Monthly Archives: February 2013

WBC 2013 ~ Final Rosters Include MVP’s & All Stars

wbc rosterThe final rosters for the World Baseball Classic include 45 of Major League Baseball’s “cream of the crop”.  Among those listed are Miguel Cabrera, 2012 American League Triple Crown winner and Most Valuable Players Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins, Miguel Tejada and Joey Votto. 

Here’s a list of those 45 MLB players along with the country they’ll be suited up for:

JOEY VOTTO
CANADA
JUSTIN MORNEAU
CANADA
RUSSELL MARTIN
CANADA
 
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 Red = Duplicates
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
HANLEY RAMIREZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE REYES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE VALVERDE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MIGUEL TEJADA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
NELSON CRUZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ROBINSON CANO
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 
 
ADRIAN GONZALEZ
MEXICO
YOVANI GALLARDO
MEXICO
 
 
ANDRUW JONES
NETHERLANDS
 
 
ALEX RIOS
PUERTO RICO
CARLOS BELTRAN
PUERTO RICO
JAVIER VAZQUEZ
PUERTO RICO
YADIER MOLINA
PUERTO RICO
 
 
ADAM JONES
USA
BEN ZOBRIST
USA
BRANDON PHILLIPS
USA
CHRIS PEREZ
USA
CRAIG KIMBREL
USA
DAVID WRIGHT
USA
GIANCARLO STANTON
USA
GIO GONZALEZ
USA
HEATH BELL
USA
JIMMY ROLLINS
USA
JOEY MAUER
USA
MARK TEIXEIRA
USA
R A DICKEY
USA
RYAN BRAUN
USA
RYAN VOGELSONG
USA
SHANE VICTORINO
USA
 
 
ASDRUBAL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
CARLOS GONZALEZ
VENEZUELA
CARLOS ZAMBRANO
VENEZUELA
ELVIS ANDRUS
VENEZUELA
FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ
VENEZUELA
MARTIN PRADO
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL MONTERO
VENEZUELA
OMAR INFANTE
VENEZUELA
PABLO SANDOVAL
VENEZUELA
RAMON HERNANDEZ
VENEZUELA

Baseball and Social Media ~ How Does Your Team Rate?

According to this chart, Facebook  fans favor the American League over the National League by 53% to 47%, which is probably about the same as ESPN and MLB.com, at least in this blogger’s opinion.  Keep in mind the chart is for 2012 and may have changed since the October post-season.

Infographic by Adam Cornille, Data Visualization Analyst

Infographic by Adam Cornille, Data Visualization Analyst

I found this great infographic on NJ Biblio’s blog.  Looking at the results I had to go to  the original source of the material, “Banyan Branch“, to see where these guys are from, since their second most favorite tweets were listed as belonging to the Seattle Mariners, a surprise to me.  And sure enough, the Banyan fellows are based in Seattle.  I doubt the chart is skewed toward Seattle because of a bias, but more than likely it’s because of the high-tech industries and rather sophisticated yuppies fast associated with the area.  Good job guys!

garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note: “If Obama can schedule out a World Series first pitch, he will join Franklin Roosevelt as the only other president to have ever thrown out an Opening Day, All-Star game and World Series first pitch.

If I were Obama, I’d figure out a way to make it happen.” Courtesy ~ “The Unbiased MLB Fan”

Originally posted on The Unbiased MLB Fan:

With today being President’s Day, I thought I’d commemorate the occasion by putting a baseball spin onto things, and covering an abbreviated history of United States Presidents who have thrown out a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

TAFT

The inaugural presidential first pitch came back on April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft (seen above) threw out the first pitch to Walter Johnson, on Opening Day for the Washington Senators, at National Park. Taft did so from his seat in the stands, not the pitchers mound, as would be the tradition for many years to follow.

Since Taft, every president has thrown out at least one ceremonial first pitch, with Franklin Roosevelt having thrown out the most first pitches, with eleven. Roosevelt also holds the distinction of being the first president to throw out the first pitch of an All-Star game.

Every president that has thrown out a first pitch has…

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Catching the Nubious Knuckleball!

garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note: I never could figure out why there was such a fuss about that crazy knuckleball. It only took one look at this video and I got it! Whew ….. that a pitcher could continually throw such a pitch is amazing! That a catcher could catch it? Phenomenal ~  

Reblogged from: A Year of Baseball

Originally posted on Endless Summer:

I came across this picture on the internet a couple weeks ago. Love it. I love the way the catcher is doing the best he can back there to catch it. Barely any spin on that pitch, and it dances up to the plate.

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It reminds me of Jim Bouton and his book Ball Four – one of the books I plan on picking up this spring. In fact, I should start it soon, as I believe the book starts in spring training, 1969.

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garlicfriesandbaseball:

scales of justice 2GFBB Note: Craig Calcaterra who penned this post is a lawyer and has some really interesting comments on this case. Example: “…..the fact is, Bonds was asked a yes or no question and he answered “no.   And ” It is not the job of the criminal justice system to punish an evasive or non-responsive witness”.  If you’ve been following this case you’ll like this article.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Barry Bonds lawyers will head into court today to argue his appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction today. There will be no decision today because that’s not how appellate courts roll, but when you read the Bonds headlines later, that’s what it’s about.

