November 3, 2015
• A total of nine SP78 games were played by my friend Steve P and I during our minor league baseball tour throughout New England this past summer, at least a game a day between June 22nd and June 29th. After three games were played in New Mexico to begin the trip (at Steve’s home in Las Cruces), four took place at hotels in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, one was hosted by the University of Vermont in Burlington, and the last—an exhibition game between the Tigers and Mets—was played at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The won-lost between the two managers over the course of the trip was an even 4-4, with Steve abstaining from one of the NM2 match-ups.
• The past few weeks have been tough ones for the Mets; they’ve gone 3-11 over that span, are currently mired in a 3-game losing streak, and for three games were without their starting outfield of Lee Mazzilli, Steve Henderson, and Bruce Boisclair. Mazzilli came off the 15-day disabled list on the 7th, while Boisclair returned on the 9th after missing a month with a head injury. Left fielder Henderson has been out since the 4th, and will likely return to action in the next few days.
• A’s speedster Mike Edwards stole home for the second time this season, doing so August 5th against the Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The theft came in the first inning off M’s pitcher Tom House, after Edwards had singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout. Edwards also stole home on July 27th against the White Sox, after stealing second and third off Ross Baumgarten in the same inning. Edwards becomes the first SP78 player this season to collect two home thefts.
• Cleveland hurler Rick Waits won his 15th for the sixth-place Indians in a close 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Rangers at Arlington Stadium on August 5th. In his four years in the major leagues, Waits has never won more than nine games in a season, and with plenty of starts remaining, he stands a good chance of reaching 20 before the SP78 season is out.
• Though the Phillies have the best record in the major leagues, catcher Bob Boone still has something to be angry about, notching his SP78-leading fifth ejection of the season in a game against St Louis on August 8th. With the Phils leading the Cards 5-4 in the last of the 11th, Boone became incensed over a safe call at first by umpire Terry Tata, which put the tying run on with one out. After Boone’s dismissal, the Cardinals went on to score twice and win the game 6-5.
• Reggie Smith of the Dodgers became the first player in either league to reach the 40 home run plateau, doing so August 6th against the Giants at Candlestick Park. The hit came off rookie pitcher Phil Nastu, who was making his major league debut after an emergency call-up earlier in the day. It’s the first 40-HR season of Smith’s career, topping his 1977 career-best of 32, and puts him 14 games behind Roger Maris’ pace for his record-setting 61 home runs slugged during the 1961 season.
• Also in the August 6th LA-SF match-up, Don Sutton of the Dodgers tied an SP78 record by laying down three sacrifices against the Giants, equaling the mark set by Cincinnati’s Tom Seaver in April.
• Fans! August 12th is Backpack Night at the Astrodome! Kids 14 and under who attend the Saturday night contest between the Astros and Braves will receive a free Astros backpack, courtesy of Rainbo Bread and the Houston Astros! Tickets available at the Astrodome ticket office and all First National Bank outlets.