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Lip Sweaters, Life Begins at 40, WinCaps

The first two games between the Bees and the TinCaps have been extremely enjoyable to watch. The games have featured strong pitching, timely offense and well-played defense. In Thursday night’s game, it was the offense that broke out early with both teams scoring two runs in their respective halves of the first inning. For Fort Wayne, it was Travis Whitmore hitting a two-run shot over the wall in right, which as he said after the game, carried up into the “jetstream”. The wind was blowing out to right, but he got enough on it that it would’ve been gone either way.

Fort Wayne’s Frank Garces pitched five innings and struck out seven, vaulting himself into the lead for strikeouts within the Padres player development system. The bullpen was as good as it’s been all year as Johnny Barbato, newcomer Daniel Cropper and Matt Stites worked four innings without giving up a hit or a walk. Cropper pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for his first win.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear the highlights from last night’s game, including post-game reaction from Whitmore, Donavan Tate and Manager Jose Valentin:

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TinCaps on the radio – sort of

If you’re in a place where you can listen to things on the internet this afternoon, listen to the Padres-Royals game. Former TinCaps RHP Mat Latos is supposed to throw two innings and Simon Castro is expected to pitch one inning. These guys were here in Fort Wayne less than two years ago.

Random thoughts:

  • Indiana and Notre Dame will play soccer at Parkview Field again in 2011. Last year the game came down to penalty kicks. You can order tickets here.
  • I’m not a huge soccer guy, but I liked the World Cup last year. Nick Greenwood is a big soccer guy and taught newbies like me what to watch for.
  • Fort Wayne alum LHP Wade LeBlanc is looking to iron things out after an up-and-down season last year.
  • Former TinCaps LHP Juan Oramas is back to playing catch after straining his shoulder.
  • Fort Wayne alum 3B Chase Headley had a nice game from the right side of the plate, which is good early reinforcement after he spent time working on that this off-season.
  • Baseball America has a follow-up piece to its Top 100
    prospects list… A, inevitably, a lot of people ask how close Player X was
    to making the cut. Former TinCaps OF Jaff Decker (and LHP Cory Luebke) got some love, but not nearly enough to crack the list.
  • The Padres hope CF Cameron Maybin delivers on his big potential. So much so that two different people wrote about it.
  • Here’s a stat-based Padres preview.
  • Nationals megaprospect OF Bryce Harper is batting .000 with a 100% strikeout rate in Spring Training. What a waste of $10 million, right?
  • Who yaps in a Spring Training game? Prince Fielder, that’s who. I’ve heard stories from when he was in rookie ball – apparently he yelled “Boom!” when he hit a ball hard. People had to tell him to stop, otherwise he would’ve led the universe in times hit by a pitch.
  • Prospects for the Royals and Giants have hit well early in camp.
  • A former MWLer is going to blog this season.
  • A different former MWLer learned his unorthodox delivery by throwing tomahawks in his backyard. He also had a sweet mustache which got him some attention. Just when I thought this guy sounded like someone I would’ve gone to high school with, I found out he’s from Michigan. I was immediately furious with myself.
  • Robb Quinlan after finding out his locker at Phillies’ camp was near those of Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels: “I imagine I’ll start the opener… I mean, who else in here would start?” He’s not even a pitcher, which makes this even funnier.
  • This article comes at it from a fantasy baseball angle, but the point is, ERA isn’t always a great measure of a pitcher’s effectiveness.
  • The new bat rules are already having an effect on college baseball.
  • I think we all know pro baseball is better than pro basketball, but here’s more proof.
  • I heard the other day that Mumford & Sons’ sales are up something like 175% since they performed on the Grammys. Color me unsurprised – they’re good.
  • One day I’ll go to this. And this.

Musical guest… The Allman Brothers!

Take care!

DW

A Harry situation

If you’ve been paying attention at all the last week or so, Fort Wayne has hit the big-time thanks to the longest-tenured mayor in the history of our fair city.

