Anybody Remember Roger Clemens?


More importantly, do you remember this post (http://nybisons.mlblogs.com/2012/07/10/kazmir/) that Austin wrote about Scott Kazmir? Kazmir is currently pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League and guess who else is pitching for the independent team? That’s right. Roger Clemens. The 50 year old (who needs 49 year old Jamie Moyer?) announced that he is making a comeback with Sugar Land yesterday. In my opinion Clemens should sit in the stands and watch his son.

Juice Anyone?

I think he will pitch 3 games at the most. Stay off the field Roger. We don’t need another Jose Caneco. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about Jose Canseco is 47 years old and playing for the Worcester Tornadoes of the CanAm League.)

-Danny

Pesky Passes; Olson to Minors; Baseball Facts


Garrett Olson is headed back to Buffalo after clearing waivers today, Olson played in one game, and only pitched 0.1 innings, but managed to give up 3 hits, a walk, and 4 earned runs, giving him a whopping 108.00 ERA.

Yesterday we lost one of the greatest baseball legends, who was a legend on and off the field, always finding time to devote himself to baseball. Johnny Pesky passed away at 91 yesterday, leaving behind an amazing legacy. He appeared in 1270 games, stepped up to the plate 4745 times, and ended his career with a .307 batting average. R.I.P Johnny.

I also thought I would throw in a couple of facts from this day in baseball history, so here they are:

1888 – Tim Keefe’s 19 game winning streak is snapped when the White Stockings defeat the Giants 4-2 at Polo Grounds.

1919 – The Cubs and Dodgers finish a double header in only 2 hours and 17 minutes, in the first game the Cubs beat the Dodgers 2-0, and in the second game the Dodgers are defeated be Chicago, 1-0.

1933 – Jimmy Foxx hits for the cycle and bats in 9 runs in a game against Cleveland, a record that still stands today.

1958 – Vic Power, who would only steal 3 bases this season, steals home twice in one game, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished for 70 years.

1960 – Mickey Mantle is booed by Yankee Stadium fans and benched by Casey Stengel for not running out a routine ground ball.

1962 – Al Jackson pitches 215 pitches for the Mets in a 15 inning loss, he lost the game despite only giving up 6 hits.

1982 – With 12,365, Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron in plate appearances.

1987 – Mark McGwire hits his 39th home run, breaking the record for most home runs by a rookie in a season.

2004 –      The Florida State Leagues’s Daytona Cubs will be forced to shift their home games into away contests as Hurricane Charley causes extensive damage to their historic ballpark. The facility, which was built in 1914 and renamed for Jackie Robinson to commemorate the site where the future Hall of Famer and civil rights advocate played his first exhibition game with the Montreal Royals, was also damaged by Hurricane Donna (1966) and Hurricane Floyd (1999).     

2007 – Bobby Cox is ejected for the 132nd time in his career – marking a record.

2007 – Phil Rizzuto passes away

Why Baseball Should Be In The London 2012 Olympics


Baseball is not being featured on the Olympic program this year, and a lot of people are upset over it. Baseball should obviously be an Olympic sport and they decided to vote t off the program….Heres why it SHOULD be an Olympic sport.

Just a little history of baseball at the Olympic games; baseball started as a demonstration sport at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, and was also a demonstration sport at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles,, and the 1988 Seoul games. It was officially declared an Olympic sport for the 1992 games. In 2005, the Olympic Comitee
 decided that that baseball would not be in the 2012 Olympics, and in 2009 decided it would not be featured in the 2016 Olympics either. They have appealed to be in the 2020 Olympics.

Heres one of many reasons baseball should be in the Olympics:
Amateur prospects would not get recognized representing their country if they don’t get international recognization like this. Think of Aroldis Chapman and Yeonis Cespedes; they were unknown and probably wouldn’t have been recognized if not for the Olympics.

