daddy to go back to work,” Schoeneweis

said before the Diamondbacks played host to the San Francisco Giants.

 

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 on

May 20.

 

Schoeneweis said he initially considered sitting out the rest of the season

before deciding he needed to return.

 

“It’s something that I would feel unfinished for me, personally,” he said. “I think

my wife would want me to play as well.

 

“I wanted to make sure that my kids were OK, first, obviously,” he said. “They

have been doing well. I had a lot of things to take care of. I needed the time to

get those things taken care of. I kind of put myself on the back burner. It’s been

kind of tough on me recently. I’m running out of things to do. 8:30 at night,

everybody’s asleep.”

 

Schoeneweis said he’s relying on family and friends to help him care for the

family’s children. He and Gabrielle had three children together, and she also

had a daughter before she married the reliever. The couple celebrated their

10th anniversary in January.

 

Schoeneweis had visited Chase Field several times since his wife’s death but

had not spoken publicly. He tuned up for his return with bullpen sessions and by

throwing an inning of extending spring training last Friday.

 

“We’re happy to see him and get him back on our club,” manager A.J. Hinch

said. “Obviously, we still have heavy hearts for him. I know he’s going through a

lot.

 

“As his second family here, we’re certainly thrilled to have him back, and we’ll

provide any support that he needs as his life gets back underway and the

normal schedule that he’s used to in a baseball life,” Hinch said.

 

Schoeneweis told Hinch that he was available to pitch Tuesday night, when the

Diamondbacks opened a three-game series against the Giants. Schoeneweis

spoke as if he’s looking forward to his work life returning to normal quickly.

 

“Baseball’s pretty distracting,” Schoeneweis said. “It takes a lot of

concentration and focus, so that’ll be good for me personally. It’ll be emotional,

I’m sure. It’s just different. It’s not the same. But it’s my job and I’m fully

confident that I can get the job done.”

 

Schoeneweis, acquired from the New York Mets last winter, is 0-0 with a 2.53

ERA in 19 games.

 

 

Here is an excerpt from an article about his return to the

mound.

 

LHP Scott Schoeneweis retired the only two batters he faced

Saturday, throwing six strikes on seven pitches, in his first

appearance since his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead of

undetermined cause in the couple’s suburban Phoenix home

on May 20. Schoeneweis, 35, was given a standing ovation

as he left the field but kept his eyes down. “I couldn’t look at

anybody,” Schoeneweis said. “I couldn’t acknowledge the

crowd. I apologize. You know the old saying, ‘There’s no

crying in baseball,’ so I just kept my head down.”

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers’ extra-inning

victory over the A’s.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, walked once and

scored once in the Brewers win over the

IndiansHis average fell to .318.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched to one batter, 1B James Loney, in

the 8th inning of the A’s extra-inning loss to the

Dodgers on Tuesday and promptly walked him! 

I guess he was rusty since he hadn’t pitched in

3 games.  His ERA remained unchanged at

4.50. 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well-deserved day of rest. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Twins

on Tuesday.  

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 3-for-4, homered in his 4th straight

game, drove in four runs – which tied a career

high- and fell a double short of the cycle on

Tuesday in the Rays mashing of the Rockies. 

Gabe became the third Ray to homer in four

straight games, joining Jose Canseco (five

straight in 1999)

 

and Julio Lugo (four in 2003)

 

He raised his average to .228.  

 

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian snapped out of his slump by going 3-for-4 with

two homers.  He also singled and walked and

finished the game with 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs

and raised his average to .268. 

 


After homering in his first two at-bats on Tuesday, Ian Kinsler had to run out an eighth-inning single.
 Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis

Ian, who was 4-for-33 with no RBIs or runs

scored in his previous eight games, put the

Rangers ahead to stay with his fourth leadoff

homer this season. He added another solo shot in

the second off struggling Astros’ left-hander

Wandy Rodriguez.

Ian’s nine career leadoff homers are the most in

Rangers history. This was his fifth multihomer

game, and his third this season.

 

Manager Ron Washington never considered

taking Kinsler out of the leadoff spot.

