Category Archives: China MLB Jerseys

John Barfield Jersey

(CNN)Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield was shot and killed in a domestic incident on Christmas Eve in Little Rock, Arkansas, authorities said.

Barfield, 52, and his girlfriend were at his home when the woman’s estranged husband, William Goodman, 59, of Pine Bluff came to the residence, said Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steven McClanahan.
“Barfield was dating her even though she was still married,” McClanahan said.
John Barfield Jersey

A physical altercation ensued and Goodman shot Barfield, police said.
Goodman was taken to the hospital, released and charged with first-degree murder. There is no attorney listed for Goodman yet.
Barfield was a lefthander who had an 8-8 record from 1989-91 with the Rangers, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He appeared in 65 games with 11 starts and ended with a 4.72 ERA.
He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and played at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri and Oklahoma City University before being picked by the Rangers in the 1986 draft, Baseball-Reference.com said.

ST. PETERSBURG — Bo Bichette needed just two pitches to announce his return to town on Monday night, and two more to send the crowd behind the plate into a frenzy during the Blue Jays’ 2-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

With Bichette’s high school about four miles away, a swarm of family, friends and former teammates packed the lower level around the visitors’ dugout. They were eager to glimpse a familiar face of the kid they’d known “forever,” as he strode to the plate as a Major Leaguer in his hometown for the first time.

• Box score

“Every time he played, Bo was so far above everyone else,” said Rigsby Mosley, who grew up with Bichette in Orlando, Fla., and made the two-hour drive to cheer him on. “We always knew he’d be [in the Majors] one day.”

Bichette, whose career was eight days old on Monday, quickly made Mosely’s commute worth it. The 21-year-old rookie took the second pitch of the game off the wall in right field to lead off with a double. Cavan Biggio flared the next pitch over the hole at shortstop to score Bichette and give Toronto the only lead it would need against its American League East foes.

George Baumgardner Jersey

What’s more rare than a no-hitter? A game with both teams finishing hitless.

Some of these uncommon games concIuded early because of darkness, while others were won by teams that scored on errors, sacrifices, walks or other methods.

MORE: Greatest individual pitching performances in MLB history

There has never been a complete-game double no-hitter in the major leagues. It has occurred 10 times in the minors:
George Baumgardner Jersey

Aug. 7, 1886: Oakland’s George Van Haltren beat San Francisco’s Jim McMullin 4-2 in a California League game that featured a lot of runs when you consider neither team had a hit.

Aug. 10, 1902: Convicts, Lunatics and zeroes. Jim Courtwright and the Nevada Lunatics locked up Eli Cates and the Jefferson City Convicts 1-0 in a hitless Missouri Valley League matchup. “Only two or three balls were hit to the outfield during the game,” according to The Sedalia Democrat.

MORE: Pitcher allows home run in no-hitter

Aug. 1, 1903: Greenville’s Forrest Wright bested Baton Rouge’s Dick Harley 1-0 in this Cotton States League double no-hitter. “Wheeler had the satisfaction of scoring the only run of the game,” The Times-Democrat wrote.

May 1, 1907: In Game 2 of a Cotton States League doubleheader, Meridian Ribboners mystery man Henry Schultz and Jackson Senators lefty Harold Christman both pitched five-inning complete-game no-hitters in a 0-0 tie that took 44 minutes to play.

Aug. 5, 1908: It was also the back end of a doubleheader when neither Bloomington’s Ed Higgins nor Springfield’s S. Grandy allowed a hit in Bloomington’s 1-0 Three-I League victory.

Sept. 5, 1910: The Huntington Johnnies and Wabash Rockeries couldn’t get their bats going in Game 2 of a Class D doubleheader in Wabash, Ind. Huntington’s hurler was named Wentz and Wabash’s was named Scott. “Both pitched airtight ball. Hitless and runless they held their opponents,” the Daily News-Democrat recapped. “At the end of the sixth the gathering shadows and low hanging clouds caused the umps to call the game.”

MORE: A birthday letter to the no-hitter

June 8, 1911: Two aces combined for 30 strikeouts in an 11-inning hitless Class D Mountain States League contest. Charleston’s Dick Niehaus and Huntington’s George Baumgardner both lasted into the 11th inning in Huntington’s 1-0 win.

July 26, 1913: These Blowhards must’ve been lying about their offensive prowess. A pitcher named Manchester threw for the Waycross Blowhards and was countered by Cleo Wilder of the Cordele Babies. Neither team had a hit in the 0-0, five-inning Class D Empire State League game.

Aug. 20, 1952: The first dual no-hitter in 39 years came when Franklin Etchberger of the Bradford Phillies and James Mitchell of the Batavia Clippers dealt in Bradford’s 1-0 win. At least one person thinks there should’ve been a hit that night; the batter who made the final out says he was safe.
George Baumgardner Jersey

Aug. 23, 1992: The most recent hitless game was seen by only 1,000 spectators because it was played on the Florida coast the day before Hurricane Andrew. Andy Carter and the Clearwater Phillies snuck past Scott Bakkum and the Winter Haven Red Sox 1-0. The game garnered national attention and the Baseball Hall of Fame called the next day to collect and display game balls and equipment.

Some of these dual duels were discovered by Chuck McGill, the no-hitter expert we profiled in 2015.

Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of “Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball’s Most Off-the-Wall Team Names.”

Harry Matuzak Jersey

The former Orlando Magic executive held a press conference this past week to talk about trying to land a baseball team for the theme park mecca.

