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Daily Minyan – July 17, 2009

 On this date in 1917, Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau was born in Harvey, Ill.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1970.



Boudreau, who was the son of a French-American father who played semipro baseball and worked as a machinist and a Jewish mother. His parents divorced when he was young and he did not get along with his stepfather after his mother remarried. Boudreau was raised by his father and brought up as a Christian.

He graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, excelling in sports at both schools.


Lou Boudreau

Thornton High Basketball Team Photo

He was captain of the basketball and baseball teams at the University of Illinois when Cleveland Indians general manager Cy Slapnicka paid him an undisclosed sum in return for agreeing to play baseball for the Indians following graduation. Boudreau’s father complained to the Big Ten Conference, and league officials ruled him ineligible for collegiate sports. During his junior and senior years at Illinois, he played pro basketball with the Hammond All-Americans of the National Basketball League.

Boudreau made his Major League debut on September 9, 1938 for the Cleveland Indians, at the age of 21, playing first base. In 1939, manager Ossie Vitt informed Boudreau, who normally played third base, that he would have to move to shortstop as Ken Keltner already had the regular third base job.

In 1940, his first full year as a starter, he batted .295 with 46 doubles and 101 RBI. He was also selected to play in his first All Star Game.

Boudreau helped make history in 1941 as a key figure in stopping the 56-game hitting streak by Joe DiMaggio. After Ken Keltner made two fine stops at third base earlier in the game, Boudreau snagged a bad hop grounder at short barehanded and started a double play to retire Dimaggio. He finished the season with a .257 batting average and a league leading 45 doubles.

After the season, owner Alva Bradley promoted manager Roger Peckinpaugh to general manager and appointed Boudreau as the player manager, becoming, at age 24, the youngest person to have taken on the job of manager at the beginning of an MLB season.  Boudreau managed the Indians throughout World War II.

One of the best defenders of his time, he led American League (AL) shortstops in fielding percentage for eight seasons. Boudreau was also a productive hitter and had a lifetime average of .295. He led the AL in hitting in 1944 with a .327 average and led the league in doubles three times. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.




The 1948 season was the pinnacle of Boudreau’s career. That year, he managed Cleveland to the AL title and World Series championship while hitting for a .355 average with 18 home runs and 106 runs batted in. In 1948, Boudreau also led the league’s shortstops in fielding percentage and was selected as the AL Most Valuable Player. After 13 seasons with Cleveland and two more with the Boston Red Sox,


Boudreau stopped playing baseball in 1952 to become a full-time manager. He spent six seasons managing the Red Sox and the Kansas City Athletics

before retiring to join the broadcast team of the Chicago Cubs. Boudreau briefly came out of retirement to manage the Cubs for the 1960 season, after which he returned to broadcasting Cubs games, where he remained until 1988.


As a Cubs Announcer (above and below)



Lastly and certainly not least, here is a picture of Lou and his wife Della all dressed up:



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Astros on Thursday.


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Coming off being in the starting lineup for the NL All Stars as the cleanup hitter, Ryan snapped an 0-for-16 skid, by going 1-for-4, scoring a run, stealing his 8th base and throwing out the plodding Ramon Hernandez at home in the Brewers win over the Reds.  His average rose to .310.

Brauny scoring his run and….

the end result of his outfield assist, which prevented a run!

Notice the lack of hustle from Ramon!  One big reason why he is no longer an Oriole.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had the day off on Thursday.

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates had the day off on Thursday.

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays had the day off on Thursday.

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had the day off on Thursday.

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Padres on Thursday.

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

The Chisox had the day off on Thursday.

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-backs had the day off on Thursday.

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

The Sawx had the day off on Thursday.


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Brauny

Cool T-Shirt!!!

Daily Minyan – All Star Game Edition

I’d like to congratulate three members of the Minyan on being

selected to the 2009 MLB All Star Game:  Ryan Braun, Kevin

Youkilis and Jason Marquis. 




Ryan was selected as a starter by the fans, receiving the

highest vote total amongst ALL MLB outfielders!!!!  A huge

Chai 5 for the Hebrew Hammer!!! 


Youk had been leading the voting for AL 1B for most of the

Spring but was in a tight battle with Mark Teixeira, who

unfortunately beat him by 239,144 votes. 

Youk is thrilled by his selection!!


Youk, deservingly, was selected to the team by Tampa Bay

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is an idiot (see below). 


Rockies starter, Jason Marquis, who is leading the NL in

wins with 10  11, was selected to the NL team by Philadelphia

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.


However, I have a HUGE shankbone to pick with Ian Kinsler

being left off the team!! 


Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers poses during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Kinsler


Ian was the leading vote getter amongst AL second basemen

all the way up to the final vote, then somehow, scruffy Dustin

Pedroia, beat him out by a measely 73,086 votes!!!! 


