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JML update, long weekend edition

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Tue, 31 May 2016 18:36:27 | by Ron Kaplan

Lot of catching up to do, especially since the teams switch up once Mondays roll around.

For someone who’s missed a few games over the last week or so, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun is getting a lot of attention on the trade rumor front. Teams reportedly showing interest include the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox. He was 0-3 with a walk in Friday’s 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds, grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning of Saturday’s 7-6 loss and hasn’t been seen since. He’s in the  first season of a five-year, $105 million deal with a mutual option for 2021 but with the Brewers not going anywhere for the foreseeable future… Despite the increased frequency of missed games, Braun has nine home runs and 30 RBI and is second in the NL with a .351 batting average and is among the top five in slugging and OPS.

Kevin Pillar was 3-15 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI in the Toronto Blue Jays’ weekend series against the visiting Red Sox. The Jays took two of the three games. He added another double — 16 in total — in yesterday’s 4-2 win over the visiting NY Yankees. No highlight-worth defensive plays, although that didn’t stop his teammate, Jose Bautista, from chiming in…

Danny Valencia had a strong weekend series against the visiting Detroit Tigers. After going hitless in four at bats in a 4-1 loss, Valencia was 6-8 with five runs scored, his seventh homer of the year (which accounted for his one RBI) helping the Oakland Athletics win both meet-ups.

Ian Kinsler was 5-8 in the first two games, including his first triple of 2016 and to stolen bases (6). He was 0-3 in the finale with a walk, run scored, and a crucial error. He was 1-4 win a 5-1 loss to the host LA Angels yesterday

LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson struck out in three of his four trips to the plate in a 65- loss to the host Mets on Friday. He was 2-9 in the ensuing games — two doubles — which resulted in Dodger wins. He was 0-3  yesterday in a 2-0 loss to the host Chicago Cubs.

Scott Feldman made one appearance for the Houston  Astros over the weekend, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning in Sunday’s 8-6, 13-inning win over the Angels.

Jon Moscot is scheduled to take the mound for the Reds tonight against the Rockies in Colorado. They could use him; they’ve lost 13  of their last 15 games, including 11 in a row prior to a win on Friday.



“I” before “e” except…

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Fri, 27 May 2016 17:02:57 | by Ron Kaplan

It must be a sporting event if ESPN carried it…

I was searching for the cable channel that was airing the Warriors-Thunder game when I came across the annual Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee. On ESPN.

The program lasted an hour longer than the time ESPN had allotted, which gave it the feel of a “real” sporting event. The “announcers” kept telling the viewing audience how ridiculous the words were. I was watching with my daughter, an NYU graduate. Neither of us knew most of the words, but I could intuit a few based on the clues available to the contestants, such as country of origin and/or definition.

The contest ended in a tie for the third straight year. In a way, that’s kind of nice because these kids get so intense, I  could see how devastating it would be to lose after 24 rounds.

Can’t wait for the next Pardon the Interruption to see if co-host Tony Kornheiser continues his own tradition of referring to the kids as “twitching little freaks.”



Upsets of biblical proportions

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Fri, 27 May 2016 16:48:20 | by Ron Kaplan

http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/53a0860b69bedd394f2e6b76/theres-a-convincing-theory-that-goliath-not-david-was-actually-the-underdog.jpgThe Golden State Warriors went into the sixth meeting of the Western Conference Finals last night trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder three games to win. After their stellar season in which they set the NBA record for most wins — 73 out of 82 games — would it all come to naught?

The New York Times‘ Victor Mather put together this piece (looks better in the print edition, so there. The Web is not, by default, better) on “When Goliath Loses.” I’m guessing the Times ran it just in case. The Warriors’ dramatic 120-111 home win might have made it a moot point if they go on to win the deciding game on Sunday, but it’s still a fun piece.

The offering includes Roberta Vinci’s win over Serena Williams at last years U.S. Open; the NY Giants vs. the 16-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII; and the U.S. Hockey team over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, among others. You will notice there’s no baseball included in the chart (well, it’s a chart in print). That’s because there’s never that dramatic one game, despite all the announcers and pundits crying “This one is for all the marbles.” There’s very little DvG thanks to the playoff system. Although it is possible for the second wild card that barely gets into the post season to beat the club with the best record almost by a fluke.

