Happy Birthday–July 3

Nig Cuppy (1869)
Curt Walker (1896)
Buddy Rosar (1914)
Art Fowler (1922)
Ed Roebuck (1931)
Cesar Tovar (1940)
John Verhoeven (1952)
Frank Tanana (1953)
Matt Keough (1955)
Danny Heep (1957)
Warren Newson (1964)
Greg Vaughn (1965)
Moises Alou (1966)
Brian Cashman (1967)
Juan Rivera (1978)
Edinson Volquez (1983)

Brian Cashman has been the general manager of the New York Yankees since 1998.

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Happy Birthday–July 2

Grover Hartley (1888)
Hal Wagner (1915)
Dick Greco (1925)
Red Rush (1927)
Chuck Stobbs (1929)
Mike Reilly (1949)
Tony Armas (1953)
Jose Canseco (1964)
Sean Casey (1974)
Greg Dobbs (1978)
Angel Pagan (1982)
Samuel Deduno (1983)
Rene Tosoni (1986)

Dick Greco played twelve seasons in the minors, hitting 328 home runs, but never got a chance in the majors.

Red Rush was a radio broadcaster for the White Sox, the Athletics, and the Cardinals.

Mike Reilly was a major league umpire from 1977-2010.

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Game 78: Twins at Reds

A very early game today! Perfect for some lunch time fun.

Probables:
MIN: May (4-6, 4.62)
CIN: Cueto (4-5, 2.98

Twins:
1. Dozier 2B
2. Nunez SS
3. Rosario RF
4. Plouffe! 3B
5. Vargas 1B
6. Herrmann C
7. Santana CF
8. Robinson LF
9. May P

(Ahh what the hell? Somehow this lineup will probably work)

Reds:
1. Phillips 2B
2. Votto 1B
3. Frazier 3B
4. Bruce RF
5. Pena C
6. Byrd LF
7. Suarez SS
8. Cueto P
9. Hamilton CF

Go tWINs

Cup of Coffee, 1 July 2015: Half Shot

My Dad always says on the Fourth of July that the summer is "half shot". That's ridiculous, of course, school's been out for less than a month and it doesn't start for more than two months. But, I can tell you that as of today, 2015 is half shot. And what a long half year it was (leap second added last night).

Happy Birthday–July 1

Roger Connor (1857)
John Clarkson (1861)
Jack Quinn (1883)
Ben Taylor (1888)
Bob Prince (1916)
Frank Baumann (1933)
Brian Sabean (1956)
Jamie Walker (1971)
Nelson Cruz (1980)
Justin Huber (1982)

First baseman Ben Taylor was a star in the Negro Leagues, batting over .300 in fifteen of his sixteen seasons.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Prince is best remembered for his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948-1975.

Brian Sabean has been the general manager of the San Francisco Giants since 1996.

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Game 76: Twins 7, Reds 11

The Reds are 5 games under .500 and 4th place in the NL Central Based on how things played out last night (runs in 5/9 innings, 17 hits from the Reds with only the pitcher's spot going hitless), you can forgive me for being in wonder at the game of baseball.

Big Pelf got shelled, turning in his shortest outing of the season with 2 innings completed. His line: 9 hits, 8 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout.

Telling was the line from Billy Hamilton; 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two walks and four steals ... this from a batter hitting .224/.273/.568 in 2015.

Dozier went bananas after striking out in the top of the 3rd, smashing his bat on the rack in the dugout. He then completed the Twins scoring in the 6-run 4th with a 3-run HR to left, his 16th of the season. He struck out two more times in the game, but no more HR's were forthcoming.

Mauer struck out to end the game, despite only seeing 1 strike: a ball he fouled off. In a 7-pitch at-bat, he was nearly hit in the face twice by 100+ mph fastballs from Aroldis Chapman, took 2 called strikes 4-6 inches outside and a final strike swinging at a pitch out of the zone ... exactly where Bob Davidson had called strike 1 & 2. It was a fitting end to the game.

So, I just got here, but I think I've stayed long enough.

-bS

 

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.