Dustin at the plate


So who does Joe Maddon pick??  His own guy, Ben

Zobrist!!!!  Who, you might ask?? 



Zobrist getting attacked by the batting cage.


Exactly is what I say!!!  What a low blow!!!  I now have lost

all respect for him.  Not picking Ian so that his own guy is on

the team??  Please!!! 


He must have had WAYYYYYYYYYYY too much of that

wine he likes when making that choice



 or Zobrist must have something on him!!!



Below are the total votes received and the resulting rosters. 

I’ll leave it to you, my loyal readers, to determine whether

these rosters are fair or not.  You already heard my opinion

about Ian.  So please go to http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp and

cast your votes for Ian!!!

2009 All-Star Vote Tallies
American League
First Basemen
1 Mark Teixeira, Yankees 3,309,050
2 Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox 3,069,906
3 Justin Morneau, Twins 2,186,567
4 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 1,447,125
5 Chris Davis, Rangers 1,145,037
6 Carlos Pena, Rays 1,083,447
7 Russell Branyan, Mariners 586,020
8 Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays 473,248
Second Basemen
1 Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 3,404,384
2 Ian Kinsler, Rangers 3,331,298
3 Robinson Cano, Yankees 2,115,056
4 Aaron Hill, Blue Jays 1,233,710
5 Placido Polanco, Tigers 1,032,428
6 Brian Roberts, Orioles 779,159
7 Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians 511,542
8 Akinori Iwamura, Rays 474,552
1 Derek Jeter, Yankees 4,851,889
2 Jason Bartlett, Rays 2,098,422
3 Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,586,224
4 Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays 1,064,344
5 Jed Lowrie, Red Sox 933,876
6 Adam Everett, Tigers 603,488
7 Alexei Ramirez, White Sox 602,329
8 Nick Punto, Twins 566,629
Third Basemen
1 Evan Longoria, Rays 4,315,210
2 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 2,350,496
3 Mike Lowell, Red Sox 1,759,195
4 Michael Young, Rangers 1,741,982
5 Brandon Inge, Tigers 891,112
6 Scott Rolen, Blue Jays 850,033
7 Joe Crede, Twins 646,915
8 Chone Figgins, Angels 542,797
1 Jason Bay, Red Sox 4,087,450
2 Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 2,846,069
3 Josh Hamilton, Rangers 2,412,359
4 Torii Hunter, Angels 2,363,481
5 Carl Crawford, Rays 2,253,397
6 Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 2,250,799
7 Johnny Damon, Yankees 2,012,368
8 J.D. Drew, Red Sox 1,735,703
9 Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,715,709
10 Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners 1,669,135
11 Adam Jones, Orioles 1,247,826
12 David Murphy, Rangers 1,101,818
13 B.J. Upton, Rays 1,080,662
14 Curtis Granderson, Tigers 1,068,626
15 Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,049,331
16 Brett Gardner, Yankees 1,033,1031
17 Bobby Abreu, Angels 1,024,786
18 Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 916,404
19 Grady Sizemore, Indians 908,434
20 Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 745,379
21 Michael Cuddyer, Twins 717,940
22 Matt Holliday, Athletics 689,018
23 Pat Burrell, Rays 678,426
24 Jermaine Dye, White Sox 656,536
1 Joe Mauer, Twins 4,335,739
2 Jason Varitek, Red Sox 2,225,630
3 Jorge Posada, Yankees 1,916,436
4 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rangers 1,497,588
5 Victor Martinez, Indians 1,087,761
6 Dioner Navarro, Rays 569,785
7 Rod Barajas, Blue Jays 545,735
8 Gerald Laird, Tigers 527,388
National League
First Basemen
1 Albert Pujols, Cardinals 5,397,734
2 Prince Fielder, Brewers 2,118,947
3 Ryan Howard, Phillies 2,059,760
4 Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 1,504,979
5 Lance Berkman, Astros 922,870
6 James Loney, Dodgers 622,482
7 Carlos Delgado, Mets 567,956
8 Derrek Lee, Cubs 542,371
Second Basemen
1 Chase Utley, Phillies 5,027,029
2 Orlando Hudson, Dodgers 1,703,710
3 Rickie Weeks, Brewers 1,355,204
4 Skip Schumaker, Cardinals 1,191,954
5 Dan Uggla, Marlins 893,916
6 Luis Castillo, Mets 729,780
7 David Eckstein, Padres 727,585
8 Kazuo Matsui, Astros 658,523
1 Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 3,218,917
2 Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 2,246,792
3 J.J. Hardy, Brewers 1,857,288
4 Miguel Tejada, Astros 1,415,539
5 Jose Reyes, Mets 1,114,295
6 Khalil Greene, Cardinals 819,412
7 Rafael Furcal, Dodgers 811,340
8 Ryan Theriot, Cubs 718,058
Third Basemen
1 David Wright, Mets 3,100,863
2 Chipper Jones, Braves 2,035,936
3 Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals 1,681,239
4 Bill Hall, Brewers 1,403,589
5 Pedro Feliz, Phillies 1,380,058
6 Casey Blake, Dodgers 972,763
7 Aramis Ramirez, Cubs 878,993
8 Pablo Sandoval, Giants 758,334
1 Ryan Braun, Brewers 4,138,559
2 Raul Ibanez, Phillies 4,053,355
3 Carlos Beltran, Mets 2,812,295
4 Alfonso Soriano, Cubs 2,692,994
5 Shane Victorino, Phillies 2,123,079
6 Mike Cameron, Brewers 2,018,879
7 Manny Ramirez, Dodgers 1,739,736
8 Corey Hart, Brewers 1,683,452
9 Rick Ankiel, Cardinals 1,632,113
10 Jayson Werth, Phillies 1,542,347
11 Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals 1,427,898
12 Justin Upton, Diamondbacks 1,282,501
13 Adam Dunn, Nationals 1,220,758
14 Matt Kemp, Dodgers 1,145,428
15 Andre Ethier, Dodgers 1,133,863
16 Carlos Lee, Astros 989,889
17 Chris Duncan, Cardinals 886,223
18 Brad Hawpe, Rockies 868,980
19 Hunter Pence, Astros 857,223
20 Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs 828,796
21 Nate McLouth, Pirates/Braves 777,613
22 Garret Anderson, Braves 723,537
23 Milton Bradley, Cubs 695,729
24 Jeff Francoeur, Braves 635,818
1 Yadier Molina, Cardinals 2,641,467
2 Brian McCann, Braves 2,375,808
3 Ivan Rodriguez, Astros 1,810,308
4 Jason Kendall, Brewers 1,752,062
5 Bengie Molina, Giants 1,729,471
6 Carlos Ruiz, Phillies 1,417,906
7 Russell Martin, Dodgers 1,172,618
8 Geovany Soto, Cubs 756,900

