Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hispanic Baseball Last Name Vocab Quiz! 12/4/16

Hey baseball fans!

One of the things I love about baseball is how international it is, specifically how many Latin American players get the chance to play in the MLB. However, do you know what the last names of some familiar Spanish-speaking baseball players mean? That's what this post is for.

Last Name: C├ęspedes
Player with this last name: Yoenis C├ęspedes
Meaning: Lawns

Last Name: Posada
Player with this last name: Jorge Posada
Meaning: Inn

Last Name: Rivera
Player with this last name: Mariano Rivera
Meaning: Brook

Last Name: Cabrera
Players with this last name: Miguel Cabrera, Asdrubal Cabrera
Meaning: Goatherd

Last Name: Clemente
Player with this last name: Roberto Clemente
Meaning: Merciful

Last Name: Castillo
Player with this last name: Luis Castillo
Meaning: Castle

Last Name: Correa
Player with this last name: Carlos Correa
Meaning: Strap

Last Name: Last Name: Gallardo
Player with this last name: Yovani Gallardo
Meaning: Gallant

Last Name: Guerrero
Player with this last name: Vladimir Guerrero
Meaning: Warrior

Last Name: Delgado
Player with this last name: Carlos Delgado
Meaning: Thin

Last Name: Bautista
Player with this last name: Jose Bautista
Meaning: Baptist

Last Name: Garza
Player with this last name: Matt Garza
Meaning: Heron

Some of these meanings are extremely allegorical. Roberto Clemente was known for his charitable nature and Vlad Guerrero fought off every pitch thrown at him. Others make absolutely no sense. I don't think that Matt Garza would compare himself to a heron. And some are very funny. I would totally stay at a hotel called "Jorge's Posada." Any way, did you know any of the meanings to these last names? Leave more Hispanic baseball surnames in the comments section below with their translations. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Out with the Old 30, and In with the New MVP 11/22/16

Hey baseball fans!

It is the 55th anniversary of Frank Robinson being named NL MVP for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1961 MLB season. Robinson's '61 campaign was definitely deserving of the award, as he batted .323 with 37 home runs and 124 runs batted in. His monstrous .611 slugging percentage led the league that year and his efforts helped the Reds reach their first World Series since 1940, where they sadly lost to the Yankees. The man they called "The Judge" was in the middle of an unbelievable career and was one of the young stars of baseball. However, after the 1965 season, Reds owner Bill DeWitt decided to trade Robinson from Cinci to the Baltimore Orioles because he thought that the slugging Texas native was "not a young 30." This trade has come to be known as one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history and one of the reasons for that is what Robinson did the season directly after he was sent to Charm City.

I'm going to be very blunt about this: he won the Triple Crown. Yeah, that's right; in Frank Robinson's first season after he was sent to the O's, he batted .316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBIs, which all led the league, giving him the Triple Crown. And just to rub it in DeWitt's face, Robinson also led the league in runs scored (122), on-base percentage (.410), slugging percentage (.637), and total bases (367). And to rub it in DeWitt's face even more, Robinson's explosive, AL MVP-winning campaign helped the Orioles win the franchise's first World Series with a sweep of the Dodgers in the 1966 Fall Classic. Wow, for an old guy, he sure could swing the bat well.

With the 1966 AL MVP under his belt, Frank Robinson became the only player in baseball history to win the MVP for teams in both leagues. Really, what an ignorant move by the Reds' front office to trade a man who would go on to finish his career with 586 home runs, tenth-most all time. And no wonder that Frank chose to wear an O's cap on his Hall of Fame plaque! Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

My 2016 MLB Awards Prediction Video 11/12/16

Hey baseball fans!

Since the 2016 season is officially over, it's time for the week where everyone debates about who is going to win the four major MLB offseason awards in each league: Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, and MVP. If you want to know who I think will win each award, click here to see my predictions.

Thanks for watching the video and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

These Teams Need Water Quickly! (Get it? Drought?) 11/8/16

Hey baseball fans!

The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, thus erasing their 108-year championship drought. So, who has the longest drought now and when will it end? In this post, I will try to predict the end to the six current longest championship droughts in MLB history.