“I have confidence in the fact that he’s been there

before and he’ll get out of it,” Washington said. “I

just hope tonight is the night that got him back

going.”

 

Ian gets a Chai 5 shirt and hat combo for his

efforts.  He was narrowly beaten for Macher of the Day by Gabe Kapler’s

big day at Coors!

 

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason earned a day of rest. 

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is back!!!                  

 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-4, hit his 16th double, scored

and guess what,  he walked again!! 

His average fell to .330.

                              

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe

Kapler

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 16, 2009

There was only guy playing on Monday and he made us very

proud!!!  Ryan had a HUGE night on ESPN’s national

broadcast of the Brewers/Indians game!

 

 

Ryan smacked a homer (#14), triple (#2) and single, drew a

walk, stole his 5th base, scored four times and drove in five

runs in the Brewers’ 14-12 come back victory over the

Indians.  He raised his average to .319.

 

Ryan, who had a great April (.317, 5 HR, 16 RBI) and May

(.315, 4 HR, 16 RBI) and was remarkably consistent for the

first two months, is currently batting .333, with 5 HR and 16

RBI through June.  Thus, he should easily exceed his

production of the first two months and may bat for a an even

higher average when the month ends.

  

Below are a couple of quotes from Ryan about Monday’s

game:

 

“That was fun. Hopefully, it gives us some momentum.”

 

“Everybody feels better about themselves after a game like

this,” Braun said. “It’s a special night, one of those nights you

have to enjoy. They don’t come around very often.”

 

Now for some fun for me and my loyal readers (THANKS!!!!).

Here are some interesting pictures or items related to Ryan:

 

There is this very cool T-shirt:

 

 

This a website that has some interesting user designed items

related to Ryan.  You can also find some items that my son

Jordan designed on here as well.

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/ryan_brauns_girlfriend_tshirt-235969951268645881

 

Here is the design that clearly inspired the Hebrew Hammer

logo above:

Here is Ryan being introduced as a member of Team USA’s

World Baseball Classic Team

 

 Here is Ryan showing his braun!!

Ryan Braun

Ladies; You’re welcome!!

 

Here’s Ryan at a Grammy Awards event looking stylish:

 

These two pictures show Ryan at the University of Miami:

 

 

                                  

And for you bobblehead collector’s, here’s one of you know who!

Ryan Braun

 

And last, but not least, is this fantasy photo of the O’s new

left fielder, which would give us the top outfield in the game!!!

                             

 

He look’s great in the Orange and Black, don’t you think!!!

 

Daily Minyan – June 15, 2009

On this date in 1938 – Johnny Vander Meer stuns baseball

by pitching his second successive no-hitter, defeating the

Dodgers 6-0, as Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at

Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectator

Babe Ruth, Vander Meer strikes out seven and walks eight,

including three walks in the ninth.  

            

                                   

Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame performance.   

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Since it was Sunday, Brad of course played!  As

I have noted previously, if you want to see a

team’s backup catcher play, you have a great

shot of seeing him on a Sunday.  And per

usual, Brad did quite well, he went 2-for-2, hit

his 2nd double of the year and drove in his 4th

run of the year in the Dodgers victory over the

Rangers.  He also walked and was hit by a

pitch, thus, Brad reached based each time he

came to the plate!!!  He must have been talking

to Youk or something!!!

He raised his average back over .300 to .317. 

Additionally, he threw out his counterpart,

Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who

was trying to steal 2nd in the 8th inning. 

 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4, with his lone hit being his

14th double of the year, in the Brewers loss to

the ChiSox. His average fell to .313.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s loss to the Giants on

Sunday

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well-deserved day of rest. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John earned his 11th hold of the year by

pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Pirates

win over the Tigers on Sunday. He lowered his

ERA to 3.72. 

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 2-for-2, homered in his third straight

game and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay in

their win over the Nats.  Gabe also walked twice

and was caught trying to steal 2nd in the 8th

inning.  He raised his average above the

Mendoza Line once again!