 



Patriots owner Robert Kraft urges Yeshiva U grads to have ‘wildly improbable dreams,’

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Fri, 27 May 2016 15:18:13 | by Ron Kaplan

From the JTA:

In a Hebrew-laced Yeshiva University commencement address, Robert Kraft recounted his dream of owning the New England Patriots and urged graduates to have their own “wildly improbable” dreams.

At the ceremony, held Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, Kraft received an honorary degree from the university and was “hooded” in academic garb for the occasion by Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygmunt Wilf.

Kraft told the students about his “big dream, ‘chalom gadol‘” to own the Patriots, for which he said he paid $172 million, or nearly $50 million over market value and what he was initially prepared to pay. “Something in me said ‘yes’ to that message number,” he said. “I trusted my gut and we did the deal.” In the 21 years since, he managed to turn the Patriots from a league joke into four-time Super Bowl champions.

“What is your chalom gadol?” Kraft asked the students. “What is your big dream? Think big. Make it a wildly improbable dream.”

“Making improbable dreams happen is the story of our people,” he said.

Robert Kraft being “hooded” at the Yeshiva University commencement in New York City, May 26, 2016. (Adena Stevens/Yeshiva University)

 

Kraft spoke emotionally about his late father, Harry Kraft, who he said would have been thrilled to see him so honored. “Watching his son deliver the commencement address at Yeshiva would be far more rewarding to him than all of our Super Bowl successes combined,” he said.

Though his parents regularly argued about money, Kraft said, he learned from his father that compassion should always trump financial decisions. “A life of Jewish values should create a mensch, somebody committed to the highest ethical standards,” he said. “To him this commitment was priceless and infinitely more important than material wealth.”

Kraft ultimately came into significant wealth as the chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, a holding company with assets in paper, packaging, real estate and sports teams.

He spoke about his honeymoon to Israel in 1963, the goosebumps he received visiting the Western Wall for the first time and the decision to hold a moment of silence before a Patriot game for Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American killed in Israel in 2015.

It was an example, he said, of “tikkun olam,” or making the world a better place. He asked the students, “What corner of the world will you make better?”

Yeshiva University president Richard M. Joel praised Kraft for practicing a “philanthropy that did not stop with Israel or Jewish causes; it has actually spread far beyond to causes including education, child and women issues, cancer research, Jewish-Christian dialogue, youth sports and many more. You model for each of us what it means to wear our Jewishness with pride.”

Over decades, the Kraft family has given away more than $100 million to various causes.



JML update, games of May 26, 2016

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Fri, 27 May 2016 15:12:27 | by Ron Kaplan

Another lite Thursday sked.

Ryan Braun homered for the second time in three games to help the Milwaukee Brewers sweep the host Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 decision. It was Braun’s ninth home run was actually the deciding factor, giving the Brewers the 3-2 lead. It was his 30th RBI and his .361 batting average is second in the National League.

Kevin Pillar singled in four at bats as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the host NY Yankees, 3-1. With Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira on the shelf, could we see the return of Ike Davis to the Big Apple?

Scott Feldman did not pitch in the Houston Astros’ 4-2 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

Here’s a Ryan Kalish “sighting.”

This weekend

  • Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers visit Steven “No MOT” Matz and the NY Mets who will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World’s Championship during the series
  • Danny Valencia and the Oakland Athletics host the Detroit Tigers and Ian Kinsler (hopefully recovered from his battle with the “flu-like”)
  • Pillar and the Blue Jays welcome in the Boston Red Sox
  • Braun and the Brew Crew host the Cincinnati Reds. Jon Moscot worked six scoreless innings yesterday in another rehab assignment for the Louisville Bats, picking up the win in a 5-0 decision over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders


More on Matz not MOT

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Fri, 27 May 2016 14:46:37 | by Ron Kaplan

The JTA article to which I linked yesterday had a link to an interview he did with ESPN reporter Eddie Matz who a) is no relation, and b) is Jewish.

