Posts Tagged ‘Sam Fuld’


JML Update, November 14, 2017

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The winter meetings begin today so it might not be too much longer before we learn the fates of players like Ian Kinsler, Craig Breslow, Danny Valencia, and perhaps even Ryan Braun.

I’m not looking for an immediate move re: Kinsler; neither are the Tigers, apparently.

Could Braun and Toronto Blue Jays super-defender Kevin Pillar be swapping team colors?

Alex Bregman continues to enjoy the adulation that comes with being on a world championship team. As a celebrity, he gets to weigh in on some strange issues.

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Alex Bregman, right, at a recent LSU football game.

Joc Pederson isn’t doing so badly himself either, even if there are some who think the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfield is too crowded and he’s the one who should be traded.

In fact, what a great week it was during the World Series for past and present Jewish ballplayers and their fans, according to Steve Wulf on ESPN.

Big fish, small pond? Max Fried is the ninth-best prospect for the Atlanta Braves, the organization that is ranked second-best in the game.

Brad Ausmus “passed” on interviewing for the Yankees slot and reports indicate he wants to take some time off from managing. Sorry, but if no one invites you, can you decline an invitation?

And finally, guess who’s back in the Fuld. Our boy, Super Sam. (oooh, sorry) who joins fellow MOT Gabe Kapler on the Philadelphia Phillies. Fuld, who has been out of action for the past couple of seasons due to injury, decided to retire as an active player. He’ll be working on analytics for the Phillies front office.



JML Update, Games of July 18, 2017

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ian Kinsler continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-t with a double (#14) and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (43-49) beat the host KC Royals, 9-3. And kudos for being named the Tigers’ 2017 recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award for the second year in a row. The award given by the MLB Players Alumni Association honors active players who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”

Kevin Pillar had two singles in six at bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-50) lost 5-4 to the Boston Red Sox in 15 innings on a walk off home run by Hanley Ramirez. Pillar also made a nice running catch in the fourth.

Ryan Braun singled and scored a run but the Milwaukee Brewers (52-44) fell to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (63-31) beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (47-48), 6-2. Danny Valencia was hitless in four trips to the plate for the losers.

Joc Pederson struck out in two of his three at-bats and came out for a pinch hitter in the eighth as the LA Dodgers (65-29) held on to the only run of the game — scored in the first inning — over the host Chicago White Sox.

Welcome back, Craig Breslow. The lefty-reliever gave up a hit and a walk in his one-third of an inning for the Minnesota Twins (47-46) but he did strand his inherited runner in a 6-3 loss to the visiting NY Yankees.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (44-49) in their 12-1 dismantling of the visiting Texas Rangers.

Scott Feldman is on the disabled list (knee inflammation) for the Cincinnati Reds. They lost, 11-2, to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

And, sorry, but why is the fact that Wrigley Field will now offer kosher cuisine a thing these days? Chicago is a major metropolis with the fourth largest Jewish population in the U.S. according to the 2014 American Jewish Yearbook.

And speaking of Chicago, looks like the White Sox are giving Brad Goldberg — he of the 108.00 ERA for giving up four runs in 1/3 of an inning in his Major league debut (and only game) — another shot. Here’s hoping he can stick around a little longer this time.

Finally, is this the end of the baseball road for Super Sam Fuld? Sad to think that’s all for this fan favorite and defensive wiz but he hints at that possibility in this interview with the Cape Cod Times. (HT to Scott Barancik of the Jewish Baseball News site for the last two items.)


WBC OK by me

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Israel defeated the Netherlands at the WBC on Wednesday, 4-2. It looked like it might start as another route, with the MOTs scoring three runs in the top of the first after scoring four to begin their 15-7 win over Chinese Tai Pei on Monday. But instead it turned into a nerve-wracking. Israel needed an inning-ending double play in the eighth with the basis loaded to get out of trouble.

The win made them the first team to go 3-0 in the first round after winning in the qualifiers.

One of the highlights of the game was the mano-a-mano between 7’1″ Netherlands pitcher Loek Van Mil against 6’8″ Nate Freiman; the first baseman, shown here with teammate Sam Fuld,  came away with a walk on a full count.

Israel used nine pitchers, including winner Jason Marquis.