 

Kapler is still batting only .202 (.268 against

lefties), but he has hit three home runs since

last Monday after hitting none in his first 34

games. His pinch-hit homer off Ron Villone on

Friday sparked a 4-3 victory, and his two-run

shot in the sixth off Ross Detwiler on Sunday

tied the game at 4.

 

He earned a Chai 5 for this continued hot

streak.

 

A .291 career hitter against lefties who hit .354

against them last year at Milwaukee, Kapler

acknowledged he’s heard the carping from fans

said he’s thankful Maddon trusted in him.

“Talk radio is an interesting medium,” he said.

 

 

“But I absolutely stunk for a really nice stretch

there.

 

The fact I kept getting the opportunity to

go back on the field, I’m not sure how many

managers would have kept throwing me out

there.

“At the same time, I never believe I can’t get the

job done. I always believe something great is

around the corner.”

“If he was 42, I might have had some doubts,”

 

Maddon said. “But he’s a young man, 33, who

 

keeps himself in great shape. (See the picture

below – especially my female fans)

  

GabeKapler2.jpg Gabe image by mattie1010101

 

 Mrs. Kapler sure seems to like him as well!

 

lisa-kapler.jpg

 

He works his butt off, so it was a matter of time.

On top of that, his track record indicates that’s

what he is like.”

 

There has been at least one homer hit in all 33

 

games this season at Tropicana Field. The only

 

other park in the majors to have a homer streak

 

since from opening day is Yankee Stadium (32

 

games). 

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 in the Rangers loss to the

Dodgers on Sunday.  His average continues to

sink and now is at .260.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason earned a day of rest. 

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his

wife.  My prayers are with him. 

                 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 0-for-4, and guess what,  he

walked again!!  He didn’t score or drive

anybody in.  His average fell to .331.

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Brad Ausmus  

 

Brad Ausmus #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base during a Spring Training game against the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Park on March 6, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brad Ausmus 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 14, 2009

On this day in 1985 – Hall of Famer Earl Weaver comes out

of retirement to manage the Orioles. Weaver led Baltimore to

six A.L. titles from 1968-82.

Now 78 and living in Florida, Weaver recently shared with a

Baltimore Sun reporter his favorite ways of showing umpires

that their judgment was, um, wrong:

1. Tearing up the rule book under the umpire’s nose.

“I did that in Cleveland after getting thrown out of a game.”

2. Ripping third base off its moorings and hurling it off the field.

“If (the umpire) couldn’t tell fair from foul, why keep the base?

3. Scuffing dirt onto home plate.

“He wasn’t using it anyway.”

4. Wearing his baseball cap backward.

“I really did that so umpires couldn’t say I bumped them with

the bill of my hat (during arguments).”

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame

performance.   

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers victory over the Rangers on

Saturday. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, and struck out twice.  His average fell

to .314.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a scoreless 1/3 of an inning in the A’s loss to

the Giants on Saturday, giving up a hit and striking out

one. He lowered his ERA to 4.50.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott pitched 5 scoreless innings on Saturday night against

the Dodgers, but was unable to get a win due to a very long

delay in the game (1 hour 41 minutes) because of a power

outage! He allowed 3 hits and struck out one in his

abbreviated appearance and lowered his ERA to

3.70. Because of the long delay, Rangers manager Ron

Washington didn’t allow him to retake the mound for the 6th

inning.

  

Here are a couple of quotes courtesy of AP.

“It was pretty frustrating,” Feldman said. “I felt I was throwing

pretty good and wanted to go back out there.”

 

“Feldman was on his way to a pretty good game when we

got hit with the lights,” manager Ron Washington said.

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates win over the Tigers on

Saturday.  

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays’ win over the Nats on Saturday.

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4 Saturday in the Rangers loss to 

the Dodgers.  His average is at .264.

 

The Rangers recognized Ian during pregame for

his 6-for-6 cycle game on April 15, and fans

were given commemorative color lithographs.

He was third in the majors batting .474 after that

night, but has dropped to .264 since.  

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason limited the Mariners to a run and seven

hits and 3 walks in seven innings on Saturday,

but was denied the decision in the Rockies 5-3

victory. He struck out two and also had an RBI

with a bases-loaded walk for the Rockies’ first

run in the second inning!