According to Matz the scribe, “According to the website forebears.io, “Matz” is the 30,312th most common name in the world.” So it’s easy to understand the confusion.

Here you go.



French Open almost closed

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Thu, 26 May 2016 15:17:03 | by Ron Kaplan

Scott Lipsky and his partner Eric Bertorac defeated the doubles team of Raven Klaasen (Russia) and Rajeeve Ram (USA).

Italy’s Camila Giorgi lost to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in second round action.

Both matches were held today.

 

 



JML update, geames of May 25, 2016

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Thu, 26 May 2016 15:09:43 | by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson drove in all the runs the LA Dodgers would need on a two-tally single in the fourth. They beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 3-1. Pederson has 24 ribbies on the year.

Ryan Braun was 2-4 with two walks as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the host Atlanta Braves in 13 innings, 3-2.

Kevin Pillar was 1-5 with a run scored as the Toronto Blue Jays doubled up on the host NY Yankees, 8-4. Sorry, no web gems this time.

Danny Valencia was 0-3 as the Oakland Athletics were keelhauled by the host Seattle Mariners, 13-3.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Houston Astros inth eir 4-3 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

Ian Kinsler missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms. How much like the flu do the symptoms have to be before it’s actual flu? Manager Brad Ausmus also missed the game due to the death of his mother, Linda Susan, in Connecticut. He was also scheduled to miss tomorrow’s game as his daughter graduates high school. Oh, the Detroit Tigers lost to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5.



No Matz

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Thu, 26 May 2016 14:27:33 | by Ron Kaplan

http://www.jta.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Steven-Matz.jpgNo, the Mets latest wunderkind Steven Matz is not MOT. Too bad, since he’s off to such a great  start: following his 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals yesterday, Matz is 7-1 in eight starts with a 2.36 earned run average and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of less than one and a strikeout an inning. That’s Cy Young Award material.

Seems we go through this every so often. Mike Jacobs, a former Met playing for the Florida Marlins at the time, was honored with a replica T-shirt on one of their Jewish heritage days. Problem was, he wasn’t a MOT either. In a way, it’s kind of nice that no one is asking. There’s something PC about that. On the other hand, see what happens when you assume?



Will I see you in September?

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Wed, 25 May 2016 14:20:59 | by Ron Kaplan

It’s obviously a bit early but folks are already starting to get excited about Israel’s participation in the World Baseball Classic qualifier in September. Bonus: the games will be held at Cyclones Park in Brooklyn!

This item speculates on which Jewish minor leaguers might be on the Israeli roster for the games, which are scheduled to take place during the regular MLB season, thereby obviating any JMLs getting a go. In 2013, the Israeli team included guys like Joc Pederson, Josh Zeid (a pitcher now in the independent Atlantic League), Cody Decker, Josh Satin, and a handful of other “prominent” minor leaguers.

The 2013 squad was led by Detroit Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus. http://baseballnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Jerry-Weinstein-4C-2009-ABCA.jpgThis year, the task goes to Jerry Weinstein, a coach in the Colorado Rockies organization.

 



JML update, games of May 24, 2016

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Wed, 25 May 2016 14:09:48 | by Ron Kaplan

Ryan Braun got the Milwaukee Brewers on the board in the fourth inning with his eighth home run. They held on for a 2-1 win over the host Atlanta Braves. Not that it mattered, but how shallow was that centerfielder playing? (Braun also made this nifty catch in the eighth.)

 

Just an aside, there has been extra attention paid to replays, with new rules in place about sliding into second base, etc. But they don’t have these in the minor leagues, so players actually have to learn new rules at the professional level. For example, the Washington Nationals challenged this play against the Mets last night. The exasperation of Gary Cohen and Ron Darling (“It’s a mockery”) is evident and representative of the rest of us when it comes to these things. Stay with the clip until the because the argument didn’t end there as the umpire made a somewhat confusing call in trying to confirm the ruling on the field. Too bad that part didn’t make it into the video; that was almost more amusing than the actual debate.