Williams’ contention is that Orlando is ready for MLB because it has 2.5 million residents in its metropolitan area. Furthermore, the city attracts 75 million tourists each year.
Harry Matuzak Jersey

Williams said he believes Orlando is a better market than those mentioned as possible expansion cities or places where a team with stadium issues like the Oakland Athletics or Tampa Bay Rays could relocate. Among the cities he mentioned where Charlotte, Las Vegas, Montreal, Nashville, Portland and Vancouver.

Not to burst Williams’ bubble but it’s certainly hard to make any kind of case to place a third team in Florida or even move the Rays across I-4 to the land of Mickey Mouse.

Today In: Business
The Sunshine State has proven it can’t even support one MLB franchise. The Rays and Marlins are annually among the lowest franchises in attendance.

The Rays drew just 1,178,735 this past season to Tropicana Field. That was pathetic considering Tampa Bay won 96 games, beat the Athletics on the road in the wild card and pushed the Houston Astros – who had the best regular-season record in the major leagues – to the full five games before losing in an American League Division Series.

PROMOTED

UNICEF USA BRANDVOICE
| Paid Program
A Love Of Soccer Keeps Girls In School In Niger
Grads of Life BRANDVOICE
| Paid Program
Designing To Create An Equitable And Inclusive Talent Marketplace
Civic Nation BRANDVOICE
| Paid Program
Unlocking The Key To A High Quality Campus Democratic Engagement Action Plan
The Rays drew 2.5 million fans during their expansion season in 1998. They cracked 1.9 million in a season since then.

Beyond being the only stadium in the major leagues with a permanent roof, the complaint about Tropicana Field is its location in south St. Petersburg. That represents nearly an hour’s drive for fans in the northern part of Tampa.

The Rays have also unsuccessful tried to get a new ballpark built in the Tampa/St. Pete area for year. The latest failed attempt came last December when a proposed facility in Tampa’s Ybor City section fell through.

Yet speaking of driving, have you ever tried to navigate I-4 in the Orlando area during tourist season? There are few experiences you can have in a vehicle that are worse.

The Marlins’ situation isn’t any better as fans haven’t exactly flocked to Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. In fact, interest is so low in professional baseball in the city that the Marlins have yet to secure a naming rights’ deal for the 7-year-old facility.

The Marlins haven’t come close to drawing one million fans the last two seasons. This year, the total attendance was 811,302. That was up all of 198 fans from 2018. Of course, Miami lost 98 games last year and 105 this year.
Harry Matuzak Jersey

Miami also had the lowest attendance in the major leagues in 2019. Tampa Bay was second.

It is hard to blame the citizens of Miami for not supporting their team. Though the Marlins produced World Series winners in 1997 and 2003, they have usually not been competitive since joining the National League as an expansion franchise in 1993.

Williams, though, is undeterred. He even has a nickname already selected for the Orlando team – the Dreamers.

Quite ironic in a state that has turned out to be a nightmare for MLB.

Buck Frierson Jersey

Records: Berlin 1-3, Masuk 3-2. Scoring: B–Nick Mangiafico (1 goal); M–Shawn Flynn (4g), Adam Rainey (2g, 2a), Frank Bacarella (1g, 3a), Nate Coleman (1g, 1a), Andy Fredeen (2a), Cody Ryan (1g), Tim Trschitta (1g), Connor Muller (1g). Goalies: B–Matt Cote (13 saves); M–Kyle Matthews (3), Colin Robertson (8).

Buck Frierson Jersey

Records: Ridgefield 5-0, Staples 3-2. Scoring: R–Kelly (5 goals, 1 assist), Wilkinson (3g, 1a), Marbos (1g, 1a), Scala (1g), Grollogh (1g), Dearth (1a), Quick (1a); S–Colin Bannon (4g, 1a), Peter Paul (1g, 2a), Joey Zelkowitz (2g), Greg Strauss (2g), Jared Levy (1a), Jake Corus (1a), Kyle Murray (1a). Goalies: R–(5 saves); S–Cole Gendels (7).

STRATFORD 2 1 1 3–7

IMMACULATE 0 2 4 0–6

Records: Stratford 1-4. Scoring: S–Jake Cayton (2 goals, 1 assist), Anthony Mastroluca (2g), Isaiah Booker (1g, 1a), Evan Valleca (1g), Michael Cannata (1a), Connor Bodington (1g), Cory Billingham (1a); I–Austin Murphy (2g), Riley Cross (1g), McGrath (2g), P.J. (1g). Goalies: S–Steven Tobey (10 saves); I–(4 saves).

BOYS GOLF

Shelton 148, ND-West Haven 160 (at Brownson CC, par 34): S–Mark Studer 35, Connor Howard 36, Mike Kanios 37, Wyatt Zahornasky 40; NDWH–Eric Austin 38, Jeff Bausch 39, Anthony Astorino 39, Zach Iannone 44. Records: Shelton 3-0, ND-West Haven 5-1.

Platt Tech 175, Vinal Tech 210 (at Orange Hills CC, par 35): PT–Joe Duhaime 40, Donald Scott 42, James Carew 44, Brad Moore 49; VT–Joe Pizzuto 45, Kevin St. Lawrence 49, John Amendola 57, Austin Urban 59. Records: Platt Tech 5-0, Vinal Tech 2-2.

O’Brien Tech 218, Abbott Tech 231 (at Orange Hills CC): OT–Nick Sprague shot a 52 to earn medalist honors. Records: O’Brien Tech 1-3.

Xavier 158, Fairfield Prep 171 (at Brooklawn CC, par 36): X–Geoff Vartelas 38, Kyle Buschmann 38, Geoff DeVille 40, Bryan Stanton 42; FP–Brian McAvey 39, George Archer 43, Jay Buongiorno 44, Jack O’Leary 45. Records: Xavier 2-2, Fairfield Prep 2-4.