 

“I didn’t get the win, but the team did,” Marquis

said. “That’s all that matters.”

  

Jason has earned another Chai 5:

 

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his

wife.  My prayers are with him. 

                 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 0-for-3, walked three times, struck

out twice and scored once. “The Greek God of

Walks” was at it again!! 

 

                  

His average fell to .339.

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 13, 2009

On this date in 1948, Babe Ruth’s #3 is retired in front of

49,641 fans at Yankee Stadium.

 

Our guys might have a retired parent or two, so let’s see if any of them made their parents proud!    

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Rangers on

Friday. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-5, and scored a run in the Brewers 7-2

victory over the ChiSox on Friday.  His average rose to .320.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s loss to their Bay-area rivals, the

Giants on Friday. 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch on Friday

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched the 8th inning Friday and gave up a solo shot to

the Brandon Inge in the Pirates 3-1 loss to the Tigers.  He

also struck out one.  His ERA rose to 3.86.

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit for Gabe Gross in the 8th inning Friday and he

smacked a solo homer (#2), which wound being the winning

run in the Rays 4-3 victory over the lowly Nats!!!  He also

recorded his 8th RBI of the year and raised his average

to .183. 

 

Stuck in a 3-for-31 slide that dropped his batting average

to .173, Gabe went deep against Ron Villone (3-2) after first

baseman Nick Johnson dropped a pop foul that would have

been the third out.

 

“I was screaming at the ball as hard as I could, and I think it

heard me,” Kapler said. “I wanted the opportunity badly.”

“Joe and the (coaching) staff have shown a tremendous

amount of loyalty to me,” Kapler said. “To me that’s kind of

special.”

 

Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon said he liked the way Kapler

swung the bat earlier in the day when he batted against Scott

Kazmir in a simulated game.

 

Kapler said he felt good against Kazmir and during batting

practice, but didn’t think that carried over to his pinch-hit at-

bat.

 

It was Kapler’s second home run of the season. His first

came Monday at Yankee Stadium against Andy Pettitte.

It was the Rays’ fourth pinch-hit home run of the season and

first by someone not named Ben Zobrist.

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4 and struck out once in the

Rangers 6-0 victory over the Dodgers on

Friday. He also took part in one double play. His

average fell to .264.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in Friday’s win over the

Mariners.

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his

wife.  My prayers are with him. 

                 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-5 on Friday, hit his 11th homer

of the year, a solo shot, was hit by a pitch and

stole his 4th base of the year in the same inning

that he was hit.  His average fell to .345.

 

He earned a Chai 5 and an icepack for his effort!

 

 

Youth Chai 5 T-Shirt

 

 

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe Kapler

 

 

 

Welcome to the club!!!!  Took you long enough!!!

Daily Minyan – June 12, 2009


On this date in 1939 – The greatest-ever gathering of

members and future inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame

assembles in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the dedication of the

museum: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter

Johnson, Grover Alexander, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler, Eddie

Collins, Tris Speaker, Cy Young and Connie Mack accept

their plaques.

 

  

Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame performance.   

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers had an off day yesterday. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan once again had a big day, going 3-for-5, hitting a 3-run

homer (#13), and throwing out Rockies SS Troy Tulowitski

trying to stretch a double into a triple.  His homer brought the

Brewers within one run of the Rockies, but Mat Gamel struck

out with a Prince Fielder at first.  He was a busy boychik!!

 

Troy Tulowitski being called out at 3rd on Ryan’s throw.

 

His average rose to .318.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s win over the Twins. 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is slated to pitch over the weekend at home against the

Dodgers. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates win over the Braves.  

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays’ big win over the the Angels

 Angels of Anaheim.

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the

Rangers 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays.  His

average continues to sink and now is at .265.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is slated to pitch at home versus the

Mariners.

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his

wife.  My prayers are with him. 

                 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-3, and guess what?  Yes, he

walked again!!  Now you know why he was

called “The Greek God of Walks.” He didn’t

score or drive anybody in.  His average

remained at .350.

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun