Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Worst-to-First World Series? 10/9/15

Hey baseball fans!

Wow! I would have never expected the 2015 MLB Postseason to end up like it did! So many teams that no one expected to do exceptionally well, like the Cubs, Astros, Mets, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Yankees, made it to October! Speaking of upstart teams in the postseason, did you know that the 1991 World Series featured two worst-to-first teams? I know, right? Insanity!

The 1990 Minnesota Twins went 74-88, 29 games back of the AL West champions, the Oakland A's. The 1990 Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, finished the season at 65-97, 26 games back of the NL West champion Reds. No one really expected the Twins and Braves to do well in 1991, until they did!

In the offseason, the Minnesota Twins acquired Chili Davis, who led the team with 23 homers and 93 RBIs. Kirby Puckett batted .319 and Scott Erickson led the league in wins in '91 with 20. Chuck Knoblauch was voted the AL Rookie of the Year. Another positive contributor for the Twins who was acquired during the offseason was Jack Morris, who led the team with 163 strikeouts. Minnesota went 95-67 in 1991 and won the AL West by eight games. The 1991 Braves also had a nice turnaround from the season prior. Ron Gant hit 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs, Terry Pendleton batted .319, and Otis Nixon stole 72 bases! Tom Glavine and Steve Avery won a combined 38 games while Glavine had an ERA of 2.55. The Braves won 94 games and the 1991 NL West by a game.

These teams may have done badly one year, but they managed to rebound the next year. So don't get discouraged if your favorite team finished last in a division this year because next year could be a whole different story. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Yogi 10/4/15

The baseball community suffered a great loss. On September 22, 2015, Yogi Berra passed away of natural causes. An all-around great person, Yogi is one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, known for his prowess behind the plate and his unique power in the batter’s box. But there’s more to Yogi than just assertions made by analysts. His stats and personality were just plain amazing.

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra played his entire 19-year career from 1946-1963, 1965 with New York teams: the Yankees and Mets. The 18-time All Star clobbered 358 homers out of the park and drove in 1,430 runs. Berra was in the top 25 for MVP voting for 15 straight years from 1947-1961 and won it three times (1951, 1954, and 1955). He was less known for his batting average but still batted .285 lifetime with 2,150 base hits. Although he never led the league in any batting categories, Berra still did his part to lead the Yankees to 14 World Series, winning ten of them, making Berra the player with the most World Series championships in baseball history. Because of all these astonishing accolades, he was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

But the stats don’t tell the whole story of Yogi. He had a very large and famous personality. He was known to talk to batters about their personal lives while he was catching. He was a big promoter of Yoo-hoo drinks and his name was synonymous with the products. Most of all, Berra had some awesome quotes. The quotes usually didn’t make any sense, which is why they are so famously funny. My favorite “Yogi-ism,” as they are nicknamed, is “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours,” but there are so many other good ones, like “It ain’t over til it’s over.” or “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” These quirky quotes made Berra the lovable icon he was. What a guy.

Yogi Berra will forever live in Yankee lore because of his outstanding play on the field and his charisma off it. He will be dearly missed by baseball fans all across the nation and the world. Thanks for reading this article and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Alma Maters of Some MLB Hall of Famers 9/30/15

Hey baseball fans!

This past weekend, I started my college search tour, so I decided to write about colleges in today's post. You may know what MLB teams the following Hall of Famers played for, but did you know they played for the following college teams?

Dave Winfield: University of Minnesota
Winfield was actually born in Minnesota so it makes sense that he became a Golden Gopher. He won the MVP Award for the 1973 College World Series as a pitcher and was drafted by the San Diego Padres that same year. He was eventually moved to the outfield because the team needed his power but still wanted to utilize his rocket of an arm. Winfield was actually drafted into three other professional sports leagues: the NBA, ABA, and NFL, but decided to stick to baseball. Nice career move, Mr. Winfield.

Robin Roberts: Michigan State University
Roberts enrolled in MSU after his stint in the United States military to fight in World War II. He was actually the team captain for the Spartans' basketball team for two years, but after two years of playing on the courts, he took his talents to the field and was eventually signed by the Phillies because of his pitching success.

