Suspension Connections, Emptying the Notebook, It’s All About You
There are gray clouds hanging over Parkview Field at the moment as we get set for tonight’s game against the Lansing Lugnuts. And the clouds just seem fitting given the news of the day — baseball finally announcing its suspension of those connected to Biogenesis-gate.
In journalism class they teach you to “localize” national stories, so here we go…
Did You Know?: Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended by Major League
Baseball today through the 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis case, hit
the first home run of his professional career in Fort Wayne on April 24, 1994 as
a member of the Appleton Foxes (now the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers).
Rodriguez, who ranks fifth in MLB history with 647 home runs, hit his first pro
homer at Memorial Stadium when the TinCaps were called the Wizards.
TinCaps Rehabber Suspended: San Diego Padres shortstop Everth
Cabrera, who played for the TinCaps on a Major League Rehab assignment on
July 2 and 3 at South Bend, was suspended by Major League Baseball today
for 50 games for his role in the Biogenesis case. Cabrera went 0-for-7 with one
walk and a run. On July 3, Cabrera became one of only two TinCaps players
this season to strike out four times in a game.
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
MiLB Stolen Base Leaders Since July 5
1. Terrance Gore (Class-A Lexington) – 22
2. Mallex Smith (Class-A Fort Wayne) – 21
3. Jose Peraza (Class-A Rome) – 19
T7. Billy Hamilton (Triple-A Louisville) – 16
Opening Day Starters (Days on DL)
DH Mallex Smith (May 1-14)
2B Maxx Tissenbaum (Placed on DL today)
LF Jeremy Baltz (June 7-20)
C Dane Phillips
3B Gabriel Quintana (May 29-July 17)
1B Luis Tejada (July 12-27)
RF Corey Adamson
CF Brian Adams
SS Stephen Carmon (June 10-Present)
Alberth Martinez Marvels
7 Games Since Coming Off DL: 9-for26 (.346), 3 Doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBI
9 Games Since Coming Off DL: 2-for-30 (.067), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K
Ace of the Staff
Zach Eflin’s Numbers By Month
April: 0-2, 6.06 ERA (4 Starts)
May: 2-2, 2.25 ERA (5 Starts)
June: 2-0, 2.57 ERA (4 Starts)
July: 1-1, 2.40 ERA (5 Starts)
Top MWL ERAs Since May
1. Dylan Floro (BG) – 1.72
2. Kyle Helisek (PEO) – 2.17
3. Tyler Pike (CLI) – 2.30
4. Zach Eflin (FW) – 2.39
5. Colton Cain (QC) – 2.43
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
The TinCaps are hosting “It’s All About You” Night at Parkview Field on Friday, August 23, when the TinCaps entertain the South Bend Silver Hawks at 7:05 p.m. As part of “It’s All About You Night,” TinCaps fans have the opportunity to decide 14 different elements of the game through an online vote.
Beginning Monday, August 5, at 12:00 p.m., fans can visit the TinCaps’ Facebook page to vote for various details of the Friday night game on the 23rd. Each weekday between August 5 and 22, a different variable will be on the ballot for 24 hours.
For example, fans will determine which color jerseys both the TinCaps and the Silver Hawks wear, as well as how the field will be mowed and which sale will be offered in The Orchard Team Store. Check here for the full listing.
This one goes out to Keirsh Cochran. O.A.R., take it away…