Hand 165, Foran 204 (at Grassy Hill CC): H–Todd McAndrews 39, Michael Dean 40, Tyler McAndrews 41, Peter Alberti 45; F–Matt Gomes 48, Emily Sabo 49, Billy Hull 51, Max Biernbaum 52. Records: Hand 6-0, Foran 0-6.

Bethel 157, Stratford 162 (at Rock Ridge, par 35): B–Mike Kaluta 34, Henry Miller 40, Jack Moriarty 41, Brian Debacher 42; S–Tom Nalezynski 37, Kyle Murphy 38, Max Breiner 43, Ryan Steinberg 44. Records: Stratford 1-3, Bethel 4-2.

Girls golf
Buck Frierson Jersey

Bunnell 231, Sacred Heart Academy 234 (at Oronoque, par 35): B–Kelly Benson 52, Lauren Thomas 53, Shannon Boyle 59, Tara Trigonis 67; SHA–Siobhan Fennell 46, Caleigh O’Hare 62, Tiffany Torello 62, Madison Harris 64. Records: Bunnell 1-1.

GIRLS LACROSSE

BUNNELL 6

WESTON 15

Scoring: B–Shannen O’Leary (3 goals), Lily Muare (2g), Carley Altemose (1g), Bre Marcucio (1a); W–Catie Ledwick (3g, 2a), Lindsay Koch (3g, 2a), Fran Holmes (2g, 3a), Steph Thomson (4g), Grace Mattison (2g), Danielle DeCanio (1g, 1a), Nicole DeCanio (2a), Alexa Werner (2a), Ana Flooks (2a).

NORWALK 5 4–9

FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 9 8–17

Records: Fairfield Ludlowe 2-2. Scoring: N–Jen McCarthy (3 goals, 1 assist), Christine Mace (2g, 1a), Efthimia Kutrubis (1g, 2a), Parthenya Taiyanides (2g), Emma Oyomba (1g); FL–Bryce McClure (5g, 1a), Sarah Nesi (3g, 2a), Kendall Stevenson (3g), Mary Deliberti (2g, 1a), Lizzie Pratt (2g), Ali Gorab (1g, 1a), K.C. McAuliffe (1g).

MCMAHON 2 7–9

FAIRFIELD WARDE 7 7–14

Records: McMahon 0-6, Fairfield Warde 1-4. Scoring: M–Karley Barreno (3 goals, 1 assist), Corey Blattman (3g), Caroline Deorio (1g), Allison Carvalho (1g), Megan Kilcoyne (1g); FW–Caroline Lambert (3g, 2a), Caroline Magee (3g), Jen Jacob (3g), Meredith Nerreau (2g), Jillian Bernstein (2g), Katie Tangney (1g, 1a), Kelly Burns (2a). Goalies: M–Michelle Petrucci (11 saves); FW–Jahzmin Howell (8).

SOFTBALL

PLATT TECH 541 71–18 23 1

VINAL TECH 000 02–2 4 5

Records: Platt Tech 4-2, 4-0 CSC; Vinal Tech 1-5, 1-4. Batteries: PT–Brooke Pawlak (W), Stephanie Honafius (3) and Alyssa Donovan; VT–Jamie Pizzuto (L) and Karen Agogliti. Highlights: PT–Honafius and Pawlak each went 4-for-4. Donovan went 4-for-5. Veronica Buzelle went 3-for-3, including a home run.

BOYS TENNIS

Kaynor Tech 5, Bullard-Havens 2 (at Bucks Hill Park, Waterbury): singles: Jamie Velezis (KT) def. Eduardo Marino 8-2; Anthony Lewis (KT) def. Tommy Phung 8-6; Jonathan Inga (KT) def. Jonathan Sanchez 8-4; Cameron Duffy (KT) def. Corales Calderas 9-8 (7-4); Tichina Pemberton (BH) def. Amaris Gray 8-6; doubles: Nathan Polanco/Pedro Deleone (BH) def. Hector Hernandez/Steven Musante 8-5; Lewis/Inga (KT) def. Sanchez/Susan Ioja 8-0. Records: Bullard-Havens 1-3.

Shelton 6, Law 1 (at Shelton): singles: Kyle Packnick (S) def. Michael Walker 6-1, 6-1; John Villaluz (S) def. Ben Marus 6-2, 6-0; Brian Lampert (S) def. Krisnhan Sureshkumar 6-3, 6-0; Brian Welch (S) def. Gabe Salles 7-6 (7-1), 6-1; Max Wang (S) def. Amar Almidani 6-2, 6-1; doubles: James Carbone/Soumya Kundu (L) def. Jason Tran/Alex Lee 6-4, 6-0; Ben Yambao/Jomari Villaluz (S) def. James Ralston/Ratan Manohar 6-0, 6-3.

Barlow 6, New Milford 1 (at Barlow): singles: Dennis Henning (B) def. Nick Eherts 6-3, 6-1; Chris Biederemann (B) def. Omar Khandari 6-1, 6-2; Alex Gold (B) def. Liam Lynch 6-0, 6-3; Dan Winter (NM) def. Joe Greenspan 7-6, 6-4; doubles: Stephen Dreznick/Grayson Kramer (B) def. Luke Anderson/Andrew Pivitz 6-1, 7-6; Finn Cohane/Brian Jacobs (B) def. Connor Burns/Adam Svinte 6-4, 6-2; Todd Waterman/Marc Lenhart (B) def. Noah Roulat/Nevan Swanson 7-5, 6-2.

