- What Was Omar Minaya Thinking!
- Mariners trade SS Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals for RHP Danny Cortes, and LHP Derrick Saito
There are just seven players in major league history with at least 300 HR, at least 500 2B, a career batting average of at least .300, a career on-base percentage of at least .400, and a career slugging percentage of at least .500. Their names are Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Manny Ramirez, and Edgar Martinez. Five are in the Hall Of Fame, one is still active, and Martinez will be on the Hall Of Fame ballot this year. The knock on Martinez is that voters seem to be reluctant to induct a designated hitter, because they didn’t play the “whole” game. Martinez’s fielding was actually not all that bad of a fielder. He started his career as a okay-fielding third baseman, with the understanding that he would move to first base later in his career. But in an exhibition game prior to the 1993 season, Martinez suffered an injury from which he never fully recovered, causing him to move full time to the DH slot. The injury also caused him to miss most of the 1993 and 1994 seasons, his age 30 and 31 seasons. Martinez was an extremely durable player, but he did miss the majority of three seasons with injury, he also lost three years at the beginning of his career when he was blocked at third base. So, despite is 18-year career, he only really had 12 full seasons. Eliminating his injuries, Martinez’s numbers over a full 162-game season are solidly consistent, from age 27-41: .313/.421/.521, 25 HR, 42 2B, 1 3B, 181 H, 99 R, 102 RBI, 97 SO, 105 BB. Martinez was a rare breed of hitter. A slugger with a huge home park, he could easily consistently have belted 30 HR out of any other, he learned to drive the ball for extra bases, and high RBI totals, and the big one, in 8 of his 12 full seasons, walked more than he struck out, often by large amounts. Hank Aaron, the “great” most comparable to Martinez, 35 HR, 31 2B, .307/.375/.559 per year, didn’t come anywhere close to doing that. Oh yes, did I forget to mention that Martinez was a great playoff hitter. I think I neglected to say that he played in a huge pitchers era. Fit the pieces together, Edgar Martinez is a Hall Of Famer, and the voters must put him there.
1. Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals
1. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres, is on pace for 67 Homeruns
- Padres 7 Cubs 2
This weekend the Padres, the Padres!!!!! swept the Cubs, this should not happen. What is wrong with the Cubs? Their offense was supposed to be improved after adding Milton Bradley, but every hitter except a much improved Kosuke Fukudome is slumping, some hitters, especially Derrek Lee, Geovany Soto, and Bradley, never even started hitting. The Cubs’ bullpen is a mess, it looked good on paper, and I will admit that I supported the Kevin Gregg acquisition this offseason, but the fact of the matter is, Gregg is not a closer, he throws too many strikes right over the plate, and the rest of the bullpen can’t throw strikes. The starting rotation has been good, but they haven’t been getting run support, and it would be nice if the starters weren’t taking turns going to the DL. The Cubs need to right the ship now.
1935– At Forbes Field, Babe Ruth as a member of the Boston Braves, hits three homers and a single. The ‘Sultan of Swat’s’ seventh inning solo shot of Gary Bush, which travels over 600 feet and clears the roof, will be the Bambino’s 714th and final home run.
1937- Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane’s career ends after being beaned with an 3-1 inside fastball thrown by Yankee hurler Bump Hadley. Near death at first, the Tiger catcher/manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and will return to the team only as its skipper.
1951– Willie Mays makes his major league debut.
1981– Carl Yastrzemski, playing in his 3,000th game, all in a Red Sox uniform, scores the deciding run in an 8-7 victory over Cleveland. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 23-year career in the majors appearing in a total of 3,308 contests for Boston.
1982– In the third inning of Chicago’s 2-1 loss to Padres, Cubs’ right-hander Fergie Jenkins whiffs shortstop Gary Templeton to record his 3,000th career strikeout. The Canadian-born hurler becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone.
2005– In a game against the Orioles, the Mariners battery consist of a pair of 42-year olds as Jamie Moyer throws to backstop Pat Borders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time in major league history that two players 42 years or older have been the starting pitcher and catcher for a team.
2008-Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez
is killed by lightning standing on a dock in western Venezuela. The 33-year-old pitcher, who was signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1991, also hurled for the Devil Rays, the Red Sox, the Mets and the Brewers before being released by Milwaukee in 2006.
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