Tag:Joe DiMaggio
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 4:01 pm

On Deck: How about a Zito-Soriano swap?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Is 80-year-old Jack McKeon the answer for the Marlins? MLB.com's Tom Boorstein joins Scott Braun to talk about the Fish, Albert Pujols and more. Click on the video above to hear about it all.

TRADE IDEA: There's an old saying that you don't trade players, you trade contracts. And there are hardly two contracts worse than those belonging to Giants lefty Barry Zito and Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News suggests those two swap teams -- well, because it wouldn't hurt. Barry Zito would help out the Cubs' awful pitching, while Soriano would help the Gints' offensive worries. Soriano is paid through 2014, while Zito can be bought out before that season. The Giants would end up paying $7.75 million more in the deal, but Soriano is probably that much more valuable than Zito for them, considering the team's pitching depth.

Sure, both players have full no-trade clauses, so there's that, but it could happen. Baggarly notes he's just spitballing and that he hasn't heard anything about this kind of trade -- but it makes some sense. It's not totally unheard of for the Cubs, who made the bad contract swap with the Mariners before the 2010 season sending Milton Bradley to Seattle for Carlos Silva. It's an interesting thought, that's for sure.

MANAGING THROUGH PAIN: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was rushed to a Phoenix hospital Sunday morning where he passed a kidney stone before returning to Chase Field about two hours before the team's 8-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. [Chicago Tribune]

SPEEDY GONZALEZ: Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez legged out a triple Sunday for his 1,000th career hit. It was actually his third triple of the season, two more than Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. "I was telling Jacoby I have more triples than you do. What's going on?" Gonzalez told reporters after the game (via WEEI.com). "He just said, 'Hey, you're faster than me.'" And a better hitter. 

CLEAN PLAYS: Giants fans are sure to disagree, but Yankees catcher Russell Martin said the play in which Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena bowled into him on Saturday clean, and so was the hit that ended the season of Giants catcher Buster Posey. Martin said it's only a dirty play if the catcher is standing in front of the plate and the runner goes out of his way to hit him, which wasn't the case for Posey and the Marlins' Scott Cousins. [MLB.com]

WEBB STRUGGLES: Rangers right-hander Brandon Webb gave up six hits and four runs in two-thirds of an inning at Double-A Frisco on Sunday.

GOOD NEWS FOR Astros: An MRI revealed no structural damage in the elbow of right fielder Hunter Pence, who has a sprain in his left elbow. He is listed as day-to-day, but manager Brad Mills said he is "questionable" for the Astros' upcoming series against the Rangers. [Houston Chronicle]

NATS PLANS UNCHANGED: You may not have noticed the Washington Nationals are one of baseball's hottest teams, winning eight in a row before Sunday's loss and are now just 4 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Wild Card standings. That doesn't change Mike Rizzo's plans for the future. The biggest decision may be whether to deal starter Jason Marquis at the deadline. If the Nats go into another funk before the end of July, they'll likely deal him. [Washington Post]

GOOD IDEA: Orioles reliever Chris Jakubauskas picked up his first big league hit on Sunday and with that came his first play at the plate when third base coach John Russell waved him home on J.J. Hardy's double in the fifth inning. He was out by a mile. "My main thing was don't fall down, because when I hit third my legs got Jello-ey," Jakubauskas told MASNSports.com.

Mets HEALING: David Wright played catch and took ground balls on his knees Sunday and is expected to ride an exercise bike on Monday as he rehabs from a stress fracture in his lower back. He's expected to have more news after an evaluation later this week. Meanwhile, lefty Johan Santana is still long-tossing and hopes to return to the mound later this week. [Star-Ledger and ESPNNewYork.com]

SMOKELESS Rays: Tampa Bay will be wearing the uniform of the Tampa Smokers on July 2 for their yearly Turn Back the Clock game, but when they released the pictures of the jersey, the team isn't staying true to the team's old logo. The Rays are omitting the cigar pictured on the original jersey, which is just a shame. We all know smoking is bad for you, but if you're not going to actually want to show a cigar, you probably should honor a team called the "Smokers." [JoeRaysFan.com]

THE YANKEE STRIPPER: Need a gift idea for the Yankee fan who has everything? Well, how about a photo of a showering Joe DiMaggio?

