Today in Baseball History: July 11th

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1985
On July 11, 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in history to record 4,000 strikeouts. Ryan notches the milestone when he fans New York Mets outfielder Danny Heep on three pitches in the sixth inning.
1976
On July 11, 1976, the Atlanta Braves stage an unusual promotion at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. In a pre-game ceremony dubbed “Headlocks and Wedlocks,” 34 couples are married at home plate, followed by the staging of championship wrestling matches. The Braves then defeat the New York Mets, 9-8, to complete the evening’s festivities.
1974
On July 11, 1974, the San Diego Padres release Matty Alou, ending the career of the lifetime .307 hitter. Earlier in the season, the Milwaukee Brewers had released Matty’s older brother, Felipe, also ending his career.
1972
On July 11, 1972, future Hall of Famer Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs collects eight hits in eight at-bats during a doubleheader. Williams and the Cubs lose the first game to the Houston Astros, 6-5, before bouncing back to win the nightcap, 9-5.
1968
On July 11, 1968, the Baltimore Orioles name future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver their manager. Weaver, a lifetime minor league player who had been serving as the team’s first base coach, replaces the fired Hank Bauer. Weaver will lead the Orioles to a World Championship in 1970. Under Weaver, the Orioles win four pennants and six division titles.
1967
On July 11, 1967, Tony Perez of the Cincinnati Reds hits a 15th inning home run against Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Kansas City A’s, ending the longest All-Star Game in history. Perez’ dramatic blast gives the National League a 2-1 victory.
1961
On July 11, 1961, San Francisco Giants pitcher Stu Miller is literally blown off the mound during the All-Star Game at Candlestick Park. In the ninth inning, high winds cause the 165-pound Miller to lose his balance. Umpires call a balk, allowing the tying run to score. The National League eventually wins, 5-4, in 10 innings.
1950
On July 11, 1950, network television broadcasts an All-Star Game for the first time in history. In the first-ever extra-inning All-Star Game, the NL defeats the AL, 4-3. St. Louis Cardinals star Red Schoendienst wins the game with a home run in the 14th inning against Ted Gray.
1914
On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth, who settles for a no-decision as the starting pitcher, strikes out in his first at-bat and leaves for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. The Red Sox win the game, 4-3.
1910
On July 11, 1910, Addie Joss wins the last game of his career. Troubled with arm injuries, Joss was sidelined for the last two months of the 1910 season. On April 14, 1911, he died suddenly from tubercular meningitis at the age of 31. He was elected to the HOF in 1978.

Papelbon expresó su deseo de ser canjeado

 

MILWAUKEE – Jonathan Papelbonestá teniendo una de las mejores temporadas para cualquier taponero en el béisbol, pero su desempeño no ha tenido mucho impacto en un equipo de los Filis que lleva paso de perder 91 juegos este año.

Tras la victoria de Filadelfia por 4-1 sobre los Cerveceros el miércoles, el veterano cerrador insinuó que le agradaría bastante ser canjeado a un equipo contendiente antes de la fecha límite de cambios sin pasar por waivers del 31 de julio.

“¿A algunos peloteros les gusta permanecer en un equipo perdedor?”, preguntó, sentado en una silla frente a su casillero. “Eso es alucinante para mí”.

¿Entonces si un equipo contendiente lo llama estaría dispuesto a irse?

“Sí”, dijo a carcajadas, casi incrédulo de que alguien no lo haría. “Creo que esa sería la decisión más fácil”.

Pero Papelbon dijo que desconoce si lo canjearán antes de la fecha límite, aunque los Filis se han mostrado motivados a hacerlo.

Papelbon tiene marca de 2-1 y efectividad de 1.24 con 22 rescates en 24 oportunidades en 37 presentaciones esta campaña. Al derecho todavía se le deben $19.5 millones en su contrato por cuatro años y $50 millones: $6.5 millones esta temporada y $13 millones en el 2015.

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LAS “SUGERENCIAS” SOBRE LESIONES DE LOS PITCHERS EN JAPÓN, ERRÁTICAS Y MAL ENFOCADAS

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Por Andrés Pascual

Antes de pasar al tema, algo RELACIONADO con la mordida de Olivo al cubano Guerrero ¿Por qué fue la bronca? Y, lo principal, donde no se permite morder POR REGULACIONES OFICIALES es en el boxeo, el alboroto porque un hombre lo hizo en una pelea callejera, que no está atada a reglas, es una exageración: no es igual lo que hizo Tyson, en este tipo de choque hasta un tiro puedes recibir y nadie “protesta” la regla.

