Archive for May 6th, 2008

GAC! (Part 2)

A couple days ago, I noticed that Clinton’s Ian Gac was leading the Midwest League in batting average (still is), homeruns and runs batted in, and wondered out loud if any player has ever won that league’s Triple Crown.  An article on MiLB.com talked about Moe Hill, who was the first to take all three titles in 1974, and another source mentioned Joey Meyer in 1984, but I wasn’t sure if those were correct, or if they were the only two.

Seeking confirmation, I emailed the Midwest League offices.  Today, they sent the following reply:

Joseph “Joey” Meyer, Beloit, 1984, .320 Batting Average, 30 Home Runs, 102 Runs Batted In….is the last MWL player to win the Triple Crown.  Only one other, in 1974, Elmore “Moe” Hill, Wisconsin Rapids, .339 Batting Average, 32 Home Runs, 113 Runs Batted In.

I remember Meyer from his 1988 Topps Future Stars baseball card.  He was awesome in the minor league, crushing a ton of homeruns (120 in four seasons in A, AA, and AAA), but only put up 18 in two major league seasons with the Brewers.  Hill’s career was odd – he clearly had the ability to advance to AA, AAA or the major leagues, but for some reason spent eight years playing in A ball for the Wisconsin Rapids Twins.

So there you have it: if Gac-Man manages to hang on and win the Triple Crown this year, he would be only the third player in Midwest League history to do so.

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Indy Spotlight: Return of the “Porn Name All-Stars”

Longtime readers at Extra P’s original home, The Extrapolater, are undoubtedly familiar with his classic Porn Name All-Stars.  The feature ran just like it sounds: every so often, he would look over the rosters of college football teams in a given conference and highlight the ones that truly belonged on a porn set.

With Extra P’s blessing, I decided to attempt the same thing with independent league rosters.  Was it a rousing success?  A horrible failure?  Something in between?  You be the judge.  I do know this: if it works, you can expect to see future installments featuring affiliated leagues.  (Is Stubby Clapp still active?)

Inactive
Evan Cherry (inactive) – Alexandria Aces

Pitching Coach
Dick Such – Camden Riversharks

Left-Handed Pitchers
Adam Cox – Atlantic City Surf
Jake Upwood – Edmonton Cracker-Cats
Drew Dickinson – Gary SouthShore RailCats
Randy Leek – Long Island Ducks
Kevin Beavers – Quebec Capitales

Right-Handed Pitchers
Keegan Laycock – Bay Area Toros
Randy Dicken – Bridgeport Bluefish
Darren Sack – Camden Riversharks
BJ Litchfield – El Paso Diablos
Eric Ridener – Gateway Grizzlies
James Beever – Harlingen WhiteWings
Jeff Long – Kalamazoo Kings
Daryl Arreola – Lincoln Saltdogs
Juan Done – New Jersey Jackals
Nick Casanova – Orange County Flyers
Josh Bone – Shreveport Sports
Ronald Ball – Wichita Wingnuts
Ross Stout – Windy City Thunderbolts

Outfielders
BJ Weed – Atlantic City Surf
Logan Wood – Edinburg Coyotes
Dan Maycock – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Jarred Ball – Lancaster Barnstormers
Kevin Haverbusch – Long Island Ducks

Infielders
Daniel Cox – Brockton Rox
Austin Wasserman – Nashua Pride
Pat Cummins – Orange County Flyers
Brett Flowers – Reno Silver Sox
Wes Long – Windy City ThunderBolts

Catchers
Billy Cox – Pensacola Pelicana

Spotlight on A Ball – West Virginia Power vs. Delmarva Shorebirds

Over the weekend, I visited the Delmarva peninsula with my family. It’s called that because it contains parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Smack in the middle is a town called Salisbury, and that town is the home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. They were taking on the West Virginia Power (Brewers). So I made sure to catch the Sunday afternoon game with my son. Here are a few photos from the ballpark!

Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Named for the patriarch of the Perdue chicken empire.

 

The third base line in Perdue Stadium.

The Shorebirds’ manager is the mysterious Ramon Sambo. Yes, I said Sambo.

A wider view from the third base line.

Sherman the Shorebird. Hangin’ out, watchin’ the game.

Sherman shakes my son’s hand.

I love how they left a gap in the outfield so the church is visible.

Not only are they growing new talent for the Orioles, they’re growing new baseballs, as well.

As I was looking at the website for the Shorebirds, I noticed the very tight locus of the affiliate clubs. Typical Peter Angelos – he’ll save a buck anywhere he can, and he must surely save a ton on this travel schedule for his callups:

Aberdeen IronBirds (Short A) – Aberdeen, MD
Delmarva Shorebirds (A) – Salisbury, MD
Frederick Keys (High A) – Frederick, MD
Bowie Baysox (AA) – Bowie, MD
Norfolk Tides (AAA) – Norfolk, VA

Every single O’s affiliate is within a few hours of Baltimore. Very cagey, Angelos!