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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 

 

 

 

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Daily Minyan – June 1, 2009

On this date in 1925, Lou Gehrig began his streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive games.

 

 

Let’s hope that some of our guys can start their own streaks!  

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad pinch hit for pitcher Ronald Belisario in the 8th inning and was hit by a pitch!!  OUCH!!! 

 

 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4, and scored a run in the Brewers win over the Reds. He also struck out twice. His average decreased to .316.

 

 Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 1/3 of a scoreless inning and earned his 4th hold of the year in the A’s win over the Rangers. He lowered his ERA to 5.03.

Craig earned a Chai 5!

                         

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 1-run loss to the Astros.   

                          

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit for OF Gabe Gross in the 8th inning and ground out.   His average remained below the Mendoza Line and is currently .178. 

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and took part in 2 double plays.  On the negative side, he committed his 4th error of the year and his average fell to .279. 

 

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

Youk went 2-for-4, drove in 2 runs, walked once and scored 3 runs in the BoSox victory over the Blue Jays. Both of his hits were solo homers. He hit his first one in the 1st off Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero, then hit the other one in the eighth off right-hander Brian Wolfe for the sixth multihomer game of his career. He raised his average  to .366.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis

 

                            

Macher        

Daily Minyan – May 27, 2009

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.

 OUCH!!!

 

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

               

Daily Minyan – May 18, 2009

This Date in Baseball History (with an Orioles slant):

1957 – Dick Williams of the Orioles hit a ninth-inning, game-tying solo home run against Chicago’s Paul LaPalme seconds before 10:20 p.m. — a time set as a curfew so the White Sox could catch a train out of Baltimore. If Williams had done anything else, Chicago would have won. The game was replayed from the beginning and Baltimore won.

The White Sox obviously weren’t fans of this T-shirt slogan:

1990 – The Baltimore Orioles tied an American League record with eight consecutive singles in a seven-run first inning against Bobby Witt to beat the California Angels 13-1.

So, how did our guys do on Sunday? 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad went 1-for-5, scored a run and struck out twice in Sunday’s Dodgers’ win over the Marlins.  Brad is now batting .346.

Brad was catching Clayton Kershaw, who had a no hit bid broken up in the 8th inning.

                                                   

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-3, hitting his 8th double, earning a walk and scored 2 runs in Sunday’s Brewers win over the Cardinals.  He also was hit by a pitch and scored when Prince Fielder blasted his 9th homer. His average held steady at .320.

Ryan earns a Chai 5 for his day.

Chai 5 Hat

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig didn’t pitch Sunday in the Twins 3rd straight loss to the Yanks.  

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott pitched six scoreless innings in Sunday’s shutout of the Angels, allowing four hits and two walks along with getting three strikeouts.  He left with the game tied 0-0 and Jason Jennings got the win.  His effort lowered his ERA to 4.04.

The Rangers shut out the Angels in Texas for the first time since 2003 and had their first home shutout since last September.

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch Sunday in the Pirates win over the Rockies.  

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-2, knocked in a run, scored a run and drew a walk in the Rays victory over the Indians.  His average fell to .220.

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-3, scored a run and knocked in one.  He also walked (but was immediately picked off) and slugged his 11th double of the year.   His average rose to .314.

Ian earned another Chai 5.                         Chai 5 Hat                 

   

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason was preparing for his Monday start against the Braves.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t on Sunday because the D-backs game against the Braves was postponed to rain. 

                                  

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

Youk is on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5– and is eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday. 

 Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman 

                                                   

Daily Minyan – May 4, 2009

Today I was at 2 hospitals and got good news at both!!!

                           

 World Famous Johns Hopkins Hospital

Howard County General (A member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine family)

 

 

Let’s see what good news our boys brought us!!

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad went 1-for-3, singled, walked and scored a run in Dodgers win over the Padres.  He also stole his first base of the year. Brad is now batting .438!! 

                                             

     Have a drink!  You earned it!!

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan once again missed yesterday’s Brewers game due to a sore back. 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig didn’t pitch in the Twins loss to the Royals.  

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott, who pitched very well on Friday, watched the Ranger victory over the ChiSox from the bench once again.                       

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in yesterday’s win over the BoSox.   

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 2-for-4, including his 9th homer of the year, which once again was a leadoff shot. He drove in two and scored two in the Rangers win over the White Sox.  He’s now batting .337. 

Kinsler’s second leadoff homer in three games was the eighth of his career which tied the team record already shared by Michael Young, Mike Hargrove and  Oddibe McDowell.

“Cool,” Kinsler responded when told of the record. “It’s a really good feeling to be leading 1-0 after one at-bat. It’s just something that kind of happens. It’s not like I’m going out there trying to hit a home run my first at bat.”

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason, who pitched a complete game victory the day before celebrated his nice performance by chilling out on the bench!  

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the Diamondbacks loss to the Brewers.

 

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

Youk went 2-for-4, and slammed a 2-run homer (#6) in Boston’s loss to the Rays. Youk has hit four homers and has knocked in 15 RBIs in his last 14 games.  He raised his MLB leading average to .407 average.

  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Ian Kinsler 

                    

      

 

Daily Minyan – April 30, 2009

As a result of embarassing scenes like this,

 

the Evil Empire has slashed the prices for premium seatsI Here is an excerpt from an AP article about this move:

The New York Yankees slashed prices on more than 40 percent of their front-row seats by up to 50 percent Tuesday and announced many of those who bought tickets closest to the field for $325-$2,500 will be eligible for additional free seats.

Those initiatives could help pack previously unfilled areas that were an eye sore on television broadcasts during the opening homestand at the $1.5 billion ballpark.

“There are a few hundred suite seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full season basis,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As a result, and for many of our fans who have already purchased full season suite seats in such premium locations, the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits.”

While most of the cheaper tickets in the second and third decks were sold for the opening six games, entire sections of cushioned blue seats with teak arm rests in the first nine rows in 25 sections went empty, areas that cost $500 and up. In addition, many of the non-premium seats between the bases, which cost $325 as part of season tickets and $375 individually, also went unfilled.

 Assemblyman Richard Brodsky of Westchester, a frequent and vocal critic of the Yankees, said the reductions weren’t enough.

“It’s the public that built Yankee Stadium, and even at these prices, the public has been excluded from the very stadium they built,” Brodsky said. “It’s a continuing disaster.”

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad, who went 1-for-1, pinch hit for Russell Martin and delivered a 2-out run scoring single in the 8th inning of the Dodgers’ loss to the Giants.   He raised his average to .462.  With Martin hitting .216, I question why Brad isn’t getting more playing time.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with three strikeouts in the Brewers victory over the Pirates.  He lowered his average to .333 and extended his streak to 169 errorless games.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig pitched a scoreless inning in the Twins victory over the Rays, however it wasn’t easy!  After a lead-off walk to Carlos Pena, and a strike out of Pat Burrell, he gave up a 1-out double to Ben Zobrist to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  But he dug in and got the last two batters to pop up.  He lowered his ERA to 4.26.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott’s next start is Thursday against Oakland.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch the Pirates loss to the Brewers.

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in yesterday’s loss to the Twins.  

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian didn’t play yesterday because the Rangers game against the A’s was rained out. 

That should give him more time to read this book:

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t start yesterday in the Rockies game against the Padres. He is slated to pitch this Sunday.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the Diamondbacks victory over the Cubs. 

 

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

Youk didn’t play in yesterday’s victory over the Indians because of a sore back.

  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Brad Ausmus