La realidad es que lo interesante con respecto a la Tommy John, Japón y Estados Unidos no es cuántos son enviados al quirófano allá y aquí, sino ¿Cuántos casos se producen en ambas latitudes? ¿Qué % sobre cantidad de jugadores de pelota en existencia, desde los colegiales, se han lesionado a partir de 1974?

Yo considero que se le debe preguntar a los ortopédicos que recomiendan la operación más a menudo, por qué lo hacen, si existen otras alternativas de cura y por qué no las utilizan, una vez que muchos, algunos no tienen nada que ver con MLB, se oponen, según cierta prensa, con “conocimiento de caso”.

¿Cómo no se investiga con las autoridades responsables de la receta sobre lo nocivo de lo que, si no es un gran salto de calidad de la medicina deportiva, aparenta una moda perniciosa para los pitchers que, todavía me resisto a creerlo, hace a las gerencias de los clubes, que tanto invierten en ellos, tontos o mal aconsejados?

La mayoría, por no decir todos los lanzadores con lesiones en el codo, después de escuchar un par de opiniones, terminan sometiéndose, según algunos es un suicidio deportivo. Yo sugiero que se trate de contactar a medicos, cirujanos y personal a cargo de la Tommy John, con especialistas de terreno como managers y coches, además de algún dueño o gerente general, para que expliquen cómo desperdician de esa forma a decenas de posibles estrellas de una posición en que son escasos hasta los pitchers de bullpen.

Como lo plantean unos y lo repiten otros no tiene ningún valor, entonces las proposiciones solucionadoras quedan en franco plano de ridiculez, al comparar algo que se haga aquí con lo que haga Japón, porque, según parece, la gente se olvida, o el descontrol de la soberbia producto del complejo de inferioridad es tan grande, que no consideran para nada a quienes no solo inventaron el juego, sino lo modifican y perfeccionan a diario como deporte nacional.

Japópn no ha contribuido con nada al desarrollo del beisbol, como no sea a darle alguna durabilidad a descartes de GL, la mayoría sin la clase exigida para jugar aquí, porque la perdieron producto de la edad, de lesiones, o nunca la tuvieron.

Es obligatorio conocer por qué se lesionan tanto los jugadores de una época que la prensa quiere presentar como superiores al pasado de 30 años hacia atrás, cuántos se lesionan por cada circuito y cuántos por cada clasificación de ligas menores, además, las lesiones por edades, cuántas y cuáles y no hablo solo de los pitchers, desearía que se investigue cómo es posible que un pelotero corra hacia primera y, sin que medie una piedrecita en el camino, caiga retorciéndose de dolor (foto Stanton lesionado), o cuando efectúa un swing, o cuando persigue un fly, incluso si se sienta en el dugout.

Al modo mío de verlo, el problema está en los planes de training, que no deben ser acordes con la exigencia, también debe contribuir muchísimo que estos jugadores son ricos, que valen más que los managers y coaches para la gerencia, capaces de hacer la mitad de lo que les de la gana, o dejen de hacerla, por lo que la dirección en el terreno pudiera temer encuentros con ellos porque pudieran perder sus puestos.

Con JAPÓN SÍ HAY DIFERENCIAS favorable a los nipones: su personalidad de obediencia, su cualidad de hombres de respeto y dignidad deben cumplir un rol en el cuidado de su persona dentro y fuera del terreno, mientras el americano o el hispano no reaccionan así en la vida; sin embargo, una vez que los orientales llegan al beisbol americano, se lesionan vulgarmente y vale el caso de que algunos de los pitchers importados de allá, han concluido con lesiones graves que les afectaron su rendimiento.

El ultimo grito de horror de los tantos de cada semana es Prince Fielder…que no pitchea y no lo van a someter a la cirujía restauradora, pero se perderá la temporada como José Fernandez.

