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JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/4-8/5, 2017)

Posted on: August 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 3-for-9 in two games (he missed Friday’s opener) with two runs scored as the Toronto Blue Jays (52-59) lost two of three to the host Houston Astros (71-40). Alex Bregman had one hit in each game, all for extra bases: his 13th home run on Friday, 28th double on Saturday, and third triple yesterday. The homer — a two-run shot to the opposite field — was part of a nine-run eruption by the ‘Stros in the fourth inning. Bregman’s record for the weekend included three walks, two runs scored, and four RBIs.

Danny Valencia also hit lucky #13. His two-run bomb opened the scoring in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday which was necessitated by a rainout on Saturday against between his Seattle Mariners (57-56) and the host KC Royals (he sat out the nightcap). He also had his third triple and a single in this one, so he was just one double shy of a cycle. On Friday, Valencia was 0-for-2 with two sac flies. Is he in danger of losing playing time now that the Mariners have acquired Yonder Alonso?

Ian Kinsler was 4-for-12 with a double and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (51-59) lost two of the last three games in a four-game set to the host Baltimore Orioles (55-56). Three of those hits came in yesterday’s 12-3 loss. Richard Bleier had another scoreless outing in that one, going 2.1 innings and allowing two hits. In his last 10 appearances, Bleier has given up just two earned runs (three total) in 17 innings.

Ryan Braun split his time between left field and DH as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-54) took two of three from the host Tampa Bay Rays. Braun had two singles in 11 at-bats with two Ks and a walk. The two teams combined for just eight runs over the three meetings with the Brewers winning the first two by shutouts.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-6 as the LA Dodgers (79-32) swept the host NY Mets, a series that also included two shutouts. He walked twice in the Friday game and stole just his second base of the season. Pederson is hitless in his late eight games.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (41-68) who suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the host Boston Red Sox .

Used to be, years ago, that we would read about these things in the “agate” section of the sports page, the tiny fonts that gave us information about who was traded or injured or released. In the on-line version we have the Oakland As designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment late last week. Lavarnway — a pillar of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic — had two cups of coffee for  the As: 11 at-bats over six games with two singles, a double, and two RBI. Here’s hoping he lands somewhere soon, especially since today is his 30th birthday!

Looks like Craig Breslow may have found a new home: The Cleveland Indians signed him to a minor league contract over the weekend. Mazel tov! And Scott Feldman will supposedly be returning soon to the Cincinnati Reds.

In another agate move, the Atlanta Braves called up pitcher Max Fried, one of those “highly touted” prospects who finds himself struggling in the pros. The 23-year-old lefty was just 2-11 with a 5.32 ERA in 19 starts for the team’s Mississippi affiliate in the Southern League (AA) where he walked 43 and struck out 85 in 86.2 innings. Fried has yet to appear in a major league game and until he does he’s not official.

I wonder if the Mets will bring up Cody Decker? The heart and soul of Team Israel is with their AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s after spending some time with their AA club in Binghamton. Don’t know how I feel about this description from AmazinAveue.com, announcing a recent accomplishment in a game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday: “The new pitcher, Jacob Rhame, left a big fat one for Cody Decker down and away, and the Jew bid adieu to that miscue, socking it over the left field wall for a game-tying three-run homer.” Between the two teams, Decker has 10 doubles and 10 homers in 68 games.

JML Update, Weekend edition (June 9-11, 2017)

Posted on: June 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ian Kinsler had four singles in 14 at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (30-32) lost two of three to the host Boston Red Sox. He also scored twice and drove in a run.

Kevin Pillar was 3-14 over his weekend. Two of those hits, both doubles (16), came in yesterday’s 4-0 shutout against the host Seattle Mariners (31-33) He also scored two of the four runs. Toronto (31-32) took two of three from the Mariners.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-9 with five strikeouts and an RBI, serving as a pinch-hitter in the middle game.

Alex Bregman hit his seventh home run of the season on Friday as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting LA Angels, 9-4. It was his only hits in eight at-bats (two walks), as Houston (44-20) dropped two of the three games.

Richard Bleier was only pitcher to come away unscathed as the Baltimore Orioles were crushed by the host NY Yankees, 16-3 on Saturday.He struck out two in two innings of relief, his only outing of the weekend.  The Yankees outscored the Birds in the three-game sweep, 38-8.

