Posts Tagged ‘Chin-Lung Hu’

It’s A Beautiful Day, Isotopes Fans – Let’s Turn Three

The front page of MiLB.com has a note that Albuquerque turned a triple play in Game One of its playoff series yesterday against Memphis.  I wanted to see how it happened, so I went to the game recap and found this description:

  • Brian Barden walks.
  • Mark Shorey singles on a line drive to third baseman Blake DeWitt. Brian Barden to 2nd.
  • Matt Pagnozzi grounds into a triple play, shortstop Chin-lung Hu to first baseman Hector Luna to shortstop Chin-lung Hu. Brian Barden out at 3rd. Mark Shorey out at 2nd.

Call me crazy, but I found it impossible to make any sense out of that.  Good thing there was link to a game story:

Memphis added another run in the fifth and looked poised for more in the sixth until some defensive wizardry by Chin-Lung Hu got the ‘Topes out of a jam. With Brian Barden on second and Mark Shorey on first, Pagnozzi sent a grounder to short, allowing Hu to tag Barden, who was moving on contact off second, for the first out before stepping on the bag to force out Shorey and completing the third triple play in Isotopes history with the turn to Hector Luna at first.

Okay, that makes more sense.  The recap didn’t make it clear that Hu handled the first two outs on his own before throwing to first for the rare (I imagine) 6-3 triple play.  Too bad second baseman Tony Abreu wasn’t involved – Hu-to-Abreu-to-Luna has a nice ring to it.

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Past Futures Game MVPs

After a lengthy rain delay, the 2009 Futures Game got underway a couple hours ago.  (John Sickels waited out the delay and is still running an open thread at Minor League Ball.)

The Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award is named after Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League.  Larry Doby Award winners are listed below (MLB.com didn’t have a list, but they provided box scores for the 2001-08 games; the telecast noted Alfonso Soriano as the 1999 MVP; in the end, the BR.com Bullpen had the full list, under the “Larry Doby Award” title).  I’ve linked to each player’s Baseball-Reference.com page.

2008: Che-Hsuan Lin, Boston Red Sox
Greenville (A, South Atlantic): 5 HR, 37 RBI, 33 SB, .249 BA, .342/.359/.701

2007: Chin-Lung Hu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jacksonville (AA, Southern)/Las Vegas (Pacific Coast): 14 HR, 62 RBI, .325 BA, .364/.507/.871

2006: Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas): 15 HR, 96 RBI, .331 BA, .388/.499/.887

2005: Justin Huber, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas)/Omaha (AAA, Pacific Coast): 23 HR, 97 RBI, .326 BA, .417/.560/.978

2004: Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays
New Hampshire (AA, Eastern): 11 HR, 80 RBI, .279 BA, .368/.410/.779

2003: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
Akron (AA, Eastern): 13 HR, 78 RBI, .304 BA, .373/.480/.853

2002: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
St. Lucie (A+, Florida State)/Binghamton (AA, Eastern): 8 HR, 62 RBI, 58 SB, .288 BA, .343/.444/.787

2001: Toby Hall, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Durham (AAA, International): 19 HR, 72 RBI, .335 BA, .385/.568/.953

2000: Sean Burroughs, San Diego Padres
Mobile (AA, Southern): 2 HR, 42 RBI, .291 BA, .383/.401/.783

1999: Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
Yankees (Rookie, Gulf Coast)/Norwich (Eastern)/Columbus (International): 18 HR, 84 RBI, .281 BA, .337/.474/.811

Update: Rene Tosoni (Twins, AA, New Britain) took home the 2009 Larry Doby Award.  Tosoni pinch-hit an RBI double in the seventh to give the World team a 6-5 lead.  Dayan Viciedo drove him in for the final margin of victory.