Number Six (Tied): Washington Nationals
Last championship: N/A (joined the MLB in 1969 as the Montreal Expos)
Chances to break the curse: The one time the Nationals even came close to winning (let alone making) the World Series came in 1981, when the then-Expos faced the Dodgers in the NLCS, where LA won in five in the then-best-of-five series.
When will they win and why? I'd say within the next five years. Washington has been good for a long time and will continue to make many postseasons to come. Soon, they will become experienced enough in playing baseball during October that they will make and win the World Series.

Number Six (Tied): San Diego Padres
Last championship: N/A (joined the MLB in 1969)
Chances to break the curse: San Diego won the NL pennant in 1984 and 1998, but lost the Fall Classic to the Tigers and Yankees, respectively. They have won exactly one World Series game in franchise history.
When will they win and why? By the end of the half-century. Not to be pessimistic, Padres fans, but your team's division has two juggernaut teams and two up-and-coming teams. However, once the Padres manage to overcome the beast that is the NL West, which will definitely be before 2050, they will definitely be able to cruise through the rest of the NL on the way to their first World Series championship.

Number Six (Tied): Milwaukee Brewers
Last championship: N/A (joined the MLB in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, moved from AL to NL prior to the 1998 season)
Chances to break the curse: The Brew Crew made the World Series in 1982 as the AL representative, but lost the Series to the Cardinals in seven, hard-fought games.
When will they win and why? Within the next 20 years. The NL Central has become a lot more competitive since Milwaukee's 2011 NL Central division first-place finish and compared to the other teams in the division, it doesn't look good in Wisconsin to even make the playoffs. But at the same time, teams in that division always seem to fluctuate up and down the MLB standings year by year, so there is a good chance that the Brewers will win the Fall Classic sooner rather than later.

Number Three: Houston Astros
Last championship: N/A (joined the MLB in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s)
Chances to break the curse: The Astros lost the 2005 World Series to the White Sox in a sweep in the franchise's only World Series appearance.
When will they win and why? In less than 10 years. Houston right now is a very young, inexperienced team. However, they can compete with anyone in the regular season. Once the young squad becomes full of postseason veterans, then they will win the rings.

Number Two: Texas Rangers
Last championship: N/A (joined the MLB in 1961 as the Washington Senators)
Chances to break the curse: Texas won back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011, but lost both World Series to the Giants and Cardinals, respectively. (See? What did I say about those NL Central and West teams?)
When will they win and why? In less than 10 years. The Rangers got good again in 2015 because of a strong nucleus of solid players. I can see them contending for the title as early as next season.

Number One: Cleveland Indians
Last championship: 1948
Chances to break the curse: In 1954, they were swept by the Giants. In 1995, pitching beat hitting as the Braves took the title away from them. In 1997, the upstart Marlins finished their amazing season with a Fall Classic victory over the Indians in a dramatic, seven-game series. In 2016, well, you know.
When will they win and why? 2018. I don't want to give my way-too-early prediction for the 2017 World Series winner before free agency, so I'll play it safe and say the Indians will end their championship drought a year later. They're just a good, all-around team. It's as simple as that.

When do you think your favorite team will win their next World Series? Let me know in the comments section down below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Billy Goat Curse Is Just the Beginning! 10/31/16

Hey baseball fans!

I'm going to be extremely frank: I am absolutely, one-hundred percent, rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. The only thing that is stopping them from doing so is all of their curses. So, in this blog post, I will be jinxing some of their lesser-known curses (because everyone talks about the billy goat one) by writing about them. HERE WE GO!!

The Curse of the Black Cat:
The Cubs were in first place in the NL East for almost the entirety of the 1969 season, until a visit to Shea Stadium in mid-September. In the Big Apple, facing the second-place Mets, a black cat (an animal known to be a bad omen), circled Cubs third baseman Ron Santo in the batters' box. Chicago would end up losing the division to the Mets after losing 17 of the 25 games they played in September.

The Kwa-Ma-Rolas Curse:
The Kwa-Ma-Rolas totem pole was placed on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago in 1929. According to Native American legend, the pole should be facing east, which would be away from Wrigley Field. But instead, it faces towards the Cubs' home stadium. What a blessing.