Craig Breslow was not so fortunate. In his only appearance, he allowed five runs on four hits and an intentional walk yesterday as the host San Francisco Giants beat his Minnesota Twins (32-20), 13-8. With one outs, the Giants put up: single, single, double, intentional walk, and triple. Breslow’s ERA ballooned almost two full points, from 2.57 to 4.50.

Still, Breslow was more fortunate than Brad Goldberg, who was sent down by the Chicago White Sox of Friday. Goldberg appeared in just one game — June 3 against the Detroit Tigers — and gave up four earned runs in just a third of an inning.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. His next scheduled start comes tomorrow against the Padres in San Diego.

Joc Pederson homered on the first pitch he saw his first rehab at-bat to help Oklahoma City to a 12-6 win on Friday vs. Round Rock. There is still no time table for his return to the Dodgers.

Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers, also without a timetable for his return.

And although I rarely write about Jews in the minors, it’s worth noting that our old friend Cody Decker hit a grand slam on Friday to lead the Binghamton Rumble Ponies past the Harrisburg Senators, 10-6.

JML update, Games of April 11, 2017

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

A lot of MOT-on-MOT action last night.

Alex Bregman singled twice in five at-bats, striking out the other three times. He drove in the sixth run of the game for the Houston Astros (5-2), who beat the host Seattle Mariners (2-7), 7-3. Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 for Seattle with two strikeouts.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 with a walk in the Milwaukee Brewers’ (3-5) 4-3 win over the host Toronto Blue Jays. Kevin Pillar has hitless in four at bats for the home team. who have lost six of their first seven games. Pillar did contribute on defense, however, charging in and laying out to rob Jesus Aguilar of a hit in the top of the eighth.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-three with a walk as the Detroit Tigers (5-2) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins (5-2), 2-1. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins. Originally, I thought this piece was about Kinsler being a mensch…

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds in their 6-2 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates. The score matches the Reds’ record for the season. Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers had the day off.

In other (former) JML news, congrats to a couple of alumni of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic (HT to Jeff F. for these):

Image result for nate freiman, Cody decker

And meow-zal of the day:



Shalom to the World Baseball Classic

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan
WBC Visit Players Sm

Top (L-to-R) Davis, Decker, Lavarnway; center (L-to-R) Kelly, Valencia, Fuld; bottom (L-to-R) Baker, Bleich, Zeid

The contingent of American professional ballplayers is making the rounds in Israel. For many who have never been to Israel before, this serves as something of a Birthright trip.

The group — including Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, Cody Decker, Ryan Lavarnway,  among others — was on hand to dedicate a new professional-grade field. Ten years ago, a group of well-meaning baseball lovers tried to establish a professional league in Israel, but it fell apart after a single season for numerous reasons, not the least of which was a lack of adequate playing facilities.

It’s one thing for the Jewish media to write about it. Israel is not exactly the Dominican Republic when it comes to sending athletes into the professional ranks. Heck, in a few cases they still practically have to explain what baseball is for a large part of their readership who may be unfamiliar with America’s national pastime. But what about the “regular” media, especially outlets like ESPN? What do they think about this anomaly? After all, it’s almost a man-bites-dog story. Baseball in Israel? How cute. (It almost borders on the stereotype of the unathletic Jew.)

This is Israel’s first trip to the World Baseball Classic; they’re part of the pool that will play in Seoul, Korea during spring training. The timing allows those handful of Jewish players on major league rosters to participate, something they were unable to do for the qualifiers which took place before the major league season was finished. It’s doubtful that all of them will choose that option; Alex Bregman, the rookie sensation for the Houston Astros, and Ian Kinsler, the veteran second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, have already expressed their preference for playing on Team USA. You expect the Jewish press to be head-over-heals enthusiastic.

The players and coaches of the Jewish-American-Israel Baseball team in front of an F-15 fighter jet at an Israeli Air Force Base, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

It will be fun to see if Ryan Braun or Joc Pederson might be persuaded to join Team Israel. Braun’s father was actually born in the Holy Land; maybe he can wield some influence.

JML update, spring training final

Posted on: April 3rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

The things I do for you, working on a Sunday so I get start tomorrow with the regular season… You’re welcome.

The teams are pretty much set by the last games of spring training, with regular either getting a rest of final tuneup.

On Friday…

Ian Kinsler was 0-2 2ith two walks a sun score, an RBI and a stolen base in the Detroit Tigers’ 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ryan Braun, batting third as the DH, hit his second home run, a solo shot, in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-2 loss to the host Houston Astros.