Baseball was scratched from the program for being “too American”… This is just plain dumb. In so many ways. How many countries have professional players come from? How many countries are part of their respective baseball federations? To give you a view about this, Bhutan, the Marshall Islands, Tonga, and Palau fall into this catergory…not very populated countries, and some you may not have heard of, but they ALL play baseball.

Heres another reason; the number of teams currently ranked by the IBAF, the International Baseball Federation, is 76 teams. The number of teams currently ranked by the IIHF, the International Ice Hockey Federation, is 49, and ice hockey is an Olympic sport. Im not trying to say ice hockey shouldn’t be a sport; rather that baseball should be.

Another reason they Olympic Committee decided to vote out baseball was because the MLB will not pause their season for their players to compete in the Olympics. The MiLB does, though, and just because one league will not pause their season, doesn’t mean other Japanese, Cuban, and European leagues that ARE willing to pause their season should not be able to compete in these Olympics.

The success of the World Baseball Classic is also another reason; millions; even billions of fans crowded around their TVs to watch their nations compete. The success of the WBC shows that baseball draws the attendance and has the popularity to be an Olympic Sport.

I think all these reasons provide a good argument for why baseball should be in the Olympics, and hopefully the Committee will reconsider.

~Austin

My Recent Trips


I know I haven’t blogged lately so I will cram everything into one entry.

Boston

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Pawtucket

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(I know PawSox pitcher Garret Mock who gave us free tickets.) UPDATE: Garrett Mock was traded to the Houston Astros and optioned to the Okalhoma City RedHawks a couple hours after I wrote this.Image

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Cooperstown

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Former Bison Kelly Shoppach’s bat

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Former Bison Kevin Kouzmanoff’s glove

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Former Bison Sean Casey’s bat

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Former Bison Johnny Bench

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Former Bison “Pud” Galvin. Galvin threw 2 no-hitters while with Buffalo.

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Pittsburgh

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Washington It was 106 degrees on this day.

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That is former Bison and current Royal Jeremy Guthrie and I.

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That’s Stephen Strasburg in the background.

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Check out the scoreboard. I got to shake Bryce Harper’s hand but my dad was too hot so he went in the shade before it happened. I can understand though, because it was HOT! There were kids that passed out on the field and those just the ones I saw. I left after Bryce Harper was gone because I was afraid I was going to pass out too.

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Aberdeen

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Philadelphia

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I was standing in the corner spot down the foul line when the groundskeepers were putting down the foul line. The, they asked me if I wanted to help them! Unfortunately my dad wasn’t there at the time so the only proof I have is this picture of my footprints on the warning track:

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Those are the groundskeepers in the background.

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-Danny

Dallas McPherson’s homer


On July 21 Dallas McPherson hir his 10th home run of the season. I was waiting out in right field and I got it. I actually misplayed and let it get by me after it hit the tent. I had to run back and dive on top of it but, hey, I got it. Here’s the video: (I’m the one in the green shirt.):http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=23259139 I also got 4 other balls at this game.

-Danny

Anybody remember Scott Kazmir?


I’m posting about Scott Kazmir for more than one reason; because the Mets traded him to the evil Rays and he became their ace, and because he is in the independent leagues right now. Kazmir was a 2 time All-Star while playing for the Rays, and played in the Major League until June of last year.

Kazmir was considered the next best pitcher for the New York Mets in 2004, while he was playing with the Binghamton Mets, the Mets Double-A affiliate. On July 30, 2004, he was traded along with another minor league pitcher named Joselo Diaz, who played one game in the Major Leagues, to Tampa Bay for pitcher Victor Zambrano, who played in the Majors until 2007, but required the second Tommy John surgery of his career in 2006, and Bartolomé  Fortunato, who was out of affiliated baseball by the next year. Needless to say, if you take away Kazmir, this trade was a dud.

Now onto Kazmir, who this article is about. On August 23rd of the same year, he got called up and pitched 5 scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners. He ended the 2004 season with a record of 2-3 and a 5.67 ERA while appearing in 8 games, 7 of them starts. On September 9th, he made a relief appearance against the New York Yankees and gave up only 1 run in 3 innings of work.