A photo from a postage shower us up for auction at Lelands.com if you're interested in that sort of thing. [San Francisco Chronicle]

FATHERLY ADVICE: When the Blue Jays demoted Kyle Drabek to Triple-A, he made a call to his dad for some advice. That's a pretty good idea when your dad has 155 career victories and a Cy Young Award on his mantle. [The Canadian Press]

HEFTY BILL: I'm not sure how aware most casual fans are of this unwritten rule of baseball, but when a big league star has a rehab appearance at the minor-league level, the tradition is the big leaguer buys the postgame meal for the team. Zito says his four rehab starts have cost him $4,500. Somehow, I think he can afford it. [San Francisco Chronicle]

ANOTHER GOOD BAUTISTA FEATURE: Last week Jeff Passan of Yahoo! wrote a great feature looking at the backstory of Jose Bautista. This weekend the Toronto Star's Vinay Menon wrote another good look at the guy who may be baseball's best player right now.

ANOTHER FATHER'S DAY STORY: Former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu tells the Toronto Star about his father and grandfather, who were in a Japanese-American internment camp in California during World War II.

HARPER RESTS: Bryce Harper sat out his second consecutive game on Sunday, as the Nationals determined he needed to rest more than play at this point. The Hagerstown Suns had been eliminated from winning the South Atlantic League first-half title, so they gave Harper some time off. Harper finished his first half of professional ball hitting .330/.429/.586 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 227 at-bats. He will certainly play at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday and may then be promoted to high-Class A Potomac for the start of the second-half of the Carolina League season starting on Thursday. [Washington Post]

BAD TRAVEL DAY: Tacoma Rainers broadcaster Mike Curto has the details on the Triple-A team's rough travel day on Friday that saw the team get to the park at 6:45 p.m. for a game that was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

DOES BASEBALL NEED TO BE CHANGED?: The Los Angeles Times asked various people -- including a filmmaker, an actor, an artist and a physics professor -- about how to improve the game. Some of the suggestions are benign, some ridiculous and few give easy answers. But it's an interesting read, anyway.

VENTURA PAIN-FREE: There have been few baseball injuries as grotesque as the one former White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura suffered in a spring training game against Boston in 1997, when Ventura ran slid into Red Sox catcher Bill Haselman and then Ventura held his leg up with a dangling ankle. Today, he's pain-free after an ankle transplant. [Los Angeles Times]

PINGLESS: If you watched any of the College World Series this weekend, you noticed the ping of aluminum bats has been replaced by more of a thud sound. That's because college baseball changed to bats that perform more like wood this season. The results have been dramatic. [New York Times]

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:46 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 12:42 am

Ethier halfway to DiMaggio; streak at 28

Andre Ethier

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Dodgers' Andre Ethier has extended his hitting streak to 28 games -- halfway to Joe DiMaggio's record.

After being called out on strikes in the first and grounding out in the third inning against Cubs left-hander James Russell, Either stuck his bat out with two strikes for a little looper to short, which bounced off Starlin Castro's glove, scoring Jerry Sands from third.

It was clearly a hit, although with Castro's arm, a good play would have made it interesting. It was Ethier's only hit of the night, finishing 1 for 4, dropping his average to .374.

On the call, Vin Scully noted it's the fourth time Ethier has extended his streak on an infield single.

With it, he broke a tie for third for longest streak in Dodgers history with Duke Snider and Ducky Medwick. Zack Wheat hit in 29 straight games in 1916 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while Willie Davis holds the franchise record with 31 games.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 1:00 pm

Treasure trove of old baseball photos uncovered

By Evan Brunell

Thousands of unpublished photos by former Boston photographer Leslie Jones have been uncovered, and there are some baseball photos in the batch, including one of a gawky Ted Williams five days before his major-league debut.

“It’s just breathtaking to see Ted Williams literally just days before he’ll play his first major league game,’’ Mark Stang, a baseball historian from Tampa, told the Boston Globe. “But here he is, this skinny, kind of angle-y, gawky kid with a uniform that doesn’t fit him properly.’’

