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Don’t forget to visit the ‘Hank Greenberg in 1938’ page: Update

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

For occasional updates on author appearances, interviews, and book reviews.

Toda raba.

 

JML update, April 23, 2018 (Games of April 20-22)

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Alex Bregman gets MOT of the Weekend honors. He had six hits in 13 at-bats plus two walks. Bregman had one double, scored twice, and drove in a pair as the Houston Astros (16-7, first in the AL West) swept the host Chicago White Sox — outscoring their opponents 27-2 — and extended their winning streak to six games. Bregman has a five-game hitting streak. Big whoop.

Following his pinch-hit home run on Thursday, Ryan Braun followed up with another the next day to help the  Milwaukee Brewers (14-9m second in NL Central) beat the visiting Florida Marlins, 8-0. His fourth of the year came with a man on in the fourth to give his team a 4-0 lead.

Braun also singled in that game. The following night, he was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He was hitless in four at-bats on Saturday as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.

Kevin Pillar was 2-11 from Saturday through Sunday as the Toronto Blue Jays (13-8, second in AL East) lost two of three to the host NY Yankees. Pillar struck out five times, walked nce, and stole his fourth base of the year.

Ian Kinsler was 2-12 with a run scored as the LA Angels (14-8, second in AL West) dropped two of three to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Joc Pederson started each game in the weekend series for the LA Dodgers’ (10-10, third in NL West). He was 0-for-2 on Friday with a walk in a 5-2 loss to the visiting Washington Nationals. The next day, Pederson was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the year, a solo shot to dead center off National’s ace Stephen Strasburg to start off the scoring in the Dodgers’ 4-0 win. It was especially sweet because it came on Pederson’s 26th birthday!

Richard Bleier earned his third hold on Friday, allowing two hits, a walk, and a strikeout in two innings as the Baltimore Orioles (6-16, fifth in the AL East) beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 3-1. It was his only appearance for the weekend.

Danny Valencia grounded out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, his only appearance in the three-game set of which the Indians won two.

Ryan Sherriff remains on the disabled list for the St. Louis Cardinals (13-8, first in NL Central). The second-year reliever is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment next week.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to improve to 14-7, second in the AL East.

Remember Ryan Kalish fondly: he announced his retirement at the age of  30 due to chronic knee problems. HT to Scott Barancik of JewishBaseballNews.com for the note. Here’s his Minor League Monday report. Also HT to Bob Wechsler, author of the The Jewish Baseball Card Book and Day by Day in Jewish Sports History, who reported

Outfielder Ryan Kalish has retired, Peter Gammons tweets. Kalish, who played the final game of his career on Friday with New Britain of the independent Atlantic League, is stepping away because of knee issues, per Gammons. Now 30, Kalish was once a promising prospect with the Red Sox, who grabbed him in the ninth round of the 2006 draft. Injuries were problematic throughout Kalish’s career, though, which helps to explain why he only amassed 422 major league plate appearances between the BoSox and Cubs. Kalish was a .245/.297/.349 hitter with four homers and 16 stolen bases in the majors.

Craig Breslow, on the other hand, just keeps going and going and…

 

Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 23

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Tigers’ record fell to 1-4 following their 6-3 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians. Greenberg was hitless in five trips to the plate, striking out twice.

Unlike Ruth, who claimed he did everything big — hit big or miss big, he enjoyed telling the sportswriters — Greenberg felt a sense of shame when he fanned, so doing it twice in a single game must have stuck in his craw. In 13 years, he struck out 844 times. These days a hitter like Mark Reynolds can rack up that amount in about four seasons.

Click on the book above to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

 

Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 22

Posted on: April 22nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Tigers dropped the third of their first four games, this time disappointing a home crowd of 54,000 by losing to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3. Greenberg hit an opposite field triple to lead off the fourth inning and scored on an error, his only offensive contribution in four at-bats.