The Rays obviously liked Kazmir, and believed he was going to be the future of their pitching staff, because he started the season opener in 2006 on April 3rd, against the Baltimore Orioles. The opening day start was a rough one for Scott, as he get knocked around for 6 runs in only 4 innings of work. He finished off the 2006 season pretty good, though, with an 10-8 record and 3.24 ERA. This was obviously enough for his peers, as they elected him to the 2006 All-Star Game, in which he pitched a 1-2-3 6th inning, retiring Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, and Freddy Sanchez. On August 22nd of 2006, he struck out 8 Texas Rangers batters to become the Tampa Bay Devil Rays franchise leader in strikeouts.

2007 was Scott’s best season, he led the AL in strikeouts, 239, and starts, 34. He also picked up 13 wins this season, while having poor run support (The 2007 Tampa team lost 96 games!). The fact that he didn’t make the All-Star Team in 2007 stunned people.

Scott didnt pitch until May 4th of the 2008 season, because he hurt his elbow during Spring Training. The injury didn’t stop him from going 5-1 with a 1.22 ERA in May 2008. Kazmir was elected to the 2008 All-Star Game, and pitched in the 15th inning, making him the winning pitcher. Kazmir went 5-3 the second half of the season, and posted a 1-1 record through 5 starts in the postseason. The ongoing problem with Kazmir was that he couldn’t go deep into ballgames, he mostly went 5 or 6 innings. During the season, Kazmir signed a 4 year contract in which he was guarenteed 28.5M.

Again, Kazmir found himself with elbow problems, but was activated on April 8th. For some reason, Kazmir lost it. He went 4-4, with a terrible 7.69 ERA before going back on the DL in late May because of leg problems. He returned on June 27th and brought his season record to 8-7 with a still shocking 5.92 ERA. August 28th of this year, he was traded the the Angels (not writing their full name, because its confusing, why can we just call them the Los Angeles Angels?). Kazmir finished the season with a 2-2 record and a 1.73 ERA with his new team. In the postseason, he has a 7.56 ERA with a 0-1 record.

A trend for Kazmir was starting the season on the DL, as he did in 2010 for the third time. He returned April 15th only to lose to the Yankees. He had a 6.92 ERA the first half of the season, which was good enough for the worst of all AL starters, and a 7-9 record. On July 18th, he once again went n the DL, but returned in August to finish the stadium with a 9-15 record.

Kazmir struggled in 2011 Spring Training, giving up 19 runs in 23 innings of work. He gave up 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first regular season start, and was sent to Extended Spring Training. After spending a month in Extended Spring Training, he was sent to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, where he had a 17.02 ERA in 5 starts….yes you read that right. On June 15th, he was released by the Angels, and thus marked his final day in affiliated baseball. He tried getting his career back on track by playing in the Dominican League, but in his only start he gave up 2 walks and 2 hits in only 1/3 of an inning.

Scott Kazmir’s career was one of the quickest to slip down the drain; one season he had it, and one he didn’t. It makes you wonder what happened…

Kazmir signed a contract to play on the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on July 7th, and has yet to make an appearance.

-Austin

6/26/12 Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox @ Fenway Park


Boston is a great city and I highly reccomend going there. The entire place is historic from its grave sites to its ballpark. Here is a view from our hotel room:Image

That’s how close we were to the stadium. Here are some pictures from around the stadium:

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Here is a photo of me watching some Blue Jays pitchers running on the warning track from the Bleacher Bar. Anyone can walk into the Bleacher Bar any time before the game and it is definitely worth it. It is in center field and you don’t even have to get food.

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Finally in the stadium! I am a part of Red Sox Nation for just this season so I can get into the stadium 30 minutes early.

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I signed it “Danny from nybisons”.

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The starting pitcher for the Red Sox was Daisuke Matsuzaka and former Buffalo Bison Aaron Laffey took the hill for the Blue Jays.

