Tagged: Jason Marquis

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 25, 2009

On this date in 1988 – The Orioles’ Cal Ripken, Jr. plays in

his 1,000th consecutive game, a 10-3 loss to Boston.

Ripken’s streak was the sixth-longest in major-league history

at that time.

I’m not sure that any of these guys have played in 1,000 total

games, but they are my guys, so let’s see how they did on

Wednesday, June 24.  


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the ChiSox


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4 in the Brewers win over the Twins

and raised his average to .319.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the the A’s loss to Giants.


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

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


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning, striking out two batters,

in the Pirates win over the Indians. He lowered his ERA to



Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays victory against the Phillies in a

World Series rematch.


Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, stole his 15th base and scored

one of the Rangers’s two runs in their victory over

the D-Backs. He lowered his average to .266. 


Ian has earned something to nosh on!



Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (9-5) had an awful start against the Angels throwing 88

pitches over 3 1/3 innings in the second-shortest of his 15

starts this season. Jason, who was trying to tie for the major

league lead in wins, retired only nine of the 21 batters he

faced and allowed eight runs, nine hits, including a homer to

Vlad Guerrero, and two walks on the way to raising his ERA

to 4.22.  For good measure he even was called for a balk!



“I couldn’t command my pitches, couldn’t make the

adjustment. I put my team behind the 8-ball,” Jason stated



Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the ChiSox win over the Dodgers.


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

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



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

Youk went 0-for-3, walked and scored a run in

the BoSox win over the Nats.  He lowered his

average to .313.



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  John Grabow




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!!! 


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 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 – June 9, 2009

On this date in 1973, Triple Crown Winner Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by an amazing 31 lengths.  This isn’t a baseball specific post, but since baseball has a Triple Crown and this was such an historic achievement, I’m leading with it.

This is one account of his 1 1/2 trip around the track:

Secretariat emerged from an inside post position in a field of only 5 runners. The break was clean and My Gallant got out the quickest with Sham up on the outside, and Secretariat at the rail. Seeing no one to block his path and interfere with him, Secretariat went right for the lead. He assumed command almost immediately after the start, and Sham went right up with him to pressure him. The two raced together around the first turn, then Secretariat drew away, and continued drawing away. By the mid-backstretch his lead was 10 lengths. By the far turn it was 12 lengths. Secretariat turned into the homestretch at least 20 lengths ahead of the others.Chick Anderson, who called the race that day, spoke the now immortal words “…but Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine… he’s a sixteenth of a mile ahead of the other horses!” And he continued to widen the margin. 22 lengths. 25 lengths. 28 lengths. At the wire, the official margin was an unbelieveable 31 lengths. Twice a Prince was far, far back in second place. There was no doubt about this finishing time – 2:24 flat – a new world record. 



 This picture shows how far back the other horses were!


 This picture shows jockey Ron Turcotte glancing back at the rest of field, 

This picture shows clearly why his nickname was Big Red.

Secretariat Horse Picture

Are there any possible Triple Crown winners in


the Minyan?  Maybe Ryan Braun, but it’s too


early to tell.



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers had the day off yesterday


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had the day off yesterday.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig earned his 6th hold of the year by working 1/3 of a

scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Twins.  Craig

lowered his ERA to 4.70.  


Craig earned a Chai 5 for getting another hold.



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott, who had won his previous three outings (5-1) lost for the first

time in nine starts

and allowed four runs

on seven hits (including

2 home runs) and two

walks in six innings of

work against the Blue

Jays. He also struck out

2 batters and saw his

ERA rise to 4.01.


“I didn’t feel like it was one of my better games.”

Feldman said, stating the obvious. “I tried to

hang in there as long as I could.”


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning, striking out one, in the

Pirates extra-inning loss to the Braves He lowered his ERA

to 3.96.


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe must have borrowed “Wonderboy”


for yesterday’s Rays loss to the Yankees because Gabe

actually hit a home run!!!! The homer, a 2-run shot off Andy

Pettitte, was Gabe’s first home run of the year and his first

since last Sept. 7, when he was playing for Milwaukee.  He

finished the game 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs to bring his total for the

year to just 7 RBIs. 

He actually raised his, below the Mendoza Line, average

to .173.



Gabe earned himself a pastrami sandwich at

Katz’s Deli for actually showing life with his

bat!!  Dig in bubula!!!




Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, with a walk in the Rangers win loss to the Blue Jays.  His average remained at .274.



Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (8-4) became the first NL pitcher with 8 victories when

he got the win by allowing two runs on 6 hits and a walk in 6

2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He struck out 4 batters

along the way and lowered his ERA to 3.98. He also leads

the league with five road victories, and has won four of his

last five starts overall.


Jason pitched for the Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, when he

won 42 games for them.


Here are some quotes about and from Jason, courtesy of the

AP and the Denver Post:

“I am proud of my record,” Marquis said. “My job is to

compete and give the team a chance to win. But I have had a

lot of help.”