One might think it surprising that Greenberg managed to leg out a three-bagger. After all, NY Giants manager John McGraw — who was always on the lookout for a Jewish player to increased the gate for that ethnic demographic — deemed the then-19-year-old too slow and awkward to sign with his team. But Greenberg averaged eight of ’em a season over his 13-year career with a high of 16 in 1935 and 14 two years later.

Click on the book above to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

 

Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 21

Posted on: April 21st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Detroit Tiger broke out of their offensive doldrums, picking up their first win of the year, 9-3, over the host Chicago White Sox. It took a few innings to get going, but the Bengals (as they were also called at the time) scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth, four times in the seventh, and finished it up with two more tallies in the ninth.

Greenberg hit his second home run — another solo shot — to lead off the sixth. And it wasn’t just your routine dinger: The Hebrew Hammer became just the second batter to hit one completely out of Comiskey Park. Rival slugger Jimmie Foxx accomplished the feat two years earlier. Greenberg also singled and walked twice (once intentionally) in five plate appearances.

Although the song “Goodbye, Mr. Ball” wasn’t written until Greenberg had joined the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1947 season, the song — sung here by Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx — seems appropriate to include, so enjoy.

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Click on the book above to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

 

Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 20

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

Greenberg was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout as the Tigers dropped their dropped another one-run decision to the host White Sox, this time by a score of 4-3. He made the final outs of the first, third, and fifth inning, all with men on base, any of which might have weighed heavily in a final outcome.

Click on the image to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

 

JML update, April 20, 1938 (Games of April 19)

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Ryan Braun did not start for the Milwaukee Brewers (11-9) as he continued to nurse a sore calf, but he did come on as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and delivered: a three-run homer, part of the seven the Brew Crew put up in the frame (so he didn’t have to run very hard). It was the fourth long ball for Braun this year and gave him an even 1,000 runs batted in for his career.

Ian Kinsler accounted for 25 percent of the LA Angels hit total with a single in four at-bats as the LA Angels (13-6) fell to the visiting Boston Red Sox juggernaut, 8-2.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays (12-6) lost, 4-3, to the host NY Yankees. Despite the decision, the Jays are off to their best start in a decade.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Houston Astros (13-7) beat the host Seattle Mariners, 9-2. He made another one of his strong throws from foul territory in a game which featured this odd triple play:

Neither Danny Valencia nor Richard Bleier appeared in the Baltimore Orioles’ 13-4 los to the host Detroit Tigers. It was the Orioles’ sixth loss in a row, dropping them to  5-14, worst in the AL East.

Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers (8-9) had Thursday off.

Ryan Sherriff remains on the disabled list for the St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) who lost to the host Chicago Cubs, 8-5.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) shut out the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-0.

 

JML update, April 19, 2018 (games of April 18)

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Danny Valencia, serving as the DH and batting fifth, drilled his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second but the Baltimore Orioles (5-13) lost again to the host Detroit Tigers, this time on a walk-off home run by Dixon Machado (his first of the year). Richard Bleier lowered his ERA to 0.71, retiring the only two batters he faced, one via the strikeout.

Kevin Pillar belted two more doubles and a single in five at bats as the host Toronto Blue Jays (12-5) scored eight runs in the eighth to crush the KC Royals, 15-5. He also scored twice and drove one across the plate.

Joc Pederson started in left, batted six, and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI as the LA Dodgers (8-9) beat the host San Diego Padres, 13-4. The there was this little snafu:

Ian Kinsler had 1/3 of the LA Angels’ six hits (he also walked) in a 9-0 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. The Angels are 13-5.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (10-9) in their 2-0 shutout win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. This time it was a calf injury that kept him out of the lineup. Hope this isn’t going to be a pattern. Braun missed 58 games in 2017 and 29 the year before.

The Houston Astros (12-7) scored six runs in the seventh to beat the host Seattle Mariners, 7-1. They did this without the services of the struggling Alex Bregman, who was given the night off.

