Flashin' Leather

“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural

White Sox 4 Tigers 3

Here’s the good news:

  • JV struck out nine, walked one, and allowed only two earned runs in six complete innings.  It looks like he could be the Ace of next year’s staff.
  • Miggy had three hits including his 18th HR of the season.  Perhaps he can be healthy for next year.
  • VerHagen looks like he can be an arm out of the pen next year.

The best news is that the 2015 Detroit Tigers season will end later this afternoon.

I’m looking forward to the playoffs and the start of hockey season.

Remember Steve Bartman?

of course you do? Apparently, Cubs fans are trying to raise money to send him to the Wild Card Game. From The Bleacher Report.

Hat Tip: Cousin Bob

Kevin Pillar | Flashin’ Leather


White Sox 2 Tigers 1

The Tigers lost their third game in a row.  This is not the way I was hoping they’d close out the season.  I guess this was no surprise.  They usually don’t do much against Chris Sale.

On the bright side, Alfredo Simon pitched a gem.  He threw an eight inning complete game allowing only two earned on five hits.  He only struck out one and walked one but he pitched more than well enough to win. Unfortunately, he got little help from the offense.

Notes: Chris Sale set a White Sox single season strikeout record when he Kd James McCann for his 270th in the second inning.

Why can’t baseball players act more like hockey players?

From The Hockey News: I’m not sure if I completely agree with the story but it is amusing.

In the spring of 2002, back in the day when mastodons roamed the earth and the Toronto Maple Leafs were good, Alex Mogilny sat dumbfounded at his stall in the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs had just defeated the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, again, to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

As bedlam surrounded him, Mogilny wondered aloud, with a genuine look of bewilderment on his face, “Why is everyone so excited? We’ve only made it halfway through the playoffs.” You had to forgive Mogilny. It was the end of his first season in Toronto and he wasn’t accustomed to people getting so excited after watching their team almost come close to just about winning something.

I couldn’t help but remember Mogilny’s astonishment as I watched this week when teams clinched their respective divisions in Major League Baseball. In what was part celebration, part endorsement for Budweiser, team after team showered each other with champagne and beer to celebrate the fact they’d accomplished the NHL equivalent of winning one round of the playoffs.

And that’s exactly what they did. By winning their divisions, teams guaranteed themselves a spot in the top eight of 30 teams. By clinching a wildcard berth, two teams guaranteed themselves a one-game playoff to win the right to join that group. That’s all. But there they were, dousing each other in booze and whooping it up as though they’d just won a championship, which they did not. Hockey players around the world must be laughing at these guys.

Let’s contrast those celebrations with hockey. In the NHL, you win one round of the playoffs and it means you’ve survived to play another day and allow your playoff beard at least another couple of weeks of growth. That’s about it. Players shake hands with their opponents, go to the treatment room to address all manners of injuries, then prepare for Round 2. “Great win, but we still have a lot of work to do,” they usually say. They win the second round and they’re probably a little happier, but you almost never get the sense that they feel they’ve accomplished anything of note. On to Round 3.

Armenians in Sports…

The 10 Most Influential in History from the Bleacher Report.  This is a nice article and it talks about The Genocide.

Hat Tip: Glen and Alice

Look around the landscape of professional sports and you’ll see Armenians thriving in many and varied corners.There have been plenty of great Armenians in the world of sports including analysts, coaches and players.

However, in the early 1900’s people would have never considered this success as a possibility.

From 1915-1918, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in what is now known as the “Armenian Genocide”. Many people considered the Armenian people to be completely wiped out from the face of the earth.

Steve Bedrosian From The Bleacher Report Steve Bedrosian From The Bleacher Report | 10 Most Influential Armenians In Sports History

I’d like to personally thank the Bleacher Report for posting this article.

Josh Hamilton | Flashin’ Leather

10/1/2015 – This is a fantastic catch by Hamilton.  I was listening to this game on XM.

Nick Castellanos | Flashin’ Leather

9/30/2015 – Nick Castellanos Flashin’ Leather

Rangers 6 Tigers 2

Matt Boyd wasn’t good but the story of this game was plenty of hits but none in the clutch.

The good news is that the bullpen looked good. I have to say Jeff Ferrell and Kyle Lobstein were smokin’ balls. They pitched 5.1 shutout innings and only allowed a hit and a walk apiece.

The highlight of this game however, was, brace yourself; this is something I’ve never written before, Nick “The Quick” Castellanos flashin’ leather.

If you didn’t see the game, this is not a mistake.

Honor Babcock?

I share this story reluctantly.  I’m not a fan of Keith Gave’s but I agree with his suggestion.  Apparently, the Red Wings are, or were, considering some type of honor ceremony for Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. Babcock and his Leafs open the 2015-16 NHL season at Joe Louis Arena on October 9th?

Gave says, “Don’t”, and I agree. Enough is enough.  Babcock coached the Red Wings and got paid handsomely to do it.  The Red Wings wanted to keep him. He wanted to move on.  I was offended by the dog and pony show that went on last season.  It was clear to me that when the sides hadn’t reached an agreement by the beginning of the season, Babcock was moving on.

Last time I counted, Babcock won, one, Stanley Cup in his 10 seasons with the Red Wings. That hardly justifies an honor ceremony for a guy who left town and joined arguably, the most hated rival.

I say, good riddance. Let’s honor new head coach Jeff Blashill, by welcoming in a new and hopefully more successful era with a guy that wants to be here.

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