All-Star Game rosters


STARTERS (elected by fans)
C Joe Mauer(notes) L Twins
1B Mark Teixeira(notes) S Yankees
2B Dustin Pedroia(notes) R Red Sox
SS Derek Jeter(notes) R Yankees
3B Evan Longoria(notes) R Rays
OF Jason Bay(notes) R Red Sox
OF Ichiro(notes) Suzuki L Mariners
OF Josh Hamilton(notes) L Rangers
Players’ selections Throws  
P Josh Beckett(notes) R Red Sox
P Zack Greinke(notes) R Royals
P Roy Halladay(notes) R Blue Jays
P Edwin Jackson(notes) R Tigers
P Joe Nathan(notes) R Twins
P Jonathan Papelbon(notes) R Red Sox
P Mariano Rivera(notes) R Yankees
P Justin Verlander(notes) R Tigers
Manager’s selections
P Andrew Bailey(notes) R Athletics
P Mark Buehrle(notes) L White Sox
P Brian Fuentes(notes) L Angels
P Felix Hernandez(notes) R Mariners
P Tim Wakefield(notes) R Red Sox
Players’ selections Bats  
C Victor Martinez(notes) S Indians
1B Justin Morneau(notes) L Twins
2B Aaron Hill(notes) R Blue Jays
SS Jason Bartlett(notes) R Rays
3B Michael Young(notes) R Rangers
OF Carl Crawford(notes) L Rays
OF Curtis Granderson(notes) L Tigers
OF Torii Hunter(notes) R Angels
Manager’s selections
1B Kevin Youkilis(notes) R Red Sox
OF Adam Jones(notes) R Orioles
OF Ben Zobrist(notes) S Rays
(one selected by Internet voting)
OF Adam Lind(notes) L Blue Jays
2B Ian Kinsler(notes) R Rangers
3B Chone Figgins(notes) S Angels
1B Carlos Pena(notes) L Rays
3B Brandon Inge(notes) R Tigers