Girls tennis

Newtown 6, Barlow 1 (at Newtown): singles: Caroline Kelly (N) def. Paige Twombly 6-0, 6-0; Lauren Frazzetta (N) def. Samantha Goldburg 6-3, 6-1; Mia Terracino (N) def. Morgan Jorday 6-3, 6-1; Alyssa Ruefenacht (N) def. Lily Mittlwman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; doubles: Adriana Maconochie/Alyssa Lyon (B) def. Julia Frattaroli/Stephani Roman 7-6, 6-3; Maggie Kost/Annie Beier (N) def. Alid Kudej/Maddie Frierson 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Meghan Lyon/Aimee Alexander (N) def. Alyssa Gonzales/Amanda Allan 6-3, 6-0. Records: Barlow 5-1.

Lauralton Hall 7, New Fairfield 0 (at New Fairfield): singles: Mary Kate Fornshell (LH) def. Caitlin Ogrizovich 7-5, 6-1; Paige Palmero (LH) def. Julianne DePaoli 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Beth Lamonte (LH) def. Stephanie Zima 6-2, 6-1; Kara Duggan (LH) def. Brooke Hirsheimer 6-4, 6-3; doubles: Shelby Halliday/Emily Janik (LH) def. Alisa Yongkod/Lauren Torre 6-3, 6-3; Mary Alice Devaney/Lauren Sell (LH) def. Paige Tortorelli/Makenzie Cisewski 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Colleen O’Connell/Peggy Landry (LH) def. Rosa Kleopoulos/Bailey King 6-3, 6-2. Records: Lauralton Hall 4-2, 3-2 SWC; New Fairfield 2-4, 2-4.

Ben Guiney Jersey

Is Nick Viall the best Bachelor the franchise has ever seen? It’s been a rough ride for Viall, who’s preparing to dole out the final rose on Monday night’s three-hour finale. But, HA! Absolutely not. That’s a stupid question. A better question to ponder is whether Nick Viall is the worst Bachelor ever. He hasn’t been very good. Remember: He let Corinne command the show for the first few episodes? Or last week, when he told Vanessa he doesn’t want to move to Montreal because he’s “really proud to be an American”? This is a man with an affinity for terrible poetry, after all. But the question still remains, just how bad of a Bachelor is he? There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s to rank all 21 of the Bachelors in The Bachelor history.

It’s important to clarify what makes a good Bachelor. It doesn’t matter if they are still in a relationship with whomever they gave the final rose. True love does not matter on this show. It doesn’t matter if they seem like a “decent” person. It doesn’t even matter that much if they are smart or even good-looking. (By the way, Bachelor handsome is very different from the actual definition of handsome.)

Instead, we’ve selected five criteria by which to judge these dudes on a scale of 1 to 10:

Personality: We’re not here to make character assessments, it’s more a question of “Does this guy have one?” If being a certain kind of evil makes you interesting to watch, so be it.
Occupation: Some jobs (farmer, pilot, prince) are storybook perfect for a Bachelor contestant. Others (software salesmen, management consultant) sound made up, boring, and undateable.
Dating Ability: Do they seem like they respect women, like women, and want to plan fun dates for women? Or do they seem like they have deep-seated issues with women that they are working through with the help of Chris Harrison, Neil Lane, and a florist?
Personal Investment: Simply, do we care about them?
Jawline: This has nothing to do with how “attractive” they are and everything to do with how closely their jawline resembles that of a Disney prince.
OK, here we go. From Bachelor patient zero, Alex Michel, to our current Bach-demon Nick Viall, these are our rankings:

21. Alex Michel (Season 1)
Allison P. Davis: It’s hard to believe that this douchenozzle was the first Bachelor. I understand that everything about the franchise was incredibly janky in 2002—the production value, the house, the dates, the fashions, the hairstyles—but I’m still surprised the first fantasy man, the Adam in the Bachelor Garden of Eden—was a total nightmare. Alex dressed like low-budget Blade Runner, had the sociopathic tendencies of an ’80s movie villain (but none of the bangability), and ogled breasts in a deeply disturbing way. The fact that this man was the Big Bang for 21 seasons of romantic fantasies makes me question the entire fabric of the franchise.

20. Jason Mesnick (Season 13)
Davis: Listen, you cannot propose to Melissa Rycroft only to go on national, live television to trade a Melissa for a Molly and not face severe consequences. Mesnick is responsible for one of the most cringeworthy moments in the history of the franchise. I don’t care if Molly and Jason are still happily married with children and perhaps the most successful couple in Bachelor history, it started from a place of betrayal. Nobody is going to reward this kind of savagery. We might watch it over and over again, but we will not reward it.

19. Nick Viall (Season 21)
Andrew Gruttadaro: Nick has been in the Bachelor system for so long that you’d think he’d be better at being the Bachelor. Instead, he’s vacillated between being a cold-hearted savage and a blubbering mess. One minute he’s kicking Danielle L. off the show for having the gall to tell him she’s falling in love with him, the next he’s shedding tears at an alarming rate, explaining how scared he is that he won’t find love. If you didn’t break up with women who openly like you, this wouldn’t be an issue, dude!

Ben Guiney Jersey

How Bachelor Nick Viall Can Stay on TV Forever

18. Juan Pablo Galavis (Season 18)
Gruttadaro: Just to get this out of the way: Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor was a classic. It featured two all-time moments: Andi Dorfman leaving the show in utter “I want to die” frustration and Clare Crawley telling off JP after he didn’t choose her. Both of those moments, however, were necessitated by the fact that Juan Pablo was a terrible Bachelor. He was condescending, vapid, and skeevy—watching him cup women’s chins as a display of affection still haunts me to this day. That multiple women actively rebelled against Juan Pablo made for a memorable season—I’m actually waiting for Bachelor producers to pursue this hate-date strategy once again—but since this is a list specifically about the Bachelors, JP needs to be towards the bottom like the garbage fire he is.