Speaking of famous Harry people, I saw Nike is coming out with a line of t-shirts celebrating the most famous facial hair in baseball history. This is easily the most innovative innovation in innovative baseball memorabilia in recent history. This makes me wish Tom Tornincasa was coming back to be the TinCaps’ hitting coach this year, for more reasons than just his sarcasm during batting practice. We can only hope a player like Miles Mikolas will come along and fill the void of t-shirt-worthy facial hair. If not, well… that would be pretty lame.

To put a nice goatee on this conversation, you should probably read this story from the Dayton Daily News, chock full of baseball/facial hair anecdotes, especially the ones about Rollie Fingers retiring rather than shave his handlebar mustache and an Oakland A’s player painting a mustache on his face to earn the team’s $300 mustache bonus.

Random thoughts:

  • Former Fort Wayne manager Randy Ready is profiled in this piece. It’s interesting that he thought about becoming a firefighter after his playing career; Tornincasa WAS a firefighter at one point.
  • The Padres need to get better production out of the leadoff spot in the batting order. It would be hard to be much worse than last year’s .303 on-base percentage. And the two-hole hitters weren’t much better. And they still almost made the playoffs.
  • More Michael Young trade speculation from the LA Times. In addition to his big contract and limited no-trade clause, Young is tough to trade because of the timing. Right now, most teams have already spent the money they had budgeted and are more worried about getting to spring training and seeing what they have in-house. But if the Rangers make somebody a good offer, that could change.
  • RHP Shaun Marcum signed a deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration. No surprise; it would be monumentally backwards for the Brewers to trade one of their best prospects for him, then have one of their first interactions be telling him why he’s not worth a certain amount of money.
  • Francisco Liriano and the Twins couldn’t get together on a long-term deal, which could mean he’s a trade chip. Hmm… the Rangers need pitching, right? The Twins are planning on starting Danny Valencia at third base, right? It makes sense in a vacuum, but we’re not in a vacuum. Thank goodness.
  • Pirates RHP Ross Ohlendorf went 1-11 last year and only made it through 108.1 innings of work thanks mostly to injuries. He was sent to the minors for two months. And he (and his agent) STILL won an arbitration case to get him more than $2 million this year. How did it happen? Well, probably the 4.07 ERA, the fact that the Pirates don’t exactly provide a lot of chances to rack up the W’s, and the 11-10, 3.92 ERA season in 2009. Perhaps the sabermetric stats would have helped the Pirates’ case; they suggest Ohlendorf’s traditional numbers were a little smoke-and-mirrors-ish.
  • Several statistical milestones are about to be smashed this year. Maybe it’s the budding sabermetrician in me, but I’m just not all that interested in any of those milestones. Or maybe it’s just that no Indians or Padres are in there.
  • A college pitcher is coming back from losing an eye to a line drive.
  • If you’re an ESPN Insider, you need to check this story out: RHP Tim Alderson, once a hard-throwing Giants prospect, has lost all kinds of velocity since being drafted. It hit home when his high-school coach told him, “You were a better pitcher when you were a freshman in high school.” He’s not the only example of this. It brings up the issues of long-toss vs. shorter distances, individualizing throwing programs rather than shoehorning all players into the same training program and changing otherwise successful players’ mechanics when they get to the pro ranks. In-depth player development stuff.
  • Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers playing right in a row? Maybe there’s hope for the Grammys (and music as a whole) after all. You know Dylan is the man. I think the others are pretty good, too.
  • I don’t care how many takes it took to make this trick-shot video. If you or I tried it, we’d be there all day just trying to do one of them correctly. This vaults right into the conversation for best college-athlete trick-shot video along with Ohio State basketballer Mark Titus’s “Mr. Rainmaker” (leader in the clubhouse, for obvious reasons) and David Bowie look-alike Kyle Singler’s “Get Buckets.”
  • If you don’t believe me on the Singler-Bowie comparison, feast your eyes:

singler-bowie.jpg
I rest my case.

Musical guest, David Bowie/Kyle Singler!

Take care!

DW

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