STARTERS (elected by fans)
C Yadier Molina(notes) R Cardinals
1B Albert Pujols(notes) R Cardinals
2B Chase Utley(notes) L Phillies
SS Hanley Ramirez(notes) R Marlins
3B David Wright(notes) R Mets
OF Carlos Beltran(notes) S Mets
OF Ryan Braun R Brewers
OF Raul Ibanez(notes) L Phillies
Players’ selections Throws  
P Heath Bell(notes) R Padres
P Chad Billingsley(notes) R Dodgers
P Jonathan Broxton(notes) R Dodgers
P Matt Cain(notes) R Giants
P Josh Johnson(notes) R Marlins
P Tim Lincecum(notes) R Giants
P Francisco Rodriguez(notes) R Mets
P Johan Santana(notes) L Mets
Manager’s selections
P Francisco Cordero(notes) R Reds
P Ryan Franklin(notes) R Cardinals
P Dan Haren(notes) R D’Backs
P Ted Lilly(notes) L Cubs
P Jason Marquis(notes) R Rockies
Players’ selections Bats  
C Brian McCann(notes) L Braves
1B Adrian Gonzalez(notes) L Padres
2B Orlando Hudson(notes) S Dodgers
SS Miguel Tejada(notes) R Astros
3B Ryan Zimmerman(notes) R Nationals
OF Brad Hawpe(notes) L Rockies
OF Hunter Pence(notes) R Astros
OF Justin Upton(notes) R D’Backs
Manager’s selections
1B Prince Fielder(notes) L Brewers
1B Ryan Howard(notes) L Phillies
2B Freddy Sanchez(notes) R Pirates
(one selected by Internet voting)
3B Mark Reynolds(notes) R D’Backs
OF Matt Kemp(notes) R Dodgers
OF Shane Victorino(notes) S Phillies
3B Pablo Sandoval(notes) S Giants
SS Cristian Guzman(notes) S Nationals

Daily Minyan – June 5, 2009


Ryan Braun is currently leading all NL outfielder


outfielders in the voting for the All-Star game in St. 


Louis.  Vote for him, Ian, and Youk early and often! 






Let’s hope that some of our guys had All-Star performances!



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Phillies.  


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, hit his 11th double and scored a run in

the Brewers loss to the Marlins.  Ryan raised his average

to .316 and earned a Chai 5.



Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s shut out of the White



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned himself a pastrami sandwich at

Katz’s Deli for his performance against the

Yankees!  Come, sit, eat!!!



John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates win over the



Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays win over the

Royals.  That means his average is still 

.176, which is way below the Mendoza



 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, hitting his 14th homer of

the year, a solo shot, walked and

scored 2 runs in the Rangers loss to the

Yankees.  His average remained at .282.



Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is probably looking at video of his victories this year in

an effort to get back on track after taking the loss in

Wednesday’s start against the Astros,



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-1, but drew a bases loaded

walk in the 3rd inning and came around to

score in the Red Sox win over the Tigers. 

Boston scored all 6 of their runs during that

inning.  His average fell to .362.


Youk, who left Wednesday’s game with a

bruised ankle after a collision at first, came out

in the fourth inning with tightness in his right

calf. The team said the move was strictly




Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler


Daily Minyan – May 19, 2009

Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium


May 19 is Jewish Community Night at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers will honor the Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish athletic competition similar to the Olympics, during pregame ceremonies. Ron Carner, the General Chairman of the USA 18th Maccabiah Organizing Committee, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Jewish Life Foundation, working with Blazer Media Group, produces the annual Jewish Community Day Pre-Game Ceremonies for the Los Angeles Dodgers. More than 500,000 baseball fans have been touched by this day of fun shared with the Southern California Jewish community since its inception in 1998.

Group shot of the day’s honorees and flag bearers.

Mazel Tov to the Dodgers!!


I bet those people in the photo want to know how the boychiks did!  So, get some nosh and read about them!


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodger extra inning win over the Mets.  But I’m pretty sure that he was very actively involved in the Dodger’s Jewish Community Night as the only Jewish ballplayer on the team!


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-3, including hitting his 9th double, walking twice and scoring 4 runs in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Cardinals.  In addition to scoring every time he reached base, he also recorded his 29th RBI.  His average rose to .328.

Ryan earns two Chai 5’s for his day.

Chai 5 Hat

Chai 5 Hat

Plus, it’s time to reveal a new, very appropriate logo for Ryan:



Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning yesterday in the Twins 4th straight loss to the Yanks.  This perfect outing lowered his ERA to 6.75.  


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well deserved day of rest.


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched one inning yesterday in the Pirates win over the Nats, giving up one run on 2 hits and a walk.  John also struck out a batter.  His ERA rose to 5.50.


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit for Carl Crawford and remained in the game for the Rays.  He went 0-for-2 in the Rays victory over the Indians.  His average fell to .212.


Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had a day off yesterday.                      


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason scattered five hits, walked three and allowed one run in eight innings to end a two-start losing streak. He also struck out three batters.  The win improved his record to (5-3) .

Jason had given up 16 runs – 14 earned – in his previous two starts, a span of 9 2/3 innings against the Giants and Astros.

Jason, talking about his strategy said, “I pounded the bottom of the strike zone. I was able to attack the strike zone and put the all on the ground.”

Jason also mentioned how confident he was in his pitching

“I feel like every time I get the ball, I’m going to shut them down. I’m out there every pitch battling.”

Thanks AP for the quotes.


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch on Sunday because the D-backs game against the Marlins was postponed by rain.  That is the second day in the row that the D-backs were rained out. 


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  – Jason Marquis