There were many wins in baseball in April but there were some very significant losses notably ESPN baseball contributors Jayson Stark, Jim Bowden, Jim Caple, Mark Saxon, Doug Padilla, Dallas Braden, Doug Glanville, Raul Ibañez, and the daily presence of Baseball Tonight.
Each member of this ESPN group added value and insight into the day-to-day enjoyment of the game and they are already missed.
Here’s to you guys, may you all find some workplace that will appreciate your skills and talent.
Nine to Know: From the April Bill Chuck Files
- In April there were 33 walkoff RBI gathered by 33 different batters off 33 different pitchers.
- It was not until the last day of the month for the Orioles to become the last team to receive the new automatic intentional walk, they picked it up off the Yankees who became the last team to offer an automatic IBB.
- Re-gifting? Relief pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas became the first player in MLB history born and raised in Lithuania. That gift from Lithuania was short-lived as just days later, shortstop Gift Ngoepe, became the first African-born player in MLB history when he made debuted for the Pirates. Ngoepe born in Pietersburg South Africa took the roster spot held by Neverauskas.
- The home run leaders for April were Ryan Zimmerman and Eric Thames 11 each. If you were wondering about the explosion this month from the Brewers’ Eric Thames, for the last three seasons he has played for the NC Dinos in the Korean Baseball league and hit 124 homers with 382 RBI. Perhaps the discussion should be about the Reds pitching staff who permitted eight of Thames’ homers.
- Chris Sale pitched 37.2 innings in April with an ERA of 1.19 comprised of 34 scoreless innings. His record? 1-2.
- Tim Anderson and Chris Owings are the Lead Glove winners of April, each with six errors.
- The Rockies are 8-0 in one-run games, the only team in MLB to be undefeated in one run games and this was after going 12-20 in one-run games last season.
- Justin Turner will bring April’s longest hitting streak into May. Turner now has a career-best 16-game hitting streak. Since he started his streak on April 13, Turner has gone 26-60 (.433) with six runs, six doubles, one home run and nine RBI. Turner has only gone hitless in two starts and one pinch-hit appearance this season.
- The Savior of the Month award goes Greg Holland who was 11-11 in save opportunities. Holland tied a Colorado franchise for most saves in a single calendar in his very first month with the Rockies.