Hay detalles de interés: los orientales, exóticos casi místicos, mantienen un orden privilegiado en cuanto a poner a buen recaudo del público, sobre todo extranjero, sus intimidades, por ejemplo, nunca informan si tienen casos positivos a drogas de cualquier tipo en el beisbol ni cuántos, no tienen por costumbre lavar la ropa sucia en público. Dato de interés, el japonés no ve ni en sueños el salario de MLB. Tampoco sus pitchers enfrentan la ofensiva de las GL, por lo que trabajan menos presionados y pueden dominar con menos esfuerzo, sin necesidad de lo reiterativo de lanzamientos que, desde siempre, se ha sabido que molestan los brazos. Tenga en cuenta que en la bateria de los Yankees no cabe Yunieski Betancourt y saque cuentas sobre lo obligado para poder escapar sin un arañazo en Grandes Ligas. Allá no se batea ni como en Triple A.

Al caso, si no toman las medidas que exige la situación, muy difícil por la anarquía que acosa al beisbol desde agentes a representantes del Sindicato, plagado de una corrupción en niveles de Oficinas que supera lo permisible, cada año la campaña iniciará, como se ha hecho rutina, con una lista de jugadores en “seguimiento de lesion día a día” o en lista de enfermos, superior a las cantidades que asistían a un concierto de Michael Jackson, así hasta que desaparezca el juego de niveles ni aceptables de audiencia para los intereses y quede como “una vez hubo un juego que se perdió por…que nadie hizo con disciplina y seriedad lo que exigía la situación, a efectos del liberalismo corrupto y decadente que corroe las bases de todo”.

THE GAME THAT RUTH BUILT

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By Brian Tuohy

His real name was George Jr., yet no one ever seemed to call him that. At the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, he was derisively nicknamed “Nig,” short for “N

—- Lips.” Upon escaping into professional baseball at the age of 19, he was mocked with the label “Baby.” Shortly thereafter, Boston Red Sox teammates “Smokey” Joe Wood and Hall of Famer Tris Speaker dubbed him “The Big Baboon.” Sportswriters would later knight him as “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Colossus of Clout,” and “The Maharajah of Mash.” But to his fans, he was simply known as “The Babe.”

Babe Ruth redefined baseball during his 22-year career, and July 11 marks the 100th anniversary of his MLB debut. His bat was the death knell of the game’s “Dead Ball” era and revitalized public interest in a sport suffering in the wake of the 1919 “Black Sox” gambling scandal. Though many of his records have been broken, his all-time career marks are still impressive: 1st in slugging percentage (.690), 1st in OPS (1.164), 2nd in OBP (.474), 2nd in RBIs (2,213), 3rd in home runs (714 — though he actually hit 715 as an early walk-off HR was recorded as a triple due to the scoring rules at the time), 3rd in walks (2,062), 4th in runs scored (2,174), and 8th in batting average (.342 — he once claimed he could’ve batted .600 if he just tried to hit singles). Not bad for a guy who cracked the big leagues as a pitcher.

A teenage Ruth starred on the St. Mary’s baseball team, playing every position at some point. As legend has it — and many stories involving Ruth deserve the “legend” tag, as several details of his youth have been lost to history — Jack Morgan, a catcher from the nearby St. Joseph’s College, saw Ruth play and informed his coach, Brother Gilbert Cairns, that Ruth was worthy of scouting. When Jack Dunn, the 42-year-old owner of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, came sniffing around a highly touted pitcher on St. Joseph’s, Brother Cairns deflected Dunn away from his squad by suggesting Ruth instead. The word of mouth was good enough that Dunn signed Ruth on Valentine’s Day, 1914, to a $250-a-month contract allegedly without ever seeing him pitch or play.

 

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As a teenager, Ruth (top left), not yet “the Babe,” got his baseball start at the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. (Getty Images)

 

On his own for the first time at the age of 19, Ruth joined the Orioles at spring training in Fayetteville, N.C. Most of the players were older and more established than Ruth, and they took to calling him “one of Dunn’s babies.” A pair of writers from the Baltimore Sun, Rodger Pippen and Jesse Linthicum, picked up on the taunt and first wrote of him as “Babe” Ruth. Despite the ribbing, Ruth quickly proved himself to be a young phenom. On the mound, Ruth beat the eventual American League champion Philadelphia Athletics in an exhibition game, 6-2. As a hitter, he could be fooled and made to look foolish swinging out of his shoes, but when he connected — forget it. He hit the longest home run in Fayetteville history, besting a mark set by none other than Jim Thorpe. The feat made for Ruth’s first headline.