The Boston Public Library released 102 baseball-related photos Friday (none of Williams yet, sadly) and will roll out the rest of Jones' photos ranging from Amelia Earhart to Albert Einstein over the coming weeks until all 2,881 photos hit the web.

Here are five choice photos from the set, which can be viewed in full here:

Boston Red Sox shortstop/manager Joe Cronin, and Detroit Tigers catcher/manager Mickey Cochrane at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox shortstop/manager Joe Cronin having his eye attended to by team trainer Roland Logan after getting dust in his eye at the Harvard cage.

Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx and St. Louis Browns manager Rogers Hornsby crouching at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean shake hands prior to the start of the 1936 All-Star Game at Braves Field.

Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Dickey (all in civies) on dugout steps at Fenway Park.

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 3:16 pm

All-Star Game color barrier snapped in 1949

1949 All-Star Game In anticipation of the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim on Tuesday, July 13, the CBS Sports MLB Facts and Rumors blog looks back at some of the more memorable editions of the All-Star Game. Today looks at the 1949 All-Star Game.

Everyone knows the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Even though he won Rookie of the Year and improved in his sophomore season, however, it wasn't until 1949 that Robinson broke the color barrier in the All-Star Game. Robinson would go on to be named the MVP of the National League that season, finishing with 16 home runs, 12 triples, 37 stolen bases and a .342/.432/.528 line. He would eventually be named to six consecutive games.

Robinson wasn't alone in breaking the color barrier at the annual superstar game, however. Fellow Dodger Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe joined him in welcoming the All-Stars to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

Campanella was in his second season with the Dodgers behind the dish and named to the first of his eight consecutive games. While his first (out of three) MVP year was still two years in the future, the 27-year-old Campanella was having a fine 1949 with a .287/.385/.498 line. He was joined by Newcombe, who was enjoying a stellar campaign. Newcombe, like Robinson and Campanella, would also win an MVP, this time in 1956 along with a Cy Young Award. But back in 1949, he was in the middle of his Rookie of the Year campaign, winning 17 games while posting a 3.17 ERA in 244 1/3 innings.

Over on the American League's side, Larry Doby, who broke in later in the 1947 season to snap the color barrier in the AL, was also named to his first All-Star Game in 1949. He would finish '49 with a .280/.389/.468 line, slamming 24 home runs. His highest MVP finish was second in 1954 when he drilled 32 home runs and rapped in 126 RBI.

The AL would go on to thrash the NL 11-7, and Newcombe missed out on a chance to rack up more runs for the NL after hitting a liner when Ted Williams made a running catch with the bases loaded in the second inning. Joe DiMaggio, who was suffering a heel injury, hadn't played since June 28 (the game was held on July 12) and hadn't been elected by the fans, was crucial to the AL's victory by tallying a single, a double and three RBI. Asked why manager Lou Boudreau played DiMaggio, he simply replied "Joe DiMaggio is Joe DiMaggio." The victory pushed the AL to a 12-4 record in All-Star Games, as the NL was still years away from its run of dominance.

Jackie Robinson Robinson (pictured) went 1 for 4 with a walk, scoring three runs while batting second. Campanella did not start, but replaced Andy Seminick in the top of the fourth and was hitless in two at-bats but was intentionally walked in the bottom of the fifth to set up a force at first after Sid Gordon of the New York Giants doubled. Newcombe was saddled with the loss, entering the game with one out in the second inning. Warren Spahn left two runners on base for Newcombe, but the Dodger wiggled out of it. The AL finally got to Newcombe in the fourth, however, when Eddie Joost singled in George Kell and Williams with two out. At that point, the AL took the lead 6-4 and would not trail for the rest of the way.

Doby pinch ran for DiMaggio, who doubled in the sixth. Doby would bat in the seventh, grounding out to end the frame after the Junior Circuit scored three times.

No, there was no sexy play during the game that makes it stand the test of time, but what does stand the test of time is what the game meant to racial relations in America. Even though Robinson snapped the color barrier two years past, the advent of racial equality was still far off, and to have four African-American ballplayers come together and represent baseball's best was and is an important event in not just baseball's history, but America's as well.

-- Evan Brunell

More All-Star memories -- 2002: The Tie; 1941: Teddy Ballagame's walk-off homer

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