Another slate of impressive games, including Josh Johnson’s bid for a no-hitter ending in the seventh inning, grand slams by John Buck and Neil Walker, and (while it wasn’t an opening day) the Royals winning on a game-ending homer, a Kilo Ka’aihue eruption of sorts. Even King Felix Hernandez tossed a five hit shutout.
The Injury List is Just Getting Started…
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was taken to the hospital on Friday to have an emergency appendectomy. Expect Holliday to miss at least two weeks, though some players have missed as many as five weeks healing from the surgery. [MLB]
Marlins slugger Mike Stanton, who missed much of the spring with a quadriceps injury, left the opener with tightness in his hamstring in the sixth inning. He might miss a few games as a precaution. [MLB]
Orioles starter Brian Matusz will go on the DL with a strain in his rib cage, after complaining about pain the left side of his back. Look for Zach Britton to get a few starts for the Orioles. [ESPN]
A San Francisco Giants fan was attacked in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium by two younger Dodgers fan. Bryan Stow, 42, a paramedic and father of two, is in a medically induced coma with swelling in his brain. Police are investigating, and the Dodgers are cooperating.
One of my favorite Baseball Prospectus writers, Will Carroll, will be giving injury updates as part of Sports Illustrated’s Fantasy Baseball coverage. I’m not sure what I thought Will would look like, but I was surprised to see his photo on the column header…
It was a Good Run…
On the heels of Jermaine Dye’s announcement that he is officially retiring, outfielder Randy Winn called it a career after 13 seasons. Winn was a walk-on baseball player and basketball player (with Steve Nash) at Santa Clara, drafted by the Marlins, and had a decent career as a fine defensive outfielder who could occasionally give you some pop with the bat. [FoxSports]
Grab a Beer and Start the Debate!
Joe Posnanski has a list of the 32 best players in baseball. I’ll have to check my numbers (if I ever get done with the NL). [SI]
Fox Sports writer Ken Rosenthal predicts that the end of Derek Jeter‘s career will go down ugly. [FoxSports]
My weekend post will be a quick look back at Bob Feller’s 1940 Opening Day no-hitter.
Those celebrating with cake, cards, or remembrances include:
Hughie Jennings (1869) – Orioles star, great infielder, Tigers manager and coach. Read his bio if you can find one…
Luke Appling (1907) – Old Aches and Pains, also remembered for hitting a homer in an old-timers game…
Bobby Avila (1924)
Billy Pierce (1927)
Don Sutton (1945) – Three Hall of Famers on this day
Reggie Smith (1945)
Billy Sample (1955)
Al Nipper (1959)
Pete Incaviglia (1964) – Hit the longest homer at Hoglund Maupin Stadium (University of Kansas) while at Oklahoma State… Ask Tom Hedrick about it.
Jon Lieber (1970)