Daily Archives: October 26, 2016

Jurickson Profar joins Kingdom of the Netherlands in friendly matches vs Samurai Japan

Today the Dutch baseball federation came with a press release in which the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands was revealed. This team will face team Samurai Japan in a set of friendly matches. Biggest surprise is name of Jurickson Profar, the infielder from Curacao who is currently used as utility man by the Texas Rangers. In 2016, Profar has played all infield positions  and also left field. At bat Profar was not quite impressive with an average of .239.
After a long absence due to a shoulder inury, Profar returned to the MLB in 2016. During the course of 2015 Profar returned to baseball in a minor league rehab. He played for A Full Season Hickory and for AA Frisco for which he hit a combined .256.

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Live in the Clubhouse: Baseball’s Most Baffling Ballots

Like baseball? Like books? Like talking about baseball and books? Join Jeremy Lehrman, editor of Plate Coverage and author of “Baseball’s Most Baffling MVP Ballots” at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on November 10. Lehrman joins Bergino proprietor and long-time sports agent Jay Goldberg for an evening of spirited discussion (and spirits, for those of a certain age).

Live in the Clubhouse

Hosted by Jay Goldberg, the Bergino “Live in the Clubhouse” podcast series has featured Pulitzer-prize winners, Hall of Famers, and some of the most interesting people in baseball. Previous guests include HOF pitchers Jim Palmer and Goose Gossage; baseball legends Dwight Gooden and Ken Griffey; and a long list of literary all-stars, including Ira Berkow, Ben Bradlee Jr., George Vecsey, and Nicholas Dawidoff.

The event starts at 7:00 PM. Please note, due to space restrictions, a purchase of a signed book or Clubhouse gift certificate is required for a guaranteed seat. Please contact Jay at the Clubhouse for full details: 212-226-7550; bergino@aol.com.

If you live in the NYC area, stop by and join the fun (especially if you’ve got a bone to pick with the author).

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The Human Splinter

evers_origCubs second-baseman John Evers had the metabolism of a hummingbird, the temperament of a wolverine, and a near-pathological need to win baseball games. Known as “The Crab” or “The Human Splinter” in his playing days, Johnny Evers wasn’t a very popular guy. At 5’ 9”, 125 lbs., he assiduously subscribed to the maxim of “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Because Evers fought – physically, verbally, and psychologically – every time he stepped onto the field. He fought for every hit, every stolen base, and every deftly turned double play. He fought with opponents, with teammates, and especially with umpires. A live wire of frayed nerves and inexhaustible energy, Evers was more than willing to instigate mayhem to gain an advantage on the field. He could start a bench-clearing brawl with a gesture, and these weren’t the choreographed slow dances that pass for on-field brawls today; these could be brutal scraps fought with intent. He was constantly ejected from games, and regularly suspended.

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