AFL Javelinas (2-0 loss to Surprise Rafters)
Brett Gardner: 0-4, 2 K’s – In true Johnny Damon fashion, Gardner was the DH and hit lead off. It was his first game without a hit.
Juan Miranda: 0-4, 1 K – Has batted Cleanup in every game he’s played.
Reegie Corona: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K – Still looking for his first hit from the right side.
It’s amazing what a little wind can do in a hitters league like the AFL. There was a 25mph wind blowing in from RF and the Javelinas were held to just two hits and no runs. One of the hits came from Corona and it was a ball that a cheap pair of sunglasses should have caught without a problem. They have a strange rule in the AFL – if the fielder looses the ball in the sun and he doesn’t touch it – it’s ruled a hit (or a double in the case of Corona). For what it’s worth, Gardner hit the deepest fly out of the day. He hit the ball straight into the wind and the right fielder caught it on the edge of the warning track. The game photo’s are on the other side. Read More→
Go nuts on this one, kids. Don’t be too mean.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Bradley Suttle | 3B
Born in San Antonio, TX, Suttle’s family resides 30 miles northwest in the small surburban town of Boerne, TX, best known for the landmark Supreme Court case The City of Boerne vs. Flores. Suttle, who prefers to go by Bradley, had a dynamic high school career as a two-way player at Boerne High, helping the Greyhounds go a combined 100-30 during his 4 year career, which included reaching the 4A State Championship Title in 2004 (his junior year). At the plate, Suttle scored over 115 runs, and racked up over 60 extra base hits & 120 RBI in his career, while striking out 411 batters in 256 innings on the mound.
AzFL Peoria was off, just like every Sunday.
HWB Honolulu (6-4 loss to West Oahu in 7 innings) game shortened to 7 innings because…well…the managers agreed to it
Austin Jackson: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Bradley Suttle: did not come to the plate…pinch-ran in the 7th
At some point, someone’s going to have to do something about these terrible calls that have a measured impact on the game. This ALCS Game 7 should be tied in the top of the 7th. Instead, the Red Sox have a one-run lead because the umpires missed yet another call.
For the second time in a week, Joe Torre turned down an offer of a job. This time, he declined an offer from FOX to join Tim McCarver and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth during the World Series. Insert your own “insulting offer” joke here. · (10) ·
AzFL Peoria (5-4 loss to the other Peoria)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R – hit in every game he’s played in the AzFL…been on base 19 times in 9 games
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 8 pitches, 7 strikes…that’s how relievers are supposed to do it
HWB Honolulu (8-1 win over West Oahu)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – just out of curiosity, who would you rather have – Ajax or Jose Tabata?
Brad Suttle: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – 5 hits in his last 6 games…I think he’s allergic to multi-hit games
Venezuela Winter League (a lone box score was available this morning)
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 1, 1 K – pinch-hit in the 9th….350-.458-.650 with a 1-4 K/BB ratio
In case you missed it in the comments the other day, Jesus Montero is tearing up his winter ball league, hitting .484 (15 hits) with 3 homers and 8 runs scored in no more than 8 games. He’s near the top of the leaderboard in most offensive categories. Thanks to both Matt L and our very own JP for the heads up.
Make sure you scroll down, we’ve got lots of good stuff this mornin’.
As the hot stove season approaches, I find myself checking ESPN.com more and more. I don’t like doing it, not one bit. But I really detest FoxSports.com. Anyone who employs Kevin Hench, quite possibly the least knowledgeable sportswriter on the Internet, can shove it as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, there was a report there this morning regarding Scott Boras’s comments on the Torre situation. And guess what? It’s going to affect A-Rod’s decision!
“I would say that state of flux is a grand issue,” Boras said Saturday. “We’re talking about a long-term contract here, and to make that decision is difficult, knowing there are that many issues up in the air.”
How long is that contract you’re seeking, Scott? Ten years? Something tells me there will be at least one more period during that tenure where the Yanks are in a state of flux. If A-Rod goes elsewhere, it could actually be more tumultuous. When teams lose, they change managers. The Yankees win, so the temptation to change is lessened.
But hey, leverage comes in all forms, right. · (10) ·