On July 4, 1914, the Orioles were in first place in the International League with a 47-22 record. Ruth was 14-6. Yet despite the on-the-field success, only about 5,000 total fans had shown up throughout the course of the season to see the O’s play at home. Attendance was so bad, Ruth once tossed a complete game shutout versus Rochester in front of 11 paying customers. The problem for Dunn’s Orioles stemmed from the rival Federal League team, the Baltimore Terrapins, which played directly across the street. Many Baltimore baseball fans, starved for a major league team since 1903, believed the Federal League would soon be a third professional league (along with the separate-at-the-time National and American Leagues). Because of this, thousands of fans flocked to see the Terrapins each day, leaving Dunn’s stadium empty.

Faced with bankruptcy, Dunn was forced to sell off his players. He offered Ruth to Athletics’ owner/manager Connie Mack, who had previously seen Ruth beat his team in spring training. When Mack came to see him pitch again, Ruth was roughed up and pulled by the fourth inning. Undeterred, Dunn started Ruth in the second game of the doubleheader and he responded with a shutout victory. But Mack was in financial straits as well (in fact, Mack would sell off most of his pennant-winning team after the 1914 season). He passed. The Cincinnati Reds made an offer for Ruth, as did John McGraw of the New York Giants, but Dunn wound up dealing with Red Sox owner Joe Lannin, thanks in part to a $3,000 “loan” Lannin provided so Dunn could meet his payroll. Lannin bought Ruth, catcher Ben Egan and another young pitcher named Ernie Shore for $25,000. The Red Sox raised Ruth’s salary to $625 a month.

On July 10, Ruth and the other two players took an overnight train to Boston. They arrived at Back Bay Station at 10 a.m. Met there by a Red Sox representative, Ruth was informed he was to start that afternoon. Five hours later, Ruth made his American League debut against the Cleveland Naps in Fenway Park.

The 6-foot-2 lefty took the hill to face a Naps team featuring “Shoeless” Joe Jackson hitting third and future Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie batting fourth. In the first inning, the rookie “displayed why he is a veteran in many ways,” as the Boston Globe‘s T.H. Murnane wrote of Ruth’s performance. Ruth gave up a hit to leadoff hitter Jack Graney, who advanced to second on a ground out. Shoeless Joe then singled to center. On the play, Red Sox center fielder Tris Speaker threw home, forcing Graney to momentarily hold at third. Ruth cut off Speaker’s throw and threw to second. As Shoeless Joe retreated back to first, Graney took off for home, but was nailed at the plate. Ruth then ended the inning by picking off Shoeless Joe from first base.

Ruth would give up a run on three hits while striking out one over the next five innings before a two-run, three-hit seventh inning proved his demise. Remarkably, Ruth finished the inning on the mound, but was pulled for pinch-hitter Duffy Lewis in the bottom of the inning (Ruth struck out and flew out in his first two at-bats). Lewis would reach base on a hit, advance on an error and score the game-winning run on a Tris Speaker single.

Credited for the 4-3 victory, Ruth’s first big league win didn’t set off many alarm bells. The Boston Globe‘s headline for the game read, “Babe Ruth leads Red Sox to win in Boston debut.” Murnane would write of Ruth, “He has natural delivery, great command and a curve ball that is tough for opposing hitters. However,” he would add, “there’s still room for improvement for him but he will undoubtedly progress with the help of Manager Bill Carrigan.” The New York Times took little note of the performance. Writing under the headline “Ruth Batted Out by the Naps,” the newspaper simply stated of the game, “Ruth, formerly of Baltimore, made his debut as a local pitcher and held Cleveland to five scattered hits in the first six innings.” There was no hint of the New York legend yet to come.

In fact, despite the win, Ruth made little impression on his new club. Ernie Shore, the other pitcher bought from the Orioles in the Ruth deal, pitched a two-hitter the following day, winning 2-1. With an already crowded rotation, Ruth saw little playing time while Shore would get another 15 starts, going 10-5 for the season. At the end of July, Lannin bought the Providence Grays of the International League for $75,000, and two weeks later, sent Ruth there to get more work. Ruth shined with the Grays, posting a 9-3 record on the mound and hitting .300, including his first professional home run, hit in Toronto. With the Red Sox 8.5 games behind the Athletics, Ruth was recalled from Providence to finish off the last week of the 1914 season, going 1-1. His first season in the majors may have just been a cup of coffee, but shades of legendary Babe Ruth were visible.