Andrew Triggs Jersey

In a transaction that flew under the radar back on August 30, the Giants signed righty Andrew Triggs to a minor league deal, as per Roster Roundup (Twitter link).

Triggs hasn’t pitched since an April 10 appearance for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate. It was almost a full year ago that Triggs underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he pitched in just three games for Triple-A Las Vegas before going on the injured list for the remainder of the season. The A’s released Triggs in early August.
Andrew Triggs Jersey

It stands to reason that Triggs’ Giants deal could be a two-year contract, as the team didn’t get an opportunity to see him in any sort of competitive environment in their system, and a deal that covers the 2020 season would allow the Giants to more fully evaluate the 30-year-old’s health and readiness to possibly contribute next season.

Prior to his TOS surgery, Triggs posted a 4.53 ERA, 8.17 K/9, 49.6% grounder rate, and 2.96 K/BB rate over 163 innings for the Athletics from 2016-18, starting 27 of his 45 career Major League games. He also went under the knife in 2017, as his season was cut short by hip surgery in July of that year.

Orlando Merced Jersey

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a working agreement with the Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League. That seems like a natural match-up for the Pirates, whose most famous player is from Puerto Rico, and the actual name of the league is Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, which translates to the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League. The Gigantes play at Roberto Clemente Stadium.

The Pirates sent several players to Puerto Rico last year in the first winter of their agreement, including Gage Hinsz and Rodolfo Castro. This year they are already sending outfielder Chris Sharpe, pitcher Ike Schlabach and third baseman Dylan Busby. The season there opens up on Friday. More prospects will likely be added during the winter season, which runs into January, and possibly early February if the Gigantes win their league and move on to the Caribbean Series.

I wanted to take a look at the history of the Pirates in Puerto Rico. Having Roberto Clemente made the Pirates popular in the country, and they are still to this day due to that connection. That could have given them an advantage to sign players from the country, but any advantage would have been taken away when Major League Baseball added Puerto Rico to the amateur draft back in 1989. In recent years (the Neal Huntington era), the Pirates have only drafted three players from the country, Edwin Roman, Bengi Gonzalez and Nelson Jorge. None of them made the majors, Roman didn’t get out of the GCL, and Jorge made almost zero progress in five years, never making it above Bristol.

Here’s a list and brief summary of the MLB players from Puerto Rico who have played with the Pirates. This includes all of the players to put on a Pittsburgh uniform, but I noted which ones were actually signed by the Pirates, which is obviously a much smaller list.

Clemente is far and away the best player from the country according to Baseball-Reference WAR. His 94.4 career WAR is 24.9 points higher than Carlos Beltran, who has the second best WAR from the country. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t have other great players though. Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez and Orlando Cepeda were all from the PR.

To find the second best player by WAR from Puerto Rico who played on the Pirates, you have to go down to 15th overall with outfielder Sixto Lezcano, who played the final 72 games of his career with the 1985 Pirates. One spot lower is Benito Santiago, who spent his last six games with the 2005 Pirates after an ill-advised trade. Two good players, but neither really did much for the Pirates.

The first player to see somewhat significant time after Clemente was pitcher Juan Pizarro, who was teammates with the Great One in 1967-68, then returned to end his career in 1974. He made 11 starts and 58 relief appearances for the Pirates, picking up nine saves and ten wins. Even though Pizarro ranks 22nd in WAR on this list, he’s actually the second highest pitcher, trailing only Javier Vazquez. It has clearly been an offense-first island for baseball.

Next for the Pirates is reliever Roberto Hernandez, who celebrated a birthday yesterday and got me thinking about this article. His time in Pittsburgh was brief, with 46 relief appearances in 2006 before he was traded to the New York Mets. He picked up 326 career saves.

Finally, down in the 32nd spot with 16.2 WAR, we get to 1B/OF Orlando Merced. He’s the highest ranked player for the Pirates, who was actually signed by the Pirates. Just in case anyone doesn’t know, Clemente was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Merced signed with the Pirates in February of 1985 as an amateur free agent and spent seven seasons with the team, including the 1990-92 playoff run.

After Merced, you have another vet in the Lezcano/Santiago mold, who finished off his career with the Pirates and didn’t play up to his standards. Omar Olivares ended his 12-year career with a 6.55 ERA in 110 innings for the 2001 Pirates.

I apologize for mentioning the next player. Jose Hernandez was with the 2003 and 2006 Pirates, playing 125 games total. No need to bring up how he got to Pittsburgh.

Next up is outfielder Carmelo Martinez, who played briefly for the 1990-91 Pirates near the end of his nine-year career. He ranks 47th all-time for the country in WAR at 11.0, though his time in Pittsburgh just dragged that down a little with an -0.2.

Pitcher Ramon Hernandez was signed by the Pirates and played six seasons for them (1971-76), but he played for four different MLB teams, mostly in the minors, before the Pirates acquired him from a Mexican League team in 1971. He was signed originally by them in 1959 and was sold to the Los Angeles Angels two years later.

Wil Cordero played part of the 2000 season for the Pirates in the middle of his 14-year career. His 6.0 WAR is just ahead of the 5.7 put up by Jose Pagan, who was with the Pirates from 1965 until 1972 after being acquired in an even up trade with the San Francisco Giants for Dick Schofield. Pagan played 15 years in the majors, with nearly half of his 1,326 games coming with the Pirates.

