Billy-Ball Daily: 2008-6-5

6/5/2008
Billy-Ball Daily
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Top of the 1st
I DON’T WANT TO SAY HE’S OLD…
I don’t want to say John McCain is old…

How old is he?

John McCain (born August 29, 1936) is so old that:
1. The MVPs the year he was born were Carl Hubbell (NL) and Lou Gehrig (AL).
2. The year he was born, the first players were voted into the Hall of Fame.
3. The year he was born was Joe DiMaggio’s rookie year.
4. He was born in the same year as Ralph Terry, Ron Perranoski, Ruben Amaro, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard, Don Drysdale, Bill Monbouquette, Vic Davalillo, Tony Kubek, Bill Mazeroski, Bo Belinsky and Clay Dalrymple.
5. He was 11 when the first televised World Series took place.
6. He was 15 when DiMaggio retired.
7. He was 15 when Bobby Thomson hit “the home run heard `round the world.”
8. He was 16 when Hoyt Wilhelm made his first appearance and 35 when Wilhelm made his last appearance at age 49.
9. The year he was born was only 18 years since the Red Sox had won the World Series.
10. He was 20 when Jackie Robinson debuted.
11. He was 24 when Ted Williams retired.
12. When Casey Stengel was forced out as manager of the Yankees for being too old at 70, he was 24.
13. The year he was born was only 28 years since the Cubs had won the World Series.
14. He was 28 when the Philadelphia A’s moved to Kansas City. He was 51 when they moved to Oakland.
15. He was 29 when the Houston Astrodome opened; he was 63 when it closed.
16. He was 31 when Mike Mussina was born.
17. He was 35 at the time of the first World Series night game.
18. He was 35 when the Mets were born and they have now played 7,370 games (and still haven’t thrown a no-hitter).
19. He was 37 when Roberto Clemente died at 37
20. He was 37 when Willie Mays retired.
21. He was 40 when Hank Aaron retired.
22. He was 41 when major league baseball came to his home state of Arizona.
23. He was 42 when Rickey Henderson made his debut.
24. He was 45 when Julio Franco debuted.
25. He was 49 when Jamie Moyer, baseball’s current oldest player made his debut.
26. He was 50 when Greg Maddux debuted.
27. He was 55 when pitchers Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected to the Hall of Fame.
28. He was 56 when the Toronto Blue Jays won their first world championship.
29. He was 59 when Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,131st consecutive major league game to surpass Lou Gehrig’s 56-year record.
30. He was 61 when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won their first game in franchise history.
31. When he was 62, both Tony Gwynn and Wade Boggs recorded their 3,000 hit.
32. He was 65 when the Diamondbacks won the World Series.
33. He was 71 when Julio Franco last played in the majors.
34. He was 34 years old when Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961.

That’s how old John McCain is.

Top of the 2nd
WHEN 206 = 4
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Hart hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer that traveled all of 206 feet as the Brew Crew demolished Arizona, 10-1 victory for their sixth straight win. “That’s got to be the shortest home run, maybe, in Brewers history, so I’ve got something going,” Hart joked.

Justin Upton dived in right but couldn’t come up Hart’s shallow fly ball. He slipped getting up as it rolled to the wall. Upton’s slow recovery allowed the speedy Hart to circle the bases for Milwaukee’s first inside-the-park homer since Prince Fielder did it at Minnesota last June 17 on a high popup that was lost in the lights and the Metrodome’s roof.

Milwaukee swept Arizona for the first time since Aug. 21-23, 2000.

Top of the 3rd
LOST THE NO-HITTER AND THE GAME
The Phillies Brett Myers pitched great last night, the only trouble is that the Reds’ Edinson Volquez pitched better. Myers had a no-hitter going with two outs in the 7th when Joey Votto’s RBI double spoiled the bid and Cincinnati beat Philadelphia, 2-0. Volquez (8-2) allowed two hits, struck out eight, walked two and hit two batters in seven innings, lowering his ERA to a major league best 1.32. Acquired from Texas in the trade for Josh Hamilton, the 24-year-old Volquez hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his 12 starts. Bill Bray got two outs in the 8th and Francisco Cordero got the last four to complete the two-hitter and earn his 12th save in 14 chances.

Myers retired the first 13 batters before he walked Adam Dunn with one out in the 5th. He gave up one run, one hit and walked a season-high six in 7 1-3 innings, striking out eight. Votto got another RBI double in the 9th off J.C. Romero to give the Reds an insurance run.

Top of the 4th
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Is this a Hall of Fame induction rotation?

If John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine all retire after this season will they all be inducted into the Hall of Fame together five years from now?

Maddux has 350 wins and is still going and has four Cy Young Awards.

Glavine has 305 wins and is still going and has two Cy Young Awards.

Smoltz is the only pitcher ever with at least 200 wins* (210) and 150 saves (154) and a postseason record of 15-4 with 4 saves and a 2.65 ERA in 40 games.
*Dennis Eckersley has 236 more saves and 197 wins, but Smoltz has 24 less losses. Smoltz also has 600 more strikeouts thus far. Both are the only 20 win/ 50 save guys.

Top of the 5th
AVOIDING THE DRAFT
Sorry Senator McCain, I’m still into avoiding the draft, but if you are interested MLB.com will carry the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place today and tomorrow at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Day 1 coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with a simulcast of ESPN2’s broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively at MLB.com, with live analysis on site from MLB.com draft guru Jonathan Mayo.

Top of the 6th
BILLY-BALL-SITE-OF-THE-DAY
This is very cool – check out this slide show on hitting:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/05/27/sports/playmagazine/060108play_finepoints_index.html?8pl&emc=pl

Top of the 7th
PROBABLE PITCHERS
AL
Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang), 1:05
Orioles (Garrett Olson) at Twins (Scott Baker), 1:10
Rays (Jamie Shields) at Red Sox (Jon Lester), 6:05
Indians (C.C. Sabathia) at Rangers (Kevin Millwood), 8:05
Royals (Gil Meche) at White Sox (Jose Contreras), 8:11

NL
Reds (Homer Bailey) at Phillies (Cole Hamels), 1:05
Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer and Mike Parisi) at Nationals (John Lannan and Tim Redding), DH, 1:10 and 7:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens), 7:00
Astros (Brandon Backe) at Pirates (Paul Maholm), 7:05
Mets (Mike Pelfrey) at Padres (Josh Banks), 10:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley), 10:10

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
It may have been torture to watch Eric Gagne with the Red Sox but Sox fans should appreciate the fact that Boston will get a supplemental pick, number 45 overall, to make up for his departure to the Brewers.

Top of the 9th
NEW PLAQUE FOR JACKIE
A new plaque for Jackie Robinson will be dedicated June 25 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Rachel Robinson, his widow, will attend the ceremony. His daughter, Sharon, will be featured in an installment of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Voices of the Game series. The plaque unveiling ceremony was originally scheduled for May 3.

Bottom of the 9th
THERE’S ONLY 11 DAYS UNTIL FATHER’S DAY
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