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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 21, 2009

Philip Weintraub, nicknamed Mickey died on this day in



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



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



Weintraub played his last game on August 5, 1945.




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



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 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



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



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

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



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




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



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



“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



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



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



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









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



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

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



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



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



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 – Weekend Edition, June 6-7, 2009


On June 6, 1908, Isidore “Izzy” Goldstein was born in

Odessa, Russia. He was a 6’0″ right-handed pitcher who

played only one season in the major leagues, appearing in 16

games (6 as a starter and 10 in relief) for the Detroit Tigers

in 1932.


Goldstein pitched well, having a 3-2 record and an ERA of

4.47. Goldstein also proved to be a strong hitter for a

pitcher.  He recorded 5 hits and 3 RBIs in 17 at bats for

a .294 batting average and .353 slugging percentage.


An article in the “Jewish Daily” in 2004 said the following

about Goldstein: “For young Jews, however, baseball is more

than statistics. Playing ball has been a conduit for blending

into the American mainstream.”  His life reflected

the American-Jewish experience: He was born in Russia,

worked in the Midwest and retired to Florida.  Izzy Goldstein

was 85 years old at the time of his death on September 24,

1993 in Delray Beach.


Goldstein was one of four players in major league history to

go by the name “Izzy.” The others are Izzy Hoffman (1904-

07), Izzy Leon (1945), and Izzy Molina (1996-2002).


He played at James Monroe High School with another famous

Jewish player, Hank Greenberg, and while both eventually

came to the Tigers, Greenberg was not in the majors in 1932

when Goldstein was. Goldstein was 2 1/2 years older than

Greenberg, but Greenberg made it first to the majors (for one

game in 1930).


I couldn’t find any pictures of Izzy, but rest assured he doesn’t

look like the mascot from the 1996 Atlanta Summer



 Izzy was the first mascot designed by computer. It was an amorphous abstract fantasy figure. It carried the name “Izzy”, derived from “What is it?” because no one seemed to know exactly what “Izzy” really was.


Let’s hope that our guys know who they are and that they know the meaning of amorphous.  I bet that Craig Breslow does!



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t on Friday or Saturday.  


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went a combined 1-for-9 this past Friday

and Saturday against the Braves, scored a run,

but struck out 6 times. His average fell

to .307.          


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning on

Saturday against my suddenly weak-hitting O’s,

giving up 2 singles and striking out one.  He lowered his ERA to 4.84.   


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch on Friday or Saturday.



John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning on

Saturday, earning his 9th hold of the year in the

Pirates victory over the Astros.  He lowered his

ERA to 4.19.  


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-3 in Saturday’s Rays win over

the Yankees.  He was lifted for pinch hitter Matt

Joyce in the 9th.  Gabe continues to be in a

major slump and lowered his weak

average to .169, which is still – as you may

know- way below the Mendoza Line! 


 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went a combined 1-for-8 on Friday

and Saturday, with his lone hit being a 3-

run homer (#15) on Friday when the

Rangers beat the Red Sox.  His three-run

homer on Friday boosted his road

average with runners in scoring position

to .350.  His average fell to .276.




Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch Friday or Saturday. 


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wifeMy prayers are with him. 


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

Youk went a combined 1-for-8, with an RBI and

a walk on Friday and Saturday against the

Rangers.  His average fell to .349.   



Friday’s Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler


Saturday’s Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  John Grabow



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