Down in 84th place in WAR is the second player who was signed by the Pirates, then worked his way through their system to the majors. Jose Lind was a member of the 1990-92 playoff run along with fellow countryman Orlando Merced. Lind was signed as an amateur free agent in 1982 and played 779 games with the Pirates from 1987 until 1992. He won a Gold Glove in 1992.

Pitcher Luis Arroyo played for the 1956-57 Pirates after he was acquired in a trade with the St Louis Cardinals. Another unfortunate trade piece in Armando Rios played for the 2001-02 Pirates. He was born in Puerto Rico, but went to college at LSU and North Carolina Charlotte to get drafted. Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez wrapped up his eight-year career with a brief appearance on the 2013 Pirates.

The third player mentioned here to go from the PR to minors to Pirates lasted a very short time in Pittsburgh. Angel Mangual was signed in 1966 and played four games for the 1969 Pirates. He would have some value for the team as part of a trade with the Oakland A’s for pitcher Mudcat Grant.

First baseman Willie Montanez turned being a replacement level player into a 14-year career, with a stop in Pittsburgh late in 1981 and early in 1982 for 65 total games. He had a career 1.7 WAR. Infielder Ramon Vazquez signed a two-year deal prior to 2009 with the Pirates, then was finished in the majors after 101 games that season. Julio Gotay was an infielder who played seven games total for the 1963-64 Pirates. He’s slightly known for being part of the Dick Groat trade with the St Louis Cardinals.

First baseman Eddie Vargas signed with the Pirates in 1977 and played briefly for them in 1982 and 1984. He spent nine years in their farm system. The Pirates went 11 years after Mangual without signing a player from the PR who played for them, but then they got two in one year (see the second one below).

The final game in the career of shortstop Onix Concepcion was also his only game for the Pirates. He contributed a pinch-hit single for the 1987 Pirates. First baseman Ivan Cruz played 41 MLB games spread out over four seasons, with 13 of those games coming with the 1999-2000 Pirates.

Carlos Bernier was an outfielder for the 1953 Pirates and the first player from Puerto Rico to play for the team. He wasn’t signed by the Pirates out of the country though. He was drafted from a minor league team in 1951. He hit .213 over 105 games in his only season of pro ball.

Luis Figueroa was signed by the Pirates in 1997, went through their system and lasted four game and two at-bats with them in 2001 before being lost on waivers. He was draft eligible, but went undrafted and was signed as a free agent.

Danny Ortiz (pictured above) played nine games for the 2017 Pirates after he was signed as a minor league free agent. That ended up being his entire big league career, though he’s still an active player, spending 2019 in Mexico.

One of the more well-known players lower on this list is catcher Junior Ortiz, who is the sixth player mentioned here who was signed/trained/played for the Pirates. He was signed in 1977 along with Eddie Vargas and debuted in 1982. He was then traded to the Mets before being a Rule 5 pick from the Mets, coming back for five more seasons in Pittsburgh. Ortiz was a nice backup, but it only earned him a -0.3 WAR during his career.

Luis Marquez was a 1954 trade acquisition, who played 14 games with the Pirates that season, making him the second player from Puerto Rico to play for the Pirates.

Javier Martinez pitched 37 games for the 1997 Pirates at age 21, which ended up being his entire big league career. He was drafted by the Cubs and also spent time with the A’s, before joining Pittsburgh.

You need to get all the way down to -0.9 WAR to get to the first draft pick out of Puerto Rico for the Pirates to make it to the majors with them. First baseman Carlos Rivera was a tenth round pick in 1996, who played 85 games for the 2003-04 Pirates. He was the second draft pick from the PR by the Pirates to make it to Pittsburgh after 1995 fourth round pick/first baseman Alex Hernandez, who put up a -1.0 WAR in 27 games for the 2000-01 Pirates.

Infielder Fernando Gonzalez wasn’t originally signed by the Pirates, but he did debut in the majors with them in 1972, spending parts of four seasons with them. He hit .257 over 129 games with the Pirates. Pittsburgh was one of four teams that he posted a negative WAR with, on his way to a -3.0 career mark, which ranks last among the players on this list.

Puerto Rico has produced 268 players so far in Major League history. They had two players before Jackie Robinson made the majors, and numerous players throughout the 1950’s. The island didn’t start mass producing MLB players until 1969 when things really took off. There were some light years in the early 2000s, and that brought some backlash against the draft in the country.

There has been a resurgence of sorts as of late, with 28 players from Puerto Rico in the majors this season. That includes the last player on our list of 33 Pirates, pitcher Yacksel Rios, who was a waiver pickup from the Phillies in August. He will be playing this winter in Puerto Rico as well, though as a native of the country, he had to go through the league’s winter draft, so he won’t be on the same team as the other players from the Pirates.

It’s not great results over the years from the country. Only two draft picks made it through the system to the Pirates in 31 drafts, and a third player signed undrafted out of the PR during that time. There’s no one in the farm system right now, so that won’t change any time soon. Combined those three players had a -1.9 WAR with the Pirates and played just 116 games. There were some good results prior to the draft with Jose Lind, Orlando Merced and Junior Ortiz, plus Angel Mangual being a nice trade piece, but other than Eddie Vargas, they were the only players who were signed, trained by, and played with the Pirates over the years.

At least for now, the Pirates will look to get some value out of the country by partnering with their winter league to help improve their minor league players. It’s a strong competition level down there, so it’s a good experience for a group of players who spent most or all of 2019 in High-A ball.

