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JML Update, Games of 8/28/17

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Monday. Need I say more?

Danny Valencia highlighted the doings for the few MOTs in action. He hit home run #14, good for one run, but the Seattle Mariners (66-65) lost to the host Baltimore Orioles (66-65), 7-6. Valencia, who played right field and first base (but not at the same time), also had a single and a walk. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Os.

Kevin Pillar  doubled (#31) and scored a run in four at-bats, but the Toronto Blue Jays (61-70) lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 6-5. He did contribute this great catch (HT to Scott Barancik for the clip).

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-4 for the Detroit Tigers (57-73) in their 4-3 win over the host Colorado Rockies. Manager Brad Ausmus is still bemused by his recent suspension in the aftermath of the Tigers-Yankees brawls last week.

And that’s all she wrote.



JML Update, Weekend Edition (8/25-27/2017)

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Let’s start with pitching for a change.

Welcome, Ryan Sherriff, who had a darned good debut for the St. Louis Cardinals (66-65) on Friday in a 5-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Sherriff — who toiled in the minors for seven years — came on in the 7-3 loss, tossing three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Sadly, there’s no clips from MLB.com to mark the occasion but there are these, including an interview with his mother, Renee.


Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

And welcome back, Craig Breslow. The veteran lefty was called up by his new team, the Cleveland Indians (75-53) and pitched one inning (two strikeouts) in yesterday’s 12-0 win over the visiting KC Royals, completing a three-game sweep.

Richard Bleier appeared in all three games for the Baltimore Orioles (65-65), who completed a three-game sweep over the host Boston Red Sox. Bleier pitched one inning on Friday with one walk; retired the only batter he faced on Saturday; and walked the only batter he faced yesterday.

Now for the batters…

Ian Kinsler accounted for the Detroit Tigers’ only run in yesterday’s 5-1 loss to the host Chicago White Sox. His 14th of the season came to open the eighth inning and his only hit in three official at-bats ( he also walked). Kinsler was 1-for-8 with another RBI, run scored, and stolen base (#13) as the Tigers (56-73) dropped two of three to the Sox. Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus was one of the Tigers suspended for his part in the recent brawls with the NY Yankees and he’s not taking any guff from Joe Girardi.

Alex Bregman was 5-for-13 — all singles — with a run scored and his 14th stolen base as the Houston Astros (79-51) took two of three from the host LA Angels.

Kevin Pillar was 3-for-9 in the first two games as the Toronto Blue Jays (61-69) hosted the Minnesota Twins. His line also includes a run scored and an RBI.

Danny Valencia appeared in all three games for the Seattle Mariners (66-65) who dropped to of their three games to the host NY Yankees. He was 0-for-5, splitting time between first base and right field on Friday, in a 2-1, 10-inning win that was decided by a pinch-hit home run by Yonder Alonso, the man who basically replaced him in the lineup. Valencia entered the next game in the eighth as a pinch-hitter himself, doubling and scoring a run in a 6-3 loss. He was called out on strikes in the ninth to end the festivities. He also ended Sunday’s game, flying out as a pinch-hitter in a 10-1 loss abetted by five Mariners’ errors.

Ryan Braun was hitless over the weekend, 0-for-9 with three strikeouts as the Milwaukee Brewers (68-63) took two of three from the host LA Dodgers, who lost their first series since June. Funny how wrong this preview was about Ryan’s prowess at Dodger Stadium.

The Atlanta Braves sent down pitcher Max Fried, but he’ll probably be back soon. In the meantime, the Atlanta Jewish Times posted this article on his roots.

As you may know, the last three days was set up as “Players’ Weekend.” The teams had special uniforms that bore the nicknames of most of the athletes. Many had special cleats designed which will ostensibly be auctioned off as a fundraiser. Some were inspired, others not so much. Of course, the cynic in me cannot let this go without a snarky comment. IMO, this was just another money grab, as fans will no doubt flock to buy replica Jersey with these nicknames. These unis were not especially attractive either. It also gives a bit of marketing power to those companies who provide the cleats and other equipment for the players for this weekend.

Here’s a list of the nicknames for the JMLs, via MLB.com. Some names are missing either because they’re new to their team or, in the case of Joc Pederson and Scott Feldman, are not currently with theirs. :

Alex Bregman: “A-Breg”
Mashing up the first initial of a first name and first syllable of a surname are common these days, as Bregman shows.
Tribute patch: Brady — Brady is Bregman’s Godson, who has autism.

Kevin Pillar: “Pill”
Pillar’s usual “Superman” nickname was unavailable due to it being trademarked, so Pillar went with a variation of his name. He says he’ll still be able to wear Superman cleats for Players Weekend, along with cleats he intends to use to raise money for a charity cause of his choice.
Tribute patch: Mom, Dad — Pillar says his parents are a big reason he’s made the Majors, and he wanted to pay tribute to them.