I think their luck just might run out: they face the always-tough Cuban team in their first contest of the second round, which will take place at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday night at 10 p.m. EST (noon in Japan, so no Shabbat worries.) After that it’s the Netherlands again on Monday at 6 a.m. / 7 p.m. and Japan on Wednesday at the same times. A tiebreaker is scheduled for Thursday.

A few items for your interest:


  • Finally, here’s a documentary that shows how the interest in Holy Land Hardball got started, courtesy of Brett Rapkin, the film’s co-director and co-writer. Here’s my review from my days at the NJ Jewish News.

Israel opens WBC with a 2-1 win

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for wbc 2017Mazel tov to Team Israel! They beat the host nation Korea, 2-1, in 10 innings to open the World Baseball Classic.

Scott Burcham, a third baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization who played shortstop in this one, drove in the winning run in the top of the frame with an infield single. Jason Marquis, who is hoping his appearance will serve as a showcase for a new Major League job, started and pitched three scoreless innings while Josh Zeid picked up the win with three scoreless of his own. Had Zeid thrown just one more pitch, he would have reach the limit of 50 which would have made him have to sit out for several more games. He struck out four batters, including the last two to end the game.

Other highlights:

  • Sam Fuld had two hits and played sterling defense, as per usual.
  • Ike Davis doubled as a pinch hitter and also drew a walk, taking over the DH role.
  • Burcham also had another single and made a great play on a line drive for the first out in the 10th.

Next up: Corey Baker, a 27-year-old righty in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system, gets the start for Israel against host Chinese Taipei.


JML update, Feb. 28, 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Haven’t done one of these in awhile so thought it would be a good way to end the month.

First the good news: That documentary about Team Israel and the World Baseball Classic reached its Kickstarter goal! Mazel tov.


Ty Kelly is supposed to be one of those players. Here’s my story from a Jewish POV and another from an Irish-Catholic perspective (actually, it heavily references that JBN article). A bit of sad news, though: Craig Breslow, who had been on the roster, has apparently changed his mind. According to a story on JewishBaseballNews.com, “now that he’s legitimately fighting for a bullpen spot with the Minnesota Twins, Breslow feels he can’t afford to leave Spring Training for the WBC.” Zack Thornton, a prospect in the Mets system, has been tabbed to take Breslow’s spot in the bullpen. Jason Marquis, who did not pitch professionally last season, is hoping his work in Korea might serve as a showcase for potential interest among ML clubs. Same could be said for Sam Fuld.

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun juggles some baseballsRyan Braun fans should be warned: they won’t be seeing him in any spring training action until after the WBC. Not to worry; that seems to be his norm over the past few years.

Ian Kinsler hit a home run in his second spring game.

Danny Valencia got off to a good start for his latest team, the Seattle Mariners. Bad luck for Scott Feldman, though. He didn’t give up a hit but walked two and gave up two unearned runs in his debut with the Cincinnati Reds. Feldman took the loss in a 6-1 decision against the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kevin Pillar is getting ready for the long haul.

As for the others, not much to report this early on.


JML update, weekend edition (April 29-May 1, 2016)

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

  • Friday: 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Miami Marlins
  • Saturday: 1-4 with an RBI (# 18) in a 7-5 loss to the Marlins
  • Sunday: 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI (20) in a 14-4 win over the Marlins

Craig Breslow, Miami Marlins

  • Saturday: Allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up two of his own without retiring a batter. Breslow gave up two hits, including a home run.
  • Sunday: Mopped up with 2/3 of an inning, allowing an unearned run

Scott Feldman, Houston Astros

  • Saturday — Relegated to the bullpen, Feldman turned in his best outing of the year, pitching three hitless innings and striking out three in a 2-0 loss to the host Oakland Athletics

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

  • Friday, 1-3 with a run scored, two walks, and two stolen bases in a 9-2 win over the host Minnesota Twins.
  • Saturday: 0-4 in a 4-2 win over the Twins.
  • Sunday: 0-5 win a 6-5 win over the Twins for the three game sweep and perhaps securing manager Brad Ausmus‘ job for a few more days.

Jon Moscot, Cincinnati Reds — Did not appear in the weekend series against the host Pittsburgh Pirates. His next scheduled start is tomorrow when the Reds host the San Francisco Giants. He was removed from his last game, against the NY Mets earlier this week, when he experienced some shoulder pain. But if the baseball thing doesn’t work out, he can always fall back on a career in the movies.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers

  • Friday: Did not appear in a 5-1 loss to the visiting San Diego Padres.
  • Saturday: 0-1 with a walk in a 5-2 loss to the Padres, coming out of the game for a punch-hitter in the seventh inning.
  • Sunday: Did not appear in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win over the Padres.

