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Let’s try this again: JMLs

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

You don’t call; you don’t write…

Haven’t been blogging lately because I’ve been getting used to my new hours at work. In case you forgot or are new to the Korner, I lost my job at the New Jersey Jewish News in the fall of 2016. It was there I established this blog and it was part of my job description. But once I was no longer there, I had to decided whether to let it go or take it on myself. Problem is, working 4 a.m to noon or 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. doesn’t always lend itself to maintaining a blog, let alone three — I also host Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf and The Worried Journalist, both of which have also taken major hits when it comes to posting. The former is my first blog, so I’m most faithful to that one.

But now that the baseball season is upon us — not only the earliest Opening Day in history, but the first time all 30 teams share the date — I thought it was an apporpriate time to start up again and see what happens.

So without further ado…

The JML roster to start the 2018 season includes:

  • Richard Bleier, P, Baltimore Orioles
  • Ryan Braun, OF-1B, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros
  • Ian Kinsler, 2B, Los Angeles Angels
  • Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Kevin Pillar, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Danny Valencia, Utility, Orioles
  • Gabe Kapler, Manager, Philadelphia Phillies

Absent from Major League rosters but who appeared in 2017:

  • Craig Breslow, P, Blue Jays
  • Max Fried, P, Atlanta Braves
  • Brad Goldberg, Chicago White Sox
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Ryan Sherriff, P, St. Louis Cardinals

In addition, pitcher Scott Feldman — who was 7-7 for the Cincinnati Reds — remains a free agent, as does Ike Davis, who is trying to reinvent himself as a pitcher.

A few notes: Braun will spend some time playing first this year, at least when some lefties pitch for tyhe opposition. Kinsler, of course, begins the year with a new team and might begin it on the bench due to an injury. And Kapler gets his first shot as a manager.

The big surprises — to me, at least — were Fried, Valencia, and Pederson. The Braves were considering using Fried as part of their rotation, but he begins the season in the minors. Valencia signed with the Orioles and made it to the OD roster. And Pederson, who’s had his ups and down, was looking at not being in LA when the bell rang, especially given his poor spring. Also, I have a soft spot for the ivy league-educated Breslow, so I hope he makes it back soon. Lavarnway was an invitee to the Pirates’ camp and did not make it.

No surprise that Bregman is the new big deal.

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) enters the Astros dugout after hitting a walk off single that drove in pinch runner Derek Fisher and gave the Astros a 13-12 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the tenth inning of Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Karen Warren, Staff / © 2017 Houston Chronicle

Hope I didn’t miss anyone. Didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to spring training. Fortunately Jewish baseball News did and kept track of the landsmen.

 

Jewish sports update, January 24, 2018

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Missed the last couple of days, but rather than backtrack, we’re just going to pretend I’m current.

Just a quick congrats to the Robert Kraft-owned New England Patriots and Jeff Lurie-owned Philadelphia Eagles, who will face each other in Super Bowl LII on February 4.

In other football news:

As for the games played on Jan. 23:

NBA

Omri Casspi played just two minutes in last night’s 123-112 win for the Golden State Warriors (38-10) over the visiting NY Knicks.

NHL

Brandon Leipsic played 13:47 without taking a shot on goal for the Vegas Blue Knights in their 6-3 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Michael Cammalleri was a scratch for the Edmonton Oilers in their 5-0 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

David Warsofsky was a scratch for the Colorado Avalanche in their 4-2 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens.

And the “latest” on…

And lest we forget, Red Fisher, widely considered one of the best hockey writers in the game, who died last Friday at the age of 91.

MLB

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract. Lavarnway, 30, appeared in six games for the Oakland As in 2017. He made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, “The Pirates announced a slate of non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, including catcher Ryan Lavarnway, whose minor league deals had not been previously reported. Lavarnway, 30, has appeared in parts of six big league seasons with the Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and Athletics. He spent the 2017 campaign in the Oakland organization, though he appeared in just six games at the Major League level. Lavarnway is a career .201/.262/.318 hitter through 420 MLB plate appearances, but he’s logged a much more palatable .274/.365/.421 slash in parts of seven seasons at the Triple-A level.” HT to Bob Wechsler and Jeff F. for the news.

More on…

I have to get a screener of this film about the Israeli National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Remaining Jewish free agents: Craig Breslow, Scott Feldman, Danny Valencia

Tennis

Long story short, no Jewish players are still active at the Australian Open.

 

 

 

 

Jewish sports update, January 16, 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Featuring games from Jan. 15…

NBA

Omri Casspi missed his third straight game after his recent back issues due to as the Golden State Warriors (36-9) beat the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-108. Although he had been cleared to play, he was kept out of action as a “healthy scratch.” His next opportunity will be tomorrow night when the Warriors visit the Chicago Bulls.

NHL

David Warsofsky is back! Who knew? He’s on the Colorado Avalanche now but he missed last night’s 3-1 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks as a scratch. He was recently recalled from the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. Warsofsky made his debut in 2013 with the Boston Bruins. he has also played for the NJ Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 5’9″, 170-pound defenseman has two goals and four assists in 39 career games.

The professional life-span of an athlete is usually pretty brief; hockey players last five-and-a-half years, slightly less than a Major Leaguer which tops the sports world with 5.6 seasons. So it’s never too early to think about your next career, as Andre Burakovsky is doing. #Flipper.

Although the Arizona Coyotes didn’t play last night, you can still read about Jakob Chychrun.

Tonight’s schedule shows Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the rest of the Coyotes hosting the San Jose Sharks; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the St. Louis Blues; and Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Nashville Predators

Tennis

Israel’s Dudi Sela was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round. Camila Giorgi (Italy) bested Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-4, 6-3. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), 6-1, 6-3, 7-6,

NFL

Josh Rosen is becoming the subject of a lot of chatter for the upcoming draft. Could he be a good fit for the Denver Broncos?

An Algemeiner Journal headline: “New York Times Places Patriots’ Jewish Owner in Christian ‘Holy Trinity’.” Hmm.

MLB

His post-season may have bought him some time, but how much more patience will the LA Dodgers show for Joc Pederson?

How will the acquisition of Curtis Granderson (one of the class guys in the game and a favorite of mine) impact Kevin Pillar?

ThatBallsOutaHere — a Phillies-centric blog — tells fans why they should be excited about their new manager, Gabe Kapler.

MISC.

Goldberg, the wrestler, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Goldberg

 

 

 

 

Jewish Sports Update, Weekend Edition (Jan. 12-14, 2018)

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi missed Friday’s game for the Golden State Warriors because of a bad back as his mates beat the host Milwaukee Bucks, 108-94. He also missed Saturday’s closer 127-125 win against the host Toronto Raptors. The Warriors are 35-9, with an amazing 19-3 mark on the road.

NHL

Andre Burakovsky missed the Friday game with his Washington Capitols due to illness. The Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3.

Michael Cammalleri took took shots on goal in 14:16 as the