Daily Archives: July 20, 2016
On Tuesday, July 20, 1976, Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 6-2 win over the California Angels. It was mid-season, so most likely none of the 10,134 in attendance at Milwaukee County Stadium had any idea it was the last time Hammerin’ Hank would hit one out of the park.
If there ever were criteria for an award that matched up with Marcus Semien it would be the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s (MLBPAA) “Heart and Hustle Award.” The award is given to one player on each team that,
“Demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.”
Thankfully the members of the MLBPAA noticed this close comparison and named Semien the winner of the award for the Oakland Athletics. Of course there is a bigger, overall award that is voted on by former MLB players. It is the only award of its kind as only former players may vote for the winner.
The MLB winner will be announced on Nov. 15, 2016 at the 17th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. The award is only about a decade old and the past overall winners include David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols(2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014) and Anthony Rizzo (2015).
It would be great to see Semien as the overall winner. As I highlighted above the award is mainly based on “passion, desire and work ethic.” I do not believe there is a better candidate out there than Marcus Semien.
The sun still rose in the east this morning just as it always has but the difference is that Terry Ryan is no longer the Twins GM. Lots of Twins fans are happy that Ryan is gone and many are sad and disappointed. I am never happy to see someone lose their job, especially a job they love.
But life moves on, and almost 48 hours after the announcement I think I would like to jot down some thoughts and questions that come to mind.
My over-riding thought about the situation is that I now have a different opinion of owner Jim Pohlad. I had originally thought that he was a hands off owner and that he would let his brain-trust run the Minnesota Twins organization. Now it appears to me that is not the case, in true Pohlad fashion he is taking charge and showing everyone that he who holds the gold makes the rules. There is nothing wrong with that, just don’t try to blow smoke up my skirt saying that you let the experts run the show. What I don’t understand about this announcement is why Pohlad would tell Ryan that his contract would not be renewed after the season ended? Why tell your GM in June that his services are no longer required but that he can run the team for the rest of the season if he wishes to do so? I guess that the team just did not want to announce a “firing”, they would have preferred simply not renewing his contract. Another thing, why would Pohlad say that the only stipulation for a new GM is that Paul Molitor will manage in 2017? Only Jim Pohlad and Dave St. Peter know for sure.
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JAYS FROM THE COUCH CAUGHT UP WITH TORONTO BLUE JAYS’ INF, RYAN GOINS, TO CHAT ABOUT PITCHING AND RETURNING FROM INJURY.
It is a beautiful day at Coca-Cola Field on a hot steamy Monday in July where the Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins, bat in hand, takes BP. There is little evidence left of the arm injury that had him placed on the 15-day DL after the very long 19-inning Canada Day game against the Cleveland Indians. The game, a heartbreaking loss after such a long battle, had Goins turn in his bat for a ball to pitch relief in the 18th inning. He didn’t do so bad, pitching himself into a ground out double play.
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Scott Kazmir threw 7 innings, striking out 8 Nationals and allowed just one run to earn the 8-4 victory for the Dodgers.
Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with a homer in the Dodgers 8-4 win against the Angels.
Blake Snell struck out 9 Rockies and allowed only one hit over 6 innings as Seattle cruised to 10-1.
Albert Pujols hit a pair of 3 run homers and added another hit to lead the Angels past the Rangers, 8-5.
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The Red Sox won and it is a rare evening that I am glad the Giants lost and the Yankees won.
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There are less than two weeks before MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline passes in 2016, but we can’t help looking back at some of last winter’s most notable deals as we wait for more to happen.
It’s common for fans and analysts to crown a “winner” and “loser” for any kind of swap between two or more teams. However, those conversations happen right when a deal takes place more often than down the road when it’s easier justify either side of the argument with a player’s performance.
As usual, last winter contained a ton of player movement, both on the free agent market and through trades. The initial perspectives on the following four swaps are no longer relevant because there’s no question each of them now look incredibly lopsided.
Let’s revisit these trades for a stroll down memory lane as the current trade market continues heating up:
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