 

Scott Feldman pitched two scoreless innings (two hits, one walk, four strikeouts) as the Houston Astros beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, in 13 innings.

Joc Pederson doubled in four at bats (No. 9), stole a base and came in to score on the catcher’s throwing error, and drove in a run as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 8-2. Unfortunately, he couldn’t come down with this one in the outfield. Looks like Reds pitcher Jon Moscot will get at least one more rehab start.

Danny Valencia had a single in four at bats and scored a run for the Oakland Athletics, who fell to the host Seattle Mariners, 6-5, on a two-run walk-off homer.

Kevin Pillar resumed his recent hitting funk, going hitless for the sixth time in his last seven starts as the Toronto Blue Jays were shut out, 6-0, by the host NY Yankees. He got praise from the announcers for not giving up on what should have been a double play.

Ian Kinsler was scratched from last night’s game because of “flu-like” symptoms. The Detroit Tigers beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1. The team is on a bit of a role, winning eight of their last 10.

Ike Davis sighting: The first baseman hit a three-run homer to help Kyle Lohse win in the Round Rock Express’ 4-3 victory over Tacoma on Monday. My, the announcer got excited, didn’t he. I wonder the the minor league broadcasters feel they’re also working towards getting into the majors. It was the fourth home run for Davis who is batting .274 after a slow start.

 



UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

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Wed, 25 May 2016 13:12:48 | by Ron Kaplan

From the JTA:

A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is Jewish.

Michael Grade, 73, who served as BBC chairman from 2004 to 2006, told the UK’s Telegraph that he learned to “steer clear of any clubs that have a reputation for being anti-Jewish.”

Muirfeld, the Scottish club that allegedly excluded Grade, has come under fire recently for voting to continue its ban on female members.

Grade said he was invited to play at Muirfeld, but then had the invitation rescinded after the club learned that his “home club” was Coombe Hill, a Surrey club known for having a mostly Jewish membership, according to the Telegraph.

“Golf is full of that,” Grade said. “A friend of mine once asked me if I wanted to join another club which was said to have a ‘No Jews’ policy. He said he wanted to test them out, so he put my name forward and I was turned down.”

A spokesman for Muirfield told the Telegraph it does not discriminate on the basis of religious background, which is illegal. [Korner note: So on what basis do they discriminate?]

Along with chairing the BBC, Grade has headed numerous other British media organizations and companies.



Tennis, personne?

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Tue, 24 May 2016 16:17:16 | by Ron Kaplan

The French Open opened last week (sorry about that). You had the usual suspects from Israel — Amir Weintraub, Dudi Sela, Jonathan Erlich, and Julia Glushko, but no Shahar Peer this time around.

Other Jewish participants include Camila Giorgi of Italy and Scott Lipsky and Noah Rubin from the U.S.

Most of these fine folk don’t make it very far into the tournaments. Glushko beat Risa Ozaki of Japan in her opening match but lostto  Elise Mertens of Belgium in the next round. Weintraub lost his qualifying match against Jordi Samper-Montana of Spain and Sela lost to Gremany’s Dustin Brown. Erlich lost his doubles match as well.

Giorgi beat Alizé Lim of France today, so she moves on.

Lipsky has yet to play his doubles match, also schedule for today.

Rubin lost to fellow American Dennis Novikov in his qualifying match last week.

 



JML update, games of May 23, 2016

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Tue, 24 May 2016 15:20:59 | by Ron Kaplan

A typically quiet Monday finds only a couple of the already depleted crew in action.

Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at bats for the Detroit Tigers in their 5-4 edging of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. He did, however, participate in two double plays.

Danny Valencia had just one hit in five at bat, but it was bases-loaded double that drove in two runs for the Oakland Athletics in their 5-0 win over the host Seattle Mariners. Surprisingly, it was just his second two-bagger of the year. By contrast, he has six home runs. I wonder what the largest double-home run differential is? But wait, are the As looking to trade him?

Joc Pederson did not appear in the LA Dodgers’ 1-0 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

No games for Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays (they visit the NY Yankees), Scott Feldman and the Houston Astros (they host the Baltimore Orioles) or Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers (@ Atlanta Braves).

