Our first full week is over – and if the playoffs were to start now, you’d have Detroit facing either San Francisco or the Marlins… Ony one team is really struggling right now, and that’s the 2 – 7 Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ll turn it around some. I hope.
Derek Jeter got two hits yesterday, moving him past Paul Molitor into eighth on the all-time hit list. #7 on the list is Carl Yasztremski, with 3419 hits – or about four months worth of hits from now. [ESPN]
Bobby Parnell, Mets closer, decided to have Tommy John surgery and hopes to be back for 2015. [ESPN]
Yasiel Puig has a strained ligament in his right thumb and will miss a few games. Fortunately, the Dodgers have a lot of good outfielders… [SI]
Josh Beckett pitched a full bullpen session, throwing all of his pitches, on Sunday and could be available to pitch at some point this week. [MLB]
Off to Rehab…
The Cleveland Indians traded lefty pitcher Colt Hynes to Los Angeles for righty pitcher Duke von Schamann. Hynes made it to the majors with San Diego last year, but isn’t really a prospect (he’s almost 29). von Schamann might have been considered a prospect after 2012, but right now his only value is that he is younger than Hynes.
Both went to Texas Tech.
(1873) John McGraw – a fine third baseman and the first great manager of the National League in the last century.
(1884) Jake Daubert
(1918) Bobby Doerr
(1942) Tom Phoebus
Tom Phoebus came up with the Orioles and threw complete game shutouts in his first two starts. His arm went lame in a couple of years and he became sort of a baseball nomad.
(1944) Bill Stoneman
Stoneman wasn’t a half bad pitcher – threw the first no-hitter in Expos history.
(1969) Ricky Bones
(1973) Brett Tomko
(1975) Ron Belliard
(1979) Adrian Beltre – I think he’s a Hall of Famer. You?
(1967) James “Shanty” Hogan
Hogan was a big catcher (6′ 1″ – 240 and sometimes much more) for the Braves, Giants, and Senators in the 20s and 30s. As a hitter, he was similar to Ron Hassey – but with slightly better receiving and throwing skills.
He was considered a top prospect for the Braves when the Giants surprised everyone and traded away Rogers Hornsby to the Braves for Hogan and outfielder Jimmy Welsh. Hogan helped the Giants pitching staff – they regularly had the lowest ERAs in the league – and was the first catcher to start three double plays in a game. As he got larger, though, Hogan’s career came to an end…
(2005) Bob Kennedy – a baseball lifer.
The Brewers open their new history in 1970 by losing to the California Angels, 12 – 0. Ouch.
The Toronto Blue Jays begin their baseball life with a 9 – 5 win over the Chicago White Sox despite occasional snow flurries. Doug Ault homers twice and Al Woods hits a pinch-hit homer for the win.
Ken Forsch throws a no-hitter against the Braves in 1979, joining his brother, Bob, as the only brothers to toss no-hitters.
Jack Morris tosses a no-hitter against the White Sox in 1984 – I remember watching that game. The Sox had nothing that day… It was the first sign that the 1984 season would be great for the Tigers.