Daily Minyan – June 24, 2009

On this date in 1947 – The Dodgers win 4-2

over the Pirates as Jackie Robinson swipes

home for the first of 19 times in his career.

 

  

I’m pretty sure that none of these guys have ever stolen

home, but I wouldn’t put it past Ian Kinsler to accomplish it. 

Let’s see how they did on Tuesday, June 23.  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers victory over the Chisox

  

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-3 and walked twice in the Brewers loss to

the Twins.  He lowered his average to .316.

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

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

Giants.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

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

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Indians.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-3, hit his 10th double of the year and walked

in the Rays loss to the Phillies. Gabe raised his batting

average to .240.   

                                    

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and drove in a run (#49) in the

Rangers loss to the D-Backs. He also took part in

one double play.  His average fell to .266.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies loss to the Angels 

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the ChiSox loss to the

Dodgers, giving up 2 hits and striking out 1.  His ERA remains

a perfect 0.00.

Aaron deserves a bagel and lox for his continued excellence.

 

 

Oy vey, that looks tasty!!

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs win over the Rangers.  

           

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

Youk went 2-for-5, hit his 17th double of the

year, drove in 2 runs, scored 2 runs and of

course, he walked in the BoSox victory over the

Nats.  He raised his average

to .318.

 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis

 

              

                          

Daily Minyan – June 23, 2009

On this date in 1963: Jimmy Piersall of the New York Mets

hits the 100th home run of his major league career and

celebrates by running around the bases backwards. Dallas

Green of the Phillies, who gave up the home run, is not

amused. Neither is Commissioner Ford Frick, who is in the

stands.

It looks like none of our guys saw any action on June 22

judging from my entries below.  So how will I decide who gets

to be Macher of the Day?  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers had the day off on June 22.

  

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had the day off on June 22.

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

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

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Ranger

The Rangers loss had the day off on June 22                 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates had the day off on June 22.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays had the day off on June 22.                                 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had the day off on June 22.

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Angels 

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

The ChiSox had the day off on June 22.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-Backs had the day off on June 22   

           

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

The Sawx also had the day off on June 22.

 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Me!!!

 

I just found out that this blog was written up

 

on Heeb Magazine!!!  That makes 2

 

references on Jewish themed sites!!!  Here’s

 

the link:

 

http://www.heebmagazine.com/blog/view/1669

  

 

  

Daily Minyan – June 22, 2009

On this day in 1909, Harry Rosenberg was born in San

Francisco, CA  

  • Debut July 15, 1930

 

  • Final Game September 20, 1930

 

  • Born June 22, 1909 in San Francisco, CA

 

  • Died April 13, 1997 in San Mateo, CA

 

While working as a shovel operator in San Francisco, in 1930,

he tried out for the San Francisco Missions and made the

club, continuing to work his job in construction in the

mornings.

 

His first year, Rosenberg displayed superb range in center

field and hit .368, sixth in the Pacific Coast League. John

McGraw scouted Harry and was impressed. The New York

Giants purchased Rosenberg’s contract for $35,000-50,000.

He initially refused to sign, unless he got a $5,000 bonus, but

eventually he joined New York without a bonus.

 

As with other Jewish players signed by McGraw, there was a

lot of publicity in New York, but Rosenberg only played in nine

games and got five at-bats. After walking in his first plate

appearance, he never got another walk or a hit, but he did

score a run.

 

Rosenberg would not return to the majors. In 1931 he played

for the Newark Bears, hitting .284, then with the Bridgeport

Bees (.329) and the Indianapolis Indians (.330) to complete a

busy year. In 1932, Rosenberg hit .318 for the Indians,

then .281 the next season. He also appeared for the Fort

Worth Cats (.325) in ’33. With Indianapolis full-time in 1934,

Harry batted .329. He returned to the PCL to stay in 1935

when he signed with the Sacramento Solons and posted

a .354 average, around 8th in the league. Back with the

Missions in ’36 and ’37, Harry hit .334 and .330; he was

fourth in the Coast League in the latter campaign.

 

In 1938, Rosenberg hit .320 for the Portland Beavers, then

followed that with years of .331 and .314 for the club. Moving

to the Hollywood Stars in 1941, Harry had a .286 average,

his first full season with a team in which he hit under .300.

After not playing in 1942, he finished his career by

batting .362 for the 1943 San Francisco Seals.

 

I’m pretty sure that these guys will have a longer career than

Harry, so let’s see how they did on Sunday, June 21.  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and 2 sacrifice bunts in the

Dodgers victory over the Angels.  He lowered his average

to .302. 

  

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan had a rare bad day at the plate went 0-for-4 in the

Brewers loss to the Tigers and lowered his average to .320.

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of an inning but allowed a single to Tony

Gwynn, Jr., who scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s 2-run homer

in the 8th inning of the the A’s loss to Padres. He raised

his ERA to 4.72.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Giants                 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Rockies.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe entered the Rays victory against the Mets as a pinch

hitter for Gabe Gross in the 7th inning and hit a double to

drive in a run and the next inning he hit a sacrifice fly to drive

in another run. Nice work!!  Gabe raised his batting average

to .237.  He also earned a pastrami sandwich from Katz’s

Deli. 

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Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-2, walked twice and was doubled

up on first in the Rangers loss to the Giants. His

average is now .267. 

 

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 ChiSox win over the Reds.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched to one Mariners’s batter, 1B Mike Carp, who

got a hit and came around to score later in the inning, but of

course he was charged with the earned run because that is

how baseball works. Thus, his ERA rose to 3.75   

           

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

Youk, playing third, went 1-for-4, singled,

reached on an error, scored a run and was

caught stealing in the BoSox victory over the

Braves.  He lowered his average to .316.

 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe Kapler

 

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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