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

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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

Toda raba.

 

JML update, Games of May 26, 2017

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Another shvach day for the fellas.

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out with runners at second and third during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Bad news for Ryan Braun: He left the Milwaukee Brewer’s 4-0 loss to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks with a recurrence of that calf injury which put him in the disabled list. Looks like he’s heading back there. He was 0-for-1 before coming out in the fourth. The Brewers are 25-22.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk and committed his third error as the Seattle Mariners (21-27) beat the host Washington Nationals, 4-2.

Ian Kinsler singled in five at-bats for the Detroit Tigers (22-24) who lost a tight one to the Houston Astros (32-16), 7-6. Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 for the winners.

The LA Dodgers (28-20) placed Joc Pederson on the concussion DL following his outfield collision with Yasiel Puig. They beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3.

No games for Craig Breslow (Minn. Twins), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), and Richard Bleier (Baltimore Orioles). The game between Scott Feldman‘s Cincinnati Reds and the host Cleveland Indians was postponed.

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JML update, Games of May 24, 2017

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Now that’s more like it. The boys went for a combined 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers, and four runs scored.

Kevin Pillar was one of four Toronto Blue Jays (21-26) who posted round-trippers in an 8-4 win over the host Milwaukee Brewers (25-21). His seventh of the season — and his only hit in five at-bats —  came in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Ryan Braun did not appear in the game for the Brewers.

Alex Bregman launched his third homer of the year, to go along with his 10th double and a single, but it all went for naught as his Houston Astros (31-16) lost to the visiting Detroit Tigers (22-23), 6-3. His poke came with two outs in the ninth. Bregman also displayed a “fine defensive effort” hauling in this foul pop for an out. Ian Kinsler was 2-for-5, including his sixth double,  for the Tigers, scoring twice.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 in the Seattle Mariners’ (20-27) 5-1 loss to the host Washington Nationals.

Joc Pederson BobbleheadJoc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (27-20) in their 6-1 loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, suffering from the aftereffects of his outfield collision with Yasiel Puig in a 2-1 loss the night before. That game just happened to be Joc Pederson Bobblehead Night in which his brother, Champ, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Neither Craig Breslow nor Richard Bleier appeared for their respective teams as the former’s Minnesota Twins (25-18) outlasted the latter’s host Baltimore Orioles (25-20), 4-3.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds in their 4-3 win over the host Cleveland Indians.

 

JML update, Games of May 23, 2001

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

So much for 18 being a lucky number. The MOTs managed just one hit in 18 official trips to the plate yesterday, courtesy of a Kevin Pillar single in five at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (20-26) beat Ryan Braun (0-for-3 with a walk) and the Milwaukee Brewers (25-20), 4-3. MLB continues to look into Pillar homophobic slur which cost him a two-game suspension last week? Frankly I don’t understand the need for that. He admits he said it and has expressed remorse, which I believe is genuine. Is there more he can do towards redemption? Perhaps, but it’s time to move on.

As for the rest of the guys…

  • Ian Kinsler, 0-for-3 in the Detroit Tigers’ (21-23) 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (31-15)
  • Alex Bregman, 0-for-4 for the ‘Stros
  • Joc Pederson, 0-for-3 for the LA Dodgers (27-19), who managed just three hits in 13 innings but still managed a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. He was involved in a frightening collision with rightfielder Yasiel Puig on this play in the top of the 10th, taking an apparent elbow in the head before hitting the wall. Pederson came out of the game for a pinch hitter and will most likely be observed to see if there are any lingering effects.

  • Danny Valencia did not appear for the Seattle Mariners (20-26) in their 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the host Washington Nationals. He was expected to play but was a last-minute scratch as he continues to deal with a sore wrist.

By default, the best performance of the day came from Richard Bleier who made his second appearance in two days to pitch the final two innings as the Baltimore Orioles (25-19) were shut out by the visiting Minnesota Twins, 2-0. Bleier was perfect in his stint, striking out two. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins (24-18).

