Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Drew Vettleson - 2011 Princeton Rays

Drew Vettleson caps steady 2011 performance with impressive stats and two awards
Vettleson proved in his first minor league season that he has the ability to hit for a high average as he finished with a .282 batting average after being above .300 for the greater part of the campaign. He ended the 2011 season in Princeton with 13 doubles, 4 triples and 7 homers in 234 at-bats. (minorleaguebaseball.com)
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Minor League Team: Princeton Rays
Full Name: Drew G. Vettleson
Born: 07/19/1991
Birthplace: Bremerton, WA
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185
Bats: L
Throws: R
Position: OF

2011 Stats:
AVG: .282
HR: 7
RBI: 40
SB: 20

Bowling Green Hot Rods
Class A Midwest League 
Ranked by Baseball America as best hitter for average in the Tampa Bay Rays system entering 2012

2012 Stats:
AVG: .289
HR: 10
RBI: 54
SB: 17

Monday, October 10, 2011

What is a perfect game in baseball?

"A no-hitter in which no opposing player reaches first base, either by a base hit, base on balls, hit batter, or fielding error; i.e., the pitcher or pitchers retire all twenty-seven opposing batters in order."
Paul Dickson in The New Baseball Dictionary (1999)

Perfect Games by Pitchers - Baseball Almanac

Perfect Games (MLB.com)Only 20 pitchers have tossed perfect games in Major League history.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pat Venditte Stats

Pat Venditte is an ambidextrous pitcher drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. Venditte has been switch pitching, with success, in the minor leagues for the past four seasons.

In 2011, Venditte pitched for the Trenton Thunder, Class AA in the Eastern League. The Thunder team is affiliated with the New York Yankees.

Minors Pitching Stats

After four seasons in the minors, Venditte has a combined record of 13-11 (.542)
with a 2.28 ERA in 173 games.

2011 Season

Pat Venditte went 3-7 (.300) with a 3.40 ERA pitching for the Thunder in 2011.

2012 Season

In 2012, Venditte spent a lot of time on the Disabled List - recovering from a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Pat Venditte - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A International League)
1-1 record, 2.77 ERA in 7 games, over 13 innings.

2013 Season

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be out until the middle of next season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. (source: riveraveblues.com)

Pat Venditte Minor League Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com

Rawlings Ambidextrous Baseball Glove Prototype

After Googling for ambidextrous baseball gloves, I ran across an eBay auction for a one-of-a-kind Rawlings Ambidextrous Baseball Glove Prototype.

This prototype looks like a glove design that my son came up with when he was ten.
Make a glove that has two webs.

Of course, there is problem with this design - Where do the fingers go?

From the backside, it looks like the middle fingers might go into finger loops on the outside of the glove.

Glove description from the seller:

RARE Rawlings prototype HOH DOUBLE WEB baseball glove

My uncle was the glove supervisor at Rawlings for over 40 years,  he saved a few prototypes.  This one is the last of his collection and the Holy Grail.....  This prototype was made with two webs.  Very unusual and one of a kind!  It was displayed at the Missouri Rawlings Headquarters years ago.  Please check my 100% positive feedback before you bid,  I listed two other prototypes tonight,  this is the only glove that I'm going to put a reserve on, and if it doesn't sell, it may go to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

thanks, Terry
(Springfield, Missouri)

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Best baseball movie ever

Since the movie "Moneyball" was released this year people are asking:

What is the best baseball movie ever made?

The Seattle Times recently published a survey on the topic:

Readers' choice: And the best baseball movie ever is ...

"Field of Dreams" edged runner-up "The Natural" and No. 3 "Bull Durham" in voting this week for the best baseball movie ever. "Moneyball" was a distant ninth in our Take 2 poll.

1."Field of Dreams"
2. "The Natural" 
3. "Bull Durham"
4. "Major League"
5. "The Bad News Bears"
6. "The Pride of the Yankees"
7. "A League of their Own"
8. "Eight Men Out"
9. "Moneyball" 
10. "Bang the Drum Slowly"
(source: The Seattle Times)

What are your favorite baseball movies?