To review: Bonds was acquitted on all counts of perjury, but convicted for obstruction of justice. The basis for that conviction: a rambling answer to a question about whether anyone besides team doctors ever injected him with anything. His initial answer was something incoherent about being a “celebrity child.” Prosecutors and the jury say that that answer was “intentionally false, misleading and evasive.”

What no one ever seems to mention, though, is that Bonds actually answered the question:

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As I’ve said before: maybe that “no” is lie. Probably is in fact. But the jury didn’t agree, acquitting him on that very question with respect to the perjury…

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garlicfriesandbaseball:

The World Baseball Classic is less than a month away and here’s everything you might ever need to know about the event.  Remember, AT&T Park in San Francisco is hosting the Finals, March 17, 18, 19.

Originally posted on The Baseball Continuum:

If you don’t want to read the WBC Q&A posts one by one, feel free to go below the jump to see the whole thing. In addition, don’t forget that Joe Connor’s WBC Guide remains on sale.

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garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note: From the looks of Mr. Hill in flight, I’m betting he might just be worth the money. We’ll keep an eye on him.

Originally posted on AARON HILL’S NOTEBOOK:

Hill in action

Hill in action

Sadly I am not the Aaron Hill who is slated to be paid $35 million for the next three years. There is some debate whether or not Mr. Hill is worth the money.

AJH

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SF Giants Fan Fest 2013 ~ AT&T Park

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Thousands of San Francisco Giants fans decked out in orange and black showed up for the 2013 Fan Fest this year at AT&T Park.   I’m posting my own photo’s along with a smathering of those from the San Jose Mercury News.  Maybe you’ll spot yourself in one.  A special thank you for those who so kindly allowed me to get a quick snapshot – usually because of something that really struck my fancy, like the “Kings Wear Rings” guy with the big smile  or the guy with the great “Giants Know October” shirt.  Giants fans are great and so much fun to be around, especially when it’s beautiful weather, not a cloud in the sky, and smiles everywhere!  I can’t honestly think of a  better place to be on a beautiful sunny day  than at AT&T Park.  And the Giants players gave so much of themselves with the interviews, autographs and just taking the time to stop and chat with their fans.  Whatta great bunch of guys we have here!   And that’s exactly what you’d expect from the reigning World Champions and the best fans in all of baseball.

GFBB Update:  The Giants have estimated nearly 40,000 in attendance at this year’s Fan Fest.  See more Photo’s on the MLB Blog Website.

 

“The Commercial That Mattered”

Dodge Ram gave us an academy award-winning performance with their Super Bowl ad this year.  I was wondering how I could tie this into a baseball story when I remembered  an incident at AT&T Park a few years ago.   I was sitting in the stands,  anxiously awaiting the start of a SF Giants game,when I heard some fans behind me chatting about the new pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.  It went something like this,  “Yah, he doesn’t belong here.  He belongs back on the farm.   I heard he gave his wife a cow (actually it was a prize bull calf)  for their wedding present”.  This was following by hysterical laughter and hoots and hollers from the enthusiastic, but misguided, fans.   The little incident would have probably ruined the game for me, but Bumgarner pitched a masterpiece and he spoke for himself, saving me from having to turn around and give them my two cents worth.

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner

So I’m wondering how many other pro baseball players lives began down on the farm.  I can tell you emphatically there were a lot of them, these young kids from the midwest farms and others who grew up with that sense of hard work, physical discipline with a sense of community.  It wasn’t all about them, it was about getting a job done.  And it still is.   I remember listening to an interview with Bumgarner before he pitched his first World Series Game.  When asked if he was nervous and whether this was the most exciting thing he’d ever been through, Bum answered with that slow southern drawl, something like “Well, I dunno.  I pitched in the high school world series and I did okay there.  I was pretty nervous then and I don’t see how it can be any worse pitching here today.”  In other words, in his mind, he didn’t see any difference in pitching in high school or the World Series.  In his mind he had a job to do.  That was it.   Don’t you just love it?

I started researching on-line to see how many farmers I could come up with and immediately found Sergio Romo, the SF Giants reliever who aced this year’s World Series.   The title of the article was “In Sergio Romo’s Small Hometown, No. 1 Crop is Pro Baseball Players“, and it was written by Valerie Hamilton, California Report.   Here’s an excerpt:

“Brawley would be probably like a slightly bigger version of Mayberry, although not quite as nice,” says Rudy Seanez, who pitched in the major leagues for 17 years, ending in 2008. Like Romo, he grew up in Brawley. So did Alan Fowlkes, who pitched for the 1982 Giants. And so did Sid Monge, who pitched in the 1970s and 80s. It turns out Brawley’s sugar beets and melons have some competition for the town’s top-produced crop. The town, and the Imperial Valley around it, have sent more than 20 players to the major and minor leagues.

I didn’t spend any more time looking for baseball farmers.  I was satisfied that my instincts were justified, but it’s definitely a subject for another blog.   Don’t you just wonder what the percentage of those old-time ball players born down on the farm might be?  I imagine the numbers are staggering, huge!   

Clydesdales down on the farm

Clydesdales down on the farm

Thank you Dodge Ram for giving us the best Super Bowl advertisement we’ve seen in a long time.  It goes really well with the Budweiser  “Clydesdales”, because, after all, what could be more down on the farm than that?

“42″ The Movie Trailer ~ Video

Maybe this should be named “The Jackie Robinson Story”.  I loved this trailer, watched it several times and can’t wait to see the movie which premiers on April 12, 2013.