Why does Ruth continue to matter today? Why do so many know his name 100 years after he played in his first MLB game? It’s because in many ways, Ruth had all the trappings of a modern professional athlete. His on-the-field exploits were as wild as his reputation off of it. Rumors surrounding young stars like Bryce Harper and Yasiel Puig are plentiful, yet Ruth did it all first. As a member of the Red Sox between 1915-1919, he posted a 89-46 record with a sub-3.00 ERA, won 3 World Series championships,and he set a MLB season record by hitting 29 home runs in 1919. At the same time, he broke his toe by kicking the bench in frustration after being intentionally walked, punched home plate umpire Brick Owens in the head after arguing balls and strikes which resulted in a $100 fine and a 10-game suspension, quit the team for a few days in 1918 after arguing over playing time with manager Ed Barrow, and held out for double his existing salary at the beginning of the 1919 season while threatening to become a professional boxer.

Though today Red Sox owner Harry Frazee appears the fool for selling Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in 1920 — thus creating the “Curse of the Bambino” which the Red Sox wouldn’t break until winning the World Series in 2004 — the fact is that many thought Frazee got the better end of the deal at the time. Ruth was drinking heavily, constantly crashing his car, and despite being married, regularly visiting prostitutes. He was a managerial headache and his record-setting 29 home runs in 1919 hadn’t prevented the franchise from finishing sixth in the AL, 20.5 games out of first. Some felt Ruth might flame out of baseball within a year or two given his lifestyle, despite being just 25 years old.

 

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As a Yankee, Ruth and Lou Gehrig formed what may still be the best hitting duo baseball has ever seen. (Getty Images)

 

Once in New York, Ruth’s bat, coupled with his personality, forever changed the course of baseball. He socked 54 home runs in 1920 (more than 14 of the 15 teams in baseball would hit that season) and followed that feat with 59 more in 1921. Starting that same year, Ruth led the Yankees to three consecutive World Series, bringing the franchise their first-ever championship in 1923.

Meanwhile, Ruth’s rock star lifestyle was still incredibly problematic. He charged into the stands to fight a heckler in spring training in 1920; was suspended by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1922 for leading a barnstorming team in the offseason; was confronted with a public intervention led by New York mayor James J. Walker at an Elks Club dinner due to his drinking (during Prohibition, mind you); had a paternity suit was filed against him by a 19-year old waitress named Dolores Dixon; was caught with a corked bat in 1923; threw dirt in umpire George Hildebrand’s face after which he stood on the dugout’s roof egging on a heckler to fight him in 1925; and was known to partake in orgies which may have led to a sexually transmitted disease, costing him a good portion of the 1925 season.

Regardless of his antics — much of which were outright covered up by the compliant press, including the rumored STD which was passed off as a “bellyache” brought on by “too many hot dogs and sodas” — Ruth became one of the most famous celebrities in America. People of all ages embraced him. Children emulated him. His persona was marketed and sold better than any athlete playing today, including starring roles in motion pictures. The New York newspapers couldn’t get enough of Ruth, with the Daily News going so far as to hire Marshall Hunt to write about Ruth 365 days a year. (Hunt would quickly become a feature player in Ruth’s off-the-field exploits, carousing with the Babe, introducing willing women to him, and even forging his signature on baseballs.)

After his much-maligned 1925 season, in which he played in only 98 games, Ruth recommitted himself to baseball. At the age of 31, he cut back on his hard-partying ways, got into shape by shedding some 40 pounds, and put on a remarkable display of hitting over the course of the following seven seasons. From 1926 through 1932, Ruth averaged 49 home runs, 153 RBIs and 143 runs scored all while batting .353. He played in four World Series during that time, winning three championships with the Yankees while adding to his personal legend with his famed “Called Shot” in the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

 

Like many other athletes, Ruth couldn’t let go of the game that made him what he was. 1933 was still a very good season, though somewhat under his usual standards, and 1934 saw a downturn in his numbers as age caught up with him. Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert cut a backdoor deal with Boston Braves owner Emil Fuchs, and shipped Ruth back to the city that first welcomed him into the bigs. He only managed to play in 28 games as a Brave in 1935 before calling it quits. Eleven years later, he was diagnosed with cancer. The disease took his life at the age of 53.

