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TWISP Notes #73

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August 3, 2020

• You may have noticed something new on the team stats pages for August: some players now have a small ‘a’ or an ‘o’ next to their names. This signifies if a player or pitcher is currently playing for the team’s AAA club (a) or is currently injured, on the disabled list, or suspended (o). These designations will only be seen in the main Batting and Pitching stat boxes, and at some point I’ll be adding them to prior month’s pages as well.

• The Padres, hoping to make a late-season run at first place in the NL West, have revamped their lineup and are returning to one implemented by manager Roger Craig in May, when the team went 21-6 for the month. Oscar Gamble and Derrel Thomas will platoon in left, while Gene Tenace will alternate between catcher and first base; Gene Richards will be at first when Tenace is catching, and Rick Sweet will be behind the plate when Tenace starts at first.

• Oakland rookie Tim Conroy, called up from AAA Vancouver a week ago, was a last-minute replacement for scheduled starter Matt Keough in their game against Baltimore on August 21st. In 4.2 innings pitched, he gave up 12 hits and six runs in a 6-5 loss, dropping his lifetime ML record to 1-1. Conroy will be returned to the Canadians tomorrow to make room for veteran Steve Renko, who will be coming off the 21-day disabled list.

• Pray for Boston and Montreal if they ever have a player go on the DL: the Expos only have have three fielders—all catchers who can’t hit—and five PB 2-5 pitchers available from their AAA squad, while the Bosox have just three players available: catcher Fred Kendall, outfielder Sam Bowen, and PB 2-5 pitcher Bobby Sprowl.

• With Mets third baseman Lenny Randle and backup Elliott Maddox both out with injuries, NY hot corner chores have fallen to Bobby Valentine (E10), who’s played five games at third this season, and Joel Youngblood (E9), who’s played three. Valentine started in the August 21st game against the Giants and made two errors in a 3-0 New York win.

• Cleveland activated outfielder Paul Dade from the 45-day disabled list on August 21st, after he spent 17 years out of action thanks to a collision with teammate Rick Manning during a July 6th game against Detroit. To make room on the roster for Dade, the Indians sent outfielder Danny Briggs to Portland of the PCL.

• The SP78 40th Anniversary trip to Cincinnati is—as of right now—a go! My friend Steve P and I will be departing Phoenix on August 20th, staying at the Marriott near Great American Ballpark (located on the spot where Riverfront Stadium once stood), visiting the Reds Hall of Fame, and playing a handful of SP78 games, including the 40th Anniversary contest between the Reds and Cardinals on Saturday, August 22nd. We’ll return to Phoenix on Sunday night.

• The starting lineups for the Reds-Cardinals 40th Anniversary game will be identical to those used in the actual August 22, 1978 contest; the starting pitchers will also be the same, with Tom Seaver (10-10, 2.97) going for the Reds, and John Denny (7-10, 3.38) starting for the Cards.

• The same number of games—four—that were played on SP78’s opening day will played during the 40th anniversary on August 22nd; all will be NL match-ups.

• I’m currently working on updating player hitting streaks and team won-lost streaks, neither of which have been updated since 2006…a stretch of 36 SP78 days between July 15th and August 20th.

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TWISP Notes #72

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January 11, 2020

• In the August 20th game against the Yankees at the Kingdome in Seattle, M’s second baseman Julio Cruz stole his 91st base of the season, a sixth-inning theft of second off NY pitcher Bob Kammeyer, leaving him just five short of tying Ty Cobb’s AL record of 96.

• Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith of the Dodgers connected for two home runs apiece in LA’s 11-2 win over the Mets at Los Angeles. The four round-trippers came at the expense of four different New York pitchers: Nino Espinosa, Paul Siebert, Dwight Bernard, and Dale Murray. It was the second time this season two NL players on the same team had connected for two HR’s in the same game; Ellis Valentine and Larry Parrish each hit two against the Reds on July 18th, while Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas of the Brewers accomplished the feat in the AL on July 1st at Seattle.

• The Blue Jays have lost six games in a row, while the Mariners and Red Sox have lost five. Continue reading

TWISP Notes #71

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October 1, 2019

• LA starter Doug Rau was forced to leave the August 19th game against the Mets in the second inning with what Dodgers pitching coach Red Adams called ‘stiffness in his left shoulder’. Rau has been listed as day-to-day, but will likely miss his next start.

• With the Blue Jays extra-inning loss to the Twins on Saturday, which saw them without a left-handed reliever when the Twins sent four left-handed batters to the plate in the extra frame to win it, Toronto manager Roy Hartsfield will be looking to Syracuse for a southpaw to add to his all-righty bullpen. The likely candidate is Mike Willis, who in 17 games with the Jays earlier this season was 0-0 with one save and an unfortunate 7.64 ERA.

• The resurgent Pirates have suddenly found themselves in second place in the NL East, having won 10 of their last 13, which included three wins in a four-game series against the division-leading Phillies. For the moment, however, the Phils can rest easy; the Bucs are still 14½ games back.

• With voting on Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker’s return to major league action stalling at 13 votes (11 for his return, and two for keeping him suspended), the commissioner’s office will now make a decision regarding Whitaker’s status, taking into account the preferences of SP78 voters as well as the input of other AL team administrators. No date has been set for this announcement. Continue reading

TWISP Notes #70

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March 25, 2019

• The August 18th game between the Astros and Pirates, which was called due to thunderstorms at Three Rivers Stadium with the Bucs leading 15-1, was just the third time in SP78 history that a game had been first delayed by rain, then later called. The last time this occurred was in 1988, during a May 7th match-up between the White Sox and Red Sox at Fenway Park.

• Two new sites were added to the SP78 host locations list, when I ventured to New Mexico with my friend Steve P in February and played a trio of games there, all in Las Cruces. The first was played solo at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, which was labeled NM3, between the Red Sox and A’s; that night Steve joined me as we played the second game of the trip at site NM4, the Comfort Suites on Telshor Boulevard, between the Steve-led Royals and the Rangers. One more game was played the next morning, at the already-established site NM2, his former home in Las Cruces that was now empty and waiting to be sold.

• The two games played at NM3 and NM4 that Friday equaled the SP78 mark for number of sites hosting games in one day, a feat which had also been accomplished in 1983, 1985, and twice in 1994.

• In the Minnesota-Toronto contest at Metropolitan Stadium on August 18th, first baseman Rod Carew went 5-for-5 with four singles and a double, boosting his season average to .313, as the Twins topped the Jays 8-4. It was Carew’s first 5-hit game of the season, and lifted his current hits total to 161.

• The August 16th game between the Yankees and A’s played at site AZ18—my current apartment in Peoria, Arizona—was the 78th game hosted by the site, bumping it into 4th place on the all-time games-hosted list, past site SNB in San Bernardino and behind AZ8 (218), ESC11 (183), and ESC7 (145). The site is currently four games shy of the coveted 100 games-hosted mark. Continue reading