Matt DeSalvo Jersey

There are five days remaining in the RAB era. We’ve been at this — I’ve been at this — more than 12 years now and it’s time to move on to something else. RAB started as a passion project and the passion is not there anymore. It’s become a burden. It sucks, and I am bummed about it, but it is time.

Since RAB launched in February 2007, the Yankees have played over 2,000 meaningful games, and 319 different players have worn pinstripes. The leader in plate appearances during the RAB era? Brett Gardner. He has roughly 600 more plate appearances than second place Derek Jeter. CC Sabathia of course leads in innings. He’s thrown nearly twice as many innings as second place Andy Pettitte.

We’ve been fortunate enough to watch some all-time great players these last 12 years. Jeter, Sabathia, Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, Aaron Judge, on and on it goes. We’ve also seen an army of bit players and up-and-down guys. Most don’t contribute much. Everyone once in a while one of those guys does something memorable though.

Since we’re closing up shop soon, I figured it would be fun to go back through the years and Remember Some Guys. I scrolled through 12 seasons worth of rosters, picked out some names that stood out for one reason or another, and now we’ll pay homage to the random players who suited up for the Yankees. Come with me, won’t you?

Anthony Claggett
Y’all remember the first series at the new Yankee Stadium? The Yankees lost two of three to the Indians and got clobbered in the series finale. The final score: 22-4. Only the fourth time in franchise history the Yankees allowed 20+ runs. It is still the only time the Yankees have allowed more than 15 runs in a regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium. I remember that series for the collective shock at how small the ballpark played. Pretty funny thinking about it now.

Claggett came over in the Gary Sheffield trade with the Tigers and he made his MLB debut in that 22-4 loss. It did not go well:

Zoinks. Claggett made only two more appearances in his big league career (one with the Yankees and one with the Pirates) and he finished with eleven runs allowed in 3.2 innings. The highest ERAs in baseball history (min. 3 IP):

Lewis: 60.00 ERA (20 earned runs in three innings)
Dave Davidson: 30.00 ERA (ten earned runs in three innings)
Steve Dixon: 28.80 ERA (16 earned runs in five innings)
Jim Brady: 28.42 ERA (20 earned runs in 6.1 innings)
Anthony Claggett: 27.00 ERA (eleven earned runs in 3.2 innings)
It is literally just Lewis. He’s some guy who pitched for the 1890 Buffalo Bisons. Not the best company for Claggett.

Colin Curtis
I think you might remember the first and only home run of Curtis’ career. In July 2010, he replaced Brett Gardner after Gardner was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of an at-bat. Curtis inherited an 0-2 count and whacked a home run. Check it out:

Curtis only played 17 more games in his big league career and went 4-for-32 (.125) in those 17 games. Pinch-hit home run as a Yankee in 2010, out of baseball by 2013. Rough. As far as random Yankees homers go, Curtis is right near the top during the RAB era.
Matt DeSalvo
Longtime RAB and DotF readers will remember Mighty Matt DeSalvo. The Yankees signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and he worked his way into their top prospect mix during the farm system’s lean years from 2003-05. From 2003-06, DeSalvo pitched to a 3.63 ERA in 439.1 minor league innings and that was during the peak of the box score scouting era. The numbers were good and therefore he was a good prospect.

DeSalvo was the guy everyone wanted the Yankees to call up, and they eventually called him up in 2007, and in his first start he held the Mariners to one run in seven innings. Next time out: Two runs in 6.2 innings against those same Mariners. Things went downhill after that (17 runs in 14 innings) but hell yeah Mighty Matt. Those 27.2 innings in 2007 represent his only stint with the Yankees (he also threw two innings with the Braves in 2008).

Before hanging up his spikes in 2016, DeSalvo pitched everywhere from the Bronx to Atlanta to China to various Caribbean countries to independent leagues. Twelve seasons in professional baseball with some big league time is a hell of a career for an undrafted free agent.

Freddy Guzman
That is World Series Champion Freddy Guzman to you. Guzman was on the postseason roster for the entire 2009 World Series run as the designated pinch-runner. He pinch-ran twice during the ALCS, neither stole a base nor scored a run, and that was it. No appearances in the ALDS or World Series. Hey, it’s good work if you can get it. Guzman last played in Mexico in 2017.

Darnell McDonald
Man did McDonald get hosed. The Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox in July 2012 specifically so they could use his righty bat against Boston’s lefty starters in an upcoming series at Fenway Park. He went 0-for-4 in the three-game series before being dropped from the roster. McDonald had to cut his dreads, which his daughter loved and he’d been growing for more than two years, to get four at-bats with the Yankees. The hair policy is just ridiculous.

Juan Miranda
It was a big deal when the Yankees signed Miranda. They gave him a four-year deal worth $2M in December 2006, though he wound up spending the next few years as an up-and-down depth guy. Miranda never hit much in the big leagues, but I do remember him hitting this moonshot:

Gary Glover Jersey

The combination of power and command has been striking. In 34 innings split between high-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, Nate Pearson has punched out 52 batters and issued just six walks. His ERA sits comfortably at 1.32. Blessed with a blistering fastball and a carve-‘em-up slider, he’s the top pitching prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

The 22-year-old right-hander doesn’t possess a long professional resume. Selected 28th overall in the 2017 draft out of Central Florida Community College, Pearson got his feet wet with 20 innings of rookie ball, then began last year on the injured list with an intercostal strain. Upon returning in early May, he was promptly nailed by a come-backer and missed the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ulna.

Pearson recovered in time to make six appearances in the Fall League, an assignment Jeff Ware, Toronto’s minor-league pitching coordinator, called “a big test given that he’d really only pitched in short-season ball.” In terms of reestablishing his high-ceiling credentials, he passed with flying colors.