 

All hyperbole (and personal foibles) aside, Ruth is a true legend of the game. The baseball we watch and enjoy today owes a deep debt of gratitude to him. His name still rings out a century after he first set foot on a professional baseball field, and will continue to echo as long as the game is played. Herculean events became Ruthian in nature, and rising stars in a variety of endeavors became known as “the Babe Ruth of…,” all because of a man named George Jr.

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Brian Tuohy has been called America’s leading sports conspiracy theorist, but really he’s just highly skeptical when it comes to what the sports leagues tell their fans. He’s also one of the few writers brave enough to tackle the topic of game fixing in sports, detailing evidence of it in his books Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI and The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR. He also runs the semi-popular website thefixisin.net.

El 13 para Derek Jeter es de la buena suerte

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“Si lo más bello del fútbol es el balón, ¿por qué le entran a patadas?”… Pacomio.-

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Ahora en juanvene.com, el archivo de estas columnas y mucho más.

La pregunta de la semana…: El martes será El Juego de Estrellas en Minnesota. Sólo tres lanzadores han abierto cada uno cinco de estos Clásicos. ¿Recuerdas quiénes son?

La respuesta…: Por la Liga Nacional, Don Drysdale, los dos juegos celebrados en 1959, más 1962, 1964 y 1968… En la Americana, Lefty Gómez, 1933, 1934,1935, 1937 y 1938… Y Robin Roberts, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954 y 1955.

¡¿Quién dijo mala suerte?!.- Derek Jeter va a para su Juego de Estrellas número 13, y el último de su carrera, ya que se retirará en octubre. Aquí, en Estados Unidos, el día y fecha de mala suerte para los supersticiosos, es el viernes 13, como en Latinoamérica el martes 13. Consultado Jeter acerca de ésto, dijo para esta columna…: “Cierto. Pero en Italia el 13 es el número de la buena suerte, y a mí me parece que todos los números me producen la mejor de las suertes, desde el uno hasta los mil millones o más”… Su número de uniforme, el dos.

¿Cuándo colgar las llaves?.- En 1982, figuraron en Estados Unidos 10 millones de viejitos de 70 años o mayores, con licencias para manejar automotores. Ahora, en 2014, somos 25 millones, después de los 15 millones en 1992, 20 en 2002, y 23 en 2004… ¡Cómo nos proliferamos!…
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“Lo mejor del Mundial de Fútbol es que tiene de boxeo, de lucha libre, de todas las artes marciales y de pelea callejera entre borrachos”… Dick Secades.-

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¡Nunca en casa!.- ¿Cuál es la novedad 2014? Si Brasil nunca ha sido campeón del Mundial de Fútbol como local, aún cuando ha recibido esa universal Copa cinco veces. Solo seis países han ganado esa La Copa del Mundo siendo sedes de la competencia…: Uruguay 1930, Italia 1934, Inglaterra 1966, Alemania del Oeste 1974, Argentina 1978 y Francia 1998…
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Locuras de las Mayores.- Los Cardenales, favoritos casi unánimes a comienzos de la temporada para ganar el título central de la Nacional, comenzaron la segunda mitad de la temporada dando bandazos en lucha por evitar que Rojos y Piratas los manden al zótano, para hacer compañía a los Cachorros, con Cerveceros en el liderato. Son las vicisitudes cotidianas en estos avatares de la laaaarga temporada de Grandes Ligas… ¡Amanecerá y veremos!…

Un montón así.- La última vez que revisé el standing, encontré a 10 de los 30 equipos a cinco juegos y medio o menos del primer lugar de sus Divisiones o de los honores de wild card. Y algo más, en dos Divisiones de la Americana, este y cetral, los clubes del último lugar, Medias Rojas y Twins, tienen chance. Los números dan… ¡Yo que te digo!…

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“¿Viste el partido de fútbol?”.

“¡No!, ¿cómo terminó?”.

“Cero a cero”.

“¡Ah!, menos mal que no me perdí de nada”.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto, incluso un lector como tú.