Kevin Pillar connected on his first four-bagger of spring. It came on the first pitch he saw to lead off the game for the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately, the game went 10 and the Jays lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox in 10, 4-2.

Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one, but the NY Yankees scored a pair in the ninth to beat his Miami Marlins, 3-2.

Joc Pederson was 0-2 with a strikeout in the LA Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the visiting LA Angels.

Danny Valencia was 0-3 for the Oakland Athletics in their 3-0 shutout at the hands of the host San Francisco Giants.

On Saturday…

Cody Decker was 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout, batting fourth and playing first base for the KC Royals in their 4-2 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pillar was 0-2 in the Jay’s 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Valencia doubled in three at bats as the As beat the Giants, 4-1.

Pederson singled in two at bats. He also walked and struck out in the Dodgers’ 8-1 loss to the Angels.



JML update, March 10, 2016

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

A good day on the diamond for the boys. Lots of power displayed.

Ian Kinsler led off the game for the Detroit Tigers with a home run — his second four-bagger — in an 11-4 win over the visiting Washington Nationals. That gives him 11 RBI in just 15 at bats.

Also leading off his game with a homer: Joc Pederson, who connected on his first of the season. He scored twice drove in the one run and also singled in four at bats as the LA Dodgers and LA Angels played a wild one that ended in a 13-13 tie.

Nate Freiman hit his first long bomb of the spring as a substitute first baseman but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Atlanta Braves from losing to the host Houston Astros, 9-5. Interesting comparison by the announcers in the video to Frank Howard, a behemoth who played for the Dodgers and Senators in the 1960s-70s. Of course in those days, players weren’t as uniformly bigger as they are now so there’s less of a differential. Teammate Ryan Lavarnway struck out as a pinch hitter and didn’t get a hit in a subsequent at bat as the DH. Alex Bregman entered the game as a pinch runner for the Astros and struck out twice as the substitute shortstop, dropping his batting average to .100.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-out triple in the second and walked as the Toronto Blue Jay’ lead-off batter in their 5-1 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Sam Fuld finally had the game he had been looking for, going 3-5 out of the leadoff spot for the Oakland Athletics in their 12-3 win over the host Chicago White Sox. He scored one run and drove in another. He also grounded into a double play and was picked off of first and caught trying to steal a base. Teammate Danny Valencia was productive as well: 2-3 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.

Zach Weiss pitched two scoreless innings (0 hits, one walk, one strikeout) for the Cincinnati Reds in their 11-5 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. Four other Reds pitchers gave up 18 hits.

Cody Decker was 0-2 as the starting designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals who lost to the host Seattle Mariners, 7-5.



JML update, March 9, 2016

Posted on: March 9th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

If this were the regular season, Nate Freiman‘s .125 batting average wouldn’t be that big a deal; one hit in eight at bats is not a real indicator. But in spring training, when you’re fighting for a roster spot… Freiman was 0-1 as a replacement at first base for the Atlanta Braves, who scored twice in the bottm of the ninth to defeat the visiting NY Mets, 5-4.

Zach Borenstein was 0-2 with a walk and strikeout as the starting left fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They  played to an 8-8- tie with the host San Diego Padres. He’s batting .167 (1-6)

Cody Decker was 1-3 with a walk as the starting first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. They beat the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-2. Decker is batting an even .300 with an OPS (on-base average plus slugging percentage) of 1.064. But, like Freiman, that’s based on a small sample size.

Ike Davis was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored as the starting first baseman for the Texas Rangers in their 9-3 win over the host Oakland Athletics. Davis is 4-8 but the difference between him and a Decker or Freiman is that he’s a proven Major Leaguer.

Craig Breslow, on the other hand, is making a pretty good impression for the Miami Marlins. He pitched another perfect inning, striking out one and earning a hold, in a 1-0 win over the visiting NY Yankees.

Ian Kinsler has nothing to prove for the Detroit Tigers. He was 1-2 with a two-out, two RBI double in the fourth and also walked their 6-5 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.



Respecting your elders

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

With all the tsouris going on re: Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and PED, how about a light-hearted story for a change?

Cody Decker, a hopefully up-and-coming JMLer in the San Diego Padres system, took time out from his busy scheduled to write, produce, direct, and star in this video which pays homage to Brad Ausmus, one of the all-time great Jewish players.

Decker played for the Israeli National Team — managed by Ausmus — in the World Baseball Classic qualifer last September. In three games, Decker was 1-10 with a double, two walks, and two runs batted in.

Could Decker, who’s batting .266 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI, be the next Woody Allen?



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