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I love these quirky thing: four of last night’s 12 games were decided by shutouts, two of the 1-0.



ITC 40th anniversary celebration continues with June events in northeast

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Tue, 24 May 2016 14:29:54 | by Ron Kaplan

 https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1579806364/ITC_logo_new.jpgThe Israel Tennis Center’s 40th anniversary exhibition tour continues with a series of events scheduled for June in several major markets in the Northeast.

“The ITC has been like a second home to hundreds of thousands of Israeli children of all backgrounds,” explained ITC Board President Phil Silber. “Having a group of these young people visiting the US and meeting our donors during our 40th anniversary is an extraordinary opportunity for our donors to learn first-hand what it means to these kids to live in Israel and get the kind of help our centers provide.”

Since 1976, the Israel Tennis Centers has been empowering Israel’s children to realize their full potential as productive and vital members of Israeli society. Now the largest social service agency for children in the country, the ITC continues to be a source of help for children with a wide range of needs, including those considered at risk, those with special needs, immigrants from Ethiopia and Russia and Arab and Jewish children brought together through its highly successful Coexistence Program.

Celebratory events have already taken place in Israel and the Diaspora, with many more scheduled for the balance of the year. Most immediate among them are the following scheduled for the Northeast in June:

June 3 – Short Hills, NJ

June 8 – Philadelphia

June 6 & 10 – New York City

June 11 – Scarsdale, NY

June 12 – Weston, MA

A diverse group of children and their coach from ITC centers in Israel will be visiting these communities to meet donors and share their stories of learning and growth. They include 12-year-old Daniella, who along with her father escaped persecution in Ukraine to settle in Israel and start a new life. They also include Alona, 19 years old from Haifa, who is currently serving in the Israeli Navy and is part of its special athletic program that allows aspiring athletes to play and train while finishing their military obligation. Perhaps most extraordinary is their coach, Badia, a Christian Arab from an underserved community in northern Israel, whose remarkable achievements leading our Israeli team is a shining example of ITC’s Coexistence Program, promoting understanding and respect among children of all religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

For more information on attending any of these events, contact 212-784-9201 or jglodstein@israeltenniscenters.org.

 



Seeking swimmers for Maccabiah Games (plus a shameless self-promotion)

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Mon, 23 May 2016 16:46:41 | by Ron Kaplan

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NwggwNCrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgMaccabi USA has put out a call for swimmers interested in trying out for the 20th  Maccabiah Games to be held in Israel, July 4 – 17, 2017. Categories are: junior (girls 13 to 16 and boys 14 -16), open (17+), and masters (35+).

Which reminds me, as we get closer to the date, and your organization is looking for a speaker about the games for a potential fund-raiser, etc., hineni –here I am.

Interested parties can reach me at rkaplan@njjewishnews.com.

Just sayin’.



So long, it’s been goo to know yuh

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Mon, 23 May 2016 16:39:35 | by Ron Kaplan

https://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/159/files/2016/05/eric-nystrom-nhl-stanley-cup-playoffs-nashville-predators-san-jose-sharks-850x560.jpgThe Nashville Predators are apparently ready to part ways with their oft-injured left-wing Eric Nystrom.

Nystrom, 33, appeared in just 46 games for the Predators this season. He scored seven goals with no assists.

The son of NY Islanders favorite Bobby Nystrom, Eric broke in with the Calgary Flames in 2005, appearing in two games. He spent the entire following year in the minors before returning for good in 2007. Nystrom also played for the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars before coming over the Nashville for the 2013 season. He has 75 goals and 48 assists in 593 regular season games.

You can follow him on Twitter @enystrom23.

 



There are dynasties, and then there are dynasties

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Mon, 23 May 2016 15:55:02 | by Ron Kaplan

Spent a nice afternoon at the Yogi Berra Museum yesterday, listening to a panel of writers discuss their books about the various successes of the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.

YBM0522Not a great photo off my phone, but the gentlemen are, from left, Hal Bock, author of The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty: Before the Curse), Howard Megdal (The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Time), and Dan Schlossberg (When the Braves Ruled the Diamond: Fourteen Flags over Atlanta). Marty Appel, who published the definitive history of another dynastic team with Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss served as most able moderator.

