Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Baseball makes the cover of SI this week, and that's always a good thing.
Peter Edward Rose was a great ballplayer on the field, but his off the field gambling, even on his own beloved home town Cincinnati Reds, has banned him for life from big league baseball, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Steroid abuse has caused much more harm to baseball than Pete Rose, and that's plain sad.
Pete Rose may not get in the HOF, but he sure belongs their over any steroids/HGH user..period.
I will definitely have to pick up a copy of this issue.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday of former big league catcher Moe Berg.
Moe Berg was born on March 2nd, 1902, in New York, NY, played college baseball at Princeton, and made his big league debut on June 27th, 1921, with the Brooklyn Robins.
Moe played in 663 big league games in 15 years, with the Robins, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, and Boston Red Sox.
Moe's 441 career base hits and .243 lifetime batting average aren't stats of legend, but the legend that is Moe Berg is, of course, more than the stats in a box score.
Years after he played his final game, it was revealed that Moe was more than just a ballplayer.
Moe Berg, along with hundreds other big league players, played exhibition games in Japan to make extra money in the off season.
As he traveled and played baseball overseas in the Far East, Moe Berg took a lot of snapshots of his fellow ballplayers, ballparks, and Japanese culture.
He took thousands of photos, many non baseball pictures as well.
His teammates never really knew why Moe was so interested in snapping so many shots of the Japanese landacape, instead of hanging out with the other players.
Moe Berg, who played in Ebbets Field, Shibe Park, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Navin Field, Comiskey Park, was secretly a spy for America, the good old USA.
Japan and America were having not so good relations in the 1930's, and many feared war was coming.
Moe Berg was enlisted secretly to use his ball playing trips to Japan to snap pictures anywhere, and everywhere he could, to help the US in case of aggression by the Japanese.
It took a special person to do what Moe Berg did, to play baseball, have a family, travel overseas, be a baseball playing ambassador, smile, make friends, take lots of pictures, all while knowing he may be caught spying.
Moe Berg passed away on May 5th, 1972, in Bellville, New Jersey, at the age of 70.
Today we salute a true American hero, and say Happy Baseball Birthday to Moe Berg.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday to former Jacksonville Suns catcher Kyle Skipworth.
Kyle Trent Skipworth was born on March 1st, 1990, in Riverside, California.
Kyle was the Florida Marlins 1st round pick, the 6th overall choice, in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
After playing in a brief two games for the Suns in 2010, Skipworth was a mainstay behind the plate for the Suns in 2011 and 2012.
In 2011 Kyle appeared in 106 games for Jacksonville, collecting 82 base hits, smacking 11 home runs with 49 RBI in 396 at bats.
In 2012, Kyle appeared in 116 games for the Suns, smashing 91 base hits, with 21 home runs and 63 RBI, in 420 at bats.
Kyle moved up in the Marilns chain in 2013, making his big league debut at age 23, on April 10, 2013.
After appearing in 4 games for the Marlins, Kyle played for New Orleans in the Pacific Coast League.
In 73 games played in 2013, Skipworth collected 45 hits, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI I. 239 at bats.
Happy Baseball Birthday Kyle!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
This baseball season the Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, will wear a special home Saturday ballcap with a piece of bacon as the Iron Pigs logo on the front of the cap.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Former Detroit Tigers World Series MVP Alan Trammell is today's Happy Baseball Birthday boy.
Trammell turns 56 today, and has the priviledge of sharing a birthday week with yours truly.
Trammell was born on February 21, 1958, in Garden Grove, California.
In 1976 the Tigers drafted Trammell in the 2nd rd. of the amateur draft, out of Kearney High School in San Diego.
After a couple of years in the minors, including a championship with Montgomery of the Southern League, Trammell made his big league debut on September 9th, 1977, at Fenway Park in Boston.
In 20 years in the big leagues, all with Detroit, Trammell appeared in 2,293 games, with 9, 376 plate appearances, 8,288 at bats, collecting 2, 365 base hits.
All those base knocks included 55 triples, 412 doubles, and 185 Home Runs.
Trammell drove in 1,003 base runners wearing the Olde English Tiger D, was a 6 time American League All-Star, won 3 Silver Slugger Awards, and 4 Gold Gloves.
It all came together for Trammell and the Tigers in 1984.
The Tigers won the American League East Division in '84, beat the Kansas City Royals for the A.L. Pennant, and hammered the San Diego Padres in 5 games to become World Series Champions.
Trammell was the WS Most Valuable Player in 1984, batting .450, with 9 hits, 2 HRs, and 6 RBI.
In 1987 I visited my Uncle Bob in Maryland, and got to on see a Tigers-Orioles game at old Memorial Stadium.
Alan Trammell hit a 3-run HR that night in a Tigers victory.●●●
Alan Trammell was the best shortstop in the American League for 10 years, and yes, I know who Cal Ripken and Tony Fernandez are.
After he retired, the Tigers named Trammell the team's roving hitting instructor, and in 2003 Trammell became the Tigers manager.
Trammell was the Tigers manager in 2004, and I was able to see the 1984 WS Champions celebration during a weekend sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Eric Munson hit a walk off HR that landed in the grass above the center field fence, and on Sunday the Tigers walked off again on a Carlos Pena Grand Slam.●●●
Alan Trammell became a bench coach with the Cubs after being let go by the Tigers, and is currently a coach with his Tigers teammate, D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson, in Arizona.
Alan Trammell was voted by Tigers fans as the teams #1 All-Time Shortstop in 1999.
The Tigers, as usual, have failed to retire Trammell's #3, as well as the #1 of his longtime teammate Lou Whitaker.
Trammell and Whitaker played in a MLB record 1,918 games together...they were, in fact.. Trammakker.., and the two turned more double plays than any SS-2B combo in baseball history.
Both Tram and Sweet Lou's numbers are being worn again, #1 by shortstop Jose Iglesias, and #3 by second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Happy Birthday to #3, the greatest shortstop in Detroit Tigers history.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Just saw this special patch that the New York Mets will wear on their uniform sleeves in 2014 in honor of the late Mets player and announcer, Ralph Kiner, who passed away on February 6th, at the age of 91.
The patch pretty much says it all about the Mets and their beloved announcer.