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Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

Posted on: June 2, 2008 9:37 am
 

Thanks to everyone who checked out my first blog entry and thanks for all the kind words.  I'll try to keep you interested and entertained.

Kudos to Manny Ramirez on his 500th and 501st career home runs over the weekend.  I think its safe to say that his ticket is punched for Cooperstown now.  At age 36, he still has another 3-4 productive years ahead of him I imagine.  By the time he hangs it up, he'll finish near 600 home runs and may surpass 2000 rbi.   That plus his lifetime .312 batting average and .408 OBP will probably place him among the 20 greatest players all time.

I have a decision to make by 12 noon tomorrow concerning my pitching staff on my fantasy team.  Its a points league and its also a keeper league and there is money involved.  Tomorrow Pedro Martinez comes off the disabled list.  I have him stashed in my injured reserve, but if I decide to activate him, I must drop on of my current 8 starters.  Four of those starters, Webb, Lackey, Volquez and Sheets I'll not even consider dropping.  My other four starters are Andy Pettitte, Andy Sonnanstine, Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester.   I will appreciate any feedback on who you feel I should drop or should I just drop Pedro?

Although home run production is down in MLB this season, there is a strong possibility that the record for most home runs by a second baseman in a season may fall by the way side this season.  The record belongs to Rogers Hornsby and Davey Johnson who each hit 42 in a season.  Ryne Sandberg hit 40 in 1990, making only 3 times that a second baseman has hit 40+ in a season.  This season Chase Utley already has 20 homers and is on pace to hit 55.  Dan Uggla has 16 homers and is on pace to hit 48.   So what do you think?  Will the record be broken?  And if so, who will be the man?

Did you know  that KC Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre is the son of former major league 2nd baseman and manager Jim Lefebvre?  Jim played for the Dodgers from 1965-1972 and was the NL Rookie of the year in 1965.  He went on to manage the Mariners in 89-91, the Cubs in 92 and 93 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997.

Here's a story you probably haven't heard... On April 2, 1931 in an exhibition in Chattanooga, TN, a pitcher named Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on six pitches.  You'd think that a pitcher capable of such a feat would have a great future in professional baseball, but the hurler who humiliated Ruth and Gehrig never made it to the big show.  You see, Jackie Mitchell was a girl.

Well thats if for this entry.   I may add some more tidbits later in the day but after loosing my material 3 times typing this entry, I'm posting it now.  

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Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2008 3:03 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

Since there's interest in the Jackie Mitchell story, here's what I've gleaned from Wikipedia.  She was actually signed to a AA contract with the Chattenooga Lookouts at age 17 to play baseball,  here is a brief story...

The New York Yankees and the Chatanooga Lookouts were scheduled to play an exhibition game in on , . Due to rain the game was postponed until the 2nd. Seventeen year old Jackie Mitchell, brought in to pitch in the first inning after the starting pitcher had given up a double and a single, faced Babe Ruth. After taking a ball, Ruth swung and missed at the next two pitches. Mitchell's fourth pitch to Ruth was a called third strike. Next up was Gehrig who swung through the first three pitches to strike out. Seventeen year old Jackie Mitchell had struck out two of the greatest hitters in baseball history using seven pitches and five swing throughs.

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A few days after striking out Ruth and Gehrig baseball commissioner voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game was "too strenuous". Mitchell continued to play professionally, barnstorming with the House of David, a men's team famous for their very long hair and long beards. She retired in 1937 at the age of 23 after becoming something of a side show - once being asked to pitch while riding a donkey. She refused to come out of retirement when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed. would formally ban the signing of women to contracts on , .



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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2008 2:27 pm
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Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2008 9:40 pm
 

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Thanks Hubie. Geeze I liked that guy. It was a pleasure to watch the game. I got MLB TV package so I can watch all games of both leagues. I some times think when I watch my Yanks geeze if I were an out of towner watching YES Michael Kay would make me sick. The Rangers Josh Lowen makes me feel like I'm back in grade school! Don't these guys realize they are calling a game to a much bigger audience than the home town? I dont get it. Oh well JMO............Casey



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2008 4:35 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

This might be too late... but I think I would have dropped Pettitte.. seems like most of your pitching is superb and he is on the shorter end of most of them.  The other 7 of your hurlers have much more potential than Pettitte.  Also, he was a bit shaky last night against the Twins.  He's not worth keeping.



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2008 2:01 am
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

You know I don't like the Sox, and am not big into Fantasy BB. But the story about the 2 babes (The Bambino & the other babe) is a classic. I'm going to ask it to my friends in the form of trivia (they'll be scratching their heads, thinking of the best pitchers of that era....lol).....



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2008 11:13 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

but miss the older guy no longer in the booth with Split. What happened to him, I really enjoyed his relaxed NON-Homer approach to the broadcasts.
I think Fred White is the guy you're talking about, who hubie mentioned


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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2008 9:45 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2008 9:10 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

casey - I've never had the good fortune of listening to the Royals broadcasts since I moved to Florida 16 years ago.  But man, were summers special before the Royals were on television, and I would listen to every game on the radio with Denny Matthews, Fred White, and our producer/engineer Ed Sheppard on the Royals Radio Network.

Denny was, and still is, an absolute treasure.  Fred White was a very underrated color man, I still don't know why he was replaced.  I did get to catch Splitt doing television the few times I get home, and he's pretty good.

Of course, that was back in the day when the Royals contended every year.  I still get a chuckle outta thinking that no matter what happened, Denny Matthews rarely got excited.  I remember when the Royals won in '85, I think Denny said something to the effect of "Royals win, they're the world champions."  Everyone else was going boinkers, and Denny was just as calm and collected as a cucumber.  That is what makes him such a special play-by-play man.

Man, good times.  I hope we have a few more of them before I become worm food.

And now, here's George Brett with a message about Guys Potato Chips.  :)

Peace,

Tom



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2008 8:56 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

Great blog, and i did not know bout Jackie Mitchell. Fantastic work kiddude......

Hey i would drop Pedro man...don't know how you would consider keeping him aboard. Would drop him. He is way too inconsistent and i would not trust it.

Concerning the Second Baseman stats, would go with Chase Utley at around 46...that is my thoughts and two cents.......

gonzagafan62




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2008 8:14 pm
 

Milestones, Fantasy Baseball and Other Tidbits

Hi Kid! Geeze tuff call but ya know what. I keep the kids and Andy and let Pedro go!!  I knew that about Lefebvre but miss the older guy no longer in the booth with Split. What happened to him, I really enjoyed his relaxed NON-Homer approach to the broadcasts. Sorry can't think of his name but noticed him missing this year when I go to a Royal game. Gotta go see ya later my friend............Casey


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