C Joe Mauer Joe Mauer
1B Mark Teixeira Justin Morneau
2B Dustin Pedroia Aaron Hill
3B Evan Longoria Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter Jason Bartlett
LF Jason Bay Jason Bay
CF Josh Hamilton Torii Hunter
RF Ichiro Suzuki Ichiro Suzuki
C Yadier Molina Pablo Sandoval
1B Albert Pujols Albert Pujols
2B Chase Utley Orlando Hudson
3B David Wright Ryan Zimmerman
SS Hanley Ramirez Hanley Ramirez
LF Ryan Braun Adam Dunn
CF Carlos Beltran Hunter Pence
RF Raul Ibañez Justin Upton
Percentage of agreement: 31.25%
Fan balloting is messed up.
1. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres, is on pace for 67 Homeruns
Will he keep it up? No. No one is allowed to hit more homeruns than Sammy Sosa!!!!!!!
2. Chris Davis, 1B, Rangers, is on pace for 250 Strikeouts
Ouch! Will he keep it up? Probably not, but I can see him challenging the strikeout record, 204, set last year by Mark Reynolds.
3. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays, is on pace for 168 RBI
Will he keep it up? Slim chance, Manny Ramirez had 165 in 1999, and Alex Rodriguez had 156 in 2007, but I don’t consider Longoria that talented a player, yet…
Pitching coming later…
This Day In Baseball History
1891-Charles Garder Radbourn wins his 300th game beating the Beaneaters at South End Grounds in Boston, 10-8. ‘Old Hoss’, who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.
1918-Facing only 28 batters, Dutch Leonard tosses his second career no-hitter as he holds the Tigers hitless in the Red Sox 5-0 victory at Navin Field. ‘Hub’ had also pitched a no-no against the Browns two seasons ago at Fenway Park.
1935-Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball.
1951-Due to the poor lighting during a Alabama-Florida League contest at Peanut Stadium in Headland, Alabama, Ottis Johnson of the Dothan Browns fails to get out of the way of a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton. The 24-year-old Class D minor League outfielder undergoes surgery and spends eight days in the hospital before dying on June 10 as a result of being hit by Dixie Runners hurler’s pitch.
1987-Using their the number one pick overall in the draft, the Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey, Jr. The signing of ‘Junior’, son a major leaguer Ken Griffey, will play a major role in Seattle’s success in the mid-1990’s.
1990-Randy Johnson becomes the first Mariner to pitch a no-hitter as the ‘Big Unit’ shuts out the Tigers, 2-0. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first no-hitter ever thrown in the 14-year history of the Kingdome.
1999-In the first-year player’s draft, the Devil Rays select North Carolina prep star Josh Hamilton as the top pick. It is the first time since 1993, when Alex Rodriguez was selected, that a high school player has been chosen first.
2000-With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cubs’ reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down a 2-0 Chicago victory.