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Juan vene

Today in Baseball History: July 10th

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1984
On July 10, 1984, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden set an All-Star Game record by combining to strike out six consecutive batters. Valenzuela and Gooden fan Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon, and Alvin Davis in succession.
1983
On July 10, 1983, the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers play the longest nine-inning game in major league history. The Brewers win the four-hour and 11-minute marathon, 12-9, on Ted Simmons’ bases loaded single.
1982
On July 10, 1982, Larry Parrish of the Texas Rangers ties a major league record by clubbing his third grand slam within the span of a week. Parrish’s latest slam lifts the Rangers to a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. In 1968, Detroit’s Jim Northrup also hit three grand slams in a week.
1964
On July 10, 1964, Jesus Alou of the San Francisco Giants collects six hits against six different pitchers in a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Alou becomes the first Giant to enjoy a six-hit game in nearly 40 years.
1951
On July 10, 1951, the National League hits a record four home runs in pounding the American League, 8-3, at the All-Star Game. Playing at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an All-Star Game home run for the third consecutive year.
1945
On July 10, 1945, the All-Star Game scheduled for Fenway Park is canceled because of travel restrictions imposed by World War II. Several teams do play inter-league exhibitions designed to raise money as part of the war effort. The All-Star Game will resume in 1946.
1945
On July 10, 1945, ten new members are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductees are catcher Roger Bresnahan, first baseman Dan Brouthers, outfielder Fred Clarke, third baseman Jimmy Collins, outfielders Ed Delahanty and Hugh Duffy, shortstop Hughie Jennings, outfielder King Kelly, first baseman Jim O”Rourke, and catcher Wilbert Robinson.
1944
On July 10, 1944, the second Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held after a four-year wait, mostly due to World War II travel restrictions. Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis is the lone inductee. Four months later, Landis will pass away.
1934
On July 10, 1934, in one of the most memorable All-Star Game performances ever, Carl Hubbell strikes out five consecutive future Hall of Famers. Hubbell fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin in a game won by the American League, 9-7. Hubbell himself will gain election to the Hall in 1947.
1932
On July 10, 1932, the Philadelphia A’s and Cleveland Indians score 35 runs in an 18-inning game. The A’s win, 18-17, as Jimmie Foxx ties an American League record with 16 total bases. A’s reliever Eddie Rommell surrenders 29 hits and 14 runs in 18 innings, but picks up the win. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett collects a record nine base hits.

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Ellsbury sacó a flote a Yankees vs. Indios en la 14ta

i?img=media%2Fgettyphoto%2F2014%5C07%5C09%5C451947560.jpg&w=393&h=589 CLEVELAND — Un cuadrangular de dos carreras de Jacoby Ellsbury en la 14ta entrada dio a los Yankees de Nueva York una victoria por 5-4 sobre los Indios de Cleveland el miércoles por la noche. Ellsbury pegó su sexto jonrón de la temporada en un lanzamiento de 0-2 de Vinnie Pestano (0-1). Chase Whitley (4-2) lanzó dos entradas sin anotación. David Robertson registró su 22do salvamento, retirando al estelar Michael Brantley con un elevado al jardín izquierdo y un corredor en segunda para terminar el juego. Antes del partido, Nueva York había colocado a su nueva sensación, Masahiro Tanaka, quien lidera a las grandes ligas con 12 victorias, en la lista de lesionados de 15 días debido a una inflamación del codo derecho. El astro se someterá a una resonancia magnética en Nueva York el martes. El maratón duró cuatro horas, 51 minutos e incluso contó con una segunda estirada de séptimo inning antes de que los Indios batearan en el 14to. Mark Teixeira, de los Yankees, pegó un jonrón solitario en la cuarta y otro batazo de dos carreras en el quinto. Nick Swisher conectó un sencillo de dos carreras en la primera cuando Cleveland anotó tres. Por los Yankees, el dominicano Zoilo Almonte de 6-1. Por los Indios, el venezolano Asdrubal Cabrera de 7-3, una anotada; el dominicano Carlos Santanade 4-1, una anotada, una remolcada; el brasileño Yan Gomes de 6-0. banner176.gif

HR de Pérez en la 9n a hizo ganar a Reales en T.B.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — El venezolano Salvador Pérez bateó un cuadrangular de tres carreras en la novena entrada y los Reales de Kansas City superaron el miércoles 5-4 a los Rays de Tampa Bay.

