Archive for July 7th, 2008

Captain Cheeseburger Breaks Up the Wonder Mat(t)s

Yeah, it’s a rumor, but I’m convinced it’s happening.

The incredible Huntsville duo of Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta will no longer have one another to kick around. LaPorta and his 66 ribbies will reportedly be infused into the Cleveland system as part of a trade for C.C. Sabathia.

The presence of the Wonder Mat(t)s has long fueled rumors that the Brewers’ trade bait would attract MLB sharks. LaPorta was always first on the list, but his equally talented teammates Mat Gamel and Alcides “Matt” Escobar have been mentioned as well. According to ESPN.com, neither of those Huntsville Stars will be included in the multi-player deal.

This could be just the beginning of the MiLB/MLB trade dance. It’s that time of the year. Check out this week’s Z-meter to see who ends up where.

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This Week In Bobbleheads, Part 7

Eric M. of The Only Accurate Bobblehead Collectors Board fame will be in Bridgeport on Friday, July 11, to pick up his very own Tommy John Bobble Arm. If you see him, be sure to say hello (and wish him a Happy Birthday). If only he could get to West Michigan on Wednesday for the Dave Rozema Bobble Leg, the week would be complete.

Monday, July 7
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Tuesday, July 8
Iowa Cubs – Vida Blue – Vida’s record of 165 Ks in 1970, which included a 16 strikeout performance, still stands today.

Wednesday, July 9
Trenton Thunder – Phil Hughes (first 2000) – This marks a second edition of the young phenom.

Tri-City Valleycats – Mayor Harry Tutunjian – The second in the Tri-City area bobblehead series.

West Michigan Whitecaps – Dave Rozema (Karate Kick Bobbleleg) – This former Tiger doing his Ralph Macchio imitation.

Thursday, July 10
Portland Seadogs – Dustin Pedroia – This Sox middle infielder seems to be growing popular even in resin form.

Princeton Devilrays – Josh Hamilton – Congrats to this 2008 MLB All-Star who is also finally making it big in bobble form.

State College Spikes – Zach Duke – Zack was the winner of the fan vote for 2008.

Friday, July 11
Bridgeport Bluefish – Tommy John (Bobble Arm) – Wonder if this one will contain the famous scar, much like the one with the Charlotte Knights once did.

Clearwater Threshers – Andrew Carpenter – Another great Phillies prospect debuting in the resin ranks.

Las Vegas 51s – Takashi Saito – Same exact bobble that the Dodgers gave earlier in June.

Tri-City Dustdevils – Dusty (Mascot) – Pasco’s favorite mascot as a collectible.

Saturday, July 12
Albuquerque Isotopes – Orbit (Mascot) This popular mascot comes back as a bobble.

Columbus Catfish – Don Zimmer Figurine – At least Popeye won’t be wearing his army helmet in this, nor will he give one to Pedro Martinez.

Jacksonville Suns – Chin-Lung Hu – Struggled with the Dodgers in ’08 but remains a popular Sun.

Norfolk Tides – BJ Upton – Part of the Local Hero Series.

Round Rock Express – Nolan Ryan – Team owner gets another bobble.

Southern Illinois Miners – Travis Hope – In three seasons with New York Mets organization went 11-5 with a 3.74 ERA and eight saves.

Sunday, July 13
Columbus Clippers – Marshall Brant/Steve Balboni Double – Two very popular first basemen in the Yankees chain during the 1970s and 1980s. Unfortunately Brant never made the Show.

Lake County Captains – Fausto Carmona – First time as a bobble here after the team previouly made a figurine for him.

Philadelphia Phillies – Shane Victorino (Flyin’ Hawaiian) Figurine – Aloha Philadelphia.

Reading Phillies – Chase Utley – This time it’s for the kids.

River City Rascals – Phil Laurent – Had a cup of coffee with the Padres rookie league team, now back as a Rascals fan favorite.

Washington WildThings – Wildthing (Mascot) – Trust me, this is not Charlie Sheen or Mitch Williams in the costume.

Now Pitching For The Florida Marlins…

Last night at this time, Chris Volstad was a member of the Carolina Mudcats.  A tall (6’7″), slim (190 lbs.) righthander, he was 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 91 innings.

Just hours ago, Volstad arrived in Denver as the newest member of the Florida Marlins.  He was put into the game against the Rockies to start the fifth inning with the Fish trailing 4-3; when he left two innings later, they led 5-4 en route to a 10-5 win, the first of Volstad’s major league career.

Volstad was Florida’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2005 draft and was listed by Baseball America as the team’s top prospect.  He will remain in the major leagues and is expected to join the starting rotation, with his first outing likely to come against the Dodgers on Friday.