Archive for May 2nd, 2008

Spotlight on AAA Ball – 5/2/2008

Five games with the Nashville Sounds (Brewers). You’d think Mike Cameron had been sentenced to a decade of hard labor, the way he talks. [ESPN.com]

Check this out: Wolf Blitzer loves AAA Ball. Especially the Buffalo Bisons (Indians). Interview courtesy of our old friend Ted Bauer, who wrote the late, great blog A Price Above Bip Roberts. [ESPN the Mag.com]

Oh, I do love these kooky administrative bets. The GMs of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies) have wagered their professional services on the outcome of the season series, which spans 16 games this year. Of course, it’s not GM abilities that will be required from the losing exec, but bat boy duties. This just got a wholllle lot more interesting. [SWB Yankees]

Paul Janish, a shortstop for the Louisville Bats (Reds) broke out of a slump in a big way, going 4-4 with six RBIs and just missing the cycle on an official scorer’s decision that took away a triple. See, we CAN write about the Bats without mentioning Jay Bruce or Homer Bailey (oops). [Milb.com]

The Salt Lake Bees (Angels) have won 92% of their games to start this season. The subsequent callups of SS Brandon Wood and 3B Matt Brown might slow their roll, though. [Milb.com]

That’s it for AAA news. I’ll be attending a West Virginia Power (Brewers) vs. Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) game this weekend, so look for photos to grace the A-ball news on Monday.

You Have To Appreciate Any Comparison To Bo Jackson

I really need to get my butt up to Manchester to see Blue Jays prospect Travis Snider in action.  From The Union Leader’s Kevin Gray:

At times, it’s been almost painful to watch the youngster through his first 10 games at Double-A. Snider, batting .135 strictly as a designated hitter, has struck out 22 times in 37 at-bats. He fanned four straight times against Bowie earlier in the week. Frustrations mounted in that series when Snider fanned on a pitch and snapped the bat over his knee, Bo Jackson-style.

You hate to see a 20-year-old kid become frustrated by a tough stretch at the plate, but at the same time: breaking a bat over his knee?  Awesome enough that I used a colon in the previous sentence where I’m fairly sure it was grammatically incorrect, just because I felt that such an amazing action deserved amazing grammar.

Snider, who is DHing while coming back from an elbow injury, will probably remain with AA New Hampshire for the rest of the season.  He homered on Thursday for the first time since joining the Fisher Cats.