MLB Notes – July 7, 2008
Russell is a All-Star
Bad News: Russell Martin is not going to be a N.L Starter this year. Thanks to the greatest fans in baseball (Tommy Lasorda says it) Dodger fans didn’t vote for him. I’m a big Dodgers fan, but I always disagreed with Lasorda. I did vote for him but I guess not enough of people did. Martin was a starter last year and with good numbers this year, I thought he would be a easy choice for fans to select him. I was wrong.
Geovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs had a fast start and the Chicago fans went crazy in voting. They voted so much that Kosuke Fukudome was selected by fans to be a starting outfielder ! What a disgrace. More on that later. Let’s compare Martin vs Soto. Stats as of today.
Martin .305 9 HR 42 RBI’s
Soto .289 14 HR 52 RBI’s
Martin is batting 14 points higher than Soto and since Martin was the starter last year and is known more than Soto, I would think Martin had a great chance to be the starter. But Soto started the month of April by hitting .341 with 5 HR’s and 20 RBI’s. With that hot start, the nation noticed and he got the votes. Soto deserves it. He is having a great year but I’m disapointed in Dodger fans for not supporting Martin. The good news is that Martin was selected to be a N.L. reserve. Now, about Fukudome… Why is he a starter ? I know the fans of the Cubs went crazy, but why so much support for Fukudome ? Or was the whole country of Japan voting for him ? His stats as of today: .287 B.A. 7 HR’s 35 RBI’s Why is he a starter!! ? That’s funny. Well not as funny like reading the Cubs media guide. According the guide, it says the way to pronounce Fukudome is “foo-koo-DOUGH-may” I thought it was Fuc*-a-dome” ?
Baseball loves Statues
The L.A. Times have 2 great articles about statues. The first article is about how certain Baseball teams have statues of great players.
-Tony Gwynn is one of a group of baseball greats to have his likeness etched in stone. Two sets of sculptors have taken chisels to the Hammer, with statues of Hank Aaron on display in both Atlanta and Milwaukee, while at Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco you can say “hey” to a larger-than-life likeness of the Say Hey Kid. Babe Ruth lives on in Baltimore,
George Brett is still swinging in Kansas City and you could almost field full lineups with the number of player statues in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. The second article is about how certain players don’t have statues. The Dodgers aren’t saying whether a statue — of Sandy Koufax or anyone else — will be included in their five-year, half-billion-dollar stadium expansion. But marketing vice president Charles Steinberg, who came to the Dodgers after stints with three teams whose ballparks feature prominent statues, is a fan of the idea.-
I think it’s a cool idea. Hopefully the Dodgers do it ! I think you can start with Jackie Robinson. It’s about time we do something like this. How cool would it be to go to Dodger Stadium and check out a Statue ? Even the New York Mets are honoring Jackie with a statue when they open their new stadium next year !
Reggie and his cage
Since I met Reggie Willits, I was looking for a article that I read last year about him having a Batting Cage at his home. I found it. It’s titled “Life in a Cage: Baby Sleeps, Mom Cooks, Dad Bats” It was published by the New York Times on July 1, 2007 When Amber Willits is cooking dinner — crack! — or putting the baby to bed — crack! — or trying to get a little sleep herself — crack! — she has to wonder why she ever agreed to live in a
batting cage. But Amber Willits, the wife of Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, has taken hardball devotion to a new level. For the past three years, she has made a home, raised a son and helped develop a .300 hitter — all in an indoor batting cage. “I could not have gotten here alone,” Reggie said. “I have an extremely supportive wife.” Cool story. Too bad he isn’t playing that much this year. Last year, he had a chance to play because of injuries to other Outfielders. But with proven outfielders like Torii Hunter, Gary Mathews Jr, Garrett Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero where is he going to play ?
The N.Y. Times had a nice article about a old-time fan that got into autograph collecting back in the 1930’s.
Dodgers having great chemistry
According to Tony Jackson of the Daily News, the Dodgers are having fun. “We’re having fun,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “Everybody is pulling for each other. Even when we get (behind), our mood never drops. We know we can come back and win the game, hopefully. I think winning helps a team come together more. When you win, it just changes the personality of a team.” How nice, “we’re having fun” Now can you get on a winning streak and win this terrible division ?
A reporter tracked down James Loney when the Dodgers played in New York last month. I guess it was done at a hotel where Loney was staying. I don’t know who the reporter is. The light in the video is terrible but it’s worth watching it.