Ryan Braun: “OCHO”
Fans of the film “Dodgeball” will recognize the reference to No. 8.
Tribute patch: Mom, Dad & Steve — Steve, his younger brother, was an infielder in the Brewers’ organization from 2008-10.

Danny Valencia: Last name
Valencia chose to use his last name, because he said he really doesn’t have a creative nickname.
Tribute patch: Mom and Dad
Valencia said that he will pay tribute to his Mom and Dad, as they paved a way for him and sacrificed to allow him to chase his dreams.

Richard Bleier: Using last name
Tribute patch: Mom and Dad
Bleier’s father, Lawrence, is from the Bronx and grew up playing stickball. His mother is named Kathy. Both had a major impact on his baseball career, which started at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla.

Ian Kinsler: “Bootsie”
Kinsler’s nickname comes from his 2007 season in Texas. He missed a month with a stress fracture in his foot, and when then-manager Ron Washington spotted him in a walking boot, he nicknamed him. “When I got here, we got David Price and then he started calling me that,” Kinsler said. “I don’t know how he found out about it.”
Tribute patch: Mom and Dad — Kinsler’s father got him into Little League baseball in Tucson, Arizona, when he was 9 years old. His parents drove him back and forth to games.



JML Update, Games of 8/14/17

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Poor showing by the boys. The only hit came off the bat of Kevin Pillar as the Toronto Blue Jays (57-61) beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1.

As for the others:

  • Ian Kinsler returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game (sore hand). But he was ejected in the fifth inning after going 0-for-2 for “looking” at the umpire after a called ball —  not even a strike! Brad Ausmus was also tossed, killing to Jews with one thumb. The Detroit Tigers fell to Kinsler former team, the host Texas Rangers, 6-2.

  • Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (72-46) were shut out by the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0.
  • Danny Valencia entered the game between the Seattle Mariners (59-61) and visiting Baltimore Orioles (59-60) as a defensive replacement in right field. He was o-for-2 at the plate as his club lost, 11-3.

That’s it. If there were other games with MOTs on the team, they didn’t play. The Dodgers, white Sox, and Brewers had the day off.

That does it for me. Heading up to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to wrap up the Hall of Fame’s Summer Author Series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

JML Update, Games of July 4, 2017

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Alex Bregman had two doubles (16), a single, a walk, three runs scored, and one RBI as the Houston Astros (57-27) beat up on the host Atlanta Braves, 16-4.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the Seattle Mariners’ (41-44) 7-3 loss to the visiting KC Royals.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with one strikeout but the Toronto Blue Jays (38-35) beat the host NY Yankees, 4-1.

Ian Kinsler took an 0-for-4 collar but the Detroit Tigers (37-45) beat the even-worse visiting San Francisco Giants, 5-4. While at the recent SABR Convention in New York, I had the chance to speak with a number of Tigers fans who were quite supportive of Brad Ausmus. I have compared him with David Blatt, the rookie head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They both came into situations where the team they were taking over had done well the previous year and remained relatively intact, seemingly indicating continued success. In fact, the Cavs were in first place — and went on to win the NBA Championship — when Blatt was fired. So when Detroit won the AL Central in 2014,  lot of people discredited Ausmus’ role, claiming he inherited a solid club from Jim Leyland. And in the years since then, as the Tigers have stumbled, there have been a lot of naysayers. These SABRen believed he could be a Hall of Fame manager some day, comparing him with Joe Torre, who was a “bum” until he came to the Yankees. And indeed, there are some in the media who advocate the Tigers stick with Ausmus. Time will tell. By the way, Blatt is also Jewish. Just sayin’.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (46-40) in their 6-2 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles (40-43). Richard Bleier was similarly absent from the game for the O’s. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (36-47) in their 8-1 win over the host Colorado Rockies.

Joc PedersonJoc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (56-29), who stemmed a three-run rally in the ninth to hold off the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3. Will he serve as a cautionary tale for Cody Bellinger, a participant in this year’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game?

Craig Breslow — “the smartest man in baseball” — remains on the disabled list for the Minnesota Twins (43-40), who beat the visiting LA Angels, 5-4. He threw in a simulated game on Monday with no ill effects.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, which will be held at Marlins Park on July 11, it should come as no surprise, but there are no JMLs on the team. Perhaps if so many of the hadn’t been on the DL at one time or another, they might have put up better numbers and received more consideration.

Here’s the latest Minor-League Monday from JewishBaseballNews.com.

