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Archive for August 2008

CRISTIAN GUZMAN and the other players from the Dominican Republic who hit for the cycle

August 29, 2008

Players from the Dominican Republic have hit for the cycle in a major league baseball game ten times after Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals pulled off the feat tonight against the Dodgers. Here they are: CESAR CEDENO, 8/2/1972, for the Astros against the Reds at the Astrodome. Against Gary Nolan, Cedeno doubled in the […]

LOOK OUT! Daniel Cabrera aims for the record books

August 21, 2008

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera didn’t hit any batters Tuesday night and, frankly, I was a biit disappointed.  You see, in his previous start, Cabrera broke the Orioles club mark for hit batsmen that he tied last year, then extended his new record by hitting his another man three batters later.  That gave him 17 […]

TIRUNESH DIBABA – Keeping Olympic Gold Medal streak for Ethiopia’s women alive

August 18, 2008

Over the weekend, Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba used her “trademark blistering kick” to run the second-fastest 10,000 meters ever by a woman, setting an Olympic record en route to a Gold Medal.  As the bell sounded for the 25th and final lap, she blew past Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse (competing for Turkey) and beat her to the […]

The MELVIN MORA All-Stars – Baltimore Orioles from Venezuela

August 16, 2008

I’ve been thinking about Baltimore third-baseman Melvin Mora a lot lately.  After frequently defending his value on Orioles message boards in recent years, it seemed to me he was under-appreciated.  That struck me as a shame considering he’s arguably the franchise’s best ever man at the hot corner not named Brooks Robinson, holds the club’s single-season […]

Get Down With Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts

August 8, 2008

Baltimore’s Brian Roberts is now one of 17 players in modern (post-1954) Orioles history to play at least 900 games in black ‘n’ orange. The other 16 have been all been hit by pitches more frequently, which is no great surprise considering the small stature of the O’s diminutive leadoff man. Plate Appearances per HBP […]

Orioles Pitcher JIM JOHNSON – Keepin’ ’em in the Yard

August 5, 2008

I must admit, I never thought much about Jim Johnson prior to this year. In spring training, I sent him an autograph request, but I sent them to everyone in Orioles spring training camp. Johnson happened to answer, which made me sort of a fan, but I really knew very little about him. By way […]

2008: Dominican GIDP history in the making?

August 5, 2008

Watching the Orioles-Angels contest last night, my interest was piqued when the Anaheim announcers mentioned that Vladimir Guerrero has been hitting into an awful lot of double plays recently. Not one to take a guy nicknamed “Wonder Dog” (Rex Hudler) at his word, I looked it up, and sure enough Vladdy already had 21 GIDP’s […]

The best hitting pitchers from the Dominican Republic

August 3, 2008

Watching former big league pitcher Joaquin Andujar swing the bat was one of the most entertaining things I ever saw on a baseball diamond.  Though he batted only .127 and struck out 52% of the time, he did manage to homer from both sides of the plate in his career, with an inside-the-park shot and […]

If his last name was Chamberlain instead of Cabrera, Daniel wouldn’t have been suspended

August 1, 2008

So I went to Yankee Stadium Tuesday night to watch my favorite current major league player –Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera– in action. I kept score like I always do, though it took me a couple of innings to figure out who the umpires were, as I missed the announcement of their names while I […]