Maybe it is a result of the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that these games got postponed from their original timeline (or maybe it’s the fact that the Royals have been struggling much of the season), but I find myself especially interested in the Summer Olympics this year. Not that the Olympics haven’t had my attention in the past, but I’ve been paying closer attention than usual. I know that some of my favorite runners have earned trips to Tokyo, that Simone Biles continues to dazzle the world with her gymnastics (how does a person do some of the stuff that she pulls off???), and this 14-year-old diver — while he didn’t make the Olympic team — managed to wow the world with his talent at the trials.
As for baseball, Team USA announced its Olympic baseball roster yesterday. You can find the roster and details about the coaching staff at the USA Baseball site here. Or, for your convenience, you can also find the roster down below.
Tim Federowicz (Dodgers)
Mark Kolozsvary (Reds)
Nick Allen (A’s)
Eddy Alvarez (Marlins)
Triston Casas (Red Sox)
Jamie Westbrook (Brewers)
Eric Filia (Mariners)
Patrick Kivlehan (Padres)
Bubba Starling (Royals)
Jack Lopez (Red Sox)
Shane Baz (Rays)
Brandon Dickson (Cardinals)
Anthony Gose (Indians)
Scott Kazmir (Giants)
Joe Ryan (Rays)
Ryder Ryan (Rangers)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Blue Jays)
On July 2, 1930, Carl Reynolds became just the second player in major league history to homer in three consecutive innings. Reynolds went deep in the first three innings of a contest against the Yankees, leading the White Sox to a 15-4 victory. The Chicago outfielder’s performance included two inside-the-park homers, and he collected 8 RBIs in the game.
The box score for the game can be found here.
Here’s a fun documentary short about Dusty Baker. I had never stopped to think about the origins of the high five before. It’s one of those things that I always took for granted, but I guess that, like all things, it had to start somewhere.
According to the description for this video, this song was transferred from a 45 RPM record from the 1960s. Listening to it certainly makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in time. I get this mental image of men in colorful jackets and women in knee-length skirts walking excitedly towards Cleveland Stadium.
If you have a bad day in baseball and start thinking about it, you will have ten more.
On June 25, 1904, the Concord Marines of the Class B New England League brought their nine-year-old mascot into the game after the ejection of the team’s centerfielder and their second baseman becoming ill. Diggins thus became the youngest professional player in the history of the game. However, the youngster did not have an opportunity to field any balls playing right field, and he struck out in his only at-bat in the contest played at Alumni Field (also known as Spalding Park).
Diggins may not have had the opportunity to impress, but his appearance in the game did earn him a sparsely populated Baseball Reference page.
It’s a stormy morning where I am at, so this just seemed all too appropriate.
On June 23, 1915, Bruno Haas of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a complete game against the Yankees at Shibe Park. Haas lost the contest 15-7, however, giving up 16 walks over those 9 innings. It is a post-1900 record for a 9-inning game that stands to this day.
Records for most walks in a game are shown below, courtesy of Baseball Almanac.
The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs. I just eat. I’m not a supplement guy. Steroids are not even a thought.
On June 17, 1942, Braves right fielder Paul Waner stood on first base during the second game of a double-header against the Cincinnati Reds and gestured at the official scorer not to credit him with a hit. Waner had just reached base on a ground ball in the hole that was knocked down by Reds shortstop Eddie Joost.
Waner had entered the game at Braves Field batting just .263 for the year, but he was nearing a major milestone — his 3,000th career hit. When the ground ball knocked down by Joost was initially scored a hit, Waner grew furious. “No, no. Don’t give me a hit on that. I won’t take it,” he yelled. Waner didn’t want a questionable roller to be his historic 3,000th hit.
Jerry Moore, who was acting as official scorer for the game, relented, and he changed the scoring on the play to an error by Joost. (I haven’t been able to find anything depicting Joost’s reaction to this decision, however.)
Two days later, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Waner laced an RBI single off Rip Sewell, his former teammate on the Pirates. In doing so, he became just the seventh player in major league history to hit the 3,000 mark.