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (21-24) in their 8-7 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

 

 

Honorable Menschen: My night at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

For me, it’s like being a two-time MVP. I had the chance to speak again at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on May 3 to talk about Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Jay Goldberg is a true friend of baseball writers, giving them a chance to discuss their work with an audience that is always welcoming and whip smart when it comes to the game.

It’s also nice to reconnect with old friends and Bergino regulars like author and educator Lee Lowenfish and Perry Barber, a professional umpire and former Jeopardy winner. Perry presented me with t-shirts she had made bearing the book’s cover, a very sweet gesture. And Jay gave me a goodie bag that rivaled those handed out at the Academy Awards as far as I’m concerned. Oscars are a dime a dozen, but I’m willing to bet cash money that none of those people has an official Bergino bobblehead, so there.

Meeting and greeting

With Jay, left, and Lee

With Perry

 

 

JML update, Games of May 22, 2017

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The only blot on Feldman’s record was a home run allowed to the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mazel of the Day: Looks like we got the Jekyll version of Scott Feldman last night. He picked up his third win, going six strong innings in a 5-1 Cincinnati Reds (21-23) victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians. Feldman allowed just four hits including a homer that accounted for the Indian’s line run. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine batters, including three in a row to start the game. It’s his highest K-count since the 10 he enjoyed while pitching for the Houston Astros in a May 10, 2015 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Craig Breslow and Richard Bleier  each pitched for their respective teams as the former’s Minnesota Twins (23-18) beat the latter’s Baltimore Orioles (25-18), 14-7. Breslow, appearing in his 17th game, tossed one inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one strikeout, lowering his ERA to 1.72. Bleier faced two batters, allowing one hit and fanning the other.

Another game pitted two MOTs against each other: Alex Bregman was lowered to the ninth spot in the batting order, going 1-for-3 as the Houston Astros (30-15) beat Ian Kinsler (0-for-4) and the Detroit Tigers (21-22), 1-0.

The teams with the remaining JMLs — Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Kevin Pillar (still reflecting on his suspension for uttering a homophobic slur)and Danny Valencia — all had the day off. According to one source, Valencia, who injured his hand on a slide in Friday’s game, might be heaeded to the disabled list. Another source says his MRI came back clean.

And finally, the still-relevant “Minor League Monday” weekly wrap from JewishBaseballNews.com.

 

JML update, Weekend Edition (May 19-21, 2017)

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ryan Braun returned to action from the disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday against the host Chicago Cubs, going o-for-5 with an RBI on a ball hit softly to the pitcher. The Brewers (25-19) lost this one, 13-6, after beating the Cubs on Friday, 6-3. The Saturday game was postponed by rain.

Kevin Pillar also returned to action, but from his two-game suspension for a homophobic slur. He singled twice in five at-bats on Saturday, stole his seventh base of the season, and scored twice in a 7-5 loss to the host Baltimore Orioles. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday’s 3-1 win. The Jays (19-26) lost to Os on Friday in 11 innings, 5-3.

Richard Bleier earned his first hold for the Orioles (25-17) on Saturday, even though he gave up two runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning, walking one, striking out another, but not allowing a hit.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the Detroit Tigers  (21-21) lost, 5-4, to the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday; 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 9-3 win on Saturday, coming out of the game in the fifth inning when his hamstring tightened up on him; and hit his fourth home run to lead off Sunday’s game , a 5-2 loss. It was the 42nd time Kinsler opened a game with a round-tripper.

 1Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with his ninth double as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday, 5-3. On Saturday, the Astros managed just three hits — none by Bregman in three at-bats — in a 3-0 loss. He cracked his second home run of the year (and his first in Houston) on Sunday to end the scoring in an 8-6 loss to complete the sweep. The Astros had trailed 8-1 at one point. Their 29-15 record is still the best in the Majors.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-2 on Friday, coming on as a defensive replacement as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 7-2. He was hitless in three at-bats in Saturday’s 10-6 loss but hit his second homer of the year on Sunday to help the Dodgers (26-19) to a 6-3 win. He also walked and another run in this one.

