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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 2, 2009

On this date in 1935,  Babe Ruth announces his

retirement as a player at age 40.

On this date in 1941, New York Yankees first baseman

Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age

37 in New York. From that time on, the illness is known

primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

 

Below is one of their last pictures together as active

players.

 

Nothing of that importance happened on Monday, so let’s just go to the update.

 

 Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in Monday’s Dodgers loss to the D-Backs.

 

 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with a strike out in the Brewers loss to the Marlins. His average decreased to .309.

 

 Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 1 and 1/3 innings and took the loss Monday.  He entered a tied game with 2 outs in the 6th, got the final out and then pitched a scoreless 7th inning.  He allowed a leadoff walk to Scott Podsednik in the eighth inning who came around to score on Jim Thome’s 550th home run.  His ERA rose to 5.14 and his record fell to 1-4.

Just goes to show that leadoff walks will come back to haunt you!

 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to pitch later this week.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

                          

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays had Monday off.  

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had Monday off.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled 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. 

              

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

The Red Sox had Monday off.

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Me

 


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Daily Minyan – May 30, 2009

In honor of Matt Wieters’ first major league hit – A TRIPLE!!!  

 

 

today’s Minyan will highlight a famous Baltimore baseball beginning and a not so famous end.

 

On May 30, 1935, Babe Ruth plays only the first inning of the opener of a doubleheader between the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies at Baker Bowl. It is his final major league appearance.

 

 

On May 30, 1982, Cal Ripken plays the first of his record 2,632 straight games. 

“The Streak” ends on September 20, 1998.  A game that I had tickets for, but didn’t attend because of the Jewish holidays.

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s loss to the Cubbies.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-3, hit his 10th double, walked and scored a run in the Brewers win over the Reds.  He raised his average to .315.  

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig recorded a scoreless inning of work in the A’s loss to the Rangers. He lowered his ERA to 5.12.

That earned him a Chai 5.

 

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott (4-0) pitched 6 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks to help the Rangers win for the sixth time in eight games and completed a doubleheader sweep of the A’s on Friday night.  He also struck out two and lowered his ERA to 3.91.

He allowed four baserunners in the first inning, but gave up only one run before settling down.

 

“I thought he did an excellent job to hang in there the way he did,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Scott has pitched at least five innings in each of his seven starts since being inserted into the rotation on April 25 when Kris Benson went on the disabled list. 

 “I started behind in the count on too many guys, and that will drive your pitch count up,” Scott said of his early struggles. “But anytime your team wins, you’ve got to be grateful.”

Scott has earned another Chai 5!!   

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

                         

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit for Gabe Gross in the 7th inning and went 0-for-1, with a walk.  He also was thrown out trying to steal.  His average remained below the Mendoza Line and is currently .186. 

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-5 in the Rangers double header sweep of the A’s, but performed a lead-off hitter’s role by walking 3 times and scoring twice.  He lowered his average to .275 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (7-3) pitched 8 shut-out innings against the Padres to pick up his third straight winHe gave up six hits, walked four and struck out a season-high six batters.

He wanted to finish off the game, but Huston Street came on instead and pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

“I felt good enough to go out there,” Marquis said. “It’s the manager’s decision. I’m fine with that.”

Jason has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his past three starts and has worked at least seven innings in seven of his 10 starts this season. He has decisions in all of them, going 7-3 with a 3.93 ERA and is tied with Johan Santana of the Mets and Bronson Arroyo of the Reds for the most wins in the National League.  

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him.  For the first time since his tragedy, Scott visited with his teammates at Chase Field on Wednesday.

              

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

Youk went 1-for-3, walked once and struck out once in the Sox loss to the Blue Jays.  He raised his average slightly to .374

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Jason Marquis

         

Daily Minyan – May 25, 2009

On May 25, 1935  Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting three home runs

at Pittsburgh. The final one, home run number 714 , is the first to clear

 the right field grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at

600 feet.

 

 

 

The pitcher who gave up Ruth’s final two homers, numbers

 713 and 714, was Guy Bush.

In this letter, written to a fan on May 21, 1966, Bush recalls his greatest

 personal moment and reveals his feeling about giving up The Babe’s

 final blasts

 

On Sunday, a couple boychiks did their best Babe imitation.  Read on to see who it was!  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in Sunday’s loss to the Angels. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4 in the Brewers loss to the Twins. His batting average fell to .333. 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the  A’s win over the D-Backs.  

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had a well-deserved day of rest.  

 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and earned his 3rd win of the year, against no losses, in the Pirates win over the ChiSox on Sunday. In doing so, he lowered his ERA to 4.95.

 

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in Sunday’s extra-inning loss to the Marlins.

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 on Sunday, but that one hit was solo homer, his 12th of the year.  He also recorded his 33rd RBI.

 

 

                      

Ian’s home run trot

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason also 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 1-for-4 on Sunday, hitting a 3-run homer (#7), walked and scored 2 runs in the BoSox win over Mets. His average fell slightly to .383.

 

Youk has earned a Chai 5 for that effort!

 

                             

                  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  John Grabow