Interesting comparisons: the Cubs were tremendously successful in the first decade of the 20th century, prior to the popularity of the farm system, which was basically the brainchild of Branch Rickey during his tenure as vice president and general manager of the Cardinals (and prior to moving on to the Brooklyn Dodgers). The Braves won 14 consecutive Eastern Division titles from the 1990s to 2000s, combining a strong minor league affiliation with savvy trades and signings. So you have the gamut of how to put a winning combination together.

While doing research for my Hank Greenberg project, I took a look at the minor leagues during the Great Depression. It seems for the longest time, the Cardinals had more teams under their control than the rest of the National League combined. While some ball clubs had as few as two minor league affiliates, it wasn’t unusual for St. Louis to control more than 20. (By comparison, most teams have between five and seven these days). Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, commissioner of baseball in those days, broke up the Cardinals’ system, claiming they had an unfair hold over too many players. Probably one of the few times the system favored the athletes.



JML update, weekend edition

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Mon, 23 May 2016 14:47:24 | by Ron Kaplan

Fairly quiet weekend with none of the recent power displays carrying over.

Still hampered by a balky back, Ryan Braun missed the first two games for the Milwaukee Brewers in their series against the host NY Mets. He appeared in the finale, going 1-4 with his third stolen base. the Brewers dropped all three games.

Danny Valencia‘s Oakland Athletics were also swept by a New York team, the visiting Yankees. He singled in four at bats on Friday and was 0-7 in the other two contests.

Ian Kinsler had one single and scored one run in each of the Detroit Tigers’ games against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. He also walked and stole his fourth base in the middle game. The Tigers won two of the three. If they keep this up, maybe people will get off Brad Ausmus‘ back and let him grow his beard in peace.

Kevin Pillar did not start the Friday game for the Toronto Blue Jays against the host Minnesota Twins, entering as a defensive replacement in a 9-2 win without coming to the plate. He was 0-4 on Saturday in a 5-3 loss, extending his futility to 0-21 over his previous five starts. He came through in a 9-4 win on Sunday, though, both on offense and defense. He was 2-4 with his 13th double and another outstanding catch. The only thing he couldn’t do was get this kid a puppy (see the 20-second mark).

 

Joc Pederson entered Friday’s contest between his LA Dodgers and host San Diego Padres as a defensive replacement, striking out in his only at bat. He was 1-3 with a walk in Saturday’s 3-2, 11-inning loss. They really must have enjoyed playing the next day, pushing it to 17 innings with a 9-5 Dodgers win. Pederson was 2-7 with a walk in that one.

Scott Feldman did not pitch over the weekend for the Houston Astros in their sweep at the hands of the visiting Texas Rangers.

Jon Moscot is evidently making decent progress for the Cincinnati Reds and should come off the disabled list shortly. They could really use him, dropping all three of their games to the visiting Seattle Mariners. Let’s just hope Moscot does better than his most recent rehab start against the Columbus Clippers.



Music, meastro, please

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Mon, 23 May 2016 13:28:55 | by Ron Kaplan

One Jewish, one not, both…interesting.

On Saturday, 89-year-old survivor Hermina Hirsch sang the National Anthem prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park in Detroit.

 

That same day the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was supposed to perform the anthem at the game between the Padres and visiting LA Dodgers.

According to an item in today’s New York Times

The group waited for its cue, and after a prolonged pause, a recording began — of a young woman singing, said Bob Lehman, the executive director of the chorus….

Before a near-capacity crowd announced at more than 40,000, the men awkwardly waited for the song to finish. There was no announcement or attempt to stop the recording, Mr. Lehman said. The men were then ushered off the field as fans taunted them with phrases like “You sing like a girl” and “You never sounded better,” Mr. Lehman said.

According to an item on the Los Angeles Times‘ website, “the chorus was singing during “Out at the Park,” a special LGBT pride event at the stadium.

The Padres said they have discipline the responsible (or maybe it should be irresponsible) parties.