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Daily Minyan – July 19, 2009

On this date in 1909, Cleveland shortstop Cornelius “Neal” Ball pulled off the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history against the Boston Red Sox. In the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, while playing shortstop, he caught a line drive hit by the Sox’s Amby McConnell. He then stepped on second base to double up Heinie Wagner, and tagged out the Sox runner, Jake Stahl, who was going from 1st to 2nd, thus completing Major League baseball’s very first Unassisted Triple Play. He also recorded 9 putouts in the game at his position, which set a record for shortstops. To date, there has only been 10 more unassisted triples plays in the Major Leagues since his feat.

 

 

His glove from that game is on exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

In 1907, Ball was signed by the New York Highlanders (Yankees), for whom he played two seasons. Midway through the 1909 season, he was traded to the Cleveland Naps (Indians). During the 1912 season, he joined the Boston Red Sox, for whom his final game was played June 30, 1913.

From 1913 to 1923, he was affiliated with 6 minor league baseball teams as a player and manager.

 

So, how did our guys do??  The relievers were like

 

butter!!!

 

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers win over the Astros on Saturday.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Brauny didn’t play in Saturday’s game against the Reds as a result of the sore thumb he received on Friday when he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of he Reds’ 4-0 win Friday night. The ball hit Brauny in the left forearm and deflected across his hands, catching his right thumb. X-rays on Saturday found no fracture.     

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a perfect 8th inning on Saturday against the Angels by striking out the side!!!!  Way to go Craig!!!!  That stellar effort lowered his ERA to 4.25 and makes 2 clutch relief performances in a row!!!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had his three-game winning streak snapped. He gave up three runs, five hits and struck out five over six innings. Although he didn’t pick up the win, that’s now five straight quality starts for Scott, who is 3-1 over those five games. His record fell to 8-3 and his ERA rose to 3.87. 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless eighth inning and earned his 16th hold of the year in the Pirates 2-0 victory over Giants on Saturday.  He struck out one batter and lowered his ERA to 3.24.

John has earned a Chai 5 and an Iron City Beer for his pitching.

  

                 

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch ran for Willie Aybar in the eighth inning of the Rays win over the Royals on Saturday.  He came around to score on B.J. Upton’s single and stayed in the game as the right fielder. 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4 in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Saturday. His average remained at .249.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies loss to the Padres on Saturday.

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the Chisox win over my O’s on Saturday.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t in the D-backs win over the Cards on Saturday. 

           

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

Youk went 1-for-4 on Saturday against the Blue Jays and struck out twice. And in a shocking development, he didn’t walk!  He lowered his average a point to .299.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Craig Breslow

                       

 

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

4.09.

                   

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

obviously.

 

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

Rangers   

           

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 18, 2009

On June 18, 1938, Babe Ruth is signed as a Brooklyn

Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for

batting demonstrations the following day.  It was a well-

known fact that Babe wanted to manage the Yankees and he

took the Dodgers’ job in an attempt to gain a managing job,

which ultimately proved fruitless.

 

Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame performance.   

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers’ loss to the A’s on

Wednesday. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, hitting his 15th double, driving in a run and

scoring two in the Brewers extra-inning victory over the

Indians on Wednesday.   His average increased to .321. 

Ryan left in the 8th inning with lower back tightness.

  

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig somehow earned his 7th hold of the year, in spite of

giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in his 1/3 of an inning of work in

the A’s win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.  He faced 3

batters, with the first 2 – who eventually scored – reaching

base on a walk and an error.  This effort raised his ERA to

4.81.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

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

Astros

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched 2 scoreless innings and earned his 12th hold in

the Pirates win over the Twins on Wednesday.  He wasn’t as

effective as usual and walked 3 batters and gave up a hit in

his 2 innings of work.  He got out of a based-loaded jam in

the 7th inning, but only faced 3 batters in the 8th inning. His

effort reduced his ERA to 3.48.

            

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit in the 9th inning on Wednesday and ground out

to third.  That lowered his average to .225. 

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian had a very busy and productive day for the

Rangers in their extra-inning victory over the

Astros on Wednesday, where he scored the

winning run! 

 

He went 2-for-4, hit his 14th double, stole bases

#12 and #13, hit a sac fly, drove in a run and

scored twice, with the last one being the game

winner.  And for good measure, he took part

in a double play.  His exciting day raised his

average to .271.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the

Rays on Wednesday. 

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning Wednesday in his 2nd

game back in the D-Backs win over the Royals.  It’s nice to

see that he has returned to his former level of

effectiveness.  This lowered his ERA to 2.25.

 

Scott has earned a Chai 5:

 

             

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

Youk had an uncharacteristically bad day on

Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts

to lower his average to .322.  He also left 5

BoSox on base!! 

                              

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 11, 2009

According to a couple of published reports, ABC approached

Macher of the Day Ryan Braun about being on “The Bachelor.” 

Thankfully, Ryan turned them down, so we don’t have to be

faced with images like this!! 

 


braun bachelor.jpgLet’s see if any of our guys deserves a rose for their

performance yesterday.  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

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

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-2, hit his 12th double of the year, drove in his

39th RBI, scored a run, walked twice and stole his 4th base

in the Brewers loss to the Rockies.  He was a busy boychik!!

 

Ryan was on fire!!

 

His average rose to .311.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning the A’s loss to the

Twins. He lowered his ERA to 4.56.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

The Rangers’ game with the Blue Jays was postponed by

rain. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched 2 scoreless innings in the Pirates win over the

Braves and earned his 10th hold of the year.  He struck out 2

and lowered his ERA to 3.67. John has been the main setup

man for the Pirates for most of the year and except for a

small stretch has been very effective in that role.

 

John has earned another Chai 5!  

 

              

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays’ win over the the Angels

Angels of Anaheim.

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers game with the Blue Jays was postponed by rain.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Brewers.  

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

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

                 

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

Youk went 1-for-4, and hit a 2-run homer (#10)

and walked in the BoSox victory over the Yanks

on Tuesday.   His average fell to .350.

 

 

                             

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun 

 

 

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 – 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

Olympics!

 

 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