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Final Score- Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

W- Andrew Miller (2-0)

L- Luis Perez (2-2)

I did end up getting 5 balls at this game. 4 were commemerative and I did end up giving one ball away. I also got a lineup card from the previous day which was pretty beat up when I got it because of the rain I will blog about that later though.

-Danny

RA Dickey


Yes, I know Matt Cain threw a perfect game. But how about RA Dickey? If David Wright wasn’t trying to be fancy and bearhand BJ Upton’s ground ball in the first, RA Dickey could’ve had the second no hitter in Mets’ history and the second in 12 days. I don’t how this was called a hit, even though it was an obvious error. But, the Mets are appealing the call. (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120613&content_id=33270526&vkey=news_nym&c_id=nym)  This can teach us all to use our glove and make the safe play. Don’t try to be fancy! If the appeal goes in the Mets’ favor, then Dickey will have thrown the second Mets’ no-no in 12 days. But, don’t focus on Wright. Dickey still pitched an amazing game.

RA Dickey has been all around the minors during his long career. He has played for the Charlotte Rangers, Oklahoma RedHawks, Tulsa Drillers, Frisco RoughRiders, Nashville Sounds, Tacoma Rainiers, Rochester Red Wings, and of course, the Buffalo Bisons. He was on the Oklahoma RedHawks from 1999-2003 and from 2005-2006. That means he spent 7 out of 8 years on the same AAA team. The only thing keeping the 37 year old in the game is his spectacular 80 mph knuckleball. That is the fastest knuckleball speed that I’ve ever heard of. The Mets are really his first full-time Major League team even though he had brief stints with the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Minnesota Twins. And he made the team when he was 36. Imagine how dedicated someone must be to pitch in the same orginaztion for 10 years and keep going at it to try and make it to the big leagues.

Dickey recently wrote a book too. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Wherever-Wind-Up-Authenticity-Knuckleball/dp/0399158154/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339690608&sr=8-1&keywords=ra+dickey

-Danny

Out-snagging Your Age


I know there has been much ballhawking news going on here, but trust there was at Coca Cola Field. Combined, Austin, Quinn, and I have snagged 385 baseballs at International League games. But, that’s not what I want to talk about right now. I want to talk about out-snagging your age. Out-snagging your age is exactly what it sounds like. You snag more balls in one game than how old you are. For example, last year I was 12 and I snagged 18 balls at the Bisons game. On September 14, 2011, Zack Hample out-snagged his age on his 34th birthday by snagging 36 baseballs at Great American Ballpark. Here is the article about it: http://zackhample.mlblogs.com/2011/09/21/91411-at-great-american-ball-park/. Quinn is currentlly 12 and snagged 17 a couple weeks ago. Austin is also 12 and he got 21 this year. Out snagging your age is definetly a great accomplishment. leave a comment if you’ve ever done it.

Some of Zack Hample’s 36 baseballs from his 34th birthday.

 

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The day I got 18 baseballs.

-Danny

Bisons Walk Up Songs


In this post, I will list all the known walk up song for the 2012 Buffalo Bisons. I will continue to update this list throughout the season.

Valentino Pascucci
“Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G

Dylan Owen
“Starships” by Nicki Minaj

Matt Tuiasosopo
“Get Low” by Bizzle

Fred Lewis
“Future” by Tony Montana ft. Drake

Ruben Tejada
“We No Speak Americano” by Yolando Be Cool

Jean Luc Blaquiere
“A Millie” by Lil Wayne

Dustin Martin
“Jesus Freak” by DC Talk

Justin Turner
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“What You Got” by Justin Timberlake

Josh Thole
“What You Got” by Justin Timberlake

Justin Hampson
“I don’t have a walk up/out song but it seems every time I come in they play ‘Healthy Changes Everything’”

Home Run Song
“Gold On The Ceiling” by the Black Keys
“Kenkraft 400″ by Zombie Nation
“Homerun Song” in The Natural

Corey Wimberely
“Riot” by 2 Chainz

-Austin