Standing a sturdy six-foot-six, Pearson looks the part of a power pitcher, and that’s exactly what he is. Asked for a self-scouting report, he led with that exact definition.

“I’m a power pitcher,” Pearson told me following the first of his four starts for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. “I’m very fastball-dominant. My four-seamer has life to it — it’s always been my best pitch — and my slider is my second-best pitch. I also have a changeup and a curveball. My changeup has had a lot of depth this year, while my curveball is more of a pitch that I’ll use for a first-pitch strike.”

Pearson worked on his slider and his curveball at Driveline this past January. It was his first visit to the Seattle-area facility — he’d already been doing a Driveline arm-care program — and according to Ware, the fast-rising hurler has the ideal mindset to thrive in that type of environment.

“He can touch 100 mph, and his slider sits in the upper-80s with depth,” said Ware. “He can overpower hitters. We all know that. So our message to Nate is to learn how to command, how pitch sequence, how to tunnel pitches. And he’s probably one of the better guys in the organization when it comes to understanding that stuff. He understands his analytics — where they need to be — and he’s very self-driven.”

A high-octane heater up in the zone is the youngster’s bread and butter.

“Analytics-wise — looking at it on Rapsodo or Trackman — that’s where my fastball plays best,” affirmed Pearson, who has been clocked as high as 102 mph this season. “The spin rate is anywhere from 2,400 to 2,600 [rpm], but what makes it elite is the vertical [movement]. When it’s up in the zone it looks like it’s rising.”

Pearson is doing some fast rising himself. The Jays are being careful with his workload — Pearson has yet to go more than five innings this year — but he nonetheless commands attention every time he takes the mound. It’s only a matter of time before he goes north to Toronto.

——-

I was at PNC Park earlier this season when Josh Bell hit a 474-foot home run against the Cincinnati Reds. After the game, I asked him about the bat he uses to do damage against opposing pitchers.

“I’ve always been more or less a Marucci or Victus guy, although I used a Louisville Slugger for awhile,” the Pirates first baseman told me. “Size-wise, I bounce around depending on how my body feels. Every season I take a 35 into camp, and it kind of fluctuates from there. This one is the biggest model I’ve used.”

Bell isn’t superstitious about his bats. Asked if he’ll be chagrinned if the piece of lumber he’d just used to propel a baseball into the Allegheny River breaks, he shook his head in the negative.

“Hitting is just timing,” he told me. “Especially when you’re in a good place. I don’t think the bat has anything to do with it. It’s knowing when you start your load, how it feels when you’re coiling up, when you’re releasing that snap.”

That snap has produced an 1.121 OPS and 16 bombs this season. Pretty much whatever Josh Bell is swinging these days is doing damage.

——

RANDOM HITTER-PITCHER MATCHUPS

A.J. Pierzynski went 10 for 15 against Gary Glover.

Jimmy Piersall went 10 for 33 against Bob Feller.

Lenny Dykstra went 10 for 33 against Dwight Gooden.

Milton Bradley went 10 for 20 against Brandon Webb.

Carl Everett went 11 for 21 against Kenny Rogers.

Chris Stratton Jersey

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated four players for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Who else could get DFA’d this offseason?
The MLB offseason is now in full swing. With that, teams had to add players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft by this past Wednesday. This led to the Pittsburgh Pirates adding five players – Blake Cederlind, Cody Ponce, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, and Will Craig – to their 40-man roster.

Prior to adding these five players to the roster the team’s 40-man roster was at 39. Due to this, the team needed to designate four players for assignment to make room on the roster. Dario Agrazal, Luis Escobar, Montana DuRapau, and Williams Jerez were the four players who were DFA’d by the team.

TOP ARTICLES
1/5
READ MORE
Brewers add right-hander Jesus Castillo as non-roster
invitee

With the Pirates’ 40-man roster now full that raises the question of which players could be next to be DFA’d? In order to add anyone in free agency or via the Rule 5 Draft, the Pirates will need to designate someone for assignment. Also, if they add a player via a trade that does not send a player currently on the 40-man roster to the other team in return, they will also need to make a roster move.

So, who are other candidates to be designated for assignment by the Pirates this offseason?

Most of the obvious DFA candidates, as is often the case, are pitchers. Relievers Chris Stratton, Dovydas Neverauskas, Sam Howard, and Yacksel Rios are all candidates to be DFA’d this offseason.

Stratton is out of minor league options and will have to clear waivers if he fails to make the team out of Spring Training. Neverauskas has never been able to find consistent success at the MLB level, and Howard and Rios were both DFA’d by other organizations in the last calendar year for a reason.

NEXT: Kotsay, Shelton Remain In Managerial Mix
Two under the radar candidates to be designated for assignment are infielder Kevin Kramer and catcher Elias Diaz.

Kramer has long been a highly touted prospect in the Pirates’ system, but he owns a .152/.222/.165 slash line and a 41.1% strikeout rate in 90 MLB plate appearances across the past two seasons. While 90 PAs is just about the smallest of sample sizes, Kramer was also a poor hitter at Triple-A last season. Additionally, it is tough to find a spot for him in the Pirates’ middle infield equation with Kevin Newman having locked up a spot and the team remaining high on Cole Tucker. Adam Frazier is a factor there, too.

As for Diaz, like Stratton, he is out of minor league options. So is fellow catcher Jacob Stallings. The Pirates need to add a catcher this offseason and will likely pair Diaz or Stallings with that catcher. Stallings looks like the far superior option to Diaz at this point, making Diaz a legitimate DFA candidate.