Kirby Yates (0-1), el quinto relevista de Tampa Bay, subió al montículo con corredores en la primera y tercera almohadillas y un out, y concedió el largo jonrón de Pérez a la esquina del jardín izquierdo.

Ha sido una gran semana para Pérez, elegido el domingo para entrar como catcher titular de la Liga Americana en el Juego de Estrellas la próxima semana.

Aaron Crow (4-1) no permitió carreras en el octavo episodio, con lo que se llevó el triunfo. Greg Holland sacó tres outs, lo que le valió su 24to salvamento.

Los Reales, en segundo lugar en la tabla, regresan a casa el jueves por la noche para iniciar una serie de cuatro encuentros frente a Detroit, líder de la División Central de la Americana, el cual tiene una ventaja de 4 juegos.

Por los Reales, los venezolanos Pérez de 5-2, con dos anotadas y tres impulsadas, Omar Infante de 4-3 y Alcides Escobar de 4-0. El puertorriqueño Christian Colón de 1-0.

Por los Rays, el puertorriqueño José Molina de 3-1, con una anotada.

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Gigantes respaldaron a Cain y superaron a Atléticos

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SAN FRANCISCO, California –Hunter Pence pegó un jonrón y anotó dos carreras, Matt Cain lanzó seis entradas fuertes y los Gigantes de San Francisco estropearon el debut de Jason Hammel para Oakland con una victoria de 5-2 sobre los Atléticos en la noche del miércoles.

Cain (2-7) permitió dos carreras y cinco hits para su primera victoria desde el 15 de mayo contra los Marlins de Miami. Ponchó a cuatro y caminó a dos para ayudar a los Gigantes a truncar la racha ganadora de seis juegos de Oakland.

Hammel, adquirido la semana pasada por los Atléticos junto con su compañero diestro Jeff Samardzija, de los Cachorros de Chicago, a cambio de tres promesas, se lastimó el pulgar de su mano del guante, pero se quedó en el juego. Fue relevado después tras permitir seis hits y tres carreras (dos limpias) en cinco entradas, ponchando a tres y dando pasaporte a tres.

Stephen Vogt jonroneó y Jed Lowrie remolcó una carrera, las únicas anotaciones de Oakland.

Por los Atléticos, el cubano Yoenis Céspedes de 4-0, una anotada; el venezolano Alberto Callaspode 3-0.

Por los Gigantes, los venezolanos Pablo Sandoval de 4-2; Gregor Blanco de 3-0, una anotada.

Bartolo Colón desafía la edad

Bartolo Colón, de los Mets Con 41 años de edad, el 90% de los lanzadores dominicanos ya están viendo los juegos de Grandes Ligas desde su casa. ¡Sí, no exagero!. El promedio de edad de vida de béisbol de nuestros lanzadores es de 34 años de edad. Sin embargo, Bartolo Colón se une a las “excepciones de la regla”, y con 41 años sigue duro y ganando juegos. El martes, por ejemplo, le ponchó 8 bateadores a Oakland y ganó su octavo juego del año. Es bueno señalar que a la madre de Colón se le diagnosticó un cáncer, eso le provocó un trastorno mental y por eso no lanzó bien por tres salidas. Visto así, hoy Colón debería tener quizás 10 triunfos. De otro lado, Colón deja mal parado a los Yanquis y Oakland. Con los Yanquis en el 2012, Colón ganó 10 juegos y mostró dominio. ¡Pero lo dejaron partir!. En el 2013, tuvo récord de 18-6 y efectividad de 2,65 con Oakland. ¡Y también lo dejaron partir!. Los Mets lo firman y miren que va en ruta a ganar más de 15 juegos. Eso es mucho para un lanzador de 41 años, y suficiente en una era de poca calidad. De manera que por cualquier escenario que se analice la labor de Colón, merecería elogios, y hasta una invitación para participar en el Juego de Estrellas el 15 de julio en la ciudad de Minnesota. En lo inmediato, debemos prepararnos para su arribo a los 200 triunfos, sólo le faltan 3, aunque muchos descartaron que pudiera llegar a esa cifra. Sígueme en Twitter: @Elreydelaradio.

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