And finally, also from JBN, are these the JMLs of the future? Submitted for your interest, this list of Jews selected in the 2017 amateur baseball draft:



JML Update, Games of June 20, 2017

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Joc Pederson was on base four times for the host LA Dodgers (45-26) last night — a run-scoring ground-rule double, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch — in a 12-0 pounding of the NY Mets. I lead off with this one because I actually stayed up to watch the game as I hosted a Sportscastr “broadcast” (don’t know what I was thinking after pulling a 6 a.m – 2 p.m. shift at work). What a revolting development that was for Mets fans. According the the game notes put out by the team prior to the game, starting pitcher Robert Gsellman was at his worst in the first and fifth innings. Sure enough, he gave up four runs in the first and a couple more in the fifth. Cory Seager hit three of the Dodgers’ five homers and missed out on a four-tater night in his last at-bat. Pederson almost collided with teammate Yasiel Puig in the outfield. It was a collision a few weeks ago that landed Pederson on the concussion DL list. Judging from the body language at the very end of this video clip, Pederson did not appear too pleased with the situation.

Ian Kinsler led off the game for the Detroit Tigers (32-28) — again –with a home run, number six for the year and the 44th long-ball opener in his career. He also walked, singled to drive in another run, and stole two bases (five). Kinsler was able to score the run off his steal of third on a wild pitch. But the host Seattle Mariners came back and won the game in 10 innings, 5-4. Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 for the Mariners (36-37). With the Tigers failing to achieve in yet another season, Brad Ausmu leads managerial candidates who are on the hot seat.

Alex Bregman singled, doubled (#13), was hit by a pitch, and walked in five trips to the plate as the Houston Astros doubled up on the host Oakland As, 8-4. Bregman scored one run, drove in two, and stole his fifth base in the win. Then there was this run-saving play at third.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-36) dropped a 6-1 decision to the host Texas Rangers. Pillar is hitless in the series so far and has just one hit in his last 15 trips to the plate. His batting average has dropped more than 60 points over since May 20.

Richard Bleier loaded the bases (two hits and an intentional walk) but none of the runners scored as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. The Baltimore Orioles (35-35) held off the visiting Cleveland Indians, 6-5.

The Cincinnati Reds (30-40) scored three runs in their last two at-bats but it wasn’t enough to beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, who held on for the 6-5 win. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (35-33) in their 9-7 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.

So much for Ryan Braun‘s rehab. Seems like the calf just won’t let him progress. I had a calf injury playing softball some 20 years ago. I was running out a double and something in my lower leg just popped. It felt like I had been hit by a throw. Kept me out of action for six weeks, but then I wasn’t a multi-million dollar player with access to all sorts of therapeutic wonders. Still, I know how annoying it can be to be forced to watch.

JML Update, Games of June 13, 2017

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Joc Pederson returned to the lineup for the LA Dodgers (40-25), who beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-5. Pederson — batting eighth in the lineup — was 0-for-4 with a walk.

Ian Kinsler singled in five trips to the plate and scored a run, but the Detroit Tigers lost to the visiting Diamondbacks, 7-6, when Arizona scored a run in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie. The Tigers (30-33) scored all their runs in the sixth to even the score. No doubt their disappointing season to date  has created a bit on tension for manager Brad Ausmus.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 in the Houston Astros’ 4-2 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. The ‘Stros (44-22) still have the best record in the Majors but they’ve hit a bit of a bump in the road, losing six of their last 10 games.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (31-33) lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 6-1. He did make another nice defensive play.

Scott Feldman had his regular meh game, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings as the Cincinnati Reds (29-35) lost to the host San Diego Padres, 6-2. He struck out six in taking the loss to even his record at 5-5.

Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk as the Baltimore Orioles (31-32) lost to the host Chicago White Sox, 6-1. He is becoming a “go-to” guy for the O’s, with a 1.83 ERA is 15 appearances (although ERA for short relievers aren’t very good indicators).

The Minnesota Twins (33-28) — without the service of Craig Breslow — obliterated the visiting Seattle Mariners (32-34), 20-7. Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with his 34th RBI (32nd in the AL).

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) remains on the DL.

After Valencia homered off Breslow, I’ll be revising my Jewish Home Run List. It’s just a spreadsheet but if anyone is interested, drop me a line at kaplanskorner@gmail.com.

JML Update, Games of June 7, 2017

Posted on: June 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar launched a two-out, three-run homer (#8 0n the year) in the top of the second to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-1 lead over the Oakland As. The home team came back to tie things up and send the game into extra innings. The Jays (29-31) ended up with a 7-5 win. It was Pillar’s only hit in four at-bats although he was hit by a pitch and scored a second run.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the Houston Astros (42-18) fell to the host KC Royals, 7-5. He did have this amusing moment.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers got back to the .500 mark (29-29) thanks to a 4-0 shutout over the visiting LA Angels. He did have this amusing moment/brain freeze. The Detroit Jewish News ran a story about Kinsler and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus “connecting with their Jewish roots.”