“This is my fourth team so I’ve been through it enough to

control the emotions. But it still feels like I’m at home because

I played here for so long (St. Louis) and had good success.”


“He’s been brilliant. But I have seen this from him before,”

Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said.


Jason not only pitched well, he supported his cause by

singling and scoring in the 5th inning.  Below, he is

congratulated by Troy Tulowitski after scoring:



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 Sawx had the day off yesterday.


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Jason Marquis 



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 24, 2009


Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of

Barney Pelty (September 10, 1880May 24, 1939),

 who was a major league baseball pitcher known as “the

Yiddish Curver” because he was one of the first Jewish

baseball players in the American League.  Pelty was

proud of his Jewish heritage as indicated by his

nickname, and did not change his name or hide his

identity like some other Jewish players of the era.




His career ERA was 2.63, 60th-best of all pitchers in major league baseball, and through 2006 he ranks 71st in hits per 9 innings, and 48th in batters plunked.

He was one of the best Jewish pitchers in major league history, ranking first in career ERA (ahead of # 2 Sandy Koufax), 5th in wins (92), and 6th in strikeouts (693).

He was a workhorse for the St. Louis Browns, a member of their starting rotation from 1904, when he pitched 31 complete games and 301 innings, through 1911.

In 1904 he led the league in hit batsmen (20), and was 6th in wild pitches (9). In 1905 he was 14-14 with a 2.75 ERA, while the team’s other pitchers were a combined 40-85.

His peak year was 1906, when he went 16-11 with a 1.59 ERA (2nd in the AL). He also led the league in fewest hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (6.53) and lowest batting average (.206), and was 2nd in hit batsmen (19). He especially was dominant against the World Series champion 1906 White Sox, allowing one run in 32 innings. In one three-game series against Chicago, Pelty pitched every game, including a 0-0 tie in 10 innings. His 1.59 ERA is the lowest in the history of the Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise.

In 1907 he lost a league-high 21 games and hit a league-high 19 batters, while pitching 5 shutouts (6th best in the league) and 29 complete games (also 6th best).

In 1908, the right-hander improved to 7-4, 1.99 in a reduced role.

In 1909 he pitched 5 shutouts, 5th-best in the AL. He also was 10th-best in the league in fewest hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (7.13)

On June 11, 1912, he was purchased by the Washington Senators from the St. Louis Browns. He finished his career with the Senators that year.

He gave up 22 home runs in 1,908 innings in his career. He did not mind pitching inside, leading the league in hit batsmen in 1904 and 1907. While he gave up only 558 earned runs lifetime, errors by his teammates (and by him — he had 12 in 1906) let in nearly another 200 unearned runs lifetime.

Pelty pitched 22 career shutouts, but was shut out 32 times, including nine 1-0 defeats due to poor offensive support.


Yesterday, we a couple of modern day “Yiddish Curver” do well, so read on and you’ll see how they did!


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s extra-inning Dodgers win over the Angels. 


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .336.  However, Ryan made an errant throw in the 3rd inning, which eventually led to two Twins runs in their victory over the Brewers. 


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig’s second appearance in an A’s uniform didn’t go quite as well as his first one as he was the losing pitcher in yesterday’s D-Backs extra-inning victory over the A’s.  He pitched a scoreless 10th inning and allowed the leadoff hitter to single in the 11th, but got him on a fielder’s choice.  He was then relieved by Santiago Casilla, who allowed that runner and two others to score.

Craig’s record fell to 1-3 and his ERA actually fell to 5.94.


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott pitched a season-high 6 and 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks.  All three runs scored on home runs. He also struck out 5 batters.  


His effort impressed Astros manager Cecil Cooper, who said, “His command was much better. The last time we faced him, we beat him up pretty good.”


Scott was also featured in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated as one of the athletes asked to answer questions for “The Pop Culture Grid,” where he said the animal that he most resembles is a Labrador retriever! Here’s a comparison:





John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Pirates loss to the ChiSox. 


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-2, with a walk in yesterday’s Rays victory over the Fish.  His average fell to .190.  New picture of Mario Mendoza below!



Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian got a day off for the first time this season after slumping for the last week.    


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits, and a walk and struck out four in 7 and 2/3 innings to win his second straight start. He threw 103 pitches to the Tigers before coming out of the game.

“I had to battle through some things early, but I felt like I cruising from about the fourth inning on,” Marquis said. “I had my good fastball tonight and I was able to keep it down in the zone.”

“He didn’t give us much of a chance tonight,” Tigers 3B Brandon Inge said. “That was the key tonight, he just shut us down.”


Jason gets a Chai 5 for the win!



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 drove in both of Boston’s runs the BoSox loss to Mets. His average fell to slightly to .388.

Youk has earned a Chai 5 for that effort!




Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman