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Archive for October 2007

Dominican Baseball Players in the World Series

October 24, 2007

Of the 457 major league baseball players to date born in the Dominican Republic, only 67 of them have appeared in a World Series.  Of those 67, only 36 have gotten into games for the triumphant winners.  They are: JULIAN JAVIER – 2B – 1964 & 1967 Cardinals MATEO ALOU – OF – 1972 A’s […]

BROOKS ROBINSON – 1960 Most Valuable Oriole

October 23, 2007

Hall of Fame third-baseman Brooks Robinson needs no introduction to serious baseball fans, particularly those who root for the team based in Baltimore.  Number 5’s outstanding play from 1955-1977 earned him undisputed recognition as “Mr. Oriole”, until he personally transferred the title to Cal Ripken, Jr.  Robinson’s story has to start somewhere though, so now let’s examine his first […]

JOAQUIN ANDUJAR of the 1982 Cardinals – One Tough Dominican

October 20, 2007

(25 years ago today – on October 20, 1982- Joaquin Andujar’s gutty performace made him my baseball hero.  That’s why I’m re-printing this older article here)  With the St. Louis Cardinals reign as baseball’s World Series champions about to end, it’s worth looking back at how a Latin American great helped them win their ninth title […]

ERIK BEDARD – stats by umpire

October 17, 2007

We examined statistics by umpire for 26-year-old Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera in the last post.  Now let’s turn our attention to Baltimore’s 28-year-old southpaw Erik Bedard.  Both pitchers were 2004 rookies and, since then, they’ve each racked up exactly forty wins and almost identical totals of innings pitched and games started.  That’s where the similarities […]

DANIEL CABRERA – stats by umpire

October 16, 2007

To follow up my Joaquin Andujar stats by umpire post, I decided to repeat the study on my favorite current player, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera. The fact that umpires are no longer league-affiliated, as they were during Andujar’s career, means it’s much less likely for a pitcher to see the same home plate umpire […]

JOAQUIN ANDUJAR – stats by umpire

October 15, 2007

October 15, 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of Joaquin Andujar becoming the first pitcher from the Dominican Republic to win a World Series game.  He was a helluva pitcher, and a memorable character, and you can read about all that and more in my forthcoming Andujar biography. Teammates, managers, coaches, executives, writers, broadcasters -and even […]

GENE WOODLING – 1959 Most Valuable Oriole

October 12, 2007

The 1959 Most Valuable Oriole got booed out of Baltimore four years earlier in his first stint with the team. Gene Woodling was a stocky -some would say chunky- left-handed hitting corner outfielder whose patience at the plate helped him lead the American League with a .429 on-base percentage in 1953.  He earned his fifth consecutive […]

Jesus Saves again in 2007

October 8, 2007

I started this blog to write about things that catch my attention in the world of baseball, not to proselytize, but sometimes I get to do both. JESUS SAVES 1) On June 22, 1974, in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Veterans Stadium, the last place Mets were making some noise against the […]

LARRY DOBY’s Winter With the Baltimore Orioles

October 7, 2007

I like to think I’m pretty hip when it comes to the history of the Baltimore Orioles, but it’s only recently that I learned about their trade for baseball Hall-of-Famer Larry Doby fifty years ago.  You’ve got to cut me some slack though – it happened over a decade before I was born. Doby, of […]

FAUSTO CARMONA & the Best Dominican Starting Pitchers in the Division Series

October 6, 2007

Last night, Fausto Carmona of the Cleveland Indians hurled nine innings of three-hit ball in a masterful performance that should have surprised absolutely no one. The six-foot-four, 190-pound right-hander went 10-4 before the All-Game this year, and 9-4 afterwards to finish just one win behind the major league leader.  Carmona’s 2.26 earned run average after […]