Frank Thomas: Auburn University
Thomas went to Auburn on a football scholarship but grew into baseball soon into his collegiate career. He eventually made baseball his sole college sport and was drafted by the White Sox in the 1989 MLB Draft. Because of his greatness at the plate he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Did you know that these Hall of Famers went to these colleges? Were you surprised at these facts? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five Interesting Facts About Sacrifice Flies 9/25/15

Hey baseball fans!

In my last post, I asked you all a question: who has the most sacrifice flies in MLB history? The answer is Eddie Murray, with 128 career sac flies. Interestingly enough, the top six players on the all-time sac fly list are Hall of Famers: Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, Frank Thomas, and George Brett. That fact is just the first of five sacrifice fly facts I will be sharing today.

Fact Two: The top two active career sacrifice fly leaders both play on the New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez (107) and Carlos Beltran (100).

Fact Three: The most sac flies in a single season by a single player was Gil Hodges in 1954. He hit 19 sacrifice flies that year.

Fact Four: The longest All Star Game in terms of time (four hours and 50 minutes) ended in a walk-off sacrifice fly. Michael Young of the Texas Rangers hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th inning that brought home Twins' first baseman, Justin Morneau, to give the American League a 4-3 win in the 2008 MLB All Star Game.

Fact Five: Only one World Series has ever ended on a sac fly: the 1912 Fall Classic. Red Sox third baseman Larry Gardner brought in second baseman Steve Yerkes with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth in Game Eight that walked off the Series for the Sox against the Giants. It was the second World Series championship in Red Sox history.

Hope you enjoyed these facts and thanks for reading them. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Baseball with Matt Quiz 9/21/15

Hey baseball fans!

It's time for a Baseball with Matt Quiz! Here's the deal: answer the following question in the comments section. In my next post, I will reveal the answer. Here we go!!!!

The question is: Who is MLB history's leader in sacrifice flies? It's an easy question if you look it up, so for a challenge, don't use any source material.

Do you think you can get the question right? Prove your answer to me in the comments section below. I hope you enjoy this BwM Quiz and thanks for participating. Check back soon for the answer to my question and more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Heinie Was So Fine-ee 9/15/15

Hey baseball fans!

There are some baseball players who have odd names, but one of the oddest names I've ever seen is Heinie Manush. Yes, his name might scare you, but he was actually quite a good ballplayer and is even in the Hall of Fame.

Manush played 17 seasons in the MLB from 1923-1939 with the Senators (present-day Twins), Tigers, Browns (present-day Orioles), Pirates, Dodgers, and Red Sox. He didn't always play for the best teams, but his individual stats made him a superstar. He led the league in hits twice and collected 200+ base hits in four seasons. His 2,524 career base hits ranks 94th on the all-time list. He batted over .300 in eleven seasons and batted .330 lifetime, which ranks 31st on the all-time list. A participant in the second ever MLB All Star Game, Manush finished in the top 25 for MVP voting on five occasions but never won one. Nonetheless, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

By the way, the correct pronunciation for his last name is "ma-NOOSH." Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Monday, September 7, 2015

My Adventures and Interviews at the 2015 Little League World Series 9/7/15

Hey baseball fans!

I just went to the 2015 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania!!!! Boy, what an exciting event it was; the fans were amazing, the sportsmanship among the players was unparalleled, and the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings were absolutely delectable. Anyway, the reason I am writing this post about the LLWS is to tell you about some interviews I conducted. I have two videos for you today.

The first one is two interviews with the managers of the two teams that competed in the 2015 Little League World Series Championship: Tom Peifer of Team Pennsylvania and Junji Hidaka of Team Japan. If you would like to watch that video, just click here.

The second video is a collection of interviews. The interviewees are as follows: a 2015 LLWS team host, family of a Little League participant, fans of the Little League World Series, and some pin traders. If you would like to watch that video, just click here.

Lastly, I would like to thank Don Hintze, Mike McCormick, and the rest of the team over at MLB for sending me to Williamsport. I had an absolutely amazing time and I would love to go there again. If you're a fan of baseball, I would highly recommend going. Anyway, thanks for watching the interviews and I hope you enjoyed them. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."