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays

  • Friday: 0-4 in a 6-1 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Saturday: 2-3 with a double (# 5) and his first home run of the year in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Rays. The solo shot broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning.
  • Sunday: 1-4 in a 5-1 win over the Rays. He was also called out on a questionable (to me) play when he was caught in a rundown.

And no, that’s not Bernie Sanders throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Friday’s game.

Danny Valencia, Oakland Athletics — On the disabled list since April 20 with an injured hamstring, Valencia is expected to return to the As on Friday. The news is not so good for his teammate, Sam Fuld, who is scheduled for shoulder surgery on May 18 and will possibly miss the rest of the 2016 season.

In other news: First baseman Nate Freiman, recently released by the Washington Nationals, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Ryan Kalish got off to a good start in his return to pro ball, stealing second and third before scoring the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly in a 1-0 win for his Iowa Cubs against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday.

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 4, 2016

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

In spring training games

  • Ian Kinsler was 1-3 with a three-RBI double in the third inning. That’s four RBI in his first two games. At this rate…. Just kidding. He also scored a run as the Detroit Tigers beat the host Atlanta Braves, 8-2. Ryan Lavarnway  had a single in two at bats as the starting catcher for the Braves.

  • Sam Fuld was 0-1 as the starting right fielder for the Oakland Athletics in their 8-2 loss to the host LA Angels.

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JML update,

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Sam Fuld is getting ready for another season with the Oakland Athletics. Same for Scott Feldman with the Houston Astros.

Ian Kinsler gets the fantasy analysis in this CBS Sports video. ESPN picked Kinsler and Tigers’ shortstop Jose Iglesias as the top double play combo in the Majors.

How do you know the media is having a slow day? When they come up with items like this (Brad Ausmus sighting).

“According to a major league source, [Craig Breslow] the 35 year old hurler has recently drawn interest from multiple teams, in large part because of his potential versatility as a reliever/potential starter.” So far he’s received interest from the Tigers and the Minnesota Twins, for whom he pitched in 2008-09. Breslow got a nice write-up on the long-form site Sports on Earth.


From MLBTradeRumors.com: “Some scouts still think there’s something left in Ike Davis’ tank. The Mets’ former top prospect has played for three teams over the last two seasons with exactly zero WAR in 666 plate appearances. Davis will likely sign a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.” But Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is out for the year as he recovers from Shoulder surgery. Ike Davis, anyone?

The LA Dodgers are counting on Joc Pederson, among others, to bounce back from sub-par performances.

Not sure if it’s a Canadian thing, reporting on the good works of their teams, but here’s another example of Kevin Pillar, the Toronto Blue Jays’ defensive wiz, being a mensch. He will participate as Jays decision makers address season-ticket holders at the Rogers Centre tomorrow (Feb. 4) at 6:45 p.m. You can watch the whole event live right here.


I probably won’t be watching the Madoff TV movie, but I wonder if they will discuss the Mets at all.

JML update, Hot Stove edition, Jan. 20

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Ron Kaplan

With pitchers and catchers due to report in less than a month, I thought it might be a good time to see where to find out boys when the camps open. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’ll still be there come opening day…


Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Craig Breslow: re-signed with the Boston Red Sox, Jajnuary

* Ike Davis: purchased by the Oakland As, November

Scott Feldman, Houston Astros

Sam Fuld: Oakland As

Nate Freiman: Oakland As

* Ryan Kalish: Free agent

Ian Kinsler: Detroit Tigers

* Ryan Lavarnway: Baltimore Orioles. It was an interesting December for Lavarnway

  • December 5, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox.
  • December 19, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • December 23, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Chicago Cubs.

Jason Marquis: Good question.

Joc Pederson: Los Angeles Dodgers

Kevin Pillar: Toronto Blue Jays

Aaron Poreda: Yomiuri Giants

*Danny Rosenbaum: Boston Red Sox (minors)

* Josh Satin: Cincinnati Reds

Danny Valencia: Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Youkilis: Retired

* Josh Zeid: Detroit Tigers

* Denotes new team.



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