Archive for May 2008

Ron Wright plays for San Diego?

May 31, 2008

No, he’s actually on his way to becoming a pharmacist, but the Padres’ Kevin Kouzmanoff had a day that came close to being as notable as the only game Ron Wright played in. Ron Wright grounded into a triple play, a double, and struck out in his only three major league plate appearances. A stat worth noting, he grounded into this triple play three at-bats into his career, the lowest total in history. He was then sent down and never returned to the bigs. He is now pursuing a more academic future in pharmacy school. Kouzmanoff was close to matching this feat though, grounding into a 5-4-3 triple play (my goodness he is slow), a double play, and making four other outs, giving him an 0-6 performance. 9 outs came from Kouzmanoff’s bat. That’s one go around through Cleveland’s lineup (Tigers 4th place and climbing…).

San Diego did manage to win the game 7-3 in 13 innings. Kouzmanoff had a suck day, but he’s having a (slightly) above average season at a .268 BA with 8 home runs. Awful K/BB ratio (.15) though. San Diego still got the best of the deal with the Indians that sent 2B Josh Barfield (lost the job to Asdrubal Cabrera) and P Andrew Brown, who is putting up real solid numbers in a relief role in Oakland (2.45 ERA, 18.3 IP). Still, advantage goes to San Diego.

On the rise

May 28, 2008

Looking at Baseball America’s list of top 100 prospects they compiled in February. They are still pretty right on, but they definitely threw us no-brainers.

1. OF Jay Bruce-Cincinnati Reds

Jay Bruce made his big league debut on May 27 and he looked great. The 21 year old outfielder went 3-3 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 2 BB, and a stolen base. He absolutely smoked a double inches from the right field fence and also showed he can go to opposite field. Overall, an excellent debut for Jay Bruce. 1B Joey Votto is ranked at 44th and is having a good season with .273 with 10 home runs. Still waiting on RHP Homer Bailey who is ranked 9th. His ERA at AAA Louisville is over 4.00, but he was the top prospect listed by BBA for three years before he was surpassed by jay Bruce. (I listed a few Reds in here because there are too many promising young Reds.)

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Shit, can you believe a double?

May 27, 2008

The plethora of botched home run calls lately, and ESPN’s dumb sensationalism of it has led us to bring back one of our favorite youtube videos of all time, with Bronson Arroyo, just in time for the day after Memorial Day.

Jim Bowden relives mediocrity of 1998, signs Pokey Reese

May 25, 2008

lolJimBowden

Believe me, the late 1990s/early 2000s Reds had some good times, and some bad times, like going to the playoffs in Barry Larkin’s MVP year, losing that one-game playoff series against the Mets after not getting the Wild Card by getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, Deion Sanders, Pete Rose Jr., Alex Ochoa, Deion Sanders again, and Greg Vaughn, Now, Nationals GM and ex-Reds GM Jim Bowden is trying to get every ex-Red possible from this era. Last night, just in time for Memorial Weekend, Jim Bowden signed Pokey Reese, to probably hang out with his boys Dmitri Young, Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge.

Others that Bowden has signed from the 1998-2003 Reds

Dmitri Young
Wily Mo Pena
Austin Kearns (trade from Cincy)
Felipe Lopez (trade from Cincy)
Ryan Wagner (trade from Cincy)
Bret Boone
Aaron Boone
Hector Carrasco
Barry Larkin (front office)
Lenny Harris (hitting coach)
Bob Boone (ex-manager for Reds)
Jose Guillen (former)
Brandon Watson (former)

A lot of other players in the minors.

Makes it so predictable who Jim Bowden will sign next.

Deion Sanders!

Jamie D’Antona ripping up AAA

May 24, 2008

No, not this AAA, no one can ever rip that dude up, whoever he is.

Jamie D’Antona, a 26-year old player that plays third base, first base, and emergency catcher for Tuscon in the Diamondbacks organization is hitting .420/.448/.650 so far this year, and his hot start could very well earn him a callup to the Majors, his first callup. He was drafted in 2003. He hit .308 last year, and although the Pacific Coast League is a definite slugger’s league, leading that league in batting average will help your cause quite a bit. What hasn’t helped him is his defense, which is suspect, and with Augie Ojeda, Chris Burke, Robby Hammock/Miguel Montero and others with superior defense, D’Antona isn’t needed at this point of the season. But if the D’Backs need a pinch hitter if someone like Jeff Salazar goes down, they know who to go to.

Micah Hoffpauir called up

May 24, 2008

..and went 2-4 against the Astros, and 1-2 against the Pirates.
I think this is why the Cubs will win the Central, due to their deep bench, Geovany Soto, and not having that clubhouse cancer Jacque Jones.

John Odom is 655 times better than Jason LaRue

May 23, 2008

I think the independent leagues exist solely for ridiculous things like this. John Odom, formerly of the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League, was traded to the Laredo Tigers of United League Baseball. In exchange, Calgary didn’t ask for a player-they asked for 10 maple bats. The 10 maple bats cost $65.50 each, so this makes John Odom worth $655.

“I don’t really care,” he said Friday. “It’ll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues.” -John Odom

Hey! That’s the spirit John Odom. Maybe some day, you and C Jason LaRue can make up the cheapest major league battery in history. Of course, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2006 for $1 and a bucket of baseballs. An Odom-LaRue battery is such a bargain that even the Marlins and Rays would float an offer their way.

Minor Leaguer traded for 10 baseball bats (Yahoo!)