Ryan Sherriff remains on the DL for the St. Louis Cardinals (10-7) who saw their game with the host Chicago Cubs postponed by weather. This is getting monotonous.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (10-7) lost to the host Atlanta Braves, 7-3.

 

 

Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 19

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

 

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Detroit Tigers opened the season against the White Sox in Chicago. Greenberg — batting in the cleanup spot — walked in his first plate appearance in the first inning, following a single by Charlie Gehringer. The Tigers failed to take advantage and did not score. The White Sox pushed a run across in the bottom of the second for a 1-0 lead. Greenberg ended the top of the third with a fly out.

The Tigers tied the game in the fourth when Johnny Whitehead drove in Rudy York, who had walked to start the frame. But the Sox came right back with three of their own to stretch their lead to 4-1.

The Hebrew Hammer, who blasted 40 home runs in 1937, knocked his first one over the fence in the fifth to put Detroit on the scoreboard. But the excitement ended there. He grounded out to third to lead off the eighth in his final at-bat.

Click on the image to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

 

JML Update, April 18, 2017 (Games of April 17)

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

The Toronto Blue Jays (11-5, second in AL East) swept their doubleheader from the visiting Kansas City Royals, 11-3 and 5-4, the latter game taking 10 innings. In the opener — with both teams wearing uniform number 42 since they were rained out of the festivities on Jackie Robinson Day on the 15th — Kevin Pillar had a two-RBI double as the Jays put up six runs in the sixth, his only hit in four at-bats. He also scored a run. In the nightcap, Pillar was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, including the game-winner.

Danny Valencia struck out twice and walked in three plate appearances as the DH for the Baltimore Orioles (5-12, fourth in AL East) in their 4-2 loss to the host Detroit Tigers. Richard Bleier did not pitch for the Os in this one.

Ryan Braun singled and doubled in four at-bats as the Milwaukee Brewers (9-9, third in NL Central) shut out the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 2-0.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-4 with a walk, batting fifth instead of his usual second spot in the lineup, in the Houston Astros’ 4-1 win over the host Miami Marlins. The Astros are 11-7, second in the AL West.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 as the LA Angels (13-4, first in AL West) were trounced by the host Boston Red Sox, 10-1. According to this article from MLB.com, Kinsler has a shot at joining the 300 HR/300 stolen base club. But being closer to 36 than 35 and with 235/227, respectively, and given his recent health issues, that strikes me as a very outside shot. Braun — just about a year younger than Kinsler — has 305 dingers but just 195 stolen bases.

Joc Pederson entered the game for the LA Dodgers (7-9, third in NL West) against the host San Diego Padres as a defensive replacement in the seventh and did not come to bat, coming out for a pinch-hitter in the 10th innings of what would become a 12-inning 7-3 win for the visitors.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies improved to 10-6, good for second in the NL East, following their 5-1 win over the host Atlanta Braves in 10 innings. Seems like he’s learning after some early-season issues.

 

 

JML Update, April 17, 2018 (Games of April 16)

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 as the Houston Astros (10-7) dropped a tough one to the host Seattle Mariners, 2-1.

Joc Pederson walked as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning for the LA Dodgers (6-9) in their 10-4 win over the host San Diego Padres. He remained in the game and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. Looks like we just missed seeing Joc on the mound in the April 2, 15-inning 8-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ike Davis took a turn on the hill. Sam Fuld, too. Both have an ERA of 0.00. I always get a kick out of stuff like that.

Ryan Braun grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers (8-9) lost to the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 10-4.

The Patriots’ Day game between the Baltimore Orioles (Richard Bleier, Danny Valencia) and Boston Red Sox was cancelled due to weather, as was the one between the St. Louis Cardinals (Ryan Sherriff, DL) and host Chicago Cubs and the one between the host Toronto Blue Jays (Kevin Pillar) and Kansas City Royals. Ian Kinsler and the LA Angels had the day off.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (9-6) lost to the host Atlanta Braves, 2-1.

 
 
   
 

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