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4, striking out twice, but the Seattle Mariners reach the .500 point (30-30) thanks to two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the visiting Minnesota Twins (29-26), 6-5. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins.

Richard Bleier retired the only batter he faced as the Baltimore Orioles (31-26) beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-6.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (28-30) in their 6-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. He gets the start this afternoon.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (25-32) in their 3-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers) remain on the disabled list.



JML update, weekend edition (May 12-14)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mazel of the weekend: Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3 with stolen base No. 5 on Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (17-21), 4-0. Saturday was even better: 3-for-4 with his 11th double, two runs scored, one RBI, and his sixth stolen base in a 7-2 win. But Sunday was the best. He had just one hit but it was a big one: a walk-off home run to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win and the series sweep. He also made another sensational grab in the outfield. Toronto has won five in a row and is 17-21 after a awful start.

The Mariners’ Danny Valencia had a double in four at-bats on Friday; 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an error on Saturday; and again 1-for-4 on Sunday.

Mixed mazel of the weekend: He wasn’t up very long and he wasn’t down very long. The Baltimore Orioles (22-14) promoted pitcher Richard Bleier on Sunday and put him to work immediately. Not to the good, unfortunately. He was the loser in a 9-8 decision against the host Kansas City Royals. Bleier allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, including a solo home run, in two innings. I wouldn’t be surprised if they send him back down soon.

Bad mazel: Scott Feldman pitched another great game — seven innings, seven hits, two runs, a walk, and two strikeouts. But the game between his Cincinnati Reds (19-18) and the host San Francisco Giants went another 10 innings and ended in a 3-2 loss for the visitors.

Very bad mazel: The Milwaukee Brewers placed Ryan Braun on the disabled list on Friday with a strained left calf. Turns out they didn’t need him, sweeping the suddenly terrible again NY Mets. In the Sunday game, the Brewers (21-17) overcame a 7-1 deficit, scoring 10 runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning for an 11-9 win.

Alex Bregman got to play against the NY Yankees on the day his hero, Derek Jeter, had his number retired. (That does it for the single digits for the Bronx Bombers. All that’s left is a big fat zero, literally.) The teams had to play a doubleheader on Sunday since Saturday’s contest was a washout. Bregman was hitless in four at-bats in the opener, a 10-6 loss. In the nightcap following the ceremonies, he hit his first grand slam, his sole hit in four at-bats as the Astros (26-12) earned a split with the 11-7 win. He was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and his third stolen base in Friday’s 5-1 Astros win.

Joc Pederson hit his fifth double and also singled in five at-bats, scoring a run and driving in another as the LA Dodgers beat the host Colorado Rockies, 6-2. He entered the Saturday game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and was 0-for-1 the rest of the way in a 4-0 win. On Sunday he was 0-for-3 with a walk and came out of the game for pinch hitter in the eight as the Dodgers (22-16) lost the finale, 9-6. Pederson is even dangerous when he doesn’t put the ball in fair territory.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 on Friday as the host LA Angels trounced his visiting Detroit Tigers, 7-0. He was 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday and was caught stealing for the first time this year in . He was 1-for-4 on Sunday with just his fourth double in a 4-1 loss (18-18). Brad Ausmus got a mention other than for managing the team.

Craig Breslow threw one scoreless inning for the Minnesota Twins ( 19-15) on Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the host Cleveland Indians, his only appearance for the weekend.


JML update, March 6, 2017

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

There stuff going on besides all the MOTs participating in the WBC:

  • Image result for joc pederson, fiance

    Joc Pederson is off the dating market. He recently became enfianced to Kelsey Williams.

  • Scott Feldman struck out three over three scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in Saturday’s Cactus League date with the KC Royals.
  • Hard to believe that guys like Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler are considered “older players,” but they’ve been in the big leagues 10 and 11 years, respectively. So I guess they need a little TLC.
  • First it was the not-so-automatic intentional walk that Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus weighed in on. Now this? Enough already with the tinkering of the rules. Leave it alone.


JML update, Feb. 22, 2017 (Richard Bleier traded!)

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Richard BleierTop of the day: The New York Yankees sent pitcher Richard Bleier to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 29-year-old Bleier, who made his major league debut on May 30 of last year, had been designated for assignment on Feb. 16 when the Yankees officially signed first baseman Chris Carter.

In other baseball news:




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