The Back to the Future Curse:
The movie "Back to the Future: Part II," which came out in 1989, predicted a Cubs' World Series victory in 2015. Naturally, the Cubs didn't even make the Fall Classic last year, losing the NLCS to the Mets in a sweep.

The Century Curse:
In 2008, 100 years after the Cubbies' last World Series championship, they looked like they could finally end the curse and were heavily favored to do so. They ended up getting swept by the Dodgers in the NLDS.

The Greg Maddux Curse:
Greg Maddux started his Hall of Fame career with the Cubs, but left the Cubs in 1992 via free agency to the Braves. Maddux's Braves team in '98 and his Dodgers team in 2008 were both responsible for ending the Cubs' quest of a long-awaited World Series title in those respective years.

The Curse of the Gatorade Glove:
Leon Durham's glove was soaked in gatorade after a huge container of the sports drink spilled everywhere across the Cubs' dugout during Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS against the Padres. Later in the game, Durham committed a Buckner-esque error that eventually resulted in the Padres advancing to the franchise's first World Series.

Well, that should do it. Good luck, Cubs! 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 23, 2016

What was the MLB like back in 1945? 10/23/16

Hey baseball fans!

Here are five MLB-related fun facts about 1945, the last year the Chicago Cubs won the NL pennant before 2016.

Fact #1: Hal Newhouser, the Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers, took home AL MVP honors that year after leading all AL pitchers in wins (25), ERA (1.81), and strikeouts (212).

Fact #2: Cubs All Star first baseman and outfielder, Phil Cavarretta, after leading the NL with a .355 batting average, won the NL MVP.

Fact #3: Ten people were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945: Jim O'Rourke, King Kelly, Hughie Jennings, Hugh Duffy, Ed Delahanty (plaque pictured below), Jimmy Collins, Fred Clarke, Dan Brouthers, Roger Bresnahan, and Wilbert Robinson.

Fact #4: There were only 16 teams in the MLB during the '45 season. The Cubs ended up with the best record in baseball that year, going 98-56.

Fact #5: The Yankees finished the 1945 MLB campaign with a record of 81-71. That was the third of four times that they didn't finish with over 90 wins in a season in the 1940s.

1945 sure was a long time ago, but congratulations to the Cubs for finally making it back to the World Series! Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eight Fun Facts About Connie Mack 10/18/16

Hey baseball fans!

It has been 66 years to the day since Connie Mack retired as a baseball manager. The former manager of the Pirates (1894-1896) and A's (1901-1950) is considered one of the greatest managers of all time. To honor him, here are eight fun Connie Mack facts.

Fact #1: Mack's full birth name is Cornelius McGillicuddy, but he is always referred to as Connie Mack.

Fact #2: He had a playing career before he was a manager. From 1886-1896 with the original Washington Nationals, Buffalo Bisons of the Players' League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, he batted .245 with 659 base hits.

Fact #3: He is the Cy Young of managers. He has the most wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755) out of any manager in baseball history. He also had 76 ties. If only he could've won more games than he lost.

Fact #4: Mack is a five-time World Series champion, which is third on the all-time list. In 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930, he led the Athletics to Fall Classic victories.

Fact #5: Connie Mack was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, when he was still managing the A's.

Fact #6: The legendary A's manager coached 20 Hall of Famers during his 50-year stint with the team, including Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, and Lefty Grove.

Fact #7: Connie Mack wanted to coach good people in addition to good players. With that in mind, he created a code of conduct in 1916 that all of the players he managed had to abide by:
  • I will always play the game to the best of my ability.
  • I will always play to win, but if I lose, I will not look for an excuse to detract from my opponent's victory.
  • I will never take an unfair advantage in order to win.
  • I will always abide by the rules of the game—on the diamond as well as in my daily life.
  • I will always conduct myself as a true sportsman—on and off the playing field. I will always strive for the good of the entire team rather than for my own glory.
  • I will never gloat in victory or pity myself in defeat. I will do my utmost to keep myself clean—physically, mentally, and morally.
  • I will always judge a teammate or an opponent as an individual and never on the basis of race or religion.
Fact #8: Mack's strategy for keeping a team good was youth and aggressiveness. He always preferred younger players over veterans and always favored slugging percentage over batting average. He also hardly issued intentional walks, no matter who the batter was. 

What a manager Connie Mack was. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."