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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 4, 2011 at 09:12:10 PM

There’s something about a summer series between the Red Sox and Yankees that is more appealing, more intense than ones in the spring. Sure it’s nice to see the rivalry right out of the gate, but there’s a difference now. This year it seems that way because both teams have found themselves the way we expected them to be and most players have found themselves performance-wise than earlier this year.

There’s also something fun about facts about the players who will play such key roles in these games and their connections to each other that make it so interesting.

For example, besides being one of the AL’s best outfielders in average, slugging and home runs Jacoby Ellsbury is the first Native American Navajo to reach the major leagues. Only three Native Americans

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:30:46 PM

In the comedy Wayne’s World, Alice Cooper tells Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee means "The Good Land" in Algonquian.

In baseball terms, Milwaukee means the Brewers, though the first time the franchise played at Yankee Stadium, they were known as something else.

The date was June 13, 1969, a Friday the thirteenth no less and a team called the Seattle Pilots visited the Bronx and walked away with a 2-1 victory against Washington native Mel Stottlemyre.

Gene Brabender, a Wisconsin native, opposed Stottlemyre and pitched a four-hitter for one of his seven complete games for the Pilots.

A year later he was in Milwaukee when the team was sold to Bud Selig and began playing in County Stadium. The franchise played there until the 2001 season and it took the Brewers five times to finally

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:31:43 PM

Jon Lane wrote yesterday about how things in the last month have gone well for Jorge Posada at the plate. That had not included a home run until the seventh inning of yesterday's 4-2 win in Cincinnati.

When he connected, it marked the 29th different ballpark that Posada had hit a home run. Posada has 268 career home runs and that includes venues such as Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Dome,  Tiger Stadium, Kingdome, Shea Stadium and the Metrodome.

So of course possessing that knowledge leads one to find out the details of the first time Posada homered in all of those stadiums. By details, that means the date, the opposing pitcher, the situation and other variables.

1 - Kauffman Stadium - Posada is a .342 hitter in Kansas City with 10 home runs. The first home run he hit there on May 4, 1997

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:55:25 PM

Much has been written on Andy Pettitte, things such as memories of the first time people heard the name associated with possibly being a major leaguer. Jack O'Connell, the baseball writer has a nice recollection, one that's much better than mine since I was 16 at the time.

Even if your memory isn't the greatest, one thing you can do is look up a career and see various milestones, such as major league debut, first win and so on. So below will be a list of Andy Pettitte's firsts.

First major league appearance: April 29, 1995, seventh inning in Kansas City in relief of Melido Perez

First batter faced: Wally Joyner flied out to center

First strikeout: Joe Vitiello pinch hitting for Bob Hamelin (also Vitiello's major league debut)

First hit allowed: Gary Gaetti single

First earned run

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:55:37 PM

The year was 1995 and spring training began late because the strike did not end until April. The same stoppage had spoiled a 70-43 season for the Yankees, who were in their second year of recovery following the wayward years of 1989-1992.

During spring training, a young left-handed pitcher was competing with Sterling Hitchcock for the fifth spot in a rotation that included Jack McDowell and Jimmy Key. Up to that point, Pettitte had compiled an outstanding minor league career and projections were high, especially from Nardi Contreras, who was his triple-A pitching coach and said the following to the Times.

"He's going to be a great major league player one day. It'll be soon."

Pettitte was the opening day 28-man roster as a relief pitcher with no clue that he would soon be a regular starting

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:12:05 PM

I've been to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown just once in my nearly 32 years. That was 20 years ago during the summer of 1990 when I was 11.

The next time I go whenever that is, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven will be enshrined. I'm not sure when I next will go but perhaps Jack Morris, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez will be there as well. Maybe if I hold off even longer on going, Jeff Bagwell might be in after the distinction between natural and enhanced sluggers has concluded.

Blyleven's case for being or not being is a raging debate. It is that way because of numbers such as 287-250, which was accured between 1970-1992. Those against him call him a compiler, those for him point to things like durability, innings pitched and so on.

I didn't see enough of Blyleven to make a full

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:12:04 AM

While whatever the Yankees are doing in their courtship of Cliff Lee dominates the talk shows and newspaper space, the transition of Jorge Posada to full-time designated hitter appears to have begun.

Posada, 39, has been a DH 90 times in his career. From that spot, he has batted .223 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The reason could be those are days he is facing pitchers whom pitch him well but the more likely reason is that for some being a designated hitter is a bore.

Last year, Posada was the starting DH 30 times for a total of 117 plate appearances. During those games, he was at .245 with four home runs and 14 RBI. One of those was a grand slam against the Astros on June 12 and the next day when Posada returned behind the plate he hit another grand slam.

That made him the first Yankee

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 29, 2010 at 03:05:49 AM

In the unexpected nature of baseball, especially in the postseason, the Giants have begun the World Series with two wins featuring seven-run innings. It was the second time it ever happened in the same series and first time in consecutive games. It also marked a sixth and seventh instance the Giants were involved in a World Series inning of at least seven runs.

For what it’s worth, the team that has produced the seven-run inning has won the series in 14 of the previous 17 instances and below is a synopsis of those innings in the Fall Classic, which sometimes feature errors, walks and other misplays.

Seven-run innings in the World Series:

1 – Game Six 1911 – Giants at Athletics – In Philadelphia’s eventual series-clinching 13-2 victory, the Athletics already had

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 21, 2010 at 02:00:26 AM

The phrase “bend but don’t break” gets thrown around a lot by managers, pitchers, teammates and others.  There really is not a set definition or criteria for accomplishing that type of outing.

As the Yankees faced the first of three elimination games, they turned to their ace CC Sabathia. Pitching on normal rest for the first time in postseason and second time in an elimination game, Sabathia did not dominate.

He survived, did not break and his line of 11 hits and two runs showed that. It is such a rare feat in postseason that Sabathia is the sixth to allow at least that many hits and that few runs.

So how exactly did Sabathia achieve this feat? For one thing, he did not walk anybody so he had just 11 guys on base from the hits. He also had two double plays, three