Danny Valencia accepted congratulations Friday after scoring on a sacrifice fly, but he injured his hand a few moments earlier while sliding into third base on a triple.Danny Valencia hit his second triple and scored the only run of the game for the Seattle Mariners (20-25) in their 2-1, 10-inning loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday. He did not appear in their 16-1 blowout loss the next day after injuring his wrist on a slide in Friday’s contests. He also sat out Sunday’s 8-1 loss.

Craig Breslow pitch 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out one and walking one, in the first game of a doubleheader between his Minnesota Twins and the visiting Kansas City Royals, a game necessitated by a rain out on Saturday. The Twins (22-18) lost 6-4 but won the nightcap, 8-4. It was Breslow’s only appearance over the weekend.

Scott Feldman gets the start tonight for the Cincinnati Reds (20-23) in their intrastate series against the visiting Indians. Which Feldman will we see this time?

 

Maccabiah mentions: An occasional look at who’s going to the Games

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

An occasional look at who will be participating in the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel…

And a shameless self promotion for my book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

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JML update, Games of May 18, 2017

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Amidst his batting woes, Joc Pederson was 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and two runs as the LA Dodgers (24-18) beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 7-2.

Ian Kinsler singled in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (20-19) beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 6-5. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Os.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the Seattle Mariners (20-22) beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 5-4, on a walk-off single by Guillermo Heredia.

Kevin Pillar is serving a two-game suspension handed down by the Toronto Blue Jays (18-24) for yelling a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte on Thursday in an 8-4 win. They beat the Braves yesterday, 9-0.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list and so did not appear in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-2 win over the host San Diego Padres. The Brewers(24-18) have gone 6-2 since Braun last played on May 10. From Rotoballer.com

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said that he will meet with the media on Saturday to discuss his timeline for returning to the Brewers lineup. It was reported that he would be back in the Brewers lineup right after his 10-day stay on the disabled list ended, and this fact will be confirmed this weekend. Braun has been hampered by a calf injury and missed time with a forearm injury earlier this season. He has a .941 OPS and four stolen bases this season, clubbing seven home runs, but he has not played more than 140 games since 2012 and is an injury risk. Infielder Hernan Perez has been a beneficiary of his injury, posting an .874 OPS over the last 14 days, and Braun should be activated and put in lineups when he returns.Chris Zolli – RotoBaller

Craig Breslow did not appear on either end of a doubleheader between the host Minnesota Twins and the Colorado Rockies, necessitated by a rainout the day before. The teams split, with the Rockies winning the opener, 5-1, and the Twins (20-17), taking the nightcap, 2-0. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (19-21) in their 9-5 loss to the host Chicago Cubs. Alex Bregman and the MLB-best Houston Astros had the day off.

 

A shande: Blue Jays suspend Pillar for homophobic slur

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

The Toronto Blue Jays suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for yelling a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Wednesday’s 8-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves.

From the NY Times article:

Pillar was angry because he thought Motte had quick-pitched him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning. Replays appeared to show Pillar yelling the slur toward the mound.

After what he described as a sleepless night, Pillar acknowledged wrongdoing.

“I regret saying it,” Pillar told reporters at SunTrust Park a few hours before the final game of a four-game series against the Braves. “I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever.”

(I also find that excuse a bit ridiculous: if it’s not a word that you use ever, why did you use it now?)

This truly is a shande because all it takes is one thoughtless remark to ruin an otherwise quality reputation and several outlets are jumping on the bandwagon to condemn Pillar, including ESPN.  And I’m sorry, if he was suspended for saying it, how can you say he “allegedly” made the comment. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have been suspended. Must be a legal thing.

 
 
   
 

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